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Steve Eulberg

Introduction to Guitar

In this lesson, the first in the Kids and Guitar series, Steve Eulberg introduces the guitar and its many wonders.

Taught by Steve Eulberg in Kids and Guitar seriesLength: 7:23Difficulty: 0.5 of 5
Chapter 1: (07:22) Introduction to Guitar Introduction Music

Steve Eulberg introduces you to the Kids and Guitar series with a song that most of you probably recognize. This song is called "Mary Had a Little Lamb." This is one of the first songs that you will learn on the guitar. This song has the same melody as "Twinkle, Twinkle," "The Alphabet Song," and "Baa! Baa! Black Sheep." This means that these songs are played with the same notes. However, they are sung with different words.

In this lesson, Steve will provide some very important advice concerning the process of choosing an appropriate guitar to begin learning with.

Choosing a Guitar

There are many important factors to consider when choosing an appropriate guitar. Follow Steve's time-tested advice to ensure that you choose the best guitar for your child.

A. Guitar Size

How Old (Big) Are You?

Guitars are available in full size, 3/4 size, and 1/2 size. Full size guitars are designed for most adults and teenagers. A full size guitar is generally the appropriate choice for someone that is 5’0" or taller.

3/4 size guitars are ideal for most children in the 4'0" to 5'0" height range. These guitars are generally less expensive. They are designed for student / entry level quality. They are not built to last like most full size guitars. 3/4 size guitars are generally built with less expensive wood and machinery.

1/2 size guitars are designed for very young children. These guitars are usually the ideal choice for most children under the age of 9. 1/2 size guitars are typically comparable in quality to 3/4 size guitars. They are not built to last. Typically these guitars last about two years before an irreparable or very costly problem arises.

B. Electric vs. Acoustic Guitars

The question that inevitably comes up when choosing a student’s first guitar is whether he or she should start on an acoustic or electric guitar. If there is currently a guitar available in the household, that is the guitar the student should start on. Playing an acoustic guitar involves the same skills and techniques as playing an electric guitar.

Cost is an important factor that plays into this decision. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the electric guitar, an entry level electric guitar and amplifier can be purchased for roughly the same price of an acoustic guitar that is comparable in quality. Consequently, it is usually best for a student to start on the instrument that he or she feels more inspired to play. For example, if a child has his/her heart set on playing electric guitar, it is usually for him/her to start with an electric. This will inspire the student to spend more time practicing and learning about the instrument.

C. Buying Cheap and Trading up Later

This approach definitely has its merits, but it definitely has several drawbacks as well. The bottom line is that some guitars are built so poorly that they are literally impossible to play. You must be absolutely sure that a guitar is in perfect working condition before buying it. This statement is true of guitars in every price range. If a guitar is not in working condition, practicing can be an extremely discouraging process. For example, if a guitar will not stay in tune, how do you expect to maintain a student's interest? On the other hand, students tend to practice much more when playing a nice guitar that is in perfect working condition. Here are some important things to look for when choosing a new guitar.

-Make sure a guitar is set-up properly before buying it. This includes proper adjustment of the truss rod, installation of fresh strings, etc.

-Make sure the strings aren't too high off the frets.

-Make sure the neck is perfectly straight. A guitar with a bowed neck is pretty much worthless. Check for any slight curvature in the neck. Most of the time, this problem cannot be corrected.

-Like Steve cautions, do not buy a guitar shaped object!!!! Ask a reliable friend, neighbor, co-worker, etc. that plays guitar or a JamPlay instructor if you have any questions concerning the quality of a guitar.

-If at all possible, have such a person play the guitar and look for any potential problems.

D. Additional Information

For more information about choosing the appropriate guitar for a beginning student, please check out lesson 13 from Steveæs general phase one series as well as Jim Deeming's second phase 1 lesson. The following information is taken from the "Lesson Information" section of these lessons.

From Steve Eulberg's Lesson 13: Different Guitars

Not sure what type of guitar you want to play? In this lesson Steve talks about 3 types of guitars. He provides some beautiful music and information regarding the instruments we all love.

A. Definition of Acoustic

An instrument that creates sound as a result of vibrations occurring within a resonating chamber. In reference to the acoustic guitar, the resonating chamber is called the "body."

B. Parts of the Steel String Guitar

1.Bridge - On a steel string acoustic, the bridge is a black, wooden piece that is glued to the top of the body. The strings mount to the guitar at the bridge. Strings are inserted into the bridge and held in place with pegs.

2. Saddle - Strings are elevated slightly above the bridge as they pass over the saddle. Quality saddles are typically made from bone or ivory.

3. Soundhole - The vibrations caused by plucking the strings enter the resonating body through the soundhole. This is why picking directly over the soundhole produces the loudest tone.

4. Body - The resonating chamber of the instrument.

a. Top
b. Sides
c. Back

5. Neck - the long, slender piece of wood that is jointed to the body with glue. A section is cut from the top of the neck to fit the fingerboard into place. The neck of a steel string acoustic tapers towards the nut.

6. Fingerboard - typically made from ebony or rosewood. Frets are glued into the fingerboard. The fingerboard joins the body at the 14th fret.

7. Tuners - The tuners on steel string acoustics point outwards, away from the headstock.

8. Truss Rod - a metal rod inserted into the neck of all steel string guitars. The strings exert tremendous tension on the neck. The tension of the strings pulls the neck towards the body. The truss rod prevents this from happening by applying force in the opposite directions. Occasionally, the truss rod must be adjusted to provide relief in certain areas of the neck.

C. Sound of a Steel String Acoustic

Most steel string acoustics have a bright tone. This is especially true when a steel string instrument is played with a pick. A steel string acoustic produces a much louder tone than a classical guitar.

Classical Guitar

A. Special Features of the Classical Guitar

Strings-Classical guitars are strung with either nylon or gut strings. Nylon consists of many polymers. Polymers have memory. If you tune your bass string down to a D, the string will gradually sharpen. The opposite is true if you tune your guitar sharp. The strings will go flat in order to return to their normal resting point. In order to give the polymers in a string new memory, the string must be stretched thoroughly.

Note: Stringing a classical guitar with a set of steel strings will significantly warp the neck. Tuners - Point backward similar to a banjo. The strings are wrapped around the tuning posts in the same direction regardless of which side of the headstock they are on.

Neck - Does not taper at all. The neck is slightly wider than the neck of a steel string.

Bridge-Strings are tied to the bridge in loops.

Fingerboard-The fingerboard meets the body at the 12th fret instead of the 14th.

Soundhole - The soundhole is surrounded by a decorative inlay called a "rosette." The rosette consists of tiny pieces of wood painstakingly inlaid into the wood of the body.

Pickguard - Pickguards are only found on Flamenco-style classical guitars. This protects the wood from damage caused by Flamenco techniques such as the rasgueado. Also, the pickguard is occasionally tapped by the right hand to achieve percussive effects.

B. Sound of the Classical Guitar

Classical guitars sound much more quiet and metal than their steel string counterparts. The tone also has more midrange, giving the guitar a darker sound. These differences in tone are attributed to the different types of strings. Steel is a much more dense material than nylon. This results in a louder, brighter tone from steel strings.

12 String Acoustic

A. Special Features of the 12 String Acoustic

Strings - The 12 string essentially takes each individual string on a normal 6 string acoustic and pairs it with another string. The extra string is the same pitch, but one octave higher. These pairings of strings are called "courses." Thus, the 12 string has 6 courses.

Tuning - The extra strings cause additional tension and strain on the neck. Consequently, the 12 string guitar is typically tuned down a full step in order to relieve some of this tension.

B. Sound of the 12 String Acoustic

The 12 string is typically described as having a very big sound. The extra octave of each string creates the effect of two guitarists playing an octave apart. As Steve explains, the additional strings also give the guitar a chorused sound. Guitarists rarely choose a 12 string as their primary instrument. Rather, they are typically used for effect in order to achieve a large, chorused acoustic tone.

From Jim Deeming Lesson 2: Choosing a Guitar

Acoustic Vs Electric

Around the early 60's it became a popular notion that every beginning guitar student should first learn on an acoustic. Parents with little or no musical experience spread this idea. Although the logic behind this argument is understandable, the argument bears little truth. This false argument gained popularity for several reasons. Starting a child on an acoustic guitar cuts out the expense of equipment such as an amplifier and a patch cable. However, since the electric guitar is far more popular than its acoustic counterpart, the price of a typical entry level electric is more affordable than the typical entry-level acoustic. In addition, many companies such as Fender sell a combination package that includes the guitar, amplifier, patch cable, and electronic tuner at a very affordable price. Many parents prefer to buy their child an acoustic because it is a quieter instrument. Parents in the 60's associated the sound of the electric guitar with the eardrum busting tones of Pete Townsend and Jimi Hendrix. These parents failed to realize that an electric guitar's volume level is controllable. Also, most practice amps are outfitted with a 1/4" headphone jack for silent practice. Finally, many parents believe that it is much easier to learn the basics on an acoustic guitar. This could not be farther from the truth. Due to lower tension and action of the strings, it is far easier to learn solid fundamental technique on an electric guitar.

There is only one good reason to choose an acoustic guitar for your child's first instrument. A child should start on an acoustic guitar ONLY if the music that he/she desires to play is primarily performed on an acoustic. If you are planning to buy your child his/her first guitar, work together with your child to conduct thorough research. As a result, you will both sleep soundly knowing the best possible selection was made.

Buying a guitar is a lot like buying a car. Regardless of whether it's the first or fifth car you've bought, you still have to do your homework. Before you hit the streets to find a new guitar, there are some necessary preliminary steps that must be taken.

1. First, you must determine a price range.

Roughly all guitars (with the exception of classical guitars) fall into three price range categories. However, price is not always an accurate indicator of quality.

A. $0-450: Beginner Quality
B. $450-950 Intermediate Quality
C. $950+ Professional Quality

2. Narrow the field.

You must form a general idea of the ideal instrument. Jim gives you some great tips to get this process started.

A. Observe Your Heroes

This is the single best piece of advice for anyone looking for a new ax. Whose guitar sound do you admire most? What guitar does he/she play? Do many of your favorite guitarist play the same guitar or a similar type of guitar? When choosing your first guitar, you most likely won't want to shell out the cash to get the same guitar your heroes play. However, it's a great idea to take some notes regarding the features that these guitars have. This way, you can look for a less expensive model that resembles the ideal sound you are looking for.

B. Set Some Preliminary Goals

Do you want to perform publicly or just play for your own personal enjoyment? This has a large bearing on which guitar you should eventually choose.

C. Don't Stress Out!

Choosing a guitar should be an enjoyable process. Regardless of your price range, there is a great guitar out there for you. For example, Matt Brown owns several professional quality guitars. He owns a PRS Custom, a Gibson Les Paul Standard, and a G&L ASAT Special. However, his no. 1 guitar is a beat up Mexican Strat he purchased for only $200. Keep in mind that the price tag is not always an accurate indicator of quality.

3. Where to Shop

Over the past few decades the retail industry has undergone some drastic changes. The retail music industry is no exception. Gigantic chain retail stores have replaced multiple small businesses across the globe. Although giant stores such as Guitar Center or Sam Ash sell equipment at lower prices, the customer receives less quality per dollar spent. Instruments at these stores are not cared for at all. Once an order is received into inventory guitars are simply taken out of their cases and thrown on the walls. From this point they are handled daily by numerous customers who typically have no interest in buying the instrument they are test-driving. As a result, guitars diminish in quality the longer they hang on Guitar Center's walls. Also, the sales representatives in these stores are rarely knowledgeable. Lastly, customer service and satisfaction is not a high priority, because the sheer volume of customers is simply unmanageable.

We recommend that you shop for your first instrument at a store that is not part of a large retail chain. Ask a respected professional in your area where he or she shops. For example, the Drinking Gourd Music Store in Dayton, Ohio is a long standing favorite among professionals living in the Midwest. When a guitar arrives at a store of this quality, professionals carefully inspect the guitar for any possible defects. A full professional set-up is then performed. Key issues such as the quality of fret installation are also addressed before the guitar is hung on the wall. From the moment a customer walks in the store, he or she receives excellent customer service throughout the entire sales process. This excellent service continues after the guitar has been purchased. The salespeople at these stores are often professional players themselves. Their superior knowledge of the instrument enables them to help each customer find the perfect guitar.

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Member Comments about this Lesson

Discussions with our instructors are just one of the many benefits of becoming a member of JamPlay.

mattpainemattpaine replied

As a 45 year old kid, I am enjoying these lessons. Slow and steady...

guitar_player_1004guitar_player_1004 replied

I can't tune my strings.....

1WhiteEskimo1WhiteEskimo replied

This is amazing I have tried youtube and other things but this is the first time playing guitar has worked for me I think that you should keep making guitar vids and helping kids like me thanks

sam12sam12 replied

this is great i'm 13 and i have a 1/2 guitar and it works great!

tifosotifoso replied

Not only is that tune known as Twinkle, Twinkle and the Alphabet Song and Baa, Baa Black Sheep, it is the main theme to Mozart's 12 variations in "Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman", K265.

jayden2002jayden2002 replied

I'm 11 and I just wanted to try this real quick but I have been on the adult one and I've already mastered a bunch on the adult.

shreyas007shreyas007 replied

Hello Steve , Its really great stuff ,This is day one for my Kid , and he is really excited about the learning , we got him a Yamaha Jr1 , this is our first online lesson and we are excited too. Thank you very much for your efforts and time.

pdiaz1972pdiaz1972 replied

Steve, I just wanted to say thank you very much for doing a series for kids. I am a new member who has been toying around with the guitar since i was a teenager. I did take private lessons once but I did not like how my instructor taugh so i stopped going to him. All he ever wanted to do was teach me part of songs, never gave me exercises or taught me chords or scales or most important how it all comes together. My parents couldn't afford to put in in with a good instructor at a good music store or school. Now as a parent I have a 7 year old daughter two step sons 7 and 9 who all express the desire to learn the guitar. I am taking this as another opportunity to learn myself right along side of them. looking for private lessons has been a nightmare because well for starters some teachers are just too expessive and wouldn't give me a discount for have 4 people learning. other who offer group lessons our schedules just wouldn't work out so I researched online stuff and found Jam play. the day I signed up i took your beginning course and you made it so easy to follow and it was exactly what i was looking for. I wondered how my kids would do with it. Then the folowing day I ran into your just for kids series and I knew it was faith. Thank you very very much for thinking of the kids. I will recommend this site and your lessons to anyone who asks.

jessjammerjessjammer replied

Hi Steve, I appreciate you doing this. I was wondering if you'd have any recommendations for when kids might start really "playing" an instrument, as opposed to playing with it? I have two boys, Ian and Jimi, 17 and 32 months old respectively. Both enjoy tinkering at the piano or strumming my guitar - and I encourage that - but I'm wondering when I should start looking to get them a teacher.

cliff1805cliff1805 replied

As a 48 yr old beginner I am having a go at the kids lessons before I move to the adult beginners stuff. It is certainly very helpful. I tried a book before signing up with JamPlay and was getting nowhere fast.

mav67mav67 replied

Steve you are the man, we parents ask and you and JamPlay deliver, there are no words that can express the gratitude enough. Looking forward to what comes next. Thanks a lot and keep them coming

Jim.DeemingJim.Deeming replied

This is a great idea Steve! I do get asked by parents and refer them and their kids to this site. I will send them directly to your lessons!

rubyistrubyist replied

Only Steve can rock twinkle twinkle little star like that! Great work - keep these up, I've got a son and (soon to be) step-son who are interested in guitar and this is right up their alley.

fritznerfritzner replied

Great stuff there Steve.. Don't know how many kids are using this site, but definitely a good tool and a great opportunity for parents to get inspired and have play along sessions with their kids.. Keep up the good work

Kids and Guitar

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Playing the guitar can be a fun, educational, and productive activity for children of all ages. Introduce your child to the wonderful world of music with this lesson series.

Introduction to GuitarLesson 1

Introduction to Guitar

In this lesson, the first in the Kids and Guitar series, Steve Eulberg introduces the guitar and its many wonders.

Length: 7:23 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Parts of the GuitarLesson 2

Parts of the Guitar

Steve Eulberg talks about the parts of the guitar and how they function. You also get to see some of his wonderful artwork.

Length: 7:30 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Holding and Playing GuitarLesson 3

Holding and Playing Guitar

Steve explains how to properly hold your guitar. He also explains how the strings are named.

Length: 8:54 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Playing GuitarLesson 4

Playing Guitar

Steve prepares you to play your first notes in this lesson. Get ready for some fun!

Length: 13:12 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Finger Placement and MoreLesson 5

Finger Placement and More

Steve explains finger placement and proper playing technique. He also teaches a fun new song.

Length: 14:12 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Tuning the GuitarLesson 6

Tuning the Guitar

Learning how to properly tune the guitar is an absolutely essential skill. In this lesson, Steve walks you through the tuning process.

Length: 8:30 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Hand ExerciseLesson 7

Hand Exercise

In this lesson, Steve Eulberg provides a new exercise that will challenge your mind and hands.

Length: 8:07 Difficulty: 1.0 FREE
Chords and a SongLesson 8

Chords and a Song

Steve introduces some basic chords. Then, he teaches the classic song "Hot Cross Buns."

Length: 14:48 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
The Right HandLesson 9

The Right Hand

Steve explains proper picking hand technique.

Length: 9:34 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Mary Had a Little LambLesson 10

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Steve Eulberg covers the classic children's song "Mary Had a Little Lamb."

Length: 6:37 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Aunt RhodyLesson 11

Aunt Rhody

Steve teaches an easy children's song called "Aunt Rhody." We've all heard the song. Now it's time to play it!

Length: 10:59 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Paw Paw PatchLesson 12

Paw Paw Patch

Steve teaches a classic song called "Paw Paw Patch" in this lesson.

Length: 10:50 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
The Wheels on the BusLesson 13

The Wheels on the Bus

Steve Eulberg teaches the popular kids song "The Wheels on the Bus."

Length: 5:54 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
The Wheels on the Bus Part TwoLesson 14

The Wheels on the Bus Part Two

In this lesson, Steve Eulberg teaches the song "The Wheels on the Bus" in a different key.

Length: 14:11 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Old MacDonald Had a FarmLesson 15

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Steve teaches the popular kids song "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" in this lesson.

Length: 11:03 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Ode to JoyLesson 16

Ode to Joy

Steve teaches "Ode to Joy," a catchy and highly recognizable tune.

Length: 20:52 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Scale Finger PracticeLesson 17

Scale Finger Practice

Steve demonstrates techniques to accomplish the ability to move your fingers independently.

Length: 6:54 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
E Minor ChordLesson 18

E Minor Chord

Steve teaches the E minor chord. This chord was first introduced in the song "Ode to Joy" and serves as an introduction to the remaining minor chords that will be taught in this series.

Length: 5:54 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
A Minor ChordLesson 19

A Minor Chord

Steve introduces the A minor chord. You have an opportunity to compare and contrast the difference in sound between major and minor chords in this lesson.

Length: 9:16 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Picking TechniqueLesson 20

Picking Technique

Steve breaks away from left hand positions to focus on picking hand technique.

Length: 6:44 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
B Minor ChordLesson 21

B Minor Chord

Steve adds yet another chord for your fingers to enjoy. In this lesson, he teaches the B minor chord. Steve teaches the proper fingering for this chord and incorporates it into a few chord progression...

Length: 10:54 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
4 Fret ExerciseLesson 22

4 Fret Exercise

Give your fretting hand a workout with this 4 fret exercise!

Length: 9:24 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
12 Fret Movement ExerciseLesson 23

12 Fret Movement Exercise

Steve Eulberg explains an exercise that will develop your ability to perform position shifts.

Length: 11:11 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 24

"Monkey Around" Fret Exercise

Steve shows how to "monkey around" with a fret hand exercise designed to develop creativity and proper technique.

Length: 4:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
D Minor ChordLesson 25

D Minor Chord

Steve demonstrates the D minor chord.

Length: 3:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Joshua Fit the Battle of JerichoLesson 26

Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho

Steve uses the new D minor chord from Lesson 25 in the classic song "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho."

Length: 9:36 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Smooth Chord Transition (The Pivot Finger)Lesson 27

Smooth Chord Transition (The Pivot Finger)

Steve demonstrates some techniques that help transition smoothly between chords.

Length: 9:35 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
What and When HandsLesson 28

What and When Hands

This fantastic lesson explains that the strum hand determines when we hear the sound, and the "what" hand creates what we hear.

Length: 8:15 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
5th Fret  MagicLesson 29

5th Fret Magic

Steve breaks explains how notes are laid out in first position and how the 5th fret is used to shorten up the work needed to play full scales.

Length: 8:40 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
House of Chords - The Room of GLesson 30

House of Chords - The Room of G

Welcome to the first installment of a series that details how various chords are formed! Get started by learning some "G" chords.

Length: 4:50 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
House of Chords - The Room of CLesson 31

House of Chords - The Room of C

Steve moves from room to room in the house of chords. This lesson features the room of C.

Length: 5:01 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
House of Chords - The Room of ALesson 32

House of Chords - The Room of A

Steve continues through the House of Chords. In this lesson, he has found himself in the room of A.

Length: 14:18 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
House of Chords - The Room of ELesson 33

House of Chords - The Room of E

Steve welcomes you to the room of E as he continues to take you on a tour of the House of Chords.

Length: 5:01 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
House of Chords - The Room of  DLesson 34

House of Chords - The Room of D

Steve finally completes his tour of the House of Chords with the room of D.

Length: 3:39 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Advanced Strumming Pt. 1Lesson 35

Advanced Strumming Pt. 1

It's time to introduce a new strumming technique commonly referred to as the "boom-chuck." This lesson will help develop more advanced picking hand skill.

Length: 6:04 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Advanced Strumming Pt. 2Lesson 36

Advanced Strumming Pt. 2

Steve continues with part 2 of his advanced strumming techniques.

Length: 4:16 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Advanced Strumming Pt. 3Lesson 37

Advanced Strumming Pt. 3

Diving more in depth and getting a better grasp on the alternate "boom chuck" style of picking, Steve continues with part 3 of his advanced strumming techniques.

Length: 2:44 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Advanced Strumming Pt. 4Lesson 38

Advanced Strumming Pt. 4

Steve introduces full chord strumming techniques in part 4 of his advanced strumming lessons.

Length: 3:50 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Advanced Strumming Pt. 5Lesson 39

Advanced Strumming Pt. 5

Steve demonstrates how to "alternate the boom" to a different string in this Advanced Strumming Pt. 5 Lesson.

Length: 3:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Advanced Strumming Pt. 6Lesson 40

Advanced Strumming Pt. 6

Welcome to part 6 in a series of advanced strumming techniques. This lesson demonstrates how to "alternate the boom" on two different strings.

Length: 4:15 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Advanced Strumming Pt. 7Lesson 41

Advanced Strumming Pt. 7

Steve Breaks down what the D chord looks like when applying the "boom chuck" strum technique.

Length: 2:33 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Advanced Strumming Pt. 8Lesson 42

Advanced Strumming Pt. 8

Steve finishes off his strumming sessions by demonstrating additional alternating bass patterns within the context of the "boom chuck" strum pattern.

Length: 6:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Steve Eulberg

About Steve Eulberg View Full Biography An Award-winning multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Steve Eulberg weaves mountain and hammered dulcimers with a variety of unusual instruments to create thought-provoking, smile-inducing, toe-tapping acoustic experiences.

He has sung and composed for religious communities, union halls, picket lines, inter-faith retreats, mountain-top youth camps, as well as the more familiar venues: clubs, coffeehouses, bookstores, festivals, charity benefits and showcase concerts.

Born and raised in the German-heritage town of Pemberville, Ohio, Steve was exposed to a variety of music in his home. Early piano lessons were followed by trumpet in school band, and he became self-taught on ukelele and guitar and harmonica. Mandolin was added at Capital University where, while majoring in History, he studied Ear Training, Voice and took Arranging lessons from the Conservatory of Music.

While at college, he first heard hammered and mountain dulcimers, building his first mountain dulcimer just before his final year. Seminary training took him the west side of Denver where he built his first hammered dulcimer. With these instruments, he was able to give voice to the Scottish, English and Irish traditions to which he is also heir.

Following marriage in 1985 to Connie Winter-Eulberg he settled in Kansas City, Missouri. There he worked cross-culturally in a church of African-Americans, Latinos and European Americans, with music being a primary organizing tool. He moved with his family in 1997 to be nestled beside the Rocky Mountains in Fort Coillins, Colorado.

Founder of Owl Mountain Music, Inc. he teaches and performs extensively in Colorado and Wyoming with tours across the US and the UK. He delights in introducing the “sweet music” of dulcimers to people in diverse settings and in addition to his own recordings, has included dulcimers in a variety of session work for other musicians.

In 2000 he was commissioned to create a choral composition featuring dulcimers for the Rainbow Chorus in Fort Collins. It was recorded in the same year (BEGINNINGS). He is currently at work on a commissioned symphony that will feature hammered dulcimer and Australian didjeridu.

Eulberg passionately believes that music crosses cultural and language barriers because music builds community. Influenced by a variety of ethnic styles, his music weaves vital lyric with rap, rock, folk, gospel and blues. Audiences of all ages respond well to his presentation and to his warm sense of humor.

Steve is a member of Local 1000 (AFM), The Folk Alliance, BMI and BWAAG (Better World Artists and Activist's Guild).

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Known around the world for his inspirational approach to guitar instruction, Musician's Institute veteran Daniel Gilbert...

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DJ Phillips DJ Phillips

Learn a handful of new blues techniques while learning to play Stevie Ray Vaughn's "The House Is Rockin'".

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Jeff Kollman Jeff Kollman

Been playing the standard 12 bar blues and looking to add some flare? Look no further than Jeff Kollmann's series, "Blowing...

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Andre Nieri Andre Nieri

Born in 1986 and hailing from Brazil, Andre showed musical inclination at an early age. Influenced by native Brazilian Jazz...

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Jeffery Marshall Jeffery Marshall

Welcome to Inside and Out with Jeff Marshall! In this lesson series, Jeff takes a bottom up approach to fret board proficiency....

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