Closing out a five-episode run for novice/beginner players in DAA tuning, the conversation finally turns around to playing chords. Bing demonstrates chord shapes and theory to support them. Download resource material for this episode here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/31178937
Using “Down In The Valley” as practice, the fourth episode of the novice/beginner track focuses on working in ¾ time and creating a background groove with selective strumming to preserve the melody. Download resource material for this episode here:https://www.patreon.com/posts/dulcimerica-469-31178810
The third of five episodes for novice/beginner players in DAA (1-5-5) tuning uses the old folk tune “Polly Wolly Doodle” as an exercise for using an inward-outward strum for eighth notes. Bing also shows how to put a “swing” into a tune. Download the resource material from: https://www.patreon.com/posts/31167608
Continuing on with a month of episodes devoted to novice/beginner players and DAA tuning, Bing gets into more tablature and rhythm reading with slurs, rests and dotted notes. Download the resource materials from: https://www.patreon.com/posts/31149964
Kicking off an entire month of novice-beginner mountain dulcimer instruction, Bing opens things up in DAA (1-5-5) tuning and goes over how to read tablature. Note durations are demonstrated and there's even a few tunes! Download the resource material from: https://www.patreon.com/posts/31144925
In part two of a two-part episode, Bing takes the previous workshop and adds a bit of simple music theory to create a path for improvisation. A review of all the available chords in the key of D is followed by a neat trick for creating color chords while working with I-IV-V chord progressions.
In part one of a two-part episode, Bing shows a simple way to build improvisational skills. By setting a basic rhythm, and using some easy patterns, you can create music on the fly while developing familiarity with the fretboard. Prepare to go deep!
Bing teaches the crooked Kentucky tune “Old Billy Hell.” Tablature for the tune can be downloaded from Bing's Patreon site – now featuring an ongoing Open House: https://www.patreon.com/posts/dulcimerica-462-30214569
Here's a nifty strumming trick that will help you inject groove into your music. Bing illustrates the use of accents for changing up styles and demonstrates how to spice up tunes with some right-hand magic!
On September 4th, 2019, Bing laid out a four-part improvisation on keyboards, mountain dulcimer and Native American flute influenced by Hurricane Dorian, which had just brushed past his home in central Florida. The piece utilizes the Am Dorian mode.
Part 3 from Bing's 2019 3-Day Intensive in Evart, MI. From the advanced sessions, Bing teaches Beethoven's “Ode To Joy” as a three-part invention played on single strings. Download resources for this episode at: https://www.patreon.com/posts/29042429
Part 2 from the 3-Day Mountain Dulcimer Intensive in Evart, MI In the intermediate sessions, Bing ran cross-picking exercises to establish a toolbox of rhythms and teaches his original tune “Goodbye Is Not Forever.” Download resources for this episode at: https://www.patreon.com/posts/29040742
Part 1 from the 3-Day Mountain Dulcimer Intensive taught by Bing on July 15th, 16th and 17th, 2019. During highlights from the beginner sessions, he shares how to memorize the fretboard using scales and also imparts some rhythm hacks. Download resources for this episode at: https://www.patreon.com/posts/29038998
Part three from the 2019 ODPC Funfest in Evart, Michigan features a group mountain dulcimer performance as well as Bing's entire Friday night set, complete with technical difficulties and captions explaining what's going on. A good example of how to “power through” a set when the unexpected arises!
Second in a series from the 2019 ODPC Funfest in Evart, Michigan features lots of music and instruction including an extended piece from Bing's 3-Day Intensive just before the funfest. Download the resource material via Bing's Patreon Open House here: Resources for episode 453"
First in a series from Evart, Michigan includes an extended clip for beginning mountain dulcimer players, and others, on working with a metronome for a more consistent strum. You can download the worksheet for this episode during Bing's Patreon Open House here: "https://www.patreon.com/posts/dulcimerica-452-28644200"
An action-packed episode from the 2019 Indiana Dulcimer Festival at Folkcraft Instruments in Woodburn, Indiana with Bing Futch, Dave Haas, John and Karen Keane and 2018 National Mountain Dulcimer Champion Wendy Songe! Features Bing's new tune "Sad Blues."
By request! Bing offers up a little history on playing with a noter, teaches the tune “Wildwood Flower” and demonstrates some helpful practices. Includes tips on playing on multiple strings as a lead-in to slide style playing.
Wrapping up a trilogy of music theory-focused episodes, Bing reviews the keys of G major and A major. Also covered here, scale degrees, chords and harmony, using different voicings and what the heck a diminished chord sounds like.
Diving back into the music theory, here’s a look into playing in the key of G, both while using a capo and also with the 1+ fret. This episode covers scales, chords, “restless” vs “restful” intervals and lots of in-depth insight!
From a campground in Williamsburg, Virginia, Bing demonstrates his mash-up of Stephen Foster’ “Hard Times” and Bill Withers’ “Lean On Me.” Download the tablature at Bing’s Patreon Open House for free! https://www.patreon.com/posts/mountain-hard-on-26362155
A deep look at the history of half-steps on the mountain dulcimer, leading up to a demonstration of what can be done with the 1+ and 8+ frets. New chords, scales and extended colors are part of the fun!
Bing offers up some tips on singing while playing the mountain dulcimer. These include awareness of posture, song memorization, “feeling” the rhythm, training muscle-memory and lots of practice points.
Another look at the 7th Annual Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat through the Saturday evening concert. The Manatee Orchestra begins with “Tequila” and then, a series of showtunes and some Bruce Springsteen from Guy & Sharrie George, Richard Ash and Bing Futch. For more information visit: http://www.GulfCoastDulcimer.com and http://www.CastawayMusicCruise.com
Bing uses the Willie Nelson tune “On The Road Again” to demonstrate accidentals, chords and notes that aren’t part of the current key signature. Also, a look at root-five chords and dominant seventh chords and their usefulness.
Demystifying chord progressions is on the menu for this episode! Starting with a recap of scale degrees and chord-building, Bing demonstrates how to read chord progressions using Roman numerals, builds short as well as long progressions and explains the concepts of re-voicing and chord leading.
Continuing on from the last episode, Bing gets into the ii, iii, vi and vii° chords with a look at how to build them, where to find them and how to use them. Bonus info on the suspended 2 and 4 chord alteration.
More fundamental mountain dulcimer instruction this time around with a look at the very basics of music theory. Bing discusses and demonstrates the difference between notes and pitches, introduces intervals and explores the chromatic and diatonic scales. Lots of info in this episode!