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Tuning to a key

I am playing in a Fake Book,which is in key of C. How should my dulcimer be tuned--DAa , dad, ccg or some other? Also, if possible, how sho…

Started by RichLatest Reply

Your beginner progress this week- I'm working on...

Hey newbies and dulcimer beginners- Post here to tell us about something you have been working on or learning this week! There is nothing t…

Started by StrumeliaLatest Reply

What kind of dulcimer do I need?

Beginners- Not sure of what kind of dulcimer you should get? Wondering if your current dulcimer is 'good enough'? Are you thinking maybe th…

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The dreaded dotted note - Ashogan Farewell

I am working on "Ashogan Farewell" and it sounds fine in my living room (slow, but nice).  I am going to have a challenge when I go to play…

Started by Ellen Rice

13 on Thursday
Reply by Lexie R Oakley

Your beginner progress this week- I'm working on...

Hey newbies and dulcimer beginners- Post here to tell us about something you have been working on or learning this week! There is nothing t…

Started by Strumelia

1090 on Thursday
Reply by Lexie R Oakley

Small hands, short fingers!!

I need some help concerning reaching chords/frets etc..  What do I do when my hands cannot reach the frets for a particular chord?  Or, whe…

Started by Catherine Polley

22 on Wednesday
Reply by Albert Smith

Traveling with a Dulcimer

I am flying to Illinois and would like to take my dulcimer. I was wondering if any one has taken their instrument on the plane with them. I…

Started by Judy Balek

6 on Monday
Reply by Judy Balek

Multiple dulcimer Stand

Started by Nancy A Parker

13 Nov 17
Reply by Gary Major

It's coming tomorrow!

Stupid Christopher Columbus! My dulcimer is sitting at the Post Office waiting to be delivered. Then again, I'm scared of its arrival. I me…

Started by Amish Ed

24 Nov 14
Reply by Cindi Zechman

Any tips on hardening the tips of the fingers

Any ideas at all are very welcome as the tips of my left fingers are very sore Thanks Berty

Started by Albert Smith

14 Nov 11
Reply by robert schuler

Grace Mountain Dulcimer

Grace Mountain: Does anyone out there own a Grace Mountain Dulcimer and if so, what is your opinion of it, as a good beginner's dulcimer? T…

Started by George Kasnic Jr.

18 Nov 10
Reply by Terry Fritz

playing in G or A?

Hello I'm hopeing someone can advise me regarding = playing in the key of G without a capo.! And also the key of A assuming your dulcimer i…

Started by Gary McNaughton

14 Nov 3
Reply by Cindy Stammich

DAd and DAA?

I have a dulcimer that I have tuned to DAd.  I am just starting, but seem to like the noter style of playing. People also talk about DAA.…

Started by Birrell Walsh

11 Oct 31
Reply by Ken Hulme

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