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Thursday, December 8, 2011

New YAMs in Stock

I have a few new YAMs in stock now -- this one is walnut sides and back, sassafras top, and cherry fingerboard. It has a 24" VSL (nut to bridge open string length).

Sunday, October 9, 2011

10th Annual SouthEast Ohio Dulcimer Festival

We'll be having our tiny dulcimer festival again in Stewart, Ohio, at the Federal Valley Resource Center, on Saturday, October 22nd. Last year we had some very intimate workshops and an incredible staff concert in the evening. This year we have most of the same folks teaching, along with a few new teachers, so it should be another great year.

This year everything is a benefit for the FVRC, so it is a great, big team effort!

Friday, July 8, 2011

web site down for a while

I guess every once in a while you need to make a major change: in our case we've had pretty good luck for well over a decade (a VERY long stretch in web-time!) with a small hosting service and ISP in SE Ohio. About a week ago they were moving some of their web hosting customers to a new server, and something catastrophic must have happened, because now they won't return phone calls, and there is a constant busy signal on their main local phone line.

We've got a new hosting service all lined up, but it will probably be a few weeks before everything is back up and running. Thanks for your patience on this - we are doing everything we can to restore the site. With any luck (and, of course, a certain measure of skill!) we might even have a simpler, cleaner design and user interface. We've put off a major redesign for too long.


Jerry Rockwell

Saturday, June 11, 2011

I Love This!

Shambhu has some very appealing music - check it out:

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New Prototype: Fully Chromatic Dulcimer for Playing Underneath

I've got this new prototype set up in 4-string equidistant, and the strings are reversed to make it familiar to guitar players. I'm tuning DADE or 1-5-8-9 to start, but I'll probably try a huge variety of other options before I spend any serious time working out chord shapes and such.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Interview on Dulcimer Sessions!

The April/May issue of Mel Bay's Dulcimer Sessions web site has an interview with me, beautifully and professionally put together by my long-time friend and fellow dulcimer player, Lois Hornbostel.

There is a video linked in the interview where I'm playing an semi-improvised version of my tune Light Into Darkness. Back on my home page, I recently put up a pdf of a fairly composed study on the same D-A-Bm-G chord progression. (the famous "Axis of Awesome" chords!). This written study is made to go with the ground bass, which I have in the first eight measures of the study.

Dulcimer Sessions is an absolutely incredible resource for learning mountain as well as hammered dulcimer: the issues go way back, so be sure to look through the listing of back issues.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Reference Structure 1

Sometimes I call this "In My World" but it is basically a very circular Mixolydian Progression:

A D Em D

Try it in a variety of tempos and time signatures. I think it makes a great progression for 6/8 and 9/8 jig-like ideas. Have Fun!!