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

Psalmodikon — that odd little Swedish box fiddle I 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 — that odd little Swedish box fiddle I play

“Little Rosewood Casket” — an oldtime weeper for the Clayville-Prairieland Academy of Music

https://www.cowboylyrics.com/tabs/robbins-marty/little-rosewood-casket-2402.html Little Rosewood Casket Recorded by Marty Robbins Traditional CAPO: 1st FRET KEY: Eb PLAY: D [D] There's a little [A7] Rosewood [D] casket Settin' on a [A7] marble [D] stand There's a package [G] of love [D] letters Written [A7] by my true love's [D] hand * * * MARTY ROBBINS - JUST ME … Continue reading “Little Rosewood Casket” — an oldtime weeper for the Clayville-Prairieland Academy of Music

An old tune for the Clayville-Prairieland Academy of Music: SLANE, or “Be Thou my Vision”

The song, unlike many hymns, is in the public domain, and music is freely available on line at: http://www.igracemusic.com/hymnbook/chords/b02.pdf -- lyrics and guitar chords in D. http://www.ninazanetti.com/freetab.html -- finger-style dulcimer arrangement by Nina Zanetti. Nina has two tab arrangements, Version 1 is quite simple, and Version 2 is more ornamented. Both look lovely. I'm going … Continue reading An old tune for the Clayville-Prairieland Academy of Music: SLANE, or “Be Thou my Vision”

Christian Century — writers’ guidelines –guest posts

https://www.christiancentury.org/submission-guidelines Blogs and blog posts The Century accepts submissions of original, unpublished guest posts for its website. Posts should be no more than 800 words long. Unfortunately, we are not able to pay for blog posts at this time; due to the time constraints of a daily publishing schedule, we also can't guarantee that bloggers … Continue reading Christian Century — writers’ guidelines –guest posts

Trump on immigration on Long Island, July 28, 2017

David M. Schwartz, "Donald Trump in Brentwood speech vows to eliminate MS-13 gang" Newsday July 28, 2017 http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/donald-trump-in-brentwood-friday-to-address-anti-gang-fight-1.13852896 President Donald Trump came to the doorstep of communities hard-hit by gang violence Friday, describing some Long Island neighborhoods as “blood-stained killing fields” that are “under siege.” Speaking at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood, Trump said he … Continue reading Trump on immigration on Long Island, July 28, 2017

Journal of Lutheran Ethics — writers’ guidelines

https://www.elca.org/JLE/Pages/About A bridge between the academic study of Christianity and the contemporary life of the Church, JLE is a meeting place for scholars and professors, seminary and university students, pastors and bishops, and theologically informed lay persons, advocates, and activists. JLE is updated monthly, and JLE readers can sign up to receive notice of updates. … Continue reading Journal of Lutheran Ethics — writers’ guidelines

Here’s why Springsteen’s always going to be the Boss — listen to him noodle for the right key

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-Ds-FXGGQg This video clip, from a 2013 concert in Liepzig, was on the Swedish viral news- and clickbait/marketing website Newsner, back in January. And I saw it on Facebook today. Hat tips to Martin Woulfe of Springfield, Illinois, for posting it, and Sarah Bannick, my old colleague at The Oak Ridger back in Tennessee, for … Continue reading Here’s why Springsteen’s always going to be the Boss — listen to him noodle for the right key