General mountain dulcimer or music discussions
Actually, all four of those tunes can be played from DAA. Although I admit Shady Grove and Wayfaring Stranger sound much better played in Aeolian DAC (first note of the scale starts on fret 1) which (as minor tunes) is where they are intended to be played. I play primarily by ear, and don't collect tab, but I'll put those four tunes together in DAA for you.
Danny Boy is almost the perfect Ionian tune fitting between the 1st and 12th frets, ending on fret 3. I learned Star of County Down from an old Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brother's album.
One of the "things" about Noter & Drone [layers is that we're not afraid to change tunings to fit the song. We know it's only a matter of changing the pitch of 1 string! Chord-Melody players try to play virtually everything from DAd.
The noter certainly adds a certain 'flavor' to the dulcimer sound, like nothing else.
Fingerdance is much the same as Noter & Drone -- in that you play the melody on the melody string(s) only while the drones hummmm along. The sound is different because your finger absorbs sound differently than a noter does. FWIW you can't play "Noter & Drone style" by fretting with your finger. A Noter is a separate object held in the hand; not part of the hand itself. It's not just a matter of semantics but also the performance of certain techniques like slides, pull-offs, hammer-ones etc..