Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players


OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players

If you are an avid fan of the older traditional mountain dulcimer playing styles and music, declare your old fashion passion here amongst kindred souls similarly addicted! ;D

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Jean Ritchie playing Shady Grove

Discussion Forum

Jessie James - Mawhee repro dulcimer - 18 Mar 15 40 Replies

I received one Kevin…Continue

Started by Robin Clark. Last reply by Robin Clark Apr 16.

Tabs for Wild Colonial Boy in Daa 4 Replies

Does anyone have tabs for Wold Colonial Boy in Daa?  Thanks.Continue

Started by Terry Weaver. Last reply by Jim Fawcett Mar 30.

Donald Graves show trimming & using a feather as a pectrum 8 Replies Folks I see people using a feather as a plectrum with the butt end down and…Continue

Tags: pectrum, feather, Graves, Donald

Started by Lexie R Oakley. Last reply by Lexie R Oakley Mar 28.

Red Wing - Mawhee Dulcimer 11 Replies

I was searching for more info…Continue

Started by Robin Clark. Last reply by Bob Reinsel Mar 24.

Sweet Bye and Bye - McSpadden 13 Replies

A simple version…Continue

Started by Robin Clark. Last reply by Robin Clark Mar 17.

Boulavogue - Clifford Glen dulcimer 9 Replies

Tull Glazener has posted the TABs…Continue

Started by Robin Clark. Last reply by Robin Clark Mar 7.

Miss McLeod's Reel by Fiddle Whamdiddle (Vi Wickam and Steve Eulberg) 12 Replies

Here is a video of our performance of this Scottish-American tune with fiddle and Galax mountain dulcimer with noter and turkey quill at the…Continue

Started by Steve Eulberg. Last reply by Lexie R Oakley Mar 4.

Question on playing Drowsy Maggie 3 Replies

This has always been one of my favorite tunes. However, I can't for the life of me figure out how to make this sound good on a dulcimer in a noter/drone or fingerdancing style. For those unfamiliar…Continue

Started by Michael Wood. Last reply by Robin Clark Mar 4.

900 Miles - Presnell Dulcimer 19 Replies

One of my favourite tunes…Continue

Started by Robin Clark. Last reply by Larry Hicks Mar 3.

Cedar Swamp - Amburgey Dulcimer 11 Replies

I was listening to the old 1953…Continue

Started by Robin Clark. Last reply by Ken Backer Mar 3.

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Comment by Gail Richter on August 30, 2014 at 11:59am

A couple of well known players say popsicle sticks and half spring clothes pins (not some newer short ones).

Comment by John Gribble on August 30, 2014 at 10:30am
Judy, I like a longish one, about 5 1/2 inches long. I find holding a short one creates a lot of tension in my hand. But like the others have said, experiment and find what works best for you.
Comment by Greg Gunner on August 30, 2014 at 10:23am

I would say approximately 5-6 inches long.  But instead of making yourself one temporary noter, why not make a half dozen or so?  Noters are the like picks. They constantly get lost or left behind.  Your dowel noter will work just as well as the expensive, lathed turned fancy noters.

Think of noters in the same way you think of the tires on your automobile.  They are going to wear out and need to be replaced, and you probably want to have a spare on hand for the inevitable situation where the original needs to be replaced.

Comment by John Henry on August 30, 2014 at 10:19am

Hand !!!

Comment by John Henry on August 30, 2014 at 10:18am

In the region of 3" to 4", depending on the size of your and, and its 'feel' (special to you ?

If your dowel is long enough experiment and cut a couple !


Comment by Judy K Gillett on August 30, 2014 at 10:15am

I found a dowel stick and want to make a temporary noter out of it.. How long should I make it?

Comment by Chuck Clark on August 4, 2014 at 6:16pm

Thanks, guys.  Matteo's guard looks to be a simple adhesive bandage - a cheap and functional approach that I will try when we practice tonight.

Comment by nick o'sullivan on August 4, 2014 at 11:29am

Hi Chuck, There are many songs referring to playing till your fingers bleed.  You don't want that to happen but persevere and the tips your fingers will harden.  Nick 

Comment by Bobby (Maxspop) Bingham on August 4, 2014 at 9:14am

John P. and Chuck, I think I heard Matteo say once that the nore he uses is a section of modified bamboo that wraps his finger.

Comment by john p on August 4, 2014 at 9:00am

Hi Chuck,

Matteo's member page

Take a look at one of Matteo's videos and you'll see he uses some sort of finger guard.
Perhaps if you sent him a message he'd be able to give you some details.


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