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OUR MUSIC

Here is some of the music you'll hear us playing. Before coming to a 3RDS jam, please print out the tunes on this page and bring them with you. That way, you can join in the fun! 

The links below will bring up printable sheets of music. Our music usually includes both dulcimer tablature and standard musical notation, and it sometimes includes guitar chords as well. For some songs, we have both melody and harmony parts, and in some cases, MIDI files are also available. We have also combined several tunes into medleys. Many of the tunes on our website were arranged and tabbed by 3RDS members Ray, Chad, and Martha.

In a few cases, we have posted tunes that generous dulcimer players and teachers have given us permission to post, or have included links to favorite tunes on other websites (such as Everything Dulcimer). We have made every effort to credit the proper sources, and to only post tab for which we have been given permission, or of public domain songs for which have made our own arrangements.

At this time, we nearly always play in DAD tuning during jams, but we do use capos for some of the songs.

Check our Beginner's Page for more tips if you are just getting started.

 

THE LOOSE PAGES

We recommend printing these, putting into sheet protectors, and making an alphabetically arranged 3-ring binder.

Acres of Clams (A.K.A. Rosin the Beau) Melody
Amazing Grace Melody Harmony
As I Went Down to the River to Pray (with special thanks to Helen Johnson!) Melody
Ashoken Farewell (with special thanks to Bonnie Carol, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason) Melody MP3
Autumn Waltz (courtesy of Shelley Stevens) Melody
Banks of the Ohio Melody
Bile Them Cabbage/ Black Mountain Rag/ Squirrel Heads and Gravy Medley
Blowin' in the Wind - find on the Colorado Dulcimer Festival website
Bonaparte's Retreat Melody
Bonnie Doon (with special thanks to Nina Zanetti) Melody
High Harmony
Low Harmony
Boys of Bluehill Melody
Britches Full of Stitches Melody MP3
Butcher's Gap (courtesy of Jerry Kramer) Melody
Camptown Races Melody
Cheep Mountain (courtesy of Tull Glazener) Melody Backup Harmony
Clinch Mountain Backstep/ Sweet Pepper Melody
Corcoran's Cross (via Everything Dulcimer) Melody
Crooked Ridge by Pam Kirby Setser Melody
Cumberland Gap (via Terry Lewis) Melody
Danny Boy Main Easy
Midi
NEWDawning of the Day Melody
Denis Murphy's Polka Melody
Dona Nobis Pacem (via Dave Haas) Melody
Down Yonder Melody
Erie Canal Melody Lyrics
Farewell to Tarwathie
(via Colorado Dulcimer Festival web)
Melody
The Fiddler Melody Midi
Fiddlin Around (courtesy of Tull Glazener) Melody
Forked Deer (via John Sackenheim) Melody
Froggy Went a Courtin' Melody Lyrics
Going Home

Arpeggiated or
Chord/Melody

Grand River Whiskey (via Doofus Music) Melody
Harrison Town Melody
Harvest Home Melody
Haste to the Wedding (via Dulcimer Sessions) Melody
Home on the Range Melody
How Can I Keep from Singing Melody Lyrics
John B. Sails Melody
John Ryan's Polka (This is a good one to learn chords!) Melody High Melody Low
John Stinson's #2 (no capo) Melody Midi
John Stinson/ Kitchen Girl/ Old Needlecase
(This set uses a capo on the 4th fret)
Melody
Kathleen's Waltz
(original composition by our own Chad Merkley)
Melody
Keel Row Melody
Kum Ba Ya Melody Lyrics
Lady Mary Melody
Last Rose of Summer Melody
Leaving Lismore Melody Fingerpicked
Liberty (via Shelley Stevens) Melody
Loch Lomond Melody
NEWMacPherson's Rant Melody
NEWMairi's Wedding Melody
Margaret's Waltz (courtesy of Tull Glazener) Melody Harmony
Mary and the Soldier Melody
Midnight on the Water (via Everything Dulcimer) Melody
Mississippi Sawyer Melody
Molly Malone (via Everything Dulcimer) Melody
Morning Has Broken Melody Midi
Mrs. McGrath Melody Lyrics
My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean Melody Midi
My Wild Irish Rose Melody Midi
Neil Gow's Lament Melody Accomp Midi
Nut Factory Shuffle Melody
Off She Goes (via Dulcimer Sessions) Melody

Off to California in D (plus another hand-written file that offers an alternate melody on page 2- just an OPTION. Note that this song is regularly played in G by the fiddles and whistles, so we will need to come up with some clever arrangement and adjustments.

Melody Option
Old Joe Clark/ Grey Cat/ Liza Jane Medley
Old Yeller Dog Melody Midi
On the Banks of Cairnie Burn (via Everything Dulcimer) Melody
Over the Waterfall Melody Harmony
The Parting Glass (via Everything Dulcimer, arranged by Dave Holeton) Melody
Peace Like a River Melody
Red Haired Boy (from Everything Dulcimer - this tab is in the key of A, the standard key for this tune.) Melody
Red River Valley Melody Lyrics Harmony
Red Wing Melody Lyrics
Road to Boston Melody MP3
Road to Lisdoonvarna (from Everything Dulcimer) Melody MP3
Rock the Cradle Joe Melody MP3
Scotland the Brave High Low
Shanghai Rooster (via Terry Lewis) Melody
Shenandoah (via Linda Sigismondi) Melody
Si Bheag Si Mhor Melody Midi
Simple Gifts Melody Lyrics
Sing We Now Our Morning Song/Sun Is High (page is excerpted from Follow Me Merrily with kind permission of Maddie MacNeil and Janita Baker) Melody
Skip to My Lou Melody Lyrics
Snake River Reel (via Gwen Caeli) Melody
South Callaway Waltz Melody
Southwind Melody Harmony
St. Anne's Reel High Melody Low Melody With Chords
Starry Lullaby (from Tull Glazener) Melody Harmony Chord Melody
Staten Island Hornpipe Melody
NEWSun Cho Lee Melody
This Land is Your Land
Melody Arpeggio
  Also check these links for additional options:
Melody, Bass, Harmony
Tom Dooley Melody Lyrics
Walkin' in the Parlor (via Jackie Armstrong) Melody
The Water is Wide Melody
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling courtesy of Shelley Stevens Melody
Whiskey Before Breakfast Melody Beginner
Wildwood Flower Melody Midi
Wildwood Flower - long version Melody
Year of Jubilo Melody

 


CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY TUNES

Angels We Have Heard on High (5 part!) Melody Backup Counter Harmony Chord
Appalachian Carol Melody
Coventry Carol Melody Midi
Happy Christmas Melody

The Friendly Beasts (via Nina Zanetti's)

Melody Harmony
I Have a little Dreidel Melody
O Little Town of Bethlehem Melody
Over the River and Through the Woods courtesy of Everything Dulcimer Melody
Silent Night Melody Midi
Up on the Housetop
courtesy of Everything Dulcimer
Melody
We Three Kings (Courtesy of Tull Glazener) Melody

 

A BOOK WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND

You don't have to buy any books to come and jam with the Three Rivers Dulcimer Society, and there are no dues to be a member of the group. However, there is one book that we strongly recommend buying: Favorite Christmas Carols for the Mountain Dulcimer by Helen Johnson (the book with the red cover). This is the book that our group uses every year when playing Christmas carols and holiday tunes in the community, so if you want to play with us for those performances, you'll need to buy it. It has wonderful arrangements of Christmas/holiday favorites

Favorite Christmas Carols

Favorite Christmas Carols for the Mountain Dulcimer by Helen Johnson

You can buy it from McSpadden Dulcimers.

CREATIONS BY OUR MEMBERS

Ink Circles Cross Stitching Kits and Designs by Tracy Horner
http://www.inkcircles.com/html/New.html

Melodies and More for Mountain Dulcimer by Martha Einan
http://www.melbay.com/Products/30565/melodies-and-more-for-mountain-dulcimer.aspx?src=175802
https://marthaeinan.wordpress.com/

Peace of Art: 20 Mandalas for Coloring by Tracy Horner
http://www.tracyhorner.com/

Porter and the Pale Ales, featuring Sharon Porter (They have a new album coming out soon!)
http://www.porterandthepaleales.com/
http://www.sharonporter.biz/

Soundcloud recordings by Chad Merkley
https://soundcloud.com/chad-r-merkley

 

OTHER RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Here are some books (in alphabetical order, by author) that 3RDS members have found and enjoyed over the years.  Our smaller groups, Early Birds and Fine Fretted Friends, play from some of these.

Most of these books are friendly toward our non-dulcimer playing members and include standard musical notation (dots!) and chords. We’ve given at least one link to a site offering the book for sale, but these books are available in many places (including used book stores and ebay).

Follow Me Merrily

Janita Baker
Fingerpicking Dulcimer by Janita Baker
Home for the Holidays by Janita Baker
Four String Fingerpicking by Janita Baker
Follow Me Merrily
by Janita Baker and Madeline MacNeil
Blues and Ragtime (CD) by Janita Baker
Solace (CD) by Janita Baker
Stardust (CD) by Janita Baker

These can be purchased from Blue Lion.

Bonnie Carol

Dulcimer Jam: Favorite Jam Session Tunes for Hammered or Fretted Dulcimer by Bonnie Carol (This one has some beautiful arrangements of Celtic tunes, and several 4-string tunes!) You can buy it here.

Sue Carpenter
Patterns and Patchwork: Mountain Dulcimer Fingerpicking Made Easy by Sue Carpenter
Dulcimer Fingerpicking Basics DVD by Sue Carpenter
You can buy these from Sue here.

Larry Conger
Christmas Carol Medley by Larry Conger
Christmas Duets for Mountain Dulcimer by Larry Conger (This contains some amazing fingerpicked arrangements!)
You can buy the downloadable version, the 2-book set, or the 2-book/2- CD set.
Flat Picked Fiddle Tunes by Larry Conger
You can buy a downloadable version, just the book, or the book and CD set.
Hoedowns and Breakdowns by Larry Conger
September on the Mississippi by Larry Conger
You can buy a downloadable version, a printed book, a CD of the music, and a downloadable harmony part for the title song.
Standard and Baritone Dulcimer Duets by Larry Conger

Steve Eulberg
Another Jig Will Do: Songs & Tunes of the Angles & the Celts by Steve Eulberg
I Celebrate Life! (book and CD) by Steve Eulberg
Soaring (book and CD) by Steve Eulberg
A Piece of It All (CD) by Steve Eulberg
You can buy them here: http://owlmountainmusic.com

Kristin Gitler
Old Tunes - Baked Fresh
by Kristin Gitler

Tunes Twice Stitched by Kristin Gitler
You can buy it from Kristin here.

Tull Glazener
3-String Waltzes for 2 (Or More) by Tull Glazener
Dulcified Christmas by Tull Glazener
Dulcified Christmas II by Tull Glazener
You can buy them here: http://tullglazener.com/CDandTablatureWebpage-Tull_Glazener.htm

Celtic Songs and Slow Airs

Neal Hellman
Celtic Songs and Slow Airs for Mountain Dulcimer by Neal Hellman
You can find it from McSpadden.

Fun Fiddle Tunes

Dave Haas
Fun Fiddle Tunes by Dave Haas

You can buy it from Dave.


 

Helen Johnson
Fiddlin' Around on the Mountain Dulcimer by Helen Johnson
How Great Thou Art by Helen Johnson
Hymns and Gospel Songs by Helen Johnson
The Promised Land by Helen Johnson
Tunes and Ballads for Mountain Dulcimer by Helen Johnson
You can buy them from McSpadden.

Madeline MacNeil
20 Irish Tunes and Songs for Mountain Dulcimer in DAD by Madeline MacNeil
The Wonderful World of DAA by Madeline MacNeil
available here: http://madelinemacneil.com/books-cds.php#tabr1

Heidi Muller
Dulcimer Duosby Heidi Muller
A Dulcimer Holiday
Fingerpicked Hymns for the Mountain Dulcimer
by Heidi Muller (This contains some wonderful fingerpicked arrangements!)
So Sang the River: The Songs of Bill Staines, Volume I by Heidi Muller
Up Hurricane Creek (CD)
Waltzes for Mountain Dulcimer
by Heidi Muller
Waltz Book II for Mountain Dulcimer by Heidi Muller
West Virginia Fiddle Tunes and Songs

Heidi's books can be purchased from her here.

Mark's Book

Mark Nelson
Mel Bay's Complete Book of Celtic Music for Appalachian Dulcimer by Mark Nelson
This book is available from Mark, McSpadden, and from Mel Bay.

 

Carol Walker
Alas! The Horse is Gone (CD) by Carol Walker
DNA* Dulcimer Ditties books 1, 2, and 3
by Carol Walker
Exploring the Beauty of the Appalachian
Dulcimer (DVD) by Carol WalkerTailless Tunes: Traditional Tunes from the Isle of Man and
Tailless Tunes II
by Carol Walker
These can be purchased from Carol here.

Nina Zanetti
Celtic Variations by Nina Zanetti
Glories Immortal: A Collection of Hymns from America's Past by Nina Zanetti
Heart's Ease: 35 Tunes from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Periods
The Humble Heart: 35 Shaker Tunes
Tunes for Two or More, Volumes I, II, III and IV by Beth Lassi and Nina Zanetti
(These books have wonderful multiple-part arrangements of Celtic tunes, hymns, and other favorites. Our Early Birds group plays from them regularly.)
Nina's books are available directly from her.

Handy tip for books with the glued bindings: For a nominal fee, Kinkos will cut off the glued edge and replace it with a spiral binding that lays flat and behaves much better on a music stand.

IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR MORE JAM TUNES ...

If you want to learn as many fiddle and jam tunes as possible, two books you might want to consider buying are Stephen Seifert's Join the Jam DAD Version and Join the Jam II. They contain many standard jam tunes that will prepare you for jamming with just about any dulcimer group. Beginning players can learn the tunes as written, and more advanced players can add their own variations and chords as they play.

Join the Jam DAD Version by Stephen Seifert
You can buy the book without CDs or the book with 3 CDs.

Join the Jam II by Stephen Seifert
You can buy the book here.

OTHER GREAT WEBSITES WITH FREE TAB

Members are encouraged to bring and share new music (legal copies only, though).