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Number 5-16

musician/member name: Education
Duration: 00:06:41
All poplar 26 inch VSL "Betty". Bone nut and bridge, hand rubbed oil finish with bees wax. Thomas style tail piece and Wittner tuners. Explanation of scale for modal playing in all four modes.((NOTE John Henry reminded me the strings on a traditional piece and a contemporary are not the same. The bagpipe tunes the center drone up to "d". A regular middle string on a contemporary dulcimer may not pull up that high!))
Erin Hussey
12/02/16 09:24:36PM @erin-hussey:

Looks and sounds like a lovely dulcimer. I love how quickly you retune into the different modes. Sounds like an interesting challenge to find the balance on design to support the multiple modes. Thanks for sharing.

Patty from Virginia
06/19/16 04:36:46PM @patty-from-virginia:

Thanks Dan!!! And could you send me a letter too? Thanks!!! I'm still trying to wrap my mind around reverse Ionian.

Lexie R Oakley
06/19/16 12:13:49PM @lexie-r-oakley:

Excellent instrument Dan and I love this informative demonstration you gave us. Thank you.

06/19/16 07:23:33AM @dan:

That was just four of the tuning and Bagpipe. There are four more!

Irene I wrote you a letter.

Thank you guys!

Dusty Turtle
06/19/16 02:36:27AM @dusty-turtle:

Dan, this is very informative. Thanks for posting.

Dusty Turtle
06/19/16 02:34:55AM @dusty-turtle:

Irene, what is reversed in DGD is the drone. An ionian tuning in D would be DAA, or 1-5-5.  In the key of G, that would be GDD, but by starting in DAD and tuning the middle drone to G, we have DGD, so the bass and middle strings are reversed from an ordinary 1-5-5 ionian tuning, but we can still play the ionian mode (or major scale) on the melody string beginning on the third fret.

06/19/16 12:39:26AM @irene:

the first one is DAD, next Ionian DGD, Dorian DGC, Aolean....what the notes here?  When you say "reversed"?  Grateful for your teaching here.  more information needed.  aloha, irene