Bill Flanagan – Hammered Dulcimer

New album “Sanctuary!”

New album “Sanctuary!”

I’m please to release my third album “Sanctuary,” currently available as a physical CD (plus digital download) or just as a digital download. This album opens with three solo hammered dulcimer arrangements: “Hallelujah” (Leonard Cohen), “I Won’t Give Up” (Jason Mraz), and “Going to California” (Led Zeppelin). Next is “Building the...

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Constellations!

Constellations!

All of the note possibilities on the hammered dulcimer represent stars in the sky, waiting to be explored. I gaze in wonder at the endless possibilities. As I learn and play more, I begin to recognize that some of these stars are connected to one another in patterns, and eventually the sky becomes full of such patterns… constellations!

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Hed Zeppelin

Hed Zeppelin

This medley consists of the following:

1. “Sergeant Early’s Dream” (Trad./arr. Maggie Sansone)
2. “Hedwig’s Theme” (John Williams)
3. “Going to California” (Robert Plant and Jimmy Page)

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Hammered dulcimer web resources

Hammered dulcimer web resources

Here are a few links related to hammered dulcimer. I’ve listed the major sites first, since these will gateway you to a much more extensive array of hammered dulcimer information than I can provide here. If you’d like your site to be listed here, just drop me a line.

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My favorite hammered dulcimer CDs

My favorite hammered dulcimer CDs

The hammered dulcimer has a hauntingly beautiful sound and is used in a variety of musical styles including Celtic, new age, classical (particularly medieval and renaissance), up-tempo fiddle tunes, and so on. There are quite a few hammered dulcimer recordings to choose from. First I’ll list some general sources for hammered dulcimer CDs, and then I’ll discuss some of my personal favorite hammered dulcimer recordings.

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Instruction books & videos I’ve used

Instruction books & videos I’ve used

There’s actually a fair amount of instructional material available for the hammered dulcimer. Here I’ll discuss the books and videos that I’ve used, along with information about where to purchase this stuff and some links to other book and video information on the web.

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Getting started on hammered dulcimer

Getting started on hammered dulcimer

Here are a few suggestions based on my own experience with getting started on hammered dulcimer. Of course you’ll want to do your own research, and there is plenty of information available elsewhere on the web. But basically all you need is a hammered dulcimer (including a set of hammers and a tuning wrench — these are usually provided with the instrument), an electronic tuner, a stand to hold the instrument while you play, and some instruction books or videos.

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Chocorua

Chocorua

A gentle tune I wrote way back when, from my “Juliet’s Point” CD.

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