Friday, June 14, 2019

Episode 446 - "Duly Noted"

 


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.

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Friday, June 07, 2019

Episode 445 - "A-Chording We Will Go"

 


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.

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Episode 444 - “Your ‘A’ Game”

 


Continuing on with a study of different keys, Bing delves into the key of A, showing scales and how to gain an extra key (Am) by being aware of landmark frets.

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Episode 443 - “Aw, G, Mister!”

 


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!

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Episode 442 - "The Dynamic Duo"

 


Bing uses rhythm exercises, and the Leonard Cohen tune “Hallelujah”, to demonstrate dynamics of timing and volume, adding more personality and emotion to your playing.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Episode 441 - "Colors of the Wind"

 


Bing teaches his arrangement of “Colors Of The Wind” from the Walt Disney Picture “Pocahontas.”

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Friday, May 03, 2019

Episode 440 - “Hard Times/Lean On Me”

 


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

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Episode 439 - "A Workshop: 'Ashokan Farewell'"

 


A beginner’s guide to playing “Ashokan Farewell” on the mountain dulcimer, including tips on how to keep the strings sustaining as long as possible for maximum effect.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Episode 438 - "Be The Bass"

 


Learn how to put a little swing in your thing with walking, moving basslines to support your chords. Bing shares the secret to introducing motion and arrangement into your groove.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Episode 437 - "Capo Depot"

 


This episode takes as close look at the capo as a tool for opening up the many worlds of the mountain dulcimer. Includes tips on how to switch keys and an overview of the seven modern modes.

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Friday, April 05, 2019

Episode 436 - "Connecting The Dots"

 


With a nod to Jerry Rockwell, Bing looks at the connective nature of chords using chord constellations. Also, how to memorize the notes on your fretboard.

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Episode 435 - "1+/8+ = Awesome"

 


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!

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Episode 434 - “Singing & Strumming”

 


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.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Episode 433 - “FGCDR Concert Moments”

 


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

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Friday, March 08, 2019

Episode 432 - "Of Rivers & Oceans"

 


This special episode features moments from two events; The 7th Annual Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat and the 2nd Annual Castaway Music Cruise. For more information visit: http://www.GulfCoastDulcimer.com and http://www.CastawayMusicCruise.com

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Friday, March 01, 2019

Episode 431 - "On The Road Again (Chord Study)"

 


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.

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Episode 430 - "Chord Progressions 101"

 


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.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Episode 429 - "Roots and Shapes"

 


Music theory studies continue with a look at ways to memorize the DAD fretboard and name the three chord shapes using note placement and an understanding of major and minor chord characteristics.

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Friday, February 08, 2019

Episode 428 - "Majoring In Minors"

 


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.

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Friday, February 01, 2019

Episode 427 - "I, IV and V For Victory"

 


Bing demonstrates the theory behind the I, IV and V chords and shows how to use the major scale to discover what note are inside each chord.

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Episode 426 - "Theory Roots Pt. 2"

 


Continuing from the last episode, Bing recaps the building blocks of music and then shows how to build major and minor chords on the mountain dulcimer.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Episode 425 - "Theory Roots Pt. 1"

 


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!

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Episode 424 - "CGG Exploration"

 


Continuing a look into CGG tuning, Bing demonstrates qualities of the C major scale including which notes are considered “safe” and how to listen for “restful” vs. “restless harmonies.

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Friday, January 04, 2019

Episode 423 - "CGG Tuning"

 


Bing kicks off the 12th season of “Dulcimerica” with a look at CGG (155) tuning. A look at scales, chord shapes and a quick way to play the I, IV and V chords in the key of C.

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