By Lorinda Jones, MA, MT-BC
Mountain Dulcimer: A Survival Guide For Beginners is a 75 page document complete with playing instruction and traditional tunes designed to give the beginning dulcimer player a solid foundation in playing the mountain dulcimer. I meet many music therapists that tell me they own a mountain dulcimer, but don’t really know what to do with it. After 25 years of teaching dulcimer to students in the public schools and adults at music festivals and camps, I have compiled a text that is very sequential and builds on previous learning before adding more skills (Just like a good music therapist would do!!) This is a great resource that music therapists can use for their own personal skill building, and implemented directly into session planning. I love using the mountain dulcimer as my primary accompanying instrument, and you will too!
Take warning…this just may get you started on a path of “dulcimer addiction.”
Song Titles Include:
Going to Boston
Gray Cat on a Tennessee Roof
Home on the Range
Old Joe Clark
Equipment: parts of the dulcimer, strings, picks, straps, etc
Tuning: explanation of how to tune the dulcimer in order to play in both Mixolydian and Ionian modes
Song Approach: how to play by ear, by traditional notation, and by tablature designed for the three string dulcimer
Appalachian Strum: how to incorporate a “bum-diddy”strum into tunes
Chords: I, IV, and V chords for accompaniment
Melody Playing: how to place fingers on the fretboard for melodic playing on 1, 2, and 3 strings
Tunes: lots of traditional tunes in tablature and traditional notation
Chord Index: major and minor chord positions
Songs: hymns, folk songs, fiddle tunes, songs of Appalachia
Play along tracks (slow and fast speed) of each tune are included!
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