I have a Gibson also. It is my "go to" dulcimer. (i.e. most used)
The sixth graders at the school where I work are currently learning about the dulcimer in music class. The teacher has a stack of cardboard dulcimers that the students are learning on; they just recently started, so I don't know what they think of them so far. Some still don't know what the instrument is called. "You know, that banjo kind of thing that you play." Anyway, next week is Spring break and after that, I get to show them my instruments and how to play them. I plan to introduce them to chords in the key of D and see how that goes, since the teacher doesn't chords (she says). If it goes well, we'll see about playing along with a simple tune using chords. Who knows, sometimes the magic works!
A friend of mine and I went down to Nebraska City last Sunday for their living history day and played. She plays hammer dulcimer. We sat in Stirling Morton's office for a while and played, but decided it was too nice a day so we went outside to the entrance portico and finished out the day there. we had a good time and visited with quite a few people.
I plan to learn the tune Wagon Wheel in the near future. Some of my friends know it quite well, and I would like to play along with them better than what I do. Can't post it here, of course, when I learn it well, but at least I'll know the tune better.
That one was just one that is inexpensive and solid. It was just because of your interest in the chords and things. I too have played folk for many years, on guitar though, and love all kinds of music. It might be fun for you - or not. Beware, they are as addictive as dulcimers! And after jamming with one, you'll probably end up with an acoustic-electric tenor or something anyway lol. In any event, I enjoyed our little connection here. Take care.
Dave - may I make a suggestion? As you seem very interested in chords and theory and the like, here goes. Get yourself a Kala Makala Shark soprano ukulele, and the Daily Ukulele book with 365 songs. It has many songs with very interesting chords, and the chord charts are printed on top of the page of each song. Keep enjoying your dulcimer for the traditional music, and use the uke for all the old jazz favorites. A minor 6th chord is just that: a minor triad with a major 6th interval. Have the teacher play the tonic chord, a minor 6th chord for the lV chord, and back to the tonic, and enjoy that beautiful ending to those old jazz standards. I'm willing to bet there's a ukulele club near you, or start one using that book and you'll have a barrel of fun. Any basic theory book will give you what you need. It's just a thought. I love both instruments, and play bass in a 4-part recorder group as well. Have fun now.
No, you didn't screw me up at all. Okay, well, maybe a little at first. So in a "6" chord, the sixth is flatted like the seventh in a "7" chord? I don't play much in C, but I will give it a shot. I'll have to figure out which note to eliminate, as it's tough to play 4 notes on a 3 string instrument. With 7 chords, I play the 1st, 5th and 7th. I guess I'll try playing and see if it sounds better than the 1st, 3rd and 6th. Thank you very much, Cynthia.
music theory really does open up whole new worlds.
Good for you Dave. So few people bother with music theory, and it so broadens your world. At 12 or 13 I could see the I, IV, V chords in the different key, which was already a big help so I could find a key that fit my voice. Here's another good one for you: Any of the old jazz standards, for example Always: a real sweet jazzy anding is the I chord followed by a minor 6th IV chord, followed by the I chord. So in C, use C - fm6 (F, A flat, C, D flat), C. Try it. Hope I didn't screw that up lol.
You're welcome Dave. Keep it going as long as you can. I keep getting knocked off my musical hobby horse, largely for medical reasons, and thought I had it covered with the recorders, then I had skin cancer on my face and couldn't play during this deal either. The recorder group is playing Irish music at a food co-op tomorrow, and I long to be there, but it sure helps to go over the music with the whole group. So rock 'n roll my friend, as long as you can.
Greetings Dave- I know you will enjoy meeting new music folks here!
Dave greetings from Vermont and welcome to the site. Interesting story you told about your dulcimers. I know what you mean about learning from others as I've always relied on the kindness of strangers. Great you're jamming too, and the more strings the better for that.
Howdy and welcome to FOTMD!
Welcome to FOTMD Dave. It's good to have you aboard.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
Dave, glad you got the chance for a little festival/instruction. I have never met Erin Rogers, but know from Dulcimer Players News of her winning some championships and maybe had a record that she was selling. Yeah, not many around here, although, every once in a while someone will tell me they have one, but alas, it is usually a wall ornament. In fact, one of the local eateries is owned by a fine musician who plays guitar and he has one that sits on the wall of the restaurant. It is a little grease covered, but when I am in I will usually take it down and play it. Without a doubt, I am the only one who does.
Talk with you later.
Hey Dave, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.
Hi Dave, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer, and to meet some good people.