Tune of the Month Archive

For tune of the current month, go to the MELROSE JAM tab.

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ScarboroughFair – DAC
I first learned this sweet tune on the mountain dulcimer at the the first Central Florida Autoharp and Dulcimer Festival (Mt. Dora), in a Maddy MacNeil workshop.  Maddy was a delightful person, with a lovely voice and a delicate touch on the dulcimer.  I had the occasion to have several workshops with her, including a week-long class at the precursor to what is now Dulcimer U, at Mount Dora, Unicoi, and Stephen Foster Dulcimer Retreat.  She will be missed!

MARCH ’20 – Tune of the Month – Bring out the Irish tunes!
Si Bheag Si Mhor
(tab) Si Bheag Si Mohr (Celtic Harp)
My Wild Irish Rose
(tab)My Wild Irish Rose (mountain dulcimer)
Be Thou My Vision
(tab) Be Thou My Vision (MD, HD, and fiddle)]

FEBRUARY ’20 – Tune of the Month
Of course, for February, we have to play…your choice, or both!
Playing across all strings – Groundhog1
Middle String/Drone effect – Groundhog2Here’s another tune for February that I recently tabbed for a student wishing to explore her 1-1/2 fret  – Over the Waterfall

JANUARY ’20 – Tune of the MonthPossum’s Tail is Bare
Jean and I heard this Old-Time tune played on Friday at the Melrose Art Walk, and knew it was a perfect follow-up to “Possum Up A Gum-Stump.”

DECEMBER ’19 – Tune of the Month
My favorite – In the Bleak Mid-Winter

NOVEMBER ’19 – Tune of the Month!
Hope you enjoy this lovely Welsh folk tune, The Ash Grove

OCTOBER ’19 – Tune of the Month!
Happy Land (melody only) or Happy Land (with easy chords)
This tune was called at our September Jam and there were a few who did not know the tune.  This one’s for you!

SEPTEMBER ’19 – Tune of the Month!
Sadie at the Back Door, by Jere Canote
This was my favorite tune played at least 20 times at a THREE HOUR (!) Old-Time Jam at PAMfest in Peacham, Vermont, in August.

AUGUST ’10 – Tune of the Month!  Nixon’s Farewell – tabbed by Phil Meyers
My NC friend Phil Meyers also tabbed this…after watching my Facebook post of Gary and Toni Sager playing this tune at his mini-concert at Dulcimer U.  Although this tune sounds old-timey, it was written by Curt Bouterse…I’m sure you can figure out when it was written 🙂  Click here for Laurie’s version of Nixon’s Farewell.

JULY ’19 – Tune of the Month Two tunes, perfect for this month of celebrations and good old summertime fun! Camp Meeting on the 4th of July and Liberty

JUNE ’19 – Tune of the Month  June Apple, of course!
This one is written in the KEY OF A (capo 4), it’s original key.

MAY ’19 – Tune of the Month – David Beede introduced this tune to me the other night, Printers Waltz by Shelley Stevens.  It’s a sweet little waltz that, as rumor has it, she wrote while waiting for something to print. I found it and many others on her website, https://shelleystevens.com/

MARCH ’19 – Tune of the Month
Si Bheag Si Mhor
and from last year…My Wild Irish Rose

FEBRUARY ’19 Tune of the Month
Let me call you Sweetheart
Leo Friedman composed the music to this perennial Valentine’s favorite and Beth Slater Whitson wrote the lyrics…published in 1910.
and of course, for February…GROUNDHOG!

JANUARY ’19 Tune of the Month
Auld Lang Syne  Happy New Year!
DECEMBER ’18 Tune of the Month

The first tune, “Shalom Chaverim” is a sweet round played with your CAPO on 1 – I’ve been singing this since being in the Penncrest High School Chorus decades ago!

The second tune, “The Snow lay on the Ground,” is from Tull Glazener‘s free tune of the month page.  There is a melody part and a bass part – both can be played on a standard dulcimer.  Bring one or both!  The bass part is a single line on the bass string and the melody is in chords.

OCTOBER ’18 – Tune of the Month – Seneca Square Dance
The end of September brought a quick trip to North Carolina for the Celebration Jam in memory of our dear friend, Lil Plumer, who had recently passed away.  Lil Plumer never wanted a funeral; she wanted a party. How do musicians have a party, especially dulcimer players? They jam!

Perfect for an old time jam party and autumn barn dance, here’s Seneca Square Dance inspired by our friend Sharon, who joined Jean, Kay and me for the mountain trip.

SEPTEMBER ’18 – Tune of the Month
A great follow-up to last month’s Cold Frosty Morning, Daggett’s Revenge, composed by Neil Gaston.  I tabbed this one for CAPO 1…enjoy!

AUGUST ’18 – Tune of the Month
It just has to be the infectious tune, Cold Frosty Morning, played incessantly at Sky Valley this June…thanks to Sharon H.  Capo 4 – it’s guaranteed to stick in your brain!

JULY ’18 – Tune of the Month
What else for July, but…Camp Meeting on the 4th of July, bringing to mind the Chester Heights Camp Meeting grounds; Skillman and Pedlow family gatherings of old, imagining the day-long drive out to the Camp Meeting for the families in their Model Ts from Chester and Upland, PA, and tales of my father who said he learned to swim under the train trestle there at Chester Heights as a youth.

MAY ’18 – Tune of the Month
Getting ready to run barefooted through sandy beaches?  Sandy Boys

APRIL ’18 – Tune of the Month
Opening day for baseball! Take Me Out to the Ballgame

MARCH ’18 – Tune of the Month
We could all use a little luck of the Irish! My Wild Irish Rose

FEBRUARY ’18 – Tune of the Month
A variation on the usual love song theme for February, this song celebrates Punxsutawney Phil. Groundhog

JANUARY ’18 – Tune of the Month
Happy New Year to all! Auld Lang Syne