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Welcome to the February/March ‘12 Issue of DulcimerSessions®!

By Lois Hornbostel
Issue #51 of DulcimerSessions is a blend of a two technique articles and some Irish tunes in honor of St. Patrick’s Day!

1. “HOME-MIDDLE-OUTSIDE,” is a new system of playing accompaniment with the mountain dulcimer in more keys, written by mountain dulcimer/guitar/ukulele player Ehukai Teves.


2. “PIPE ON THE HOB,” is an Irish jig arranged for mountain dulcimer in my earlier Mel Bay book Anthology for the Fretted Dulcimer.


3. “COMPOSING ON THE HAMMERED DULCIMER” from Susan Vinson Sherlock, features good tips on this art, and her beautiful air “After the …

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“HOME-MIDDLE-OUTSIDE”: How to Accompany Music in Many Keys with the Mountain Dulcimer

by Ehukai Teves
Editor’s note:  At the 2011 Fiddlers Grove fiddle convention I attended a jam in their “jamming barn.” It’s known for the expert senior players who jam swing, country and other vocally-driven music. This is the territory in which a musician who joins the jam needs to be able to play in many keys. As a veteran dulcimer player I’m used to playing in different fiddle keys, but in this jam I found myself trying to play songs in the Keys of C, E and B minor that often …

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Composing on the Hammered Dulcimer

by Susan Vinson Sherlock
So, you have been playing your instrument for a while now and you feel the urge to compose something original. But where do you start, and how do you finish? Truthfully, all you really need is your instrument and the desire to make music. But here is a list of hints to get started for the first time:
1) Choose a general starting place – 4/4, 3/4, 6/8, fast, slow, major, minor – in any combination. It could, and probably will, turn into something else once you get …

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“Silver Spear” an Irish Reel for Hammered Dulcimer

arranged by Maggie Sansone
Here’s another favorite Irish music sessiún tune, the reel “Silver Spear.” It appears in the following Mel Bay Book/CD set, available at MelBay.com
Listen to Maggie Sansone play “Silver Spear” | Printable Version

Here is a video of Maggie Sansone and band playing a medley with “Silver Spear.” It begins about 1:03 on the timer.

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“Pipe on the Hob” an Irish Jig in A minor for Mountain Dulcimer

by Lois Hornbostel
I “cut my dulcimer-playing teeth” playing in traditional Irish music sessiúns in New York City. The jigs were some of my favorite tunes, and the sound of the strummed mountain dulcimer reminded me of the ever-more-popular bouzoukis being played in well-known traditional Irish bands. There are a couple of other Irish tunes with this name, but this is the one I heard most. A “hob” is sometimes short for hobgoblin, but a “hob” is also a shelf at the back of a fireplace.
It’s in A Dorian and …

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God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen Arranged for Mountain Dulcimer

Traditional Christmas Carol
by Ehukai Teves
The lyrics of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” author unknown, are reputed to date back to the 15th Century, making it one of the oldest carols. It was first published in 1833, when it appeared in Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern, a collection of seasonal carols gathered by William B. Sandys. It is believed that this carol was sung to the gentry by town watchmen, who earned additional money this way during the Christmas season.
God rest ye, merry gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour,
Was born …