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Three years ago today I got my first mountain dulcimer. This is the third of three videos I am posting to celebrate the occasion. This is "Lilliburlero," which was originally a double jig but then became a march when lyrics were added and the song was used by both Protestant and Catholic forces in Ireland as early as the late 17th century. Today it is the signature tune of the BBC World Service.

I learned the left-hand fingering from a dulcimer version by Brian G here on FOTMD, though I adapted it for a fingerpicking style.

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Comment by phil on January 7, 2013 at 7:59pm

Love'n this, beautiful. Now I am going to have to look up Brian's Video.

Comment by Dusty Turtle on January 7, 2013 at 7:38pm

Thanks, Karen. I learned the song from Brian's video, so I hope I sound a little like him, but I also hope the fingerpicking technique offers something at least slightly different.

Comment by Karen Keane on January 7, 2013 at 6:13pm
I can see and hear the similarities in your and Brian's playing. You sound terrific! I had to give this a second listen.
Comment by Dusty Turtle on May 21, 2012 at 7:41pm

Thanks so much, Nina.  I'm getting much more comfortable fingerpicking, especially playing at a slower, patient tempo.

Comment by Nina Zanetti on May 21, 2012 at 7:31pm

Nice job, Dusty! And what a great choice of tune ( I think early music sounds great on MD) !  So glad you're enjoying finger-picking and your Blue Lion.

Nina

Comment by Dusty Turtle on May 15, 2012 at 2:15pm

Val and Robin, compliments from you guys carry a lot of weight. Thanks so much.

Comment by Robin Clark on May 15, 2012 at 7:47am

That;s a really lovely version of the tune Dusty - Great touch and great tone!!!

Comment by Dusty Turtle on May 14, 2012 at 10:51pm

Thanks so much, Karen, Carrie, and Brian. Especially you, Brian, since I learned the song from your video.

 

Karen, I played solely with flatpick until I got this Blue Lion.  It just sounds so sweet in a soft finger style that I started learning to fingerpick just to do justice to the dulcimer.

Comment by Brian G. on May 14, 2012 at 9:31pm

Very nice Dusty!  And happy dulcimer anniversary! :)

Comment by Carrie Barnes on May 14, 2012 at 9:06pm

Fingerpickin and a great dulcie, a win win thang Dusty!  Awesome!

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