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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

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Jean Ritchie playing Shady Grove

Discussion Forum

Prichard Dulcimer - Halsway Carol - 29 Oct 14 13 Replies

I'm sure that I posted…Continue

Started by Robin Clark. Last reply by Robin Clark 18 hours ago.

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 on Monday.

Drink to Me Only - Clifford Glen Dulcimer 9 Replies

I was looking through my…Continue

Started by Robin Clark. Last reply by Lynn austin on Saturday.

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.

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.

How can you tell whether a tune can be played Noter&Drone style 99 Replies

I'm sure its probably just a question of time and experience and that I am showing my musical ignorance but other than trial and error how can you tell if a tune or song you like will be suitable for…Continue

Started by Steve Battarbee. Last reply by Pete Ellertsen Oct 11.

Noter drone teacher in central NC 3 Replies

I am interested to find out if there may be a noter drone teacher in central NC willing to teach an older beginner. I live in Fuquay Varina, south-southeast of Raleigh.ThanksContinue

Started by Richard Streib. Last reply by Pamela Rossetti Oct 10.

Home Sweet Home - Ledford Dulcimer 20 Replies

The more I play my staple…Continue

Started by Robin Clark. Last reply by Robin Clark Oct 9.

String tunings for playing modal tunes... 17 Replies

Just tossing this out.I have a noter/drone dulcimer with staple frets and two fixed drone strings close together.  I need suggestions for string tunings for playing modal tunes.  Tune suggestions…Continue

Started by Gary Urick. Last reply by Ken Hulme Sep 25.

Dance of the Little Dog - for OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players 16 Replies

Friends,Mark and I put this little tune together several weeks ago-- it is named to honor our old & goofy little dog.   NOTES:  I am strumming with a plastic pick cut from the lid of a can of…Continue

Tags: original, tune, guitar, duet, drone

Started by Robin Thompson. Last reply by Robin Thompson Aug 3.

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Comment by Patty from Virginia on July 16, 2014 at 9:20pm

Ken, a true jailbird

Comment by Ken Backer on July 16, 2014 at 7:32pm
Patty, a hawk would have nothing to pay the fine with if you turned it in. Poor thing would just end up perched in a cell playing a harmonica.
Comment by Patty from Virginia on July 16, 2014 at 6:09pm

Okay, some hawk deposited a feather on my patio today. It definitely was a molted feather. It looked a bit ragged. Should I call zoning and turn the hawk in for littering in my yard? LOL

Comment by Ellen Rice on July 15, 2014 at 9:42pm

Oh, I know that one! Apparently young aristocratic Englishmen would spend a season in Italy being educated in art (and romance) - they would pick up Italian styles and preferences for Italian food -- so a young dandy who had just returned from Italy was called "A Macaroni" -- and his snide American cousins just had to have fun with that . . . 

Comment by Patty from Virginia on July 15, 2014 at 8:40pm

Dusty, lol, "and called it macaroni" 

Comment by Dusty Turtle on July 15, 2014 at 7:47pm

Quills had been used for writing for centuries before anyone envisioned a dulcimer, so it was a more obvious choice than it might seem today. And of course, they couldn't buy skinless, boneless chicken breast the way we can today. They had to slaughter and deplume their dinner everyday. "Alouette, gentille alouette/Alouette, je te plumerai . . . " So they wrote with feathers, played music with feathers, and more than one dapper guy might have "stuck a feather in his hat . . . "

Comment by Ken Backer on July 15, 2014 at 7:42pm

Although I have nothing constructive to add, I have been enjoying this discussion on feathers.  Goose, turkey, parrot, seagull, duck - with or without lice.  I do wonder who first started using a turkey feather as a dulcimer pick.  Was it just because it was lying around?  The person could have just as easily picked up a turkey foot and used the long toenail.  Then this would be a totally different discussion   The idea of strumming with a turkey foot isn't very appealing, although you would get three picks at a time.

Comment by Dusty Turtle on July 15, 2014 at 7:40pm

About a dozen wild turkeys (which included a single but obviously overworked Tom) were hanging out across the street today. The babies almost looked like California quails.  I couldn't help but wonder how many good picking quills were in the lot.  Don't worry; I let them be. I'm happy with my plastic, fake turtle shell plectrum.

Comment by RavenMadd Garcia on July 15, 2014 at 7:33pm

we have turkeys in local park ,,,,,a friend sent me a raven feather from tower of london I never used cool......and I have a nesting pair of golden eagles near me ......

Comment by Patty from Virginia on July 15, 2014 at 6:55pm

FF, I've had plenty of experience with turkey feathers. Oh yes I have, LOL. If your way of obtaining feathers is through a local craft store, that's great!!! I'm just giving information for others who may want to try other options. As far as feathers go, do what you all please and use some common sense


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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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