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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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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

1016 15 hours ago
Reply by Geekling

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

6 on Friday
Reply by Birrell Walsh

G-G-C?

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

What Octave?

Hello, Are all 4 strings in octave 4?  I knew at once but suffer from dementia and have forgotten. Thank you so much. Terry

Started by Terry Evans

11 Aug 14
Reply by Skip

distance between the strings and the fretboard

Hi everybody, I have a question ; Is it normal that the distance is not everywhere equal? At my new dulcimer the distance at the tail (fret…

Started by Angela Been

10 Aug 13
Reply by Angela Been

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

15 Aug 5
Reply by Jill Tyler-Endicott

distance between the strings and the fretboard

Hi everybody, I have a question ; Is it normal that the distance is not everywhere equal? At my new dulcimer the distance at the tail (fret…

Started by Angela Been

1 Aug 5
Reply by B. Ross Ashley

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

9 Aug 2
Reply by RA Harris

Tuning/Tuners

I've got an old (1970s) Hughes 6 string Church dulcimer made from a kit when I was a kid. It has sentimental value, as my dad made it for m…

Started by Colleen Hailey

4 Jul 30
Reply by Colleen Hailey

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