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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

Discussions Replies What everyone's up to!...

so far :-)

hi to all! i'm back, for a while perhaps :-) last weeks i was out to dance almot every night, and the work is really tiring, and so i lost…

Started by Matteo

7 11 hours ago
Reply by Matteo

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

8 15 hours ago
Reply by Jill Tyler-Endicott

Why am I getting this clacking sound?

I am a beginner so I'm sure this is something I'm doing wrong.  When I am strumming I get this clacking sound of the pick against the strin…

Started by John Lee Wilson

9 yesterday
Reply by David Lynch

Sweet Woods Beginner's Dulcimer

I recently purchased a used Dulcimer to restore.  Before I started work on it I put a new set of strings on and started to learn to play. …

Started by John Lee Wilson

9 yesterday
Reply by David Lynch

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

5 yesterday
Reply by Strumelia

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

997 on Saturday
Reply by Rich Labbe

Different tuning

I am a beginner and my dulcimer came tuned to Dadd.   I bought a book that was Daaa and changed to that tuning.  My first instrument is the…

Started by Harris Gurowitz

8 Jul 19
Reply by folkfan

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.

5 Jul 11
Reply by Kitty L.

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

14 Jul 7
Reply by Babs Greene

How do I play with guitar players at a folk song/60's night?

Hi All,  I'll bet this has been addressed here before but I haven't found the thread just yet.  I am a fairly new player. I have been invit…

Started by Ellen Rice

22 Jun 30
Reply by Gerald

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