This is an original Celtic-flavored tune written in honor of a brave young lady I knew briefly in Northern Vermont...she was beginning a career in jazz piano, and I never found out if she persisted or not. Tunes like this continue to evolve over a very long period of time, and every time through the chords, I tend to improvise some variations.
Music happens in the moment. It is not something we can hold on to. So doesn't it make sense to focus on the JOY of the PROCESS of making music?
Jerry Rockwell is one of a handful of folk musicians who, since about1970, have been national and international advocates for the mountain dulcimer. He is an accomplished player, teacher, and custom builder of thisAmerican folk instrument. Jerry specializes in the gentle, soothing, and hypnoticsounds of Celtic airs, waltzes, and folk tunes, and is committed tohelping his students explore the dulcimer in the deepest and fullest waypossible. He lives and works in the Appalachian foothills of southeast Ohio, andregularly teaches mountain dulcimer at workshops across the country. InJuly of 2007, he performed, taught, and lectured at a folk festival inSiglufjord, Iceland.
This tune is a multi-tracked electric dulcimer meditation. It uses the same chords as "The Axis of Awesome!"
This is a Celtic-flavored original with two multi-tracked electric dulcimers
This is a Robert Burns medley played solo on an 8-string dulcimer.
This started out with a pure acoustic track of McSpadden Ginger (small mountain dulcimer) tuned EBEE 4-string equidistant. Then I added one more track of the same instrument with a magnetic pickup playing a lower "bass" part. Great fun, then building out all the ambient stuff!!!
Just a test....this is a test...testing one, two, four, six, nine, thirteen.....
This is a musical ode to those days in February, March, and even April that seem like a continued Winter: like we had in the last few years - 2014 and 2015 in particular. Multitracked electric dulcimers form the core of this composition, with some electric guitar and synth as well.
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1: What artist would you most love to work with?
Peter Knight (formerly of Steeleye Span)
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
3: What was the worst advice?
a suggestion that I perform at tiny country craft fairs!
4: What was your first concert?
A performance with a rock band circa 1965 on Long Island
5: What/where is the best road food?
Little Italy neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
"If you can build those neat little crossbows from scratch, you can DEFINITELY build a dulcimer"
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
Richard Wagner (Prelude to Act One of Tristan und Isolde)