Group Discussions


Any Kansas dulcimer players out there?

This may not be the best place to post this but couldn't figure out any other way or place. I'm a lone dulcimer player in east central Kansas and...
@Leny-Sue started 3 months ago - replies: 1
Kathreen Miller

Tuning with new strings

Hi.  I finally decided to replace my strings (a bit nervous about it) and am now having a problem tuning the middle string. I get a loud popping...
@Kathreen Miller started 4 months ago - replies: 5

Tuning Question

I've read through the "I just got a dulcimer' document, and it was very helpful.  My question may seem redundant, but I want to make
@Whereupon started 5 months ago - replies: 2

Ken Hulme's "I Just Got a Dulcimer, Now What?" article

A few years ago, member Ken Hulme wrote an article that helps answer many questions that new dulcimer owners have.  Are you a beginner player? You...
@Strumelia started 5 years ago - replies: 10

Homemade picks

In a recent discussion about picks, a number of people shared they made their own picks. If you do, could you share a photo of the pick, what the...
@tonileewj started 8 months ago - replies: 6

Noter Drone Method Book

Hi folk, I’m completely new to the dulcimer and would like to learn noter drone style playing. Can you recommend a good tutor book / method book...
@Knobby started last year - replies: 5

Noter or finger dancing or both

I’m about six months into my dulcimer journey. Every time I practice, I try to play both noter and finger dancing styles. But should I focus on...
@tonileewj started 9 months ago - replies: 16

Just getting started

So, prior to dulcimer I made a bunch of diatonic canjos and was able to pick up some basics on them which are generally transferred to dulcimer....
@Absinthe started 9 months ago - replies: 6
Michael Willey

Question on DAA Tab

I have owned dulcimers for years, but am still basically a beginner because I don't make myself sit down and practice.  I'm trying to change all...
@Michael Willey started 10 months ago - replies: 10

Dulcimer music for a beginner

Just starting to play the dulcimer. Can anyone recommend where I can find beginner music? Thanks, Bruce
@bruce started 11 months ago - replies: 5

Who makes the widest fretboards? 1.5" or wider?!

Hi everyone! Thanks for adding me to FOTMD. You could say I have very fat fingers when fretting, and improving technique and finger strength will...
@gail-a started 2 years ago - replies: 8

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 3 years ago - replies: 32

Sometimes missing the melody string when I strum

Hello all. Beginner Mountain Dulcimer player. As I practice I find I am having a lot of problems, but top of the list is my tendency to often miss...
@DavidG started last year - replies: 5

Tab Paper

Does anyone know where I can find a sheet of blank, three-line Tab paper?  I've searched, but all I can find is paper with the three-line Tab...
@ceilidhdog started last year - replies: 2

Stainless-wound or phosphor bronze-wound bass string

Can someone explain to me the difference, if any, between these strings?  Thanks in advance.
@ceilidhdog started last year - replies: 10
Learning Always

Dulcimer ergonomics?

I am still at the beginner stages with the mountain dulcimer, and I am loving the journey. I am hoping that someone has tips on Dulcimer ergonomics...
@Learning Always started 2 years ago - replies: 9

Tuning tip

 You will need a tuner that displays frequency. There are a number of them for cellphones online if needed. When tightening, the approximate...
@Skip started last year - replies: 0

New player :)

Hello,  I'm mark and I'm 33 from the uk. I have just ordered my first dulicmer, I'm exited to learn to play it. I'm interested in the...
@markprewett28 started 2 years ago - replies: 7

From Ionian to Mixolydian

I'm trying out Mixolydian (going from CGG to CGC).  However, this of course causes a flat note at the 6th fret.  I don't have a 6+ fret.  I know...
@RoyB started last year - replies: 20

Length of commercial straps

I am in the process of weaving a strap for my first mountain dulcimer.  It will have a 26" VSL.  I was hoping someone here could measure the...
@TheresaSC started last year - replies: 16
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