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The Appalachian Dulcimer: An Instructional Record

The Appalachian Dulcimer: An Instructional Record

What better way to learn a musical instrument than from someone who is generally acknowledged to be the foremost performer and authority on that instrument? This recording provides just such an opportunity. Jean Ritchie has long been regarded as a master traditional Appalachian dulcimer player, as well as a superb traditional folksinger. (The Appalachian dulcimer, usually having three or four plucked strings, is not to be confused with the many-stringed hammered dulcimer.)

During the first half of this recording, Ritchie provides easy-to-follow spoken instructions for the beginner, with many demonstrations. The second half of the recording includes examples from a variety of traditional dulcimer players, who often sing as well as play; several of them can be heard on Folkways recordings of their own.

Liner notes provide a complete transcription of Ritchie's spoken instructions, song lyrics, and a biography.

Track Listing

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Introduction Jean Ritchie 1:42
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How to Hold the Dulcimer Jean Ritchie 1:20
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Tuning Up in the Major Key Jean Ritchie 1:17
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104
How to Hold the Noter Jean Ritchie 2:21
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Playing the Scale Jean Ritchie 1:29
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106
Simple Thumb Strum Jean Ritchie 2:13
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107
Use of a Pick Jean Ritchie 0:32
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108
Singing with Counter-Melody Jean Ritchie 1:32
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109
Strumming Variations Jean Ritchie 2:02
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110
Picking with the Fingers Jean Ritchie 1:26
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The Minor Key-Aeolian Mode Jean Ritchie 3:29
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The Mixolydian Mode Jean Ritchie 2:49
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The Dorian Mode Jean Ritchie 2:00
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The Phrygian Mode Jean Ritchie 2:17
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The Lydian Mode Jean Ritchie 2:35
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201
Pleasant Ohio Anne Grimes 2:07
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202
Old Crumley Edna Ritchie 1:02
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203
Common Bill I.G. Greer 2:16
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Warrenton Andrew Rowan Summers 2:39
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Civil War March Aunt Dora Harmon 0:57
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Play-Party Medley George Armstrong 2:24
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Went to See My Susie George and Gerry Armstrong 2:05
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In Good Old Colony Days Howard Mitchell and George Armstrong 2:48
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Shady Grove Jean Ritchie 1:20
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