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Aaron O'Rourke - 1 1/2 Fret: Using It And Getting The Most Out Of It

Regular price $25.00

So you just bought a new dulcimer, and it has a 1 1/2 fret (also known as a 1.5 fret, or a 1* fret) . What now? How do you "get used" to it? And what, other than fumble over it, can you do with it?

This book takes you, in a methodical and purposeful way, through the process. It is like having Aaron O'Rourke (arguably one of the best dulcimer players on the planet) sitting at your side, helping you make the transition. How to get used to the fret, how to do some new (or newly accessible) chords, how to use the fret as a melodic enhancement. This book has it all, and you really ought to know the stuff he's teaching here. 

To supplement this already outstanding book, we've included (with your download) a folder that has 28 audio files, with demonstrations of the most important examples and exercises.

Take your playing to the next level, and have some fun at the same time with this amazing book!

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 (50 pages)
  • A folder with recordings of each song/exercise, in MP3 format, so that you can hear the sheet music as it is written (28 tracks)

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


Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
Susan DeBell
Great instructional book

I found this book easy to follow and very useful in my goal to learn playing my dulcimer with a 1 1/2 fret. I highly recommend this instructor’s approach.

Maxine Hunnicutt
O’Rouke’s 1+ fret book

Maybe it’s just me but I think the book is overpriced.

Deborah Pullins
New Sound

I have found the book by "Aaron O'Rourke-1 1/2 Fret: Using It And Getting The Most Out Of It" easy to learn from and it's fun to learn the difference in the sound the 1 1/2 fret contributes to the songs when used. I am having fun trying this new fret on my new Folkcraft Dulcimer and applying it to other songs I to find when and where it can be used.

New Sounds abound!!

Nelson Haynes
Good Boo

This is a good basic dulcimer book for those new to the 11/2 fret.

Jim Furry
O’Rouke 1 1/2 Fret

Best I have seen. Gives new ideas and ways to use the 1 1/2