Location: Clermont Ferrand
Country: FRANCE

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Hi everybody!

I live in the center of France in the mountains but dulcimers are not popular here, that's why I joined this group. I heard about dulcimers a long time ago, in the seventies because it was used by some traditional bands from Brittany . I enjoyed the sound of them, and now, as a retired person, I decided to buy one and chose Jack Ferguson's Appflutes instruments in Salem (VA) and ordered one from him? I only got it a month ago and so far only managed to labour my way through a few tunes on the melody strings as my music knowledge dates back to my high school days and is very basic.I wish I could add chords to the tunes I play so that it  would sound better.

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Benjamin W Barr Jr
05/23/20 12:32:40PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Scarborough Fair wasn't an easy song for me to learn on the dulcimer even though I am very familiar with the song itself (favorite version probably Simon and Garfunkel and adding Canticle with it).  Mostly I play it on the melody string, although, recently I just started adding a chord that I tried and thought it sounded good and added just a little to the tune.  I think the hardest part was getting the fast fingering for the parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme part.  I play it in the key of A when tuned to DAD (start on the fourth fret).  


Benjamin W Barr Jr
02/01/20 09:59:34AM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Scarborough Fair definitely a favorite.

01/25/20 01:12:05PM @marg:


Simple cords to start:

place a finger on the bass 2 string -   D Chord

place a finger on the bass 3 & middle 1 - G Chord

place a finger on the bass 1 & on melody 1 - A Chord

Anything you play on the melody you can play on the bass, since you are tuned DAd - try a song on the melody string, then on the bas, then with the 3 simple cords. 

Have fun on this new adventure and welcome









Benjamin W Barr Jr
01/15/20 07:16:26PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Jacques, 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.


01/15/20 10:21:06AM @jacques:

Thanks Jim for your welcome. And thanks to the web too because it would have been quite impossible for me to hear about this group without it . I can't find anything similar in my country because this instrument is not well known here and very few people have even  heard about it. But never mind! I' m sure I will enjoy it among you all!

Jim Fawcett
01/13/20 06:15:17AM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Jacques, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.

Richard Streib
01/12/20 09:14:37PM @richard-streib:

Welcome Jacques to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. This is a wonderful community of friendly and knowledgeable people who enjoy helping others learn. Best wishes as you learn to play.

Ken Longfield
01/12/20 07:42:00PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD Jacques. It is good to have you on board. I look forward to your participation in these discussions.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."