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Direct Download A formal introduction to the Stark Series, an ongoing string of episodes that demonstrate a tune simply by playing it. Rendered in high-contrast black and white to reduce visual distractions, each segment features multiple camera angles to clearly show left and right hand technique. Zero talking, as music is the focus. The basics. B…
 
Direct Download Bing performs “Mes Parents” on mountain dulcimer while highlighting the melody, drones, chords and rhythm change-ups through multiple passes. Download the tablature at the Patreon Open House here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/51502526 Bing Futch is endorsed by Folkcraft Instruments, V-Picks and Zither Stands. Enjoy "Dulcimerica"? C…
 
051 In this episode we feature the stories and music of Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, a husband and wife musical duo based in Warren, Rhode Island. They’re well known for their blend of gorgeous vocals as well as being multi-instrumentalists. The amazing array of instruments they play include old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, har…
 
Direct Download Learning how to switch keys with a capo is the focus in this episode, which features tips on how to boost your playing range. Also, a demonstration of three different capo designs. And a little theory. Bing Futch is endorsed by Folkcraft Instruments, V-Picks and Zither Stands. Enjoy "Dulcimerica"? Consider supporting the program by …
 
Direct Download Bing changes his mountain dulcimer strings and offers up some insight into the construction, science and purchasing of strings. http:tinyurl.com/stringtensioncalculator - http://juststrings.com Bing Futch is endorsed by Folkcraft Instruments, V-Picks and Zither Stands. Enjoy "Dulcimerica"? Consider supporting the program by becoming…
 
Direct Download Bing works on a developed improvisation of a new tune called “Murmuration.” Armed with a chord progression, he creates a melody to go with the chords. Key of A Major tuned DAD with a special guest borrowed/altered chord. Bing Futch is endorsed by Folkcraft Instruments, V-Picks and Zither Stands. Enjoy "Dulcimerica"? Consider support…
 
Direct Download For the first time in the history of Dulcimerica, Bing goes full fan-boy in this episode that follows in the format of the previous one; a from-scratch arrangement of a song. This time, it's the 1967 hit “I Think We're Alone Now”, but with a late-80s twist. Bing Futch is endorsed by Folkcraft Instruments, V-Picks and Zither Stands. …
 
Direct Download In a first-of-its-kind episode, Bing arranges the tune “Shenandoah” from scratch, deploying bits of music theory and shedding light on the process over the course of 45 minutes. Bing Futch is endorsed by Folkcraft Instruments, V-Picks and Zither Stands. Enjoy "Dulcimerica"? Consider supporting the program by becoming a patron!…
 
Direct Download Wrapping up a trilogy of rhythmic episodes, Bing delves deeper into syncopation and the use of “push rhythms” to shift emphasis from strong beats to weak beats. Bing Futch is endorsed by Folkcraft Instruments, V-Picks and Zither Stands. Enjoy "Dulcimerica"? Consider supporting the program by becoming a patron!…
 
Direct Download Continuing on the rhythm “feels” track, Bing presents time signatures divisible by three in order to provide examples of creating rolling motion in arrangements. ¾, 6/8, 9/8 and 12/8 are covered in this episode. Bing Futch is endorsed by Folkcraft Instruments, V-Picks and Zither Stands. Enjoy "Dulcimerica"? Consider supporting the p…
 
Direct Download Another multi-part series coming your way and, this time, the subject is rhythm! Bing begins with a discussion on “feel” and introduces the practice of “swinging the eights.” Bing Futch is endorsed by Folkcraft Instruments, V-Picks and Zither Stands. Enjoy "Dulcimerica"? Consider supporting the program by becoming a patron!…
 
Direct Download Bing continues a two-part study on the function of bass in music. This week, the focus is on playing the bass dulcimer as support for an ensemble. What notes to play and how creative can you get? Using a looper pedal and a four-chord progression, Bing breaks down the theory. Bing Futch is endorsed by Folkcraft Instruments, V-Picks a…
 
050 In this episode we feature our conversation with Jim and Betty Woods, longtime owners of the renowned McSpadden Dulcimers. Over the last two decades, Jim and Betty were able to maintain and raise the reputation of McSpadden Dulcimers. In 2020, Jim and Betty transferred ownership of McSpadden Dulcimers.…
 
Direct Download By popular demand, Bing introduces part one of a two-part workshop on “being the bass player.” First, he demonstrates how to add some bass presence and dynamics to the mountain dulcimer, also tips on supporting chord movement and creating melodic lines. Bing Futch is endorsed by Folkcraft Instruments, V-Picks and Zither Stands. Enjo…
 
Direct Download In the final episode of a four-week series on elements of song, Bing demonstrates the function of bass in music, some variations, and then puts all four elements together in a live-looped performance of “Black Mountain Rag” in four parts. Download the tablature from Patreon for free! https://www.patreon.com/posts/46807260 Bing Futch…
 
Direct Download In part three of a four-part series on elements of song, Bing recaps melody and harmony before going into chords; how to build and play them. Also, using the melody to signal when the chord changes. Bing Futch is endorsed by Folkcraft Instruments, V-Picks and Zither Stands. Enjoy "Dulcimerica"? Consider supporting the program by bec…
 
Direct Download Continuing with part two of a four-part series, Bing introduces harmony as another element of song, adding it into “Black Mountain Rag” and showing how to easily find parallel harmonies on the mountain dulcimer in DAD tuning. Bing Futch is endorsed by Folkcraft Instruments, V-Picks and Zither Stands. Enjoy "Dulcimerica"? Consider su…
 
Direct Download Bing presents the first episode of a four-part series that takes a close look at four basic parts of a song. Beginning with melody, and with “Black Mountain Rag” as the example tune, this episode breaks down a simple melody and looks at the theory and emotion of songs. Bing Futch is endorsed by Folkcraft Instruments, V-Picks and Zit…
 
Direct Download For the first episode of 2021, and the start of season number fourteen, Bing takes a new Folkcraft Instruments alto/bass double dulcimer for a test drive with some fun music for the new year! Bing Futch is endorsed by Folkcraft Instruments, V-Picks and Zither Stands. Enjoy "Dulcimerica"? Consider supporting the program by becoming a…
 
Direct Download Bing performs a selection of Christmas songs during a virtual concert on December 6th. Included are "Joy To The World", "O Holy Night", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "We Three Kings." Bing Futch is endorsed by Folkcraft Instruments, V-Picks and Zither Stands. Enjoy "Dulcimerica"? Consider supporting the program by becoming a pat…
 
047 This episode was especially created for dulcimer players. We spoke with Stephen Seifert, one of the top dulcimer performers and teachers in the mountain dulcimer world. Steve gives tips and ideas for what dulcimer players can do to help improve their playing while they’re staying at home.By Patricia Delich & Wayne Jiang
 
044 The gentle sound of the dulcimer lends itself to lullabies. They ease us into the day and calm us down at night. Lullabies give comfort to the inner child in all of us, no matter how old or young we are. In this episode you’ll hear lullabies played by dulcimer players David Schnaufer, Molly McCormack, Neal Walters, Aubrey Atwater, Dusty Turtle,…
 
043 We're focusing this episode on music for children on the mountain dulcimer. You'll hear traditional and original songs, songs about whimsical instruments, animal adventures, and songs about people and places. With music from dulcimer players Heidi Muller, Bob Webb, Molly McCormack, Kevin Roth, Aubrey Atwater, Joellen Lapidus, Rick Scott, and Jo…
 
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