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Aaron O'Rourke - Secrets To Successful Flatpicking

Regular price $25.00

"Flatpicking." Not that hard, right? You play your dulcimer with a flat pick. Got it. Done. Moving on...

Not so fast, there! When we talk about flatpicking, we're discussing a whole range of skills and techniques, from using (of course!) a pick, but also where to pick, how to pick, when to choose one string over another, how to hold the pick, how to hold the instrument, and so much more. 

This is the perfect book for someone that already plays the mountain dulcimer, either as a fingerpicker (don't get me started again) or as a strummer. Once you get your head around the techniques that Aaron lays out for us here, you'll be able to create your own, unique style of play, mixing flatpicking with strumming and (if you're up for it) a bit of fingerpicking. 

The more you know, the better you play. The better you play, the more fun it is. 

As usual, you can't go wrong with any of Aaron's books, and this is one of his very best.

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 (49 pages)
  • A folder with each song demo track, in MP3 format, so that you can hear how each song/example is supposed to be played (21 tracks)

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

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Jerry Hundley
Great Book

Very helpful information. Great examples and explanations.

Owen Lewis
Flat picking

Very helpful, the gave you a lot of good picking techniques

Gil Martin

Usefulness is limited when you're playing a chromatic instrument

Keith Keener
Flatpicking Tips from the Best

Aaron O'Rourke's flatpicking skills mark him as the most technically skilled Mountain Dulcimer player around today. The tips in this book show how he got there. Of special value is his concern for explaining not only the "what" of technique, but also the "why." The descriptions are especially useful for beginners working on building their flatpicking skills, and the numerous examples and exercises will help more advanced players hone their skills.

Patricia Morrison

Aaron O'Rourke - Secrets To Successful Flatpicking