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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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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