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Welcome to the August/September 2010 Issue of DulcimerSessions®!

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  • November 30, 2016
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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)…

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