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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

“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…