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Butch Ross - All The Strings, All The Time

Regular price $15.00

A lot of dulcimer tab books include intricate, complicated (and cool, no doubt) arrangements that sound utterly amazing.

But, remember that dulcimer music was originally "melody string only", and the other strings were "drone notes".

With this book of classic tunes, Butch Ross (who is perfectly capable of both creating and playing those complicated arrangements) has given us a return-to-the-roots type songbook.

The title of the book - "All The Strings, All The Time" tells it all. No complicated right hand picking - just strum. All the strings. All the time.

The result? Great sounding, traditional versions of outstanding dulcimer music. Enjoy!

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 (33 pages)
  • A folder with each song in a separate PDF, so you can sort the titles alphabetically (22 files)
  • A folder with recordings of each song, in MP3 format, so that you can hear each song as it is written (24 tracks)

This book is published by Butch Ross, and is made available here as an authorized, licensed download.

Songs included:

Boil Them Cabbage - DAD Tuning
Shortnin' Bread - DAD Tuning
Old Joe Clark - DAD Tuning
Cotton Eyed Joe - DAD Tuning
Cripple Creek - DAD Tuning
Little Brown Jug - DAD Tuning
Grey Cat On A Tennessee Farm - DAD Tuning
Go Tell Aunt Rhody - DAD Tuning
Camptown Races - DAD Tuning
Ode To Joy - DAD Tuning
Liza Jane - DAD Tuning
Fly Around (My Pretty Little Miss) - DAD Tuning
Waterbound - DAD Tuning
Going To Boston - DAD Tuning
Rock The Cradle Joe - DAD Tuning
Mississippi Sawyer - DAD Tuning
Boil Them Cabbage 2 - DAD Tuning
Cluck Old Hen - DAC Tuning
Greasy Coat - DAC Tuning
Shady Grove - DAC Tuning
Ground Hog - DAA Tuning
I'll Fly Away - DAA Tuning

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Great book!

This book offers some simpler versions of tunes and it makes it easy to concentrate on smooth playing, strumming techniques and timing. I would definitely recommend this book for less experienced player as well as intermediate player to take another look at how you are playing. I should also mention that the tunes are simpler at the beginning of the book and get progressively more difficult as you move through the book.

Susan VanDerMolen
Precision and just as advertised

The book is exactly as it was discussed on the website. Not only did I get the book but also the MP3 files for each song. You may view the song in the book, or as an individual file. I have had fun playing the songs. I have not tried the alternate tunings, however, there are enough songs in DAD tuning to keep me busy for a long while. I am a beginner player. Thank you for the book and the nice choice of songs to play. I only wish I had the words to the songs, as I don’t know several of them.


Great book for the beginning dulcimer player. It progresses from the simple to the more challenging. Very pleased with my purchase.