"I fully understand where you are coming from Rob but here is why I love the extra frets. Frequently at church I will use my dulcimer to accompany myself on a song and then later the pianist will start off leading the congregation and then I…"
"The middle string C is very useful when you are playing key of G out of DAd tuning. You can even do key of C out of DAd using the C and F. The extra frets are very useful for major keys if you frequently play in situations where retuning…"
"My approach to the conversion does not require reading standard music notation, but it does require knowing the guitar tuning, being able to convert the guitar tab to musical notes, and enough musical theory to decipher a group of notes into a…"
"I completely agree with the idea of playing what you like how you like to play it. I certainly play a lot of lute tunes finger-picked chord/melody almost as if I were playing a guitar. I do believe in one sense though that a dulcimer is…"
"One way to get a little purist cred would be to play even older music, something that did not originate as a lute song. The Cantiguas de Santa Maria are tunes that would have originally played with only drones as harmony. Also that music sounds like…"
"I agree with you there. I used to sing in a madrigal group that would sing at a Renfaire 2 to 4 weekends a year. I would do a few duets on dulcimer or recorder with our regular recorder player. Much fun but I am sure not the most…"
"I agree Guy that shape-note is not necessarily considered part of early music. But I do think it is often considered sort of next-of-kin, or if you like this you may also like that kind of thing. My proof would be the number of…"
"I think that there at least used to be a musical tradition that existed between "folk" and classical. This music consisted largely of composed tunes by people outside of the learned "classical" music circles. They…"
"For me, when I work with a melody line that all I want to do is a melody drone arrangement, the first thing I do is try to determine the mode, keeping in mind that the mode may change in different parts of the tune. That analysis then…"
"Actually there is support for considering shape note as "early" music. As noted above the composers and arrangers were mostly amateurs from rural areas. In other words they were isolated from the new trends in classical music…"
"Are you maintaining a steady strum? By that I mean are you strumming every quarter note or every eighth note or whatever? Or to use your counting approach: are you strumming on the numbers or are you strumming on the numbers and the…"
"There are several voicings of the "drone" strings that I would recommend changing in this TAB. In my discussion to follow I will not count the pick-up measure so measure 1 will be the first full measure, the measure with an Em above…"
"I notice you said that when you played Star you used "some" chording. I am wondering if that may have been part of the fiddler's problem. Unless you only left the drone strings unfretted when the music specifically called…"
I'm not familiar with "Lulu", but I do offer copies of my tab/music sheets for sale. If you don't mind, perhaps you can tell me what "Lulu" is, and/or email my record label Aeolus Music with specific requests--as I'm not sure this site is appropriate for that. Still, thank you for your interest. I appreciate it very much.
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.