Preview of Chord Subs Series

Last year I taught a workshop called "introduction to chord substitutions" at most of the festivals I taught at.  If you attended that workshop, you should have a link to a page containing some support for that.  But I am in the process of doing an in-depth series introducing a couple different methods for incorporating substitutions.  It will also include some arranging tips and discuss how you can use the circle of fifths to help you derive substitutions.

My camera bit the dust while I was originally recording this series and then I got side tracked and started recording other videos.  I've replaced my camera and plan to release this tutorial soon.  The result of the series will be the arrangement played in this video.

Theory: The Overtone Series

This is a brief explanation of the overtone series and how important it is to hammered dulcimer players.  If you are interested in learning more, do some research on your own and also look up "equal temperament".

The overtone series can explain so much about music, for example, why pentatonic scales are so universal and so satisfying to us.  It also explains why our instruments sound so much different when they're fine-tuned vs. pretty-much-in-tune vs. totally out of tune.

Theory: Enharmonics

Enharmonic notes are pretty simple to understand.  There's a reason why I refer to the lowest note on the left side of my instrument as a D# and the note at the top right as an E flat.  It has to do with the context of their location in relation to the tuning scheme of the hammered dulcimer.

I think it's a good idea to acknowledge the enharmonics all over our instruments. You never know when a G flat might show up in your music, and knowing it is enharmonic to F# (leading tone to G) helps. :-)