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HI everyone! I'm new to the forum and the dulcimer. I'm working through the Complete Dulcimer handbook (Mel Bay)and need some help. The current lesson I'm doing is on set chords and the piece is Wildwood Flower. The chord position goes from 3(middle)/2(melody)....then progresses from 3/4, 3/5, and up to 7/7. Suggested finger pattern in the book is to keep the middle finger on the middle string (3) and
use ring or little finger for 2 and 4...given my hand size, I can play 5 smoothly only with my thumb, , but have a hard time making a smooth transition from 3/5 to 7/7. My hand wants to rotate to an awkward angle and both my fingers feel crowded together at the 7th fret (middle and first). I know that finger positions are unique to the player, with good form, but I'm trying to stay true to the exercise. Anyone have any suggestions?