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Bing Futch - "Live From Ditty TV"

 

After winning the 2014 Central Florida Blues Challenge, Bing was entered into the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN;  the largest gathering of blues musicians in the world.  After receiving an e-mail sent out to IBC competitors offering a live concert to be broadcast on the internet by Americana music network Ditty TV, Bing signed up for an 11 am slot on Wednesday, January 22nd and went down to the Memphis-based studio, not knowing where it would eventually lead.

Once sound-checked, the cameras began rolling and the music began; an all-blues set featuring tunes that would later earn Bing the distinction of becoming the first mountain dulcimer player in the history of the IBC to advance to the semi-final round.  During the show, while making music and being interviewed by the affable Rev. Neil Down, something happened back in the the control room that resulted in Bing being offered his very own video show to host on the network called "Rhythm Roots."

This is the set that introduced the Ditty TV producers to Bing's down-home music and likewise down-home personality.  It's a fun and breezy collection of music, stories and folk music history that has aired on the network and is finally available on both CD and DVD!  See how it all started with this delightful double-set that served as a warm-up to the competition later that evening.  A must for fans of Bing's blues music and teaching! CD also available at CD Baby!

DVD only - $20

CD only - $15

CD and DVD combo - $30


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Bing Futch - "Live At The Sarasota Folk Festival"  (2014)


With Bing's first live CD "Live At Old Songs!", people who have never seen him live got a taste of his extra-special performances.  "Live At The Sarasota Folk Festival" is a 170-minute DVD featuring two sets by Bing as only he can let it rock.  Laid-back and informal with the audience, this is the next best thing to being there.  

Using mountain dulcimer, Native American flute, ukulele, a looper and bass pedal plus some special guests (Michelle and Scott Dalziel, Jenn Weidley, Michelle Fuller, Betty Comora and Hank Woji), Bing swoops the audience along on an unpredictable, frank and funny ride, caught on tape! $20.00
 

Watch a preview here on YouTube!


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Bing Futch - "Getting Started With The Mountain Dulcimer" DVD


"Getting Started" is the perfect introduction to the Appalachian mountain dulcimer.  With sixteen minutes of instruction from Bing Futch, this video will take you from total novice to playing real songs.  You'll learn a bit of history, the parts of the dulcimer, how to tune the instrument and how to read tablature.  Using an innovative split-screen approach, you'll be able to read the tablature AND watch Bing's hands as he plays each song at the bottom of the screen.  A fun way to get started! $15.00


Bing Futch - "Method For Chromatic Mountain Dulcimer"  (2014)

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Bing Futch's "Method For Chromatic Mountain Dulcimer" is the rosetta stone for those about to embark on a journey into the world of chromatic music on the mountain dulcimer.  Bing makes the transition easy by creating visual connections between standard and chromatic fretboards while laying down the basics of music theory.  This is not a beginner's book!  This is an intense dive into a whole new world for many of you, but you'll emerge knowing that chromatic mountain dulcimer better than maybe even your standard. $25.00

Check out three pages from the book featuring a unique color-coded graph to identify elements of the chromatic fretboard.


Bing Futch - "Method For Beginning Mountain Dulcimer"  (2013)

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Bing Futch's "Method For Beginning Mountain Dulcimer" is the most comprehensive how-to-learn-the-dulcimer book available.  You'll learn the basics, sure, and start playing songs right away.  Even better, though, is the depth of content that Bing provides for you in this one incomparable volume - technique, repertoire, theory, history and FUN!

Once you've worked your way through this book, you'll be a competent dulcimer player that can enjoy playing with any group.  You'll have a great time honing your skills with Bing, and you'll end up with a wealth of technical skills, music fundamentals, and dulcimer repertoire!  $25.00


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Bing Futch - "Blues Method For Mountain Dulcimer 101" with  CD (2012)

For anyone who has wanted to make the traditional sound of blues music rise up out of their instruments, this book will help to demystify one of the most popular song forms in the world!  Bing Futch's "Blues Method For Mountain Dulcimer 101" is a collection of music theory, exercises and tablature designed to get you familiar with the "language" of the blues.  The book is laid out so that you can pick and choose your path, from fundamental theory to full-on boogie-woogie practice.

 

Don't worry about the music theory being too advanced!  Bing walks through the basics with a clarity fine-tuned by teaching the material in workshops all across the country.  You'll be playing as you're learning, hearing the results on the very first page! Includes a CD filled with exercises, improvisation training and backing tracks for rehearsing the blues in five different keys.$25.00 

 "Check Out This Extra-Big Preview!"- BluesMethod101.zip


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Bing Futch - "Mountain Dulcimer In The Band (Book 1)" with 2 CDs (2009)

A unique instructional book that prepares you for ensemble performance, "Mountain Dulcimer In The Band" features 16 popular jam tunes and two CDs: one to demonstrate varying approaches to rhythm and melody and the other to serve as your very own backing tracks for practice as well as live shows! Along with insights into ensemble playing technique, the book also allows solo musicians the freedom to explore new approaches to improvisation while having fun as the lead player in the band. Tunes include "Black Mountain Rag", "The Boatman", "Amazing Grace", "Spotted Pony", "Mississippi Sawyer", "Southwind", "Old Joe Clark" and more! $25.00 

 

 "The Boatman"- lead tracks - 3:20 (3.1 mb)

 "The Boatman"- backing tracks - 3:20 (3 mb)

 "The Boatman"- sheet music (pg 1) - (92 kb)

 "The Boatman"- sheet music (pg 2) - (188 kb)

 

 "Booth Shot Lincoln"- lead tracks - 5:24 (5 mb)

 "Booth Shot Lincoln"- backing tracks - 5:34 (5.2 mb)

 "Booth Shot Lincoln"- sheet music (pg 1) - (84 kb)

 "Booth Shot Lincoln"- sheet music (pg 2) - (144 kb)

Listen to the lead tracks, follow along with the sheet music and then, once you've got the hang of it, play with the backing tracks!


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Bing Futch - "Mountain Dulcimer In The Band (Book 2)" with 2 CDs (2009)

 

 

Book 2 in the "Mountain Dulcimer In The Band" series features 16 more jam tunes complete with two CDs of leads and backing tracks so you can play along! Featuring insights into ensemble playing technique, the book also allows solo musicians the freedom to explore new approaches to improvisation while having fun as the lead player in the band. Tunes include "Over The Waterfall", "Cluck Old Hen", "June Apple", "Soldier's Joy", "Shenandoah", "Drowsy Maggie" and more! $25.00

 

 

 "Sugar Hill "- lead tracks - 2:33 (2.5 mb)

 "Sugar Hill"- backing tracks - 2:33 (2.5 mb)

 "Sugar Hill"- sheet music - (556 kb)

Listen to the lead tracks, follow along with the sheet music and then, once you've got the hang of it, play with the backing tracks!


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Bing Futch - "Mountain Dulcimer In The Band (Book 3)" with 2 CDs (2009)

 

Book 3 in the "Mountain Dulcimer In The Band" series is now available! Like the other two books, it comes with two CDs of leads and backing tracks so you can play along! Featuring insights into ensemble playing technique, the book also allows solo musicians the freedom to explore new approaches to improvisation while having fun as the lead player in the band. Tunes include "Scarborough Fair", "Sandy Boys", Swallowtail Jig", "Buffalo Gals", "Golden Slippers", "Angeline The Baker", "Whiskey Before Breakfast", "Liza Jane", "Cripple Creek", "Shady Grove"and more! $25.00

 

 "Mes Parents"- lead tracks - 3:18 (3 mb)

 "Mes Parents"- backing tracks - 3:18 (3 mb)

 "Mes Parents"- sheet music - (1.3 mb)

 

 "Shady Grove"- lead tracks - 3:22 (3.1 mb)

 "Shady Grove"- backing tracks - 3:22 (3.1 mb)

 "Shady Grove"- sheet music - (1 mb)

 

Listen to the lead tracks, follow along with the sheet music and then, once you've got the hang of it, play with the backing tracks!


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Bing Futch - "Mountain Dulcimer In The Band (Book 4): Christmas Edition" with 2 CDs (2009)

 

Book 4 in the "Mountain Dulcimer In The Band" series is now available and, by popular request, it features 16 Christmas songs! Once again, offering up arrangements on two discs to encourage and challenge the solo mountain dulcimer player, these tracks feature traditional tunes with a backing ensemble that ranges from Delta blues to a full symphony orchestra! Many of the songs are the arrangements from Bing's CD "Christmas Each Day."

Tunes include "Joy to The World", "The First Noel", "Silent Night", "Jingle Bells", "O Holy Night", "Up On The House Top", "Deck The Halls", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings", "What Child Is This?", "St. Day Carol", "O Tannenbaum", "We Wish You A Merry Christmas", "Go Tell It On The Mountain" and more! $25.00

 

 "Joy To The World"- lead tracks - 2:25 (12 mb)

 "Joy To The World"- backing tracks - 2:25 (12 mb)

 "Joy To The World"- sheet music - (2.5 mb)

 

 "Away In A Manger"- lead tracks - 1:45 (1.31 mb)

 "Away In A Manger"- backing tracks - 1:45 (11.3 mb)

 "Away In A Manger"- sheet music - (1.3 mb)

 

Listen to the lead tracks, follow along with the sheet music and then, once you've got the hang of it, play with the backing tracks!


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Bing Futch - "Mountain Dulcimer In The Band (Book 5): Spirituals!" with 2 CDs (2010) 

 

Book 5 in the "Mountain Dulcimer In The Band" series is now available and again, by popular request, it features 16 gospel songs! Once again, offering up arrangements on two discs to encourage and challenge the solo mountain dulcimer player, these tracks feature traditional tunes with a backing ensemble that features up-tempo pieces as well as mellow styles.

Tunes include "Jesus Loves Me", "Amen", "Holy, Holy, Holy", "Precious Memories", "Swing Low Sweet Chariot", "Welcome Table", "What A Friend We Have In Jesus", "Sweet Hour Of Prayer", "Go Down Moses", "Blessed Assurance", "Nothing But The Blood", "Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus", "Amazing Grace", "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" and more! $25.00

 

 "Holy, Holy, Holy"-sheet music, lead & rhythm tracks - 3:42 (20 mb zip archive)


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Bing Futch - "Mountain Dulcimer In The Band (Book 6): Celtic Edition!" with 2 CDs (2010)

 

Book 6 in the "Mountain Dulcimer In The Band" series is now available! Once again, offering up arrangements on two discs to encourage and challenge the solo mountain dulcimer player, these tracks feature traditional Celtic songs with a backing ensemble that runs through ballads and airs as well as fiddle tunes.

Tunes include "The Black Velvet Band", "The Galway Shawl", "Loch Lomond", "Kesh Jig", "The Star Of The County Down", "Muckin' In Geordie's Byer", "The Black Nag", "Planxty Fanny Po'er", "The Irish Washerwoman", "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye", "The Maid Behind The Bar", "Danny Boy", "The Wild Rover" and more! $25.00

 

"Danny Boy" - sheet music, lead & rhythm tracks - 3:22 (18.7 mb zip archive)


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Bing Futch - "Dulcimerica: All Over The Map Volume 1" with CD (2007)

 

Bing's first mountain dulcimer book presents a collection of songs that cover a wide range of genres and styles.  A sort of companion book to his first mountain dulcimer release "Dulcimerica: Volume 1", this collection of 20 tunes features many pieces that were featured on that album including"Swing Low Sweet Chariot/He's Got The Whole World In His Hand", "Please Bury Me By The River Shannon", "This Road This Moment", "Gold Trails Hotel", "From The Hills To The Sea", "'Tis Only Faire" and "Sunday Morning."  Most of those tunes are original compositions and they are joined here by some of Bing's other works including "Summer At The Fair", "Seminole Solstice", "Amazing Grace (Miles To Go)", "I Cried For Days", "The Pirate O'Reilly", "Minutes From Manitou" and"Garden of the Gods."

There is also an eclectic array of arrangements ranging from the traditional ("John Henry", "Juke Joint Hen") and not-so-traditional ("Sandy River Elfman") to the inspirational ("We Shall Overcome") and downright cinematic ("Theme From 'Jurassic Park'", "Old Yeller.") $25.00