Group Discussions


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 6 months ago - replies: 9

Pick Thickness

Hi All! I have been playing for almost a year now, not as frequently as I like, and every time I see the subject of pick thickness come up in...
@tallytune started 2 weeks ago - replies: 10

Just a "Thank You"

I guess this is as good a place as any just to give a a big "thanks" shout out to everyone that contributes to this site.  I don't always ask a...
@PapaSims started 2 years ago - replies: 6
Michael Willey

Converting DAD Tab to DAA

How do you convert DAD tab to DAA?  Any help is greatly appreciated.  Thanks!
@Michael Willey started one month ago - replies: 5

How to deal with stiff tuning pegs?

I have one tuning peg that is very hard to turn.  Is there some kind of cleaner or oil I can use to loosen it up.  The right is the stiff one and...
@kateharp started 2 months ago - replies: 4

About 1500 Free Tabs you can Download all at once.

Forgive if this has already been posted - but I'm a beginner and just discovered this online download where you can get a bunch of tabs all at...
@kateharp started 3 months ago - replies: 3

How to Flatpick from guitar books?

I have some guitar books with chord names (but no dulcimer tabs).  I'm using them by matching the chord name on the dulcimer that is listed for the...
@kateharp started 4 months ago - replies: 6

Help - Barre with pinky?

Thanks to suggestions in this group, I am learning from Faster, Cleaner, Better by Aaron O'Rourke. The exercises are really helpful!  But I'm...
@kddurbin started 4 months ago - replies: 2

Relationship of strings to one another

Greetings., all. My dulcimer currently has .011, .011, .013, and .024 strings. The strings work well together for a sweet sound, but I would like...
@tutaine started 4 months ago - replies: 10

Questions about buying a dulcimer.

Hi, I am a beginner and looking at buying a dulcimer and had a few questions. 1. What is the difference between a Elliptical Mountain Dulcimer...
@GwenS started 4 months ago - replies: 5

How to find easiest tuning for different key scales

I want to play songs in different keys scales.  I made a chart (attached) and have 5 so far: E=Capo 3rd fret, A=Capo 4th fret, D=DAD, G=Capo 3rd...
@kateharp started 5 months ago - replies: 7

Another Newbie Question - Drone Volume

I'm playing DAa noter and drone. My dulcimer has two melody strings. The drones still sound really loud. Sometimes it seems the melody is covered...
@Pondoro started 5 months ago - replies: 7

Is there an open tunings guide?

Hi, I was wondering if there is a chart or book recommended showing all the different open tunings. I like to experiment, and I’m not a singer...
@Lisa started 6 months ago - replies: 15

Virginia Beach 2019 Festival?

I just saw this posted online as coming to my area, Virginia Beach. I don't know if any of my newbie friends would be interested, but it might be...
@Msmouce started 5 months ago - replies: 0
Don Grundy

Playing chords in GDg

if I’m playing DAd tabs with a dulcimer tuned GDg....what key am I playing in? It probably only makes a difference to me.  i’m trying to...
@Don Grundy started last year - replies: 7

Strings - brands and gauges?

So my used dulcimer came with strings as follow: 0.020", 0.010", 0.010" and 0.010" The strings are rusty and I should probably buy a couple of...
@Pondoro started 6 months ago - replies: 16

Vsl vs hand size

I'm sure I'll be looking for a proper instrument soon, and wanted to know more about vsl. I understand that longer is okay for noter style, but...
@Lisa started 6 months ago - replies: 5

Strum all strings all the time, or...?

I found tabs for "I'll Fly Away" and "Go Tell Aunt Rhodie" - both in D for a DAa tuned dulcimer. They only show the melody.  Should I only strum...
@Pondoro started 6 months ago - replies: 8


I recorded a song (a very beginner song)....however, when playing it back, I couldn't believe how slow I was playing (it's painfully slow) I...
@PatG started last year - replies: 6

Strumelia's Traditional noter player's instructional Blog

If you're just starting out and want to play in traditional noter style (playing the melody on the melody string only using a little stick, with...
@Strumelia started 6 months ago - replies: 1
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