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Learn to play mountain dulcimer with a dulcimer book from PlayBetterBluegrass.com. The dulcimer is a very simple instrument to play and provides a haunting, mountain sound. The dulcimer only has four strings, with two of them being doubled and tuned to the same note. These double strings play the melody while the other two are strummed for a drone sound. All of our dulcimer books are written by highway qualified instructors using proven methods and techniques.

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Dulcimer Books
You Can Teach Yourself Dulcimer
You Can Teach Yourself Dulcimer
Madeline MacNeil brings her considerable expertise in teaching the dulcimer to this fine beginning text. Covers tuning, scales, strumming, fingering, chords, the 'noter', and the capo. Many dulcimer solos are also contained. The CD contains Ms. MacNeil's excellent teaching and is in stereo play-along format.
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First Lessons Dulcimer
First Lessons Dulcimer
This instruction book for beginning lap dulcimer in DAD tuning is unique in two ways. First, it instructs the beginning student in the popular DAD tuning. Secondly, the author has carefully and systematically layered the lessons to guide the student through familiar songs while teaching skills and musical concepts.
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The Best Dulcimer Method Yet
The Best Dulcimer Method Yet
Easy instructions plus 139 selections by Albert Gamse for all 3 and 4 string dulcimers.
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Hal Leonard Dulcimer Method
Hal Leonard Dulcimer Method
A beginning method for the Appalachian dulcimer with a unique new approach to solo melody and chord playing. Includes tuning, modes and many beautiful folk songs all demonstrated on the optional audio accompaniment. Music and tablature.
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Fun With the Dulcimer
Fun With the Dulcimer
This beginner's method presents clear, concise instruction for learning to play the traditional three-stringed mountain dulcimer. Thirty-eight songs are taught with notation and fret numbers for each note. Chord symbols are also included. Melody playing with drones and basic chord playing are both taught.
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The Dulcimer Book
The Dulcimer Book
A clear, basic instruction method on how to tune and play the dulcimer. Includes the words and music of 16 traditional songs, including Go Tell Aunt Rhodie, Old Joe Clark, Pretty Polly, plus tuning instructions for six modes.
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How To Play Dulcimer Book CD
How To Play Dulcimer Book CD
A beginners guide to the Moutain Dulcimer by Larry McCabe. Easy to Read Tab Lessons, No note reading required, Lead sheets for note readers, solos and chords. Fun and relaxing to play!
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Dulcimer a La Mode
Dulcimer a La Mode
Dulcimer a La Mode takes the mystery of out modal tuning and playing for the mountain dulcimer player by presenting four common tunings (DAA, DAG, DAD, and DAC) with instructions for tuning, finding the scales and chords, and learning traditional tunes in each of the four modes. This book will encourage players to retune their instrument and learn more of its versatility. Each tune is presented as a melody with a drone in the mode indicated with strumming and rhythm guides. For most tunes, an optional arrangement or accompaniment is also provided using more complex chords and reflecting more traditional Western harmony.
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First Jams Mountain Dulcimer
First Jams Mountain Dulcimer
The First Jam series was created to give children and beginners of all ages a book of simple, common tunes to learn. These are standard “Jam” tunes in the Bluegrass/Old Time music styles. All the books in this series are written in the same keys; they can all be played together without any problems.
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Complete Children's Dulcimer Method
Complete Children's Dulcimer Method
This outstanding children's method for mountain dulcimer is the result of the author's many years of sharing the dulcimer with children, and has been successful with children as young as 5 years old. This single volume combines the best material from the author's two previous volumes, Children's Dulcimer Method Volumes One and Two. In it you will find many traditional songs and folk tunes arranged for the mountain dulcimer. Each song has a simple strum pattern indicated above it with fret numbers for the melody notes and lyrics included where appropriate.
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The Celtic Collection - Mountain Dulcimer
The Celtic Collection - Mountain Dulcimer
A collection of songs, jigs, hornpipes, airs, polkas, and marches from the Celtic lands of Scotland, Ireland, and England. The songs are arranged for mountain dulcimer primarily in 1-5-8 (Mixolydian) tuning, along with a few tunes in 1-5-5 (Ionian) tuning.
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The Dulcimer Songbook
The Dulcimer Songbook
Thirty-eight favorite dulcimer solos penned by Colorado's Bud and Donna Ford. This text is a resource for any dulcimer player and an excellent supplement to any course of instruction. It includes melody lines, lyrics, and chord symbols plus a solo arrangement of each song in standard notation and tablature.
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Mountain Dulcimer
Mountain Dulcimer
This book is a collection of traditional folksongs, Irish and American fiddle tunes, adaptations of classical pieces, and original songs. The songs combine melody lines in standard notation with suggested chords for accompaniment. Intermediate.
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Complete Dulcimer Handbook
Complete Dulcimer Handbook
This book was written as a basic guide and source book for all dulcimer players, from novice to advanced picker. With its 53 songs in various modes and tunings, The Complete Dulcimer Handbook is a songbook, a lesson plan book, and a step-by-step guide from beginner to intermediate or advanced level.
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Southern Mountain Dulcimer
Southern Mountain Dulcimer
Southern Mountain Dulcimer features vintage photos, history, instruction and accompaniment music. The CD includes the true classics of old-time mountain music. Note: Not every tune on the CD features dulcimer; however, the book teaches the dulcimer parts even on those tunes where no dulcimer is playing.
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Basic Dulcimer Solos
Basic Dulcimer Solos
This book introduces simplified techniques of chording and fingerpicking for both smaller and larger hands and presents dozens of songs in the Ionian, Aeolian, and Mixolydian modes. Directional arrows are shown for correct strumming, along with lyrics and chords for guitar or banjo accompaniment.
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Celtic Songs and Slow Airs for Mountain Dulcimer
Celtic Songs and Slow Airs for Mountain Dulcimer
In folk tradition, stories of love lost, betrayal, jealousy, conflict, emigration, and the supernatural are often immortalized in songs of many traditions, demonstrating that singing has been a universal vehicle for the human condition.
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Four And Twenty Songs For Mountain Dulci
Four And Twenty Songs For Mountain Dulci
Detailed instructions on both traditional and progressive playing styles, plus a clear explanation of dulcimer tuning. Includes traditional mountain dulcimer songs from the Ozarks.
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Cripple Creek Dulcimer
Cripple Creek Dulcimer
This instruction manual and song collection is a well-crafted book of basic dulcimer technique and traditional songs that might have been popular in Cripple Creek, Colorado in the 19th Century.The basics of playing the dulcimer, including instructions on strumming, tunings, and picking are explained.
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Cripple Creek Dulcimer
Cripple Creek Dulcimer
This instruction manual and song collection is a well-crafted collection of basic dulcimer technique and traditional songs that might have been popular in Cripple Creek, Colorado in the 19th Century-- plus a few modern day tunes by its current inhabitants.
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Dulcimer Chord Encyclopedia
Dulcimer Chord Encyclopedia
A comprehensive chord encyclopedia for the mountain dulcimer in the common Mixolydian, Ionian, Dorian, Lydian, and Phrygian modal tunings. Three different tunings are presented for each mode!
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Beginners Guide to Playing the Dulcimer
Beginners Guide to Playing the Dulcimer
A easy guide to learning the mountain dulcimer including care and tuning, reading tablature and playing songs on the dulcimer.
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Complete Book of Celtic Music for Dulcimer
Complete Book of Celtic Music for Dulcimer
Harp music, the piper's repertoire, and fiddle tunes from Ireland, Scotland and Breton are all well-represented here Plus samples of Reels, Jigs, Hornpipes, Strathspeys, Polkas, Mazurkas, Slides, Marches, Piobaireachds, Set Dances, Airs, Plaxties, Country Dances, Morris Dances, & more!
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A Dulcimer Christmas
A Dulcimer Christmas
This popular book brings the festive sound of the dulcimer to this joyous season. Creative, beautiful arrangements on 23 Christmas favorites, each with a notated melody line and tablature. Finger positions for each chord are included.
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Dulcimer Tabs - Dulcimer Book

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