John W. McKinstry


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Tutorial of simple three chord sing-a-long (part 1)

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Duration: 00:12:25
Part 1
Cindy Stammich
11/13/22 11:55:51PM @cindy-stammich:

John, what a great video!!  It was so much fun (and we also had goats so that absolutely made me happy).

I have used a capo on the 3rd fret many times….but never once did I think about 1st or 4th to switch to E or A! 
I don’t sing except when no one can hear me - haha, but this makes me want to give it a shot🎶🎶🎶

Great stuff here and I thank you!  

John W. McKinstry
11/12/22 01:02:20PM @john-w-mckinstry:

Thanks for your comments, Lois.  I am glad that the picture that first appears with my video, is clear and gives an example of how the chords are formed. Have fun. I think that with a little trial and error and using one's ear that you pretty much can tell what chord to use. I have found that sometimes having to work at it, is the best way to learn.  What I like about this method is that  it invites you to dare to  dive in and once in you quickly learn now to swim.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
11/12/22 12:44:14PM @lois-sprengnether-keel:

I've needed this! Thank you for keeping this wisdom available. Tend to use my DAD dulcimer only for tabbed music requiring it, preferring Ionian & not thinking about chords. I know 3 chord songs are plentiful & this does indeed permit jamming!

Used Closed Captions to read what you said, but often had a hard time seeing whether it was the middle string down or the 2 outer strings.

Right now this storyteller is nearly voiceless! (first cold in 3 years!), but will play some 3 chord songs singing in my stuffed up head.

John W. McKinstry
11/10/22 01:43:06PM @john-w-mckinstry:

Thanks Don, for taking the time to watch.  Right after Thanksgiving I'll post a Christmas 3 chord sing a long with: Jingle Bells, Once in Royal David's City, Wind Through the Olive Trees, and Silent night. Doing this type of thing keeps me young. I too am always learning new things.

Don Grundy
11/10/22 12:48:17PM @don-grundy:

It’ll take my 75 year old mind watching more than one; but this is great!


John W. McKinstry
11/10/22 11:44:17AM @john-w-mckinstry:

Thanks Ken. I think this is a great place for beginners to get acquainted with chords and to gain confidence that they could keep up with others in a jam session.

Ken Longfield
11/10/22 10:20:04AM @ken-longfield:

John, the trees here in Pennsylvania have been packed with leaves which have fallen all over the yard, so I've been busy raking and haven't had time to watch your video before this. Thanks for making it and sharing it. I think it will be a wonderful resource for new dulcimer players and also for some of us who have been around dulcimers for quite some time. I will be recommending it to some folks I know who need to see the versatility of the dulcimer. Good job! I'm looking forward to the Christmas edition.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

John W. McKinstry
11/10/22 09:56:05AM @john-w-mckinstry:

Thanks Robin. Your response is like a ray of bright sunshine; just like the color of your sweater, it reflects your sunny disposition.

Robin Thompson
11/10/22 09:39:43AM @robin-thompson:

John, this is a wonderful tutorial! 

John W. McKinstry
11/07/22 06:03:26PM @john-w-mckinstry:

Thanks Cynthia,  You are a great mentor.  I have so enjoyed your instructional videos over the years, and I said that if I ever did one, that I would follow your casual and folksy way that you have offered us over the years. A grateful dulcimer fan, John

Cynthia Wigington
11/07/22 05:32:01PM @cynthia-wigington:

Great presentation John, you are so personable as well as instruction. Thanks for this.