by Madeline MacNeil
This book and companion CD offer a very simple and reliable introduction for new mountain dulcimer players. The following sample from the book is a simple one-string arrangement, along with a recording. Author Madeline MacNeil is using the DAA (‘Ionian’) tuning, which places the tune comfortably on the fretboard; however, if you like to play in DAD tuning, just play the melody on the middle string. It will still play the same melody notes as the recording included below.
If you wanted to play it along with Jeanne Page’s hammered dulcimer arrangement of “Auld Lang Syne” in this issue of DulcimerSessions, you can re-tune your DAD dulcimer DGD (loosen middle string one whole step), and play the melody on the first (treble) string just as the music shows you.
Ed note: Bill Taylor built the dulcimer on the right on the cover for me and it’s for sale!
Listen to Madeline MacNeil play “Auld Lang Syne.”