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Thread #56028   Message #982051
Posted By: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
12-Jul-03 - 07:37 PM
Thread Name: Learning to play a Mountain Dulcimer
Subject: RE: Learning to play a Mountain Dulcimer
As THE DULCIMER BOOK, that old one of mine (first pub. 1963 I think, with Oak Publications and sold for 2.95! Now is around 15 or so) is still being published- it's Music Sales now, with Oak being just one of its companies. Homespun Tapes is at this time reissuing my old teaching tapes as a CD, with a more up-to-date photo on the cover (about time). Technique taught is VERY basic, as my own playing has ever been. For modern hot licks and fingerings one must look elsewhere, but this book has got a few thousand dulcimer players started.

I believe that the most fun for new players is sitting in a quiet corner and 'discovering' how to play the instrument. Basic playing is so very simple, and so rewarding to the ears and fingers of beginners. They get a tune right away, and if they're singers, it's not long before they're singing, and working out an accompaniment- that gives such a sense of achievement and pleasure! Just for their own enjoyment, not for an audience to listen in-not even family. It's the best way to 'meet' your new dulcimer, who'll be a friend for life