Strings & Things

May 1, 2018

Is your schedule as busy as mine? Do you wake up realizing you haven't picked up your instrument for … days … weeks …??? It's so easy for our time to get filled - I've been caring for aging grandparents, remodeling my house, and keeping up with daily life. I'm sure you...

April 3, 2018

My first dulcimer teacher was my dad – a fledgling mandolin player. For the first several years that I played dulcimer, I didn't even know any other mountain dulcimer players. I was learning from bluegrass musicians nearby who played guitar, banjo, and fiddle. Turns ou...

March 6, 2018

  1. Add Chords. Most music has chords written in. You simply have to find the best form of the chord to use to get the best sound & playability.

  2. Play the melody on the bass string. Because the melody & bass strings are the same note an octave apart, you can play t...

February 20, 2018

What do I know? That is the question that has crossed my mind every month for the past two years that I served as the President of our club. Don't get me wrong or take that question the wrong way because I have oodles of self-confidence. But, I am relatively new to thi...

January 23, 2018

We may need more beginners… I think I have playing for three years now. I have been playing long enough now that I have forgotten exactly when I started to learn. That doesn't mean much either because most of the time I can't remember where I left my keys. I feel good...

June 8, 2017

So, I was playing my dulcimer the other night as the wild, crazy, maniac, seven-year-old boys at our church camp were trying to settle down and go to sleep. It was working. Music does soothe the savage beast. I was playing in the dark with only the light from my tablet...

May 25, 2017

The topic of PERFORMANCE has been on my mind a lot recently. GPDA had a very successful Spring Fundraiser – kudos to all who worked hard to prepare beautiful performances for it! My Northfield School students are preparing for their final performance tomorrow, and my h...

The excitement of the GPDA list of tunes may quickly turn to an overwhelming source of frustration for new members. As long-term GPDA members, trust that most of us have been there. Like many other goals, learning the music is best approached in a consistent, systemati...

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