Mark Wade's YouTube Videos
The High Heel Shoe
This is a sample song that I teach s-l-o-w-l-y on my Patreon website’s Song of the Month. This is such a fun tune I thought I would share the full speed version with everyone.
Patreon is a website that manages online access to independent musicians. I use it for things like my $5 Song of the Month. I teach the tune slowly in 3-5 videos along with sheet music.
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You’ll also notice my new dulcimer by Master Works. I’m a dealer for their instruments. Let me know if you want information on this model or the ordering process.
Another quick demo of my new instrument featuring some damper technique. I hear a few strings stretching out of tune a tad but it’s a brand new instrument and to be expected. I’m excited to share my new toy whether it’s perfect or not. Enjoy this fun jig!
Demo-ing My New Dulcimer with “How Great Thou Art”
I just got this gorgeous new instrument from Master Works! Even though the strings are still brand new and stretching, it sounds great already. Here is a quick rendition of “How Great Thou Art.” I play it in low A in the worst possible range of any dulcimer- the lower left treble bridge. Hopefully you can hear that this instrument doesn’t have a weak range. I’m in love! Hope you enjoy!
Auld Lang Syne
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Holly and the Ivy with Dona Nobis Pacem
This is a preview of my original arrangement of "The Holy and the Ivy" and "Dona Nobis Pacem" for hammered dulcimer solo.
o Large Print
o For 15/14 range instruments and modified for chromatic instruments like 16/15Cs
o Guitar chords provided
o Sounds full and lush even though it is the easiest of my Christmas selections.
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ABOUT THE MUSIC:
The melody of "The Holly and the Ivy" is only eight measures long – not a lot of material to work with. I composed an introduction that comes back as an interlude between verses and eventually morphs into "Dona Nobis Pacem" (trans.: grant us peace). After going through several transformations in G major and E minor, a melodic sequence on the end of the "Holly and the Ivy" leads us into "Dona Nobis Pacem" in E major. Then "The Holly and the Ivy" returns triumphantly in A major to end the piece. As written, this arrangement takes approximately two and a half minutes to perform.
"Toccata" from Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, J.S. Bach by Mark Wade
Johann Sebastian Bach's famous "Toccata and Fugue in D minor," BWV 565, is a hauntingly ominous piece, and ubiquitous in old scary movies. National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, Mark Alan Wade, has transcribed the Toccata for solo hammered dulcimer. Played here on a Dusty Strings D650, this arrangement uses the full range of the instrument, from low A1 to high E6! This tune is one of many classical gems that Mark has arranged for dulcimer is his upcoming book, "Classical Favorites for Hammered Dulcimer," published by Mel Bay, Inc. The arrangements in that book will fit on a traditional 15/14 chromatic dulcimer. Enjoy!
Happy obnoxious birthday! Made for Deb Jones’s ?? ?? ??
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Here is an arrangement that I just taught at the North East Ohio Hammered Dulcimer Weekend. It was so fun to put play, I turned it into a trio. This is one of many pieces that will be in my upcoming book, Classical Masterpieces for the Hammered Dulcimer. It should be released later this fall.
I Buried My Wife and Danced On Her Grave/ Humours of Ennystimon
Mark Alan Wade, Hammered Dulcimer/whistle, Randy Clepper, bouzouki, Cristina Wade, marimbula, Anthony Papaleo, tenor banjo/guitar.
Flight of the Bumblebee
National Hammer Dulcimer Champion, Mark Alan Wade, performs his signature piece, "The Flight of the Bumblebee" with a twist! Butch Ross hijacked the tune and went into "Pipeline!" They actually mash together pretty well! Thanks to Ken Kaiser for recording!
This tune is recorded on Mark's CD, "Way Over the Waterfall" and is available here with FREE SHIPPING: http://www.markalanwade.com/albums/album0003.asp
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78 Eatonwood Green
This is one of the few instrumental tunes by Rich Mullins. It is in a slip jig feel in 9/8 and seems to be neo-celtic in style. I played this in one of my sets at the National Hammered Dulcimer Contest in 1997. Tragically he died the same day. I recorded this on my CD, Way Over the Waterfall. This powerful tune is one of several he did that inspired a new generation to play the hammered dulcimer. I hope you enjoy!
This is a hauntingly beautiful polska tune was written by Swedish tunesmith, Roger Tallroth. We are performing this at a church concert in Akron, OH, USA on soprano mountain dulcimer and bouzouki, with accompaniment on guitar and marimblua.
Mark Alan Wade, mountain dulcimer
Randy Clepper, bouzouki
Cristina Wade, marimbula
Anythony Papaleo, guitar
Apologies for the blurry video. It was made on the church's camera about 200 feet away in the back of the sanctuary. We're still grateful that they recorded the show, even if it is a bit fuzzy.
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The "O.S.U. Set" of Reels
This is a fun set of reels shared in my tune book, "Playing with an Irish Accent- Session Tunes and Ornamentation for Hammered Dulcimer." This set of reels includes "The Silver Spear", "Swallowtail Reel", and "The Merry Blacksmith." Randy and I first threw these tunes together for a performance of an Irish-inspired wind band piece with the Symphonic Band at The Ohio State University, Richard Blatti, conductor. That was a dozen or more years ago but we still play that set together today.
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Musicians: Mark Alan Wade, National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, Randy Clepper (bouzouki/cittern), Cristina Wade (marimbula), Anthony Papaleo (tenor banjo).
Raven's Rock & Ruby's Reel
Here is our humble tribute to my favorite Irish band, Lunasa, featuring their tunes, Raven's Rock & Ruby's Reel. I'm playing a low D whistle made by MK Whistles in Scotland. Cristina is playing a D whistle by Burke. Randy is playing a bouzouki/cittern by J. Thomas Davis and Anthony is playing a guitar but I didn't catch who made it. For Ruby's Reel, I switch to my Dusty Strings D650 dulcimer.
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Farewell to Chernobyl / Tam Lin featuring Randy Clepper
Recorded live on March 10, 2019, this is a fun set of reels featured on Randy Clepper's CD, "Finally Tuned." This set includes "Farewell to Chernobyl" and "Tam Lin." Buy his CD HERE: http://www.randyclepper.com
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Musicians: Mark Alan Wade, National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, Randy Clepper (bouzouki/cittern), Cristina Wade (marimbula), Anthony Papaleo (guitar).
Black and White photo by Brad Bower, https://www.facebook.com/bradbowerphoto/