Welcome to the June/July 2010 Issue of Dulcimer Sessions®!

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. To make mountain dulcimer music accessible to hammered dulcimer players we usually include with mountain dulcimer tablature the accompaniment chord letters and either notation or sound files. Be sure to check our 40 “Back Issues” that start with 2003 articles on the rudiments of playing both instruments. You’ll find 121 free musical articles in all – courtesy of Mel Bay Publications.

The Mel Bay Publications is the largest publisher of books for hammered and mountain dulcimers. You’ll find outstanding resources for playing techniques colorful music styles by visiting www.melbayxpress.com. Click on “Dulcimer” in the left margin. Click on “Hammered Dulcimer” or “Mountain Dulcimer” or just cruise down the page for a delightful browse of books for both.

This issue of DulcimerSessions.com begins with the following articles with easy music:

  1. “Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms” from the Mel Bay book FIRST JAMS for Mountain Dulcimer by Lee “Drew” Andrews. This Bluegrass “classic” is presented in tablature and notation, with chord letters and sound file. It’s a simple, picked arrangement that will prepare you to begin jamming with other instruments.
  2. “Flop Eared Mule” from the Mel Bay book The Hammered Dulcimer Treasury of Tunes by Sally Hawley. This is an easy tune, popular at jams and dances, that changes key from G to D.

We continue with more specialized and challenging music in the following:

  1. Blues for Mountain Dulcimer 101 by Bing Futch. This very thorough article covers the history, intrinsic sounds and musical structure of the blues and how to work this style on the mountain dulcimer. It includes written music and sound files.
  2. “Kevin Keegan’s Waltz” for hammered dulcimer by Ken Kolodner. This sentimental waltz learned from Irish musician Billy McComiskey, is one Ken’s “signature” performance pieces.

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 use. Requests for articles on new subjects are also welcomed.

Enjoy! See you in our August 2010 issue.

Welcome to the August/September 2010 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. To make mountain dulcimer music accessible to hammered dulcimer players we usually include with mountain dulcimer tablature the accompaniment chord letters and either notation or sound files. Be sure to check our 40 “Back Issues” that start with 2003 articles on the rudiments of playing both instruments. You’ll find 121 free musical articles in all – courtesy of Mel Bay Publications.

The Mel Bay Publications is the largest publisher of books for hammered and mountain dulcimers. You’ll find outstanding resources for playing techniques colorful music styles by visiting www.melbayxpress.com. Click on “Dulcimer” in the left margin. Click on “Hammered Dulcimer” or “Mountain Dulcimer” or just cruise down the page for a delightful browse of books for both.

This issue of DulcimerSessions.com begins with the following articles:

Featured Mountain Dulcimer Tunes

“Barbara Allen” 

Traditional Ballad for Mountain Dulcimer

This ballad has origins in the British Isles. The version here was collected by Cecil Sharp and published in his 19312 book, English Folk-Songs from the Southern Appalachians. The arrangement here is from the singing of Loraine Wyman. The music of Lorraine, and Josephine McGill, is presented in Mel Bay Publications’ MB98423, Folk Songs of Old Kentucky – Two Song Catchers in the Kentucky Mountains 1914 and 1916, selected and arranged by Ralph Lee Smith with Madeline MacNeil…

“Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair”

by Stephen Foster

arranged for Mountain Dulcimer by Shelley Stevens

The following arrangement is from MB96543BCD, Stephen Foster for Mountain Dulcimer, by Shelley Stevens. Often sung in the Key of F, Shelley has arranged it to the key of D and the familiar DAD mountain dulcimer tuning…

 

Featured Hammered Dulcimer Tunes

Middle Eastern Music for the Hammered Dulcimer

by Deborah Justice

featuring “Ah Ya Zayn” (Oh, Rose)

Middle Eastern music can offer stimulating melodic and rhythmic spice to the usual dulcimer diet of reels, jigs, and waltzes.  I got into it myself back in the late 1990s when my dulcimer and I were recruited by a band of gypsies. Literally. (Okay, to clarify, this was a group of white Philadelphia-area suburbanite musicians working at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.) Forget academic arguments of authenticity – I was hooked on the sound itself. Once I wrapped my head around the exotic, challenging tunes, I couldn’t get enough of them! The music kept taking me further:  to studying Middle Eastern politics and music in college, learning Arabic, playing an Egyptian zither and flute, living briefly in Egypt, and finally to my (almost finished) doctoral work in ethnomusicology. As I taught at different dulcimer festivals, I found that many fellow hammerers were interested in expanding their musical horizons, as well…

Unhurried Hammering

by Rick Fogel, featuring Erik Satie’s

“Gymnopedia Number One”

This article presents the classical melody “Gymnopedia Number One” by Erik Satie. The name gymnopediais that of an ancient Greek festival. Since Satie was French, the French pronunciation is zheem-no-ped-ee(with no real stress on any syllable)…

Welcome to the October / November 2010 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. To make mountain dulcimer music accessible to hammered dulcimer players, we usually include with mountain dulcimer tablature the notation and/or sound files and chord letters. Be sure to check our “Back Issues” that start with 2003 articles on the rudiments of playing both instruments. You’ll find 125 free musical articles in all – courtesy of Mel Bay Publications.

The Mel Bay Publications is the largest publisher of books for hammered and mountain dulcimers. You’ll find outstanding resources for playing techniques colorful music styles by visiting www.melbayxpress.com. Click on “Dulcimer” in the left margin. Click on “Hammered Dulcimer” or “Mountain Dulcimer” or just cruise down the page for a delightful browse of books for both.

This issue of DulcimerSessions.com has a simple and a more challenging article/music for each instrument:

  1. An easy mountain dulcimer jamming tune – “Aura Lee” – from FIRST JAMS for the Mountain Dulcimer by Drew Andrews. It contains the written tablature and two recorded versions in progressing versions.
  2. An easy hammered dulcimer tune –Amazing Grace” – from Getting Into Hammered Dulcimer by Linda G. Thomas. Starts with a very simple version and develops two more progressive versions – both in written music and sound file versions.
  3. A more challenging mountain dulcimer technique/tune“Those Sparkling Harmonics” – “Mary’s Dream” by Nina Zanetti. Includes tablature, notation, sound files and video clip link.
  4. A more challenging hammered dulcimer tune – “Be Thou My Vision” – from Shall We Gather by Madeline MacNeil. This arrangement contains basic melody and variations.

 

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 use. Requests for articles on new subjects are also welcomed.

Enjoy! See you in our December/January issue.

Welcome to the December ‘10/January ’11 Issue of DulcimerSessions®!

by Lois Hornbostel
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. To make mountain dulcimer music accessible to hammered dulcimer players, we usually include with mountain dulcimer tablature the notation and/or sound files and chord letters. Be sure to check our “Back Issues” that start with 2003 articles on the rudiments of playing both instruments. You’ll find 125 free musical articles in all – courtesy of Mel Bay Publications.
The Mel Bay Publications is the largest publisher of books for hammered and mountain dulcimers. You’ll find outstanding resources for playing techniques colorful music styles by visiting www.melbay.com. Click on “Dulcimer” in the left margin. Click on “Hammered Dulcimer” or “Mountain Dulcimer” or just cruise down the page for a delightful browse of books for both.

This issue of DulcimerSessions.com has a simple and a more challenging article/music for each instrument:

  1. An easy hammered dulcimer arrangement of “Auld Lang Syne” followed by an Intermediate version, from ‘Tis the Season Hammered Dulcimer Collection by Jeanne Page.
  2. An Intermediate hammered dulcimer arrangement of “Ding Dong, Merrily on High” from Cindy Ribet. Includes sound file.
  3. An easy mountain dulcimer arrangement of “Auld Lang Syne” from Mel Bay’s School of Dulcimer by Madeline MacNeil. Includes sound file.
  4. An Intermediate mountain dulcimer arrangement of “Silent Night” from Linda Brockinton. Includes sound file.

 

For more Christmas and holiday season music, check out our December ’09 Back Issue!

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 use.  Requests for articles on new subjects are also welcomed.

Enjoy! See you in our December/January issue.

Welcome to the February/March ’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.

In our February/March issue we would like to present some music in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.  This issue’s music is certainly played in the Irish tradition, but also throughout the British Isles and around the world. We hope you enjoy these lively tunes! They are all of moderate challenge to play. You’ll have some time to practice them for St. Pat’s Day parties or playing for other people.

For Mountain Dulcimer (with notation and chord letters for hammered dulcimer):

.  “Off She Goes,” from MB95530BCD, Mel Bay’s Complete Book of Celtic Music for Appalachian Dulcimer, by Mark Nelson.

.  “Spanish Lady,” a traditional Irish song arranged by Aubrey Atwater. Included is a video of Aubrey in concert singing and playing the song on her mountain dulcimer.

For Hammered Dulcimer:

. “Down by the Sally Gardens,” from MB20207, Maggie’s Big Book of Celtic Tunes,

arranged by Maggie Sansone.

“Star of the County Down,” from  MB21306, Hammered Dulcimer Arrangements for Special Occasions,”arranged by Peggy Carter.
The 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. Click on “Browse by Instrument” in the left margin. Then on “Dulcimer,” which leads you to the books available for both “Hammered Dulcimer” and “Mountain Dulcimer.”

Be sure to check our “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 130 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 use. Requests for articles on new subjects are also welcomed.

Enjoy! See you in our April/May 2011 issue.

Welcome to the April/May ’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 April/May issue contains:

For Mountain Dulcimer (with notation and chord letters for hammered dulcimer):

 

  • An Interview with Jerry Rockwell, Mountain Dulcimer Player & Builder. This article contains three videos of music and playing techniques by Jerry. In the first you’ll hear him play the Irish piece, “The Fair and Charming Eileen O’Carroll,” and he has included the mountain dulcimer tablature of his arrangement (for Advanced Beginner players & up), with notation and chord letters.

 

  • “Grandma’s Dulcimer” started as a poem by popular mountain dulcimer player Linda Brockinton. She later wrote a melody to go with it, and both are included in this article. The arrangement is fingerpicked and has as its root several simple chord forms.

 

For Hammered Dulcimer:

  • “Angel Band,” is a beautiful traditional gospel song arranged for hammered dulcimer by Jeanne Page. It comes from her Mel Bay book Bluegrass on Dulcimer, MB20807. As with the other arrangements in this book, Jeanne first presents the basic melody and then a fuller, more arranged version.

 

  • “The Cuckoo’s Nest” is a favorite Irish/Scottish/American piece (sometimes a reel, sometimes a hornpipe). Here it is arranged by Ken Kolodner from his Mel Bay book, Walking Stones MB97348. We have added a video that shows Ken playing the piece in a performance setting!

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. Click on “Browse by Instrument” in the left margin. Then on “Dulcimer,” which leads you to the books available for both “Hammered Dulcimer” and “Mountain Dulcimer.”

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 134 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 use. Requests for articles on new subjects are also welcomed.

Enjoy! See you in our June/July 2011 issue of DulcimerSessions.com.

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!