Russell Cook Instruction books for the Hammer Dulcimer
The Ultimate Hammer Dulcimer Resource Book $39
This book is basically 5 books in 1 that evolved from hammer dulcimer workshop handouts of 25 years teaching at festivals. The first sections is how to approach the hammer dulcimer from a musical theory standpoint. Excellent for piano players learning the hammer dulcimer. Section 2 is the most important, called snapshots, It is chock full of visual images of how to recognize very important patterns without having to understand the theory behind them such as chromatics, scales, and alternate chord patterns, etc. The third part is a chord book for the hammer dulcimer, much like a guitar chord book. The 4th section is designed for jamming, showing the 8 most commonly used chords in a particular key. The 5th section shows chord formulas.
The Russell Cook Book $30
This book was written by Russell because of requests from hammer dulcimer players wanting to duplicate the beautiful arrangements heard on his CD's. Arrangements are musically written with the melody notes stems up and the embellishment notes notated stems down. This allows a beginner to play the melody only and then add embelishments as the skill level increases. Also included are favorite recipes of the Cook family. Comes with a CD.