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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

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.

Drink to Me Only - Clifford Glen Dulcimer 11 Replies

I was looking through my…Continue

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

Home Sweet Home - Ledford Dulcimer 22 Replies

The more I play my staple…Continue

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.
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


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Visit Strumelia's Beginner Noter-Drone dulcimer Blog

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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