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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Down at the Cross (DAd) This is a two-part arrangement of an old hymn that is very appropriate for an Easter celebration. There are two pages: melody and harmony.
Written by Ohio minister Elisha A. Hoffman in 1878, this hymn was a favorite in Troutman Baptist Church where I became a follower of Jesus over half a century ago. Its happy, bouncy tune made it popular in hymnals produced for over 100 years. It captures the paradox of Christianity in which a horrible, tragic event becomes a center of celebration. Hoffman wrote over 2000 Gospel songs, including his most famous one (at least in circles where I have traveled life’s journey), “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.”
The Spinning Wheel (DAd) was written by an Irish lawyer and poet named John Francis Waller in the mid 1800s. It is also a happy, bouncy tune. Written in a waltz rhythm (3/4), it tells the story of a young maiden who leaves her spinning for better things when her grandmother drowses off to the sound of the wheel. Complete lyrics can be found at https://www.thoughtco.com/the-spinning-wheel-3552951 .
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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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