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Help: Dulcimer books arranged by modes

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Subject: RE: Help: Dulcimer books arranged by modes
From: Sean Belt
Date: 14 Sep 00 - 03:23 PM

Lois Hornbostel has a couple of books of fiddle tunes on the dulcimer (both published by Mel Bay) wherein I think the tunes are listed by tuning, though not necessarily by mode. I don;t have them with me right now, so i can't recall the exact titles. I've certainly used them both a lot, though. Let me know if you want the exact titles.

- Sean

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Subject: RE: Help: Dulcimer books arranged by modes
From: GUEST,Rick Campbell
Date: 14 Sep 00 - 03:15 PM

Check with Mel Bay at or try Music Folk in St. Louis at Plenty of printed materials are available, but I'm not aware of any that are sorted strictly by mode. Larkin's is one of the best though, it's the one we recommend and provide for beginners in our local group. The others will have different songs and some additional instruction.

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Subject: RE: Help: Dulcimer books arranged by modes
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 14 Sep 00 - 02:44 PM

As best I remember, the Jean Ritchie book groups them by "tunings" with a mention of the mode. BTW, Catspaw listed a wonderful link to dulcimer (and other) music books sometime last spring, but I couldn't find the thread or the link. Maybe he'll check in and visit this thread.


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Subject: RE: Help: Dulcimer books arranged by modes
From: GUEST,Arkie
Date: 14 Sep 00 - 12:25 PM

The Dulcimer Shoppe in Mountain View publishes a book "Four and Twenty" which is supplied with the dulcimers they make which has 24 songs with modes listed. I believe the Jean Ritchie Dulcimer book which can also be obtained from the Dulcimer Shoppe lists the modes of the songs. They do not have sections for each mode, as I remember, but you can easily find the various modes in each book. The Dulcimer Shoppe's address is PO Box 1230, Mountain View, AR 72560 and phone is 870-269-4313. I think they have a website as well.

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Subject: RE: Help: Dulcimer books arranged by modes
From: black walnut
Date: 14 Sep 00 - 09:47 AM

The Magic Dulcimer

by Lorraine Lee Hammond

It's a great book....

~black walnut

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Subject: Dulcimer books arranged by modes
From: Banjoman_CO
Date: 14 Sep 00 - 01:03 AM

I have been working in "Larkin's Dulcimer Book" and its great. Does anyone know of more songbooks with traditional music that are arranged according to the different modes? Like a section for Dorian, a section for lydian, etc. I am looking for traditional folk and mountain music. Thanks in advance.


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