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This site is just tons of fun, I generally play along on the fiddle. But on the few dulcimer tunes I've got up to speed, I'm hanging in there!  It is a really great way to learn to play along with others, either melody or backing up with chords.  The chords are right there on the page for you, but the melody you'll have to pick out by ear if you don't know the tune already.

 

http://www.oldtimejam.com/Jam.html

 

Enjoy!

 

 

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Wow, Diane, what a cool site!  Your posting is a "Stop the presses!" sort of announcement to me.  

I clicked on the site and brought up the first tune with fiddle & banjo accompaniment.  My husband happened to have his guitar strapped to him (he'd been playing already) and jumped right in.

 

Many thanks for the link!  It'll get used here at our house.  

We have to make Don Pedi proud, folks!
I'm a Don Pedi fan!

I was in his class at Swannanoa, and we got to jam with the fiddlers one evening. I watched him go head to head with James Leva. 

 

He'll play anything with anybody at any speed, even if he didn't know the tune to start.  The other fiddlers were amazed he could keep up.  I had done my research in advance, and knew what he was about!

I think this would be neat, Diane:

http://www.donpedi.com/gpv-bok1.html

Don't know whether I could handle it or not though because I'm a very slow learner and don't read tab or music well either.  Thought about it, though.  Unfortunately, I've had neck trouble for weeks and got a jury duty summons for the April, May, June term. 

I had a couple classes with Don when he taught at Buckeye, and sat next to him at a jam. He's not only a fine player, but a very fine person, too. 

Paul

I took a couple workshops with Don at Coshocton last year and he's a very nice guy.  Would love to get to see him live again!

Maybe tai chi is just the thing for you!  If I was closer, I'd have to think about that real hard.

 

Don really is a prince among men.  His stories about growing up in Boston were very, very funny.

 

Robin Thompson said:

I think this would be neat, Diane:

http://www.donpedi.com/gpv-bok1.html

Don't know whether I could handle it or not though because I'm a very slow learner and don't read tab or music well either.  Thought about it, though.  Unfortunately, I've had neck trouble for weeks and got a jury duty summons for the April, May, June term. 

Diane, I'd thought about how the tai chi might be good for me and my neck woes.  If NC were closer to OH I'd be even more tempted than I've already been. . .  And howcome I get a spring term for jury duty and not winter?   

Thanks for the link Diane, just had time to catch up on it, it's now bookmarked !!!

 

JohnH

I knew about this site from banjohangout.com and it's really great!

I've never tried to play along with the dulcimer, but I might give Soldier's Joy a try. It's the song I can play the fastest, and I remember they play it pretty fast at oldtimejam.com :)

There is also a list of slower tunes, but I don't think every tune is there that's on the regular speed tracks.  I play with this most days I've got the fiddle out.  Lately, though, the MD has taken a back seat.

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