Friday, July 13, 2018

Episode 398 - "The Music Of The Flight"

 


Bing workshops a new arrangement on mountain dulcimer for “The Music of the Night” from “Phantom of the Opera.” Shot on campus at McDaniel College during Common Ground On The Hill, the episode features a song demonstration, chord and melody walk-through, some arranging tips and a whole lotta airplanes.

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Saturday, July 07, 2018

Episode 397 - "KMW Moments"

 


A buffet of sights and sounds from the 2018 Kentucky Music Week featuring a quick tip from Dan Evans, a fabulous rendition of “Coleman’s March”, Bing’s “Dulcimers of the Caribbean” class, a fun jam, some instructors answering the question “What’s A Mountain Dulcimer?” and lots of eye-candy and performer cameos.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Episode 396 - "Battle Ground"

 


From the 2018 Indiana Fiddlers Gathering in Battle Ground, Indiana, Bing explores the site of the Battle of Tippecanoe and takes in the sights and sounds of the festival before performing “Tecumseh’s Homecoming”, a new song written at the festival, on mountain dulcimer and Native American flute.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Episode 395 - "Coshocton, Baby!"

 


From The 2018 Coshocton Dulcimer Days festival in Coshocton, Ohio, an aerial tour of Roscoe Village, some jams and classroom instruction and a concert performance by Joe Collins.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Episode 394 - “Traditions In Morris”

 


Here’s a quick look around the Gebhard Woods Dulcimer and Traditional Music Festival featuring Don Pedi, Hugo Kringle (aka Mike Anderson) and a performance by Sarah Morgan of Jean Ritchie’s “West Virginia Mine Disaster” on mountain dulcimer.

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Friday, June 08, 2018

Please Excuse Our Dust: We're Looking For A New Server Home

After over 20 years, Finch Interactive has ceased hosting of business servers, which means Dulcimerica is currently in the process of relocating the media files to a new server. This page will remain here at Dulcimerica.com, unchanged. However, the process of updating each post with the new server information will take some time.

The most recent episodes will be transferred first, with the remaining episodes following suit.  With over ten years of entries, you can imagine that this will take some time and you may occasionally encounter a broken link.  We suggest that you view Dulcimerica on YouTube if you have any difficulties with watching the videos through this site.

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Episode 393 - “Wisconsin Wild”

 


The 10th Annual Southern Wisconsin Dulcimer Festival in Janesville, Wisconsin featured Bing Futch, Stephen Seifert and Rick Thum teaching and performing. In this episode, catch Seifert solo and the trio travels to Cafe Carpe in Fort Atkinson and puts on a wild show, including this un-rehearsed take on Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” featuring hammered dulcimer and mountain dulcimer.

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Episode 392 - “2018 Florida Folk Festival”

 


A jam-packed episode from the 2018 Florida Folk Festival in White Springs, Florida featuring Bing jamming with blues legend Willie Green on the main stage!

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Episode 391 - “Lee County Gathering Pt. 3”

 


Part 3 from the 2018 Lee County Gathering in Loachapoka, Alabama. To conclude this series of episodes, Bing Futch performs his original blues song “That’s What You Done To Me” on mountain dulcimer.

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Episode 390 - “Lee County Gathering Pt. 2”

 


Part 2 in a series from the 2018 Lee County Gathering in Loachapoka, Alabama. Next up, some workshops and a jam in session, plus performances by Dottie and Danny Shepherd and Cheri and Jim Miller.

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Episode 389 - “Lee County Gathering Pt. 1”

 


Part 1 in a series from The 2018 Lee County Gathering in Loachapoka, Alabama. First up – downtown Loachapoka, Pioneer Park, high school jazz band music and Anne Lough performing “Coleman’s March.”

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Saturday, May 05, 2018

Episode 388 - "Falling In Love"

 


“Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley is the focus in this quick workshop on mountain dulcimer. Bing taught the tune by ear to a group of students over the weekend at the 2018 Lee County Gathering.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Episode 387 - "Up At The Bowery"

 


Bing performs “Promentory” from “The Last of the Mohicans” using a loopstation and a bass pedal in this conclusion of a two-part series from The Bowery Stage at Winnsboro Center For The Arts in Winnsboro, Texas.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Episode 386 - "Down At The Bowery"

 


Bing returns to The Bowery Stage at Winnsboro Center For The Arts in Winnsboro, Texas. See an overview of the town and a performance of “Sweet River” on mountain dulcimer and Native American flute using a looper pedal in this episode.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Episode 385 - "Zither and Yon"

 


Bing travels to Brenham, Texas and visits Zither Music Company, builder of award-winning instrument stands and stools.

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Friday, April 06, 2018

Episode 384 - "Gulf Coast Dulcimers 3"

 


Part 3 from the 6th Annual Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat featuring Bing Futch performing “Shady Groove.” PLUS, a look at some moments from the 1st Annual Castaway Cruise which sailed to Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Episode 383 - "Gulf Coast Dulcimers 2"

 


Part 2 from the 6th Annual Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat featuring Guy & Sharrie George performing “Da Slockit Light.” Plus, some scenes from around the Homosassa Riverside Resort.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Episode 382 - "Gulf Coast Dulcimers 1"

 


Part 1 from the 6th Annual Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat featuring Folkcraft instruments owner Richard Ash playing “Sandy Boys” and “Bonaparte’s Retreat” on the Folkcraft Lap-JO, plus Cap’n Guy George navigating The Black Pearl on the Homosassa River.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Episode 381 - "Fam Jam Pt. 3"

 


Part 3 of a three-part series from the 2018 Celtic Family Jamboree in Brooksville, Florida. In the final installment, Bing performs “Promentory” from “The Last of the Mohicans” with fiddler Matt Miller.

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Friday, March 09, 2018

Episode 380 - "Fam Jam Pt. 2"

 


Part 2 of a three-part series from the 2018 Celtic Family Jamboree in Brooksville, Florida. In this episode, Bing must deal with an on-the-spot decision right before jamming “Bricks” with Rathkeltair frontman Trevor Tanner.

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Friday, March 02, 2018

Episode 379 - "Fam Jam Pt. 1"

 


Part 1 of a three-part series from the 2018 Celtic Family Jamboree in Brooksville, Florida. In this episode, Bing introduces the segment, which features musical moments from the fest, including Screaming Orphans.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Episode 378 - "A Full Plate Of Cabbage"

 


Bing takes the “Mountain Dulcimer National Anthem” and shares the oft-forsaken “B” part as well as tips to making “Bile Dem Cabbage Down” more palatable.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Episode 377 - "Seventh Heaven"

 


A special episode on seventh chords, those lovely little twists of the screw that create musical tension and release. Bing goes over how to build them and how to use them with plenty of tips along the way!

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Friday, February 09, 2018

Episode 376 - "Pulling Off A Hammer On"

 


With a focus on using hammer-ons and pull-offs as embellishments, this episode features a fun little tune called “Nixon’s Farewell.” Get ready for some great exercises to help you handle the heat.

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Friday, February 02, 2018

Episode 375 - "Step By Half-Step"

 


The ever-more-popular 1 ½ fret gets the spotlight on this episode. Bing shows what the extra fret is good for in DAD tuning and demonstrates a number of uses including extra scales, “blue notes” and glorious dominant seventh chords.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Episode 374 - "Let's Get Cross, Shall We?"

 


Bing takes a look at cross-picking on the mountain dulcimer, which isn’t terribly hard with this instrument, and sets up an exercise for developing interesting new patterns with your rhythm hand. The tablature for this exercise can be downloaded from here: https://tinyurl.com/crosspicking

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Episode 373 - "Intro To DAA Tuning"

 


Bing takes a look at the much-maligned tuning of DAA and includes tuning tips, scales, chord shapes and a little music theory background.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Episode 372 - "Lucky In Kentucky"

 


In the first road-trip of 2018, Bing travels to Louisville, Kentucky for Kentucky Music Winter Weekend. Along the way, he appears on WHAS-TV 11’s “Great Day Live!” and performs his new blues song, “Put You Down”, with Stephen Seifert. Gary Gallier and Mark Alan Wade also jam out.

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Friday, January 05, 2018

Episode 371 - "Making It Up"

 


Bing kicks off 2018, and the 11th season of "Dulcimerica", with some tips on how to make it up as you go. This is for mountain dulcimer tuned DAD and it covers scales, chords and using the capo to switch keys.

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