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Fingerpicking Dulcimer

By Janita Baker

Dulcimer (Mountain) - Beginning-Intermediate
Composed by Janita Baker. Squareback saddle-stitched, Methods. Acoustic Music. Book/CD Set. 88 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.99537BCD).

Item Number: MB.99537BCD

ISBN 9780786663736. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

A collection of 21 songs arranged in a fingerpicking style for the mountain dulcimer, this book offers a wide variety of musical genres and playing levels. Divided equally between arrangements for three and four equidistant strings, the songs progress in difficulty within each section from beginner to advanced level. Each piece is written in both standard music notation and dulcimer tablature, and is accompanied by performance tips for playing that song. Many arrangements utilize the 6 1/2 fret, and tunings range from standard modal tunings to four-string variations. The arrangements cover a wide range of song styles including traditional ragtime, blues, and classical standards. Songs include My Old Kentucky Home; Londonderry Air, All Through the Night, The Entertainer, Careless Love, House of the Rising Sun, Fur Elise, and Bach's Minuet in G. There is an extensive introduction on playing techniques for both left and right hands, tunings, reading tablature, and dulcimer embellishments. The accompanying CD is an instrumental recording of solo dulcimer, designed to give the student a note-for-note reference to each written arrangement while providing a performance-quality listening experience.

  • In Christ There Is No East Or West  Performed by Traditional Hymn
  • House Of The Rising Sun  Performed by Traditional
  • Country Gardens  Performed by Traditional
  • Londonderry Air  Performed by Traditional
  • Ode to Joy  Performed by Ludwig Van Beethoven
  • Grandfather's Clock  Performed by Henry Clay Work
  • All Through The Night  Performed by Traditional Welsh
  • Trumpet Voluntary  Performed by Jeremiah Clarke
  • Medley: The Minstrel Boy / Scotland the Brave  Performed by Traditional
  • Spanish Fandango  Performed by Traditional
  • Minuet in G Major  Performed by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Greensleeves  Performed by Traditional
  • Andante  Performed by Fernando Sor
  • Für Elise  Performed by Ludwig Van Beethoven
  • My Old Kentucky Home  Performed by Stephen Foster
  • Aura Lee  Performed by Traditional
  • Rondo  Performed by Fernando Carulli
  • Careless Love  Performed by Traditional
  • Bink's Waltz  Performed by Scott Joplin
  • The Entertainer  Performed by Scott Joplin
  • The Ragtime Dance  Performed by Scott Joplin
  • The Old Piano Roll Blues  Performed by Cy Coben
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 3

    Grand Rapids, MI
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  • 2012-01-13 00:00:00.0 Not for Beginners

    This book has a great variety of music - something for everyone. However, the review on this website said it was for beginner to intermediate players. When I received the book and opened to read the introduction the first thing it said was "this book isn't for beginners"! There is...

    a lot of instruction on techniques so this book will be great for someone who has some dulcimer background and is looking to improve to the next level.

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  • 5

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  • 2007-04-12 00:00:00.0 Great fun

    I enjoyed playing this music, I found it interesting and fun. I am an amateur player and found the difficulty level just right to keep my interest.

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  • 5

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  • 2007-03-05 00:00:00.0 Fantastic CD

    Dulcimer never sounded better. The CD is the best I have heard on the dulcimer. I want to play like this. It is a challenge but worth it.

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  • 5

    Kathy S.
    Saline, Michigan
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  • 2005-12-19 00:00:00.0 Absolutely Beautiful Arrangements!

    Juanita's fingerpicking book is outstanding! Her arrangements are beautiful. Some of the pieces I would say are early intermediate but the tunes written for 4 strings are definately advanced. But they are worth aspiring to!! Nice work Juanita!!

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