The ‘The Electric Hammered Dulcimer’

Instrumental Demos: Full Metal Dulcimer

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

This is one of a series of fourteen electric hammered dulcimer demonstration videos, described in detail in
"Instrumental Demonstrations: Sounds and Rhythm Styles"
In this final video of the serious, I demonstrate electronic effects. I can’t get it all, but I do some damage. Thrashing electric hammered dulcimer.

Black Felt: Em-D Jam

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

This is one of a series of fourteen electric hammered dulcimer demonstration videos, described in detail in
"Instrumental Demonstrations: Sounds and Rhythm Styles"
I use balck felt again, but with a driving rhythm in a modal E minor D major progression.

Black Felt: Beautiful To Me

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

This is one of a series of fourteen electric hammered dulcimer demonstration videos, described in detail in
"Instrumental Demonstrations: Sounds and Rhythm Styles"
This time I play a specific song I have used twice in the series, for easy comparison, and because of its specific style of composition. I also use my black felt to demonstrate a visual effect as well, as everything disappears except my hands and the heads of the hammers.

The Felt Effect

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

This is one of a series of fourteen electric hammered dulcimer demonstration videos, described in detail in
"Instrumental Demonstrations: Sounds and Rhythm Styles"
In the final part of the series, I move on to special effects. I demonstrate the acoustic effect of playing through a sheet of fabric, using my usual piece of white felt.

Instrumental Demos: Beautiful To Me 4-8-10

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

This is one of a series of fourteen electric hammered dulcimer demonstration videos, described in detail in
"Instrumental Demonstrations: Sounds and Rhythm Styles"
A second, probably better, instrumental version of this song, without the acoustic mike, on another night.

Instrumental Demos: Beautiful To Me 4-6-10

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

This is one of a series of fourteen electric hammered dulcimer demonstration videos, described in detail in
"Instrumental Demonstrations: Sounds and Rhythm Styles"
I use several versions of this song in the series. In this case I am recording with an additional large diaphram overhead mic that adds an acoustic sound to the mix. Because the sound is not just the instrument, but how you record it.

Instrumental Demos: Sailor’s Daughter and So Fine

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

This is one of a series of fourteen electric hammered dulcimer demonstration videos, described in detail in
"Instrumental Demonstrations: Sounds and Rhythm Styles"
I continue with examples of the rhythm part I play behind actual songs, which you can find performance videos of here and at my You Tube channel

Instrumental Demos: Darksound

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

This is one of a series of fourteen electric hammered dulcimer demonstration videos, described in detail in
"Instrumental Demonstrations: Sounds and Rhythm Styles"
This continues the second part of the series where I put it all together in a serious jam. Its also showing even some of the visual potential of the dulcimer, something that has become perhaps too important in music in the modern age of video.

Instrumental Demos: Reggae Jam

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

This is one of a series of fourteen electric hammered dulcimer demonstration videos, described in detail in
"Instrumental Demonstrations: Sounds and Rhythm Styles".
I jam a simple chord progression in a Reggae rhythm to show how I can use several beats in a single song, improvising percussively rather than melodically.

Instrumental Demos: A Gypsy Tune

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

This is one of a series of fourteen electric hammered dulcimer demonstration videos, described in detail in
"Instrumental Demonstrations: Sounds and Rhythm Styles"
In this video, I play a single tune, an instrumental version of a traditional Gypsy, as part of the series where I use examples of specific tunes to show all the variations and dynamics that come together to make a piece, not just beats and notes.