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Celtic Exploration on the Hammered Dulcimer

Mondays 4 pm MST Beginning January 17th, 2022.

 

   All the toe-tapping and step-dancing tunes are going to come to life as we explore and become familiar with Celtic Rhythms, tune types and ornamentation. Our text will be Another Jig: Songs & Tunes of the Angles & the Celts, Arranged for Mountain and Hammered Dulcimers. When you register, you will receive a downloadable interactive PDF and a coupon code for the discounted purchase of the physical book/cd.

A step-by-step over 6-weeks progressive approach yields the "stickiest" learning.

Screen to Screen Zoom Class, a PDF copy of Steve's Another Jig Will Do, .mp3 files for priming the pump and reinforcement, archive videos of classes each week.

4 pm MST = 3 pm PST = 5 pm CST = 6 pm EST = 11 pm UTC

Music of the Celts

The music of the Celts (ancestors of the Irish, Scottish and Welsh) has long held a fascination for me. A large part of my ethnic heritage is rooted among these traditions, and dulcimers, while not native to these cultures, have become intimately connected with this music. Over the years I have learned the tunes in this book from written collections, from recordings, at lively jam sessions, from one-to-one swaps—trading tunes with other musicians—and even from the soundtracks for Saturday morning cartoons watched while I was a child!

We'll sample several of the Celtic Tune Types:

Airs,

Ballads,

Reels,

Jigs (both single and double),

Hornpipes,

Strathspeys and

Slip Jigs.

I was blessed to be an accompanist for the McTeggart Irish Dancers in Fort Collins, CO and was able to watch the tunes I already love to play come to life in the feet of the dancers.

Celtic Ornamentation

Comparing and learning from the ornaments of fiddling & piping, we'll learn both where and when to play them.

Steve Eulberg has over 38 years of experience

discovering, playing and teaching hammered dulcimer.  He earned a Master of Music Education from Boston University with a goal of teaching traditional music on traditional instruments.

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Sign up for 6 weeks of intensive learning from the comfort of your own home.

You get:

  • A weekly live 50-60 minute class taught by Steve
  • Practice assignments each week
  • Handouts provided as .pdf files
  • Video archives of each lesson
  • Interaction with other students

You need:

  • The desire and commitment to learn and grow as a mountain or hammered dulcimer player
  • An internet connected device equipped with a webcam and microphone (most laptops, tablets, and smart phones work).
  • An email address

How it works:

When you register, you will receive access  to the Class Resources page which will have the link to join a Zoom meeting. Click that link to attend the class each week. Zoom allows everyone to see each other throughout the class, so you can play along with Steve as he teaches. Student microphones will be muted unless they are asking a question, so you will only hear Steve’s audio. The entire class will be recorded and sent to all registered students, along with handouts for the following week, at the conclusion of each class. 

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Participation in this class includes a downloadable copy of Interactive PDF of Steve's Text with a demonstration CD.  This can be imported into tablet software like ForScore.

If you'd like to purchase the physical book CD, click the button below to order.

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The traditional way of learning is...

knee to knee or in our case, screen to screen. 

Students will receive .mp3 sound files to listen before class to the tunes we'll be learning, together with the reinforcement of written tablature. 

Finally, a video archive of each week's session is provided to students as well.

The Dulcimer Community is welcoming....

This course gives you the skills to enter into jam sessions of traditional music and hammer along with enthusiasm and joy!

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