Killer Technique


Book – For Hammered Dulcimer

(All Levels)

“Killer Technique®: Hammered Dulcimer” is a book that uniquely focuses on improving the everyday elements of dulcimer playing. Some mundane fundamentals of technique may seem mindless and appear to need no attention. In reality though, even the most basic essentials of dulcimer playing can hold us back without careful examination and precision. This book does just that! The author, himself a National Hammered Dulcimer Champion and music professor, draws on over twenty years of experience in playing and teaching to share his recipe for success. The material focuses on dulcimer-specific skills and drills them in effective and engaging new ways. Targeted areas include dexterity, aim, flow, commonly used percussion rudiments, chords, arpeggios, and chord suffixes. Each exercise is carefully designed to isolate the targeted skill, provide instruction for its most efficient execution, and help you acquire new and improved muscle memory in the least amount of repetitions. Admittedly, working on technique can seem like a chore. This book takes the work out of it and presents the exercises in fresh new ways so you get the most out of them in the least amount of time. Dr. Wade’s biggest technique secret revealed in this book is his use of varying rhythms to re-engage the brain and to acquire new and lasting muscle memory. The exercises are not only fun to master but also incredibly effective! It’s all about efficiency–not just going through the motions!



Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • The Anatomy of the Hammered Dulcimer
  • Hammer Grip
  • Hands!
    • Octaves
    • Flow
  • Rudiments
    • Multiple Bounce Roll
    • Triple Stroke Roll
    • Double Stroke Open Roll
    • Five Stroke Roll
    • Paradiddles
    • Flam
    • Drag
  • Patterns
    • 1st Position Major Arpeggios: 1 Octave
    • 2nd Position Minor Arpeggios: 1 Octave
    • 1st Position Major Arpeggios: 2 Octaves
    • 2nd Position Minor Arpeggios: 2 Octaves
    • 3 Octave Arpeggios
    • Chord Suffixes


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