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Well, I can't even listen to an MP3 or anything -- "file not available in your region".    Much of van Arsdale's music was learned from a grandfather.  I did find this mention in Wikipedia about van Arsdale and his music:

"There are two sources for transcriptions of Van Arsdale's tunes. His Dulcimer Heritage album comes with a book featuring all of the tunes on the album transcribed by Nicholas Hawes in standard notation. In addition, a collection of his tunes was published in 1987 as Tunes for the Hammered Dulcimer, As Played By Paul Van Arsdale with transcriptions by Jean Lewis. The book contains 36 tunes, including some of the ones Van Arsdale learned from his grandfather, and three of his own compositions. Jean Lewis' book has been expanded and re-issued in 2008. It now contains about 75 tunes, a biography, and notes about Van Arsdale's playing style and hammers. He died in March 2018 at the age of 97."

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Here is a link to the album Dulcimer Heritage. https://folkways-media.si.edu/docs/folkways/artwork/FLG00087-LP.pdf If you click on the Download Liner Noters LP and scroll through It includes all the music on the album.  Baker's March is on side B track 8 and the music for it is on page 36. You can buy the whole album on CD for $16.99 or $9.99 for a download of the album. You can also purchase individual tracks by download. I think it is wonderful that the Smithsonian Institution continues to offer the entire catalog of the Folkways Records. Did I mention that the download is free? Well, it is, but you might consider at least purchasing the track to keep this vital resource alive.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

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