Striking Out and Winning! A music-maker’s guide for the hammered dulcimer:
First published in 1984, Striking Out’s second edition (1992) remains the best hammered dulcimer book on the market. Aside from 50 great fiddle tunes (including Soldier’s Joy, Liberty, Golden Slippers, The Irish Washerwoman, Drowsy Maggie, St. Anne’s Reel and more), you’ll find complete instructions on how to find your way around all those strings (there are a lot of them, aren’t there?), how to view them in a series of visual patterns that lead to tunes, how to play rhythms, plus valuable tips on how to play easily, using revolutionary ideas about how to hold the hammers and strike the strings, and what playing the dulcimer feels like. Bountiful exercises will help you play easily, and many of them are drawn from the tunes, giving you still more ways to reduce your learning time so you can get to the playing.
This set of three CDs contain all 50 tunes (played once slowly on the dulcimer along, then once up to tempo with guitar accompaniment) as well as all exercises in Chapter 4 (many of which are drawn from the tunes). It coordinates with both the 2nd and forthcoming editions. A terrific help to those needing aural assistance, as well as to those who read music but want to gain a better feel for the tunes in particular. Handsomely packaged in an unbreakable plastic wallet with an insert listing all tunes and examples.