|We have a new lesson for our mountain dulcimer players by Neal Hellman called Lauda di Maria Maddalenna. The word "Lauda" means to give praise and, in 13th century Italy, there were at least 150-160 Laudas collected from both Florence and Cortona. In this new lesson series, Neal teaches us to play a lovely arrangement of his favorite Lauda. Click here to see Neal's demonstration of this beautiful tune.
Neal Hellman followed several career paths -- cab driver, school teacher -- before deciding to perform on the dulcimer for a living. He made his first marks on the music scene in 1973 with two books on the dulcimer, and followed these up with two albums, Appalachian Dulcimer Duet and Dulcimer Airs, Ballads and Bears. These two recordings were cordially received and led Hellman to tour extensively, both in America and Europe. The culmination of this period of activity was his albumn "Oktober County" released by Hellman's own Gourd Music.
We also have a new lesson for our hammered dulcimer players by Steve Eulberg - a fun Celtic tune, a slip jig in 9/8 time, called Another Jig Will Do. There are some interesting twists in the new series for this lively Irish tune. For example, you may find the 9/8 time challenging at first. The tune is based on the mixolydian scale, and the A part is shorter than the B part. But the A part is repeated, so both parts come out equal in length.
to see Steve play through the tune for us.
As always, if you have any questions, always feel free to ask Steve or myself.
Attend Steve's Concerts
FROM the comfort of HOME!
Steve is going to start presenting some Concert Window Concerts online, and Nov. 16 will be the first one. The theme will be Gratitude 5 pm PST, 6 pm MST, 7 pm CST, 8 pm EST.
If you're interested, like I am, in watching Steve perform live, click here to buy your ticket. But the cool thing is ... for this concert series, you just pay what you want for your ticket. Don't forget to leave Steve a tip as well. Check it out!
On a personal note, I find the theme of "Gratitude Show" perfectly reflects Steve's heart. He loves the Lord, and has a beautiful attitude of gratitude in every area of his life. He never fails to thank me for my work, and in his newsletters, he thanks his supporters and followers. I am blessed to have him as a business partner.
Colorado Dulcimer Festival
February 5-6, 2016
The annual Colorado Dulcimer Festival is held on the first weekend in February, and provides an opportunity for players of both Hammered and Mountain Dulcimers (and more!) to gather, learn, listen, jam, and share a magical musical experience in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. There will be
- Workshops & Jams
- Featured Performers & Instructors
- Evening Concerts
- Dulcimer Orchestra Performance
- On-Site Meals
- Band Scramble
- Traditional Dances
- Merchandise for Sale