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In choosing what to offer for sale, Linda’s only consideration is for her students. Would this be a good learning tool? These aren’t the only good learning tools, but these are ones she highly recommends.

2000 Hammered Dulcimer

2000 Hammered Dulcimer
Mel Bay Publications
Featuring solos by a group of well-known hammered dulcimer players: Jane Chevalier, Linda Lowe Thompson, Lucille Reilly, Rick Thum, Ken Kolodner, Sam Rizzetta, Madeline MacNeil, Mitzie Collins, Linda G. Thomas, Maggie Sansone, Brenda Hunter, Karen Ashbrook, Carole Koenig, Dave Neiman, Beverly Woods, Jeanne Page, Nicholas Blanton, Carrie Crompton, and Robin Petrie. CD Included. Linda considers each arrangement a separate lesson and really enjoys working through them.

Book & Companion CD $25

Fiddle Tunes I Learned at the Tractor Tavern

Fiddle Tunes I Learned at the Tractor Tavern - (and other places around Puget Sound) - The Millennium Edition
By Gene Silberberg
Linda admits it---she bought her personal copy of this tunebook for its title. But, we included this collection of 465 mostly old-time tunes in the HTM inventory because it’s got a great green gob of really good tunes.
81/2” x 11” format.

Book $25

93 Fiddle Tunes I Didn't Learn at the Tractor Tavern

93 Fiddle Tunes I Didn't Learn at the Tractor Tavern
By Gene Silberberg
more of the same. Both these books have some individualized settings of dance tunes from highly-regarded musicians. A real plus. 81/2” x 11” format.

Book $10

The Fiddler's Throne

The Fiddler's Throne - A selection of 375 tunes for Contra dances, sessions and house parties
By Randy Miller
Another wonderful recent addition to Linda's music collection from the folks at Fiddlecase Books. Stories, notes on the tunes, discography, bibliography and, in addition to all of that, 375 excellent tunes.

Book $25

The Hammer and the Rag

The Hammer and the Rag

The Hammer and the Rag
Arranged by David R. Peterson
Thirteen ragtime tunes for the hammered dulcimer, including 4 classical piano rags and 5 string band rags. This set is great fun. The tunes range from classical rags and cakewalks...to hillbilly rags and fiddle tunes...to a variety of modern and international tunes.

Book $12
Companion CD $15
How to Play the Bones

How to Play the Bones
By Sue Ellen Barber In collaboration with Percy Danforth
Beginning bones at age 5 in 1905, Percy Danforth was one of the great American bones players. This is the set Wesley used to start teaching himself. He doesn’t play that style, but thinks it’s the best thing available that shows how the bones were played in the minstrel shows. The CD is great to learn from, but it’s fun to listen to even if you’re not into playing bones.

Book & Companion CD $15
(not sold separately)

How to Read Music - Fundamentals of Music Notation Made Easy

How to Read Music - Fundamentals of Music Notation Made Easy
By Roger Evans
Linda doesn’t insist that her students learn to read standard notation because it’s not necessary---one of our favorite dulcimists in the whole world---Dana Hamilton--only reads a bit. But, often, students want to learn and, after they’re already playing tunes fairly well, she starts that quest with this book. Don’t start standard notation in order to play dulcimer. It’s just not necessary. Do it in order to have access to every tune that’s ever been printed and never recorded.

Book $11

Irish Traditional Fiddle Music Volumes 1-3

Irish Traditional Fiddle Music Volumes 1-3 with additional tunes
A collection of 221 tunes. Longtime favorite collection in Fiddlecase format, which is smaller and easy to tuck in the fiddlecase.
Standard notation handwritten, but easy to read.

Book $25


William Marshall's Scottish Melodies Airs, Strathspeys, Reels, Jigs, etc. - For the violin

William Marshall's Scottish Melodies Airs, Strathspeys, Reels, Jigs, etc. - For the violin
By Fiddlecase Books
A compilation of 4 volumes published separately in the 19th century. Photocopy of old collections of almost-forgotten gems, published by Fiddlecase Books. These are in arrangements that include a lower part which could easily be played on piano or adapted for other accompanying instruments. When we get ready to learn one of these, we just enlarge that tune on the photocopier.

Book $28

COMPENDIUM OF MUSICIANS’ HUMOR

COMPENDIUM OF MUSICIANS’ HUMOR, Volume One
aka The Melody is Highly Overrated - Vol 1 A compilation of humorous music related jokes, sayings, and stories.
Compiled and edited by William F. Lee, Ph.D, Mus. D.
Ormandy Quote: “I conduct faster here so you can see my beat.”
What would a musician do if he won a million dollars? Continue to play gigs til the money ran out.

Book $10

The Melody is Highly Overrated - Vol 2

The Melody is Highly Overrated - Vol 2 more of the same
Compiled and edited by William F. Lee, Ph.D, Mus. D.
"Bagpipers march when they’re playing because it’s harder to hit a moving target.”
We think there are jokes in here for everyone. How is a joke book a learning tool? A good laugh ALWAYS helps!

Book $10

New England Fiddler's Repertoire

New England Fiddler's Repertoire
Edited by Robert Bley-Vroman and Randy Miller
This was the first non-dulcimer traditional tune collection Linda bought. After 25 years, it’s still as good as ever. It’s subtitled “a source book of established contra dance music.” Excellent collection.

Book $22

Now' N Then - Traditional Tunes with a Twist Transcriptions from the Recording for Hammered Dulcimer

Now' N Then - Traditional Tunes with a Twist Transcriptions from the Recording for Hammered Dulcimer

Now' N Then - Traditional Tunes with a Twist Transcriptions from the Recording for Hammered Dulcimer
By David Moran
Linda’s often said that the best lesson you could get from any dulcimist would be to learn one of his/her arrangements note for note. Here's it's a snap: Whiskey Before Breakfast, St. Anne's, Planxty Irwin and 8 more. First David gives the "bare-bones" tune, then his arrangement and comments about the arrangements. Standard Notation.

Book $15
Companion CD $15

A Compendium of Original and Traditional Tunes for Hammered Dulcimer

A Compendium of Original and Traditional Tunes for Hammered Dulcimer
By David Moran
Linda and her students are enjoying this immensely.
14 Intermediate-Advanced Arrangements
If each arrangement is a good lesson about how David would make a setting for a tune, this is 14 lessons. Many of these tunes can be found on the 2 performance CDs by Moran and Morgan. Those CDs are elsewhere on this site. We all listen to them often. Great music.

Book $15


Pleasant Moments - Twelve Ragtime Tunes for String Band and Hammered Dulcimer
Arranged by David R. Peterson
The follow-up book, with 12 more great rags. Try the first book and, if you like it as much as we do, you know where to find more. As always, having the CD to hear helps immensely, even if you read standard notation. It takes a long time for some people to realize the “folk process” is more “organic,” but, also, uses more music theory than the standard piano teacher for high school students ever knows about.

Book $13
Companion CD $15

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By Susan Songer with Clyde Curley
This is one of the nicest tune books we’ve ever run across. It’s wildly popular with all sorts of musicians. In the back are extensive notes on the tunes, along with a really nice discography and bibliography. The only drawback to this book is one Princess Harris pointed out to Linda: the new tunes we learn tend to be in alphabetical order. When you get this delightful tome, you’ll see what she means. The CD plays just a few of the 318 tunes in this collection, but it’s great to hear and shows the “attitude” for which you’re striving.

Book $25
Companion CD $15
The Portland Collection Volume 2 - Contra Dance Music in the Pacific Northwest

The Portland Collection Volume 2 - Contra Dance Music in the Pacific Northwest
By Susan Songer with Clyde Curley
Songer says: "...On the first day in the life of The Portland Collection (Volume 1), midst the satisfaction of the project completed, and out of idle curiosity, I jotted down a quick list of Portland contra dance tunes that did not make it into our book. To my surprise, there were 50 titles on that list, all of them arriving in Portland too late for inclusion. I knew then that there was another book of Portland contra dance music in the making..."
Portland Collection 2 Companion CD performs a nice assortment of tunes found in this book.

Book $25
Companion CD $15
PORTLAND PLAY-ALONG CD SET

PORTLAND PLAY-ALONG CD SET - NEW
From the wonderful folks that brought you the Portland Collection Books and CDs. A Two-CD set, playing at a moderate pace that’s not beyond the speed of most of us but fast enough to keep the sense of the tune. All the tunes are found in the 2 already-published Portland Collection books and none are found on either of the other CDs.

$25