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11/09/17 09:47:39PM
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Suggested Strings for MD


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The strings recommended could be considered light so you could go to .022/023-.013/.014-.011/012. The lighter strings are easier to press down at the expense of a little volume. It doesn't really pertain to experience, but more to how the feel to your fingers and personal preference. 

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11/09/17 07:23:32PM
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Suggested Strings for MD


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This will help. The results are a bit light so you can increase the size a couple of sizes. You should be aable to find single strings at a local music shop.

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

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11/03/17 04:24:56PM
241 posts

Banjammer plans


Building dulcimers

It's been years since I made mine but here goes. Get a 4-6" drum head [mine is a Remo] or tambourine. I did not have a plan. I sat mine on 3 feet, 2 at the tail block end. I had to play with them to help adjust the bridge height. The bridge should be approximately 1/3 of the drum diameter [maybe a bit more] from the tailblock side of the drum. Be sure to account for this when planning the vsl and the hole for the drum. You're just installing a drumhead in a MD essentially. I don't remember anything about bracing. I made my own bridge similar to a violin.

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10/31/17 10:53:45AM
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Removing a fret


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Maybe it's a matter of familiarity using that fret?

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10/30/17 06:26:43PM
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Removing a fret


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You can slide a knife edge under a corner and pry the fret up but you are almost sure to  create splinters on the slot edge. Frets have little 'teeth' on each side of the tang to grip the sides of the slot. These teeth have a tendency to tear out the surface of the fretboard. There are tools the help prevent that but they don't work 100%. 

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10/23/17 09:03:34AM
241 posts

Spider Capo


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

hewalker, Thanks  for the info. I'm glad you included he photo, it  answers my other concenrs quite well.

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10/22/17 11:40:34PM
241 posts

Spider Capo


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks, missed that and the width range, 1 1/8-2". I wonder if the fingers can be adjusted sideways, can fit over doubled strings and be set up for 3 or 5 courses.

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10/22/17 07:22:51PM
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Spider Capo


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I looked at their site earlier today to see if they published any specs. I couldn't find any. I I wanted to find out what the open width is [ 1 3/8 to 1 5/8"], if the fingers are sideways adjustable so they can be placed over different string spacings and if they work on flat fingerboards [I don't use any of the instruments they make them for]. They also offer custom made. If they will work oh MD's , there could be a lot of unique tunings done.

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10/21/17 10:37:48AM
241 posts

Hollow Fingeboards?


Building dulcimers

I used a mill/drill. I've seen some that were 3 pieces, 2 legs and top. 

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10/03/17 05:32:30PM
241 posts

Tuning Mystery


Building dulcimers

How far off is it?

If it's an uncompensated fixed bridge, you can take a tiny triangular file to the nut side of the bridge and remove a bit of material from the corner of the slot, file at an angle, to effectively, move the string slot corner/edge. The fretted notes are sharpened because the applied tension is too high for the distance between the fret and nut. Compensation lengthens that distance.

Check the bridge to see if the slot is parallel to the top before modifying it. Some have the slots slanted down towards the tailblock. They can't be changed very much because the action goes down as you clear [file] the other edge. You will probably need to move the edge back about a 1/32 - 1/16" or more.

Sometimes a builder will allow for the string tension changes caused by fretting, with good compensation, by doing what you've found. If you're a ND player, compensation doesn't matter because that string, normally, is always played open.

 

 

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09/29/17 09:49:21PM
241 posts

long legs


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

A taller seat/stool or standing with the MD on some kind of stand?

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08/26/17 11:25:12PM
241 posts

Fret Press


Building dulcimers

I use a mill-drill [similar to a drill press] pretty much the same way.

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08/14/17 02:44:29PM
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HOW TO for finding, add audio-video files and your profile.


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 Thank you! I spent a bunch of time, tried everything except that. 

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08/14/17 12:14:24PM
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HOW TO for finding, add audio-video files and your profile.


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HOW TO: 

1- Place the mouse pointer on your name at the upper right.

2- Click 'ACCOUNT SETTINGS'.

3- Click your name on the upper right side of the screen, on the same line as 'ACCOUNT'.

4- Select/Click 'AUDIO' [or Video] from the line of tabs just below you name.

5- Click the '+ [plus]' on the right side of the screen, on the same line as 'AUDIO'.

Enter the appropriate information to upload your file, keeping in mind the rules. 

 

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08/08/17 04:20:00PM
241 posts

Fingerpicking a dulcimer - buzzing problem


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Try without the picks. I fingerpick most of the time. I like the softer sound produced and I don't get any pick noise. :) It may also help pinpoint the problem.

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08/05/17 07:00:19PM
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DAA or DAD as primary tuning ?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

To clarify, all MD's have the ionian scale, it starts on the 3rd fret. The scale name [key] is defined by the note on that fret. DAA is used to play songs in the key of D [D is on the 3rd fret]. MD's having a 6+ fret have 2 ionian scales, one starts on the open using the 6+ and one starts on the 3rd fret using the 6. So, in DAd, you have the notes for the key of G [starting on fret 3] and D [starting open] on the melody string.

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08/04/17 11:12:52AM
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DAA or DAD as primary tuning ?


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Since they have 'chromatic' instruments [all notes/keys available], they play with you or play in the 'keys' [note ranges] you have available. Otherwise you could be retuning for some tunes or adlibbing some notes.

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08/04/17 09:51:00AM
241 posts

DAA or DAD as primary tuning ?


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Don;

Tunings are a physical thing, they are nothing more than the 'open' notes of the strings. The different tunings are used to facilitate physical access to various ranges/arrangements of notes. Most all the rest is music theory, which you can find on the net, in libraries or via classes and will pickup over time.  

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07/27/17 12:05:54PM
241 posts

Audio files not working for me


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I did a search on 'Audio files not working, win 10'. Apparently there has been some audio problems in 10.  This is one of the site I looked at.

https://www.drivereasy.com/knowledge/fix-audio-services-not-responding-windows-10-with-pictures/

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07/13/17 07:05:46PM
241 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
241 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
241 posts

DAA or DAD as primary tuning ?


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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
241 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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06/12/17 10:28:58AM
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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 :)].


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06/02/17 04:57:22PM
241 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
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Action/ nickel under the 7th


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marg:

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( 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
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Action/ nickel under the 7th


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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
241 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
241 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
241 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
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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
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http://www.bluelioninstruments.com/faqs.html

About 2/3 way down.

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04/25/17 10:55:48AM
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Roland, MICRO CUBE GX


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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
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Groups Tab on my profile page????


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 I think that's groups you've started.

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04/22/17 07:10:21PM
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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
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Roland, MICRO CUBE GX


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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
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Roland, MICRO CUBE GX


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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.


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04/19/17 10:57:35AM
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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.


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04/12/17 01:14:04PM
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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.


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04/09/17 09:32:45PM
241 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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