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Learn to Play the Hammered Dulcimer

Filmed on location at the beautiful historic Gaasbeek Castle in Belgium, Karen helps you get started learning dulcimer in English with Dutch and French voiceovers. Two hour DVD with booklet. Topics include holding the hammers, tuning, scales and arpeggios, beginning repertoire and beginning arranging.

  • watch an interview of Karen talking about the DVD with Dulcimer Players News Editor Dan Landrum.


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“Your DVD arrived today and I LOVE it!!!  What a fantastic job, it's easy to follow, easy to access subject matter, great quality camera work and a wonderful choice of music.  You should be so proud of your work, it's really exceptional and thank you very much.”

Jackie Elgie

“I just ordered your instructional DVD for the Hammered Dulcimer. I am a beginning student of the instrument at 48 years old, and I wanted to tell you how impressed I am with your teaching after my first watch through.

I have a cheap little 12/11 to learn on, and it has made my venture thus far, very frustrating. But, I feel so inspired now by your DVD, I am more determined now to not let that thing defeat my efforts. Ha!

Thank you, as I do believe there are hours worth of lessons on it that I will watch over and over, and highly cherish. 
Thanks again, and many blessings to you for your gift and life’s work.”

Darren Howland

Irish Book

Playing the Hammered Dulcimer in the Irish Tradition

Book/CD set on Oak Publications. The book originally had a tape to go with it. I have rerecorded it and added a few new tracks for the CD.

“.. I just did not sound (even with the wood side) like the other dulcimer players I have heard. So I ordered your book to see what would happen. Let me tell you how pleased I am. I am starting to do some rolls which makes all the difference. I started with “Cliffs of Moher” as the first piece I ever did with some rolls. Well, I was so excited when I did the first roll I went and woke my husband all bubbly with joy.”

Liz Strickland

Book/CD set - $22

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Irish Book

Hills of Erin: A Sweeping Sonic Travelogue of Ireland for Hammered Dulcimer: Hammered Dulcimer/Solos

A transcription of Maggie's Music recording of the same name by Irish hammered dulcimer virtuoso Karen Ashbrook. Features 22 exquisite original and traditional Irish tunes. Chords are shown for all selections except the unaccompanied Bach piece. Illustrated with photos of the artist and the Emerald Isle.

Book only - $14

Book/CD set - $25

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Other Books

40 O'Carolan Tunes

40 O'Carolan Tunes

Sylvia Woods. Finally a collection of O'Carolan tunes with chord charts! This book is written for harp with 2 versions of every tune (simple and harder) but is useful for all instruments because of the chords. Especially handy for guitar & piano players. A couple of the tunes are in C that are now commonly played in D, but for the most part this is a great Top 40. A CD of all the tunes is available.


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Dulcimer Chords

Hammered Dulcimer Chord Book

Jeanne Page. This book has charts of all the chords on a 12/11 and 15/14 dulcimer. Wonderful reference guide!


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