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Fiddle Encyclopedia - NEW by Bonnie Rideout
The purpose of this book is to offer fiddlers direct access to the gems
of Scottish music. Composers represented in this volume span a three
hundred year period including works by Patrick MacDonald, Adam Craig,
Captain Charles Duff, Simon Fraser, Robert and Joseph Lowe, Robert MacIntosh,
William Marshall, and J. Scott Skinner and Rideout's original compositions.
The tunes are listed in order by key signature to enable the fiddler
to put sets together for performance, competition or session playing,
plus marches and strathspeys, piobaireachd (pibroch) and slow airs unique
to Scottish fiddling. The Scottish Fiddle Encyclopedia is an essential
tune book for musicians interested in developing a deep appreciation
for traditional Scottish fiddle music.
$24.95 (PayPal prices include shipping)
Fire by Bonnie Rideout
Traditional and original tunes for fiddle from 1762 to the Present. Bonnie
Rideout has been playing traditional Scottish fiddle music since the
1980s. This collection presents favorite tunes which Bonnie had stashed
away over the years while awaiting the perfect opportunity to record
The music written here ranges from J. Scott Skinner's Dr. Gordon
Stable (a wonderful fiery reel she once played to garner her first national
fiddling title as a young teenager), to Fear A Bhata (a heartbreaking
air she has known as long as she can remember).
These Scottish fiddle
selections have been carefully transcribed from Bonnie's recording Scottish
Fire (Maggie's Music).
55 pages and 33 tunes
Mel Bay Publications BK222
$15.00 (PayPal prices include shipping)
Scottish Christmas for Fiddle by Bonnie Rideout
A mighty collection of 44 pieces from the album based on the best selling
classic recording A Scottish Christmas.
Mel Bay Publications
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Circles by Bonnie Rideout
22 tunes from the best-selling album from Maggie's
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American Roots - Violin Edition
by Hesperus Early Music/Traditional Ensemble
From early Colonial America--the arrival of the first colonists to the American
Revolution and the birth of our republic--this is a perfect collection of
music for all ages based on the CD Early Americana
Roots. The music
is high energy tunes, lively country dance tunes, elegant French cotillions
and early American shape-note hymns. It's in standard
notation and also suitable for any "C" instrument such as: hammered
dulcimer, violin, guitar, mandolin, recorder. Chords, harmonies, duets and
80 pages and 33 tunes
Mel Bay Publications BK216
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Old Time Fiddle Repertoire: Vol.
by Ken Kolodner
double CD, (over 2 hours long!) containing 35 old-time (Appalachian) traditional
tunes played three ways: 1) slow tempo; 2) modest tempo with chords, drones
and ornamentation; 3) full version and up tempo and with PDFs of the tune transcriptions
written out in standard notation with bowings and style points (see
Suitable for all levels and any instrument.
Concepts covered are: “circle bowing,” Nashville shuffle, ghost
bows, anticipations, using drones, double stops, alternate tunings (AEAE, GDGD,
ADAD), swing, mid-bow pulses, slides, dissonances, anticipations, 4th finger
unisons and more.
Tunes: Barlow Knife; Big Scioty; Booth Shot Lincoln; Charles Guiteau;
Charleston Gals; Chinquapin Hunting; Devil in the Strawstack; Elk River Blues;
Flop Eared Mule; Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss; Grey Cat on an Old Tennessee
Farm; Hangman's; Hell Among the Stallions; Home with the Girls in the Morning;
Journey to the Heartland; Julianne Johnson; Little Star; Liza Jane; Mike
in the Wilderness; Needle Case; Puncheon Floor; Quince Dillon's High D; Ragtime
Annie; Richmond; Road Dog; Roscoe; Sally in the Garden; Sandy Boys; Shady
Grove; Shove that Pigs Foot A Little Bit Further in the Fire; Single Footin'
Horse; Spotted Pony; Washington’s March; West Fork Gals; Whiskey before
A Scottish Christmas for Hammered Dulcimer by Maggie Sansone
Seventy pages packed with information, Scottish Highland bagpipe ornamentation
techniques, transcriptions and new arrangements of all the tunes from our best-selling
holiday recording A Scottish Christmas.
Mel Bay Publications BK 215M
$12.00 (PayPal prices include shipping)
Ancient Noels by Maggie Sansone
Special Sale: $10.00 for Music Book and
26 medieval and renaissance Christmas tunes as heard
on the CD Ancient Noels. The recording features Maggie Sansone & Ensemble
Galilei. Read about the CD on the album page for Maggie
Mel Bay Publications BK/CD 108
$12.00 (PayPal prices include shipping)
Sounds of the Season by Maggie Sansone
15 Celtic and traditional Christmas tunes from the best-selling holiday recording. Sheet Music and chords in arrangements for the hammered dulcimer as heard on the recording.
Mel Bay Publications BK103
$10.00 (PayPal prices include shipping)
Sounds of the Season II - by Maggie Sansone
21 new settings of holiday favorites, transcribed from the CD from the hammered dulcimer performences as heard on the recording.
Maggie's Music Publications BK105
$10.00 (PayPal prices include shipping)
Carol of the Bells
Jody Marshall's transcriptions from her popular Carol of the Bells recording fill more than 70 pages with music ranging from holiday hits to lesser-known gems. Two or more versions are given for each tune. Simple melodies with chord symbols are accessible to newer players, and embellished versions with flams, rolls, damped strings, and other techniques are provided for players with more experience. Jody also includes beautiful solo arrangements, tune variations, duets, and trios for many of the pieces, along with some of her delightful holiday originals. Featured repertoire spans centuries and genres, from lovely French carols to lively English wassail songs to classical and Renaissance pieces. A treasure trove of musical ideas and holiday charm.
BKJM$23.00 (PayPal price includes shipping)
BKJMwithCD: Special offer! Book plus CD: $35.00 (PayPal price includes shipping)
American Roots - Recorder Edition by Hesperus Early Music/Traditional Ensemble
It's the music book for the recording by Hesperus' Early
American Roots that is for Recorder players. All the tunes on
the CD for recorders (Soprano and Alto), including every improvised ornament,
slur and counter melody. Single melody lines, duets, trios and with chords,
too! Use this book as a technical study guide as well as a source of performing
and arranging ideas. (See also: Early American Roots, violin edition)
The music for
both books (Violin and Recorder edition) is a cross section of popular instrumental
music from the English Colonies and early Federal America; divisions, shape
note hymns, country dances and cotillions. Here the music is arranged for
the recorder. When America was still a colony, music in the New World was
a welcome link to the settlers' original home; England, Holland, France,
Germany, Ireland and Scotland.
During the 18th century, as the colonies became
independent from England, their music reflected this new freedom in its unusual
textures and dissonances. Recorders and flageolets (the wooden predecessor
to the tin pennywhistle) were easily carried about and made excellent solo
instruments for both the new and old styles of music. They arrived in the
New World in pockets, packs and bundles.
Just published, arrangements of 36 tunes by 18th century blind harper Turlough O'Carolan of Ireland. Sue Richards has selected her favorites and arranged them for harp or piano. The list includes Fanny Poer, Bridget Cruise, and Si Bheag Si Mhor, as well as lesser-known beauties such as Kean O'Hara and Squire Woods Lamentation and several of the O'Connor family. They are in many keys, up to three flats and three sharps, and range from pretty easy to deceptively difficult. Also included in the $30 price is a CD of the tunes played at speed. Many of the tunes have been recorded by Sue and friends on the Maggies Music label.
A Celtic Fair by Maggie Sansone (Includes the CD!)
A Mel Bay publication, this edition includes Maggie Sansone's Celtic
Fair CD. An exciting collection of music transcribed from the music
heard on Maggie Sansone's recording A Celtic Fair. The selections
are jigs, reels and airs from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, France, and
early music from Playford and Renaissance dance manuscripts. The music is
presented first as the basic melody with chords and many of the tunes include
embellishments, ornamentation, flams, rolls, descending bass lines and interesting
chord substitutions to add spice to the arrangements. This tune book has something
for everyone from the basic tune for hammered dulcimer (and suitable for other
melody instruments) to intermediate and advanced arrangements for the hammered
dulcimer. Chords are provided.
Maggie Sansone has compiled, in one special collection, the most contemplative
melodies from her recording Celtic Meditations (MM302). A rich tapestry
of Celtic moods for gentle, quiet contemplation, the music is written in standard
notation in treble clef with chords and is also suitable for other melody “C” instruments
such as recorder, flute, mandolin or guitar. Includes liner notes, technique
suggestions, and tuning system diagrams. While based in the Celtic tradition,
Maggie's tune selections for this recording and book lend themselves to a more
slow relaxed performance and the music, although Celtic in origin, does express
a universal quality, transcending borders and will appeal to the highest qualities
in all of us with lightness and joy! 52 pages. Mel Bay Publications BK302
$17.00 (PayPal prices include shipping)
Maggie's Big Book of Celtic Tunes
by Maggie Sansone
The music is in standard notation. All tunes and arrangements can be played
easily on 12/11 as well as the larger extended range hammered dulcimer models.
The music and arrangements cover a wide range of levels from experienced-beginner
to advanced as many of the tunes are presented as a simple melody line with
chords and others are transcribed with fuller arrangements and optional variations.
This stunning collection of music will thrill both students of the hammered
dulcimer and Celtic music lovers, as well as offer invaluable insight into
Maggie Sansone's playing and arranging style. Mel Bay Publications BK100
$25.00 (PayPal price includes shipping)
A Traveler's Dream--
by Maggie Sansone
Special Book/CD Sale $10
Maggie Sansone's transcription of the music from A Traveler's Dream (MM110)
is a wonderful collection of traditional Celtic music, Swedish tune, Celtic inspired and originals. It is arranged
for the hammered dulcimer and can also be played by other melody instruments
that read in treble clef. It includes: Irish reels, jigs, Scottish Highland
and Lowland tunes, Swedish Bear Dance, Northumbrian tunes and the complete
scores for Maggie's acclaimed original compositions: Dervish, The Seeker,
All Hallows Eve and A Traveler's Dream." Mel Bay Publications. BK/CD 110
$20.00 (PayPal prices include shipping)
Playing the Hammered Dulcimer in the Irish Tradition
level)This popular bestselling book is the definitive book for how to make
your Irish tunes actually sound Irish. It contains a collection of common session
tunes packed with ornamentation and variations to provide examples of how to
apply the traicks of the trade.
$27.00 (PayPal prices include shipping)
NEW! 5 instructional hammered dulcimer CDs by Ken Kolodner
***the following is a complete listing of all of Ken Kolodner instructional CDs ( some are in stock now and others will be soon) If you don't see the paypal order information, just email us for information:firstname.lastname@example.org
Hammered Dulcimer Arrangements,Fiddle Tunes. Vol. I
This Instruction CD is a double CD of separate tracks of instructions for
arranging and playing four fiddle tunes: North Carolina Breakdown, Oklahoma
Rooster, Round the Horn and Eddie's Reel. The ideas and techniques are applicable
to many tunes. Written music with chords for each basic tune is included. Tracks
include descriptions of: The basic tune; Description of hammering and phrasing;
Flams; Chords; Basslines; Chord substitutions; Drones; Fills ; Melodic Runs;
Syncopations; Anticipated beats; Ghost notes; Variations; Improvising; Many
other rhythmic and melodic ideas; Back-up ideas (vamps,harmony, chromatic runs).
Fully embellished version. Level: intermediate & advanced (good for advanced beginner, too) KEN-HDA-Reels1
$27.00 (PayPal price includes shipping)
A double CD with separate tracks of instructions for arranging and playing these four fiddle tunes: Shenandoah Falls, The Cuckoos Nest, Reel St. Joseph’s and YZ Hamilton’s Breakdown with complete instructions.
Slow tunes are: My Cape Breton Home; The Clock Waltz (Quebec); Waltz of My Dreams ( Quebec); March of the King of Laois ( Ireland). This double CD includes separate tracks of instructions for
arranging and playing waltzes and airs. Easy to follow instructions. Level: all levels! (Advanced beginner to advanced players).
Volume 1: Waltzes & Slow Tunes: 4 slow tunes: Evening of Roses;Coleman's March; Caspian Lake; Down Home Waltz. ( intermediate to advanced.A double CD of separate tracks of instructions for
arranging and playing waltzes and airs. Easy to follow instructions. Level: (Advanced beginner to advanced players).NOTE: Ken's CDs includes discussions and examples that includes:the basic tune; description of hammering and phrasing;chord progressions, substitutions, some music theory and use of secondary dominants and the circle of fifths,shifting octaves,basslines. syncopations.flams, two and three note chords,use of fills, dynamics and phrasing and fully embellished version.
This recording is a double CD of over 60 separate tracks of instructions for arranging and playing five Christmas pieces: In the Bleak Midwinter, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Angels We Have Heard on High, The Wexford Carol, Hush My Babe (I Shall Arise; Restoration.) This recording presents a wide variety of ideas. Most of the tunes should work well for advanced beginners. I generally present at least one simple version of the tune. But certainly the arranging ideas go well beyond that level such that intermediate and even advanced players should find many ideas to explore for some time. There are a ton of ideas presented here. This CD is well-suited to an advanced beginning as long as they recognize that many of the ideas will take much time to master.
Includes the written music (stored as Word files on the CD) for the basic tune ,and 2 additional arrangements for most tunes:The basic tune; hammering; Chord progression; relative minor and 7th chords (major, minor, dominant & diminished 7th );secondary dominants;Shifting octaves;Hand separation;Basslines;Chromatics; fills, drone notes and melodic runs; fully embellished versions.
Learning to Play the Hammered Dulcimer-
Two hours of detailed dulcimer
instruction. DVD with booklet in English, Nederlands & Francais. Tuning,
holding the hammers, exercises, chords & arranging using Flemish, French,
Irish & American dance repertoire.
$43.00 (PayPal prices include shipping)
This Ring - A Hammered Dulcimer Collection for Weddings
& Special Occasions-
A collection of tunes for weddings and special occasions. Common wedding
processionals such as Pachelbel's Canon and Wagner's Bridal
March are included
as well as common recessionals such as Clarke's Trumpet
Voluntary and Mendelssohn's Wedding
March. Other favorite melodies such as Vivaldi's Spring from
Seasons and Beethoven's Fur Elise are included in this tasteful
collection that supplies a repertoire suitable for preludes or any elegant
This Ring is accessible to all levels of players, offering both a beginning "melody-only" version
and an intermediate arrangement for each song. In addition, each tune has guitar
chords notated above the music staff. Standard notation only. Mel Bay Publications BK515 $17.00 plus shipping (and Maryland State Sales Tax, if
Scottish Songbook for Hammered Dulcimer
Aa collection of standard tunes from Scotland. It is accessible to all levels
of players, including both a beginning "melody-only" version and
an intermediate arranged version for each song. In addition, each tune has
guitar chords notated and lyrics where applicable. Standard notation only.
Includes: Annie Laurie, Auld Lang Syne, Blue Bells of Scotland,
Bonnie Dundee , Comin' Thro' the Rye, Flow Gently, Sweet Afton, and The
Great Silkie. Mel Bay Publications.
60 pages. BK516
$15.00 (plus Maryland State Sales Tax,
collection of music conveys Madeline's love of hymns. Many of these arrangements
provide a harmony part that may be performed on another instrument such as
the flute, guitar, bowed psaltery, or mountain dulcimer. The majority of these
tunes can be played on a 12/11-course hammered dulcimer (with G below middle
C being the lowest note on the instrument). Selections include: A
Mighty Fortress Is Our God; All Beautiful the March of Days; Amazing Grace;
Be Thou My Vision; Come, Thou Font of Every Blessing; Evening Hymns; For
the Beauty of the Earth; He Leadeth Me; Here I Am, Lord; How Great Thou Art and
many more. Written in standard notation only with complete lyrics and suggested
chord changes. Mel Bay Publications. BK517
$17.00 (PayPal prices include shipping)
Teach Yourself Hammered Dulcimer, Maddie MacNeil
Every aspect of the hammered dulcimer and its playing techniques is covered
in this comprehensive, yet easy-to-understand text. A masterful teacher, Madeline
MacNeil exceeds the expectations of a beginner's book, providing a firm foundation
for the development of a total musician while maintaining an engaging, informal
tone throughout. With detailed discussions on dulcimer layout, hammers, tuning,
and stands plus extensive performance notes on every tune, this book is a valuable
asset to the beginning through intermediate player. From Oh Susanna to Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Madeline shows the
novice dulcimer player how to "map your way through" a new piece
of music, finding clear, musical directions through what at first must seem
like a maze of strings. All tunes are in standard notation. The book's 87 pages are illustrated with photos as well as quaint woodcuts,
engravings, and pen and ink drawings.Mel Bay Publications. BK511
$13.00 (PayPal prices include shipping)
Ireland's Best Session Tunes Vol. I (2 CDs)
Mel Bay Publications, Inc., in conjunction with Waltons Publishing presents one
hundred ten of the most popular and enduring session tunes in Ireland and around
the world. Join in wherever you go with this session-friendly collection of jigs,
reels, hornpipes, polkas, slides, airs and more. Suitable for all melody instruments
(fiddle/violin, recorder, tin whistle, or flute) with guitar chords. All of
the tunes are recorded on the CD's at a moderate tempo for easy learning, and
the tunes are individually tracked for instant access. Mel Bay Publications.
48 pages Saddlestitch
8.25 x 11.75
$39.00 (includes a double cd) plus shipping
Ireland's Best Session Tunes Vol. II (2 CDs)
110 more popular and enduring session tunes, a must for every
traditional musician's repertoire. Suitable for all melody instruments with guitar
chords. All the tunes are recorded on the CDs at a moderate tempo for easy learning,
and the tunes are individually tracked for instant access. Mel Bay Publications.
48pages Saddlestitch 8.25 x 11.75 BKSessions2
$39.00 (includes a double cd)
Bodhran, The Irish Bodhran
Bodhran - Beyond the Basics by Bill Wood (Instruction Book, CD)
This is a perfect follow up to any basic Bodhran instruction, to take you to the next level, and designed for those who want to improve their technique and expand their rhythmic repertoire. It contains exercises and solos in 4/4, 6/8, 3/4, and 9/8 time. The 568 one-measure exercises are designed to improve a player’s technical skill and demonstrate how to use the basic building blocks of rests, accents, rolls, and syncopation to create interesting and varied rhythmic patterns. The 64 short solos show how to combine the one-measure rhythmic patterns into longer compositions.
In addition to the exercises and solos, there are sections on time signatures, counting, syncopation, playing on the backbeat, vocalizing rhythmic patterns, developing speed, controlling pitch and timbre, and playing with both hands.
Shows 568 one-measure exercises that are designed to improve a player's technical skill
Exercises and solos in 4/4, 6/8, 3/4, and 9/8 time
64 short solos show how to combine the one-measure rhythmic patterns into longer compositions
Sections on syncopation, playing on the backbeat, vocalizing rhythmic patterns, developing speed, controlling pitch and timbre, and playing with both hands
Audio CD included
Bodhran- Beyond the Basics ( instructions book and CD) BK519 $22 ( Includes PayPal Shipping)
Essential Irish Session Tunes
This book will help you join in Irish pub sessions! It presents 100 of the
most widely known and often played Irish reels and jigs. With these under your
belt, you can sit in virtually any Irish session and make a significant contribution.
Learn these 'session friendly' settings as written and you can be confident of
having accurate versions. The music here is suitable for all melody instruments
and includes chord symbols. Mel Bay Publications.
$18.00 plus shipping
Music of Ireland - a must have historic tune collection!
Captain Francis O'Neill's collection of 1,850 melodies, now considered the bible
of tune books. Includes aires, jigs, reels, hornpipes, long dances, marches,
the music of O'Carolan (1670-1738) and more! It is 347 pages long and
In easy to read music notation for any treble clef musical instrument. Published
by Mel Bay, it is a big, yellow book (8x11) and the largest collection of Irish
music ever printed and contains over 90% of traditional music being played
today. This collection was published in 1903 and is of endless value to students,
teachers and music lovers. Mel Bay Publications. BK505
$43.00 (PayPal prices include shipping)
This beginning method/songbook is designed for the D tin whistle. It’s 40 pages includes music theory, fingering diagrams, note studies, and plenty of songs for practice.
BK506 $9.00 includes shipping
Irish Tin Whistle Music Pocketbook
by Patrick Conway
This simple booklet offers an introduction to the tinwhistle or pennywhistle in the Irish style. The tunes in the book are arranged in the key of D (for a D whistle), as this is the most common key for traditional Irish music. The book includes instruction on how to play the tinwhistle, a fingering chart, an explanation of musical notation, a section on ornamentation, and 21 fully diagrammed tunes with chord symbols.32 pages. 5 x 3.5. Publisher:Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Tunes in the this book are: 1. Cockles and Mussels; 2. The Wild Rover; 3. The Merry Ploughboy; 4. The Londonderry Air; 5. The Boys of Bluehill; 6. The Foggy Dew; 7. Dumphy's Hornpipe; 8. The Old Woman form Wexford; 9. The Harvest Home; 10. The Sally Gardens; 11. The Liverpool Hornpipe; 12. The Rocky Road to Dublin; 13. The Butcher Boy; 14. Saint Patrick's Day;15. Love is Teasin';16. The Rakes of Mallow;17. The Irish Washerwoman;18. Haste to the Wedding; 19. Drowsy Maggie; 20. Miss McLeod's Reel; 21. The Galway Races.
BK507 $5.00 includes shipping
Celtic Tinwhistle - Key of D (Instrument)
It is impossible to hear a slow air played with depth of feeling on a Tinwhistle by a true Celt, without being drawn into, and sharing the emotions expressed by the player. Each of the Celtic nations has its own instrumental tradition and each claims their right to specific instruments. The Scots will assert that the bagpipes are their property; the Welsh the harp. The Irish claim the Uillean pipes as their own. One instrument played by all, and adopted by all is the Tinwhistle.
When Robert Clarke invented the Tinwhistle in 1843, little did he know that it would become the perfect wind instrument to be played universally in all the Celtic lands.It can be heard in concert halls, broadcasts, churches and above all, especially in Ireland, in the pubs. It is easy to learn to play, inexpensive and can be conveniently carried so as to be available for performances on all occasions.
Supplied in the key of 'D', this traditionally looking CELTIC Tinwhistle is finished in green with Celtic knot logo, comes attractively packaged in a box with tune sheet and fingering chart.