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@skip • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dad tuning":
"Do you know the string gauge of your strings?"
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@skip • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dad tuning":
"You could try ADDd on the GDDd. the bass string should be ok going up one step to 'A' [give Cedar Creek a call and verify]. It should be compatible with the..."
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@skip • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dad tuning":
"That's a pretty broad question. Commercial, for sale, is probably around 19-20". Folkcraft has a travel dulcimer with a 22" VSL. It's possible to make them..."
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@skip • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on What key am I playing in?:
"Those are what is called 'reverse Ionian' tunings. The bass and middle string have been switched from 155 [Ionian tuning], CGG/DAA to 141 [reverse Ionian..."
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@skip • 4 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Relationship of strings to one another:
"tutaine: Hi, Dusty-Turtle. If I tune to CGc, can I still use the fret fingering for DAd? (Showing my musical ignorance, here.) t   Sometimes it's..."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Five strings? ":
"I have a Blue Lion AJ 5 string. It  came with 5 separate strings [5 tuning machines]. The strings were too close together for my fingers so I removed 2 of..."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Is Re-Fretting Possible Without Damage?:
"I've added frets and replaced frets. I used a 1/2" square tool bit, one side against the fret, as a a 'punch'. No hammer marks on the fret and they are..."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Synthetic fretboard":
"You know what might work? A simple fretboard on a board with a cheap rod piezo pickup on the bridge like those from CBGitty. That's all 'strumsticks' and..."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 35
Posted a new Comment on Does using a capo change the key or not:
"  I just realized this AM, 9 Feb, that I had just reacted and unwittingly returned to my former thinking on some earlier posts,. One is invalid due to to..."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Things Were Going Okay.... Then This!!!:
"Why not do the top similar to the way you did the bottom. Use a board cut to the shape of the bottom instead of the table. You may need to reinforce the..."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 35
Posted a new Comment on Does using a capo change the key or not:
"WOW!! I just spent hours trying to follow up on some of the terms used in this thread like 'tonal center', which led to 'leading note', and some others, in..."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 35
Posted a new Comment on Does using a capo change the key or not:
"Does 'the blind describing an elephant', ring any bells?"
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Things Were Going Okay.... Then This!!!:
"Jimmy; Measuring across the top, unsuporrted, edges ends clamped vs unclamped, should verify what will happen when those are supported by the top/fretboard..."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 35
Posted a new Comment on Does using a capo change the key or not:
"@Lisa-Golladay: I do enjoy the mental exercise. I also learn a lot from all of you folks while getting it.    By the way, you don't have to call me crazy...."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Things Were Going Okay.... Then This!!!:
"Are the sides perpendicular to the flat surface? If not, does clamping the ends down make them so?"
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 35
Posted a new Comment on Does using a capo change the key or not:
"Strumelia: I'm sorry Skip, I understand most of your words but just can't make sense of what you are trying to say. I don't understand the way in which..."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 35
Posted a new Comment on Does using a capo change the key or not:
"Now lets look a the capo itself. It shortens the VSL, regardless of the instrument, guitar, banjo, dulcimer, whatever, and the capability to play the lower..."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 35
Posted a new Comment on Using a capo does not change the key:
"Upon reflection, it seems this discussion revolves on a descriptive label. The label 'key' is very tightly linked to the the Ionian mode, it's everywhere...."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 35
Posted a new Comment on Using a capo does not change the key:
"DT; Thanks again and I  do believe your right about the posting, the subject has gotten to the point of restating our viewpoints so I'm with you. At least..."
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@skip • one month ago • comments: 35
Posted a new Comment on Using a capo does not change the key:
"DT; Thanks for reminding me to include all of the parameters. Indeed, I was  and still, only include a straight diatonic MD, no tricks and 1 string at a..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 35
Posted a new Comment on Using a capo does NOT change the key!:
"Thanks for the comments gents I really appreciate them. I know you both have much better music backgrounds than I, as I'm more of a technician than a..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 35
Created a new Group discussion "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 the Tuning. Why? Because, basically, a capo is nothing more than a movable nut/0 fret..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on How to find easiest tuning for different key scales:
"  Kate; I think you are working with a mix of facts that are related but not interchangeable, keys, modes [indirectly] and tuning. First, keys. A key,..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Test:
"It came up fine for click and read."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Exotic Chords:
"3 note triads like DF#A [D chord] or 4 note 7ths  like DF#AC [D7]."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Exotic Chords:
"It's probably a bit of that plus the fact that there are only 4 strings available, that the ones shown are the most common and many chords have multiple..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Jam chord progressions ":
"Don Grundy: Keys A,C,D and G. Playing chords I, IV and V. What are the frets being played in these keys; playing the I, IV and V chords. I’d like to learn..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Playing chords in GDg:
"Actually, you're in the key of C, using a G tuning. The key on a dulcimer with no + frets is determined by the note on the 3rd fret. You  play in G by adding..."
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on any tips on making a replacement bridge :
"You might be able to get a corian sample from a Home Depot/Lowes and make one. "
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@skip • 2 months ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Is there an open tunings guide?:
"Bob: 'snip' Capo the first fret and you've got a  beautiful Dorian mode (I think it's Dorian,?). Fret 1 is Aeolian mode [natural minor] . Fret 4 is..."
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@skip • 3 months ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Is there an open tunings guide?:
"Don't be too concerned about the measurement, it's a more or less rough distance. go by the sound. Tune the bass 'D3' to the 'D' below middle 'C', then..."
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@skip • 3 months ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Tennessee Music Box Plans?:
"John C. Knopf: That's a stunner, Jimmy!  Looks like you added a few embellishments hither and thither.   I'll bet it sounds great. I used zither pins,..."
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@skip • 3 months ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Tennessee Music Box Plans?:
"This is one I made from the article. "
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@skip • 3 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Middle-eastern mode?:
"Capo fret 5 for Phrygian mode using 6 and fret 3 using 6+ [skipping fret 6]."
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@skip • 3 months ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on DAA to DAd:
"@texaswind 'Snip~' "Can the top A string just be tuned up to d or is it too thick?" Maybe. It depends on how much is 'too thick'. I encourage you to..."

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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 2 months ago - Comments: 35
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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 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 2 years ago - Comments: 1
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TablEdit Viewer for Android


Just saw this for anyone interested....
@Skip 5 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 7 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 8 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 8 years ago - Comments: 14

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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.