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Good Old Summertime - 1-3-5 mountain dulcimer tablature arrangement by Merv Rowley and John Sackenheim


"In The Good Old Summer Time"

For first-time users of the 1-3-5 tuning, this tune is one of America's long-time favorites. It is quite easy to play and is therefore a good way to begin to learn the basic chord patterns. As an introduction to "color" chords for harmony, this arrangement uses several E major and E7 chords for effect.


The tab form being used for all arrangements we have posted to date is based on the chord/melody playing style, with timing notes shown as arpeggio chord notes. Please note: In playing, these timing notes can be fingerpicked, as shown (and heard in the TablEdit sound file), or strummed while holding the chord.  It is important to hold the chord-do not pick up your left hand while playing the "extra" notes.


Mountain Dulcimer tablature arrangement by Merv Rowley

TablEdit by John Sackenheim

There are two pages in various formats (some are larger for those that have DSL or Broadband).

Lyrics: Ren Shields

Music: George Evans

Arr: Merv Rowley © 2004

Published: 1902

This tablature is available in the following formats:


TablEdit:  "In The Good Old Summertime" - .TEF


Adobe .PDF:  Page 1  and Page 2

Printable Webpage:  Page 1 and Page 2


.JPG Format:  Page 1 and Page 2


Midi File:  Produced from TablEdit

  Click to go to the TablEdit website and download their free demo version

If you do not have the Tabledit program, please click on the TablEdit banner to download a free .tef reader program.  It includes the ability to play this song at a slower speed (great for learning). TablEdit is a program for creating, editing, printing and listening to tablature and sheet music (standard notation) for fretted, stringed instruments.

  Click here to download a free version of Adobe Reader

Adobe® Reader® is a free software for viewing and printing Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files.


At this time we will be using the .MIDI music files produced by TablEdit..




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