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This collection is drawn from Ken Kolodner's extensive library of arrangements for thehammered dulcimer, developed from over 30 years of teaching thousands ofworkshops. This first book in this two-book companion collection includes traditional andoriginal dance tunes including reels, jigs, hornpipes and polkas. The repertoire drawsprimarily from traditional music of the United States (Old-Time), Quebec (French-Canadian), Ireland, Scotland and beyond. Each tune is presented as a simple melodywith chord progression along with one or more detailed arrangements, offering a widerange of levels of complexity. Backup and harmony parts are provided for many of thepieces. Included is a discussion of over 20 arranging ideas/techniques. The book isintended to be a lifetime resource for players of all levels. Kolodner is widely known asone of the most prominent teachers and performers of the hammered dulcimer and isespecially known for his teaching of arranging techniques.