Note: the audio files for this book are now available as a download from Mel Bay instead of a CD.
This entire book is dedicated to answering the question: "How do I add accompaniment and embellishments to melodies on the dulcimer?" Some of the most beautiful tunes we typically play on the dulcimer are fairly simple melodies. As such, they are full of possibilities! Realizing their potential, however, is not instinctive for most musicians. This book illustrates how to enhance these great tunes to showcase their inherent musicality. Full of illustrations, examples, preparatory exercises and easy-to-play arrangements, Harmony Time comes complete with audio recordings for aural learners! It begins by explaining in simple terms how and why harmony works and teaches the solutions to the common exceptions you will encounter. By the end, you will be able to apply the four most common methods dulcimer players use to add accompaniments to melodies. As a bonus, there are note-for-note transcriptions of fully arranged songs from Mark's own repertoire to read and hear on the audio downloads!
Harmony Made Easy: Basic Music Theory
Instant Harmony: Parallel 3rds
Instant Harmony: Parallel 6ths
Harmonizing with Parallel 3rds and 6ths
Adding Accompaniments to Melodies
From Theory to Practice
Warm-Up and Preparatory Exercises