I either play a chromatic dulcimer as in the tune: Erev Shel Shoshanim, which you can hear on my klezmer band's website: www.extremeklezmer.com or you can play stuff in aeolian or dorian or mixolydian tuning with some extra frets. That's how I do it. I also compose klezmer tunes on the dulcimer which makes klezmer conform to the limitations of the dulcimer. Some tunes you need the chromatic!
Interesting shape! Does this shape have a different tone than another shape, say a tear drop or an hourglass? At a glance, it appears that yours may have just a little more cubic inches in the body cavity? Yours looks about the norm as far as the depth goes. I guess I'm saying.... I like it, thanks.
I'm in the beginning of a build, and I just can't grasp this "zero fret" thing. Is there any way you could email me a drawing that delineates this. I would appreciate it immensely. email@example.com Thanks JL
Warren is a lot of fun to visit and talk to I haven't done much with DAA but am wanting to try it. I love your cigar box dulcimers you do a great job I was wanting to try and make on I have a lot of cigar boxes I've collected.
Hi Diane, after a lot of searching thro' bits and bobs of info, and some experimenting on false fretboards, I went for some softish wire from a garden centre (called gardener's wire!!, or broom wire) I found that the absence of a strum hollow and my style of playing meant that I needed a higher action to the strings, and therefore higher frets, and I did'nt want too sophisticated a look to the finished instrument. Just my choice really.
Diane, How are you? That toy used to be a micky mouse "keyboard". I bent it to have 3 different tone qualities, volume control and 1/4'' plug so it can be plugged into an amp. It's been awhile since I've worked on stuff like that. It's a fun hobby. By the way, I love those instruments on your picture link. Did you make all those?
Diane, the only "exotic wood that I used was mahogany" the rest of the woods are pieces I found around my area where I live. Their all domestic woods. Just not the common domestics used in building instruments. Except for the black walnut. The wood that really is the eye catcher is the persimmons, in all the years I`ve been working with wood, I have never seen any wood like that. It`s just awesome !! Going to have to look for some big pieces for making boards out of for a future instrument.
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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.