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Aaron O'Rourke - Basic Backup

Regular price $25.00

Have you ever heard two of the "great" dulcimer players, performing on stage together? Ever notice that one of them generally plays a melody, while the other one plays "backup" parts? 

They'll trade off, back and forth, melody and backup. It sounds a LOT better than having both of them playing melody all the time.

With this book, you'll learn (from legendary performer Aaron O'Rourke) how to play "backup". Chops, riffs, bass lines, following the lead player. He makes it sound easy.

You'll be able to use the same techniques when playing with a regular jam, too - nobody should be playing the melody 100 percent of the time, and with this book, you'll have the skills to play a GREAT backup part.

With your purchase, we'll email you a link so that you may download the PDF version of your new book. 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 each song’s demo track, in MP3 format, so that you can hear how each song/example is supposed to be played (13 tracks)

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

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Owen Lewis
Bacic backup

Very helpful for beginners.

I feel it was over priced.
This book is definitely for beginners.
It did help reinforce what I did know.

Jim Furry
Aaron O'Rourke - Basic Backup

explained what I needed with example for practice

Lori L
Very Helpful

Mr. O'Rourke presents different methods of backup in easy to understand instructions. He gives tools that a player can quickly learn to use right away and expansions of these that take more time and effort to learn. It's great because it allows a player to grow in skill and confidence when playing with a group. I know that I will find this book to be very helpful as I work to improve my backup skills (and to get over my shyness and fear of playing with others!).

Jane Riggs
Aaron O'Rourk Basic Back Up

We bought this book to help us play duets. One of us can play backup while the other plays the melody. It is definitely more interesting than both of us just playing the same thing. We just got it so we are still in practice with it. Good stuff!


Fine, this book will help me.