"Difficult Ditties and Hammer-Hampering Harmonies" is a collection of exercises designed to help the advanced beginner through advanced hammered dulcimer player move to a new level of playing. Exercises are divided into six sections: Major scale exercises, chromatic scale exercises, chord exercises, accents and rhythms, double strokes, and hand separation. Each section includes explanations and tips for playing the exercises and applying them to your own music, including discussions on hammer technique, hammering patterns, and practice strategies. Each section also includes a tune application and/or a melodic étude to liven up practice sessions and bridge the gap to applying the techniques to real music.
"Beyond melodies: Using chords to add harmony" is a guide for hammered dulcimer players on how to add accompaniment to melodies they know. It takes a step-by-step approach to understanding chords, finding them on the dulcimer, and incorporating them into arrangements. Three tunes are developed throughout the book, beginning with basic melodies and ending with full, performable arrangements. Tunes and exercises are accompanied by YouTube videos.
"Christmas with your Dulcimer" is a book of 15 favorite Christmas carols arranged for beginner and intermediate hammered dulcimer players (30 arrangements total). Along with the sheet music, the book includes helpful hints for playing the tunes in the book and technique highlights that you can use in your own arrangements. Every arrangement is accompanied by a YouTube video, which can by found in a playlist called "Christmas with your Dulcimer" on Karen Alley's YouTube channel. All arrangements fit on a standard 12/11 instrument or larger.
I hope these tunes bring a little joy to you and your instrument during the holiday season. Merry Christmas, and happy hammering!
The First Noel Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Away in a Manger O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Joy to the World Once in Royal David's City We Three Kings Silent Night The Holly and the Ivy O Come, All Ye Faithful We Wish You a Merry Christmas Still, Still, Still What Child is This? In the Bleak Midwinter O Holy Night