https://johnsackenheim.com is more "traditional" than "country music." I almost didn't look at it, then decided to peek.
Classic Country and Old Country Tab Books
Strumelia & Skip;
Thank you for those helpful comments and ideas. I have been trying to steer new players to qualified teachers and give
suggestions for books. Will need to stress the 1 1/2 fret along with 6 1/2 and 13 1/2 if installed.
I would add that the confusing part would be why the 1+ [1 1/2] is not 2 when the MD is purchased with it already installed. The same 'numerical order' problem exists with the 6+and 13+ as well as any other additional frets in 'dulcimer speak. :) You may want to consider some sort of handout and/or recommend a good beginners book explaining this when selling an MD with additional frets to new dulcimer players, especially those who [will] depend on TAB.
Many of my instrument buyers here in Ohio are beginners, although some have played other stringed instruments. Do you think the 1 1/2 fret is confusing to new players? Jim
To be honest, when learning a new instrument, just about 'everything' is confusing to a beginner, especially if no one has ever explained to them the basics of WHY they are 'missing' certain frets or notes in the first place.
I think if a new player is motivated to learn by making the effort to do some listening and reading , and/or has a decent teacher who can explain basics well, then they will fairly quickly catch on to initially confusing stuff, and an extra fret or a new tuning won't stop them.
Those irritated by grain of sand best avoid beach.
-Strumelia proverb c.1990
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I have 4 of his books. He also has a lot of retuning and some 4 equidistant choices.
I do some light work on MD's when I come south for the winter, mostly restringing and adding 1+ and 6+ frets. I think at least 1/2 -3/4 of our bunch here [at least 35 in the group] have the 1+ fret. All of my MDs have the 1+. I also build my own. It is probably the 'new 6+' of mods/fads. You probably should have the capability to easily add it.
John is a real proponent of the 1 1/2 fret. Do you ever play a 1 1/2 fret instrument. I have not tried it yet. I build and sell dulcimers, so
I am thinking about building an instrument with 1 1/2 fret configuration. I am hearing that many experienced players are requesting 1 1/2
fret on new dulcimers.
Jim, John does indeed produce some fine books. I am glad that you found them and like them. For those interested in learning more, here is a link to John's website: http://www.johnsackenheim.com/John_Sackenheim/Home.html
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
Recently I purchased some tab books from John F. Sackenheim. The book I am learning from right now contains
country and western songs from the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's. He has many other old country tune books available,
and also has Gaither music.
I think John's material is very well done and highly recommend these books.
updated by @jim-at-gcreek: 10/27/19 12:02:25PM