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Kirtan for Dulcimer anyone?

Posted: Monday April 11 2016, 1:38 PM
By: @iiloveMD


Cynthia Wigington
04/03/16 09:12:24PM @cynthia-wigington:

Greetings from central Vermont lilLoveMD and welcome to the site. I love playing noter/drone and wish you the best with that.

John Keane
04/01/16 07:31:18AM @john-keane:

Howdy and welcome to FOTMD!

Ken Longfield
03/30/16 08:07:24PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD. It's good to have you aboard.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Rob N Lackey
03/26/16 10:18:05PM @rob-n-lackey:

Welcome, iilovemd, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven.  Hope you enjoy it here.



03/26/16 10:04:26PM @strumelia:

Hi again!  To make a new forum thread:

first click on the "FORUMS" link at top of page.  Then click on the forum category you want to post your new discussion in...say for example General Mtn Dulcimer and Music discussions:

Then, follow these directions:


Ben Barr Jr
03/26/16 09:44:50PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Lilove, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer,  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer, and to meet some good people.


Salt Springs
03/26/16 08:25:50PM @salt-springs:

Greetings........the MD is a perfect instrument for Kirtan/Satsang since it can be easily play the harmonies of Kirtan/Satsang.    Remember that the classical Indian Scale, while similar to Western is Sa, Ra, Ga, Mah, Pah ,Di, Nah...and that for the most part the tones in many classic or traditional Kirtan's have a tendency to correspond to the Black Keys on a Piano, while the Dulcimer plays a diatonic or white keys piano scale......as best I remember.   All that said, you should have no problem introducing simple chants using CGcc or DAaa/capo  2.   Here is a link to some simple SRF chants that are easily adaptable to MD...........you will be able to do these with no tab:




So far as drones are concerned..........they are going to play a big role,so with practice I would selectively use the lowest octave drone on every second or third strum and limited the use of the middle string..........forgive me, it been 30 years or so I studied this stuff.   If you check the link above, I would work on............, "Will that Day Come to Me Mother" and "O God Beautiful."

I'll see what I can come up with for tunings that might work for you..............

Jim Fawcett
03/26/16 07:59:00PM @jim-fawcett:

Hey lil, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.

03/26/16 07:30:16PM @strumelia:

Welcome to FOTMD!  hi

Ii, try posting your question in our General Mountain Dulcimer forum, rather than in the comment section of your profile page- that way others can see it and respond.  The site forums  are located by clicking on the 'Forums' link along the top of every page.  nod

03/26/16 06:40:40PM @iilovemd:

Stumped. Any leads on Kirtan tabs for mountain dulcimer? Indian Chants like Namah Shivayo are traditionally chanted to a droned instrument, like harmonium or sitar. I chant regularly with groups and would love to bring the mountain dulcimer sweetness to them. Any ideas would be most welcome. Thanks!

I am thrilled to have found you all!