Timothy's Blog

Timothy's blog on dulcimers, music, nature and life!

I am a musician playing primarily hammered dulcimer and flute, and have produced 15 instrumental albums on Virginia, Nature, History, Celtic, Christmas, and other themes; self-styled and original in approach, with a strong respect for sources and meanings.

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Important information for ukulele players

Important information for ukulele players

Everything on this list is essential to be able to play the ukulele! These aren’t just tips, but they make it possible to play, and to play well.

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Slash chords!

Slash chords!

Lots of sheet music has chords written over the top of the staff. For example, if the key signature of the notation has one sharp, you might see chords that start and end with ‘G’, in which case the tune is most likely in the key of G Major. It may start and end with ‘Em’, meaning probably that the key is E Minor, which has the same notes and chords as G Major, except that the scale starts on a different note.

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Three ways of naming and playing musical notes!

Three ways of naming and playing musical notes!

 

Please don’t be dismayed by the possibility that this blog post is going to get too technical! The concepts are simple, and I think they are incredibly useful!

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Center yourself on the hammered dulcimer’s treble bridge

Center yourself on the hammered dulcimer’s treble bridge

I think it somehow feels natural, when you play hammered dulcimer, to center your body behind the instrument. The assumption, I guess, is to be able to equally reach all the note locations.

But I’ve found that I can play my best when I center my body behind the treble bridge, and usually reach to the right for the bass bridge notes.

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True bear stories!

True bear stories!

I have a modest collection of true bear stories from my times camping, hiking, and backpacking, which are fairly extensive and have only occasionally involved bears. Below I’d like to share a few for posterity. (Rowan has already heard all of these, but years ago now, so he might need a refresher! And Wyatt and Virginia need to hear these too.)

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