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You Can Teach Yourself Hammered Dulcimer

By Madeline Macneil

Dulcimer (Hammered) - Beginning
Composed by Madeline Macneil. Squareback saddle-stitched, Methods. You Can Teach Yourself. All Styles. Book and online audio/video. 88 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.95440).

Item Number: MB.95440

ISBN 9780786604562. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

Every aspect of the hammered dulcimer and its playing techniques is covered in this comprehensive, yet easy-to-understand text. A masterful teacher, Madeline MacNeil exceeds the expectations of a beginner's book, providing a firm foundation for the development of a total musician while maintaining an engaging, informal tone throughout. With detailed discussions on dulcimer layout, hammers, tuning, and stands plus extensive performance notes on every tune, this book is a valuable asset to the beginning through intermediate player. From Oh Suzanna to Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Madeline shows the novice dulcimer player how to "map your way through" a new piece of music, finding clear, musical directions through what at first must seem like a maze of strings. All tunes are in standard notation. The book's 87 pages are illustrated with photos as well as quaint woodcuts, engravings, and pen and ink drawings.

  • The Parting Glass  Performed by Turlough O'carolan
  • Arkansas Traveler 
  • Harvest Home 
  • My Own House 
  • The Hundred Pipers  Performed by Turlough O'carolan
  • The Lark In The Clear Air  Performed by Turlough O'carolan
  • Go Tell Aunt Rhody 
  • Amazing Grace 
  • Annie Laurie 
  • Golden Slippers 
  • Santa Lucia  Performed by Turlough O'carolan
  • Star of the County Down  Performed by Turlough O'carolan
  • Home on the Range 
  • Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring  Performed by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Liberty 
  • Over The Waterfall 
  • Auld Lang Syne  
  • Deck the Halls 
  • Flop Eared Mule 
  • No Place Like Home 
  • Simple Gifts  Performed by Turlough O'carolan
  • The Ash Grove  Performed by Turlough O'carolan
  • O Susanna  Performed by Stephen Foster
  • Soldier's Joy  Performed by Turlough O'carolan
  • Off To California 
  • Planxty Fanny Po'er  Performed by Turlough O'carolan
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 4

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  • 2002-07-22 00:00:00.0 Great learn how book

    Excellent presentation of material. Got you right to the point of what you need to learn. I was playing The Ash Grove in about an hour! Wonderful!

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    Annville, KY
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  • 2002-01-13 00:00:00.0 Now this one is GOOD!

    I used this book to teach myself to play the HD. It was well written, easy to follow, & goes from ignorance to something to strive toward in progressive difficulty. I really like the note labeling with ABCDEFG for us note non-readers.Highly recommend.

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