While in Kentucky this weekend I learned that Thousand Cankers Black Walnut Disease had been found in Tennessee. A few weeks ago no cases had been reported in the Eastern part of the United States.
This disease can potentially cause walnut trees in North America to become extinct.
It is not a time to give up hope for the walnut tree but it is certainly time to take action. Contact your State Department of Agriculture of University Extension for local information. Some states and counties are already banning the transport of walnut logs, firewood, etc.
I have been working on a book of finger-picked arrangements of traditional tunes for the Appalachian mountain dulcimer.
There will be about 30 tunes in both tablature and standard notation. I will also record two versions of each tune; a version exactly as written and an enhanced version demonstrating what can be added to a written arrangement by the player.
I am considering using the following publishing formats and would like to hear your opinions:
A printed book and an accompanying CD
PDF files of the book and MP3 recordings of the tunes on a CD (no printed book)
I like the idea of publishing the book using a digital format. PDF files can be read on any computer and can easily be printed for personal use. The recordings and tablature/text will always be together; you won’t have one in your hand while searching for the other!
The cost of manufacturing the CDs will be significantly less expensive than printing a book and far less expensive than a book/CD package. This would mean I could sell the project for a lower price.
A digital publication of the book would also save some trees!
There are two potential drawbacks I see to publishing a dulcimer book digitally:
Some people might not want to buy a book on a CD as they prefer books
The tablature, text and recordings would be easier for people to illegally copy and share. Such actions make it difficult for artists to make a living.