Drones, picks and Popsicle sticks: Notes on traditional styles of playing the mountain dulcimer and its European antecedents

Editor’s note – To see new posts on HOGFIDDLE, scroll down past the Dec. 6, 2016, post titled "Psalmodikon!" below. This article, “Drones, Picks and Popsicle Sticks,” appeared in Dulcimer Players News, _______ 2010. By Peter Ellertsen Sooner or later, anybody who plays the Appalachian dulcimer has the dulcimer conversation. [1] I first encountered it … Continue reading Drones, picks and Popsicle sticks: Notes on traditional styles of playing the mountain dulcimer and its European antecedents

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Psalmodikon — background on that odd little Swedish box fiddle I’m learning to play

Notes I put together for a proposal on “A Pioneer Swedish Singing School: Teaching the Old Songs in a New Land,” recreating a 19th-century Swedish- or Norwegian-American hymn sing using an old-country box fiddle called a psalmodikon. It didn't get funded, and I never finished the notes. But the proposal pulls together background on the … Continue reading Psalmodikon — background on that odd little Swedish box fiddle I’m learning to play

“While shepherds watched their flocks by night,” a New England singing school tune preserved in the Sacred Harp — ADVENT #7

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIGpydEwwes Sherburne - While shepherds watched their flocks -- QuireCleveland Seventh in what I'm calling an "online Advent calendar," patterned after those German cards with little windows you open on each day of the liturgical season for a daily dose of inspiration. I'm posting a song a day from now till Christmas (or until I … Continue reading “While shepherds watched their flocks by night,” a New England singing school tune preserved in the Sacred Harp — ADVENT #7

“All Praise to You, Eternal Lord,” a Christmas hymn by Martin Luther and a family story about his first songbook — ADVENT #6

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgdnOt2RVzE MusikAdventskalender -- Bachchor [Bach choir] Siegen - Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, Martin Luther, Johann Walther Sixth in what I'm calling an "online Advent calendar," patterned after those German cards with little windows you open on each day of the liturgical season for a daily dose of inspiration. I'm posting a song a day … Continue reading “All Praise to You, Eternal Lord,” a Christmas hymn by Martin Luther and a family story about his first songbook — ADVENT #6

D R A F T ………… “Deck Us All With Boston Charlie” — holiday anthem for our Clayville-Prairieland Strings jam sessions — ADVENT #___

http://mikelynchcartoons.blogspot.com/2013/12/deck-us-all-with-boston-charlie-by-walt.html _____th in what I'm calling an "online Advent calendar," patterned after those German cards with little windows you open on each day of the liturgical season for a daily dose of inspiration. I'm posting a song a day (so far) to get in the spirit of the season. For several years our dulcimer club, … Continue reading D R A F T ………… “Deck Us All With Boston Charlie” — holiday anthem for our Clayville-Prairieland Strings jam sessions — ADVENT #___

FREU DICH SEHR — a 16th-century Reformed psalm tone that crossed over as a Lutheran chorale — ADVENT #5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1BeKHq2LIQ "Comfort, Comfort You, My People" West Side Presbyterian Church, Ridgewood, N.J. Fourth in what I'm calling an "online Advent calendar," patterned after those German cards with little windows you open on each day of the liturgical season for a daily dose of inspiration. I'm posting a song a day (so far) to get in … Continue reading FREU DICH SEHR — a 16th-century Reformed psalm tone that crossed over as a Lutheran chorale — ADVENT #5

“I Wonder as I Wander” — a haunting, modal art song in the style of Appalachian folk art — ADVENT #4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gng2hRMqsOY "I Wonder As I Wander"-- Steve and Ruth Smith (It's beginning to look a lot like Advent -- #4).Fourth in what I'm calling an "online Advent calendar," patterned after those German cards with little windows you open on each day of the liturgical season. I'm posting a song a day (or thereabouts) to get … Continue reading “I Wonder as I Wander” — a haunting, modal art song in the style of Appalachian folk art — ADVENT #4

434 “Lagd på strå i ett stall” / Personent hodie — a medieval German carol, by way of Finland and Sweden (Advent — #3)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPsmRFrUzOM Personent hodie -- Trond Bengtson, lutenist of Åsgårdstrand, Norway Third in a series of "online Advent cards," in which I post a song a day (or thereabouts) to get in the Christmas spirit (It's beginning to look a lot like Advent -- #3). Today's song is one of the Christmas carols, or Adventpsalmer, that … Continue reading 434 “Lagd på strå i ett stall” / Personent hodie — a medieval German carol, by way of Finland and Sweden (Advent — #3)

Worship set, Peace Lutheran, Springfield, Dec. 9 (it’s beginning to look a lot like Advent — #2)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=13&v=7h2relyt_d8 MATT MAHER - Glory (Let There Be Peace): Song Session This year I'm trying something new on Hogfiddle. It's what I call an electronic Advent calendar card -- you know, those German holiday cards with little windows that you open for each day of the season of the church year leading up to Christmas … Continue reading Worship set, Peace Lutheran, Springfield, Dec. 9 (it’s beginning to look a lot like Advent — #2)