News in 2013

December 17, 2013

The seventh and last in this series of new holiday videos: 'The Wexford Carol.' We hope these have been a blessing!

December 16, 2013

The sixth of the seven new Christmas videos: 'Away in a Manger.'

December 15, 2013

The fifth of the seven new holiday videos: 'What Child Is This' ('Greensleeves')!

December 14, 2013

The fourth of the seven new informal videos of hammered dulcimer for the holidays: Vivaldi's Winter Largo from The Four Seasons!

December 13, 2013

Another e-newsletter was just sent out about two big events in January at this link.

And the third installment of seven Christmas dulcimer videos: We Three Kings of Orient Are!

December 12, 2013

Our latest e-newsletter is available at this link!

And the second of a series of seven new informal videos is 'The Holly and the Ivy'!

December 11, 2013

For hammered dulcimer players, in my blog here's an explanation of my new arrangement of 'The First Noel,' with a video of the arrangement. (For anyone to watch and listen to!)

November 26, 2013

Today's blog post features a video and pdf of Timothy's version of 'Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming' on hammered dulcimer.

November 16, 2013

A new informal video: One of Timothy's own compositions, 'Sycamore Rapids'. (Please note that there are meaningful paragraphs in the text area below each of Timothy's Youtube videos.)

November 15, 2013

Here's our new e-newsletter!

November 14, 2013

A new blog post for you hammered dulcimer players: One way of playing 'Silent Night' using 'thirds' harmonies! Time to enrich our Christmas repertoire!

We've posted another video: Timothy's solo hammered dulcimer version of 'The Cuckoo's Nest', 'Redwing', and 'Listen to the Mockingbird' similar to his recorded track on the album Virginia Wildlife!

November 10, 2013

Another informal video by Timothy: The hymn 'Fairest Lord Jesus' on solo hammered dulcimer, arranged using his pianistic separated-hands technique.

November 8, 2013

For many years Timothy has played a unique version of Pachelbel's Canon in D that he developed for solo hammered dulcimer, and he recorded it in 2004 on the holiday album Profound Joy; now it's on an informal video you can watch here.

October 28, 2013

We now have had over 123,000 discs and tapes made! (Plus countless downloads!)

October 24, 2013

New blog post about how hammered dulcimer players can set up on stage: Can they see you?

October 22, 2013

The new blog post: How can a musician make a fresh and creative arrangement of an old or new piece? Here are some ideas!

October 22, 2013

Virginia Water Radio has a great new episode on the Clinch Mountain area, and again they've featured one of our tracks! Have a listen here.

September 28, 2013

A new blog post: Craving wide-open spaces!

September 18, 2013

The new blog entry has two videos of 'Shenandoah' on solo hammered dulcimer, showing and discussing one approach to how a familiar tune can be played spontaneously each time!

September 16, 2012

The new blog post today is an arrangement of the Appalachian folk hymn masterpiece 'Wondrous Love' on solo hammered dulcimer: a video, and, for hammered dulcimer players, a discussion of the arrangement.

September 13, 2013

Today's new video is a pair of Appalachian folk hymns, 'Pilgrim (John Barleycorn)' and 'Bound for the Promised Land' on solo hammered dulcimer. A similar arrangement is on the album Cleansing Fountain.

September 12, 2013

Another new video just uploaded: Timothy's solo hammered dulcimer version of the great Appalachian folk hymn 'Amazing Grace', in a version similar to the one on his album Cleansing Fountain!

September 11, 2013

The newest video posted on Youtube: The African-American spirituals 'Wayfaring Stranger' and 'Wade in the Water' on solo hammered dulcimer, similar to the duet version on our album Wayfaring Stranger!

September 10, 2013

We've just posted a new video of the Timothy's composition 'Preservation' on solo hammered dulcimer, plus a pdf of the sheet music for players who want it!

September 6, 2013

The newest blog post is a link to an archived article I wrote in 1999 about Timothy's musical life up to that point, for Dulcimer Players News.

September 4, 2013

New blog entry "Playing in an ensemble" --- A number of years ago Timothy “brainstormed” a list of topics to consider when you’re a part of a musical ensemble. Here it is for your consideration and use!

September 3, 2013

Here are four of our newest videos, all posted today: Timothy's unique versions of classic Scottish airs 'Loch Lomond'; 'Wild Mountain Thyme'; 'Auld Lang Syne'; and 'Ye Banks and Braes o' Bonny Doon'!

August 30, 2013

Another new blog post: Today's it's a video of Timothy's first composition from 1990, Midwinter Etude, played on solo hammered dulcimer, and with fairly detailed information for interested hammered dulcimer players.

August 29, 2013

New blog post: The hammered dulcimer in many lands. Did you know that this instrument has been around for a very long time in many parts of the world? Lots of information is available, and this blog entry points you to some of it!

August 28, 2013

We've just updated and expanded the informational blog entry on pennywhistles, including various explanations of fingering, temperature, etc. Feel free to take a look!

August 22, 2013

There are lots of ways you can create meaningful musical lines to fill in the open spaces in the melody. Timothy's new blog entry explores these!

August 21, 2013

Interested in pennywhistles? Timothy demonstrates twelve different models in this new video!

August 20, 2013

Did you know that the piano came about because of the hammered dulcimer? The new blog post tells about it.

August 13, 2013

An informal video of Timothy's stage performance at the world's largest hammered dulcimer festival in Michigan last month is up! You can view Part 1 here. And Part 2 here. We hope you enjoy them!

August 10, 2013

Newest blog post: Playing without a plan can be great! Are you a musician who is tied to the page? Do you need to have notes printed in front of you in order to play? Or do you have to depend on a carefully rehearsed repertoire?...

August 7, 2013

Alan Raflo at Virginia Water Radio has featured our music on several of his episodes about our state's waterways and nature. Here's the latest one about river bluffs!

July 31, 2013

Today's blog entry: Crossing thresholds. Often when musicians are practicing a new technique or working toward mastering a passage, we find ourselves coming up against the proverbial brick wall: It sure looks like we’re working in vain! Yet a few more earnest runs through the series of movements of our hands, and we still seem to be making no progress….

July 11, 2013

As of today, we have had 122,000 tapes and discs made! (As well as countless downloads.)

July 3, 2013

The new blog entry, for performers: Playing to the audience, or in your own private world! Read it here.

June 27, 2013

Today's blog post: Choosing a hammered dulcimer of your own! Read it here.

June 21, 2013

Today's blog post: It's the Summer Solstice (not the first day of summer)! Read it here.

June 20, 2013

Happy sesquicentennial today to my native state, West Virginia! On June 20, 1863, the western counties of Virginia were admitted to the Union. (By the way, if you're in the Mountain State and would like to get one of our CDs, they have them at the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center!)

June 19, 2013

This week's new blog entry: "Three kinds of tempo flow." Read it here.

June 13, 2013

The new blog entry today: "Phrasing for drama and meaning"! Read it here.

June 10, 2013

Virginia Water Radio has just published their latest episode, and it features one of our compositions on the CD Virginia Wildlife! Listen here.

June 7, 2013

Have you considered whether Timothy's live hammered dulcimer music would enhance your event --- wedding, reception, cocktail hour, dinner, or party? Call us at 757-746-8899 or e-mail us and we can discuss our setup and send you informational materials.

June 4, 2013

Now 121,000 of our discs and tapes have been made (besides countless downloads)!

June 3, 2013

New blog entry: Observations of how we hear music differently --- Read it here.

May 31, 2013

Newest addition to the many fine stores that carry our CDs: Blue Skies Gallery in Hampton, VA!

May 29, 2013

This week's new blog entry: EXCELSIOR! Ideas concerning the concept of "Up" in music arranging --- Read it here.

May 21, 2013

Another new blog entry! A lot of helpful ideas for playing pennywhistle! Read it here.

Also, they've used our music in a marvelous art exhibition called "The Gift of Inspiration" at the Philmont Museum in Cimarron, New Mexico, where I was a backpacking instructor ("Philmont Ranger") for four glorious summers long ago! Read here and here.

May 15, 2013

New blog entry: Stage setup for the audience to see and hear! Read it here.

May 8, 2013

New blog entry: Musical modes are the same as scales! Read it here.

May 7, 2013

Now we've had over 120,000 discs and tapes made, plus countless downloads!

May 2, 2013

For hammered dulcimer players: The new blog entry is about making sure you are heard well by an audience. Are you sure? Read it here (hear?) --- and players of other instruments may get some ideas too!

April 23, 2013

Today's blog entry is a curious but, I think, very useful one: Lessons learned from Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass! Read it here.

April 19, 2013

The latest blog entry is about working with scales, chords, and melody: basic chord theory simply explained. You can do it! Read about it here.

April 11, 2013

We've posted a new blog entry, and it's on the more philosophical side: Two schools of musical thought. It spells out a bit of Timothy's personal approach to musicmaking. Have a look!

March 29, 2013

Historic Jamestowne's archaeologists have released a number of videos about the Jamestown Rediscovery project, and several of them use my music, including the newest one about artifacts recently found in a well:

March 21, 2013

We've added a whole section to this website: The button above, "Music Ed," has information about hammered dulcimers around the world, a set of videos introducing dulcimers, FAQs, links to other interesting music sites, details about our lessons in Williamsburg, etc.! And there will be more to come. Have a look!

March 1, 2013

Our new blog: Timothy has begun a series of blog posts about music, dulcimers, nature, and life --- and four posts are there so far. Check out the ones on improvisation ideas at the blog.

Feb. 25, 2013

Recording: With the recording equipment he uses for his own albums, Timothy Seaman also records projects of many kinds for other musicians, either solo or in groups, with a specialty in acoustic instruments, especially in the folk and Classical genres. Recording can be done either completely live or one instrument at a time using multitrack overdubbing. Call 757-746-8899 or e-mail ("Contact" button above) to get details.

And, by the way, we do sell a couple of brands of fine hammered dulcimers if you're interested!

Feb. 22, 2013

Lessons: For more than two decades Timothy has given lessons on hammered dulcimer at his home in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA, and for a decade in the past taught beginner to advanced beginner flute and folk guitar (and coaching advanced players in expression and improv); now he's offering lessons again on flute, whistle, and guitar, as well as mountain dulcimer and psaltery! If you would like to inquire about these, shoot an e-mail ("Contact" button above) and request the information page, or call 757-746-8899.

Feb. 9, 2013


There are many new features, including

  1. Sample tracks of all 251 of our album tracks;
  2. Digital downloads of all our albums and tracks;
  3. Complete liner notes and artwork of all our albums;
  4. A featured video (lower left) that we’ll periodically replace with a new one;
  5. Downloadable sheet music of Timothy’s original pieces and Appalachian folk hymns;
  6. Downloadable composition and arrangement ideas, and special hammered dulcimer techniques;
  7. Buttons (above) with links to YouTube and other social media!

And if you’d like to be added to our monthly e-newsletter, feel free to fill in the request form at the left.

We hope you’ll find this new site easy to navigate, interesting, inspiring, and useful. Let us know what you think! There is much more to come.

We look forward to seeing you in person this year at a concert or festival.

Archived News (from the old site)

*** Timothy demonstrates how to play Silent Night. View it here on YouTube. For those looking for the PDF Timothy talks about in the video, you can download it by clicking here.

* Our new recording for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Tenting on the Old Camp Ground, is available! Feel free to listen to the samples to the left, and to order through the Shopping Cart! We strive to have a same-day turnaround for CD orders.


** Bart Smith has made a great photo montage about the North Country National Scenic Trail, and he's used our pieces "Hiking in the Highland Firs" and "Hazel River" as the soundtrack! You can view it at

*** We are on YouTube! Ann Robinson and others have made informal videos of outdoor and indoor performances and posted them; also, Peter Budnikas has videoed a concert and Ann has produced some versions of it for YouTube. To see these, go to ***

* For a YouTube video of Rudolf Serkin as a very old man playing the last part of Beethoven's sublime last piano sonata, click here. This power, depth, beauty, and inexorable structure epitomizes what I wish my hammered dulcimer playing could become! And for another video of a transcendent master: Glenn Gould playing Bach in a manner that encounters ultimate reality, click here:


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