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Three CDs focused on music from Williamsburg, Jamestown, & Yorktown, Virginia, along with music from the great American War Between the States. This unique collection is offered at a special price. More information on each album, including music samples, can be found by clicking the individual album links below:

Celebration of Centuries
Jamestown: On the Edge of a Vast Continent
Tenting on the Old Camp Ground


You Can Compose! Anyone can come up with his or her own new music, no matter what level of understanding of music, using easy-to-understand ideas for improvising and composing! Timothy has carefully written nine pages of helpful concepts that can get you going whatever way you'd like to try --- mostly geared for hammered dulcimer players but usable by really anybody --- and has added an article further developing his unique Alphabet Chart idea, with a final page as a worksheet for you to work with the alphabet chart yourself! (14 pages.) See Sample Page.

A few section titles:

  • How Long Should a Piece Be?
  • Where to Get a Motif to Start With
  • How to End a Section or a Song
  • Pieces That Tell a Story --- Ways to Give a Sense of Progression
  • How to Keep from Being Intimidated by the Process of "Writing Music"
  • What Key Should a Piece Be In?
  • Enhancing Your Inspiration
  • Pathways: Heart First, or Head First?
  • Coming Up with Music Directly from the Structure of the Instrument Itself

Sheet music for some of Timothy Seaman's original compositions as featured on his recordings:

People request sheet music from Timothy of his original compositions. Though Timothy encourages people to come up with their own compositions and arrangements rather than just learn his, he has agreed to make available some "lead sheets" of basic melodies of some of the tunes. Some of the melodies have accompaniment notes included, and others have the letter names of the chords as in guitar lead sheets.

Included are 50 pieces of music on 71 pages for $15. They may or may not be in the key on the original recording.

Sheet Music Packets are sold as PDFs for download only. Adobe® Reader® PDF software is available for free here.

See below for a music sample page and the complete listing of tunes.


Timothy Seaman has a distinct approach to music --- and to the hammered dulcimer in particular --- built on a lifetime of considering both the way music works and the ways in which music can be personally expressed. Over time he has compiled many pages of specific ideas and methods for arranging and composing that anyone can use for many styles of music and any levels of expertise. Most of these were originally written for use in private lessons and workshops, but they should be relatively self-explanatory on their own. (We invite you to call, e-mail, or Facebook-message with any questions or comments.) Here they are grouped according to topic, available for download!

Miscellaneous information on how music works and how to work with it in improvisation and arranging (27 pages).

See below for more details.


Most hammered dulcimer players have their hands working together most of the time, sharing the left-right combinations within the melody and perhaps adding some harmony; and some players build complex piano-like two-handed arrangements from the ground up, where the hands are separated like a duet of two instruments.

Another option for the latter: Timothy has developed an easy-to-understand stylized technique for using set triangular chords in the right hand with any simple melody in the left hand, as carefully laid out with diagrams using four well-loved tunes. This set includes a 14 page PDF document and 10 corresponding MP3s listed below. To see page 1 & 2 of the PDF, click here.

MP3s included in set:

  • Mary Had a Little Lamb (Try it! It's worth it!) --- 1-note, 2-note, 3-note right hand
  • When the Saints Come Marching In --- 1-note, 2-note, 3-note right hand
  • Star of the County Down --- 3-note chords, simpler & more complex
  • Loch Lomond --- 3-note chords, simpler & more complex



Timothy Seaman's two compilation CDs (no overlapping material between them) for a special price.

More information on each album, including music samples, can be found by clicking the album links below:

Common Wealth
Gentle Breeze Beneath the Trees


Two CDs celebrating the flora and fauna of Virginia for a special price!

More information on each album, including music samples, can be found by clicking the album links below:

Sycamore Rapids
Virginia Wildlife


Collected tunes of Christmas on flutes, hammered dulcimer and guitar, all performed by Mr. Seaman. As in other albums, studio multitracking often creates a true ensemble sound. The style and selections make this playable the year round.





A collection of favorite tunes, chiefly Celtic, arranged in a varied, flowing, personal manner with an array of flutes joining the hammered dulcimer and guitar. Also with Phillip Skeens' guitar, Paulette Murphy's keyboard, Rowena Seaman's voice (1 verse).




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