"Just wanted to point out that the European fretted zithers never became extinct and in many countries experienced a revival in the latter decades of the twentieth century.
Also there is no evidence of fretted zithers associated with sailors. What…"
"One other thought: Many people prefer to play without the doubled melody string, playing their dulcimer as a "true" three string instrument. If you don't want to start with 4-string equidistant just removing your outside,…"
"I have the luxury of belonging to a smallish church with tile floors and a wood ceiling so the room is very live. Plus I play a Simmerman with a false back so my instrument is naturally loud.
About 3 out 0f 4 Sundays I play dulcimer to…"
"One other point on retuning. Dusty is right that if you are changing from DAd to DAc to DAA to DAG you are not changing the key center, D, in all of these cases. I prefer key center to key because you may be changing from D major…"
"One more point. Particularly if you are using the pinkie-ring-middle approach you can often improve the fluidity of your playing by putting a barre chord in back of every chord you play. It does not matter if they are L, slant, or…"
"One thing to keep in mind with these chords if you playing with other people: the further up the fretboard (higher pitch) the more your notes will stand out from everyone else's. Given the volume deficit that we often operate at versus other…"
"It sounds like from your posts, Glenda, that you are primarily interested in playing accompaniment chords with this group. If so I will make an alternative suggestion: just learn the chords. An A chord in the key of D is exactly the same…"
"Also, don't apologize for posting about a book that doesn't come with dulcimer tab. More of us need to escape from the dulcimer ghetto. I play from SMN all the time - melody line and chords is easy to translate to dulcimer.…"
"Personally on that section of the dulcimer I prefer:
D: 2-3-4 (or: 4-5-7)
G: 3-3-5 (or if I want to maintain all slant: 5-6-7 )
Then I can move up the fretboard to:
D: 7-7-9 (or go to slant with: 4-5-7)
"You should not need to retune the guitar. Any of the basic chords you are learning in DAD should be available from a standard guitar tuning. If you play a D chord and she plays a D chord you will be fine. D is D"
"Some variations based on the alto and tenor parts. Finally any tunes you can find from Renaissance and medieval times will work great. A finger picked dulcimer sounds much more like a lute than a guitar does."
"I do play recorder but these days my main recorder interaction is when my recorder playing friend and I get together for duets.
As for repertoire my first recommendation is for anything from the Taize tradition. We play these all the time at church…"
"My best dulcimer was purchased with money from my inheritance after my Mom died. So at first I called her Rachel but that was the name everyone else had used for. I felt uncomfortable with it so I changed to her middle name of Helen and thus she is…"
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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