Sunday, December 30, 2007

TDVP Episode 55 - A Look Back At 2007









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Seems like just yesterday I was pondering the idea of doing a dulcimer podcast and now, over 55 episodes later (the first four videos were experiments), I'm looking at a retrospective of the people, places and music that have enriched and blessed my life over the past twelve months.

With only a self-imposed ten-minute limit in which to reflect, I've chosen to show some of the footage that ended up on the cutting room floor this year, from musical performances to, yes, bloopers (oh, and there were many.) From Phoenix, Arizona to Hamden, Connecticut - it's been a blast and I'm looking forward to 2008's travels, seeing old friends and meeting new ones while making LOTS of music. You'll catch a glimpse of the new very blue studio in this episode (for those who have been watching since the beginning, it's the carport where I stalked the Fed-Ex guy in Episode 2) and be sure to hang around after the credits for one last dose of fun.

Big thanks to all the folks who appeared on TDVP throughout the year. Also, huge thanks to all the viewers and subscribers who have signed up through the web to watch the program; your dedication keeps me going!

So, what will 2008 bring? For starters, a new intro/outro sequence and more regular appearances of features like "Dulcimail." Also, in response to requests, a select number of episodes will be available on broadcast-quality DVD. I know some of you really enjoy the show, but would enjoy it more if it wasn't presented on a screen the size of a postage stamp.

Happy New Year, everybody!

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

TDVP Episode 54 - Getting To Know You Pt. 2









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In the second half of this episode, a workshop on "Auld Lang Syne." Happy New Year!

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Friday, December 28, 2007

TDVP Episode 54 - Getting To Know You Pt. 1









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This two-part episode is for all of the folks who just joined the mountain dulcimer-player family; those who got dulcimers for Christmas, birthdays or just plain picked one up recently. In part one, some exercises for working with scales and also coordination skills.

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Friday, December 14, 2007

TDVP Episode 53 - Bloomin' Finale









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To wrap up the series from NGFDA Fall Festival, the inimitable Ken Bloom and the bowed dulcimer. Plus, Bing's rendition of "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" as we say goodbye to Helen, Georgia.

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TDVP Episode 52 - Ron Ewing









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On the final day of the NGFDA Fall Festival, I finally get a quick moment with perfomer/luthier Ron Ewing.

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TDVP Episode 51 - Double Trouble









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Not one but two champion mountain dulcimer pickers, Jeff Hames and Aaron Thornton, bring the house down during their respective sets on Saturday night; closing out the NGFDA concerts.

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TDVP Episode 50 - Jesus Loves Me









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The next episode from Unicoi - featuring 2007 Winfield National Champion Joe Collins performing "Jesus Loves Me" during his Saturday night concert.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

TDVP Episode 49 - Unicoi Magic









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The next episode from Unicoi - featuring a smokin' hot jam with Terry Lewis and friends, another jam featuring other staff, lots of dulcimers and cameos by some well-known folks in the dulcimer world. Plus, Bing gets his "Helen."

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Friday, December 07, 2007

TDVP Episode 48 - Hammer Down









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My apologies for the delay; SEVERE computer issues! So, picking up in the town of Helen, Georgia for the NGFDA Fall Festival, an impromptu pre-concert jam featuring Alan Darveaux, Stephen Seifert, Butch Ross, Dan Landrum and others; later, Sherrie and Guy George perform during their Saturday night concert.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

TDVP Episode 47 - "Hello, Helen"









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A look at the town of Helen, Georgia, including Ekim Beau, Live at the Wildewood, 52 River Street. Ekim plays an instrument of his own invention, a Cross Beau Zither! Visit his website at: http://ekimbeau.tz4.com/

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

TDVP Episode 46 - Run On (Unicoi)









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Second video from the NGFDA Fall Festival at Unicoi State Park in Helen, Georgia. Here, Bing performs "Run On" with Butch Ross at the Friday night concert. Stay tuned for more!

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

TDVP Episode 45 - Georgia Peach









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First video from the NGFDA Fall Festival at Unicoi State Park in Helen, Georgia. Here, Bing performs his original song "Georgia Peach" at the Friday night concert. Much more to come!

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

TDVP Episode 44 - Viva Las Vegas!









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What a week! We had a blast in Vegas (and Jae got to hear Bono speak - sitting real close to him) and are back home in Orlando. I've been shooting all week using my MacBook's built-in iSight camera and built-in microphone. I used iMovie, which is not the most versatile program ever dropped from a bus, but it gets the job basically done. This was the first time I've used only the laptop to make a video. Beats cel phone video or lugging a big camera around! Thanks for watching. Thank you very much!

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TDVP Episode 43 - Alouette (Paris, Vegas)









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The traditional French tune "Alouette" performed in front of the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Halloween.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

TDVP Episode 42 - For Joy (Yes, Vegas)









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Bing performs his original tune "For Joy" in front of Circus Circus Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

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TDVP Episode 41 - Burnin' Love (Viva Las Vegas)









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Bing performs "Burnin' Love" by Elvis Presley in front of The King's own "Home Away From Home" - the Las Vegas Hilton.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

TDVP Episode 40 - People Are Strange (Still In Vegas)









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"Tired" turns to "punchy" as Bing returns to the MGM Grand, retires to the room and performs "People Are Strange."

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TDVP Episode 39 - Arkansas Traveler (From Vegas)









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"Arkansas Traveler" played by a visibly tired Bing on mountain dulcimer in front of the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Four days of Vegas will wear a person down!

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

TDVP Episode 38 - Cotton Eyed Joe (From Vegas)









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"Cotton-Eyed Joe" played while standing in front of the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Gotta love unedited, live video (watch the end and see what I'm talking about.)

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

TDVP Episode 37- Black Mountain Rag









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A mini-workshop of the fiddle tune "Black Mountain Rag" in DAD, key of D.

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

TDVP Episode 36 - Another Brick In The Wall









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Recorded at the Nutmeg Festival in Hamden, Connecticut - Bing and festival organizer Sam Edelston duet during the Friday night concert on Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In The Wall."

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Monday, October 08, 2007

TDVP Episode 35 - You Will Go Free









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Recorded at the Nutmeg Festival in Hamden, Connecticut - Bing performs a cover of Tonio K's "You Will Go Free."

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

TDVP Episode 34 - Over The Rainbow









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Recorded at the Nutmeg Festival in Hamden, Connecticut - Bing and the audience perform a sweet and dreamy rendition of "Over The Rainbow." A beautiful moment in time.

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

TDVP Episode 33 - Wildwood Flower









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While waiting for one of my students to show up for a lesson at the Embassy Suites in Phoenix, Arizona, I decided to test the wireless connection and upload a song demo of "Wildwood Flower."

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

TDVP Episode 32 - Come On With Me









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Bing Futch performs his original song "Come On With Me" at the 25th Annual Mountain Music Festival in Manitou Springs, Colorado.

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Monday, September 10, 2007

TDVP Episode 31 - Back To Manitou









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A look around Manitou Springs, Colorado and a short tour of The Dulcimer Shop - plus, a Sunday morning Mountain Music Festival trio of Quintin Stephens, Roger Zimish and Bing Futch plays "Run On."

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

TDVP Episode 30 - Garden of the Gods









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A new group debuts! Manitou is Dave Batti, Robert Force, Bud Ford III, Bing Futch, Judy Piazza, Quintin Stephens and Roger Zimish. Here, we record "Boy On Rock" in the Garden of the Gods.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

TDVP Episode 29 - From The Top Of Pike's Peak









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Here in Manitou Springs, Colorado for the 25th Annual Manitou Music Festival - we go to great heights for this episode. Over 14,000 feet to the top of Pike's Peak!

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Houston, We Have A Problem









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On the way through Texas, Bing gets caught by Tropical Storm Erin and experiences a flash flood.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

TDVP Episode 28- "Spotted Pony"









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A demo and workshop of the fiddle tune "Spotted Pony." Season Two continues!

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Monday, August 13, 2007

TDVP Episode 27- "Aloha Liam and Thomas"









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Back to workshopping tunes! This is a song that I've learnt from Liam Robinson and Thomas Fairbairn of Pigeon English. They are based out of Lincolnshire, England and I've been wanting to demo this song for awhile. There's more to come before I hit the road again later this week!

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

TDVP Episode 26- "Home Again, Home Again"









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With Kentucky Music Week over, the trip home begins, but not before one last instructor session with Dave Haas, a fun romp through Chattanooga, Tennessee and a front porch picking session with Mark Gilston.

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Monday, August 06, 2007

TDVP Episode 25- "KMW: Day 5"









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Friday at Kentucky Music Week 2007 wraps up the week with some last looks around the campus and a laugh-filled double "109 Session" featuring Sarah Elisabeth and the duo of Tull Glazener and Molly McCormack!

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

TDVP Episode 24- "KMW: Day 4"









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Thursday at Kentucky Music Week 2007 features a look at the general store, a jam with Butch Ross and Gary Sager, another jam with shots from the Thursday barn dance and a 109 Session with Rich Carty!

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Monday, July 23, 2007

TDVP Episode 23- "KMW: Day 3"









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Wednesday at Kentucky Music Week 2007 - music and fun spilling from all corners! I enjoy a song and a sing-along with Molly McCormack and hear a tune from Sam Stone, the Bard of Henryville, Indiana! Our "109 Session" comes courtesy of Tull Glazener who performs a sweet version of "Misty."

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

TDVP Episode 22 - "KMW: Day 2"









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Tuesday was the group photo at Kentucky Music Week 2007 and our "109 Session" this time around is my adopted nephew Josh Noe rocking out some "Whiskey Before Breakfast."

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

TDVP Episode 21x - "Dueling Podcasts"









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More of Monday at Kentucky Music Week 2007 featuring Stephen Seifert as he conducts his weekly Mountain Dulcimer Folk podcast from the lobby of the Bardstown Quality Inn! Then fast-forward to Steve's end-of-the-week "109 Session" in Room 109.

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

TDVP Episode 20 - "Hello Bardstown"








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Two mountain dulcimers. One hurdy-gurdy. One man. One take. A primer on these two instruments, compressed into twelve un-edited minutes delivered by Fred Meyer.

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Monday, July 02, 2007

TDVP Episode 19 - "Kentucky Bound"








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Another road trip begins - this time, to Kentucky Music Week! But first, a trip to Chattanooga to pick up Butch Ross and then, an introduction to KMW, including a duet performance of "Juke Joint Hen."

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Saturday, June 09, 2007

TDVP Episode 18 - "Ohio Pt. 6"








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The conclusion of the Ohio trip series - featuring Guy George, Jan Hammond, Tom Ball, Don Pedi and the journey back home to Orlando in my faithful little blue Geo Metro, "Buster."

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Friday, June 08, 2007

TDVP Episode 17 - "Ohio Pt. 5"








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Glimpses of a concert in Lancaster before a brief respite with friends at The Brouse House in Medina en route to Lisbon for the grand finale at Dulci-More 13 - featuring Mitzie Collins, Don Pedi, Bill Schilling and some friends from EverythingDulcimer.com

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Thursday, June 07, 2007

TDVP Episode 16 - "Ohio Pt. 4"








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A dreamy trip continues through Roscoe Village Dulcimer Days! From John Kafka's personal dulcimer story and song to a visit at Wildwood Music.

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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

TDVP Episode 15 - "Ohio Pt. 3"








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The Ohio trip continues through Lancaster and Coshocton as I meet up with Mike Oliver and head to Roscoe Village Dulcimer Days!

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Monday, June 04, 2007

TDVP Episode 14 - "Ohio Pt. 2"








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The Ohio trip continues with a little jaunt down the road to Guysville to meet up with performer, teacher and luthier Jerry Rockwell.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

TDVP Episode 13 - Ohio Pt.1








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The road to Ohio kicks off the first in a series of episodes that is our first festival hop - from the Roscoe Village Dulcimer Days to Dulci-More 13. In this episode, I visit with Kendra Ward and Bob Bence in Bidwell.

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

TDVP Episode 12 - "Amazing Grace (Miles To Go)"








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This week, a song demonstration of "Amazing Grace (Miles To Go)" by request! This tune is featured in the just-released songbook "Dulcimerica: All Over The Map, Volume 1", which is previewed at the end of this episode.

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

TDVP Episode 11 - "Jam & Que"








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Sneak Peek City! First, we travel to Fort Christmas, Florida for some food, fun, fellowship and music with the Ft. Christmas Jam and Que. Dennis Waldrop shares a tune and some of his mountain dulcimers, Bing and Della share a duet with "Rocky Top." Stick around after the episode for another sneak peek at Kentucky Music Week!

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Monday, April 16, 2007

TDVP Episode 10 - "Sunday Morning"








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This episode is a demonstration of the song "Sunday Morning" from the album "Dulcimerica: Volume 1" and also included in the songbook "All Over The Map" which will be published next month.

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Monday, April 09, 2007

TDVP Episode 9 - "Seminole Solstice"








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This episode is a demonstration of a new song called "Seminole Solstice" which is included in the songbook "All Over The Map" which will be published next month.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

TDVP Episode 8 - "Stringer, Then Fiction" Pt. 2








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Part two, in which more tunings are discussed and demonstrated along with some minor music theory, scale degrees, three chords and the truth. Sorry for the wonky dulcimer!

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Monday, March 26, 2007

TDVP Episode 8 - "Stringer, Then Fiction" Pt. 1








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We got Dulcimail! Not only that, but two separate messages asking about some of the same things, which I cover in a two-part episode. It doesn't get any more basic than this: stringing up, tuning up and chording up. Starting from strings off through tuning in three different modes and then part two deals with three basic chords and minor music theory.

No cat appearances in this one. Sorry. What can you do? They're cats.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

TDVP Episode 7 - "Song For George"








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So, I've been working on this song since June of 2006 and wanted to share my progress with those new to the song and with those of you who took Butch Ross' workshop on this particular tune. Josh Noe, hey nephew - bring on the response video, mang!

Check it out - a workshopping of "Song For George."

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

TDVP Episode 6 - "Squire Wood's Lament"








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In honor of St. Patrick's day - a tune from one of Ireland's greatest composers; Turlough O'Carolan! (No, I didn't cut my dreads off - they're just in a ponytail.)

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

TDVP DulciMail - Strappin' In








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Our first DulciMail installment where I take YOUR questions and topic suggestions! Off the line, the long and short of dulcimer straps (mostly long and dreadfully punchy.)

Send YOUR questions and topic sugggestions to me at bingfutch@yahoo.com.

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Friday, February 23, 2007

TDVP Episode 5 - "Hangman's Reel: Crash Course"








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This is a serious cram-session, stuffed full of a tutorial on how to play "Hangman's Reel" in three different keys. Good thing you can download these and play them over and over again, huh?

Aware that dulcimer players of all abilities are watching this series - I may start marking the tutorial/workshop videos with a graphic that states the level of difficulty. Of course, this won't apply to performance clips, interviews and road trip entries, but y'all get the picture.

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Friday, February 09, 2007

TDVP Episode 4 - "Force & Futch: 'For Joy'"








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The second half of a two-part episode recounting how I met the amazing Robert Force at the 2006 Manitou Springs Mountain Music Festival.

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TDVP Episode 3 - "Force & Futch: 'Wellyn'"








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A two-part episode recounting how I met the amazing Robert Force at the 2006 Manitou Springs Mountain Music Festival.

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Friday, February 02, 2007

TDVP Episode 2 - "Cluck Old Hen"








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While waiting for the Fed-Ex guy, I park it in the carport and dig in deep with the traditional tune "Cluck Old Hen."

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

TDVP Episode 1 - "Pickin' Picks To Pick With"








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First official episode! All about picks and strumming techniques - from different types and manufacturers of picks to play-through strumming and how to launch your pick like a rockstar. Some fun with the basics (and the effects generator too.)

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Thank You For Your Donation!

Thank you for supporting Dulcimerica! Your donation will help with production and archival costs and is very much appreciated. Thanks again and enjoy the series!

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Sunday, January 07, 2007

The Dulcimerica Video Podcast: Preview 4



Finally, to wrap-up this four-episode preview, this was the demonstration tune that I used at Knott's Berry Farm while working for Cripple Creek Dulcimers there in 1985.

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Saturday, January 06, 2007

The Dulcimerica Video Podcast: Preview 3




Though I open this episode playing "Hangman's Reel", this performance of "Rosin The Beau" is based on Stephen Seifert's recording of the song.

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Friday, January 05, 2007

The Dulcimerica Video Podcast: Preview 2



Here's a version of the well-known fiddle tune "Soldier's Joy" that I've been messing around with. It's a hodge-podge of different versions and quite fun to play!

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

The Dulcimerica Video Podcast: Preview 1





Blackjack Savage (one big ol' cat) helps usher in the first of four sneak previews from Casa de Milagro. Here, I play an original tune in DAA (Ionian Mode) called "This Road This Moment."

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

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Welcome!

Aloha!

Thanks for visiting The Dulcimerica Video Podcast page. This idea has been a long time coming and I'm very excited to begin the adventure!

For many years, I've shared my music through recordings and tablature on the internet, and as you know, we often learn by seeing as well as hearing. That's why I videotape just about every one of my performances; because video is an excellent teacher.

At some point, the decision was made to begin offering mountain dulcimer lessons through video, but I wanted to do something more than that. With one music podcast approaching two years of existence in 2007 (that would be AFI Radio - The All Florida Indies Podcast), I had long desired to do another podcast featuring the sounds of the mountain dulcimer.

So, here it is. Song demos, workshops, surprises and road trips across Dulcimerica. Thanks again for checking out this page. And enjoy watching The Dulcimerica Video Podcast!

Me ke aloha,

Bing Futch