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Fun with the Dulcimer

By Virgil Hughes

Dulcimer (mountain) - Beginning
Composed by Virgil Hughes. Dulcimer: Mountain, Saddle-stitched, Method, Folk. Fun With. All styles. Book. 32 pages. Mel Bay Publications, Inc #93310. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.93310).

Item Number: MB.93310

ISBN 9780871664419. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

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 for playing with guitar, banjo, or another chording instrument. Melody playing with drones and basic chord playing are both taught. Lyrics are included with the songs for added fun. From the time this text was first published, it has been a steady best seller.

  • Aura Lee 
  • Down in the Valley 
  • Old Joe Clark 
  • On Top of Old Smokey 
  • Shenandoah 
  • Skip to My Lou 
  • This Train 
  • Careless Love 
  • Go Tell It On the Mountain 
  • Kum Ba Ya 
  • Michael, Row The Boat Ashore 
  • Cockles And Mussels 
  • Pass Me Not 
  • Worried Man Blues 
  • Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair 
  • Come All Ye Fair And Tender Maidens 
  • Frankie and Johnny 
  • Joy 
  • Loch Lomond 
  • Streets Of Laredo 
  • Greensleeves 
  • John Henry 
  • I Ride An Old Paint 
  • O Tannenbaum 
  • The Blue Bells Of Scotland 
  • Amazing Grace 
  • Battle Hymn Of The Republic 
  • Red River Valley 
  • Blue Tail Fly 
  • Brother John 
  • Good King Wenceslas 
  • Sweet By And By 
  • Oranges and Lemons 
  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat 
  • The Wearing Of The Green 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 4

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  • April 03, 2016 Great book, almost

    Love the easily-followable tablature and the songs, but I hoped there would be more "folk songs" and fewer hymns and other genres. Definitely worth the price, though!

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  • 4

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  • April 27, 2011 Wonderful if you already know your theory

    This book has a great price, and a good amount of well-known songs, if you already know your music theory. The book starts you out with dotted eights and sixteenth notes extremely early, so be sure to brush up on your counting. This book tunes to the key of...

    C (CGG), which is slightly unclear. You can tune to the key of D (DAA) if you prefer and still use the Tab., though.

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  • 5

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  • March 04, 2009 Great for newbies

    Buy several beginning books to round off your learning.

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  • 4

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  • November 14, 2008 Found what I was looking for

    I built a dulcimer in 1978 and at one time could play about 30 songs, but I put it aside for about 20 years and all I remembered was 3 or 4. The MAIN thing was that you included the name of the songs in the book. Not buying a...

    pig in a poke. So I was able to start playing songs that I had forgotten. Thanks, Paul Holt

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