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deweylandrum

5 string strings and tuning


I'm new to dulcimers and have one that needs the strings replaced.  I did a bunch of research of the various types of tuning, strings, etc. and...
@deweylandrum started yesterday - replies: 13
Strumelia

BEWARE of internet ad sites of "the BEST dulcimers" to buy.


It has recently come to my attention that A**zon has started paying money to promotional sites that are basically ADs for some of the really...
@Strumelia started 3 years ago - replies: 28
Dave T

Looking at the Fretboard When Playing


Hello all, I'm new player to the instrument, learning to play some chords and melodies. I started out of necessity looking at my finger placement...
@Dave T started yesterday - replies: 1
jost

A question concerning extra frets on diatonic dulcimer


Hello everybody,my dulcimer has only a diatonic fretboard since I didn't insisted on adding the extra frets when I get it from the luthier....
@jost started 2 weeks ago - replies: 15
salsarev

My first dulcimer


I made the trip yesterday to Mountain View, Arkansas and purchased my first dulcimer. McSpadden 4FHWW. I haven't had time to sit and piddle around...
@salsarev started 4 months ago - replies: 8
Banjostray

more DAd than DAA instruction available?


Happy Sunday Is it just me or does anyone else bemoan the lack of DAA tutor material? With the notable exceptions of Dulcimer Crossing &...
@Banjostray started 8 months ago - replies: 54
VMasters

Newbie!


Hi I just received a dulcimer for my birthday! I have started to play around and getting to know it. I am looking for any ideas that can help me...
@VMasters started 4 months ago - replies: 6
Dusty Turtle

What are half frets and do I need any?


This is the third incarnation of this piece. The first part of what follows was initially posted as a response to a question on Everything...
@Dusty Turtle started 7 years ago - replies: 24
ConnorC

Do I need that fourth string?


Jessica Comeau says in her Dulcimer Lesson 1 to take it off, so I did. Then I watch Stephen Seifert demonstrating his Dulcimer School stuff and he...
@ConnorC started 10 months ago - replies: 22
Leny-Sue

Easy instructions on changing strings on a flathead dulcimer


I have had a heck of a time locating easy to read and understand instructions on the simple task of putting a new string on my dulcimer. Most...
@Leny-Sue started 4 months ago - replies: 3
traildad

String gauge


I have read in different posts that string gauge is important and the size varies with different factors. What needs to be considered when choosing...
@traildad started 5 months ago - replies: 17
Diane Mayfield

strumming and picking technique


Hi!  I've been playing my dulcimer for about a year now but would like some information on how to refine my strumming and finger-picking styles....
@Diane Mayfield started last year - replies: 23
traildad

What key am I playing in?


I learning Old Joe Clark noter drone style. My dad asked me what key I am playing it in. I’m tuned in DAd but I don’t know if that means I’m...
@traildad started 5 months ago - replies: 7
traildad

Using TEFpad app to help learn new songs


I wasn’t sure if I should post this here or in the technology group. I want it to be seen by beginners that might not see the other groups right...
@traildad started 6 months ago - replies: 3
traildad

Choosing a dulcimer


I’m looking for a quality mid-range beginner dulcimer. I’m currently looking at Sweet Woods and Mountain Made Music dulcimers. Can anyone offer...
@traildad started 6 months ago - replies: 18
ADKzookeeper

Left-Handed person playing right handed


I’m left handed, but have been playing right-handed since getting my dulcimer 2 weeks ago. I think it’s going ok, but I do notice that my right...
@ADKzookeeper started last year - replies: 11
Aire

Tunings ....


Hi All. My first post here. I have just started to play mountain dulcimer - which I'm just loving - so there's plenty I'm still figuring out. One...
@Aire started 9 months ago - replies: 20
ConnorC

Buying my wife a Dulcimer - string gauges question


My wife has watched me learn the mountain dulcimer for the last week and decided to try mine out. She has never played a stringed instrument but...
@ConnorC started 9 months ago - replies: 4
Diane Mayfield

how to hold a flatpick


How should I hold a flatpick?  I've heard that the strumming/picking hand should look as if it's holding a dandelion gone to seed.  When I'm...
@Diane Mayfield started last year - replies: 4
ConnorC

How thick are a nickel and a dime? Action height question.


I have never seen a nickel or a dime, sorry. I need to fix the action on this cheap offshore dulcimer (in my profile pic atm.) but I don’t know...
@ConnorC started 10 months ago - replies: 4
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