home

dulcimers

guitars

cases

options

pickup

accessories

books

inlay

faqs

instock

Ordering Info

shipping rates

BOOKS & CD'S

Books: Home for the Holidays / Four String Fingerpicking / Follow Me Merrily / Fingerpicking Dulcimer /
Blues & Ragtime for Fretted Dulcimer

CD's: Stardust / Solace / Blues & Ragtime / Walkin' Around Lucky / Hot Rod Sleigh



IMPORTANT - READ FIRST

ORDERING AND SHIPPING DEPARTMENT CLOSED – 5/5 through 5/15

Blue Lion's Shipping Department (aka Janita) will be closed while Janita is teaching at the John C. Campbell Folk School.  Orders placed during this time can't be acknowledged and will not ship until after  May 15th.

In addition, Bob (who will be handling everything here at Blue Lion and at home) may not be able to return emails or voice mails promptly but he will do his best. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

ORDERING INFORMATION FOR THIS PAGE

Dulcimers are NOT available to order online. If an item does not have an "add to cart" button next to it, it is not available to order online--you'll have to contact us by phone or email. 

Sorry, no online international sales for books or cd's accepted at this time; please call or email us.

We do our best to have all items in stock and ready to ship when your order arrives. If we cannot ship your order within five days we will notify you. If Janita is out of town (she's the shipping department) your order will ship when she returns.  You can always check her calendar to see her schedule.

Shipping Charges: all accessories ordered and shipped with an instrument will ship at no extra charge with the exception of the dulcimer stand or in the rare instance where an accessory order is too large to fit into the same box as the instrument.  In that case, additional shipping charges will apply as noted below.

— Please see our Shipping Rates page for shipping costs of accessories ordered without an instrument and not online —


HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
by Janita Baker

A collection of  41 arrangements for mountain dulcimer for Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas and the New Year.  The arrangements range in difficulty from novice to advanced and include fingerpicking, flatpicking and basic strumming styles. Spiral bound; 84 pages.

BOOK $25.00

CONTENTS

The Angel Gabriel
Angels We Have Heard on High
Auld Lang Syne (two versions)
Away In A Manger (two versions)
Come, Ye Thankful People
Deck the Halls
Gloucestershire Wassail
The God of Harvest Praise
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Good King Wenceslas
Harvest Home
Harvest Song
The Huron Carol
Hush, My Babe, Lie Still & Slumber
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day *
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear *
Jolly Old St. Nicholas
Joy to the World
Ma'oz Tzur
Mi Y'malél *

Now Thank We All Our God
O Chanukah (two tunings)
O ChristmasTree
O Little Town of Bethlehem *
Over the River and Through the Woods
See, Amid the Winter's Snow
Sevivon
Shepherds, Shake Off Your Drowsy
   Sleep
Silent Night
Sing to the Lord of Harvest
Sweet Chiming Bells
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
Up on the Housetop
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy
We Gather Together
We Three Kings
What Child is This *
While Their Flocks the Shepherds
   Tended

 * Songs noted with an asterisk are arranged for four equidistant string dulcimers.

back to top

THE HOT ROD SLEIGH

This is an acoustic collection that celebrates the season with a great balance of light-hearted parody and lovely old country traditionals, with just a touch of delta blues and acoustic swing for good measure. Robert Baker on guitar, National steel and lead vocals; Janita Baker on mountain dulcimer and autoharp; Kelly Powers on fiddle, mandolin, accordion and harmony vocals, Jean Sutton singing harmony, and Peter Morin on dobro.

Compact Disc — $15.00 now $10.00 until January 1

Hot Rod Sleigh Cover

CONTENTS
Click speaker icon to access mp3 sound clip

Wrap My Heart in Ribbons
Santa's Back in Town
The Hot Rod Sleigh
Walkin' the Floor This Christmas
Hesitation Christmas Blues
Winter Wonderland
Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy
Santa the Knife
It's Christmas Time Pretty Baby
Jingle Bell Rock
His Baby Done Changed
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
Reindeer Boogie
Christmas Carols 'Round the Old Corral

back to top

STARDUST

A collection of mostly instrumental arrangements featuring standard, bass and the 5 string AJ baritone dulcimers, Janita is accompanied by Robert Baker's vocals and guitar on three of the selections: Ain't Misbehavin', Paper Moon, As Time Goes By; Robert's guitar accompaniment on A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, and by Robert and Sarah Elizabeth (playing bass dulcimer) on Lennon & McCartney's beautiful love song, I Will.

Compact Disc $15.00 now $10.00 until January 1

CONTENTS

Click speaker icon to access mp3 sound clip

Stardust (H. Carmichael)
As Time Goes By (H. Hupfeld)
Anapau (Traditional Hawai'ian)
I Will (Lennon & McCartney)
Le Cygne (The Swan) (C. Saint-Saens)
Ain't Misbehavin' (T. "Fats" Waller)
Paper Moon (H. Arlen)
Clair de Lune (C. Debussy)
Wild Mountain Thyme
(Traditional)
Nanea Kou Maka i Ka Le'ale'a (Traditional Hawai'ian )
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (Sherwin/Maschwitz)
Goodnight (Lennon & McCartney)

AJ 5 string baritone songs: Anapau, Nanea Kou Maka
Bass songs: Le Cygne, Clair de Lune, Wild Mountain Thyme, A Nightingale Sang
All other songs performed on a Style II Rosewood

back to top

FOUR STRING FINGERPICKING
by Janita Baker
Sixteen arrangements for four equidistant string mountain dulcimer ranging in skill level from advanced beginner to advanced player. Many of the arrangements can be heard on the Solace and the Blues & Ragtime CD.

Book $15.00

CONTENTS

Amazing Grace
Anapau
Baker's Dozen
Baker's New Blues
Bobcat Ramble
Fishing Blues
Home Sweet Home
In Christ There Is No East Or West
Loch Lomond
Maple Leaf Rag
Planxty Fannie Powers
Snowy Owl
Spanish Fandango
The Riddle Song
Weeping Willow
Wylla's Waltz

back to top

FOLLOW ME MERRILY
by Madeline MacNeil and Janita Baker
Thirty four rounds arranged for the mountain dulcimer and suitable for all skill levels. "Playing rounds is a wonderful way to experience the magnificence and beauty of harmony; it can unify a group of players with a synergistic performance, one in which the individual players cease to be individuals and become one with the music."

Book $12.00

CONTENTS

Ah My Heart
Ah, Poor Bird
Bona Nox
Chantez Joliment
Cherubini Round
Come Follow
Come Follow Me Merrily
Day Is Gone
Dona Nobis Pacem
Fox and Geese
Gaudeamus Hodie
Go It Jerry
Hauptmann Canon
Hava Nashira
Hey, Ho, Nobody Home
How Great Is The Pleasure
I Am Athirst

I Walk In Beauty
Jane Glover
Jubilate Deo!
Music Shall Live
Not A Nightingale
Now To All A Kind Good Night
O How Lovely Is The Evening
O'Hurley's Round
Rose Red
Shalom Chaverim
Sing This Grave And Simple Strain
Sing We Now Our Morning Song
The Nightingale
The Sun Is High
Time Sounds Its Evening Call
Wachet Auf
White Coral Bells

back to top

FINGERPICKING DULCIMER
by Janita Baker

A collection of 22 songs arranged in a fingerpicking style for the mountain dulcimer, this book offers a wide variety of musical genres and playing levels. Divided equally between arrangements for three and four equidistant strings, the songs progress in difficulty within each section from beginner to advanced level. Each piece is written in both standard music notation and dulcimer tablature, and is accompanied by performance tips for playing that song. Many arrangements utilize the 6 1/2 fret, and tunings range from standard modal tunings to four-string variations. The arrangements cover a wide range of song styles including traditional ragtime, blues, and classical standards. There is an extensive introduction on playing techniques for both left and right hands, tunings, reading tablature, and dulcimer embellishments. The book includes an online access code to download an instrumental recording of solo dulcimer, designed to give the student a note-for-note reference to each written arrangement while providing a performance-quality listening experience.  (The cd is no longer being included with the book.)

Book w/ Online Audio $23.00  Access to songs by online access code included with book.

CONTENTS

In Christ There is No East or West
House of the Rising Sun
Country Gardens
Londonderry Air
Ode to Joy
Grandfather's Clock
All Through the Night
Trumpet Voluntary
Medley: The Minstrel Boy to the War has Gone/Scotland the Brave
Spanish Fandango
Minuet in G Major
Greensleeves
Andante (F. Sor)
Für Elise
My Old Kentucky Home
Aura Lee
Rondo (Carulli)
Careless Love
Bink's Waltz
The Entertainer
Ragtime Dance
The Old Piano Roll Blues

back to top

 

BLUES & RAGTIME FOR FRETTED DULCIMER
by Janita Baker
Mel Bay Archive Edition

Fifteen arrangements for four equidistant string dulcimer. The arrangements are accurate transcriptions of the songs as performed on the Blues & Ragtime CD and are suitable for intermediate to advanced fingerpicking skill level. Recently released by Mel Bay Publications, this book has been out of print for several years.

Book $20.00

CONTENTS

Baker's Dozen Twelve Bar Blues
Bink's Waltz
Bobcat Ramble
Careless Love
Fishin' Blues
Frankie and Johnnie
Maple Leaf Rag
Memphis Blues
Rocks and Gravel
Solace
St. Louis Blues
Sweet Home Chicago
The Entertainer
The Ragtime Dance
Weeping Willlow

back to top

BLUES AND RAGTIME

Primarily an instrumental album featuring mountain dulcimer as the lead instrument, this recording combines classic piano rag selections with delta and country blues performances to explore two of America's most recognizable musical roots. Several tunes feature guitar and vocal accompaniment, but the dulcimer always remains clearly up front. Displaying the versatility and depth of both the mountain and bass dulcimer, Janita Baker's fingerpicking arrangements are a true measure of the dulcimer's capacity to perform complex music in an elegant and easy-to-listen-to style.

Compact Disc — $15.00 now $10.00 until January 1

CONTENTS

Click speaker icon to access mp3 sound clip

Rocks and Gravel
Baker's Dozen
Sweet Home Chicago
Frankie and Johnny
Careless Love
Memphis Blues
Fishin' Blues
Bobcat Ramble
St. Louis Blues
Maple Leaf Rag
The Entertainer
The Ragtime Dance
Bink's Waltz
Solace
Weeping Willow

back to top

SOLACE

An all-instrumental fingerpicking dulcimer album, this recording presents a wide variety of musical styles performed on standard and bass dulcimer. The dulcimer is accompanied by guitar on Wylla's Waltz and Cry Me A River.

Compact Disc $15.00 now $10.00 until January 1

CONTENTS

Click speaker icon to access mp3 sound clip

Solace
Fishin' Blues
Cry Me A River
Jesu—Joy of Man's Desiring
Snowy Owl
Swan Lake
Wylla's Waltz
When You Wish Upon A Star
Yellow Bird

Yesterday
Clair de Lune
Bink's Waltz
Stormy Weather

back to top

WALKIN' AROUND LUCKY

Acoustic guitar and vocals performed by Robert Baker and accompanied by Janita Baker on mountain dulcimer. Guest artists include Howie Bursen on banjo and vocal, Karen Mueller on Autoharp, Kelly Powers on fiddle and accordion, and Madeline MacNeil and Jean Sutton on vocals.

Compact Disc — $15.00 now $10.00 until January 1

Walkin' CD

CONTENTS

Click speaker icon to access mp3 sound clip

Walkin' Around Lucky
Hobo's Lullaby
Leaping Leo
Waltz Across Texas
Looking Down on the Moon
Dixie Darling
Spanish Fandango
Did I Catch You At a Bad Time
Arlo's Hornpipe
My Rifle, My Pony and Me/Back in the
Saddle Again
California Blues
Let the Mermaids Flirt With Me
Annie
Bill Cheatham
I'm Satisfied

back to top