"Sounds good to me.... I can't remember my name, let alone the notes on my fret board's, but I do get used to patterns..
and each finger... both hands, get used to those patterns... pretty soon you can mix up the patterns and make music,…"
"Until recently I had an easy fix for grey hair. No sooner would grey hairs begin to appear in a section of my hair than my recedding hairline would receed right past that section. Voila!! No grey hair. The receeding has finally…"
"I didn't mean to imply anything was "necessary". Just what I find I need for myself. Not "memorization" per se either, just learning each tuning as its own entity rather than relating to another. But that's just me."
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"I would disagree that memorization is necessary for "fluency." Again for me playing from sheet music, unless a very large jump is involved, I don't usually read the actual note after the first measure or so. Instead I read…"
"I see Guy posted a helpful response while I was typing....
Guy, I take a similar approach on my banjo. 5-string Banjos are similar to dulcimers in that they are tuned to a specific key that utilizes open strings very well for that…"
"I understand what you are saying Ken. I used to face this same block when I used to play mandolin years ago. If your dulcimer were chromatic it would be ideal with your desired approach, especially if you also used capos. But the…"
"I think of each tuning uniquely rather than in relation to other tunings. I experience each tuning I use as having its own personality so to speak. I think in terms of shapes when I play chords so it just works more easily for me to have a…"
"While a discussion of alternative tunings for playing out of the key of F is an interesting discussion, it is not what I started this thread to talk about. Perhaps it will go better if I generalize it further: when you are playing in a tuning that…"
Thanks for all the welcomes. I have been in on-line dulcimer communities since the mid-90's. I started on the old sweet music list serve and since about 2002 I have been dulciken on ED. I just decided to expand my horizons a bit.
...For warmly greeting new members and making them feel welcome here on FOTMD!
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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.