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Modern/Chord style Players


Modern/Chord style Players

Do you play chords and fret across all strings? Then this group is especially for you!   This is the place for talking modern chord/melody style playing, the use of a capo, fretting on all strings, using additional frets, flatpicking melodies on all strings, and playing a variety of modern popular music.

Members: 364
Latest Activity: 17 hours ago

Discussion Forum

Star-Spangled Banner 3 Replies

I taught a workshop recently on "Unexpected Songs That Don't Require Extra Frets."  (One of my favorite topics ... along with unexpected songs that do require extra frets.    )  While I was…Continue

Tags: Sam, Edelston, Anacreon in Heaven, Banner, Spangled

Started by Sam Edelston. Last reply by Sam Edelston 17 hours ago.

I sound like a bad guitarist 4 Replies

Hi folks,I have 2 songs I've written that need a lively upbeat strum but it seems that no matter what I try, I sound like a bad guitarist! My (probably foolish) approach has been to just start…Continue

Started by marymacgowan. Last reply by Guglielmo Apr 10.

Playing chords on Tennessee Music Box 6 Replies

Is it possible, or even practical, to attempt to play chords on a TMB which only has frets under the melody string?Continue

Started by Gary F Smith. Last reply by Matt Berg Mar 31.

Finding Chords 14 Replies

I have been playing around picking out some songs by ear. What i have been doing is getting the guitar chords for the songs to give me a base to start with. So far it mostly works. The sites I use…Continue

Started by teri awbrey. Last reply by Christina Murrie Mar 6.

Strings for lower tuning 1 Reply

Do I probably need heavier gauge strings for playing in a lower key, so strings are not to sloppy, and what would all suggest for those tunings?

Started by Edward I ball. Last reply by Robin Clark Feb 24.

What is an H7 chord? 11 Replies

I admit to being a rookie when it comes to playing music but I have played around with it all my life and i have never heard of an H7 chord.  Is there also an H chord and does my dulcimer secretly…Continue

Started by teri awbrey. Last reply by teri awbrey Feb 23.

New to chording. Need advice on where to start. 6 Replies

 Hello FOTMD.  I am learning how to chord after three years of fingerdancing. I got a Dulcimer chord book today. But dont know where to begin. Any one have any suggestions on what tunning to start…Continue

Started by Nila atkins. Last reply by Edward I ball Feb 23.

Chords in DAc 33 Replies

I have a 1.5 fret so I can get a lot of minor out of DAd.  Still, there are times when there is no avoiding that B flat.  So I do still play some in DAc.  I never do it often enough to learn chord…Continue

Started by Ken Babb. Last reply by Guy Babusek Feb 21.

A Fine Tuning Question 21 Replies

I like to play with the double melody string setup in DAdd and have a question that's been bugging me.  On one of my dulcimers in particular I notice that when both melody strings are tuned "dead on"…Continue

Started by David R. Brown. Last reply by john p Feb 6.

Question on reading tabs 6 Replies

I have just started playing chords and looked at some tabs for Home on the Range but don't know what some of the symbols mean. For example, a dot placed on the line of a particular note, or a finger…Continue

Started by Peg O'Grady. Last reply by Jan Potts Jan 21.

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Comment by Phyllis Rose-Whitt on March 11, 2014 at 10:20am
Does anyone have a Bonnie Carol or Nicolas Hambas hourglass regular dulcimer? I would really love some feedback.
Comment by Linda Jo brockinton on February 5, 2014 at 12:44pm
David I have some chord sheets I can share with you. You can email me from my site
Comment by David Falk on February 5, 2014 at 12:38pm

Thanks so much Linda Jo Brockinton. I will look this up and implement them.

Comment by Linda Jo brockinton on February 5, 2014 at 10:17am
Hi David
There is a tutorial on here by me about chords in C.
Basically DAD is the key you are in the Mixolydian tuning. So you can play in CGC, AEA etc and all fingerings are the same.
I like using the chord shapes as there are only 6 and in each shape one of the fingers tells ya the chord you are playing. Much simpler to me to just have a system where you can fig at a glance what you are playing without having to get out charts.. That's just me . This video tho in CGC explains all that in C . There are basically 3 majors and 3 minors and a couple of sevenths unless you have some extra 1/2 frets.
Comment by David Falk on February 5, 2014 at 9:25am

Thanks for welcoming me to the Chord players  group.

Love to find a source for DAD chord chard revealing majors,minors, sevenths,and diminished. Appreciate any guidence.

Comment by Barbara-Lee Jordan on December 28, 2013 at 2:01pm

Wow, Larry, this worksheet is excellent !  Thanks for making it available for all of us.  I spend quite a bit of time transcribing music in other keys to DAD, and this will help a lot!  Great job!

Comment by Nancy Snyder on December 27, 2013 at 11:01pm

Larry, I am so grateful for your file on all the DAD chords.  I am in Arizona and trying to play along with a music group here that is mostly guitars with a few fiddles.  I am really learning a lot, trying to play chords with music that I don't really know.  Your chart will be very helpful.  When they call key of B flat or G sharp, I just sit back and listen and enjoy!  Otherwise, I am trying to train my ear to hear the chord changes.  It is fun!!  Thanks again.

Comment by ellen horn on December 23, 2013 at 11:46am

Thanks, Larry.  I just downloaded that and it looks great! Ellen

Comment by Larry Edward Smith on December 23, 2013 at 10:25am

Greetings William,

Here is an Excel file compiling all of the DAD chord variations I've been able to find for various keys, including some 4-equidistant chords. I hope the link opens OK.


Comment by Jud Barry on December 23, 2013 at 10:07am

Here is a diagram of DAD chords from Stephen Seifert. He calls this his "old" diagram, but to me it looks clearer than the "new" one. However you can go to his website ( and find links to both sets.


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