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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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Beginner's Play Along Videos?

Hi - I was wondering if anyone has compiled videos that are particularly good for beginners to play along with?  I have a dulcimer tuned t…

Started by Birrell Walsh

1 6 hours ago
Reply by Colleen Hailey

Capo use

I saw a capo being used on some dulcimer videos and wondered if that item is something a new player would want in his/her bag? How commonly…

Started by Maggie Kennon

18 17 hours ago
Reply by Ken Babb

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

1039 on Sunday
Reply by John Henry

What is noter/drone style of playing?

I'm confused. In one place I see or hear that playing noter/drone is strumming bum ditty across all the strings with the right hand and pic…

Started by Sam Searls

10 on Friday
Reply by James Phillips

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

9 on Friday
Reply by jeffrey charles foster

starting over, from the beginning...almost.

howdy, Paul here.. A few years ago i built a dulcimer for my daughter hoping she would take to it and i ended up with it for the most part.…

Started by Paul Rohweller

10 on Friday
Reply by jeffrey charles foster

Tuning to A-F#-D

Is it possible to tune my dulcimer to AA-F#-D (open D tuning); what gauge strings would this require? Thanks

Started by Ken Briscoe

8 Sep 3
Reply by Ken Briscoe

I can't print tablature

I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this. When I try to print tab from any site now, all I get are boxes where the notes and tab sh…

Started by Brenda Joyce Rivers

8 Sep 2
Reply by Giuseppe (Joe) Boscolo


Hello. I just started playing the dulcimer lats month. I'm learning from Jean Ritchie's "The Dulcimer Book". She teaches using the major tu…

Started by Kitty L.

20 Aug 21
Reply by Lois Sprengnether Keel

Finally bought a dulcimer...

I have been looking for a dulcimer forever and FINALLY I got one.  Bought this in Owensboro, KY.    :)   I know very little about it...only…

Started by Robyn Spears

31 Aug 21
Reply by jeffrey charles foster


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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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