Instruction books for DAA Noter playing

IRENE
IRENE
@irene
2 weeks ago
104 posts

I teach a lot of new folks and only on noter drone....thanks BALLAD GAL for the tip.  I just ordered that book.  It will be very helpful in teaching.  After my wonderful experience at Berea, Kentucky, I love playing noter/drone even more so now!!  aloha, irene

Dan Goad
Dan Goad
@dan-goad
2 weeks ago
164 posts

Just play the frets for the melody string and ignore the rest,  That's how I do it,

Ballad Gal
Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal
2 weeks ago
8 posts

Yet another good book for DAA (or CGG) Ionian playing is Moods of The Dulcimer by Virgil & Norman Hughes. In the entire book there's only 7 songs with sharps or flats, and several of those also include a version with no sharps or flats. There's even a renditon of Old Joe Clark, Greensleeves, and Wayfaring Stranger with no sharps or flats--excellent for DAA!

This is an older book that can still be found on Amazon for $1.95.

tssfulk
@tssfulk
2 weeks ago
13 posts

Dulcimer a la mode will give you easy songs in various modes. 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5962094-dulcimer-a-la-mode-with-cd

The Wonderful World of DAA is another good starting place.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2429926.Mel_Bay_Wonderful_World_of_Daa_Book_CD_Set?ac=1&from_search=true

Gail Webber
Gail Webber
@gail-webber
2 weeks ago
79 posts

Thank you for all of the recommendations!  

Banjimer
Banjimer
@greg-gunner
2 weeks ago
76 posts

Another DAA instruction book that is very good for someone starting out is Traditional Playing of the Mountain Dulcimer by Lorinda Jones.  Although not strictly a noter-drone book it provides four arrangements for each song: 1. Song Played With a Noter, 2. Song Played With a Noter and Rhythm Fill-Ins, 3. Song Played With Fingers and Rhythm Fill-Ins (Finger-Dancing), and 4. Song Played With Chord Melodies and Rhythmic Fill-Ins (Chord-Melody Style).  Arrangements 1. and 2. are very suitable to noter-drone playing.  The four arrangements for each song illustrate how one can begin by learning the simple melody with a noter (Arrangement 1), add fill-in notes to the simple melody while continuing to play with a noter (Arrangement 2), using the left-hand fingers to replace the noter (Arrangement 3), and finally adding chords to the melody (Arrangement 4).  For those wishing to play only in a noter-drone style, the first two arrangements of each song will be sufficient.  For those wishing to expand their left-hand techniques, arrangements 3 and 4 will illustrate how it is done.

The book includes a play-along CD, but a DVD is also available to purchase separately.  The book, CD, and DVD provide an excellent introduction to traditional mountain dulcimer playing, including two noter-drone arrangements for each song introduced.  Twenty-two songs are included with four arrangements for each.

 

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
2 weeks ago
890 posts

Jean Ritchie's instructional book & cd from Homespun have been of great help to me.  




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John Gribble
John Gribble
@john-gribble
2 weeks ago
79 posts

And there's always Jean Richie's The Dulcimer Book, still in print.

Plus there's Strumelia's blog:

https://dulcimer-noter-drone.blogspot.com

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
2 weeks ago
1,106 posts

Gail, a lot of the older books use mainly ionian tunings such as DAA (often CGG) but they do not necessary concentrate solely on noter play. I'm thinking of books like Mel Bay's You can Teach Yourself Dulcimer and Fun with the Dulcimer and TK O'Brien's Guide to Playing the Mountain Dulcimer.

Perhaps one option would just be Stephen Seifert's Join the Jam DAA version.  You can get it as a physical book with CDs or as a digital download with MP3s.  

Edit: I just checked his website and apparently Seifert's books no longer come with CDs. Instead, you download a zip file with slow demonstrations of the 93 arrangements in the book.




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updated by @dusty-turtle: 06/30/19 09:30:35PM
Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
2 weeks ago
1,552 posts

There's my Get Noterized booklet/article available here -- look in the Old Style Noter & Drone Players Group for a link.

Gail Webber
Gail Webber
@gail-webber
2 weeks ago
79 posts

I know someone who may try to learn playing DAA noter style.  Does anyone have any recommendation on beginner books for this?  I may want to send her one as a gift.  Thanks.