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You NEED this songbook!!!!

I have both volumes of these songbooks. I LOVE them!!! The songs are written simply and have the chords and rhythms on the facing page. The selection of songs is perfect for anyone into bluegrass or old-time tunes!

traditional bow for bowed psaltry

Excellent bow. The one supplied with my psaltry was not very good. This sounds so much better - easy to hold ( I have bad arthritis in my hands) and easier to play - also about no finger pain so I can enjoy playing the psaltry when ever I wish. Thank you. Web site easy to navigate - shipping was fast.

Strings

Came in timely and ready to install

TablEdit Manual

I'm new to creating tablature and I found this guide to be very valuable. The walkthrough is excellent. Pick-up a copy!

Exceptional Strap

I've tried plenty of straps over the years...most of which didn't 'cut the cake'. This strap, however, is definitely a keeper. It is sturdy and well made. The leather ends are especially impressive.

Faster, Cleaner, Better! by Aaron O’Rourke

My first dulcimer lessons was Beginners Boot Camp at Black Mountain in October, 2021. I have been jammin’ using two chord strumming accompaniment, staying off the melody string in order to keep up with the group. I knew over the holidays that I needed to transcend into the melody string sometime. I read the Folkcraft news letter; “Faster, Cleaner, Better!” was the topic. I have only worked through two chapters and immediately applied some of the techniques. Example, using your “pinky” for bar chords. I am excited to continue learning to play Melodie’s the correct way, rather than trying to correct my fumbling old way. The book also offers the concept that the best way is the easiest. But sometimes you may not be doing the easiest, because change is difficult, you need to give it a try. Excellent book for learning, great investment!

Choice is a Good Thing

I recently purchased a Sampler Pack of red, yellow and blue Herdim picks.
Threw a couple of other picks in the bag, and when we had the first meeting of our new church dulcimer band, I told the new dulcimer players to take two of any color. Minutes later, they were happily strumming away.
I don't know when or how Herdim picks became the "official" picks for dulcimer players, but they work for me.

Ball Ends Are No Mystery

Recently I came across 7 old Folk Craft Dulcimers that I decided to clean, oil and restring, for a dulcimer band in our church. But what were those funny looking pins set in the end of the dulcimers. Previously I had only used loop end strings for my dulcimers. Rich at Folkcraft Dulcimers assured me that they were for ball end strings, and that I didn't need any special equipment to apply them to the pins.
I purchased 7 sets of strings with ball ends, they went on with ease, and now there are seven happy new dulcimer players strumming away in upstate New York.
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Best strings

Not only are these the best strings I've found for my mountain dulcimer, my order is always promptly processed so they arrive within a week.

Black walnut kit

All parts were top quality and fit perfectly. Finished dulcimer had excellent sound. Base string is a bit heavy. Takes some getting used to. Overall, it’s my best instrument.

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FolkRoots® Custom Series Dulcimer, Mahogany Body, Spruce Top
Kathy Flewelling
"Getting to Know You"

FolkRoots® Custom Series Dulcimer, Mahogany Body, Spruce Top. The first thing I noticed was that the harmonics play and ring clear, pure, and easy. The next thing I noticed was that when I tried to hammer on, they came through clean and easy too. My hands are happy to be playing on the shorter 26 inch VSL. The 1.5 fret is handy for playing some songs that I want to learn. I think she and I prefer both it when the house is not too cold. I think I am loving the warm sound, and I look forward to getting to know her better. Thank you.

Beautiful old-fashioned hymns

A good selection of old-time hymns. The arrangements are simple and lovely, and not difficult to play.

Set aside A LOT of time

Requires frequent practice if you are a beginner like me. Still only on page 10

I would like to see the audio tracks have a slow and a medium speed version

Title is accurate for use of book

I am an intermediate dulcimer musician & found the song selection appealing & playable. Thank you

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Dave Haas - Let's Jam!
Melinda Walker
Let's Jam

I really enjoy the songs in the book.

First Build

took my time in the build over three days. print & pictures could be larger. or the toner/ink replaced in your printer. easy to follow overall. now getting used to having all the notes…

High quality kit, small problems with instructions

After a very helpful phone conversation I ordered the hourglass kit in walnut, it was shipped exactly when I needed it. There were no flaws whatsoever, I put it together in a few days and am very happy with the result. The dulcimer sounds great and the playability is very good.
The only problems I had came from my not always understanding the sequence of building steps. All my fault, but maybe the instructions could be even clearer when it comes to pics/text and what to do when. And this only resulted in a couple of small gaps between body and fretboard which I managed to fill with walnut scraps from what I had cut away. I also made this into a three string dulcimer and plugged one of the peg holes.

High quality kit, small problems with instructions

After a very helpful phone conversation I ordered the hourglass kit in walnut, it was shipped exactly when I needed it. There were no flaws whatsoever, I put it together in a few days and am very happy with the result. The dulcimer sounds great and the playability is very good.
The only problems I had came from my not always understanding the sequence of building steps. All my fault, but maybe the instructions could be even clearer when it comes to pics/text and what to do when. And this only resulted in a couple of gaps between body and fretboard which I managed to fill with walnut scraps from what I had cut away.

"Sue Carpenter - Patterns And Patchwork: Mountain Dulcimer Fingerpicking Made Easy"

love folkcraft website. very quick delivery. I am just starting to "pick" my way through this book. but so far I am liking. many great exercises. and I do appreciate spiral bound books. so nice to be able to lay them open. great way to expand my dulcimer skills.

Many new tunes

I am familiar with only a few tunes in this new book. But this gives me a new challenge.

Balled end 0.12 string

FolkCraft have great stings

Folkcraft Machine Heads

We buy these in bulk, 60 packages at a time. The quality is consistently excellent, and on par with tuners that cost three times as much. We love dealing with Folkcraft!

Great tunes, say to follow tabs.

quality parts

I make and repair dulcimers and I use Folkcraft all the time. very reliable and good quality.