Mark Wade's YouTube Videos

Forslund on Mountain Dulcimer

This is a great tune from Sweden composed by Roger Talroth. Go buy his CDs. I learned this from Randy Clepper who plays it on bouzouki. I'm playing it here on my mountain dulcimer built by Terry McCafferty. I love this instrument! We shot this on an iPhone on Virginia Beach this summer so the audio isn't great. I added a little reverb and cut some of the high frequencies out from the waves. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this beautiful tune on a beautiful instrument.

Gander In The Pradie Hole Workshop

Review from KMW 2018 Jigs Class

O’Keefe’s Slide KMW Workshop

From my jig workshop at KMW 2018

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday! Share at will! :-)

"Hoe Down" from Rodeo for Hammered Dulcimer & Orchestra

Aaron Copland used two traditional fiddle tunes in a medley for this hoe down: "Bonaparte's Retreat" and "Miss McLeod's Reel." Reknowned fiddler, Alex De Pue, arranged the same fiddle tune medley with a bit more twang. We performed this at my church around the year 2000 with piano and bass. Since then, both Alex and I have gone on to record these fiddle tunes. In 2014, I used Alex's road map for the tunes and orchestrated parts for the full orchestra that you see here. This is my 3rd performance of the piece and it is always a treat to perform. Be sure to check out Alex DePue's version: https://www.reverbnation.com/alexdepue/song/28086417-hoedown And my version at http://markalanwade.com/albums/album0008.asp

Streams of Mercy: A Hymnsong Medley for Dulcimer and Orchestra

This hymnsong medley was composed by Mark Alan Wade, National Hammered Dulcimer Champion for the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra. The piece begins with foreshadowing fragments of "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" interrupted by flurries of dulcimer arpeggios like the wind scattering leaves. The full hymn follows led by the soloist while woodwinds evoke imagery an Irish countryside. A brief canonic interlude builds the full orchestras grand final statement of the hymn. The dulcimer then introduces the second theme, "I Will Arise and Go to Jesus." This haunting minor tune builds in intensity, culminating in an Irish slip jig on the same hymnsong. The final hymn vignette presents the hymn, "Be Thou My Vision," sparsely accompanied by the orchestra. The woodwind "birds" call out in the distance as the pieces draws to a close.

Le Coucou, by Claude Daquin

This fun little baroque harpsichord piece is performed here by National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, Dr. Mark Alan Wade. In his own original transcription and arrangement, the original harpsichord melody is played on the dulcimer, with interjecting "coucous" from the orchestra. You can almost see the frustrated coucou bird trapped in his coucou clock home. The sheet music for solo hammered dulcimer is available at www.MarkAlanWade.com. Click the subscribe button for more videos like this!

III. Allegro, from Concerto for Lute, by Antonio Vivaldi

This concerto was originally written for lute solo with string orchestra. National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, Mark Alan Wade, performs his original adaptation for dulcimer and orchestra with the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra. The sheet music for this arrangement is available at MarkAlanWade.com. Thanks for watching!

II. Largo, from Concerto for Lute, by Antonio Vivaldi

This concerto was originally written for lute solo with string orchestra. National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, Mark Alan Wade, performs his original adaptation for dulcimer and orchestra with the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra. The sheet music for this arrangement is available at MarkAlanWade.com. Thanks for watching!

I. Allegro, from Concerto for Lute, by A. Vivaldi

This concerto was originally written for lute with string orchestra. National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, Dr. Mark Alan Wade, performs his original transcription for dulcimer and orchestra with the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra. The sheet music for this arrangement is available at www.markalanwade.com

Streams of Mercy for Solo Hammered Dulcimer and Orchestra

Note: Thanks for watching my practice session/demo video for my new piece! In this video I am playing my dulcimer live with the music notation software's synthesized rendering of the piece. It's not the same as playing with a real orchestra, but it's close. To hear the REAL thing, come hear the debut performance on Sunday, 9/3/17 at 7PM at Tuscora Park in New Philadelphia, OH! www.MarkAlanWade.com PROGRAM NOTES: This hymnsong medley was composed by Mark Alan Wade, National Hammered Dulcimer Champion for the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra. The piece begins with foreshadowing fragments of "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" interrupted by flurries of dulcimer arpeggios like the wind scattering leaves. The full hymn follows led by the soloist while woodwinds evoke imagery an Irish countryside. A brief canonic interlude builds the full orchestras grand final statement of the hymn. The dulcimer then introduces the second theme, "I Will Arise and Go to Jesus." This haunting minor tune builds in intensity, culminating in an Irish slip jig on the same hymnsong. The final hymn vignette presents the hymn, "Be Thou My Vision," sparsely accompanied by the orchestra. The woodwind "birds" call out in the distance as the pieces draws to a close.

Evart Greek Song

This is the simple little tune I taught for the Beginner's Only workshop at Evart 2017. As promised, here is a little video of me playing it and talking you through it.

Buon Giorno Principessa

Intro Ideas

From Dulcimer Academy Workshop 2017

Spanish Two-Step Workshop

Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival 2017 Mark Alan Wade