Beyond Beginner
Tunes to Learn Next

A question we often hear after students finish the Absolute Beginners' series is, "What should I do next? Where do I go from here?" We offer so many lessons at Dulcimer Crossing that if can be hard to navigate to the next step.

At this point, you know how to hold your dulcimer, and can strum and play some simple tunes. You may not feel confident yet, but you love the music that your instrument can make! These classes will help you learn some chords, gain more comfort with your instrument and your ability to find and play tunes by ear and from music and tablature.

Below we have listed lessons you may find easier to tackle as a beginning mountain dulcimer player.

Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Amazing Grace
Steve begins this old American hymn lesson by playing simple chords that can accompany singing. Then he adds more activity in the right hand by strumming in a typical “waltz” style, and put a classic “Amen” ending by adding a IV chord before the final chord.
Steve Eulberg

Erin Mae Lewis
Steve Eulberg

Erin Mae Lewis

Angeline the Baker
Angeline the Baker is a song written by Stephen Foster for the Christy Minstrels, and published in 1850. The original lyrics lamented the loss of a woman slave, sent away by her owner. This lesson is available for both the standard mountain dulcimer and the chromatic dulcimer.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Angels We Have Heard on High
This arrangement will work with an ensemble of both kinds of dulcimers or both mountain (in both tunings!) and hammered dulcimers. Get together with your friends to try it!
Aubrey Atwater Aubrey Atwater Bile Em Cabbage
Bile ‘em Cabbage is the "call to worship" at many jam sessions. It's a good song to use for learning to harmonize with your dulcimer. The tune is included with the lesson on learning to use your dulcimer as a harmony voice when singing.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Blacktail Weasel and the Ground Squirrel Clan
This is an original. modal tune by Steve with the feel of old-time music. A modal tune uses the flatted 7th step, and this tune lends itself well to hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Boil 'Em Cabbage
Here Steve teaches us how to play the tune on a Galax dulcimer, in the key of D with d-d-d-d tuning. If you don't have a Galax dulcimer, you can still retune to use this technique. This lesson includes backup tracks with an Appalachian band.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Chariton River Bridge
The Chariton River is a 218-mile-long tributary to the Missouri River in southeast Iowa and northeast Missouri. Our composer was inspired by a bridge that used to go over Chariton River where she lived, but the river was dammed and the bridge was torn down. The song reflects her memories about the times they would walk down the lane to the Chariton River Bridge on Sunday afternoons.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Chicago Blues
This lesson includes a backing track. Steve shows how to move linearly, building a blues melody by playing just one note at a time.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Club Footed Jib
This is an original tune by Steve Eulberg, and this one is in 7/8 time. He was inspired to write this tune while in the Florida Keys, sitting next to Butch Ross on a sailboat with a club-footed jib in the front.
Larry Conger Larry Conger Cluck Ole Hen
The tune includes a series of playful verses that vary from version to version. It is played throughout the Appalachian South and at jam sessions, and its popularity might be because it's so much fun to make that "clucking" sound.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Comfort, Comfort
This is an Advent song based on Isaiah 40:1-5. The text of this hymn is meant to show the promise of better days to come when the Messiah arrives. "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God." (Isaiah 40:1 KJV)
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Cripple Creek
A "cripple creek" is a meandering or a crooked stream. Some speculate that the location of the creek in this bluegrass song is Cripple Creek, Colorado. But others believe that the song refers to Cripple Creek, Virginia. Regardless of the location of the creek, it's a popular tune at jam sessions.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Dorsett's 4-Hand Reel
Dorsett's 4-Hand Reel is a fishermens' dance from Bridport, England. Steve learned this tune from the first band in which he ever saw a hammered dulcimer player (Burr Beard was his name; Devilish Merry was the band's name) back in the 1970s.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Elk in the Meadow
This is an original tune written by Steve in the Celtic tradition, while attending the Scottish Irish Highlands Festival in Estes Park, CO.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Garry Owen
Garryowen is an old Irish drinking song that can be traced back as far as the early 1860s. The word "Garryowen" is derived from Irish words meaning, "Owen's Garden," and is actually a suburb of the Irish city of Limeric.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Golden Slippers
"Golden Slippers" was written by African-American James A. Bland in 1879. It was originally known as "Oh, Dem Golden Slippers." Steve teaches this tune on the Galax MD in the key of G with d-d-d-d tuning.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Harvest Home
"Harvest Home" can be found in fiddle tune collections from the 1840's so it is believed that this lively tune was brought over to America by one of the Irish immigrants in the 1800's.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Hunting Buffalo
Mountain dulicmer players will learn about the use of a capo and how to play the song in 4 different tunings. Hammered dulcimer players will learn how to play a minor mode gapped-scale tune in box and the straight up and down patterns in E minor.
Steve Eulberg

Linda Ratcliff
Steve Eulberg

Linda Ratcliff
I'll Fly Away
Hammered dulcimer players will learn this in the key of G, using grace notes that are taught in both single and double hammer patterns. Mountain dulcimer players will learn it in both D-A-A and D-A-d tuning, using both a single finger and multiple fingers drone melody, a two-finger harmony, and chorded melody.
Steve Eulberg

Linda Ratcliff
Steve Eulberg

Linda Ratcliff
Jesus Loves Me
After almost 150 years, "Jesus Loves Me" is still the #1 spiritual song in the hearts of children around the world. The most fun aspect of this lesson is that it comes with a calypso back-up track for practicing - with marimbas, flutes, and steel drums.
Steve Eulberg

Linda Ratcliff
Steve Eulberg

Linda Ratcliff
Jingle Bells
James Lord Pierpont (1822-1893) wrote Jingle Bells in 1857. The song was originally published under the title "One Horse Open Sleigh." Mountain dulcimer players will learn to play this tune in 3 different tunings: D-A-A, D-A-d, and D-G-d. Hammered dulcimer players will learn the tune in the key of G.
Steve Eulberg

Linda Ratcliff
Steve Eulberg

Linda Ratcliff
Jolly Old St. Nicholas
For mountain dulcimer players, this carol is taught in the key of D in D-A-A and D-A-d tunings - first with a drone melody, then with an added harmony note and finally in chord-melody style. Hammered dulcimer players will enjoy drills on syncopation to help create the rhythmic variations in Linda's arrangement.
Steve Eulberg

Linda Ratcliff
Steve Eulberg

Linda Ratcliff
Joy to the World
Linda introduces the hammered dulcimer version of this wonderful Christmas carol with a multiple-bounce roll, follwed by a simple 4-note descending scale that brings to mind the sound of Christmas bells calling people to come worship the newborn King.
Neal Hellman Neal Hellman Kōjō no Tsuki
The title of this song is translated "Moon over the Ruined Castle." It was composed by Rentarō Tak as a music lesson for his students in 1901. Although Rentarō died quite young at the age of 23, his music has endured.
Neal Hellman Neal Hellman Lauda di Maria Maddalenna
The word "Lauda" means to give praise and, in 13th century Italy, there were at least 150-160 Laudas collected from both Florence and Cortona. Here Neal teaches us a beautiful arrangement of his favorite Lauda, Lauda di Maria Maddelenna, adding chords, hammer ons, and pull offs to the melody.
Erin Mae Lewis Erin Mae
Lewis
Liberty
Liberty is a very popular old-time and bluegrass fiddle tune, great for contra dances, and it's tons of fun to play at jam sessions.
Steve Eulberg

Erin Mae Lewis

Steve Eulberg

Erin Mae
Lewis

Liberty for MD & HD
In this lesson, Erin Mae and Steve show us how to play Liberty when playing with a mountain dulcimer and a hammered dulcimer together (or actually, any two instruments). They give us plenty of ideas for variations to add to the arrangement. And then they show us how to listen for cues and be sensitive to what the other person is trying to do, and how to give the other person room to do it.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Mairi's Wedding
This is a Scottish folk song originally written in Gaelic by Johnny Bannerman for Mary McNiven, a well-known singer at the time. Johnny first played the tune for Mary in 1935 at the Old Highlanders Institute in Glasgow's Elmbank Street.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Off She Goes
The popular fiddle tune "Off She Goes” was popular throughout the British Isles and North America. Some sources say that, in the days of sailing, it was a tradition for the fiddle player to sit on the deck of the ship playing “Off She Goes” as the ship departed harbor.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Oh, Mary and the Baby, Sweet Lamb
This hymn is played in the D-A-C tuning. This is actually a “zipper” song, one to which verses can be added to tell the story, as Steve demonstrates in the third video.
Steve Eulberg

Linda Ratcliff
Steve Eulberg

Linda Ratcliff

Old Joe Clark
This tune is a treasured chestnut and an excellent example of the Mixolydian mode. Steve teaches it for mountain dulcimer players in three different tunings. In Linda's arrangement for hammered dulcimer players, she utilizes both a right and left-hand drone and some noodling.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Over the Waterfall
Over the Waterfall is a popular jam tune which packs some surprises. The humorous lyrics tell of an old man who pushed his old wife into the water - thus the title "Over the Waterfall."
Don Pedi Don Pedi Pretty Little Girl with the Blue Dress On
Don teaches this old-time traditional fiddle tune in the key of G, using the D-G-d tuning.
Steve Eulberg

Linda Ratcliff
Steve Eulberg

Linda Ratcliff
Rakes of Mallow
This song is about the rakes who came to visit the town of Mallow, a town in County Cork, and became a well-known Irish drinking song. Apparently, when they weren't drinking the water from the Spa House for its curative properties, some of the young men were guzzling, in vast quantity, other substances that had exactly the opposite effect.
Steve Eulberg

Linda Ratcliff
Steve Eulberg

Linda Ratcliff

Rocky Top
"Rocky Top" was written by married songwriting duo Boudleaux Bryant and Felice Bryant in 1967. The Bryants were staying at the historic Gatlinburg Inn, in Gatlinburg, Tennesse, when the idea of writing a song about the mountains came to them. Several years have passed since then, but Rocky Top is still a crowd pleaser.
Don Pedi Don Pedi Sheepy & the Goat
Taken by old children's tunes, Don demonstrates this one that has caught his fancy. It is fun to incorporate lyrics suggesed by children.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Silent Night
This arrangement will work with an ensemble of both kinds of dulcimers or both mountain (in both tunings!) and hammered dulcimers. Get together with your friends to try it!
Steve Eulberg

Linda Ratcliff
Steve Eulberg

Linda Ratcliff
Southwind
Southwind is an Irish waltz played in the characteristic “OOM pah pah” style, taught by Steve for MD players and Linda for HD players. Hammered dulcimer players will enjoy using arpeggios and an answering left hand bounce in the right hand lead style. This tune is always a favorite at jam sessions.
Erin Mae Lewis

Butch Ross
Erin Mae Lewis

Butch Ross
Spotted Pony
Spotted Pony is a traditional Missouri tune from R.P. Christeson's book, The Old-Time Fiddler's Repertory. First Erin Mae teaches both standard and chromatic mountain dulcimer players how to play this tune in the D-A-d tuning. Then Butch takes it to the next level with his breakdown version.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Still, Still, Still
This is an Austrian Christmas carol, and was also arranged by Steve for an ensemble of both kinds of dulcimers or both mountain (in both tunings!) and hammered dulcimers.
Butch Ross Butch Ross Sweet Spotted Pony
Here Butch plays the traditional fiddle tune, Spotted Pony, and converts it to a breakdown version with variations and backup.
Steve Eulberg

Linda Ratcliff
Steve Eulberg

Linda Ratcliff
Up on the Housetop
This popular tune was written by Benjamin R. Hanby in 1864 in the town of New Paris, Ohio. This may be the first actual song that mentions Santa Claus by that name, and is probably the first secular Christmas song in American history.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg You Name It Blues: Mountain Dulcimer
Steve composed this tune to demonstrate how accessible and fun it is to play blues on the dulcimer! And you can name it for whatever blues you are having at the moment.

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