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