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You Can Teach Yourself Dulcimer

By Madeline Macneil

Dulcimer (Mountain) - Beginning
Composed by Madeline Macneil. Perfect binding, Methods. You Can Teach Yourself. All Styles. Book/DVD Set. 100 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.94304DP).

Item Number: MB.94304DP

ISBN 9780786667789. All Styles. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

In this book master dulcimer player Madeline MacNeil teaches beginning players tuning, scales, strumming, fingering, chord studies, alternate tunings, use of the capo, and how to use the "noter." She endorses both playing by ear and learning to read standard notation. In twelve intensive lessons, she explains everything from the basics to some very complex concepts in easily understood language, making this a particularly valuable book for the beginning instrumentalist. The lessons and songs are written in both standard notation and tablature. This package also includes the companion DVD video in which MacNeil demonstrates the techniques and songs taught in the book.

  • BOOK: 
  • Exploring the Dulcimer 
  • Dulcimer Problems 
  • Holding the Dulcimer 
  • Tuning 
  • Strumming 
  • Picks 
  • Reading Tablature 
  • Fingering 
  • Picking and Strumming/Fingerstyle Playing 
  • Singing While You Play 
  • Tuning/Retuning and Why 
  • D A D Tuning 
  • Playing While Others Play 
  • Using a Noter 
  • Changing Strings 
  • Interpretation 
  • Harmonics 
  • Using a Capo 
  • Tuning the Dulcimer to DAA 
  • Exploring Strings & Notes on the Dulcimer 
  • Are You Sleeping? 
  • Boil That Cabbage Down 
  • Melody 
  • Bass-String Harmony 
  • Middle-String Harmony 
  • Waterbound 
  • Soldier's Joy 
  • Cripple Creek & John Brown's Dream 
  • Down in the Valley 
  • Ode to Joy with Bass-string Harmony 
  • Oh, Susanna 
  • Chord Shapes 
  • Ode to Joy with Three-Finger Chords 
  • Au Clair de la Lune 
  • Flop-Eared Mule 
  • Golden Slippers 
  • Ode to Joy with Finger Picking 
  • Simple Gifts 
  • Amazing Grace 
  • Back-up Chords 
  • She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain 
  • Home on the Range 
  • When Johnny Comes Marching Home 
  • Away in a Manger - Melody Version 
  • Away in a Manger - Accompaniment Version 
  • The Ash Grove - Melody Version 
  • The Ash Grove - Accompaniment Version 
  • Arkansas Traveler 
  • Minor Tuning: DAC 
  • Shady Grove 
  • Greensleeves 
  • DAD Tuning 
  • Goin' to Boston 
  • Dulcimer Capo 
  • Home on the Range (capo 3rd fret) 
  • When Johnny Come Marching Home (capo 1st fret) 
  • Harvest Home 
  • Hammer-Ons & Pull-Offs 
  • Country Gardens 
  • Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (Melody) 
  • Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (Accompaniment) 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

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  • 2009-03-04 00:00:00.0 Great for newbies

    This with other beginner books is a great way to start.

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  • 5

    Eddie Lewis
    South Wales, UK
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  • 2007-09-05 00:00:00.0 Slow but thorough.

    The book and DVD are quite good if rather slow getting to the type of dulcimer playing I am interested in. However it is quite thorough, so altogether I am pleased with the product.

    18 of 38 people found this review helpful.
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  • 3

    John Bray
    Florida now but I live most of the year in Canada
  • 2007-03-06 00:00:00.0 More Difficult

    Maybe you can teach yourself how to play the dulcimer with this book and DVD but it would not be easy, and not as easy as those books which focus on using a noter, rather than chording. I find the book useful to go to as I'm using another...

    book to learn. There is valuable information in the book and on the DVD (especially the DVD) but it is not nearly as easy as "Fun With The Dulcimer". (Editor's Note: sku # is MB.93310)

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  • 5

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  • 2004-08-16 00:00:00.0 The best beginner book/DVD set!

    I purchased this book/DVD combination because I had no one to teach me the dulcimer. Having the DVD made it so easy to learn---like having the teacher right there with me. I've learned 75% of the songs and am very pleased. I highly recommend the set.

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