Written by Robert in Cabo San José, Mexico, January, 2005. He explains how some of the images developed and uses the tune to illustrate a staccato-stop-string technique, articulating the chord with flat-picking, and how to incorporate the length of the fretboard for different tones.
Written by Robert in Cornwall Bridge, CT, Spring, 1972. He demonstrates the full-chord barre technique that is an influential characteristic of his personal playing style, found throughout much of his later work. Camera angle is set so that you can see how the right and left hands work together percussively. Camera work is by Gene Talvin who first started his career in Hollywood filming stills for the “Rocky and Bullwinkle Show” and finished by being lead cameraman on “Third Rock from the Sun”.
Written by Albert d’Ossché in the Spring of 1972 in Cornwall Bridge, CT. Robert illustrates the two-stop, partial chord nuances upon which the tune is built. He identifies the composition as being a seminal, modern work for the instrument which uses these partial chords balanced against pervasive, shifting pedal-tone drones that can only be achieved with the dulcimer and it’s delicate, tentative tones. The tune is particularly effective when played rubato– without a specific timing– to let the overtones fade away, creating quiet, reflective spaces within the arrangement.