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07/13/17 07:05:46PM
225 posts

DAA or DAD as primary tuning ?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I'm not sure that there's more options, just different ones. DAA is probably more useful to noter drone players because of the 'extra' notes below the 'D' on the 3rd fret but there's a lot more written data available for DAd. I imagine everyone starts by playing ND [noter/drone] style at first, it feels natural, and easy to do. Many folks never change to the chord style. It's one of the advantages of taking up this instrument, being able to play how, and what, you want and like.

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07/13/17 04:30:30PM
225 posts

DAA or DAD as primary tuning ?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

VSL = vibrating string length. You can get the gauge from the builder or use a micrometer or vernier calipers. The gauge is the measured reading, ie., .011 [typical for melody strings]. Your string are probably close to; .018, .012, .009, so you can probably go down to DAd but the strings may be a bit slack.

Yep, or you can play one string at a time [finger pick or flat pick with a pick]. These can be done in any tuning. 

 

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07/13/17 02:58:49PM
225 posts

DAA or DAD as primary tuning ?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Maybe. What is the VSL [distance between the nut and bridge] and what is the string gauge [thickness]. You can try loosening them to DAd. The strings may be too small [thin] which will allow the to be too loose or floppy.

This site can give you a starting point for your string gauges, they will be a bit on the light size.

http://www.strothers.com/string_choice.html

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07/13/17 02:30:33PM
225 posts

DAA or DAD as primary tuning ?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Changing to these different tunings is pretty easy. Starting with your present tuning of DAA:

1- to tune to DAdd, tighten the melody string(s) to the same note as the 7th fret on the bass string.

2- to tune to the other tunings, loosen the melody strings from DAdd to the note desired.

3- to tune to other tunings, such as CGc, etc, you usually loosen the strings [there are a few exceptions]. Keep in mind that the DAdd tuning tightens the strings to very close to their maximum strength, about 2-3 notes below breaking point. 

For reference; a standard MD, bass D is D3, A is A3, melody D is D4, and it is written as DAd(d). Bass dulcimers are tuned an octave lower, D2, A2, D3.

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06/29/17 12:13:47PM
225 posts

Seeing all postings in a discussion


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Look at the top of the page and select 'forums', then select 'newest posts'. You could also look at 'discussions' for the highlighted items.

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06/12/17 10:28:58AM
225 posts

Mobilesheets users -question on importing .pdf files with multiple songs


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

Set up 2 folders on a PC, 'PDF'S for tablet' and 'PDF'S on tablet'.

Download MobileSheets Companion and the manual  

http://www.zubersoft.com/mobilesheets/companion.html

Connect to WIFI on both units.

Click on the 3 vertical dots [overflow icon] at the upper right on 1st page that appears [main library of MSP] the tablet then select 'Sync to PC'. 

A popup will appear on the PC allowing you to select the tablet, selet it an click ok at the bottom right.

.on the PC, click on the upper left icon and click on 'batch import' [I think it is] and find the 'PDF'S for tablet' folder, select it and go. I may have left out some steps, going strictly from memory right now [not so good for us old timers :)].


updated by @Skip: 06/12/17 10:31:04AM
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06/02/17 04:57:22PM
225 posts

Will the Circle be Unbroken


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

G=000 or 020, D=010 or 012, C=133 or 333.

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06/01/17 10:04:27AM
225 posts

Action/ nickel under the 7th


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

marg:

skip:

( smaller/thinner/lighter gage string will be easier to push down.)

So a double 10 maybe would be easier to fret (less pressure using my thumb) than a double 12, making a clearer sound?

Yes. It may lose a bit of volume. As to 'clearer sound', that's probably subjective.

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05/31/17 11:58:17PM
225 posts

Action/ nickel under the 7th


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

String size and VSL. For a given VSL/tension a smaller/thinner/lighter gage string will be easier to push down. For a given size/tension a long string is easier to push down. Note that the action is dime next to the 1st fret, nickel ON the 7th fret.

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05/28/17 10:27:19AM
225 posts

Strings


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

The bass string is tuned to the D below middle C, D3. The middle string is to the A below middle C, A3. The melody string is tuned to either the same A as the middle string, DAA, or to the D [D4] just above middle C, for DAd. Middle C is C4. 

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05/02/17 05:05:39PM
225 posts

More than one building group?


Building dulcimers

There's a more focused group under Groups. Look for it at the top of the page.

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05/01/17 11:11:57AM
225 posts

So is a new baritone going to be giving me fits, or joy?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

The big obstruction is the difference in notes between different keys, eg., D = DEF#GABC#D vs A = ABC#DEF#G#A, [G and G# don't usually go together]. Here I may get opposition, but if one of you plays chords only it will sound ok. I've done it when my group plays using a capo, I leave the capo off and just follow the chords. The reason it will work is chords don't change notes, a D = DF#A all the time, regardless of the tune key its used in or the instrument tuning. You can use the same TAB because the chord player will be following the chords not the melody.

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04/30/17 09:41:03PM
225 posts

So is a new baritone going to be giving me fits, or joy?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Changing the strings to DAd size/tuning will result in a DAd sound. It might sound a bit mellower, but probably not, depends on that particular instrument.

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04/27/17 08:43:39PM
225 posts



http://www.bluelioninstruments.com/faqs.html

About 2/3 way down.

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04/25/17 10:55:48AM
225 posts

Roland, MICRO CUBE GX


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

Vs a stick on or under saddle pickup, I guess. I lose track of what I write sometimes. confusey

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04/23/17 10:03:18AM
225 posts

Groups Tab on my profile page????


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

 I think that's groups you've started.

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04/22/17 07:10:21PM
225 posts

Your "Dream Dulcimer?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

A 'dream dulcimer'? There is always seems to be a new one, or a return to a prior choice, as I change/adapt/grow/? [words don't fit]. McSpadden, Bear Meadow, Aolelus, Folkcraft [currently have], Blue Lion [ditto], and others, have been on my list during my relatively short association with dulcimers. Some have been much too costly, but not all. Some I made.

The thing is, once acquired it's no longer are a dream, it's a reality and I dream again.

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04/20/17 05:55:45PM
225 posts

Roland, MICRO CUBE GX


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

Looking at my manual, player/recorder via 3.5mm stereo cable [probably male-male], nothing about a mic.

Just a note, MD's only, no guitars here.


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04/20/17 04:50:34PM
225 posts

Roland, MICRO CUBE GX


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

I've got one. You will probably have to set it for yourself. If you use a mic/mic pickup be sure to set the knob to mic to start with. I don't use the other settings, tremelo, etc., just the 1st knob. Some of those selections are really sensitive and loud. The batteries seem to last a long time. In some ways I think I like my 15w Crate a bit better, larger speaker ad 2 inputs, but it's really heavy. Overall I like the Roland.

If you sing also I believe I would look at one with 2 inputs.


updated by @Skip: 04/20/17 05:03:53PM
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04/19/17 10:57:35AM
225 posts

I am SO in over my head!!!


Chord/melody modern style playing discussions

It may help getting used to using your fingers by 'finger dancing' [fret notes using finger touches, not slides, on the melody string] instead of using a noter. 

Keep in mind that no matter which style you use, you are always playing chords of some type as you strum across the 3 strings.

Hint, press down just enough to make contact with the fret.


updated by @Skip: 04/19/17 11:08:59AM
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04/12/17 01:14:04PM
225 posts

Noter/drone duet books?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Steven Seifert's Join the Jam and Join the Jam, Harmony may work for you. There may be other books with both melody harmony parts that might work for noter/drone also.

One playing an octave higher [add 7] or lower [playing a bass] may work some also.


updated by @Skip: 04/12/17 01:24:13PM
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04/09/17 09:32:45PM
225 posts

What's your Favorite Finger Board length?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I usually use 26.5. I have a 22 1/4 that I play most of the time lately.

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04/09/17 09:27:53PM
225 posts

How and if to add a 1 1/2 fret


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

I've added frets to my dulcimers and some other folks dulcimers. So far the only difference I've noticed is in the appearance of the fret board, not in how they sound or look overall. All of them sound the same as they did before the added frets were installed. I don't play using a noter though and usully use hammer-on's instead of slides. So fo me adding frets is very much a personal preference. Besides you can always have some of each.😆

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04/06/17 12:58:00AM
225 posts

I am SO in over my head!!!


Chord/melody modern style playing discussions

Just a quick explanatory note to add to lisa-goliday's post. The B-minor [vi] chord, shown in her post is found [method described in my post below] using the notes of the D scale [key of D], with the B on the thumb, second note [D] on the middle finger and the third note [F#] of the triad on the little finger. So that B-Minor is BDF#. You always use the scale of the tune being played to figure out the chords [because those are the only notes you have to work with].

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04/05/17 11:30:28AM
225 posts

I am SO in over my head!!!


Chord/melody modern style playing discussions

The easy way to determine the 3 major chords of many keys using the left hand and contiguous letters [DEFGA for example]. This method does not indicate #/b but can get you there. You will need to learn the notes in a key to get the most from this.

1 - Thumb represents the 1st chord, which is the name of the key and the chord; eg., D[F#A] or C[EG] or A[C#E]. This is also called 'I' when using the I-ii-iii-IV-V-vi-vii system. The bold caps are the major chords.

2 - Ring finger represents the 2nd chord; eg., G[BD] or F[AC] or D[F#A]. This is also called IV.

3 - The little finger represents the 3rd  major chord eg., A[C#E] or G[BD] or E[G#B]. This is also called V.

These, and any other chord, consist of the same notes regardless of the key of the tune being played, a D chord is always DF#A, even if the tune is in the key of C or Bb.

Just as a note, using the thumb, middle finger and little finger to represent notes in the same manner will give the notes of any chord, minus sharps/flats


updated by @Skip: 04/05/17 01:55:49PM
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04/01/17 10:28:14PM
225 posts

Dulcimer tunings fitting in with key of C


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

A heavier bass string, about .022-.023. Loosening the strings one tone [step] [ D3 to C3] really shouldn't get that bad, it's only about a half turn of a tuning machine unless you have a really light bass string. 

http://www.strothers.com/string_choice.html

This can guide you in your string choices, it recommendations can be a bit light by a couple of sizes.

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03/09/17 01:15:06PM
225 posts

Finger patterns for playing chords - beginner question


Chord/melody modern style playing discussions

I don't think it's memorizing tab [numbers], more like muscle memory associating how to reproduce the sound with the sound. That looking back and forth will change over time [practice].

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03/09/17 10:21:00AM
225 posts

Finger patterns for playing chords - beginner question


Chord/melody modern style playing discussions

I've also found that a fingering that works with one tune doesn't work well with another. This may be caused by chord order, rapid chord change, comfort, tune tempo/beat  or combinations of these [or additional reasons].

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02/21/17 08:51:47PM
225 posts

Single or Double Melody Strings?


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

I build with 4 tuners, play using 3 strings. It allows double melody, 4 equidistant or single melody string setups.

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02/05/17 10:49:26AM
225 posts

Use of 8 1/2 fret


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

By the way, the distance between the 8 and 8+ frets is less than an 1/8" than that between the 6+ and 7. The spacing is not the challenge, it's the fact that it's there that you need to learn.

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02/04/17 10:43:34PM
225 posts

Use of 8 1/2 fret


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I have a folkcraft with a 22" VSL which has the 1+, 6+,8+, and 13+. and have had no problem with the fret spacing at the high end. You just get used to it like any other spacing. I suggest you get the higher one if you are getting the 1+ and 6+, you may grow into playing at the higher frets over time. Keep in mind the music you play now and any future changes in your play lists and style of playing.


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01/10/17 01:39:06PM
225 posts

Can I lessen a pluckier tone


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

I don't think changing the string[s] a few .001's is going to make much of a difference in the sound, you're still at the same frequency. I suggest you consider trying strings/tuning it as a bass or baritone if the sound really bothers you. Playing a tune using the bass string or the middle string for the melody may give you some indication of what the sound could become.

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12/03/16 08:53:54PM
225 posts

Owweeee! Finger Health!


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

Tape the noter to the splint?  :)

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12/03/16 08:48:35PM
225 posts

All about tuning


Dulcimer history & traditions, archaic music discussions

The MD originally only had frets [think staple like] under the melody string(s), the remaining two were drones. So tune melodies were normally played on the melody string(s) only, with the drones adding to the overall sound/mood. The fret spacing is/was designed so that the note step/half step configuration defining the Ionian mode, which is the same one used to describe or define a 'key', begins on the third fret. So when you want to play in a different key you need to change the tuning to place the key beginning note on the third fret. Then you tune the drones to compatible notes. The DAA tuning has three notes below the D to allow flexibility, eg., Amazing Grace in 'D' begins on 'A'.

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11/17/16 08:53:09PM
225 posts

Bass Dulcimer Strings???


Building dulcimers

I use wound for all [I believe mine's bronze though].

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11/17/16 08:48:37PM
225 posts

Bass Dulcimer Strings???


Building dulcimers

Dwain has posted a lot of good info on his site, I use it a lot. Look at his calculators. 

http://www.bearmeadow.com/build/

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11/17/16 08:23:54PM
225 posts

Bass Dulcimer Strings???


Building dulcimers

Larger string slots [the .052 may not fit in the hole of the tuner]. You may get some buzz if the strings are too close to the fretboard [the bass string primarily] and you pick/strum hard, larger strings seem to have a bit larger string movement [raise the bridge a bit], probably no other problems I can think of right now. The doubled melody may not work out overall, I only use a single. The string tension is going to remain about the same as the standard string tension. The sound should be ok, it has been on the ones I've converted. 

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10/17/16 10:37:21AM
225 posts

shallow legged capo


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Cut a dowel or wood pencil just short of the fretboard width and tape it between the legs of a standard capo. Run the tape parallel and between the strings.

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