Getting Into Hammered Dulcimer by Linda G. Thomas is a new Mel Bay book & teaching CD designed as a “crash course” for hammered dulcimer enthusiasts of ALL experience levels. The fourteen song titles, in standard notation, offer a variety of styles and are presented in the following format:
- Basic Melody
- Embellished/Variation, and
- Back-up Chords/Accompaniment.
Additional topics include layout of the hammered dulcimer, tips for tuning, basic theory, major/relative minor scales, chords charts, and playing modulations.
The companion CD is recorded to offer three tracks for each selection:
- Basic melody
- Embellished Melody/Variation, and
- Back-up accompaniment.
Here is a sample from the book to enjoy – “Amazing Grace.” Listen to Linda play the Basic Melody, and try it on your hammered dulcimer:
Next, listen to Linda play the melody of “Amazing Grace” with Back-Up on the hammered dulcimer, and try it:
Finally, listen to Linda play Variations on “Amazing Grace,” and play that: