So is a new baritone going to be giving me fits, or joy?
General mountain dulcimer or music discussions
:Well oh my ever lovin' good grief! We have GROUPS! Who knew!? (well obviously everybody but me, hehheh)
Okay, Dusty T, do you do online lessons? Would you be willing to take me on when this bad boy gets delivered so walk me through some tunings and strings and whatnot? If you don't do this, no problem but I wanted to ask!
Hi Dana. I can do online lessons, either using Skype or another product called Zoom which I find works a little better. I would send you a URL, you click on it, and boom, we have live audio and video. If you really are interested, just send me a personal message or contact me through River City Dulcimers and we can talk about the details. If not, don't worry about it. Just keep posting questions here.
The key to the question you are asking is, . . . er . . . uh . . . keys. When we tune to DAd or DAA we are almost always playing in the key of D. Baritones are tuned a fifth or a fourth step below to the key of G or A. So if you tune your baritone to GDG or AEA. you can indeed, as others have explained, use tab for DAD and you will sound fine, so long as you are playing alone. But you won't be able to play with other dulcimer players tuned to the key of D.
Yes, you could use a capo, but then you would be playing in the same range as a regular dulcimer, which defeats the point of a baritone. If you mainly play drone style, you could tune the baritone to ADA and pretend you are playing in DAA. The drones will be reversed, but you could still follow tab for the melody string. IF you want to play chords, though, you would need to learn brand new fingering.
And since we all need more and more instruments, another possibility would be to get a bass dulcimer, which is tuned an octave below a standard dulcimer. Then you could follow the same tab as everyone else but still be in the key of D. However, those bass strings get pretty heavy, so better work on your finger strength!
Finally, remember that there is not only a noter/drone group here at FOTMD, but a baritone group, too. If you want to continue this discussion about how to play a baritone with others, I would suggest starting a new discussion in the baritone group so it could be more easily found in the future.
updated by @Dusty Turtle: 05/02/17 12:33:51AM