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01/16/16 01:54:12PM @sarah:

Dear dulcimer compadres,


I've been happily playing my McSpadden dulcimer for about 14 months.  I play and sing with a group of singer/songwriters who meet once a week.  They are mostly guitar players and play all kinds of music and have been so kind to accept and encourage me.  I play in D (DAD tuning), and also in G and A by capoing to the third and fourth fret.  I usually just play chords and sing along.  I played one song in Dm (One I Love) by tuning to DAC and playing only the melody notes with a drone.  Now, however, I'm trying to figure out how to play in Em.  I understand that I can do this by capoing at the first fret, but since the original chords of the song (Madam I'm a Darling) aren't in D, I assume I will have different finger positions for the chords I want to play.  The Em chord would be open, right?  But what would the finger positions be for D, Am, and G, which I also need for this song?

I live in New Braunfels, a small city in Texas between Austin and San Antonio, and as far as I know I'm the only dulcimer player here, so I have to teach myself with books and online posts, and I'm not getting very far on this problem.  Thanks for any help you can provide.



Cynthia Wigington
06/05/15 08:49:54AM @cynthia-wigington:

Greetings from Vermont Sarah and welcome to the site. Have fun here.

Karen Keane
06/05/15 08:11:55AM @karen-keane:
Hello and welcome to the site. This is a great place to share ideas and listen to music. I hope you enjoy.
John Keane
06/05/15 07:17:40AM @john-keane:

Howdy and welcome to FOTMD!

Ben Barr Jr
06/04/15 08:16:06PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Sarah, 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.


Ken Longfield
06/04/15 04:56:47PM @ken-longfield:

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


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."