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@skip • yesterday • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Electronic Tuners / Reference Note:
"There are phone apps also."
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@skip • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new Group discussion "Chord Resource and new tuning. ":
"Here is an amazing chord generator for those playing 4 equidistant strings and looking for chord fingerings. It does not work for less than 4 strings. DAAA..."
Four-Equidistant Strings
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@skip • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bass Dulcimers ":
"Blue Lion also has the 5 string Acoustic Jam bass with a 26 1/4 " VSL and 1 5/8" fretboard and Folkcraft has one with a 26" VSL with a 2" wide fretboard. I..."
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@skip • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "North country dulcimers floating bridge replacement":
"If you go to Jan Potts public page, there is a post by 'Paula' just below the photo [her thumb nail id icon] that looks like it is probably a photo of the..."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Thoughts on tonewoods?:
"Make it deeper, 1/2" or so, the bigger body [more volume] will help."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "End of Finger Stabs":
"I bend them back like Strumelia and make sure the cut end is inside the tuner hole."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"If the tuning is A2E3A3 [lower than DAd] or similar it's a baritone. The physical dimensions won't be an indicator.  "
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 53
Posted a new Comment on Public Domain... or Not?:
"I don't know the song but this may help if you have the time...."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a noter":
"I heard bamboo tomato stakes from a garden center are Tonkin cane. It's used for top quality split cane flyrods and those giant scaffolds you see in China. "
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a noter":
"If you take a heavy [metal] noter [I used a 5/16  x 3 1/2 " bolt] and with a light touch, you can slide the bolt/noter on the string, without the string..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a noter":
"The noter acts as a movable fret like a slide on a steel guitar or dobro. So you can actually get the notes in the large spaces as long as you stay away from..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a noter":
"I don't think the string needs to touch a fret when using a noter. If that's true, it's the answer to the tuning problem [with a bit of practice]."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a noter":
"Last nite I happened to think that anything you can cut to size and hold onto would work, screwdriver, chunk of a broom/mop/garden tool, tablespoon, big nail..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a noter":
" I used a heat gun in a home built, stove pipe oven to harden mine when I was making split cane fly rods. Try a dobro [bottle neck] slide. Pretty much the..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a noter":
"You could fire harden the bamboo."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on From Ionian to Mixolydian:
"Use a round toothpick as long as it's thicker than the staples. Since they are usually tapered they can be moved until the best thickness is under the string."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on From Ionian to Mixolydian:
"An ~2"  cut down paperclip or toothpick close to the same fret thickness [about .040'] and tape running parallel to, and between, the strings. Use a tuner..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on From Ionian to Mixolydian:
"Temporary 6+ fret."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ionian tuning question":
"Da book, da book!!"
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ionian tuning question":
"I agree with with Ken H. I do have one last thing to point out, He bases all his tunings as starting on the melody string [being D for example]. The..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ionian tuning question":
"I think there's a proofing error there. In his description on page 66-67 he writes"~~where the mode's most major-sounding tonality is found. The Ionian..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ionian tuning question":
"Two buttons, bim Bim Bom and bim bim Bom."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ionian tuning question":
"I've read his chapters on tuning, Mixolydian mode, and other modes and I'm uncomfortable with his approach to "music theory", which is what this thread is..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ionian tuning question":
"I can't explain why, but I think the first 4 pages of chapter 4 have a big impact on this subject. It's a whole new way of looking at modes [for me, at..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "String action is too high?":
"Changing strings or tuning isn't going to do much. The problem is the extra height causes the tension for the length to be too much. What may help is to..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Best instruction material?":
"Steven: LOL I started the same way, with only a sparse, barely remembered, 3rd grade understanding of music,,,,,,,, at 60 or so! It's been an interesting,..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Best instruction material?":
"@ Steven Just look at modes as being the names of a re-ordered scale. CDEFGABC to DEFGABCD is a diatonic [8 note] scale changing modes, all the same notes,..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Best instruction material?":
"It really will be pretty easy to for you to learn the basics, you have 11 years of music background to help. Many folks start with with with none. Remember..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tuning peg replacement question":
"That's it. The larger one fit's over the peg."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tuning peg replacement question":
"Yes, technically, but the only one you fit over the peg is the one you make. You could cut the string but I'v never been able to make a new loop that doesn't..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tuning peg replacement question":
"Put some tape on the end block to protect it an use a file."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tuning peg replacement question":
"Un-winding the loops work-hardens the wire, Try feeding the loose end though the loop [kids lasso] to fit over the peg. If they still break, wrap the wire..."
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@skip • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tuning peg replacement question":
"Ok. I had the same slipping problem the first time I messed with wood pegs. What I found to work best for me is to push the peg further into the hole as I..."
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@skip • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tuning peg replacement question":
"Have you used wood pegs before? Just curious."
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@skip • 3 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Non removable ID on copies.:
"Ok, Thanks"

Latest Group Discussions

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Chord Resource and new tuning.


Here is an amazing chord generator for those playing 4 equidistant...
@Skip 6 days ago - Comments: 0
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Non removable ID on copies.


I was wondering earlier today if builders of replicas of collectible MDs...
@Skip 3 months ago - Comments: 6
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Dad/DAA duet


After watching a couple of introductory recorder videos using f/c tuned...
@Skip 8 months ago - Comments: 3
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Tuning tip


 You will need a tuner that displays frequency. There are a number of...
@Skip 9 months ago - Comments: 0
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Does using a capo change the key or not


Using a capo does NOT change the key on a MD, it changes the MODE and...
@Skip 3 years ago - Comments: 31
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Mountain Dulcimers in the Rio Grande Valley [RGV]


Anyone coming to, or living in, the RGV is invited to play with our MD...
@Skip 5 years ago - Comments: 0
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Tuning VS Keys, Clearing the air


Many folks seem to equate tuning and key. They are NOT the same, or...
@Skip 5 years ago - Comments: 1
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TablEdit Viewer for Android


Just saw this for anyone interested....
@Skip 8 years ago - Comments: 0
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Finding the volume of a MD body during the build.


Line the body of the dulcimer before final glue up of the top/bottom...
@Skip 10 years ago - Comments: 32
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What's your choice for a tuning?


I have my dulcimer and banjo-dulcimer tuned to DF#A right now but may...
@Skip 11 years ago - Comments: 3
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Circle of fifths, intervals


I'm still figuring this site out. I don't work with photo's much....
@Skip 11 years ago - Comments: 14

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Tempered tuning

Posted: Monday September 13 2021, 5:31 PM
By: @Skip

Is there someplace I can find the tunings...

Posted: Tuesday September 18 2012, 8:59 PM
By: @Skip

Mixed, compatible tunings.

Posted: Friday August 3 2012, 11:54 PM
By: @Paul Certo

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Ann T. Evans
05/20/19 12:22:43PM @ann-t-evans:

Thanks... I just downloaded a trial copy on my computer & it looks like just what I need!


John Keane
10/20/11 05:06:12PM @john-keane:
Howdy and welcome to FOTMD from a former Arkansan (El Dorado)!
Jim Fawcett
10/20/11 04:37:05PM @jim-fawcett:
Hey Skip, welcome aboard. Glad ay found us.