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