Friday, July 03, 2020

Episode 499 - “QDF Peek/Preview – Hallelujah'”

 


Here's an excerpt from Bing's “Hallelujah: A Study In Song” workshop during The QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival. All twelve hours of workshops are available, along with the resource material, plus everything he's ever released, for just $5 per month on Patreon. http://www.Patreon.com/BingFutch

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Episode 498 - “QDF Peek/Preview - “Irish Ballads”

 


Here's an excerpt from Bing's “Irish Ballads” workshop during The QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival. All twelve hours of workshops are available, along with the resource material, plus everything he's ever released, for just $5 per month on Patreon. http://www.Patreon.com/BingFutch

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Episode 497 - "Undertow"

 


Bing performs his original song “Undertow" at the Saturday night concert of The QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival - June 6th, 2020. From the upcoming album "The Beauty and the Terror."

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Episode 496 - "Put You Down"

 


Bing performs his original song "Put You Down" at the Saturday night concert of The QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival - June 6th, 2020. From the upcoming album "The Beauty and the Terror."

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Friday, June 05, 2020

Episode 495 - "Run On For A Long Time"

 


Bing performs the old slave stomp "Run On For A Long Time." https://youtu.be/Y2rX8Ebl3OI

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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Friday, May 22, 2020

Episode 494 - “Livestream Revisited: Get Rhythm”

 


A 30-minute excerpt from Bing's “Get Rhythm On Mountain Dulcimer” livestream workshop on Crowdcast. The basics are covered here, from note durations to a strumming practice using quarter, eighth and sixteenth notes.

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Episode 493 - "Sweet River"

 


Bing performs his original song “Sweet River” using a Folkcraft Instruments double mountain dulcimer, Native American flute, a Micro POG octave pedal and a Boss RC-30 Loop Station.

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Saturday, May 09, 2020

Episode 492 - "Livestream Revisited: Blues Dulcimer"

 


A 25-minute excerpt from Bing's “Learn To Play Blues On Mountain Dulcimer” livestream workshop on Crowdcast. Here, he shares some blues history, teaches the 12-bar blues form and looks at 4/4 time plus 12/8 time for strum rhythms.

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Episode 491 - "Livestream Revisited: One Little Fret"

 


A 25-minute excerpt from Bing's “One Little Fret” livestream workshop on Crowdcast. Here, he gives a little backstory on the mountain dulcimer fretboard, shows what notes the 1 ½ fret brings and how it opens up new scale, chord and melody possibilities.

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Episode 490 - "Running Down A Dream"

 


Bing performs the classic “Running Down A Dream” by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers using a Folkcraft Instruments double mountain dulcimer, a Micro POG octave pedal and a Boss RC-30 Loop Station.

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Episode 489 - "Voicings Of Reason"

 


The big subject is chord voicings and Bing takes a deep dive into music theory, first using the piano and then translating it to the mountain dulcimer. Intervals, chord building and inversions, oh my! Download resources for this episode at the Patreon Open House: https://www.patreon.com/posts/36051796

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Episode 488 - "Tintypes Of Chords"

 


Bing demonstrates and explains ten types of chords that can be played on the mountain dulcimer. This includes major, minor, dominant sevenths, major sevenths, minor sevenths, major sixths, minor sixths, augmented and diminished chords.

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Friday, April 03, 2020

Episode 487 - "Sad Blues"

 


Bing plays his original tune “Sad Blues” on a Folkcraft Instruments custom resonator tuned DADF#. In memory of Ellen Ash, mother of Folkcraft owner Richard Ash; wife of luthier Jim Ash.

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Episode 486 - "For Maddie"

 


An in memoriam episode. Bing reminisces about Madeline MacNeil and performs “Planxty Fanny Power”, which he learned from her arrangement.

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Episode 485 - “10 Things To Do In Quarantine”

 


With the entire planet going on lockdown over COVID-19, Bing looks at 10 things that every mountain dulcimer player can do in the meantime. Things get a little silly because STIR-CRAZY.

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Episode 484 - "2 Weeks Of Magic"

 


A celebration of the good times had at the 8th Annual Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat and the 3rd Annual Castaway Music Cruise. For more information, visit: www.GulfCoastDulcimer.com and www.CastawayMusicCruise.com

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Episode 483 - "So Many Things: PT. 4"

 


In the finale to a special four-part series, Bing takes all of the tracks and demonstrates the process of mixing, EQ, compression and other elements of home studio recording. Resource materials can be downloaded from: https://www.patreon.com/posts/33743486

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Episode 482 - "So Many Things: PT. 3"

 


In part three of a special four-part series, Bing adds an improvised solo to the dulcimer and bass dulcimer tracks laid down in the previous episodes. Resource materials can be downloaded from: https://www.patreon.com/posts/33743486

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Episode 481 - "So Many Things: PT. 2"

 


In part two of a special four-part series, Bing adds bass dulcimer to the track he recorded in the last episode. Resource materials can be downloaded from: https://www.patreon.com/posts/33743486

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Friday, February 07, 2020

Episode 480 - "So Many Things: PT. 1"

 


In part one of a special four-part series, Bing tackles the first of many different topics for intermediate and advanced players, starting with parallel key modulations and laying down multiple tracks of a partly improvised tune. Resource materials can be downloaded from: https://www.patreon.com/posts/33743486

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Episode 479 - "1+ Fret In F & Dm"

 


Bing takes away some of the mystery involving playing with the 1+ fret in F major and D minor. In a more advanced episode, there is a demonstration of the relative minor key and the D minor pentatonic scale, which serves as a bridge between the keys of D and D minor.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Episode 478 - "Put It In Reverse"

 


Suddenly deciding one morning to dive headfirst into DGD (1-4-8) tuning, Bing offers a simple guide to playing melodies and chords in “Reverse Ionian” key of G. Download the chart during Bing's Patreon Open House at: https://www.patreon.com/posts/mountain-dgd-and-33337281

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Episode 477 - "The Sky Is Falling"

 


In this episode, Bing takes an original piece called “The Sky Is Falling” and uses it to teach improvisation techniques, chord inversions, finger-picking, selective cross-picking and counterpoint creation. Whew! It's easier than it sounds, and you can download tablature for the tune here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/32610990

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Episode 476 - "Go 'Head, Be Shy"

 


Bing demonstrates the Dunlop Shy Slide, a unique entry-level way of getting into playing slide on the mountain dulcimer. Besides showing the basics of playing slide, Bing also plays a little blues-up version of “Amazing Grace.”

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Friday, January 03, 2020

Episode 475 - "Noter & Quill"

 


Bing kicks off 2020 and the 13th year of “Dulcimerica” with an episode firmly rooted in the tradition of the Appalachian mountain dulcimer. Playing with a noter and quill is the subject and there's a demonstration, plus info on how to pluck a turkey feather and choose the wood for your noter.

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