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This is an easy-to-read, large-print tab lesson book for 16 great traditional tunes, all in Double C tuning. (Capo at the second fret and you are in the key of D!) Songs include:

  • Wildwood Flower
  • Home Sweet Home
  • Angeline the Baker
  • Soldier's Joy
  • John Ryan's Polka
  •  Rock the Cradle Joe
  • Forked Deer
  • Good-bye Liza Jane
  • Cindy
  • Arkansas Traveler
  • Liberty
  • Flop Eared Mule
  • St. Anne's Reel
  • Spotted Pony
  • Over the Waterfall
  • Simple Gifts
The book also includes a BONUS CD, which allows you to hear the tunes exactly as tabbed in each lesson!
Together Again...For the First Time is Brett Ridgeway and Phyllis Woods Brown's first collaborative effort, with the music coming straight from the hills of Tennessee and Western Pennsylvania. Hammered dulcimers, clawhammer banjo and Appalachian dulcimers combine to create the unique sound which is Brett Ridgeway and Phyllis Woods Brown.
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Heading Home is a collection of traditional hymns the way they were meant to be heard—in a one-room country church played pure and simple. This recording features hammered dulcimer, Appalachian dulcimer, clawhammer and minstrel banjo, Irish Pennywhistle, donkey jawbone, and guest vocalist, Kimberly Ridgeway.

Homestead Creek: Traveling Light is an eclectic mix of old-time music, Celtic and fiddle tunes, and also includes a few of Brett's original tunes that capture the essence of the Appalachian traditions and music. The CD features hammered dulcimer, Appalachian dulcimer, clawhammer and minstrel banjo, acoustic guitar, Irish pennywhistle, and donkey jawbone.

Water Under the Bridge is a CD catalog of some of Brett's earlier work performing traditional hammered and Appalachian dulcimer tunes—pure, simple, and beautiful!

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A great TEACHING tool for teachers or LEARNING tool for students, this easy-to-follow color coded, laminated sheet illustrates chord shapes, how to locate octaves and duplicate notes, form chords, play arpeggios, locate notes on the bass bridge and more. 

It provides easy-to-follow color-coded diagrams to provide a clear understanding of the instrument. Written explanations are color-coded to match the color diagrams on the chart. The image on the left shows the front of the sheet on the left and the back side of the sheet on the right. 

The sheet is printed on 8 1/2 X 11 card stock and laminated for protection.

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2.   Cluck Old Hen  

3.   The First Noel

4.   Devil's Dream & Over the Waterfall

5.   When I Survey the Wondrous Cross 

6.   John Ryan's Polka 

7.   Morrison's Jig 

8.   Chords, Chord Progressions, & Back-up 

9.   Soldier's Joy 101

10. Soldier's Joy 102 
      Soldier's Joy 101 &102 teaches an infinite way to 
      play this old fiddle tune, rather than simply 
      memorizing an arrangement and playing it the 
      same way over and over and over. The 
      techniques and ideas learned can be applied to 
      other tunes as well. These two lessons will help 
      expand your horizons in playing.

11. Got Rhythm? 
      Using rhythm to dress up and embellish a tune. 

12. Miss McLeod’s Reel 

13. Rhythm Revisited 
      Using techniques taught on a previous lesson 
      CD, we apply those same rhythm techniques to 
      learn and play Whiskey Before Breakfast, an old 
      traditional fiddle tune.

14. Christmas Carol Repertoire CD Lesson 
      Teaches the simple melody lines to four 
      Christmas carols: Away in the MangerSilent 
      NightJoy to the World, and Hark the Herald 
      Angels Sing along with some ideas of 
      embellishment from our previous lessons. The 
      CD is just over an hour long and broken down 
      into 48 tracks.

15. Hymn Repertoire  
      Teaches the simple melody lines to four hymns: 
      Sweet Hour of PrayerBe Thou My VisionIt Is 
      Well, and Come Thou Fount.

16. The Rag Lick 
      A very neat little lick that you can incorporate in 
      almost any tune you know and really 'fancies up' 
      your playing!

17. Forked Deer 
      More than a "tune" lesson, you'll learn Forked 
      Deer with a review of previous lessons with 
      ideas ranging from rhythm techniques to the 
      newly acquired rag lick along with a new 
      technique. This one is a lot of fun!

18. Golden Slippers  
      Teaches several variations of this old traditional 
      tune, along with ideas to embellish it yet further. 
      Also includes a guitar accompanied play-a-long 
      track!

19. Devil's Dream - The Chromatic Version
      You DO NOT need a chromatic dulcimer to play 
      this tune! This is a fun variation of an old tune 
      that adds a real twist. The techniques learned 
      can be applied to other tunes as well. Not  
      difficult, but will definitely get your hands playing 
      independently and "outside of the box!" The 
      ideas taught for playing chromatically are also 
      applied to Cluck Old HenOver  the Waterfall
      and Forked Deer. 

20. Sailor's Hornpipe
      This is a great tune to play as a medley 
      with Devil's Dream and will touch lightly on right-- 
      hand-left hand lead. Other than that, it’s just 
      plain fun to play!

21. Hogeye  
      This old traditional tune, sometimes called, Sally 
      in the Garden will help you to use both hands 
      equally and independently. We take this tune 
      and teach it with a right hand lead and then 
      teach it again using a left hand lead! Which hand 
      is most important in your playing? Both of them! 
      Learn to find and use different patterns and note 
      locations!

22. Red Haired Boy
      Another traditional tune of Irish origin, this lively 
      piece is a great addition to your repertoire. 
      Straightforward, note for note instruction this 
      lesson uses several practice tracks to help 
      increase your speed and accuracy! 

23. The Rights of Man
      This traditional Irish tune will challenge you in 
      strengthening your less dominant hand. We once 
      again review the right hand vs. left hand lead in 
      this lesson. This tune will help BOTH hands to 
      be equally adept in their playing ability.

24. Planxty Irwin  
      This is probably one of the most beautiful tunes 
      written by Turlough O'Carolan. Planxty, which 
      means "in honor of" and Irwin; this tune was 
      written by O'Carolan in honor of Col. John Irwin. 
      Its movement, and embellishment ideas are 
      virtually limitless. This slow classical piece is 
      perfect for weddings. It is also one of Brett's 
      favorite slow tunes to play.

25. Cuckoo's Nest 
      A lively upbeat traditional tune that incorporates 
      several fun little runs. Includes several practice 
      tracks to help develop your speed and accuracy. 
      Briefly discusses right hand/left hand lead. A fun 
      tune to play!

26. The Chicken Reel 
      This is a very cool and quirky little tune that you 
      may remember from the older cartoons, usually 
      anytime chickens were involved. And it is truly a 
      traditional tune as well. It utilizes a "line" chord 
      which is explained and used as an exercise at 
      the beginning of the lesson. 

27. Soldier Boy's Dream 


Brett Ridgeway's Hammered Dulcimer Audio Lessons, (described in detail below), available in CD and MP3 formats, are great for those who can or can't read music or standard tablature! No matter what your musical knowledge or ability, you will learn from Brett's unique method of audio tab. Each lesson "painfully dissects" the tune note for note. Each tune is played note for note, phrase by phrase, and verbally explained so that you know exactly where to find it on your instrument. All your attention and focus can remain on your instrument, and not on written music or tablature falling off your music stand! I truly believe this is one of the easiest methods of learning a song that you will find! (We tested this method on someone who does not play the hammered dulcimer and the individual was able to follow the instructions and play the song!) Our previous cassette lessons, now discontinued, have had nothing but an overwhelming, positive response from HD players all over the country! In fact, we have had regular requests to reintroduce them!

Brett Ridgeway's Hammered Dulcimer Audio Lesson series involves a "listen & learn" method to help students learn various skills and techniques on the hammered dulcimer as well as increase their repertoire. With the exception of the first audio lesson, Introduction & Embellishment (which covers some basics, finding harmony notes, playing arpeggios and chords, etc.), every audio lesson will focus on teaching a tune as well as various techniques. Each track of audio lessons takes the student through the tune, step by step, one phrase at a time beginning with a note by note explanation, then moving to playing the song at a slow tempo and gradually increasing up to the performance tempo. The series is a great way for the dulcimer player to learn skills and techniques while adding new tunes to his/her repertoire. 

NOTE: The CD format of the Introduction & Embellishment lesson is priced separately from the tune lesson CDs.



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In all three samples below, G = 1, A = 2, B = 3, C# = 4, D = 5, E = 6, F# = 7, and G = 8. 

The tablature and method is explained in each lesson, which includes a tablature/tuning chart.

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Simply Dulcimer: Mountain Dulcimer - Homegrown,  
released in autumn of 2015, is Brett's mountain dulcimer-focused CD featuring 14 tunes showcasing the beautiful melody that emanates from one of the only two historically American instruments!
Understanding Your Mountain Dulcimer in D-A-D Tuning Guide 
This attractive, full-color 8" X 11 1/2" laminated chart contains all the notes on the mountain dulcimer, basic chords and positions, the set up of the instrument, fingering illustrations/explanations, and a number of other tips and hints to help you better understand your dulcimer. 

The  Understanding Your Mountain Dulcimer in D-A-D Tuning guide is a great instructional tool for teachers, students, or anyone who would just like a handy reference guide about the instrument!

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NEW Adult Coloring Book featuring 26 pages of traditional Appalachian folk instruments. The back cover has actual photos of the pages as a guide. 

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Southern Stars, Northern Lights is the second collaborative musical effort of Brett Ridgeway and Phyllis Woods Brown. Released in the spring of 2016, the lilting melodies contained on Southern Stars, Northern Lights float throughout the etherealness of each song, beginning with the "twinkling" title tune through to the final haunting piece, The Parting Glass.
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Please - just go to sleep! ...and I love you is the NEW lullaby CD from Brett Ridgeway & Phyllis Brown. This is the duo's third recording and their favorite collaborative CD thus far. The recording is comprised of completely original tunes composed by Brett and Phyllis (with the exception of one lullaby written by Phyllis' brother, Richard) and, with backstories behind each tune, is deeply personal to both of them. Recorded with purpose and emotion, Please - just go to sleep! truly represents Brett and Phyllis both as individuals and as a musical duo.


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Tools of the Trade is the most traditional of Brett's albums and, at the same time, most progressive CD to date—and his favorite! The CD contains 16 tunes featuring the beautiful sounds of the hammered dulcimer, Appalachian dulcimer, and various clawhammer banjos. In every tune, the featured instrument shines through as an example of the simplistic Appalachian flavor. Recorded with special guest artist, Phyllis Woods Brown.
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Brett Ridgeway's Clawhammer Banjo Tunes Workbook
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Brett's new clawhammer banjo workbook includes 16 clean-tab tunes, as well as helpful tips on playing and tuning your banjo. In addition to the book, you will receive a CD, which plays each of the tunes (just as tabbed) at a slow-to-medium speed. Some tunes also include variations to help you mix up your playing a bit! 
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Gettysburg Rain...and Other Tunes from the Heart for Mountain Dulcimer includes tabs and CD clips for 13 of Brett's original tunes:

  • Gettysburg Rain
  • Change of Seasons
  • The Ridge Way Waltz
  • Soldier Boy's Dream
  • Buttermilk Falls
  • Sassafras Spring
  • Lee's Cradle
  • Haverin' to You
  • The Bullfrog Song
  • Skippin' Happy
  • The Unwalked Trail
  • The Lost Children of the Alleghenies
  • Annie's Winterplace

Brett Ridgeway's Mountain Dulcimer and Hammered Dulcimer Tunes Workbooks 

Gettysburg Rain...and Other Tunes from the Heart

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Brett's new mountain and hammered dulcimer workbooks include easy-to-read, clean-tabs of Brett's original compositions, as well as helpful tips on playing your dulcimer, plus stories behind the tunes. 

Along with the book, you receive a CD, which plays each of the tunes to give you an idea of how each sounds. Some tunes also include variations to help you mix up your playing a bit!
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Gettysburg Rain...and Other Tunes from the Heart for Hammered Dulcimer includes tabs and CD clips for 13 of Brett's original tunes:

  • Gettysburg Rain
  • Change of Seasons
  • Northern Lights
  • The Ridge Way Waltz
  • Soldier Boy's Dream
  • Buttermilk Falls
  • Sassafras Spring
  • Lee's Cradle
  • Haverin' to You
  • Skippin' Happy
  • The Unwalked Trail
  • The Lost Children of the Alleghenies
  • Annie's Winterplace

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155 Strings and a Pair of Hats: Melodies and Duets

Brett and Phyllis are pleased to offer this workbook, which is the 'hardcopy' 
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