Check Out Alan's dulcimers:
Kingdom Come - Hear Alan playing his dulcimers ...
The Nine Riders - Hear Alan playing his dulcimers ...
Click Here to See Alan's dulcimers - This link will also take you to the dulcimer performance stand Alan designed and built (using 2 old guitar stands and some original parts) ... as well as his recently-purchased Seagull Merlin (Dulcimer-Guitar).
ALSO: Listen to Bing Futch Play Some Great Dulcimer!! Here's some truly wonderful Folk Music that is really worth checking out ... please give a listen to some of Bing's songs:
Cool Dulcimer Books :
First Lessons Dulcimer
by Joyce Ochs
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 classroom music teacher, has carefully and systematically layered the lessons to guide the student through familiar songs while teaching skills and musical concepts. This not only enables the student to enjoy the lap dulcimer but also enhances total music understanding and participation. The accompanying CD provides instructional dialogue and demonstrations of the techniques and songs included in the book. Additional hints and exercises are presented in an inviting and encouraging conversational text.
Barley Break :
Elizabethan Songbook With Arrangements for the Appalachian Dulcimer
by Lorraine L. Hammond, Mary Azarian (Illustrator)
Originally published in 1977 and now back in print, this new, expanded edition of Barley Break provides helpful playing instructions for 24 Elizabethan songs - each one accompanied with dulcimer tablature, standard notation, and lyrics. Includes favorites like Month of Maying ... Hey-Ho, Nobody Home ... and Greensleeves ... as well as less familiar musical treasures - all of which will be welcome additions to any repertoire. A classic that any musician will find invaluable.
Patterns and Patchwork :
Mountain Dulcimer Fingerpicking Made Easy
by Sue Carpenter
The title says it all ... songs are presented in tab and musical notation.
Mountain Dulcimer :
How to Make It and Play It After a Fashion
by Howard W. Mitchell
Ever think about building one?
The Dulcimer Chord Book
by Neal Hellman, Neil Helmann, Janita Baker, Elizabeth Bozzi
Chords for playing dulcimers. Learn how to unlock the mystery of chording on the dulcimer.
Songs and Tunes of the Wilderness Road
by Ralph Lee Smith, Madeline MacNeil
"I bought this book because it traces the history of the mountain dulcimer westward on the wilderness trail. Madeline MacNeil offers a map and directions and black and white photos to direct you on a modern pilgrimage of this trail, if you would like to experience the modern trail first hand. This is a trip I would like to take in the future. The history is straightforward and clear, and dulcimer tabulatures are given for tunes that came from different locations along the trail. Fascinating material to be used for entertainers, reenactors, storeytellers and dulcimer players. Audiences enjoy knowing brief histories and how tunes fit them. There are many early tunes in this instruction manual. The tab is clear and many early appalachian tunings are used." ~~Mary Z.Cox
Alan's Favorite Dulcimer links :
Here are some beautiful dulcimers by Blue Lion Instruments ... my favorite is the Force d'Ossche' 6-String!
Dulcimer, Music Stands, Bagpipe, Shakere | DulcimerShofar.com
The store for people to learn about and purchase ethnic instruments. We feature dulcimers, music stands, bagpipes, shakere and shofars.
Dulcimer Player's News
Devoted to both hammered and fretted dulcimer with tunes, tips for beginners, reviews, instrument care and repair, interviews, festival information, dulcimer history, and more.
Gary Gallier Dulcimers | DulcimerCentral.com
The Gallier Dulcimer is like *none* other ... take a tempting look!
Gila Mountain Dulcimers
Check out these wonderful designs! Dragon ... Equus ... Southwest ... Traditional - and other cool stuff, including a list of dulcimer clubs.
Jerry C. Rockwell Mountain Dulcimers
"In a very real sense, I am these instruments: I build each of them from beginning to end, use them on stage, in the recording studio, and in teaching. My name is inside each one ... and although I can no longer remember each person who bought one, it's good to keep in touch and see how the instrument is aging, where your music is going -- or if you need a repair."
When I saw John Stockard's dulcimers, I was like a deer caught in headlights ... for like 3 days! It don't get no better than this ...
K & K Sound: Dulcimer Pickup Systems
Scroll down and check out the Twin Spots pickup systems!
Chords and the notes that make them ... this is a really cool tool!
Here's where I purchased my first two dulcimers.
New Traditions Dulcimers
Dan Daniels is a friend of mine who builds some beautiful dulcimers -- check out his 6-string!
Owl Mountain Music
This site has lessons, products, and more ... this link takes to to their list of dulcimer builders.
If you want to know more about dulcimers, here's a favorite site of mine ... and a wonderful performer, innovator, and writer ... check it out!
The Schatten Dulcimer Pickup
Mounts quickly and easily, with 2-sided tape ... $90.
Steven K. Smith's Virtual Classroom
"Here you will find a series of articles about various aspects of mountain dulcimer playing in general. There will be relatively little in the way of sheet music for you to learn. Instead, I want to give you some additional tools to aid your playing, composing, or general enjoyment of the dulcimer."
TablEdit is a program for creating, editing, printing and listening to tablature and sheet music (standard notation) for guitar and other fretted, stringed instruments. TablEdit has developed support for harmonica, mountain dulcimer, diatonic accordion, drums, violin, tin whistle, recorder, autoharp, pedal steel guitar, and banjo (even taking into consideration the special aspect of the fifth string) ... and can open/import ASCII, MIDI, ABC, Bucket O' Tab, Tabestry and Wayne Cripps files, as well as files created by earlier versions of TablEdit. Files can be saved in TablEdit format or exported to ASCII, ABC or MIDI formats.