Links & More
- For autoharp, have a listen/look-see here.
- For hammered dulcimer (way back in 1991 at the NEFFA festival!), click
here. This is a collection of four videos. A much younger
me(!) is playing at 2:14 (jamming) and 6:08 (playing a jig with Rum &
Onions--catch the technique, folks!--while the dancers dance "A
Flirting Attempt", choreographed by dance friend Marian Hepburn in NJ),
if you want to scroll ahead (but Bob McQuillen is always good to
hear!). And just in case you think that's me playing autoharp with
Drew Smith and Bob at the beginning of the video, it's Pamela Roberts of
Massachusetts. I had been playing autoharp less than a year when this
video was taken, so the hammered dulcimer was my instrument of choice for
Here are a few of my favorite
links (hmmm, is that ringing a string?), listed alphabetically:
Autoharp Quarterly—for the autoharp enthusiast.
(For a list of recent articles published in my
column, "The Diatonic Corner," click
mapping—When your body map is in synch with how your anatomy really works, you can get
more music for less physical work. Body mapping is an enlightening concept that
players of all instruments, regardless of level or purpose, will do well to
apply for years of efficient, pain-free music-making.
The Choral Journal—choral conductors
who missed my article, "Accompanying Your Choir with the Hammered
Dulcimer" in the September 2002 issue can catch up with it here.
Melodious Accord—for the most
fabulous choral singing and arranging experiences you can have with gifted
choral arranger and musician, Alice Parker. (Four-part harmony proved challenging to write until I studied with Alice at her Melodious Accord
Fellowship I & III programs. Now, four parts is easy, and my ear hears
the "layers" in music more readily.)
Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering—the
premier autoharp event in the world. Home of the Mountain Laurel Autoharp
Music Publisher—home of the
music software I use (it took me a long time to find something that would do
everything easily, and this is it). Music Publisher 5 is very much "off
the mouse" when it comes to entering clefs, keys, notes, beams, accents,
etc., as it is for many other operations when working with
keystroke commands. Free demo available at this site, and the
developer (in Scotland, lads and lassies) also hosts a discussion group where
users ask how-to questions and exchange information about music and notational
Original Dulcimer Players Club—hosts
the annual Funfest the third weekend in July in Evart, MI (it's the dulcimer
festival to end all dulcimer festivals, so if you play, go!).
Walnut Valley Festival—the National
Hammered Dulcimer Championship and International Autoharp Championship both
occur here, along with other national and international championships in guitar, mandolin, banjo,
mountain dulcimer, along with a regional fiddle championship.
Westminster Choir College—my
alma mater, and home to (as you can imagine) great choral-singing traditions.
Summer week-long workshops, as well as Saturday Seminars during the year, cover
a variety of topics for music educators, church musicians, and performers.
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...is the name of my first dulcimer, which I purchased in 1978 from Michael
Autorino (1917-1987). It is named for one of the three fellows in the book of
Daniel in the Bible, chapter 3 (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who refused to bow down to Nebuchadnezzar's idol
at the sound of many instruments, including, according to the King James
dulcimer. A translating error was later discovered; the dulcimer appears to
have really been some kind of bagpipe.)
So on August 1, 1983, exactly at 12 noon (yes!), Shadrach Productions
became reality at the
Burlington County NJ Clerk's office. I proceeded to sell dulcimers for Michael
Autorino, and through those sales raised half
the capital to publish my first book, Striking Out and
Winning! This was
followed by The Hammered Dulcimer A-Chording to Lucille Reilly in 1990, and
second edition of Striking Out in 1992.
In 1988, I discovered a name index in
my Bible concordance (which I'd had for years but never ventured to the back
where it was--who needs to look for an index when that's all a concordance is!),
where I learned that Shadrach means "rejoicing in
the way." Good choice for a happy instrument, don't you
Listeners and students always muse: Are there a Meshach and
I won Meshach, a
15-15 Professional model dulcimer built by Bob Tack (1952-2004), when I took second place in the 1991 National Hammered Dulcimer Championship.
Bob also built Abednego, a lightweight version of Meshach.
Shadrach's publishing concerns have expanded to include
instructional materials for diatonic autoharp, which
I began playing in 1990 (after telling myself in 1987 that I would never play
autoharp: Ah, never say never!). Since becoming the first person to
win both Mountain Laurel Autoharp
Champion and International Autoharp Champion in the same year (1995), I've been
slowly assembling a series of monographs
(small booklets of 28-32 pages devoted to digging deeply into one topic), two of
which you can learn more about in the Marketplace
on this site. A book about how to play diatonic autoharp is also in
Through Shadrach Productions, I remain dedicated to providing quality instruction to
both of these wonderful instruments and hope to continue to serve the
music-making public through continued fine volumes of instruction and
arrangements. For more information
about current products, click here.
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Complimentary MIDI files to "The Pumping Felt Monograph Series"
As much as we try to avoid them,
mistakes and edits do happen.
If you own The Hammered Dulcimer A-Chording to Lucille Reilly or
Create and Play the Ultratonic Autoharp, click on the links below to get a
corrections page. (Note: Each page shows a "last revised"
date. If you already have a corrections page, compare the date on that
page with what's here. You may not have to waste another tree to print
If you find a correction in any Shadrach publication, let
us know so it can be added to the appropriate title.
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