Intermediate MD Players
Tunes to Learn Next

By now, you have the skills of the previous levels and you’ve learned the basics of strumming and reading tablature, you need to expand your playing techniques and musical theory. Learn to embellish your basic music with hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides; to adapt an arrangement with different chord positions; to play in and modulate to different keys with and without a capo or retuning; to flatpick and fingerpick a tune. You can find play in different tunings.

Deborah Hamouris Deborah
Amazing Grace, 3D Method
In this lesson, Deborah takes us beyond playing melody only with a drone. You will be playing melody, harmony, and ornaments - and she calls this the 3D Method.
Neal Hellman Neal Hellman Asika Thali
Asika Thali is a song of freedom from South Africa. Neal likes to play this tune on a dulcimer with 4 equi-distant strings tuned to D-A-dd, but it can also be played on a dulcimer with 3 strings in the D-A-d tuning.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Barlow Knife
The Barlow knife design dates back 400 years, and is a type of folding pocket knife that features double or single blades that open at one end only. The song about the Barlow knife is an old-time southern Appalachian tune. Unlike other traditional tunes, Barlow Knife has 3 parts.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Brachanloam
This is a Scottish air in 4/4 time. Mountain dulcimer players will enjoy the articulations of slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Breaking Up Christmas
The tradition of partying for 12 days, and the song, Breakin' Up Christmas, came from the Appalachian mountains. Party hosts would move furniture out of the house to make way for the festivities. The celebration lasted from the week before Christmas through the week after, usually winding down after those two weeks. Toward the end, they’d always play this tune.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Caledonian Club
Caledonian Club is is a Celtic Strathspey dance tune in 4/4 time, easily recognized by the Scotch snap. A Scotch snap is a short note before a dotted note, a short-long rhythm, with the pulse on the shorter beat. In traditional playing, this rhymic pattern is generally exaggerated to enhance the musical expression.
Larry Conger Larry
Chicken Reel
Along with "Turkey in the Straw," "Chicken Reel" is probably one of the best-known poultry-related folk tunes. If you grew up with the Looney Tunes, you're going to remember this tune from the Foghorn J. Leghorn cartoons. This version includes lots of hammer-ons and pull-offs.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Crested Hens
The composer of Crested Hens is the French hurdy-gurdy player, Gilles Chabenat, and he wrote the tune when he was only 15 years old. Crested Hens is usually played as a waltz, but was actually written as a bourree - a French dance in 3/8 time.
Hyfrydol (Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus)
The tune Hyfrydol (meaning “tuneful” or “pleasant”) was composed by the Welsh composer Roland H. Pritchard when he was only 19. In 1744, Charles Wesley wrote words to go with this meldoy. You will recognize this as the beautiful Advent hymn, “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus." Karen teaches this tune two ways: strumming chords on all strings and fingerpicking.
Neal Hellman Neal Hellman John Brosnan's Polka
This is a traditional Irish polka, also known as John Leary's Polka and Nell Fees. John Brosnan, an accordion player from County Kerry in Ireland, recorded the tune.
Johnny Don't Get Drunk
This is an old-time fiddle tune, and was listed as one of the "100 essential Missouri tunes." The title seems to imply that there is a message being sent to Johnny by his wife (or mother?): "Don't get drunk, and if you do, don't come bother to come home." But the lively melody surely tempted Johnny to imbibe and raise his glass to the others joining in with him.
Julia Delaney
This Irish reel is played in D minor, and uses the 0+ and 1-1/2 frets. The tune was named after Julia Delaney, the sister-in-law of Francis O’Neill, Chicago’s police chief back in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
Nina Zanetti Nina Zanetti Loch Lomond
Most of the lyrics in this a traditional Scottish tune are connected to the Jacobite Uprising of 1745. One interpretation based on the lyrics is that the song was sung by the lover of a captured Jacobite rebel set to be executed in London following a show trial. 
Nina Zanetti Nina Zanetti Lord Randall
According to Celtic mythology, people were not allowed in the depth of a forest where fairies and elves were believed to live. But in this English ballad, Lord Randall challenged the taboo.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Miss McLeod's Reel
This is a Scottish-Irish fiddle tune with a long history in America. Sometimes Miss McLoed is called Mrs., in Ireland she's a Mc, and in Scotland she's a Mac. But whatever name she goes by, and whatever title the tune is given, Mrs. McLeod’s Reel is a grand old lady who has traveled far and wide to become a standard tune in many fiddling traditions.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Moderato in C
Moderato in C was written by Fernando Sur for classical guitarists. However, the exercise lends itself very well to the mountain dulcimer in the D-A-d tuning or you can retune your dulcimer to C-G-c to keep the piece in its original key.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
This tune was harmonized by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) in the early 18th century, and is the arrangement that is most used in the North American hymnals.

“O Sacred Head” is a hymn typically played during Holy Week, a time of reflection on what Jesus Christ has done for us. Specifically, this hymn commemorates what took place at the time of the crucifixion on Good Friday.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg

Prelude 1, Opus 6
This prelude was composed by Mateo Carcassi, a well-known Italian classical guitarist. Steve has taken this tune written for the guitar and applied it to the dulcimer. It not only has a beautiful melody but also serves well as a warm-up exercise. The tune is played in triplets, with a bass-middle-melody fingerstyle flow.

Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Soaring
Soaring is a tune that was born when Steve was trying to learn another tune, but the melody kept coming out with its own voice. Steve originally wrote the tune for mountain dulcimer, but he has also adapted the tune for hammered dulcimer players.
Erin Mae Lewis Erin Mae Lewis Soldier's Joy - for standard and chromatic dulcimer
Soldier's Joy is quite popular with American fiddler players. According to documentation at the United States Library of Congress, it is one of the oldest and most widely distributed tunes and is rated in the top ten most-played old-time fiddle tunes in the U.S. However, Soldier's Joy was heard on both sides of the Atlantic in the late eighteenth-century. The tune actually traces its origin to Scottish fiddling traditions, and has been played in Scotland for over 200 years.
Erin Mae Lewis Erin Mae Lewis St. Anne's Reel
St. Anne's Reel is played in sessions in Scotland, Ireland, New England, Canada, America and other spots around the world, and it has been claimed as a Shetland tune, an Irish reel, a contra-dance tune, a French-Canadian and an old-time American tune. Whatever its origins, one thing is for sure - this song is a lot of fun to play and guaranteed to get everyone's toe a-tappin'.
Erin Mae Lewis Erin Mae Lewis St. Anne's Reel Back-Up
Erin and Amber Rogers together form the energizing acoustic sister duo, Scenic Roots. A hallmark of their sound is how they closely listen to and back each other up, trading solos, harmonies and melodies. In this lesson, Erin demonstrates her style of backup while Amber plays the melody of the tune on fiddle.
Steve Eulberg
Steve Eulberg
We Three Kings
Mountain dulcimer players will learn this minor-mode Christmas song in D minor, using the D-A-C tuning.
Don Pedi Don Pedi What'll We Do with the Baby-O
This is an old time traditional tune. Typical lyrics describe in dark humor the various things you could do with a baby including: wrap him up in calico, put him in his cradle, wrap him in the table cloth, throw him in the hayloft, hang him in the tree top, give him moonshine, etc. This tune is taught in the G-D-d tuning.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Wind That Shakes the Barley
This traditional Celtic reel also goes by the names An Ghaoth A Bhogann An Eorna and Little Pack of Tailors. Note that the A part is 4 measures repeated, but the B part is 8 measures long and played only once. The tune also challenges us by ending on the IV chord, rather than at home!

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