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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…

Started by StrumeliaLatest Reply

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First paying gig

Well, after two years of playing I have my first paying gig.  I was asked to play at the grand opening of a Farmer's Market at a small town…

Started by Terry Wilson

21 1 hour ago
Reply by Terry Wilson

Beginner Players May 2014 Challenge

The discussion about "What are you working on this week" is always interesting. I hereby challenge my fellow Beginner Players to post a vid…

Started by 10ashus

9 20 hours ago
Reply by Edward I Ball

Worthwhile to buy from Craigslist as a brand new dulcimer fan?

I've spent the last several weeks looking and reading and thinking and comparing.  I've been debating between two student/beginner dulcimer…

Started by Jennifer Dillon

20 yesterday
Reply by Colleen Hailey

New to me dulcimer

I believe I got lucky and got me a very good dulcimer to begin with.  Its a Bill Berg hour glass and it come with a custom wooden case.  Th…

Started by GABE WATTS

17 on Wednesday
Reply by Jan Potts

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

958 on Wednesday
Reply by Geekling

Cherub Violin Pick-up (about $10) useful for Dulcimer

If you are looking for a cheap pick-up for your dulcimer then here is an option worth considering.  It is the Cherub Violin Pick-up WCP-60V…

Started by Robin Clark

10 on Tuesday
Reply by Colleen

Buying a dulcimer online

I know this is a much discussed topic. I thought I'd start a new discussion to go with the new year for people shopping in 2014. I recently…

Started by Ellen Rice

63 Apr 15
Reply by Ellen Rice

String Type?

I recently purchased a used McSpadden Dulcimer - Redwood Top, Walnut Sides and Bottom, Hourglass standard model, and I love the sound it ma…

Started by Sue Fawcett

20 Apr 14
Reply by Terry Wilson

Tuning question

Hello, I just bought a korg tuner that shows the octave your'e in. So is a and d in octave 4 vs. A and D being in octave 3? thank you very…

Started by Terry Evans

13 Apr 11
Reply by Terry Evans

Music notation article

Something I wanted to share.  Music notation has been a like a ghost to me.  I always wanted to understand it instead of looking a tab all…

Started by Terry Wilson

3 Apr 7
Reply by Terry Wilson


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I have a main blog for Traditional style mountain dulcimer playing here: Mountain Dulcimer Noter-drone Blog This is an old style of playing where you only fret your notes on the melody string, while letting the drones strings ring open. In my blog, I express my personal views about playing, I offer free TAB and free beginner videos, and I try to help beginners understand in a very basic simple way the 'mysteries' of playing the mountain dulcimer in traditional modal noter/drone style.

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