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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

Members: 521
Latest Activity: 9 hours ago

Jean Ritchie playing Shady Grove

Discussion Forum

Just As I Am - Ledford Dulcimer 47 Replies

I was trying out some different…Continue

Started by Robin Clark. Last reply by Robin Clark 9 hours ago.

Home Sweet Home - Ledford Dulcimer 23 Replies

The more I play my staple…Continue

Started by Robin Clark. Last reply by jeffrey charles foster on Sunday.

Drink to Me Only - Clifford Glen Dulcimer 14 Replies

I was looking through my…Continue

Started by Robin Clark. Last reply by Ken Hulme Jan 16.

Help on couple songs and tabs for New Years Eve 8 Replies

Would like to get a couple song ideas and tabs for New Year songs, please, thank you.

Started by Edward I Ball. Last reply by Steve Eulberg Dec 26, 2014.

Noter Drone Christmas songs 20 Replies

Might already be here somewhere, looking for some noter tabs for Christmas songs.

Started by Edward I Ball. Last reply by Robin Clark Dec 25, 2014.

Drone & Noter Tab 6 Replies

Hello Everyone,It's been a while since I last posted. I've been looking for done & noter tab music for my dulcimer for quite a while now. I visited the Everything Dulcimer website but I couldn't…Continue

Started by John Lipinski. Last reply by B. Ross Ashley Dec 3, 2014.

Prichard Dulcimer - Halsway Carol - 29 Oct 14 26 Replies

I'm sure that I posted…Continue

Started by Robin Clark. Last reply by Robin Clark Nov 13, 2014.

What am I doing wrong? 22 Replies

When I try to play noter drone, my dulcimer sounds kind of whiney.  I never was a fan of the sitar and that's almost what it sounds like.  I have similar results on all 3 of my dulcimers and not too…Continue

Started by Cindi Zechman. Last reply by Cindi Zechman Oct 27, 2014.

The Full English Project at the English Folk Dance and Song Society 5 Replies

The English Folk Dance and Song Society recently finish the enormous task of gathering together and digitizing the major collections of songs,dances and other material that were collected and…Continue

Tags: noter, drone, Lakeman, Seth, Full

Started by Steve Battarbee. Last reply by Steve Battarbee Oct 20, 2014.

noter-drone style TAB for the dulcimer 11 Replies

Hello Everyone,I am looking for a noter-drone style TAB of Away in a Manger. Does anyone have one? If not... Does anyone know where I can get one for free?Continue

Started by John Lipinski. Last reply by John Gribble Oct 15, 2014.

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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 nik 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.

Comment by Chuck Clark on August 3, 2014 at 9:21pm
Playing a lot more than usual and fingertips are showing some soreness. Neber could get used to a noter. Has anyine ever heard of playing with some sort of fingertio pad, probably leather?
Comment by Patty from Virginia on July 17, 2014 at 8:37pm

Ken, LOL

Comment by Ken Backer on July 16, 2014 at 10:37pm
And he'd probebly have to borrow the harmonica from the goose in the cell next to him, who was doing time for pooping in a park.

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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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