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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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Any tips on hardening the tips of the fingers

Any ideas at all are very welcome as the tips of my left fingers are very sore Thanks Berty

Started by Albert Smith

6 11 hours ago
Reply by Byron Kinnaman

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

1071 15 hours ago
Reply by Gail Webber

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

38 yesterday
Reply by marg

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

11 on Tuesday
Reply by Colleen Hailey

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

21 Oct 24
Reply by Pete Ellertsen

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 Oct 24
Reply by marg

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 Oct 23
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 Oct 21
Reply by Vonnie Galusha


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


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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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