Each month, a new set of two or more high quality dulcimer tabs will be available on this page. Please do not sell or mass distribute these tabs either in print or over the Internet. I am making them available for individuals and for dulcimer clubs that wish to use them in their meetings. If you like my tab, I hope you will consider purchasing some of my tablature books.
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The Shepherd’s Wife Waltz (DAd). I’ve heard a number of hammer dulcimerists play this tune and heard it some on Celtic stations to which I listen, but I could not find out much about where the tune came from. Some say Scottish while others maintain Irish origins. In either case, it has been around for centuries and is such a beautiful tune.
Close to Thee (DAd) Here is another two-part hymn that you can play with a partner or group in church. It is in my Sacred Hymns of the Old Church tab book, but this version includes a harmony part in the tab below the regular tab. Of course, you can play it without the harmony part, but it is nice if you are playing with someone else or backing up a singer who is singing the melody. To practice playing the harmony part, you can play along with the sound file below. Fanny Crosby, the American author of the lyrics, is one of the most prolific hymn writers in history. She recounts the writing of this hymn: “Toward the close of a day in the year 1874 I was sitting in my room thinking of the nearness of God through Christ as the constant companion of my pilgrim journey, when my heart burst out with the words.” I pray that God would grant me such a reflective spirit!
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Tips on Reading My Tablature
Different authors use different conventions when writing out tablature. I have chosen to do mine in a way that is easy for beginners to use. First of all, the numerals that are in bolder, larger print represent the melody of the tune. If you do not play chords, you can simply use one finger (or more) to play only the melody notes with your noting hand while strumming all the strings.
If you do choose to the play the chords I suggest, realize that I do not put down the complete chord for every single note. I feel like doing so clutters the page with too many numerals. When you change into a chord (designated above the musical notes by letters - D, A, Bm, F#m, etc.), I assume that you will hold that chord until the next chord change. In other words, all fingers will stay in the same position except the ones for which the numerals change until the next chord change. When one numeral is listed for a note, it does not mean that you can hit only that string. Provided you keep the chord position that is listed under the most recent chord name, you can continue hitting all the strings.
Occasionally I will use an "X". This means to avoid hitting that string at all. Otherwise, it does not hurt to strum all the strings.
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Do you need to hear the song in order to learn it? I know that for me, it is easier to learn a song if I can hear how it goes first. You can download the following files. They are in a midi format and can be played on a windows media player. If you do not currently have a media player, one can be downloaded by clicking HERE. The sound files are generally played at a slower pace than I would normally play them.
The Foothills Dulcimer Club
The Foothills Dulcimer Club of Shelby, NC meets once a month. The featured tabs for the meeting are the same ones as on this site. Please click on the button below to find out more about the club, its meeting times, etc. We'd love to have you come and join us!
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