Even a novice can make sweet sounds and play simple tunes after first picking up the mountain dulcimer. At the same time, in the hands of an experienced player it can be a rich, complex and versatile musical instrument.
This easy to follow, comprehensive lesson by "America's Dulcimer Champion," David Schnaufer, shows beginning players how to tune up in DAD tuning and start playing with ease and confidence.
David starts you off with basic scales, fingerings and strumming techniques, and then teaches accompaniments to some of country music's all-time favorite songs. You'll learn how to add chords and harmony notes to a basic tune - the perennial favorite Wildwood Flower - and how to make use of hammer-ons, pull-offs and guitar-style picking to enhance the melody.
David then teaches beautiful arrangements of the country classics Tennessee Waltz and I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, introducing a wide variety of musical concepts on the dulcimer. He opens the door to new ideas, giving you the musical tools for continued improvement and expanded development in your dulcimer playing.