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Hammered Dulcimer Books

Wind Drift

Wind Drift
by Maggie Sansone

(Includes all the music from the CD

Sheet Music (E book from Mel Bay and self published Maggie's Music copy, printed & spiral bound: mail@maggiesmusic.com for ordering details. This manuscript is a collection of the tunes featured on Maggie Sansone's Wind Drift recording.

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  • Spiral bound Manuscript of the book from Maggie's Music,
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Celtic Fair

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 (suitable for other treble clef melody instruments) to intermediate and advanced arrangements for the hammered dulcimer (12/11 to instrument range to Low D). Chords are provided. 39 tunes, 62 pages, includes one CD (the full studio recording) see link: Celtic Fair (MM112)

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BK112 $23.00 (includes CD)
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Celtic Meditations

Celtic Meditations
by Maggie Sansone

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

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BK302
$17.00
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Maggie's Big Book of Celtic Tunes

Maggie's Big Book of Celtic Tunes
by Maggie Sansone

This music book is a collection of 124 tunes arranged for the Hammered Dulcimer and other "C" melody instruments (recorder, pennywhistle, fiddle, mandolin, guitar). Chords are included. Transcribed from six of Maggie Sansone's most popular recordings. Maggie is considered America's premier hammered dulcimer player and teacher specializing in Celtic music. Music is from her CDs: Traditions, Mist & Stone, Dance Upon the Shore, A Traveler's Dream, Mystic Dance and Merrily Greet the Time, and now includes some tunes from Music in the Great Hall.

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
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A Traveler's Dream Music BookA Traveler's Dream
by Maggie Sansone Book and CD

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
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Playing the Hammered Dulcimer in the Irish Tradition

Playing the Hammered Dulcimer in the Irish Tradition
by Karen Ashbrook

Book/CD (intermediate-advanced 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 tricks of the trade.

BK502
$27.00 (PayPal prices include shipping)
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The Sandbridge Dance Tune CollectionThe Sandbridge Dance
by Ken Kolodner

This collection is drawn from Ken Kolodner's extensive library of arrangements for the hammered dulcimer, developed from over 30 years of teaching thousands of workshops. This first book in this two-book companion collection includes traditional and original dance tunes including reels, jigs, hornpipes and polkas. The repertoire draws primarily from traditional music of the United States (Old-Time), Quebec (French-Canadian), Ireland, Scotland and beyond. Each tune is presented as a simple melody with chord progression along with one or more detailed arrangements, offering a wide range of levels of complexity. Backup and harmony parts are provided for many of the pieces. Included is a discussion of over 20 arranging ideas/techniques. The book is intended to be a lifetime resource for players of all levels. Kolodner is widely known as one of the most prominent teachers and performers of the hammered dulcimer and is especially known for his teaching of arranging techniques. Book Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced;
Pages:140; Size: 8.75 x 11.75; Publisher: Mel Bay Publications
BK518
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The Sandbridge Waltz and Slow Air CollectionThe Sandbridge Dance
by Ken Kolodner

This is the 2nd in Ken's new collection. It's music drawn from Ken Kolodner's extensive library of arrangements for the hammered dulcimer, developed from over 30 years of teaching thousands of workshops. A companion collection to the above book. this one includes traditional and original waltzes, slow airs, marches and the 18th century Irish harp composer Turlough O'Carolan. The repertoire: traditional music of the United States (Old-Time), Ireland, Scotland, Quebec, Cape Breton, England, Finland, Sweden, Chile and Israel. Each tune is presented as a simple melody with chord progression along with one or more detailed arrangements,offering a wide range of levels of complexity. Backup and harmony parts are provided for many of the pieces. The book is intended to be a lifetime resource for players of all levels. Mel Bay Publications.

BK518B
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The Tunes

  1. Are You Sleeping, Maggie (Scotland)
  2. Beaumont Rag (U.S.)
  3. Big Scioty (U.S.)
  4. Bill Cheatham (U.S.)
  5. Billy in the Lowground (U.S.)
  6. Black Nag, The (England)
  7. Carnaval (Quebec)
  8. Cuckoo’s Nest (U.S.)
  9. Cumberland Gap (U.S.)
  10. East Tenneessee Blues (U.S.)
  11. Eagan’s Polka (Ireland)
  12. Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss (U.S.)
  13. Frenchie’s Reel (Ward Allen and Mel Lavigne, Canada)
  14. Galway, The (Ireland)
  15. Grub Springs (U.S.)
  16. John Brown’s March (U.S.)
  17. Johnny Cope (Scotland, U.S.)
  18. Kitchen Girl (U.S.)
  19. Lad O’Bierne’s (Ireland)
  20. Lonesome John (a.s.a. Clinch Mountain Backstep) (U.S.)
  21. Missouri
  22. North Carolina Breakdown (Arthur Smith, U.S.)
  23. O’Sullivan’s (Ireland)
  24. Oklahoma Rooster, The (U.S.)
  25. Old Favorite, The (Ireland)
  26. Over the Waterfall (U.S.)
  27. Reel du Nord (Quebec)
  28. Reel St. Joseph’s (Quebec)
  29. Rights of Man (James Hill, Ireland)
  30. Road to Banff, The (Scotland)
  31. Roof for the Rain, A (Ken Kolodner, U.S.)
  32. Roscoe (U.S.)
  33. Sail Away Ladies (U.S.)
  34. Saint Anne’s Reel (Quebec, US, Ireland)
  35. Salmon Tails up The Water (Ireland)
  36. Shenandoah Falls (U.S.)
  37. Silver and Gold Two-Step (U.S./Canada)
  38. Snow Drop (U.S.)
  39. Swift House (Ken Kolodner, U.S.)
  40. Tom Morrison’s (Ireland)
  41. Washington’s Hornpipe (The Stony Steps or Good for the Tongue) (England/Ireland)
  42. Willafjord (Shetland)
  43. Wren’s Polka, The (Ireland)
  44. Y.Z. Hamilton’s Breakdown (U.S.)


Holiday Music Books

A Scottish Christmas Music Book

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 featuring Bonnie Rideout, Maggie Sansone & Al Petteway ( New York Times " Best Pick"). SHEET MUSIC SAMPLE- Christmas Carousing

Tune list and more information here: Mel Bay-A Scottish Christmas Book

Mel Bay Publications
BK 215M
$12.00
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Ancient Noels Music Book

Ancient Noels
by Maggie Sansone

Special Sale: $18.00 for Music Book and *CD

(now only available from Maggie's Music) by Maggie Sansone

26 Medieval and Renaissance Christmas tunes as heard on the CD Ancient Noels. The recording features Maggie Sansone & Ensemble Galilei. Read more about the recording and music: Ancient Noels CD

Mel Bay Publications
BK/CD 108
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Sounds of the Season Music Book

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
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Carol of the BellsCarol of the Bells
by Jody Marshall

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.

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BKJMwithCD: Special offer! Book plus CD: $35.00 (PayPal price includes shipping)
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Celtic Harp

Music for the Heather Folk

Music for the Heather Folk
by Sue Richards

A wonderful collection of 28 Celtic harp solos based on music from Ireland, Scotland and Wales as heard on the Maggie's Music recordings
Celtic Lace
(MM203),
Morning Aire
(MM204),
Grey Eyed Morn
(MM201) and
Music in the Great Hall
(MM107). Mel Bay Publications
BK503
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More info: contents , sample pages can be viewed on: www.melbay.com


Fiddle

Scottish Fire Music Book

Scottish 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.

BK514
$24.95
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Scottish Fire Music Book

Scottish 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 them.

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
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Scottish Christmas for Fiddle Music Book

A 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
BK 215B
$15.00
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Celtic Circles Music Book

Celtic Circles
by Bonnie Rideout

22 tunes from the best-selling album from Maggie's Music, Celtic Circles.

BK209
$10.00
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Early American Roots Music Book

Early 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 trios included.

80 pages and 33 tunes
Mel Bay Publications
BK216
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Old Time Fiddle Repertoire, Vol. IOld Time Fiddle Repertoire: Vol. I
by Ken Kolodner

A 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 a sample ).

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:

  1. Barlow Knife;
  2. Big Scioty;
  3. Booth Shot Lincoln;
  4. Charles Guiteau;
  5. Charleston Gals;
  6. Chinquapin Hunting;
  7. Devil in the Strawstack;
  8. Elk River Blues;
  9. Flop Eared Mule;
  10. Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss;
  11. Grey Cat on an Old Tennessee Farm;
  12. Hangman's;
  13. Hell Among the Stallions;
  14. Home with the Girls in the Morning;
  15. Journey to the Heartland;
  16. Julianne Johnson;
  17. Little Star;
  18. Liza Jane;
  19. Mike in the Wilderness;
  20. Needle Case;
  21. Puncheon Floor;
  22. Quince Dillon's High D;
  23. Ragtime Annie;
  24. Richmond;
  25. Road Dog;
  26. Roscoe;
  27. Sally in the Garden;
  28. Sandy Boys;
  29. Shady Grove;
  30. Shove that Pigs Foot A Little Bit Further in the Fire;
  31. Single Footin' Horse;
  32. Spotted Pony;
  33. Washington’s March;
  34. West Fork Gals;
  35. Whiskey before Breakfast.


Pennywhistle

Fun with the Tin Whistle

Fun with the Tin Whistle

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
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sample from Fun with the Tinwhistle book

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Celtic Feadog Pennywhistle Key of D (Instrument)
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The stylish Presentation Pack contains the Feadog Brass Whistle in the Key of "D, (the most popular key) and is made in Ireland since 1978! Feadog pennwhistle is a wonderful musical instrument with beautiful tone. Highly recommended by Irish musicians worldwide! Easy to learn to play, can be conveniently carried and comes with tune sheet and fingering chart to get started. D $12.00

MIS-TW Pennywhistle
$12.00 includes shipping
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