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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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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

13 4 hours ago
Reply by marg

Am I too old to learn to play dulcimer?

I thought this would be an interesting discussion in the beginners' group. I just wrote a blog post about this question, and here are my th…

Started by Strumelia

24 10 hours ago
Reply by Deborah McBain

It's coming tomorrow!

Stupid Christopher Columbus! My dulcimer is sitting at the Post Office waiting to be delivered. Then again, I'm scared of its arrival. I me…

Started by Amish Ed

21 10 hours ago
Reply by Helen Seiler

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

12 on Wednesday
Reply by Vonnie Galusha

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

1059 on Tuesday
Reply by Helen Seiler

Have a Dulcimer coming my way

Just ordered my first dulcimer. I ended up getting one from Ron Gibson. Here's a pic of the one I chose. Looking forward to getting started…

Started by Play4Him

8 on Tuesday
Reply by Terry Fritz


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.

24 Oct 16
Reply by Ken Hulme

Personal preference question on stringing

Single or doubled melody strings?  When I was first introduced to the MD, I saw most folks playing with only a single melody string.  Now,…

Started by Rick Garrett

11 Oct 7
Reply by Skip

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

33 Oct 6
Reply by David Lynch

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 Sep 30
Reply by Ken Hulme


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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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