Yes, Dusty, thanks very much for the very helpful information!
, since the song was written a few decades ago, it is still under copyright, so I don't want to distribute the tablature I wrote, which was a specific request by an individual who used to take lessons from me before her mother's health required more intense caretaking.
I can explain that I arranged the tune in Bm out of a DAd tuning. There are only three chords involved: Bm, D, and A. The melody begins and ends on the first fret of the middle string. So the notes for "There is" are found on the first fret of the middle string, then "a" then moves to the open melody string, and "time" is found on the second fret of the melody string. The entire melody is found between the first fret of the middle string and the fifth fret of the melody string.
If you play chords and prefer DAA, the song could also work in Bm, and the melody would fall between the first and eighth frets of the melody string. But that would not work in in a drone style because the wrong notes would be droning. In a drone style you would want to switch keys and tune DAC or DAG perhaps.
Just playing the melody strings is not problem at all. It's the traditional way of player the dulcimer. I was just asking to see what kind of tab you were looking for. I had tabbed out the melody, as I said, in Bm out of a DAd tuning, but I made use of the middle string. You would want another tuning to stick to the middle string.
, a student of mine requested that tune a while back but she quit before I ever finished the tab. I had started arranging it in Bm in a DAd tuning, but as says, it can be played in DAC as well. I think you could probably capo at the first fret and play it in Em out of a DAd tuning as another alternative.
Do you fret across all the strings or do you play on the melody string only?