Getting Started Experience the joys of playing
a stringed instrument!
Whether you are new to strings, or trying out a new
instrument, try the tablature system so that you can quickly play a recognizable
tune, like Mary Had A Little Lamb.
Learning scales, notation, keys, chords, and all that
stuff will come - If you stick with it. In the meantime, you will
be actually playing music! That, I think, makes learning music all
the more enjoyable.
Note: References to Dulcimer in these pages refers to the
instrument also called the Appalachian, mountain, plucked or lap dulcimer.
Easy - Beginning songs -
These basic songs are written in notation with tablature
for string instruments, primarily violin and mandolin. Some also show tabs
for mountain dulcimer, guitar or bass.
If you already play a stringed instrument, by all means
move on to:
The example from Mary Had A Little Lamb illustrates tablature
for four different
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Easy Lesson Pages - These basic songs are written
in notation with tablature
A Little Lamb - Key of D - Notation in treble and bass clefs
and tabs for violin, mandolin, dulcimer, bass. Shows chords for accompaniment. Twinkle,
Twinkle Little Star - Key of D - also known as the A B C Song.
Tabs for violin, mandolin, dulcimer. BaaBaa
Black Sheep - Key of D - Similar to 'Twinkle' with a few added
notes. Tabs for violin, mandolin, guitar. Go
Tell Aunt Rhody - Key of D - Familiar folk song. Tabs for
guitar, violin, mandolin, dulcimer and bass. Chords for G and D7 for guitar,
mandolin and ukulele.
- Key of D - A favorite Gospel song " . . . O Lord, kumbaya." Tabs
for violin, mandolin, dulcimer. Introduces the 8th note, dotted
quarter note, and the tie symbol.
Ladder - Key of D - "Another well-know Gospel song,
We are climbing Jacobs ladder;" Tabs for violin, mandolin, dulcimer. Notation
for duet harmony instrument. The letter names are shown under the notation.
(D, F#,G etc.)
Liza Jane - Key of D - Peppy tune, sometimes played for square
dancing, yet is easy to learn. Tabs for violin, mandolin, dulcimer. Introduces
the 'repeat' sign, and dotted half note. Sweetly Sings the Donkey - Key of D - Can be played
as a 'round.' Tabs for violin, mandolin, dulcimer and guitar. Introduces
the half rest sign.
So Good - Key of G - Tabs for violin, mandolin, guitar. Written for
two different fingerboard positions. Introduces transposition - playing in
You Sleeping (Brother John) - Key of F - Duet/round - Tabs
for violin, mandolin.
Baby - Key of G, with chord accompaniment and lyrics - Tabs
for violin, mandolin. Chords - G, D7 - for guitar, mandolin, ukulele.
Grace - Key of G, 3/4 time - A standard for nearly all instruments.
Tabs for guitar, violin, mandolin. Explains tied notes; bars and slurs.