Friday, June 18, 2021

Episode 549 - "Annie's Song"

 


Another Stark Series episode featuring “Annie's Song” by John Denver on mountain dulcimer tuned DAD. Tablature available during the ongoing Patreon Open House at: www.Patreon.com/BingFutch

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Friday, June 11, 2021

Episode 548 - "People Are Strange"

 


A formal introduction to the Stark Series, an ongoing string of episodes that demonstrate a tune simply by playing it. Rendered in high-contrast black and white to reduce visual distractions, each segment features multiple camera angles to clearly show left and right hand technique. Zero talking, as music is the focus. The basics.

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Friday, June 04, 2021

Episode 547 - "For Joy"

 


Bing Futch performs his original mountain dulcimer tune, "For Joy", from the album "Dulcimerica: Volume Two."

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Episode 546 - "Seminole Solstice"

 


Bing performs his original tune, “Seminole Solstice”, from the 2007 album, Dulcimer Rock.

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Friday, May 21, 2021

Episode 545 - "Mes Parents"

 


Bing performs “Mes Parents” on mountain dulcimer while highlighting the melody, drones, chords and rhythm change-ups through multiple passes. Download the tablature at the Patreon Open House here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/51502526

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Friday, May 14, 2021

Episode 544 - "The Rose"

 


Bing shares a new arrangement of the song “The Rose"on mountain dulcimer.

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Friday, May 07, 2021

Episode 543 - “Through The Eyes Of Love”

 


Bing shares a new arrangement of the song “Through The Eyes of Love” from the film “Ice Castles” on mountain dulcimer.

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Friday, April 30, 2021

Episode 542 - "Capot Depot"

 


Learning how to switch keys with a capo is the focus in this episode, which features tips on how to boost your playing range. Also, a demonstration of three different capo designs. And a little theory.

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Friday, April 23, 2021

Episode 541 - "Things About Strings"

 


Bing changes his mountain dulcimer strings and offers up some insight into the construction, science and purchasing of strings. http:tinyurl.com/stringtensioncalculator - http://juststrings.com

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Episode 540 - "Southwind"

 


Another stark look at a timeless classic. Bing plays “Southwind” on mountain dulcimer as pure melody, drone melody and chord melody in DAD tuning.

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Friday, April 09, 2021

Episode 539 - "Wildwood Flower"

 


A simple breakdown and build-up of the traditional tune "Wildwood Flower" on mountain dulcimer tuned DAD.

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Friday, April 02, 2021

Episode 538 - "Somebody"

 


Bing performs the Depeche Mode tune, “Somebody”, on Appalachian mountain dulcimer.

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Friday, March 26, 2021

Episode 537 - “Composing 'Murmuration'”

 


Bing works on a developed improvisation of a new tune called “Murmuration.” Armed with a chord progression, he creates a melody to go with the chords. Key of A Major tuned DAD with a special guest borrowed/altered chord.

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Friday, March 19, 2021

Episode 536 - “Fan-Boy Arrangement”

 


For the first time in the history of Dulcimerica, Bing goes full fan-boy in this episode that follows in the format of the previous one; a from-scratch arrangement of a song. This time, it's the 1967 hit “I Think We're Alone Now”, but with a late-80s twist.

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Friday, March 12, 2021

Episode 535 - “Arranging 'Shenandoah'”

 


In a first-of-its-kind episode, Bing arranges the tune “Shenandoah” from scratch, deploying bits of music theory and shedding light on the process over the course of 45 minutes.

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Friday, March 05, 2021

Episode 534 - “Come Early, Stay Late”

 


Wrapping up a trilogy of rhythmic episodes, Bing delves deeper into syncopation and the use of “push rhythms” to shift emphasis from strong beats to weak beats.

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Friday, February 26, 2021

Episode 533 - “Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'”

 


Continuing on the rhythm “feels” track, Bing presents time signatures divisible by three in order to provide examples of creating rolling motion in arrangements. ¾, 6/8, 9/8 and 12/8 are covered in this episode.

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Episode 532 - "Get In The Swing"

 


Another multi-part series coming your way and, this time, the subject is rhythm! Bing begins with a discussion on “feel” and introduces the practice of “swinging the eights.”

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Friday, February 12, 2021

Episode 531 - “Bass Study: Part Two”

 


Bing continues a two-part study on the function of bass in music. This week, the focus is on playing the bass dulcimer as support for an ensemble. What notes to play and how creative can you get? Using a looper pedal and a four-chord progression, Bing breaks down the theory.

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Friday, February 05, 2021

Episode 530 - “Bass Study: Part One”

 


By popular demand, Bing introduces part one of a two-part workshop on “being the bass player.” First, he demonstrates how to add some bass presence and dynamics to the mountain dulcimer, also tips on supporting chord movement and creating melodic lines.

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Friday, January 29, 2021

Episode 529 - “Elements of Song: Bass”

 


In the final episode of a four-week series on elements of song, Bing demonstrates the function of bass in music, some variations, and then puts all four elements together in a live-looped performance of “Black Mountain Rag” in four parts. Download the tablature from Patreon for free! https://www.patreon.com/posts/46807260

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Friday, January 22, 2021

Episode 528 - “Elements of Song: Chords”

 


In part three of a four-part series on elements of song, Bing recaps melody and harmony before going into chords; how to build and play them. Also, using the melody to signal when the chord changes.

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Friday, January 15, 2021

Episode 527 - “Elements of Song: Harmony”

 


Continuing with part two of a four-part series, Bing introduces harmony as another element of song, adding it into “Black Mountain Rag” and showing how to easily find parallel harmonies on the mountain dulcimer in DAD tuning.

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Friday, January 08, 2021

Episode 526 - “Elements of Song: Melody”

 


Bing presents the first episode of a four-part series that takes a close look at four basic parts of a song. Beginning with melody, and with “Black Mountain Rag” as the example tune, this episode breaks down a simple melody and looks at the theory and emotion of songs.

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Friday, January 01, 2021

Episode 525 - "Double Trouble"

 


For the first episode of 2021, and the start of season number fourteen, Bing takes a new Folkcraft Instruments alto/bass double dulcimer for a test drive with some fun music for the new year!

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