Most "Fun" Pieces.

Jennifer Brutschy
Jennifer Brutschy
@jennifer-brutschy
6 years ago
54 posts

Jamaica Farewell is fun and not difficult.  Also, sea shanties like Bold Riley and Blow the Man Down.  

Anne Bowman
Anne Bowman
@anne-bowman
6 years ago
54 posts

Thanks everyone ... Quite a lot I've never heard of... Listening research to do!

Kevin Messenger
Kevin Messenger
@kevin-messenger
6 years ago
86 posts

Redwing or Union Maid as it is sometimes called, is one of my fun to pay tunes.

Steven Berger
Steven Berger
@steven-berger
6 years ago
144 posts

I'll add "Paddy West" and "Cluck Ol' Hen"...both fun played noter/drone.

 

Steven

Brian G.
Brian G.
@brian-g
6 years ago
94 posts

One of my favorite "fun" pieces is Arkansas Traveller. Fun for both hands.  :)

Arkansas Traveller

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
6 years ago
906 posts

Going Fishin' is a copyright song. I have not recorded it.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
6 years ago
1,321 posts

Hangman's Reel is a fun tune.  :)

Jim Fawcett
Jim Fawcett
@jim-fawcett
6 years ago
86 posts

I'd like to add a song to this list....Goin' To Boston...




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Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
6 years ago
1,602 posts

Anne, people will certainly post lists of their favorite tunes, and there is indeed a value in that. But I would like to point out that the three songs you mentioned are all traditional fiddle tunes.  Maybe you just like fiddle tunes (and guess, what: I do, too)!  If that is the case, you are in luck because there are thousands of them out there.

You might peruse some of the online catalogues of fiddle tunes such as the Fiddle Tune Archive of the Old Towne School of Folk Music  or Hetzler's Fakebook .   I will sometimes look through lists of fiddle tunes and examine either those that I've heard mentioned in dulcimer conversations or just those with a funny name and give 'em a listen. If one sounds like it's not too hard and its fun, I'll try to learn it.  Hetzler's Fakebook separates tunes in different keys, so you can just concentrate on tunes that are traditionally played in D.

When I find a fiddle tune I want to learn I start out just googling its name followed by "dulcimer tab."  Sometimes you get lucky and find the tab.  And if not, you might be able to learn it by ear.  But you can always find standard music notation and work that route if you can. The next step is to find renditions of it on YouTube and listen long enough to get the basic melody in your head.  It's a lot easier to play a song on the dulcimer that you have already memorized in your head.

By the way, one tune that is common in dulcimer circles now but is perhaps not as well known is Elk River Blues.  It is not really a blues but a "crooked" fiddle tune by Ernie Carpenter.  If you search the videos and music here you will find a half-dozen versions or so, some noter drone and some with chords (like mine).  The song sounds more complicated than it is and just has this easy-going roll to it, like the flow of a river.  To me it is much easier to play than Turkey in the Straw, though I like that tune, too.




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updated by @dusty-turtle: 07/25/16 03:12:08AM
Jan Potts
Jan Potts
@jan-potts
6 years ago
411 posts

Can't post them if they're copyrighted...

I like Spotted Pony, Columbus Stockade Blues, Rock the Cradle, Joe, Rosin the Beau, Old Yellow Dog...I'm sure there is tab for some of these on Everything Dulcimer (which has a HUGE archive of tab for public domain tunes.)




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Anne Bowman
Anne Bowman
@anne-bowman
6 years ago
54 posts

Hey Guys, Have you posted a version of you playing "Going Fishin'.. or "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing"?

 

 

Anne Bowman
Anne Bowman
@anne-bowman
6 years ago
54 posts

Thanks Guys... Now, just for the tabs ....

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
6 years ago
906 posts

I'm a Pepsi fan, too. I prefer it to Coke. Now, back to the topic. My fun song is "Going Fishin'" which is best know as the theme to The Andy Griffith show.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Caleb Dan Bennett
Caleb Dan Bennett
@caleb-dan-bennett
6 years ago
8 posts

NO! lol I'm a Pepsi man lol But you are right the song was for Coca-Cola  yuck lol

 

Rob N Lackey
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
6 years ago
419 posts

I believe "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" was the COKE song, Ken.  Everyone loves a cok-ola now and then, right? 

Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
6 years ago
1,988 posts

Fun and bouncy, I like I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing, the Pepsi song.  It's a good teching song for fingerdancing from fret to fret on the melody string.

Rob N Lackey
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
6 years ago
419 posts

John Ryan's Polka is a good one to add to your list.

 

Anne Bowman
Anne Bowman
@anne-bowman
6 years ago
54 posts

Pieces like 'Turkey in the Straw', 'Hangman's Reel' and 'John Stinson's no.2', are such fun to play, and not too hard, (at a basic level). I was wondering what else, in this vein, people particularly like. They don't get a lot of exposure 'down' here in Oz ...