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Should a beginner buy this 6-string dulcimer/epinette?

Hello all ! I am brand new to the world of dulcimers, and would love to pick your brains if you have a minute. I'm considering buying this...
@Aska started 3 weeks ago - replies: 11

Tuning tip

 You will need a tuner that displays frequency. There are a number of them for cellphones online if needed. When tightening, the approximate...
@Skip started one week ago - replies: 0

Pick Advice Needed

I am a folk guitar player who uses bare fingers or thumb and finger pick - rarely strumming and never with a flat pick.  So as I start to learn to...
@RoyB started 2 months ago - replies: 23

How should I tune?

"I'm confused as to what tuning I should use , everyone uses different it seems , any ideas what tuning is best for a new player , thanks ? "
@markprewett28 started 3 months ago - replies: 24

New player :)

Hello,  I'm mark and I'm 33 from the uk. I have just ordered my first dulicmer, I'm exited to learn to play it. I'm interested in the...
@markprewett28 started 3 months ago - replies: 7

Term definitions please: chromatic & diatonic

I do not understand what diatonic vs chromatic means.  I would also like to understand and know the purpose of a capo.  I've googled and still...
@Buckskinbelle started 3 months ago - replies: 15
Greg Patterson

Good sources/materials for lap cloths?

What's a good source/material for a lap cloth to keep the dulcimer from jumping around? [As much fun as it is honing my Tai Chi skills while...
@Greg Patterson started 8 years ago - replies: 20

Who makes the widest fretboards? 1.5" or wider?!

Hi everyone! Thanks for adding me to FOTMD. You could say I have very fat fingers when fretting, and improving technique and finger strength will...
@gail-a started 5 months ago - replies: 7
Don Smith

need some guideance

does anyone have a suggestion as to how i can get my wife to relax her picking hand as most know my wife has dementia, she was also hit by a hit...
@Don Smith started 6 months ago - replies: 11
Don Smith

New to site and have some questions

hello everyone I play Banjo and Mandolin I am searching for my first Dulcimer and have a few questions   #1- I am looking for a Dulcimer for my...
@Don Smith started 7 months ago - replies: 9
Dave T

barre chord question

Hello, looking for advice on forming these on the dulcimer, which finger(s) to use, do I roll the finger to the bony edge toward the nut like on a...
@Dave T started 7 months ago - replies: 2
Pete Babechuk

The bottom Tablature

Okay, I've googled this a bit. Even watched a video where a young lady was explaining how to play each.Take a look at the linked pdf. I...
@Pete Babechuk started 8 months ago - replies: 5

Ready to Begin!

I got my dulcimer delivered a few days ago. I am so looking forward to learning and making beautiful music! I've been reading over some of the...
@CarolynF started 8 months ago - replies: 5

have some questions about dulcimer care and getting started

hello all, my first post here and have some questions.i just bought a mcspadden m12-w special should be here Tuesday. mcspadden told be it was...
@richmo started 8 months ago - replies: 5

Do I need that fourth string?

Jessica Comeau says in her Dulcimer Lesson 1 to take it off, so I did. Then I watch Stephen Seifert demonstrating his Dulcimer School stuff and he...
@ConnorC started 2 years ago - replies: 31

Awkward breaks in songs

Hello everybody, i stumbled about a problem when trying to play the "Wedding dress" tab from Strumelias great noter/drone blog. Normally I'm...
@jost started 9 months ago - replies: 7

Ken Hulme's "I Just Got a Dulcimer, Now What?" article

A few years ago, member Ken Hulme wrote an article that helps answer many questions that new dulcimer owners have.  Are you a beginner player? You...
@Strumelia started 4 years ago - replies: 4
Learning Always

Dulcimer ergonomics?

I am still at the beginner stages with the mountain dulcimer, and I am loving the journey. I am hoping that someone has tips on Dulcimer ergonomics...
@Learning Always started 10 months ago - replies: 8

A question concerning extra frets on diatonic dulcimer

Hello everybody,my dulcimer has only a diatonic fretboard since I didn't insisted on adding the extra frets when I get it from the luthier....
@jost started 11 months ago - replies: 19

Tips for stringing a dulcimer

As I experiment with different tunings and different string gauges I am replacing strings more frequently than normal. I find it not particularly...
@traildad started 10 months ago - replies: 6
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