Friday, December 17, 2021
Friday, December 10, 2021
Friday, December 03, 2021
In the first of a four-part series on sad Christmas songs, Bing works with a new arrangement of the tune, “Blue Christmas” on mountain dulcimer. Download tablature from Patreon at: https://www.patreon.com/posts/dulcimerica-573-59449362
Friday, November 26, 2021
The final of four improvisational pieces recorded next to Wolfpit Branch in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Bing plays “Blue Ridge Breakdown” on the mountain dulcimer.
Friday, November 19, 2021
Another improvisational piece on mountain dulcimer by Bing Futch, from “The Improv Files” EP from October 2021, available exclusively on Patreon. Recorded next to Wolfpit Branch in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
Friday, November 12, 2021
Bing performs an improvisation called “My God, It's Full of Hearts” next to Wolfpit Branch in Black Mountain, NC. This is track two of four such tunes from “The Improv Files” recorded last month.
Friday, November 05, 2021
Each month, Bing records a 4-song EP for an ongoing Patreon project called “The Improv Files” where he improvises four pieces starting with only a key signature. October's EP was recorded by Wolfpit Branch, a creek that runs through Blue Ridge Center in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Here, he composes/performs the first piece.
Friday, October 29, 2021
Bing performs his arrangement of “Carol Anne's Theme” by Jerry Goldsmith from the motion picture Poltergeist. Download the free mountain dulcimer tablature at: https://www.patreon.com/posts/mountain-carol-31191336
Friday, October 22, 2021
Friday, October 15, 2021
From the 49th Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, Bing performs an improvisation-fiiled rendition of “Bricks” with Kansas band Sally and the Hurts on Stage 1.
Friday, October 08, 2021
Returning to scenes from the 49th Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, Bing performs an 80s rock classic on Stage 1 with the help of Kansas band Sally and the Hurts.
Friday, October 01, 2021
Part nine, and the grand finale of a multi-part look at chord progressions. To wrap things up, Bing demonstrates chord inversions and how they work for voice leading smooth chord progressions.
Friday, September 24, 2021
We interrupt this series on chord progressions to bring you this almost-live backstage look at the 49th Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. Features Sally and the Hurts performing a bit of “Overalls” and “Don't Stop Believing”(with Bing) and a jam of “John Stinson's No. 2” with Abby the Spoon Lady! This is also the Dulcimerica debut of Tim, Bing's new Folkcraft Instruments mountain dulcimer.
Friday, September 17, 2021
Part eight of a nine-week study on chord progressions takes the gloves off and wrestles with chromaticism, a technique that brings chromatic elements into diatonic composition and arrangement. The episode covers secondary dominants, chromatic mediants and a wee bit on voice leading with chromatic elements.
Friday, September 10, 2021
Part seven of a nine-week study on chord progressions begins to step outside of the diatonic box with a look at some alternate minor scales used for reharmonizing chords. Theory includes the harmonic minor scale, how to create it and build the chords, as well as the ascending and descending melodic minors.
Friday, September 03, 2021
Part six of a nine-week study on chord progressions plunges into functional harmony with a quick recap. Then, Bing goes through all seven scale degrees and their characteristics before demonstrating the theory of how and why certain chords work best in a progression. Download resource material at: https://www.patreon.com/posts/55704638
Friday, August 27, 2021
Part five of a study on chord progressions focuses on the often misunderstood diminished chord and where it fits in the grand scheme of things. We'll look at how to build it, how to use it in a progression and we'll also introduce another diatonic chord that's closely related in construction and function: the dominant seventh.
Friday, August 20, 2021
Part four of a study on chord progressions explores the emotional major/minor mix of “Hallelujah” before leading into a study of minor chord progressions with a hint of things to come.
Friday, August 13, 2021
Part three of a study on chord progressions, Bing talks about and demonstrates intervals for emotional power. Harmony-building and an intro to voice-leading segue into a look at the ii-iii-vi minor chords and how to mix them in with the I-IV-V major chords.
Friday, August 06, 2021
For the second part of multi-part series, Bing recaps some of the basics behind chord progressions and chord-building, focusing on the key of D in DAD tuning while also showing some neat tricks on finding the root, 3rd and 5th of chords. Then, through a number of popular songs, he shows how the I-IV-V progression can be worked.
Friday, July 30, 2021
Bing kicks off a multi-part series of episodes on chord progressions with an introduction to the theory behind key signatures, scales and chord-building. Also, some variations on the I-IV-V progression are demonstrated on mountain dulcimer. Download the "12 Major Keys" PDF at: https://www.patreon.com/posts/54295043
Friday, July 23, 2021
The Stark Sessions wrap for a while with a build-up and play-through of the old gospel classic, “I'll Fly Away” in DAD tuning on the mountain dulcimer.
Friday, July 16, 2021
Friday, July 09, 2021
Bing travels back to his rock 'n' roll high school days as he works out a new arrangement of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" on the mountain dulcimer. Two new pieces of gear are on the pedalboard; an Electro-Harmonix Freeze pedal and a Boss RC-5 Loop Station.
Friday, July 02, 2021
Bing brings a baritone mountain dulcimer into The Stark Sessions tuned AEA and performs a simple breakdown of “Home on the Range.” Tablature available during the ongoing Patreon Open House at: www.Patreon.com/BingFutch
Friday, June 25, 2021
The Stark Sessions continue with a few passes through the old classic, "Rocky Top" on mountain dulcimer in DAD tuning. You can download the tablature during the ongoing Patreon Open House by visiting: https://www.patreon.com/posts/52912756/
Friday, June 18, 2021
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
Friday, June 11, 2021
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.
Friday, June 04, 2021
Friday, May 28, 2021
Friday, May 21, 2021
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
Friday, May 14, 2021
Friday, May 07, 2021
Friday, April 30, 2021
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.
Friday, April 23, 2021
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
Friday, April 16, 2021
Another stark look at a timeless classic. Bing plays “Southwind” on mountain dulcimer as pure melody, drone melody and chord melody in DAD tuning.
Friday, April 09, 2021
Friday, April 02, 2021
Friday, March 26, 2021
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.
Friday, March 19, 2021
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.
Friday, March 12, 2021
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.
Friday, March 05, 2021
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.
Friday, February 26, 2021
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.
Friday, February 19, 2021
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.”
Friday, February 12, 2021
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.
Friday, February 05, 2021
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.
Friday, January 29, 2021
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
Friday, January 22, 2021
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.
Friday, January 15, 2021
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.
Friday, January 08, 2021
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.
Friday, January 01, 2021
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!