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October 2019

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The Dipper film

another original composition inspired by nature – the Dipper bird gets it’s name from its behaviour of ducking – Martin Cole’s dulcimer is tuned to Reverse Ionian (CCG) – thanks to Deborah Hopson Wolpe for the drawings

Banks of the Lee film

my instrumental arrangement for dulcimer of the Irish folk song Banks Of The Lee – Doug Berch’s dulcimer is tuned to the Aeolian mode (DAC) – the song is normally sung in 4/4 timing but my arrangement here is in 3/4, with a few 4/4 bars to make it work – thanks to Martin Plant for the photographs

the mixolydian mode – is it a major or minor scale ?

those of you who are familiar with my music will know that I play modal folk melodies and I have also composed pieces in various modes

I used to think of the modes as all being minor scales, except Ionian of course – recently however, several people have told me that the mixolydian mode is a major scale

this did not sit comfortably with me as the Mixolydian scale sounds minor to me – so I asked 3 highly qualified musicians that I regularly work with to shed some light on the matter

this blog post shows my initial question, their fascinating answers and my updated view now

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Contact Dan Evans

interview with Steve O Ryan

Dan Evans from Olney, near Milton Keynes, UK

I first met Dan Evans at the Nonsuch Dulcimer Club’s annual weekend, at Launde Abbey, 3 years ago when I was starting out on dulcimer.  A very sociable and helpful guy, as well as a very thorough tutor, I was delighted when, last year, he came to teach at the Nonsuch Spring Fling in Allendale, Northumberland (which I now help Liz Conway to organise).

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