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 this post. 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 at Lincoln's New Salem State Historic … Continue reading Drones, picks and Popsicle sticks: Notes on traditional styles of playing the mountain dulcimer and its European antecedents

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Springfield’s first public hanging and two holiday tunes — “Auld Lang Syne” and “Angels We Have Heard On High”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jvpf8WSgAgU "Angels We Have Heard On High," Long Point String Band, Beckley, W.Va. One of the cool things about being an amateur musician, you get to play Christmas music early without feeling like you're rushing the season. We'd start rehearsing some of it -- I remember a lovely piece by Palestrina with subtle, but tricky, … Continue reading Springfield’s first public hanging and two holiday tunes — “Auld Lang Syne” and “Angels We Have Heard On High”

Davenport in WWI — excerpts from Quad-City Times story

Deirdre Cox Baker, "Davenport in WWI: City becomes 'premiere flashpoint'," Quad-City Times, May 1, 2017 https://qctimes.com/news/local/davenport-in-wwi-city-becomes-premiere-flashpoint/article_8a18f638-02ee-53ef-bec9-c453ebbc3875.html [Excerpts:] When the former German Savings Bank was razed, the debris was transported to a popular park in the west end, Schuetzen Park, where pieces of the building remain to this day. Schuetzen was a large recreation area that … Continue reading Davenport in WWI — excerpts from Quad-City Times story

2001 dissertation at Lund University — ‘Chorale reform during the time of Hæffner’

Anders Dillmar -- homepage @ http://web.comhem.se/~u18344626/index.htm "Dödshugget mot vår nationella tonkonst" I min avhandling i musikvetenskap, framlagd våren 2001 vid Lunds universitet, undersöker jag det tidiga 1800-talets svenska reform av kyrkosången. I fokus står J C F Hæffners koralbok 1820, med dess privat utgivna andra del 1821, som här för första gången ägnas en ingående … Continue reading 2001 dissertation at Lund University — ‘Chorale reform during the time of Hæffner’

“How Can I Keep From Singing” (w/ parody “They Can’t Keep Me From Singing” and lyrics “When tyrants tremble in their fear …”)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEwnUtlW-xw Michael Johnathon on WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour with The Niles String Quartet.. At our last Clayville-Prairieland slow jam and tune learning session, we played the old gospel hymn "How Can I Keep From Singing?" and I promised to look it up (along with a folksinger's parody that I like, called "They Can't Keep … Continue reading “How Can I Keep From Singing” (w/ parody “They Can’t Keep Me From Singing” and lyrics “When tyrants tremble in their fear …”)

Sweet Rivers of Redeeming Love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNYahASJmlM PLBrayfield -- 'Sweet rivers of redeeming love Lie just before mine eye; Had I the pinions of a dove, I'd to those rivers fly.' Singers from several states join their voices in this lilting 1825 tune from The Sacred Harp. Missouri State Convention, March 12-13 2011. https://hymnary.org/text/sweet_rivers_of_redeeming_love Published in 106 hymnals Born: 1770, New … Continue reading Sweet Rivers of Redeeming Love

“Come thou fount of every blessing” — a bluegrassable early American folk hymn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbhHEugF7iI Come Thou Fount by Haywire Bluegrass Band, Kerrville, Texas Is "bluegrassable" a word? I guess it is now. We started playing this tune by ear at our last session, and we made a pretty good start. So I went looking for sheet music, dulcimer tab and chord charts afterward so we can learn it. … Continue reading “Come thou fount of every blessing” — a bluegrassable early American folk hymn

Si Bheag Si Mohr (Sheebeg Sheemore); Over the Waterfall; Arkansas Traveler: Jess Dickinson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NA21VsX2AsE Learn Sheebeg and Sheemore on Hammered Dulcimer -- Jess Dickinson Jess Dickinson Published on Aug 21, 2014 Learn to play Turlow O'Carolan's beautiful song, "Sheebeg and Sheemore" on hammered dulcimer. This is an advanced beginner / intermediate version. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb0yHwl2MEM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRWUbFHiGnY