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@skip • one month ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on DAA and/or DAD:
"It's actually pretty simple. Try to play the key of D scale [DEF#GABC#D] on the bass string [DAd/DAA]. No retuning, modes don't count [except ionian] and no..."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on DAA and/or DAD:
"Sorry, missed an explanation, it was kinda early for me. "Without retuning" [and I was trying to avoid the whole mode thing]. In DAd, the C# is missing, In..."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on DAA and/or DAD:
"Eric; There are two different things being discussed here, tuning and the tune keys. DAd and DAA are tunings and refer specifically to the open notes..."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Suggested Strings for MD":
"The strings recommended could be considered light so you could go to .022/023-.013/.014-.011/012. The lighter strings are easier to press down at the expense..."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Suggested Strings for MD":
"This will help. The results are a bit light so you can increase the size a couple of sizes. You should be aable to find single strings at a local music..."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Tunings, etc. for a bass dulcimer?:
"First, keep the old strings and get them measured, both length and diameter [thickness/size]. Then you can use a string gauge calculator and double check..."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Banjammer plans":
"It's been years since I made mine but here goes. Get a 4-6" drum head [mine is a Remo] or tambourine. I did not have a plan. I sat mine on 3 feet, 2 at the..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Removing a fret":
"Maybe it's a matter of familiarity using that fret?"
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Removing a fret":
"You can slide a knife edge under a corner and pry the fret up but you are almost sure to  create splinters on the slot edge. Frets have little 'teeth' on..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new Group discussion "Mountain Dulcimers in the Rio Grande Valley [RGV]":
"Anyone coming to, or living in, the RGV is invited to play with our MD group. We play on Wednesday from 12:30 to 2:30 at the Palmview Community Center, the..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Spider Capo":
"hewalker, Thanks  for the info. I'm glad you included he photo, it  answers my other concenrs quite well."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Spider Capo":
"Thanks, missed that and the width range, 1 1/8-2". I wonder if the fingers can be adjusted sideways, can fit over doubled strings and be set up for 3 or 5..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Spider Capo":
"I looked at their site earlier today to see if they published any specs. I couldn't find any. I I wanted to find out what the open width is [ 1 3/8 to 1..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Playing ionian tuning in keys other than D:
"Yes.   The notes on the middle and melody string  [G, open], 2nd fret, are B's. If you have a 1+, it would be Bb. The other B is on the bass string at fret..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hollow Fingeboards?":
"I used a mill/drill. I've seen some that were 3 pieces, 2 legs and top. "
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Playing ionian tuning in keys other than D:
"It can also be considered an Ionian tuning on 2 string courses with a low D drone. [Excuse for additional MD's]"
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Playing ionian tuning in keys other than D:
"Richard; Here's something to think about on your Gdd comment. If you are currently tuned, 4 strings, DAdd,  and you loosen the middle string to G so it's now..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tuning Mystery":
"How far off is it? If it's an uncompensated fixed bridge, you can take a tiny triangular file to the nut side of the bridge and remove a bit of material..."
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@skip • 3 months ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Argh!!! Which fingers to use for chords:
"NOT stupid, uneducated. Many of us, me certainly, started from pretty much the same place, 0. "
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@skip • 3 months ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Argh!!! Which fingers to use for chords:
"String/finger order; bass/middle, middle/ring, melody/little [158 tuning] as jenniferc suggests. You would use your thumb for the 5, 7, 6+ on the melody and..."
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@skip • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "long legs":
"A taller seat/stool or standing with the MD on some kind of stand?"

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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 2 months 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 8 months ago - Comments: 1
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TablEdit Viewer for Android


Just saw this for anyone interested....
@Skip 3 years ago - Comments: 0
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Arkansas Bass


Wout; The tuner setup is the same as on a TMB, tuners at the rear by...
@Skip 3 years ago - Comments: 2
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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 5 years ago - Comments: 33
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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 6 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. Let's...
@Skip 6 years ago - Comments: 14

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HOW TO for finding, add audio-video files...

Posted: Monday August 14 2017, 2:44 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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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.