Tunings you like to use on your dulcimer
General mountain dulcimer or music discussions
I learned to play Ionian. Then I discovered Aeolian. It's my favorite.
Funny you should ask about ARRGH. Look up the song 'Key of R'.
I've been off line for awhile, but there are a couple of ways to play Angel Gabriel. I don't have any clean tab, just my chicken scratchings. Are you looking for noter/drone, chording to support a voice or finger picking?
P.S I've sent you a friend request so we can figure out how to get the tab to you.
And she sounds as good as she looks.
My other favorite, an Edd Presnell.
Dusty Turtle said:
Yum. Blue Lion. Yum. Inlay. Yum. Rosewood. Yum.
Stephanie Stuckwisch said:
I bought my dream dulcimer a few years ago - Blue lion rosewood hourglass w /custom inlay.
I tried to play when I was 16, but was never any good - no one around me played a dulcimer and my family was not musically inclined. Still, I kept the dulcimer because I loved what sounds I could make.
When my daughter left for college, I started truly playing and now I think I sound pretty good.
There's a picture of my old girl in photos on this site.
Did you play at 16? It is interesting that this is what you held dear and held onto.
My dulcimers are few but well loved -
1974 Ed Presnell 4 string curly maple top and bottom with walnut sides. I bought it when I was 16. It's the only object I've held onto all these years.
Blue lion walnut teardrop, western red cedar top and tree of life inlay
Blue lion rosewood hourglass, western red cedar top and trilliums w/ dragonfies inlay
I also have a Seagull 6 string guitar - cherrywood with cedar top.
From personal experience, I've found that using the middle, ring and pinky finger for barre chords keeps my wrist in a better anatomic position.
Ken has an article on hand health for MD players on the Everything Dulcimer site. I find it helpful to do a these before and after playing.
I hear you, John Henry. There's a local couple who perform "I Saw Three Ships" as call and response, effectively turning it into a sea chanty.
John Henry said:
Me, I just enjoy the good old fashioned Carols that I grew up with sung with feeling, but not necessarily "the same as". Hence one of my 'first to reach for' CD's is 'A Tapestry of Carols' , ( Maddy Prior with the Carnival Band , Saydisc) Should always be remembered tho' that what many people regard as 'trad English' carols are in fact neither English or traditional, but have in many cases been highjacked from elsewhere.
On my list:
Joel Mabus -How Like the Holly
Ann Hills - On This Day Earth Shall Ring
Loreena McKennitt - A Winter Garden
John McCutcheon - Winter Solstice
Odetta - Christmas Spirituals
William Pint and Felicia Dale - When I See Winter Return
Noodling around - it's my favorite past time. I particularly do it when I'm tuned DAc. Something about aeolian that just leads into improvising.
I'm not on line every day, so this is the first I've seen the discussion.
I don't have a Jean Ritchie style, but I do own 2 Blue Lions. One is a tear drop walnut and the other is a custom hour glass in rosewood.
Janita Baker was good at helping me get the dulcimer that I wanted. She also gently questioned me when I was making requests that weren't in my own best interests.
I love her instruments. Easy to play, a pleasure to listen to and great looking, especially for a traditionalist like me.