Mountain Dulcimer Duets, Trios and Rounds


Arrangements for the mountain dulcimer, DAD tuning, for two or more dulcimers.

Duets and Trios include songs from a variety of genres including, American and Celtic folk tunes, Fiddle tunes, Christmas, Cowboy and even Classical tunes.

Song Titles:


Make New Friends

White Coral Bells

Shalom Chaverim



Kum Ba Yah
We Shall Overcome
Liza Jane
French Mazurka
Good King Wenceslas

Waltz Quadrille

Largo from the
“New World Symphony” Hewlett
Be Thou My Vision Coleman’s March
The Water Is Wide Sonny’s Mazurka
Give Me Your Hand


The Old Chisholm Trail

Sweet Betsy From Pike

Little Birdie
All The Way To Galway


Mountain Dulcimer: A Survival Guide for Beginners



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A perfect book for the beginning mountain dulcimer player.  Learn the parts of the dulcimers, how to tune, strum, play from traditional notation, as well as tablature, and discover how easy it is to play chords and your favorite tunes!

Equipment, Part of a Dulcimer, Tools, Strings, Picks,Tuners,  Straps, Fret Markers, Tuning

1-5-8 or Mixolydian Ear vs. Electronic

Notes Scales

Mixolydian vs. Major First Songs

By Ear and By Tablature (Fret Numbers) By Notes

Rhythm Hand and Strumming Fingerpicking

Introduction to Chords Two Chord Songs Three Chord Songs

Finger Positions, Getting around the melody string

Melody Across the Strings

Picking the middle string 

More Chord Theory
I- IV- V Chord Progression

Chords in D Major

Combining chords and melodies

Amazing Grace, 68
Bile Them Cabbage Down, 47, 61 Buffalo Gals, 59
Camptown Races, 65
Chanters Tune, 55
Going to Boston, 54
Gray Cat on a Tennessee Farm, 48, 57 Happy Land, 50
Home On The Range, 69
Lil’ Liza Jane, 64
Old Joe Clark, 53, 56
Oh, Susanna, 62
Rock-A My Soul, 60
Shortnin’ Bread, 49
Soldiers Joy, 52, 58
Streets of Laredo, 67
Susanna Gal, 66
What A Friend We Have In Jesus, 70 What’ll I Do With The Baby-O, 51 

Traditional Playing of the Mountain Dulcimer

Book/CD/DVD $25.00

A collection of old time tunes arranged in DAA tuning with song lyrics, tablature, chord arrangements, strumming patterns PLUS a play along CD and DVD.

This book is great for those learning to play, as well as those that want to develop their skills and try playing with a noter, as well as advanced chord arrangements.

Over 20 great tunes to learn in a variety of ways, making this a keepsake book for years to come.

Table of Contents
Bile Them Cabbage Down
Go Tell Aunt Rhody
Down In The Valley
Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Polly Wolly Doodle
Little Birdie
The Riddle Song
Handsome Molly
Careless Love
Banks of The Ohio
Hand Me Down My Walking Cane
My Home's Across The Blue Ridge Mountains
Long Journey Hoe
Nine Pound Hammer
Rosewood Casket
Pay Me My Money Down
John B.
Oh, Them Golden Slippers
Wildwood Flower
Cripple Creek
Fair and Tender Ladies

Lullabies and Other Lilting Melodies


Mel Bay Publication

Lullabies and Other Lilting Melodies is a compilation of tunes designed to "soothe the savage breast." The contents of the book are divided, almost equally, under the heading of Lullabies, Classical Selections, and Folk Melodies. All are arranged for the mountain dulcimer in 1-5-8 (Mixolydian tuning). Along with the tablature notation, traditional music notation indicates the melody, suggested chords, and lyrics for many of the songs. An intermediate player should feel comfortable with the music as the songs are indicated for both strumming and some finger picking patterns, and do utilize chords on all 3 strings. The CD recording is very helpful to understand rhythms and expression.

Table of Contents
Rock-A-Bye Baby
The Cradle Song
Still, Still, Still
I Will Sing A Lullaby
Slumber Song
All The Pretty Horses
Oh, How Lovely Is The Evening

Ode To Joy
The Morning Song
Dona Nobis Pacem
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Folk Melodies
Old Folks At Home
Annie Laurie
Wild Mountain Thyme
My Wild Irish Rose
My Old Kentucky Home
Darling Nelly Gray
Beautiful Dreamer
Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms
Hard Times Come Again No More

Dulcimer a la Mode

Book/CD $20.00

A Mel Bay Publication, Dulcimer a la Mode takes the mystery out of modal tuning and playing for the dulcimer player by presenting four common tunings (DAD, DAG, DAA, and DAC) with instructions for tuning, finding the  scales and chords, and learning traditional tunes in each of the four modes.  This book will encourage players to retune their instrument and learn more of its versatility.  Each is presented as a melody with a drone in the mode indicated with strumming and rhythm guides.  An optional arrangement, or accompaniment is also provided for most tunes that uses more complex chords and reflects more of traditional western harmony.  As a further learning tool, the accompanying CD allows the listener to play along with the melody or accompaniment.

Table of ContentsDAA Tuning
Rosewood Casket
Bendemeer's Stream
Careless Love
Flow Gently, Sweet Afton
Burden Down
DAG Tuning
Cluck Old Hen
Pretty Polly
Scarborough Fair
Drunken Sailor
She's Like A SwallowDAD Tuning
Hurree, Hooroo
Rock-A-My Soul
Little Maggie
Over The Waterfall
June Apple
DAC Tuning
Butcher Boy
Nine Hundred Miles
Wayfaring Stranger
Bound for the Promised Land
Shady Grove

Christmas Solos and Duets for the Mountain Dulcimer

Book $10.00

Melody, chords, song lyrics, and tablature for mountain dulcimer, novice to intermediate level playing arrangements in DAD tuning. Includes Appalachian Christmas tunes.

  1. All Through The Night
  2. Angels We Have Heard On High
  3. Away In A Manger
  4. Christmas Day In The Morning
  5. Deck The Halls
  6. Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
  7. I Saw Three Ships
  8. In The Bleak Midwinter
  9. Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head
  10. Joseph Liver, Joseph Mein
  11. Jesus Born In Beth'ny
  12. Now the Holly Bears A Berry
  13. Still, Still, Still
  14. Star Of The East, Brightest adn Best
  15. The Snow Lay On The Ground
  16. Silent Night
  17. The Huron Carol
  18. There Was A Pig Went Out To Dig
  19. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
  20. What Child Is This?

Sacred Music Collection

Book, $10.00


Hymns, spirituals, and gospels arranged for mountain dulcimer Mostly DAD tablature, with some duet arrangements.

A Collection of mostly well-known tunes arranged with a vocal staff and suggested chord changes.

Titles include:

Abide With Me
Amazing Grace
Balm In Gilead
Count Your Blessings

Go Tell It On The Mountain
Deep river
Down To The River
He Leadeth Me
How Firm A Foundation
I Will Bow and Be Simple
In The Sweet By and By
Love Is Little
Lovely Love
Mary, Don't You Weep
Morning Has Broken

My Lord, What a Morning
Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen

It is Well With My Soul
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need
O, Dem Golden Slippers
Just As I am
Peace Like A River
Precious Memories
Simple Gifts
Steal Away
Sweet Hour of Prayer
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
There Is A Fountain
The Unclouded Day

All People That on Earth Do Dwell

Southern Harmony For Mountain Dulcimer

Book $10.00

Shape Note Singing Tradition Arranged for Dulcimer Players

3 part arrangements for mountain dulcimer based on the vocal arrangements of the shaped note singing arrangements in William Walker's Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion, newly released and published by University of Kentucky Press.

Soprano, Tenor, and Bass parts for:

Soprano, Tenor, and Bass parts for:

  • Holy Manna
  • New Britain (Amazing Grace)
  • Rock of Ages
  • Happy Land
  • The Promised Land
  • What Wondrous Love Is This
  • When I Am Gone
  • The Christian's Farewell

The Celtic Collection

Book/CD $20.00

A Mel Bay publication, a collection of songs, jigs, hornpipes, airs, polkas, and marches from the Celtic lands of Scotland, Ireland, and England.  The songs are arranged for mountain dulcimer primarily in 1-5-8 (Mixolydian, DAD) tuning along with a few tunes in 1-5-5 (Ionian, DAA) tuning.  The arrangements make use of the capo as well as playing tunes in Em and Bm.  Two of the songs include a Part 1 and Part 2 as suggested harmony.  The book also features a CD recording of solo and mountain dulcimer playing each tune in the book through twice at a medium tempo.  The stereo recording allows the listener to learn the tune by ear, or follow along by tab, or traditional notation.

Table of Contents
George Brabazon
Irish Lamentation
Loch Lomond
Foggy Dew
The Minstrel Boy, (DAD/AEA)
Flowers of Edinburgh
Scotland The Brave
Off She Goes
The Dawning of the Day
Love Is Teasin'
The Irish Washerwoman
Farewell to Whiskey
The Wicklow Hornpipe
Sean Ryan's Polka
The Hills of Lorne
Shepherd's Hey
The Water Is Wide
Planxty Irwin
Star of the County Down
Country Gardens
The Girl I Left Behind
The Keel Row
The Last Rose of Summer

The Mountain Dulcimer: A Design for Success

$20.00 Book/CD

Book and Play Along CD

For Individual, Classroom, and Special Populations with Basic Playing Techniques, including Number and color song charts and Appalachian song tunes and lyrics. Suggested arrangements with rhythm, folk, and Orff instrumentation. Perfect for classroom instruction in school settings and for music therapists working with special populations. (children and older adults)

The Mountain Dulcimer

A Design for Success

  • Book and Play Along CD
  • For Individual, Classroom, and Special Populations
  • Basic Playing Techniques
  • Number and color song charts
  • Appalachian song tunes and lyrics
  • Suggested arrangements with rhythm, folk, and Orff instrumentation
  • Book and CD

Table of Contents

Colored Charts

Are You Sleeping?

Train Is A-Coming

Paw-Paw Patch

Hush Little Baby

Skip To My Lou

He's Got The Whole World In His Hands

Mama Don't 'Low

Aiken Drum

Bile Them Cabbage Down

One For The Little Bitty Baby

Skip To My Lou


Bile Them Cabbage Down

Goose Played The Fiddle

Ground Hog

Go Tell Aunt Rhody

Hush Little Baby

Ida Red

Old Bald Eagle

Old Dan Tucker

Paw-Paw Patch

The Riddle Song

Advanced Arrangements in DAA

Book $10.00

  • Westphalia Waltz
  • Santa Lucia
  • Will You Listen To me My Brown-Haired Girl?
  • My Wild Irish Rose
  • Barlow Knife
  • Daisy Bell
  • 'Tis The Old Ship of Zion
  • The Haven Of Rest
  • Rock of Ages
  • He Is Born, The Holy Child
  • Jingle Bells
  • Go Tell It On The Mountain
  • The Cherry Tree Carol
  • O Come All Ye Faithful
  • Good King Wenceslas
  • We Wish You A Merry Christmas

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