Indie & Americana Songs to Play on the Stick Dulcimer
Do you ever get in one of those funks? You know the one–you’re not necessarily sad or nothing is wrong but you just feel, I believe the term is, blah? Music is a great way to get you through these melancholic moods.
Maybe it's kinda cold and grey outside or it’s a rainy day that’s keeping you inside. Sometimes it's just…because. Well, before you get too stuck in those feelings, channel those emotions into playing some music.
If you’re looking for some songs with a bit more of a “chill vibe,” check out these indie and Americana songs you can play on seagull merlin and feel all the feels.
Dulcimer Guitar Indie & Americana Songs
If you haven’t discovered the band mewithoutYou, you need to change that! Unfortunately, they announced recently they would not be going on as a band after this year, but they have lots of great music to still enjoy.
This tune is the last track on their 2006 album Brother, Sister. (Which by the way is an unbelievable record, and I suggest listening to that whole record, front to back at least three times.) Follow along with this "In A Sweater Poorly Knit" Cover by mewithoutYou that I recorded using a Seagull Merlin M4 stick dulcimer.
Jason Isbell is a Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter with phenomenal songs from his solo projects and with his band Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. This heartbreakingly beautiful song is from Jason Isbell's 2013 solo studio album Southeastern. The song is very straightforward as either a 1-Finger or Multi-Finger song so you can learn Jason Isbell's "Live Oak" on Dulcimer Guitar both ways.
If you're trying to learn how to play and sing, this is a great one to practice (though there are plenty of lyrics to keep up with), and you can use the "Live Oak" Dulcimer TAB Chord Guide to help you out. Also, make sure to check out the way we used dulcimer guitars in this full-band “Live Oak” Cover. The dulcimers serve to root the recording in its original stripped-down acoustic sound while leaving room for the larger band format.
Manchester Orchestra has been around since about 2004 and is yet another super talented band with some really interesting music.
This song was released on their 2017 album A Black Mile To The Surface. "The Gold" is in the key of D which means you can play right along with the recording, and aside from the intro lick, you should be able to play this one very easily with just 1-Finger. One thing to note though: this song is in 6/8 time signature so it'll feel different than most songs (which are usually in 4/4) and strumming might feel awkward at first, but, you'll get it!
Take some time and learn "The Gold" by Manchester Orchestra on Strumstick Dulcimer Guitar.
So do you have any go-to mellow songs you like to play along with? Are there any others you’d wanna learn to play on seagull merlin? Let us know!