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Timothy's blog on dulcimers, music, nature and life!
OCT
24

Can they see you?

Can they see you?

[Photo: Virginia Sky, with Ann Robinson and Peter Budnikas.]

Guitarists face the audience, especially when they’re singing.  Of course!  Well, pianists don’t, because they need for the piano to face the audience, so they face sideways.

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A spontaneous 'Shenandoah' on hammered dulcimer

In 1996 I set about recording the classic folk tune ‘Shenandoah’ in a special, new, expressive way with something of a sense of the epic in its flow.  So I chose to devise a pattern in which each verse would be in a different key and each new key would be either a major or minor third away from the previous one --- a somewhat startling and unconventional kind of key change!  

On top of that, I wanted to jump to each new key immediately at the end of each verse without playing the verse’s last note --- at least till the very end of the whole piece.

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My composition 'Preservation' on solo hammered dulcimer, separated-hands style

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My Dulcimer Players News "Pro-file" in 1999

My Dulcimer Players News "Pro-file" in 1999

In 1999 I wrote a personal account about my life with music up to that point and particularly in relation the hammered dulcimer.  Perhaps it will be of interest!

Click here for the archive of the article.

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Midwinter Etude for hammered dulcimer

Visually on the hammered dulcimer the "shape" of a three-note chord (a triad) is often a triangle, with the "vertices" the places where the hammers strike.

Around 1990, as a relatively new player, I wanted to practice playing triangles in a repeating right-left-right-left pattern, so one evening I started near the top of the dulcimer and played the E minor chord then moved down to the next position (G major) and continued downward in this way till an even number of measures seemed to call for a change. I inserted a few other figures as part of this for interest (moving up a note for a moment, etc.), but the pattern was basically straightforward as a triangle study.

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