Monday, February 08, 2016

Dulcimerica 302 - "Riding On The Metronome"










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By viewer request! Bing presents the metronome as a useful tool in developing a strong, consistent rhythm sense. Demonstrations in exercise practice, song rehearsal and some subdivision tricks that will help you cozy up to the metronome. Bing Futch endorses, and is endorsed by, Folkcraft Instruments ( http://Folkcraft.com ), V-Picks ( http://V-Picks.com ) and General Case (http://GeneralCase.com) Please help support Dulcimerica by becoming a patron on Patreon! http://www.Patreon.com/BingFutch  

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Dulcimerica 301 - "Demo: Swallowtail Jig"










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Bing starts off the 9th season of "Dulcimerica" with a song demo of the Celtic tune "Swallowtail Jig." The tune is performed at moderate tempo with focus on hand-placement and melody with additional instruction on adding chords when playing solo. And then some kind of poltergeist shows up at the end. Weird. Bing Futch endorses, and is endorsed by, Folkcraft Instruments ( http://Folkcraft.com ), V-Picks ( http://V-Picks.com ) and General Case (http://GeneralCase.com) Please help support Dulcimerica by becoming a patron on Patreon! http://www.Patreon.com/BingFutch  

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Dulcimerica 300 - "Top Ten Ways To Improve Your Playing"










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The 300th episode of "Dulcimerica"! It features a Top Ten list of things you can do to help improve your playing in the new year. Bing Futch endorses, and is endorsed by, Folkcraft Instruments ( http://Folkcraft.com ), V-Picks ( http://V-Picks.com ) and General Case (http://GeneralCase.com) Please help support Dulcimerica by becoming a patron on Patreon! http://www.Patreon.com/BingFutch  

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Dulcimerica 299 - "Intro To Looping"










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An introduction to the looper pedal for practice and performance! Bing Futch endorses, and is endorsed by, Folkcraft Instruments ( http://Folkcraft.com ), V-Picks ( http://V-Picks.com ) and General Case (http://GeneralCase.com) Please help support Dulcimerica by becoming a patron on Patreon! http://www.Patreon.com/BingFutch  

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Dulcimerica 298 - "Amazing Grace: Quickstudy"










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Bing demonstrates some of the ways to embellish an arrange a simple tune on the mountain dulcimer, using "Amazing Grace" as an example. This video goes over chord-melody style playing in the key of DAD, the use of dominant seventh chords, bass string walk-ups and walk-downs, chord substitutions and the use of the 1 1/2 fret to introduce "blue notes" for added emotion. Bing Futch endorses, and is endorsed by, Folkcraft Instruments ( http://Folkcraft.com ), V-Picks ( http://V-Picks.com ) and General Case (http://GeneralCase.com) Please help support Dulcimerica by becoming a patron on Patreon! http://www.Patreon.com/BingFutch  

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Dulcimerica 297 - "Three Fingers Walk Into A Barre"










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Bing demonstrates the use of the barre chord, also known as the 5 chord, root-five chord or power chord (say it with gusto!) After a review of the three basic DAD chord shapes and two ways to play each major scale, he then shows how to use the barre to support chord changes while soloing. Fun workout stuff! Bing Futch endorses, and is endorsed by, Folkcraft Instruments ( http://Folkcraft.com ), V-Picks ( http://V-Picks.com ) and General Case (http://GeneralCase.com) Please help support Dulcimerica by becoming a patron on Patreon! http://www.Patreon.com/BingFutch  

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Monday, December 07, 2015

Dulcimerica 296 - "Fingerpickin' Good"










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Get into the basics of fingerpicking with good positioning and some rolls that will help you build a support for chords, melodies and transitions. Plucking, pinching and brushing is covered as well.  

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Saturday, December 05, 2015

Dulcimerica 295 - "Chasing The Melody"










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Bing demonstrates melody chasing by reviewing secrets of the three main DAD chord shapes on mountain dulcimer and then showing how to connect those shapes across the fretboard to service melodies.  

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Dulcimerica 294 - "Day At Trough Creek (Live)"










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Bing Futch performs his original piece "Day At Trough Creek", from "Dulcimerica: Volume 3", on The Pickin' Porch at Wood 'n' Strings Dulcimer Shop in Townsend, TN. Recorded August 1st, 2015. Watch for the flock of wild geese that fly down river during Bing's set!  

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Dulcimerica 293 - "WAKE UP, Maggie!"










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From the 2015 Midland Folk Music Festival, Bing improvises on Native American flute with Dee Dee Tibbits and Tom Krause of Sonas and then joins them, on mountain dulcimer, in a volcanic rendition of "Drowsy Maggie".  

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Dulcimerica 292 - "Flip Side Of The Country"










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Bing perform "The Flip Side" at the Midland Folk Music Festival in August 2015.  

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