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Favorite Old-Time American Songs for Dulcimer by Mark Nelson. For Dulcimer (Mountain). Solos. Old Time. Beginning. Book. 232 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.97189). ISBN 9780786671786. Old Time. 8.75x11.75 inches. This giant book features over 100 of America's favorite folk songs, expertly arranged for the Appalachaian dulicmer. Children's songs, work songs, old Anglo-American ballads, songs of strife and freedom, love songs and much, much more are all gathered here in arrangements suitable for the beginning and intermediate player. The songs come from all over - old books and sheet music, transcriptions from field recordings, but mostly from the singing of countless folks in kitchens and festival hallways, street corners and concert stages. Songs include "Poor Wayfaring Stranger," "Tenting Tonight," "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down," "Oh, Death," "Careless Love," and many, many more. Tunings used include D-A-D and D-A-A, as well as C-G-C and C-G-G and several modal tunings. All are playable on any three- or four-stringed dulcimer. Some use a 6 1/2 fret. Includes information on reading music and TAB, notes on transposing, and a useful index of songs by tuning. In standard notation and TAB, with guitar chords.
Instruments: Dulcimer, Folk
Genres: Americana, Folk
Stephen Foster for Mountain Dulcimer Book/CD Set by Shelley Stevens. For Dulcimer (Mountain). Solos. American. Beginning-Intermediate. Book/CD Set. 128 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.96543BCD). ISBN 9780786630691. American. 8.5x11 inches. This book presents fretted dulcimer arrangements of 58 Stephen Collins Foster classics. Each song is written as a melody line in standard notation with dulcimer tablature beneath plus complete lyrics, historical notes, and suggested guitar chords. Cover graphics from the original nineteenth century sheet music publications lend grace and authenticity, and songwriters and music historians will find much interest in this book. The tunings used are DAD, DAA, DGD, and DAA#D. Intended for experienced beginners to intermediate players, many of these pieces require a 6 1/2 fret dulcimer and a capo. The author includes an insightful essay on the life of Stephen Foster (1826-1864)-a gifted, once successful songwriter whose career decisions and abuse of alcohol lead to personal financial disaster, a broken family, and an early death. His legacy is a treasury of songs reflecting the social issues and romantic illusions of his time. This spiral-bound volume contains both well-known and lesser known tunes. The attached companion CD contains 33 of the book's 58 tunes. Notation and tablature.
Instruments: Mountain Dulcimer, Dulcimer, Folk
Genres: Americana, Folk