Mountain Dulcimer Books

Mountain Dulcimer Books

Anthology for the Fretted Dulcimer

This collection presents a colorful array of music for the fretted dulcimer illustrating a wide variety of playing styles and techniques. Mel Bay Publications asked Lois to author this method book/collection because of the adventurous diversity of her playing techniques and musical interests. It is a tour de force of mountain dulcimer playing techniques, ranging from traditional southern Appalachian to Cajun music, cowboy songs, sea chanteys, black spirituals, traditional Irish, Scottish, and English music, camp-meeting songs, and European, Mexican, Israeli, and Oriental folk music. 65 songs in total considered to be of intermediate to advanced level of difficulty.

The book also offer basic instruction on reading music and tablature, right- and left-hand techniques such as hammer-ons and pull-offs, strumming, fingerpicking, flatpicking, various tunings, and accompaniment chords. The pieces themselves are arranged in notation and tablature for the three-string dulcimer in a variety of tunings with lyrics where appropriate.

Anthology for the Fretted Dulcimer (93850)
$29.99
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Cover of book American Fiddle Tunes for Mountain Dulcimer

American Fiddle Tunes

This book contains melodious and energetic music arranged for the novice to experienced player in traditional keys, with musical notation so the selections can be played with other instruments. Accomp...See more

American Fiddle Tunes for Mountain Dulcimer (99527)
$19.99

Cover photo of book Melodies and More

Melodies and More

Melodies and More contains 30 beautiful arrangements for mountain dulcimer,...See more

Melodies and More (30565)
$19.99

Dirt Simple Mountain Dulcimer (Book + Online Audio)

Dirt Simple Mountain Dulcimer by Madeline MacNeil. The mountain dulcimer has a long and interesting history in the southern Appalachian mountains, and it’s an instrument that so many of us enjo...See more

Dirt Simple Mountain Dulcimer (30362M)
$14.99

You Can Teach Yourself Dulcimer

You Can Teach Yourself Dulcimer by Madeline MacNeil.  In this book master dulcimer player Madeline MacNeil teaches beginning players tuning, scales, strumming, fingering, chord studies, alternate tun...See more

You Can Teach Yourself Dulcimer (94304)
$14.99

Complete Dulcimer Handbook (Book + Online Audio)


Complete Dulcimer Handbook by Mark Biggs

This book was written as a basic guide and source book for all dulcimer players, from the absolute novice to the most advanced picker. With its 5...See more

Complete Dulcimer Handbook (94047M)
$29.99

First Lessons Dulcimer

This instruction book for beginning lap dulcimer in DAD tuning is unique in two ways. First, it instructs the beginning student in the increasingly popular DAD tuning. Secondly, the author, a classroo...See more

First Lessons Dulcimer (98388BCD)
$9.99

Hal Leonard Dulcimer Method


Hal Leonard Dulcimer Method by Neal Hellman

The Hal Leonard Dulcimer Method is designed for anyone just learning to play the mountain (Appalachian) dulcimer, but is equally useful to the...See more

Hal Leonard Dulcimer Method (697230)
$16.99

TK O’Brien’s Guide to Playing Mountain Dulcimer (DAA)


TK O’Brien’s Guide To Playing The Mountain Dulcimer Ionian (DAA) Mode by Karin Lyle

Description: Easy beginners book in DAA tuning. Introduces some chord techniques. In nota...See more

TK O’Brien’s Guide to Playing Mountain Dulcimer – DAA (DU-IB)
$8.99

TK O’Brien’s Guide to Playing Mountain Dulcimer (DAD)

TK O’Brien’s Guide To Playing The Mountain Dulcimer (DAD) Mode by Karin Lyle

Easy beginners book in DAD tuning. Introduces some chord techniques. In notation and tablature.

TK O’Brien’s Guide to Playing Mountain Dulcimer (DAD) (DU-BM)
$8.99

The Wonderful World of DAA

The Wonderful World of DAA by Madeline MacNeil

DAA is a beautiful tuning for the mountain dulcimer. This book contains 19 arrangements of traditional Irish, Welsh, French Canadian, Scottish, an...See more

Wonderful World of DAA (98753M)
$14.99

School of Dulcimer: Singing & Backup with the Mountain Dulcimer (Book/CD Set)

School of Dulcimer: Singing & Backup with the Mountain Dulcimer (Book/CD Set)by Madeline MacNeil In this new addition to Mel Bay’s popular “School Of” series, MacNeil explains h...See more

School of Dulcimer: Singing & Backup with the Mountain Dulcimer (Book/CD Set) (21507BCD)
$17.99

School of Dulcimer – A Musical Notation Journey with Modes, Tunings and Songs

School of Dulcimer – A Musical Notation Journey with Modes, Tunings and Songs by Madeline MacNeil

The dulcimer is a unique instrument in many ways, with the modal layout of the fretboard ...See more

School of Dulcimer: A Musical Notation Journey with Modes, Tunings and Songs (21815M)
$14.99

Dulcimer A La Mode

Dulcimer A La Mode by Lorinda Jones

Dulcimer a La Mode takes the mystery of out modal tuning and playing for the mountain dulcimer player by presenting four common tunings (DAA, DAG, DAD, and D...See more

Dulcimer A La Mode (20105BCD)
$19.99

20 Irish Tunes and Songs for Mountain Dulcimer DAD Tuning (Book/CD Set)

20 Irish Tunes and Songs for Mountain Dulcimer DAD Tuning (Book/CD Set) by Madeline MacNeil
The music of Ireland has inspired us for centuries. The DAD tuning is a favorite of mountain dulcimer ...See more

20 Irish Tunes and Songs for Mountain Dulcimer DAD Tuning (Book/CD Set) (30487BCD)
$19.99

Old Time Hymns & Gospel Favorites for Mountain Dulcimer

Old Time Hymns & Gospel Favorites for Mountain Dulcimer by Anne Lough

A delightful and extensive collection of dearly loved and time honored hymns and gospel tunes creatively arranged to b...See more

Old Time Hymns & Gospel Favorites for Mountain Dulcimer (21136)
$19.99

Lullabies and Other Lilting Melodies for Dulcimer

Lullabies and Other Lilting Melodies for Dulcimer: Lullabies, Folk, and Classical Selections by Lorinda Jones

This compilation of tunes is designed to soothe the savage beast. The contents of t...See more

Lullabies and Other Lilting Melodies(20103)
$11.99

Simply Gospel Book 1

Simply Gospel Book 1 by Maureen Sellers

A collection of spirituals, hymns and old-time gospel songs, some require a capo. Sellers explains capo use and how to improvise if you don’t have ...See more

Simply Gospel Book 1(MS3)
$14.99

Simply Gospel Book 2

Simply Gospel Book 2 by Maureen Sellers

A collection of spirituals, hymns and old-time gospel songs, some require a capo. Sellers explains capo use and how to improvise if you don’t have ...See more

Simply Gospel Book 2 (MS4)
$14.99

Complete Book of Celtic Music for Appalachian Dulcimer

Complete Book of Celtic Music for Appalachian Dulcimer by Mark Nelson

Mark Nelson’s knowledge and love of Celtic music is immediately evident through his choice of tunes for this comprehe...See more

Complete Book of Celtic Music for Appalachian Dulcimer (95530BCD)
$29.99

Hands-On Dulcimer


Hands-On Dulcimer by Mike Casey

Designed to help the dulcimer player grown in technical ability by developing strength, precision, control and flexibility in both hands. Explores flatpic...See more

Hands-On Dulcimer (98392M)
$29.99

The Celtic Collection

The Celtic Collection by Lorinda Jones

A collection of songs, jigs, hornpipes, airs, polkas, and marches from the Celtic lands of Scotland, Ireland, and England. The songs are arranged for moun...See more

The Celtic Collection (20104M)
$19.99

A Dulcimer Christmas


What could be more beautiful than mountain dulcimer arrangements of Christmas favorites spanning the centuries? This popular book brings the festive sound of the dulcimer to this joyous season....See more

A Dulcimer Christmas (93816)
$12.99

The Dulcimer Hymn Book

The Dulcimer Hymn Book by Bud and Donna Ford

This popular text blends the haunting, sweet voice of the mountain dulcimer with treasured gospel and sacred melodies. Contains 37 outstanding arran...See more

The Dulcimer Hymn Book (93622)
$19.99

Music of the Shakers for Mountain Dulcimer

Music of the Shakers for Mountain Dulcimer by Neal Hellman

Simple and unpretentious, the diatonic music of the Shakers lies well on the mountain dulcimer. The lyrics to these songs offer a univ...See more

Music of the Shakers for Mountain Dulcimer (96468)
$19.99

Favorite Old Time American Songs

Favorite Old Time American Songs by Mark Nelson

This giant book features over 100 of America’s favorite folk songs, expertly arranged for the Appalachaian dulicmer. Children’s songs...See more

Favorite Old Time American Songs (97189)
$29.99

Celtic Songs and Slow Airs

Celtic Songs and Slow Airs by Neal Hellman

In folk tradition, stories of love lost, betrayal, jealousy, conflict, emigration, and the supernatural are often immortalized in songs of many tradit...See more

Celtic Songs and Slow Airs (99700BCD)
$22.99

Children’s Dulcimer Chord Book


Children’s Dulcimer Chord Book by Lee Andrews

A chord book written for the young beginner (or even beginners of any age) showing a creative and simple way to learn and play dulcime...See more

Children’s Dulcimer Chord Book (21501)
$7.99