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.