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.
With your detailed and dedicated approach to the nuts and bolts of technique and theory, I’m “Reilly” learning the dulcimer!! For the first time, I can play with other musicians even when I don’t know a lot of their repertoire, and that’s what it’s half about for me!
Bluegrass Unlimited –
I have never read more thorough instruction for playing any instrument….you could not, not learn to play if you follow Lucille’s step-by-step instructions. – Bluegrass Unlimited
Roger Mace –
Dear Lucille: Tried the hammer hold in Chapter 2 and can clearly hear the improvement in tone. I’m amazed!!! – Roger Mace, Ohio