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First Lessons Dulcimer

Dulcimer (Mountain) - Beginning
DAD Tuning. Composed by Joyce Ochs. Saddle-stitched, Methods. First Lessons. Acoustic Music. Book/CD Set. 32 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.98388BCD).

Item Number: MB.98388BCD
ISBN 9780786650910. Acoustic Music. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

This instruction book for beginning lap dulcimer in DAD tuning is unique in two ways. First, it instructs the beginning student in the increasingly popular DAD tuning. Secondly, the author, a classroom music teacher, has carefully and systematically layered the lessons to guide the student through familiar songs while teaching skills and musical concepts. This not only enables the student to enjoy the lap dulcimer but also enhances total music understanding and participation. The accompanying CD provides instructional dialogue and demonstrations of the techniques and songs included in the book. Additional hints and exercises are presented in an inviting and encouraging conversational text.

  • Introduction [1:31] 
  • Elements of Music [0:19] 
  • Holding Your Dulcimer 
  • Illustration / Parts of the Dulcimer 
  • Tuning Your Dulcimer to DAD [1:28] 
  • Bass String D [1:02] 
  • Middle String A [0:42] 
  • Melody String D [0:39] 
  • Strumming Across All Your Strings [0:34] 
  • The 6 1/2 Fret 
  • Basic Techniques 
  • Reading Dulcimer Tablature [0:27] 
  • Strumming Note Values [0:42] 
  • Quarter Note Practice [0:35] 
  • Half Note Practice [0:28] 
  • Whole Note Practice [0:47] 
  • Eighth Note Practice [0:37] 
  • Melody [0:53] 
  • D Major Scale [0:42] 
  • Boil Them Cabbage Instruction [0:40] 
  • Boil Them Cabbage Melody [0:58] 
  • Hot Cross Buns Melody [0:41] 
  • Go Tell Aunt Rhody Melody [0:53] 
  • Three Very Friendly Chords/D Chord [0:57] 
  • Basic A Chord Instruction [0:39] 
  • A Chord Practice [1:04] 
  • D Chord/A Chord Exercise [0:41] 
  • G Chord Instruction [0:35] 
  • G Chord Practice [0:26] 
  • D Chord/G Chord Exercise [0:44] 
  • Embellishing Tunes with Chords [0:30] 
  • Boil Them Cabbage w/Chords, Instruction [0:21] 
  • Boll Them Cabbage Practice [0:58] 
  • Boll Them Cabbage w/ Accompaniment [0:38] 
  • Hot Cross Buns Practice [0:41] 
  • Hot Cross Buns w/ Accompaniment [0:41] 
  • Go Tell Aunt Rhody Practice [0:47] 
  • Go Tell Aunt Rhody w/ Accompaniment [0:35] 
  • Merrily We Roll Along Practice [0:46] 
  • Merrily We Roil Along w/ Accompaniment [0:36] 
  • London Bridge Practice [0:39] 
  • London Bridge w/ Accompaniment [0:35] 
  • Dipping Down to the Middle String [0:49] 
  • Dipping Down Exercise [0:30] 
  • Frere Jacque Practice [0:44] 
  • Frere Jacque w/ Accompaniment [0:39] 
  • Skip to My Lou Instruction [0:19] 
  • Skip to My Lou Practice [1:03] 
  • Skip to My Lou w/ Accompaniment [0:58] 
  • Down in the Valley Instruction [0:21] 
  • Down in the Valley Practice [0:59] 
  • Down in the Valley w/ Accompaniment [0:58] 
  • Adding the Dum-diddy Instruction [0:49] 
  • Dum-diddy Practice [0:29] 
  • Three Jolly Fishermen Practice [0:40] 
  • Three Jolly Fishermen w/ Accompaniment [0:35] 
  • Polly Wolly Doodle Practice [1:05] 
  • Polly Wolly Doodle w/ Accompaniment [0:55] 
  • Simple Gifts Instruction [0:15] 
  • Simple Gifts Practice [1:17] 
  • Simple Gifts w/ Accompaniment [1:06] 
  • A New Look and Slightly Different Sound [0:22] 
  • High G Chord Practice [0:49] 
  • Sliding Down the Fretboard 
  • F# Minor Chord Practice [0:34] 
  • E Minor Chord 
  • G/F# Minor/E Minor Slide Practice [0:22] 
  • Kum Ba Ya Instruction [0:17] 
  • Kum Ba Ya Practice [1:00] 
  • Kum Ba Ya w/ Accompaniment [0:51] 
  • This Old Man Practice [0:46] 
  • This Old Man w/ Accompaniment [0:34] 
  • Michael, Row the Boat Ashore Practice [0:47] 
  • Michael, Row the Boat Ashore w/ Accompaniment [0:34] 
  • Oh! Susanna Instruction [0:16] 
  • Oh! Susanna Practice [1:16] 
  • Oh! Susanna w/ Accompaniment [1:05] 
  • When the Saints Go Marching In Practice [1:04] 
  • When the Saints Go Marching In w/ Accompaniment [0:47] 
  • Little Liza Jane Instruction [0:22] 
  • Little Liza Jane Practice [0:51] 
  • Little Liza Jane w/ Accompaniment [0:46] 
  • A Few More Chords [0:37] 
  • The A7 Chord 
  • A7 Chord Practice [0:54] 
  • The E Chord 
  • E Minor Chord Practice [0:32] 
  • The B Minor Chord 
  • B Minor Chord Practice [0:16] 
  • Old Joe Clark Practice [1:04] 
  • Old Joe Clark w/ Accompaniment [0:46].. 
  • Camptown Races Practice [1:28] 
  • Camptown Races w/ Accompaniment [0:57] 
  • Inverting Chords Instruction [0:16] 
  • Inverting Chords Practice [0:34] 
  • Embellishing Our Music With Plucks! 
  • Fingering the Frets (One Last Thing to Think About!) 
  • Amazing Grace Practice [0:53] 
  • Amazing Grace w/ Accompaniment [0:45] 
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot Practice [1:01] 
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot w/ Accompaniment [1:03] 
  • Home On the Range Practice [1:30] 
  • Home On the Range w/ Accompaniment [1:11] 
  • Closing Comments [0:58] 
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  • March 04, 2009 Great for newbies

    Try several different beginning books to widen the style of teachings offered.

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  • September 24, 2008 Fine Beginning Mountain Dulcimer Book

    I am brand new to the mountain dulcimer. There is no one near that can help me. I have found this book to be very useful in getting me started. I am able to play many tunes now.

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  • May 01, 2008 Just the Job!

    As a total beginner, I am SO pleased to be able to understand music notation for the first time, thanks to this book. I come from a musical family, but have only ever played by ear as a child. As the notes had made no sense to me, I kept...

    away from music - except to listen. Then a friend showed me his dulcimer and I fell in love with it. Now I play (still not very well, but not too badly either) every morning and get so much pleasure from it - all thanks to the beginners book I bought from you. The familiarity of the songs helps a lot too. Thank You. I also have to say that I have arthritis in my hands, but after trying to get to grips with the fingering, the spread of my left hand is now greater than my right! Great stuff.

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