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Bing Futch - Method For Beginning Mountain Dulcimer

Item Number 1310139

Regular price $25.00

Bing Futch’s “Method For Beginning Mountain Dulcimer” is the most comprehensive how-to-learn-the-dulcimer book available. You’ll learn the basics, sure, and start playing songs right away. Even better, though, is the depth of content that Bing provides for beginner mountain dulcimer players. This one incomparable volume offers it all - technique, repertoire, theory, history, and FUN!

This book DOES include songs and exercises in a variety of tunings. DAD, of course, but also tunings that were more common 70 or 120 years ago - DAA, DGD, etc. This is not the "first" dulcimer book you should get - it's the "second". Not because of the quality of the content, but because the alternate tunings intimidate some folks. Order this along with the "First Lessons" book and you'll be good to go!

Once you’ve worked your way through this mountain dulcimer book, you’ll be a competent dulcimer player that can enjoy playing with any group. You’ll have a great time honing your skills with Bing, and you’ll end up with a wealth of technical skills, music fundamentals, and dulcimer repertoire!

This amazing book includes free downloadable audio files that you can use to teach your ear how the tunes and exercises should sound. Here's a link to the page with the audio files.

This book is published by Folkcraft® Instruments, under the Fingers Of Steel® imprint.

133 pages.

Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews
Excellent Instructor

I am a beginner and I watched a lot of different YouTube videos before purchasing this book and media files. I have only gotten through the first couple of lessons and he is a thorough and knowledgeable instructor, and I love his style. I’m looking forward to becoming a proficient player with his instructions.

Not exactly what I expected

The book concentrates on DAA tuning, not the DAD I'm set to as a beginner and for which most online beginner material is geared. Other than that, I find the information easy to understand and follow. If I ever get around to changing the tuning I'll use this as a reference. For now, like other reviewers, this is on the shelf.

Bing dutch beginning dulcimer method

Looks good,may help to already have a little knowledge of music.That being said happy with my purchase.


I bought this book because I love the playing of Bing Futch and I thought it would be a good way to learn to play. There are issues with his musical notation and he is not consistent in representing the notes on the treble clef. I found that confusing. Also, I think that he focuses on too many modes for a beginner. I would have preferred to start in one mode and learn the basics and then move to another mode rather than changing modes and tuning all the time. That is just my opinion. I intend to get back to this book later but for now it’s on the shelf.

Bing Futch Mountain Dulcimef Method

I thought the book was great. Mostly my fault. I stick to DAD tuning and much of the material was for various other tunings. Therefore it’s use for me was limited.