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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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Quiet Dulcimer?

Why is Alliefair, my dulcimer, so quiet? Whenever I play for someone, especially outside, they say that she sounds pretty, but that she's r…

Started by Kitty L.

7 4 hours ago
Reply by Ken Hulme

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

1047 on Saturday
Reply by Babs Greene

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

11 on Thursday
Reply by Tom McDonald

What are half frets and do I need any?

This is the third incarnation of this piece.  The first part of what follows was initially posted as a response to a question on Everything…

Started by Dusty Turtle

14 Sep 21
Reply by Dusty Turtle

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

3 Sep 18
Reply by jeffrey charles foster

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

16 Sep 17
Reply by Alfredo (Al) Pena

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

11 Sep 17
Reply by Jennifer Wren

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 Sep 16
Reply by Ken Babb

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 Sep 12
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 Sep 12
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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