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Bluegrass has brought more people together and made
more friends than any music in the world.
- Bill Monroe

NEW: Part 2 of our Bluegrass Series
What makes a tune or a song “bluegrass” anyway? Well, if you ask five bluegrass players, you'll most likely get five different answers. Bluegrass music is usually performed by a group with a guitar, an upright bass, a mandolin, a fiddle, and a banjo, and features “high lonesome” three-part singing. Since most of early bluegrass musicians lived in remote areas, the lyrics of their songs reflected life on the farm or in the hills.

BUT NOW, dulcimer players can learn to become a part of these fun-lovin' musical groups, and play along with those toe-tappin' tunes that have caught the heart of so many Americans. We have just uploaded
Part 2 of our Bluegrass Series for mountain dulcimer players.

In the video example on our preview page, Steve continues by reviewing a bluegrass lick going up, and then teaching the lick going back down.

What's Wrong with This Picture?
There is a very basic rule regarding the proper care of a stringed
instrument being ignored here.  Do you know what it is?

Would it be all right to ignore the rule, if there is no other place to keep your dulcimer?
If you know the answers, brag to 
Steve or myself.

Happy dulcimering,

Bridging the Gap Between What You Know ... And Where You Want Your Music to Go

Dulcimer Crossing

Have you ever wondered where I find all the great festivals to report in this section of the newsletter. I check the event page in "Everything Dulcimer," a website where you can find anything you want to know about the dulcimer world.

Here are some website statistics:

Dulcimer related topics in the discussion forums - 27,591

Registered members - 10,354

Songs tabbed out and ready to play - 1,288

Clubs ready to welcome you - 495

Events for you to enjoy - always changes and automatically updated - 27

Teachers waiting to help you - 400

Builders ready to build your perfect dulcimer - 151

Performers wanting to “wow” you - 295

Articles for you to explore - 73

Classified ads to browse - 1,272

Cimbalom World Association
2017 Congress

September 20-4, 2017
Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

Here's an idea for an amazing adventure. The Cimbalom World Association organises a congress every two years, each time in a different country. This year it will be in in Banská Bystrica, in central Slovakia.

A cimbalon is a large Hungarian dulcimer, a concert-sized hammered dulcimer. Oh, how I would enjoy attending the "Concert of the Countries." For more information about this amazing event, click here.

Now, just in case you're wondering (like I was), the U.S. first lady is not from Slovakia! She is from Slovenia. A few new states were created in Europe at the beginning of the 90s. Two big countries, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, broke into several smaller states. Two of them have similar names: Slovakia and Slovenia.

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