Group Discussions

Sam Edelston

Fingerpicking - Spinning Song (classical piano piece)

I recently arranged Albert Ellmenreich's "Spinning Song" (which many people played in childhood piano lessons) for 3-string chromatic dulcimer....
@Sam Edelston started 2 years ago - replies: 0
Bill Robison

String gauge for finger picking

What  string gauges do you normally start with for an instrument that is finger picked?   It will be a 26 or 27" vsl and probably be made of black...
@Bill Robison started 2 years ago - replies: 6
Guy Babusek

Sean O'Dwyer of the Glen

Hi all! It's been too long since I've been on here. Life has been packed!  It's great to read all the posts on the new FOTMD site. I finally got...
@Guy Babusek started 8 years ago - replies: 4

Different fingerpicks

Hello, All, I'm always trying to maximize the sonic potentials of my dulcimers (or just of the dulcimer in general), and have been trying out...
@Garret started 3 years ago - replies: 0


Hi,I noticed that several people have mentioned Elixer bass strings. I would like to try one on my dulcimer. I am having trouble finding individual...
@Theresa started 8 years ago - replies: 15
Guy Babusek

Basic Fingerpicking Techniques

I did a little video with some real basic concepts on how I fingerpick. Not "the" way to do it of course, just some ideas from my way of...
@Guy Babusek started 9 years ago - replies: 11

Fingerpicking Melody within a Pattern

Greetings fellow fingerpickers, The following has troubled me for a long, long time!  I so hope someone will be able to provide an answer that...
@Rachael started 4 years ago - replies: 4

Ultimate Fingerpicks-Anyone ever heard of them?

So, today I heard of these really unusual fingerpicks, and I find them to be quite intriguing!  Anyone ever tried them?...
@Rachael started 4 years ago - replies: 2
Guy Babusek

Green Stubble Fields of Autumn

Here's a a little finger picking for you.  Working on a lot of new music now that my hand is100% healthy!
@Guy Babusek started 8 years ago - replies: 6
Bill in NM

To pick, or not to pick?

I come from a classical guitar and folk banjo (clawhammer) background, and I never used a pick.  Always finger pickin'. Now that I am learning...
@Bill in NM started 5 years ago - replies: 3

1 1/2 fret

Hi,I am thinking about adding a 1 1/2 fret to my dulcimer. Is there any reason why this would be a bad idea? I would appreciate any advice on this...
@Theresa started 8 years ago - replies: 20

EBONY or MICARTA for fingerboard overlay?

Hey all,  Just curious your thoughts on Micarta vs ebony for fingerboard overlay. The Ebony is almost 3 times the cost of the micarta.  Love to...
@sleepingangel started 7 years ago - replies: 6
Mary MacGowan

Positioning the thumb...?

I'm working on my fingerpicking skills and my thumb is starting to hurt! Ow. Any advice? Where do you place your thumb - you press the strings...
@Mary MacGowan started 6 years ago - replies: 3
Kay Bolin

what fingers to use on right (picking) hand

Well, I've been finger picking for a couple of years - not enough to show off, but some. I've been using my thumb on the melody string and pointer...
@Kay Bolin started 8 years ago - replies: 7
Linda Jo brockinton

Tutorial on sustain in your music

Have had several inquiries about how to get the slower songs to have moresustain instead of being choppy. This will be applicable to all styles...
@Linda Jo brockinton started 10 years ago - replies: 17
Linda Jo brockinton

Clean hammer ons and pull offs

I was asked by Laura about doing clean hammer ons and pull offs. I am adding a tutorial on them on the videos . Would be interested to hear any...
@Linda Jo brockinton started 10 years ago - replies: 14
Deborah Hinz

Finger-picking or flat_picking

I would love to start to learn fingerpicking but I have very thin, soft and brittle nails. I have to use gloves for any chores around the house,...
@Deborah Hinz started 8 years ago - replies: 5
Sam Edelston

Bluegrass dulcimer - Foggy Mountain Breakdown

Earl Scruggs classic, "Foggy Mountain Breakdown." To me, for something to be bluegrass, you need a banjo. So I'm playing the banjo part on...
@Sam Edelston started 8 years ago - replies: 7

What are you learning now?

Hi, Just was wondering what everyone is working on right now. I thought it would be interesting to see the range of music that is covered. It...
@Theresa started 8 years ago - replies: 7
Gary McNaughton

warm ups for finger picking

Hello! Are there any good methods for training your fretting hand and coordination with the picking hand as perhaps a 10-20 minute warm up prior to...
@Gary McNaughton started 9 years ago - replies: 19
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