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Bing Futch - "Blues Method For Mountain Dulcimer 101" with  CD (2012)

"Blues Method For Mountain Dulcimer 101"For anyone who has wanted to make the traditional sound of blues music rise up out of their instruments, this book will help to demystify one of the most popular song forms in the world!  Bing Futch's "Blues Method For Mountain Dulcimer 101" is a collection of music theory, exercises and tablature designed to get you familiar with the "language" of the blues.  The book is laid out so that you can pick and choose your path, from fundamental theory to full-on boogie-woogie practice.

Don't worry about the music theory being too advanced!  Bing walks through the basics with a clarity fine-tuned by teaching the material in workshops all across the country.  You'll be playing as you're learning, hearing the results on the very first page!

Includes a CD filled with exercises, improvisation training and backing tracks for rehearsing the blues in five different keys. $25.00 

 


play "Check Out This Extra-Big Preview!"- BluesMethod101.zip



 


Bing Futch - "Mountain Dulcimer In The Band (Book 1)" with 2 CDs (2009)

Mountain Dulcimer In The Band Book 1A unique instructional book that prepares you for ensemble performance, "Mountain Dulcimer In The Band" features 16 popular jam tunes and two CDs: one to demonstrate varying approaches to rhythm and melody and the other to serve as your very own backing tracks for practice as well as live shows! Along with insights into ensemble playing technique, the book also allows solo musicians the freedom to explore new approaches to improvisation while having fun as the lead player in the band. Tunes include "Black Mountain Rag", "The Boatman", "Amazing Grace", "Spotted Pony", "Mississippi Sawyer", "Southwind", "Old Joe Clark" and more! $25.00 

 


play "The Boatman"- lead tracks - 3:20 (3.1 mb)

"The Boatman"- backing tracks - 3:20 (3 mb)

 "The Boatman"- sheet music (pg 1) - (92 kb)

 "The Boatman"- sheet music (pg 2) - (188 kb)


"Booth Shot Lincoln"- lead tracks - 5:24 (5 mb)

"Booth Shot Lincoln"- backing tracks - 5:34 (5.2 mb)

 "Booth Shot Lincoln"- sheet music (pg 1) - (84 kb)

 "Booth Shot Lincoln"- sheet music (pg 2) - (144 kb)

Listen to the lead tracks, follow along with the sheet music and then, once you've got the hang of it, play with the backing tracks!


 

Bing Futch - "Mountain Dulcimer In The Band (Book 2)" with 2 CDs (2009)

Mountain Dulcimer In The Band Book 2Book 2 in the "Mountain Dulcimer In The Band" series features 16 more jam tunes complete with two CDs of leads and backing tracks so you can play along! Featuring insights into ensemble playing technique, the book also allows solo musicians the freedom to explore new approaches to improvisation while having fun as the lead player in the band. Tunes include "Over The Waterfall", "Cluck Old Hen", "June Apple", "Soldier's Joy", "Shenandoah", "Drowsy Maggie" and more! $25.00

 


"Sugar Hill "- lead tracks - 2:33 (2.5 mb)

"Sugar Hill"- backing tracks - 2:33 (2.5 mb)

 "Sugar Hill"- sheet music - (556 kb)

 

Listen to the lead tracks, follow along with the sheet music and then, once you've got the hang of it, play with the backing tracks!



Bing Futch - "Mountain Dulcimer In The Band (Book 3)" with 2 CDs (2009)

Mountain Dulcimer In The Band Book 3Book 3 in the "Mountain Dulcimer In The Band" series is now available! Like the other two books, it comes with two CDs of leads and backing tracks so you can play along! Featuring insights into ensemble playing technique, the book also allows solo musicians the freedom to explore new approaches to improvisation while having fun as the lead player in the band. Tunes include "Scarborough Fair", "Sandy Boys", Swallowtail Jig", "Buffalo Gals", "Golden Slippers", "Angeline The Baker", "Whiskey Before Breakfast", "Liza Jane", "Cripple Creek", "Shady Grove" and more! $25.00

 


"Mes Parents"- lead tracks - 3:18 (3 mb)

"Mes Parents"- backing tracks - 3:18 (3 mb)

 "Mes Parents"- sheet music - (1.3 mb)


"Shady Grove"- lead tracks - 3:22 (3.1 mb)

"Shady Grove"- backing tracks - 3:22 (3.1 mb)

 "Shady Grove"- sheet music - (1 mb)

 

Listen to the lead tracks, follow along with the sheet music and then, once you've got the hang of it, play with the backing tracks!


 

Bing Futch - "Mountain Dulcimer In The Band (Book 4): Christmas Edition" with 2 CDs (2009)

Mountain Dulcimer In The Band Book 4Book 4 in the "Mountain Dulcimer In The Band" series is now available and, by popular request, it features 16 Christmas songs! Once again, offering up arrangements on two discs to encourage and challenge the solo mountain dulcimer player, these tracks feature traditional tunes with a backing ensemble that ranges from Delta blues to a full symphony orchestra! Many of the songs are the arrangements from Bing's CD "Christmas Each Day."

Tunes include "Joy to The World", "The First Noel", "Silent Night", "Jingle Bells", "O Holy Night", "Up On The House Top", "Deck The Halls", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings", "What Child Is This?", "St. Day Carol", "O Tannenbaum", "We Wish You A Merry Christmas", "Go Tell It On The Mountain" and more! $25.00

 


"Joy To The World"- lead tracks - 2:25 (12 mb)

"Joy To The World"- backing tracks - 2:25 (12 mb)

 "Joy To The World"- sheet music - (2.5 mb)


"Away In A Manger"- lead tracks - 1:45 (1.31 mb)

"Away In A Manger"- backing tracks - 1:45 (11.3 mb)

 "Away In A Manger"- sheet music - (1.3 mb)

 

Listen to the lead tracks, follow along with the sheet music and then, once you've got the hang of it, play with the backing tracks!


 

Bing Futch - "Mountain Dulcimer In The Band (Book 5): Spirituals!" with 2 CDs (2010)

Mountain Dulcimer In The Band Book 5

Book 5 in the "Mountain Dulcimer In The Band" series is now available and again, by popular request, it features 16 gospel songs! Once again, offering up arrangements on two discs to encourage and challenge the solo mountain dulcimer player, these tracks feature traditional tunes with a backing ensemble that features up-tempo pieces as well as mellow styles.

Tunes include "Jesus Loves Me", "Amen", "Holy, Holy, Holy", "Precious Memories", "Swing Low Sweet Chariot", "Welcome Table", "What A Friend We Have In Jesus", "Sweet Hour Of Prayer", "Go Down Moses", "Blessed Assurance", "Nothing But The Blood", "Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus", "Amazing Grace", "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" and more! $25.00


 "Holy, Holy, Holy"-sheet music, lead & rhythm tracks - 3:42 (20 mb zip archive)


 


 

Bing Futch - "Mountain Dulcimer In The Band (Book 6): Celtic Edition!" with 2 CDs (2010)

Mountain Dulcimer In The Band Book 6

Book 6 in the "Mountain Dulcimer In The Band" series is now available! Once again, offering up arrangements on two discs to encourage and challenge the solo mountain dulcimer player, these tracks feature traditional Celtic songs with a backing ensemble that runs through ballads and airs as well as fiddle tunes.

Tunes include "The Black Velvet Band", "The Galway Shawl", "Loch Lomond", "Kesh Jig", "The Star Of The County Down", "Muckin' In Geordie's Byer", "The Black Nag", "Planxty Fanny Po'er", "The Irish Washerwoman", "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye", "The Maid Behind The Bar", "Danny Boy", "The Wild Rover" and more! $25.00



 "Danny Boy" - sheet music, lead & rhythm tracks - 3:22 (18.7 mb zip archive)


 


 

Bing Futch - "Dulcimerica: All Over The Map Volume 1" with CD (2007)

All Over The Map Bing's first mountain dulcimer book presents a collection of songs that cover a wide range of genres and styles.  A sort of companion book to his first mountain dulcimer release "Dulcimerica: Volume 1", this collection of 20 tunes features many pieces that were featured on that album including "Swing Low Sweet Chariot/He's Got The Whole World In His Hand", "Please Bury Me By The River Shannon", "This Road This Moment", "Gold Trails Hotel", "From The Hills To The Sea", "'Tis Only Faire" and "Sunday Morning."  Most of those tunes are original compositions and they are joined here by some of Bing's other works including "Summer At The Fair", "Seminole Solstice", "Amazing Grace (Miles To Go)", "I Cried For Days", "The Pirate O'Reilly", "Minutes From Manitou" and "Garden of the Gods."

There is also an eclectic array of arrangements ranging from the traditional ("John Henry", "Juke Joint Hen") and not-so-traditional ("Sandy River Elfman") to the inspirational ("We Shall Overcome") and downright cinematic ("Theme From 'Jurassic Park'", "Old Yeller.") $25.00


 

 

 

 

 


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Bing Futch: Live At Sarasota Folk Festival

Bing Futch - "Live At The Sarasota Folk Festival"  (2014)


With Bing's first live CD "Live At Old Songs!", people who have never seen him live got a taste of his extra-special performances.  "Live At The Sarasota Folk Festival" is a 170-minute DVD featuring two sets by Bing as only he can let it rock.  Laid-back and informal with the audience, this is the next best thing to being there. 

Using mountain dulcimer, Native American flute, ukulele, a looper and bass pedal plus some special guests (Michell and Scott Dalziel, Jenn Weidley, Michelle Fuller, Betty Comora and Hank Woji), Bing swoops the audience along on an unpredictable, frank and funny ride, caught on tape! $20.00
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Method For Chromatic Mountain Dulcimer

Bing Futch - "Method For Chromatic Mountain Dulcimer"  (2014)


Bing Futch's "Method For Chromatic Mountain Dulcimer" is the rosetta stone for those about to embark on a journey into the world of chromatic music on the mountain dulcimer.  Bing makes the transition easy by creating visual connections between standard and chromatic fretboards while laying down the basics of music theory.  This is not a beginner's book!  This is an intense dive into a whole new world for many of you, but you'll emerge knowing that chromatic mountain dulcimer better than maybe even your standard. $25.00

Check out three pages from the book featuring a unique color-coded graph to identify elements of the chromatic fretboard.






Method For Beginning Mountain Dulcimer

Bing Futch - "Method For Beginning Mountain Dulcimer"  (2013)


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 you in this one incomparable volume - technique, repertoire, theory, history and FUN!

Once you've worked your way through this 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!  $25.00




Getting Started With The Mountain Dulcimer
 
Bing Futch - "Getting Started With The Mountain Dulcimer" DVD

"Getting Started" is the perfect introduction to the Appalachian mountain dulcimer.  With sixteen minutes of instruction from Bing Futch, this video will take you from total novice to playing real songs.  You'll learn a bit of history, the parts of the dulcimer, how to tune the instrument and how to read tablature.  Using an innovative split-screen approach, you'll be able to read the tablature AND watch Bing's hands as he plays each song at the bottom of the screen.  A fun way to get started! $15.00







Bing Futch - "Dive!"
  Bing Futch - "DIVE!"
Five years in the making, this epic release is the folow-up to 2007's "Dulcimer Rock", which featured mountain dulcimer in unusual musical settings.  "DIVE!" continues that tradition, though it's not a "dulcimer" album by any means.  Rather, the focus is on the songwriting, arranging and production which results in a roller-coaster ride of styles and emotions.

"DIVE!" is about trying to feel again by diving down deep into the primal nature at our core and confront the demons that relentlessly follow us as shadows. Alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, rocking and rodeo-ing, Bing digs down into  his own past and works through the loose threads of feelings using whatever music fits the heart of the song.  There's country and rock, techno and world beat, pop and folk and much more!  Now available on CD BABY as well as Apple iTunes! $15.00


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Dive! - Bing Futch


Bing Futch - "Live At Old Songs!"
  Bing Futch - "Live At Old Songs"
Recorded live on June 25th, 2011 at the Old Songs Festival in Altamont, New York, this release captures the high-energy, spontaneous and engaging spirit of Bing's one man mountain dulcimer show.  With a standing-room-only audience in attendance, Bing leads the group on a whirlwind tour through a variety of musical styles including a number of signature pieces that he's become known for.  Traditional, popular and original tunes are here in a 55-minute concert that showcases the man in action with his first solo live CD  Now available on CD BABY! $15.00

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Live At Old Songs! - Bing Futch

Bing Futch - "Storm's Sigh"

Bing Futch - "Storm's Sigh"

A collection of original instrumental tracks, "Storm's Sigh" is a quiet and meditative journey into the heart of the tempest of life.  Mountain dulcimer, Native American flute, world percussion and keyboards are used sparingly throughout the album to create a mood of stillness and contemplation.  Some pieces have a traditional song structure, such as "Lubby's Lullabye" and the mysterious-sounding "Homeland" while others offer wide-open musical spaces and environments ranging from the "The Road" to the state of mind that is "Weight of the Way." Perfect for quiet, peaceful nights or bright and early dawns and everything else in between. Now available on CD BABY! $15.00

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Storm's Sigh - Bing Futch

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Bing Futch - "Dulcimerica: Volume 2"

Bing Futch - "Dulcimerica: Volume 2"

$15.00


Dulcimerica, Vol. 2 - Bing Futch


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Bing Futch - "Dulcimerica: Volume 1"
Bing Futch - "Dulcimerica: Volume 1"

$15.00


Dulcimerica: Volume 1 - Bing Futch

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Bing Futch - "Kokopelli Rising"
Bing Futch - "Kokopelli Rising"

$15.00


Kokopelli Rising - Bing Futch

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Bing Futch - "Dulcimer Rock"
Bing Futch - "Dulcimer Rock"

$15.00


Dulcimer Rock - Bing Futch

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Bing Futch - "Christmas Each Day"
Bing Futch - "Christmas Each Day"

$15.00


Christmas Each Day - Bing Futch

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Key West Dulcimer Fest
Various Artists - "Key West Dulcimer Fest"

$15.00


Key West Dulcimer Fest , Vol. 1 - Various Artists

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Mohave - "Clear Blue Trickling"
Mohave - "Clear Blue Trickling"

$15.00


clear Blue Trickling - Mohave

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Bing Futch - "70mm"
Bing Futch - "70mm"

$10.00


70mm - Bing Futch

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