Arranging Popular Tunes for Mountain Dulcimer

Steve Eulberg
Steve Eulberg
3 months ago
5 posts


After spending the past 6 months working on the tunes for my forthcoming book from Hal Leonard, First 50 Songs You Should Play on Mountain Dulcimer , I am eager to share my learnings , as well as let you preview some of the arrangements in the book.

Because Hal Leonard has the resources to pay for publishing licenses for popular songs, they encouraged me to focus on tunes that were NOT in the public domain.  

As a result I was able to delight in working on the songs from my life's jukebox.

Some titles included in the book:

Time In A Bottle by Jim Croce

My Girl by Smokey Robinson

Your Song by Elton John

Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton

Ventura Highway by America

Desperado by Don Henley

Fire and Rain by James Taylor

You've Got a Friend by Carole King

Lean On Me by Bill Withers....

(Take Me Home) Country Roads by Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert and John Denver

...just to name a few.

There are some unique issues to consider when arranging popular tunes:

Song Hooks

Song organization/ Navigation


Chord Voicing

Internal movement

Bass Lines

Interesting Chords in the Bridge

Copyright issues....

There are all the topics of this class so that you can arrange YOUR favorites for your playing satisfaction.

Registration is Open

Questions?  Just ask right here.


updated by @steve-eulberg: 06/22/21 05:59:39PM