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Chromatic Dulcimers

For players who enjoy playing dulcimers with ALL the frets!

Members: 48
Latest Activity: Apr 3

How many frets do you have?...

Welcome chromatic players! 

Remember that FOTMD also has a group called "I Have Extra Frets!"  where you can discuss the use of dulcimers with just some extra frets, like the 1 1/2 fret, etc.  This chromatic group is for those who want every fret there is to be had!

Discussion Forum

Why do you like to play Chromatic Mountain Dulcimer? 16 Replies

What made you try it?  What makes you keep playing this kind of dulcimer?  If you are just exploring the idea, what looks attractive and what appears to be frightening or confusing?I have been…Continue

Started by Steve Eulberg. Last reply by Steve Eulberg Mar 13.

Strings on a Chromatic Dulcimer 1 Reply

Are the strings on a chromatic dulcimer equal distance apart or are they the same as a regular dulcimer with the two melody strings closer together?   Please advise.  Thank you.Continue

Started by Catherine Polley. Last reply by Skip Feb 22.

chromatic dulcimers 3 Replies

I have just signed up with the John C Campbell Folk school to make a chromatic dulcimer.  A couple of years ago I made a regular lap dulcimer and now want to branch out to the chromatic.  So,  I will…Continue

Started by Catherine Polley. Last reply by Skip Nov 18, 2013.

Makes of chromatic dulcimers 2 Replies

What makes of chromatic dulcimers do people have?  Right now I have Windy River cardboard dulcimer, and I think I want a real one.Continue

Started by Kathy Wilson. Last reply by Cindy Moriarity Jul 7, 2013.

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Comment by Catherine Polley on February 22, 2014 at 9:16am

Are the strings on a chromatic dulcimer equal distance or are they like the regular dulcimer?

Comment by nik o'sullivan on September 4, 2013 at 6:51am

Speaking of chromatic dulcimers here's an interesting langeleik.  I got it from the Digital Museum Norway http://digitaltmuseum.no/ which has lots more photos of langeleiks.

Comment by LESLIE LAND on July 20, 2013 at 6:38pm

Hey Bobby, really enjoyed it.  That is a little feller!  Thanks for posting!

Comment by Cheryl Johnson on July 20, 2013 at 6:21pm

Ken, thanks for that resource.  Very helpful!

Comment by Cheryl Johnson on July 20, 2013 at 3:58pm

Bobby..you are so funny....I like that figment thing.  I think you could play noter on about anything!  Thanks for posting this.  And the little dulcimer sounds great really!  Sure are a bunch of frets!

Comment by Bobby Ratliff on July 20, 2013 at 2:30pm

Here's one I was messing around with a new chromatic with a short scale:

Comment by Bobby Ratliff on July 20, 2013 at 2:24pm

I chose dgd because Ilike the fret pattern better then GDd.I can simply move down the appropriate amount of frets and play the same chord patterns. Or, I can use my capo and play the same chord patterns and then do a lead break in fingerdance drone style or noter drone style. I have several chromatic videos but I think they are all in noter/drone or fingerdance drone style. I may have one or two doing the combo style. I'll look and see

Comment by Ken Hulme on July 20, 2013 at 1:40pm

Me?  Chromatic dulcimer?  Not is this lifetime!  But I did sleep in a Comfort Inn once

I suspect tuning will depend on what notes/chords you need; just as they do with a diatonic fretboard.    www.strothers.com has a Chord Wizard you can use to find the chords -- there's both a diatonic and chromatic version.

Comment by Cheryl Johnson on July 20, 2013 at 11:59am

Thanks Ken.  What I'm wondering is if any tuning may be more advantageous for physical chords??  I'm going to have to write out a chromatic fretboard in DAD, DGD etc so I can get a better picture in my head.  I'm not very good at 'seeing" it without a physical picture.  Do you have a chromatic that you play??  I supposed you could play noter style with chromatic frets...although most of the tunes I play  I think all those frets would just get in the way....more to hop over.

Comment by Ken Hulme on July 20, 2013 at 11:55am

Cheryl. Most folks tune chromatics the same as their traditional  dulcimers -- DAA, DAd, etc.  Bobby tunes DGd which is the so-called Reverse Ionian tuning in the key of G.  Take your DAd tuning and drop the middle string down one tone to G.

 

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