Each individual tune includes 2 versions:
- A melody with chords version; and an
- Arranged version close to the way Ruth performs it.
The melody and chords version is good for beginners, also for an accompanist (such as guitar) to play the chords and it's also good to use as a basis for making your own arrangement.
These PDFs are listed in alphabetical order which is the same order in the book and the companion CD.
This, the first tune I ever wrote, was written soon after receiving a kidney transplant. It was inspired by taking long walks on our mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC. During that healing time, I was also learning to play the hammered dulcimer, which opened up a whole new musical life for us. A celebration of new beginnings.
Want to work on valley rolls? Here you go... Also used in this arrangement is a very valuable arranging tool - the diamond shaped chord. With lots of twists in the melody, this little tune reminds us that it's our friends and family who get us through the twists and turns of life.
This tune is in the key of C and makes use of the upper notes of the instrument. Up on the peak of the highest mountain in our area, Grandfather Mountain, gnarled trees grow sideways in the wind. In that harsh environment, a delicate little heather blooms in spring and reminds us that even in difficult times, beauty can bloom.
My Mom, Jessie Mae, had an immeasurable impact on my life. She took me to hear my Dad's orchestra rehearse before I was born, and made sure to get me to every piano lesson, dance recital, theater, concert band, orchestra, marching band, choir, jazz band rehearsal and performance during my growing up years. She was a warm and caring person, and a truly gracious Southern lady who taught me to see the positive side of life.