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Books, CD's & Videos:

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Beginning Hammered Dulcimer
by Linda Thompson

“If you have no music background, you can learn to play by number. Playing by ear or standard notation? It’s all there. Has intro to dulcimer, how to hold hammers, playing tips, how to change keys and octaves, how to see the tune in patterns. The accompanying CD was recorded so that you can hear the tunes exactly as they appear in the book.”

72 pages, 47 tunes, comb binding, standard notation, tab, guitar chords. $25.00.


Hammered Dulcimer Notebook
by Linda Thompson

“An encyclopedia of embellishments. Starts very simply and builds to such skills as left-right independence and two against three. The accompanying recording was made so that you can hear the tunes/arrangements exactly as they appear in the book. It also includes some instructions not given in the book.”

166 pages, 123 tunes, comb binding, standard notation, tab, guitar chords, 2 CD’s. $50.00.

 


Classical Hammered Dulcimer

by Linda Thompson

“Small classical pieces done in two voices. Voice one is the melody; voice two, second part. The first 4 pages of music takes a Leopold Mozart Minuet and shows how to use the material as a duet, an intermediate/ advanced solo, a beginning/advanced beginning solo and and advanced beginning/intermediate solo.”

90 pages, 51 tunes, comb bound, standard notation, tab, guitar chords, $20.00.


Sacred Hammered Dulcimer
by Linda Thompson

“Inspiring solo arrangements. This book also contains 20 lessons on making your own arrangements and adapting others’ arrangements: adapting hymnal harmonies, expanding an arrangement, choosing chords, making a simpler arrangement, performance: expression, how to write a bridge between tunes and more.”

94 pages, 46 tunes, comb bound, regular notes, tab, guitar chords, $20.00.


Hammered Dulcimer Christmas
by Linda Thompson

“Tunes in lovely solo arrangements. 20 also has back-ups. Lavish illustrations, fascinating tune histories. Also included: sections on seasonal music jobs, playing just the melody, turning all the arrangements into duets, how to simplify all arrangements.”

94 tunes, 46 tunes, comb binding, standard notation, tab, guitar chords, $20.00.


Notes on the Hammered Dulcimer: A Book
of Tunes and Instructions
by Ed Hale

“This book is intended to help a beginning hammered dulcimer player learn to play. It goes far beyond beginning to play with a wealth of material that is useful to intermediate and advanced players, too.”

134 pages, 57 tunes, spiral binding, standard notation, tab, guitar chords, $20.00.

“The tape that accompanies this book has each tune played one time through. I tried to play the tune exactly as I have it written out. I start each tune by playing a few chords to set the tempo. This is to enable you to play along with the tape if you like.”
cassette tape (no CD available), $5.00.


More Notes on the Hammered Dulcimer: A
Book of Tunes
by Ed Hale

“This book is intended to share a wide variety of tunes that I have enjoyed playing on the dulcimer. I have tried to pick tunes that are fun and also a bit different from other collections."

85 pages, 104 tunes, spiral binding, standard notation, tab, guitar chords, $15.00.


Hammered Dulcimer Handbook
by Kendra Ward-Bence

“I have designed a method which will not only give you a solid background in basic techniques, but also will give a starting point for your experiments with the instrument. Although I have written this book with the beginner in mind, I hope that much of the material will also be valuable to the more advanced players.”

87 pages, 31 tunes, comb binding, standard notation, tab, guitar chords. Book and CD $24.00.


That Old-Time Religion
by Kendra Ward-Bence

“This book contains 30 traditional hymns that I have arranged for the hammered dulcimer.”

61 pages, 30 tunes, comb binding, standard notation, tab, guitar chords. $18.00.


We Wish You a Merry Christmas
by Kendra Ward-Bence

“This book contains 30 Christmas and holiday favorites arranged for the hammered dulcimer. These arrangements are appropriate for all levels of players.”

55 pages, 30 tunes, comb binding, standard notation, tab, guitar chords. $15.00.


Count Your Blessings!
by Kendra Ward

“This book contains 30 traditional hymns that I have arranged for the hammered dulcimer. Please keep in mind that my arrangements are by no means the only way to play these songs. Use these arrangements, along with the chords symbols, as a starting point for your own experiments. That's what playing the hammered dulcimer is all about!”

68 pages, 30 tunes, standard notation, guitar chords, tab, comb binding, $18.00.


Hammered Dulcimer Basics: A Private Lesson with Kendra Ward
by Kendra Ward

“Kendra has long been widely regarded as one of the finest players and teachers of hammered dulcimer in the country. In this video, Kendra clearly shows you the fundamentals you need to become an accomplished player.”

60 minute DVD, $20.00.


Playing with Arpeggios
by Kendra Ward

"Now, in this exciting video lesson, Kendra helps you take your playing to dramatic new heights. Learn to freely embellish any tune in any style by using arpeggios!"

55 minute DVD, $20.00.


Let's Jam
by Kendra Ward & Bob Bence

“Melody lines and chord charts for 70 oldtime jam session favorites.”

5x11 size, 147 pages, 70 tunes, comb binding, standard notation, guitar chords. $10.00.


You Can Teach Yourself Hammered Dulcimer
by Madeline MacNeil

“Another great beginners book from Madeline MacNeil, explaining every aspect of playing the hammered dulcimer from detailed discussions on dulcimer layout, hammers, tuning and stands to extensive performance notes on every tune, this book provides a wealth of information for all students of the hammered dulcimer.”

87 pages, 25 tunes, standard notation, guitar chords, glue binding, book $10.95, book with CD $19.95, 85 minutes DVD, $29.95.


Shall We Gather
by Madeline MacNeil

“This collection of music conveys Madeline’s love of hymns, here written so they may be performed with other instruments such as flute, guitar, bowed psaltery, and mountain dulcimer.”

55 pages, 21 tunes, staple binding, standard notation, guitar chords, $14.95.


First Lessons Hammered Dulcimer
by Linda Thomas

“is designed to instruct beginning players on the instrument. The melodies in this collection include a variety of hymns, holiday music, folk songs and fiddle tunes. The accompanying CD offers two tracks for each selection to include: 1) performance track with rhythm guitar; 2) instructional track with detailed phrase-by-phrase demonstration.”

32 pages, 10 tunes, staple binding, standard notation, guitar chords, CD. $7.95.


Celtic Tunes for Hammer Dulcimer
by Walt Michael

[NO LONGER AVAILABLE]

“Here’s a one-hour video tape that will expand your hammered dulcimer technique and repertoire simultaneously. Concentrating on the great Celtic musical tradition, Walt Michael draws on tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Northern England and the Shetland Islands, slowing them down and taking them apart for the learning instrumentalist.”

Video tape, $29.95.


Hammer Dulcimer Tunes & Techniques
by Walt Michael

[NO LONGER AVAILABLE]

“Here’s your chance to learn hammer dulcimer from one of this country’s finest and most innovative players. Walt Michael teaches a wide variety of wonderful tunes on this 90-minute lesson, breaking them down and describing the techniques (drones, chords, trills, tremolos, harmony lines, etc.) that will enable you to play them smoothly and proficiently.”

Video tape, $29.95.


Square One, No. 1: Hammer Dulcimer for Absolute Beginners
by Linda Foley and Sara L. Johnson

“The first book in a beginner’s series of Square One dulcimer books for beginning dulcimists. It begins with getting the dulcimer out of the box and finding out which end is up. The book contains easy-tounderstand diagrams and exercises teaching beginners to play and gain hammer control using patterns based on the position markers on the treble bridge.”

16 pages, 6 tunes, staple binding, $8.00.


Square One, No. 2: Exercises for Hammer Dulcimer
by Linda Foley and Sara L. Johnson

"The 'Hanon for hammered dulcimer' book. Exercises to develop understanding of patterns, improve speed, accuracy and virtuosity, and to increase general familiarity with the hammered dulcimer and improve ability to improvise and learn new tunes."

16 pages, 2 tunes, staple binding $8.00.


Hammered Fiddle Tunes
by Rick Thum

“A wonderful collection of traditional American fiddle tunes arranged for the 12/11 hammered dulcimer. Offers explanations of the author’s techniques as heard on the CD. A working knowledge of the instrument is helpful in learning the techniques in this book.”

29 pages, 16 tunes, staple binding, standard notation, guitar chords, book only $8.95, book and CD, $22.95.


Hammered Dulcimer Chords
By Jeanne M. Page

“This was written to aid the dulcimer player in playing back-up. It provides the tools needed for musicians who are seeking to go beyond simple melody lines. The majority of chords diagrammed are those most commonly used, and those whose notes are clustered on the instrument in six repeated shapes. Diagrams are drawn for 15/14 dulcimer.”

62 pages, staple binding, $14.95.


Arranging for Hammered Dulcimer
By Jeanne Page

“You’ve done it. You’ve finally purchased this trapezoidal collection of strings. You’ve figured out where the key of D is and the key of G, and maybe you’ve even dared to jump over to the bass bridge and find the key of C. You attack your instrument with great enthusiasm and soon you’ve discovered the melody lines for several tunes. You learn “Golden Slippers” and “Soldier’s Joy” and a handful of other standards, but something is still missing. ‘There’s got to be more I can do’, you think to yourself-and you’re right. This book was designed to help you fill those gaps.”

87 pages, many tunes used as teaching examples, glue binding, standard notation, guitar chords, $14.95.

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With This Ring: A Hammered Dulcimer Collection for Weddings and Special Occasions
By Jeanne Page

"is accessible to all levels of players, offering both a beginning "melody-only" version and an intermediate arrangement for each song. In addition, each tune has guitar chords notated above the music staff."

71 pages, 31 tunes, spiral binding, standard notation, guitar chords, $12.95.

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Scottish Songbook for Hammered Dulcimer
By Jeanne Page

"A collection of standard tunes from Scotland. It is accessible to all levels of players, including both a beginning”melody-only” version and an intermediate arranged version for each song.

64 pages, 30 tunes, staple binding, standard notation, guitar chords, $12.95.


'Tis the Season
by Jeanne Page

“is a collection of tunes for holidays and other celebrations throughout the year with options for all of your favorite holidays and celebrations. ‘Tis the Season is accessible to all levels of players, including both a beginning "melody-only" version and an intermediate arranged version for each song.”

64 pages, 28 tunes, staple binding, standard notation, guitar chords, $19.95.


The Hammered Dulcimer
by Norman Hughes

“A handy, concise instructional text on the hammered dulcimer. This book contains information on tuning, playing techniques, solos, and even a reference section on music theory.”

32 pages, 28 tunes, staple binding, standard notation, tab, guitar chords, $8.95.


The Hammered Dulcimer Treasury of Tunes
by Sally Hawley

“This sizable collection of tunes brings together over 225 old-time and Celtic traditional tunes that are commonly hear at gatherings of old-time musicians. This is music that has been passed down vocally, or learned by ear instrumentally, and derived from countries where many of our ancestors originated.”

256 pages, 225+ tunes, glue binding, traditional notation, guitar chords, $25.00.


Tunes ‘n’ Techniques for Hammered Dulcimer
by Mark Allen Wade

“This book is designed to teach solid dulcimer skills, and provide worthwhile dulcimer music in the tunes that follow. Often players ask me to share a “hot lick” from a tune on one of my CD’s. I don’t mind at all - that’s how I learned them myself. The problem comes when that person does not have the technique needed to pull off that “hot lick.”

124 pages, 33 tunes, spiral binding, standard notation, guitar tab, book $25, CD $5.00.


Easy Does It! Popular Jam Tunes You CAN Play
by Mark Allen Wade

“This book presents great fiddle tunes in an easy to learn, easy to play way for all ability levels. Each tune is first presented in a "Easy Does It!" version. These easy versions are then paired with the original tune on the adjacent page.”

42 pages, 16 tunes, spiral binding, 8-1/2 x 11" landscape, standard notation, guitar chords, $15.00.


ATraveler’s Dream: Celtic Explorations for Hammered Dulcimer
by Maggie Sansone

[NO LONGER IN PRINT]

 


Hammered Dulcimer’s Companion
by Phillip Mason

“A comprehensive guide that provides the history, tuning, performance technique, harmonic dimensions,
construction, and repair of this “sweetvoiced” instrument.”

83 pages, 34 tunes, glue binding, standard notation, $12.95.


 

Striking Out and Winning!
By Lucille Reilly

[NO LONGER AVAILABLE]

 


Dulcimer Jam: Favorite Jam Session Tunes for Hammered or Fretted Dulcimer
by Bonnie Carol

“Some of the pieces are simple, others more difficult. Some of the hammered dulcimer arrangements include embellishments, and others are left with a simple melody line. A few pieces have sdeveral different arrangements to choose from or are arranged as duets.”

88 pages, 36 tunes, glue binding, standard notation and tab, guitar chords, $14.95.


Maggie's Big Book of Celtic Tunes

for Hammered Dulcimer and Other Melody Instruments
by Maggie Sansone

“In this book, many of the tunes are presented as a simple melody line with chords; others are transcribed as fuller arrangements with new variations.”

160 pages, 123 tunes, glue binding, standard notation, guitar chords, $22.95.


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