Welcome to the June/July ’11 Issue of DulcimerSessions®!

Hammered and mountain dulcimers are different instruments with different playing techniques, but they have a lot of music in common, and many people play both.

 

Our June/July issue begins with a lovely piece of music to fingerpick or flatpick on mountain dulcimer. In addition to tablature, it has notation and chord letters that hammered dulcimer players can use:

 

. “Dream Stream” was composed by nature lover and popular mountain dulcimer player Jan Hammond. A sound file is included.

 

The following articles contain music especially arranged for BOTH hammered and mountain dulcimers.

 

 “Haste to the Wedding” is an Irish jig popular for dancing and in jam sessions.

. First it is arranged by Mark Nelson for Mountain Dulcimers. A sound file is included.

. Next it is arranged by Maggie Sansone for Hammered Dulcimers.

 

. Our fourth piece of music is the beautiful Andean folk song, “El Condor Pasa,” arranged for bothhammered and mountain dulcimers by Bonnie Carol.

Mel Bay Publications is the largest publisher of books for hammered and mountain dulcimers. You’ll find outstanding resources for playing techniques and many colorful music styles by visitingwww.melbay.com.  Many of these titles are now available as eBooks. For a complete listing of dulcimer eBooks: Click Here.

 

Be sure to check our DulcimerSessions.com “Back Issues” that start with 2003 articles on the rudiments of playing both instruments. Many provide samplings of Mel Bay dulcimer books. You’ll find about 138 free musical articles in all – courtesy of Mel Bay Publications.

 

I invite dulcimer players to subit articles to me for possible inclusion in future issues of Dulcimer Sessions. We offer a small honorarium for those articles use. Requests for articles on new subjects are also welcomed.

 

Enjoy! See you in our August/September ’11 issue of DulcimerSessions.com.

Welcome to the August/September ’11 Issue of DulcimerSessions®!

By Lois Hornbostel

Hammered and mountain dulcimers are different instruments with different playing techniques, but they have a lot of music in common, and many people play both instruments. Most of our mountain dulcimer music is presented in both tablature and standard musical notation, making the music accessible to hammered dulcimer players and those who play other instruments.

Our August/September issue begins with an article on a very easy-playing style of music – “Rounds for Mountain Dulcimer,” written by Mark Gilston. The tablature and music for the round Rose Rose Rose Rose are contained in the article, along with an mp3 sound file of Mark playing the piece.

The next mountain dulcimer article presents an arrangement by Lois Hornbostel of the “unofficial Scottish anthem” Scotland the Brave. It uses the mountain dulcimer’s drones for dramatic effect and contrast between the A and B parts of the piece.

For hammered dulcimer players Scotland the Brave is notated by Sally Hawley with playing tips from her Mel Bay book The Hammered Dulcimer Treasury of Tunes.

 

Then, also in the Scottish vein, is the beautiful dance tune Petronella, arranged by Maggie Sansone from her Mel Bay book Maggie’s Big Book of Celtic Tunes.

 

Mel Bay Publications is the largest publisher of books for hammered and mountain dulcimers. You’ll find outstanding resources for playing techniques and many colorful music styles by visiting www.melbay.com.  Many of these titles are now available as eBooks. For a complete listing of dulcimer eBooks: Click Here.

Be sure to check our DulcimerSessions.com “Back Issues” that start with 2003 articles on the rudiments of playing both instruments. Many provide samplings of Mel Bay dulcimer books. You’ll find about 142 free musical articles in all – courtesy of Mel Bay Publications!

I invite dulcimer players to submit articles to me for possible inclusion in future issues of Dulcimer Sessions. We offer a small honorarium for those articles. Requests for articles on new subjects are also welcomed.

Enjoy! See you in our October/November ’11 issue of DulcimerSessions.com.

Welcome to the October/November ’11 Issue of DulcimerSessions®!

Hammered and mountain dulcimers are different instruments with different playing techniques, but they have a lot of music in common, and many people play both instruments. Most of our mountain dulcimer music is presented in both tablature and standard musical notation, making the music accessible to hammered dulcimer players and those who play other instruments.

Our October/November ’11 issue presents:

1. A beautifully written article, music, mountain dulcimer tablature, and sound file from Peter Ellertsen and Michael Thomas on a lovely, historic Swedish-American hymn that plays beautifully on the mountain dulcimer – “Children of the Heavenly Father” from Jenny Lind.

2. A mountain dulcimer arrangement I wrote in my 1981 Mel Bay book, Dulcimer Fiddle Tunes. It’s the traditional Irish hornpipe “Off to California.” It uses the increasingly popular DGd “reverse Ionian” tuning that allows you to play it in its standard key of G Major. The article includes some back-up chords for the tune in DGd. The sound file included is a play-along recording. First I play once through “Off to California” and then play the back-up chords so you can take the lead.

3. “Flop Eared Mule” is a popular old-time and bluegrass jamming tune, and it is presented in an arrangement from Jeanne Page’s Mel Bay book, Bluegrass on Hammered Dulcimer. First Jean has it in a simple arrangement, followed by a more ornate one.

4. The final article in this issue presents a hammered dulcimer arrangement of the Russian folk dance melody “Korobushka,” arranged by Peggy Carter from her Mel Bay book, Hammered Dulcimer Arrangements for Special Occasions.

Mel Bay Publications is the largest publisher of books for hammered and mountain dulcimers. You’ll find outstanding resources for playing techniques and many colorful music styles by visiting www.melbay.com.  Many of these titles are now available as eBooks. For a complete listing of dulcimer eBooks: Click Here.

Be sure to check our DulcimerSessions.com “Back Issues” that start with 2003 articles on the rudiments of playing both instruments. Many provide samplings of Mel Bay dulcimer books. You’ll find about 146 free musical articles in all – courtesy of Mel Bay Publications!

I invite dulcimer players to submit articles to me for possible inclusion in future issues of Dulcimer Sessions. We offer a small honorarium for those articles. Requests for articles on new subjects are also welcomed.

Enjoy! See you in our December ’11/January ‘12 issue of DulcimerSessions.com.

Welcome to the December ’11/January ‘12 Issue of DulcimerSessions®!

We wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season!

 

Hammered and mountain dulcimers are different instruments with different playing techniques, but they have a lot of music in common, and many people play both instruments. Most of our mountain dulcimer music is presented in both tablature and standard musical notation, making the music accessible to hammered dulcimer players and those who play other instruments.

 

Our December ‘11/January ‘12 issue presents the following Holiday Season music, courtesy of Mel Bay:

 

1. “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen” arranged for mountain dulcimer by Hawaiian mountain dulcimer player Ehukai Teves. Includes a sound file of the tablature.

 

Two Scottish Tunes for Christmas, arranged for hammered dulcimer by Maggie Sansone and Bonnie Rideout:

2. “Yeoman’s Carol”

3. “Sound of the Sleat.”

Includes sound file with both.

 

4. “Joy to the World” arranged for mountain dulcimer by Linda Brockinton. Includes a sound file.

 

We invite you to visit MelBay.com for a colorful collection of Christmas and other Holiday Season music books. You might like to also visit the following holiday music from our DulcimerSessions.com Back Issues, some of which are samplings of the Mel Bay collection of books:

 

MOUNTAIN DULCIMER ARRANGEMENTS (in tablature with notation & sound files as listed):

 

“Auld Lang Syne” arranged for mountain dulcimer by Madeline MacNeil (easy). Includes notation & sound file. Dec. ’10 Back Issue

“Breakin’ up Christmas” arranged for mountain dulcimer by Lois Hornbostel. Includes sound file. Dec. ’07 Back Issue

“The Cherry Tree Carol“ arranged for mountain dulcimer by Ralph Lee Smith & Madeline MacNeil. Notation included. Dec. ’07 Back Issue

“Christ Was born on Christmas Day” arranged for mountain dulcimer by Larry Conger. Includes sound file. Dec. ’08 Back Issue

“Christmas Eve”trad. Irish reel arranged by Lance Frodsham. Includes notation & sound file. Dec. ’05 Back Issue

“Cold Frosty Morning” arranged for mountain dulcimer by Lois Hornbostel. Includes sound file. Dec. ’08 Back Issue

“The Dreydl Song“ arranged for mountain dulcimer by Joellen Lapidus. Includes sound file. Dec. ’05 Back Issue

“Good Christian Men Rejoice” arranged for mountain dulcimer by Larry Conger. Includes notation & sound file. Dec. ’08 Back Issue

“Greensleeves“ (melody of ‘What Child Is This?’) arranged for 4-equidistant-string mountain dulcimer by Janita Baker. Includes notation & sound file. Dec. ’06 Back Issue

“The Holly Bears a Berry“ arranged for mountain dulcimer in 3 parts by Lois Hornbostel. Includes notation. Dec. ’09 Back Issue

“I Wonder As I Wander“ arranged for mountain dulcimer by Jon Kay. Includes notation & sound file. Dec. ’06 Back Issue

“Il Est Né le Divin Enfant“ arranged for mountain dulcimer by Lois Hornbostel. Includes notation & sound file. Dec. ’07 Back Issue

“The Lonesome Scenes of Winter“ arranged for mountain dulcimer by Ralph Lee Smith and Madeline MacNeil. Includes notation. Dec. ’08 Back Issue

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel“ arranged for mountain dulcimer by Bud & Donna Ford. Includes notation. Dec. ’06 Back Issue

“Patapan“ arranged for mountain dulcimer by Lance Frodsham. Includes notation & sound file. Dec. ’05 Back Issue

“S’Vivon“ Hebrew holiday song arranged for mountain dulcimer by Joellen Lapidus. Includes sound file. Dec. ’05 Back Issue

“Silent Night” arranged for mountain dulcimer by Linda Brockinton Includes notation & sound file. Dec. ’10 Back Issue

“Still, Still, Still“ arranged by Steve Eulberg for solo and trio mountain dulcimers. Contains notation & 4 sound files. Dec. ’09 Back Issue

“’Twas in the Moon of Wintertime“ arranged for mountain dulcimer by Steve Eulberg. Includes notation & sound file. Dec. ’05 Back Issue

“Walking in Snow“ written & arranged for mountain dulcimer by Jon Kay. Includes notation & sound file. Dec. ’06 Back Issue

“What Child Is This?” See “Greensleeves” above.

 

 

HAMMERED DULCIMER ARRANGEMENTS (with sound files as listed):

“Auld Lang Syne” arranged for hammered dulcimer (both Easy & Intermediate versions) by Jeanne Page. Dec. ’10 Back Issue

“Ding Dong, Merrily on High” from Cindy Ribet. Includes sound file. Dec. ’10 Back Issue

“I Saw Three Ships“ arranged for hammered dulcimer (both Easy & Intermediate versions) by Jeanne Page. Dec. ’09 Back Issue

“I Saw Three Ships“ arranged for hammered dulcimer by Linda Thomas. Dec.  ’06 Back Issue

“I Wonder as I Wander“ arranged for hammered dulcimer by Ruth Smith. Includes sound file. Dec. ’09 Back Issue

“In the Bleak Midwinter“ arranged for hammered dulcimer (both basic and with variations) by Ken Kolodner. Includes sound file. Dec. ’05 Back Issue

“Leading of the Star” arranged for hammered dulcimer (basic and ornamented) by Anne Lough. Dec. ’06 Back Issue

“Troika“ by Sergei Prokofiev, arranged for Jody Marshall for hammered dulcimer. Includes sound file. Dec. ’07 Back Issue

“We Three Kings of Orient Are” arranged for hammered dulcimer by Bill Troxler. Includes sound file. Dec. ’08 Back Issue

“Winter’s Run” arranged for hammered dulcimer by Jody Marshall. Includes sound file. Dec. ’07 Back Issue

 

 

Mel Bay Publications is the largest publisher of books for hammered and mountain dulcimers. You’ll find outstanding resources for playing techniques and many colorful music styles by visiting www.melbay.com.  Many of these titles are now available as eBooks. For a complete listing of dulcimer eBooks: Click Here.

 

Be sure to check our DulcimerSessions.com “Back Issues” that start with 2003 articles on the rudiments of playing both instruments. Many provide samplings of Mel Bay dulcimer books. You’ll find about 146 free musical articles in all – courtesy of Mel Bay Publications!

 

I invite dulcimer players to submit articles to me for possible inclusion in future issues of Dulcimer Sessions. We offer a small honorarium for those articles. Requests for articles on new subjects are also welcomed.

 

Enjoy! See you in our February/March ‘12 issue of DulcimerSessions.com!

Welcome to the February/March ‘12 Issue of DulcimerSessions®!

Issue #51 of DulcimerSessions is a blend of a two technique articles and some Irish tunes in honor of St. Patrick’s Day!

  1. 1. “HOME-MIDDLE-OUTSIDE,” is a new system of playing accompaniment with the mountain dulcimer in more keys, written by mountain dulcimer/guitar/ukulele player Ehukai Teves.

 

  1. 2. PIPE ON THE HOB,” is an Irish jig arranged for mountain dulcimer in my earlier Mel Bay book Anthology for the Fretted Dulcimer.

 

  1. 3. “COMPOSING ON THE HAMMERED DULCIMER” from Susan Vinson Sherlock, features good tips on this art, and her beautiful air “After the Rain.”
  1. 4. “SILVER SPEAR,” is an Irish reel arranged for hammered dulcimer from Maggie Sansone’s Mel Bay book Celtic Fair.

Hammered and Mountain Dulcimers have the same last name but are built and played differently. Both have unique musical voices and share lots of the same music. Most of our mountain dulcimer music includes notation that hammered dulcimer players will find useful.

We invite you to explore our 50 BACK ISSUES of DulcimerSessions.com – they contain lots of free lessons and musical arrangements, courtesy of Mel Bay Publications.

Mel Bay Publications is the largest publisher of books for hammered and mountain dulcimers. You’ll find outstanding resources for playing techniques and many colorful music styles by visiting www.melbay.com. Many of these titles are now available as eBooks. For a complete listing of dulcimer eBooks: Click Here.

 

I invite dulcimer players to submit articles to me for possible inclusion in future issues of Dulcimer Sessions. We offer a small honorarium for those articles. Requests for articles on new subjects are also welcomed.

 

Enjoy! See you in our April/May ‘12 issue of DulcimerSessions.com!

“The Cukoo’s Nest” for Hammered Dulcimer

This is a favorite Irish/Scottish/American reel, sometimes played slower as a hornpipe.

The following is a formal performance of Ken and Robin Bullock playing a medley of three tunes. “The Cukoo’s Nest” is the third of the medley and begins at about 2:28 on the video. It’s at performance tempo and stylized, but can give you an idea of how the tune goes.

Ken Kolodner is recognized as one of the finest hammered dulcimer players in the U.S. In addition to an illustrious performing career, he has taught extensively throughout North America and Europe. At the prestigious Swannanoa Gathering in Asheville, NC, he has taught over 23 courses in hammered dulcimer and fiddle. This summer he will be teaching both at Swannanoa Dulcimer Week, July 31-August 6, 2011. Ken can be reached through his website.

“Scotland the Brave” Arranged for Hammered Dulcimer

The bagpipe tune, “Scotland the Brave,” probably became known around the turn of the 20th Century.  It is considered the unofficial national anthem of Scotland. Many people in the U.S. first heard this traditional melody in the 1950s, when the Ames Brothers recorded contemporary lyrics to it bearing the name “My Bonnie Lassie.”

 

Sally uses the following music symbol in this arrangement. Here is how you play it