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Aaron O'Rourke - Faster, Cleaner, Better

Regular price $25.00

This exceptional book (from dulcimer superstar Aaron O'Rourke) will teach you how to play just like he does. Ha! For most of us, that's unlikely to ever happen. But by working through the exercises in this book (and paying close attention to his text instructions, too!) you'll get a lot closer.

A lot of "how to" books are dry, and a bit dull. This one isn't - you'll see progress from the first week you use it, and keep on getting better every day you work on your technique. 

With your purchase, we'll email you a link so that you may download the PDF. The PDF file is in ZIP format - you'll need to unzip the file after your download is complete.

After you've extracted the files from your ZIP folder, you can print the sheet music, or enjoy it on your tablet or PC.

Your ZIP file will include:

  • The complete book, in PDF format (57 pages)
  • A folder with recordings of each song/exercise, in MP3 format, so that you can hear the sheet music as it is written (tracks)

This book is published by Fingers Of Steel, and is made available here as an authorized, licensed download.

Customer Reviews

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Terri Cohen
Faster Cleaner Better

This book will be a long term project for me. I am just getting started on my dulcimer journey. This book will be a go to from the beginning as I try to understand fingering and get my hands to work together. The exercises are challenging for me but my hope is that I will improve over time.

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Linda B Likavec
Taking the challenge to play better

I found this book through advertising and decided to purchase it. While I doubt I have the desire to play as well as Mr. O'Rourke, it is challenging me to be a better player. I have only started working the exercises but already see where the benefits lie and where I have already begun the process of playing more smoothly and with greater skill and dexterity.

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cynthia Lee
Excellent Help for Better Practice Sessions

Aaron O’Rourke’s “Faster, Cleaner, Better” is helping me practice more systematically with noticeable daily improvement and enjoyment. Hammer-ons and pull-offs, for example, are illustrated within easy practice scale intervals. I re

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Lyvonne
Faster, Cleaner, Better! by Aaron O’Rourke

My first dulcimer lessons was Beginners Boot Camp at Black Mountain in October, 2021. I have been jammin’ using two chord strumming accompaniment, staying off the melody string in order to keep up with the group. I knew over the holidays that I needed to transcend into the melody string sometime. I read the Folkcraft news letter; “Faster, Cleaner, Better!” was the topic. I have only worked through two chapters and immediately applied some of the techniques. Example, using your “pinky” for bar chords. I am excited to continue learning to play Melodie’s the correct way, rather than trying to correct my fumbling old way. The book also offers the concept that the best way is the easiest. But sometimes you may not be doing the easiest, because change is difficult, you need to give it a try. Excellent book for learning, great investment!

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Gil Martin
Set aside A LOT of time

Requires frequent practice if you are a beginner like me. Still only on page 10