Group Discussions


Jean Ritchie Dulcimer Instructional Album

I found this playlist on YouTube that is Jean Ritchie’s dulcimer instructional album. Might be worth a listen for people learning how to play....
@traildad started 4 weeks ago - replies: 15

Your favorite 155 tuning

I am exploring 155 tuning for Noter Drone style. After learning several songs tuned DAd I’ve learned my first song in DAA. In the process I...
@traildad started one month ago - replies: 14

Modern Noter Drone Dulcimers

Sometimes it seems as though all dulcimers made today are designed for chording and are equal temperament. I know there are some people that make...
@traildad started 3 months ago - replies: 39
Robin Clark

Developing Noter Drone Playing – The Melodic Style

Over time, I have gradually developed a style of noter drone playing that has grown from the traditional techniques I have practised but is not in...
@Robin Clark started 5 years ago - replies: 29

Homemade Noter

I received some 3/4 Purple Heart dowel I want to experiment with for making a noter. I’ve been using some orange Osage. Both woods are not at all...
@traildad started 3 months ago - replies: 4
Robin Clark

Working With Drones

  I am often asked by folks about how they can get their noter drone playing sounding better. So I want to do a bit of myth busting and take a...
@Robin Clark started 5 years ago - replies: 21

Source of Non-Fancy Noters in Different Hardwood Choices

I found a possible source for hardwood noters in various exotic woods (rosewood, cocobolo, zebrawood, padauk, bocote, purpleheart, etc)....
@Banjimer started last year - replies: 38

tunings and string gauge

I have a 1974 Homer Ledford dulcimer and a 2019 Heritage dulcimer.  The Heritage is in just intonation Dad; I'm not sure if the Ledford is equal or...
@MaryB started 5 months ago - replies: 10

Why I chose meantone fretting on my Thomas reproduction

I've been meaning to post something on this topic for ages, as a follow-up to the earlier thread in which I was weighing up the pros and cons of...
@magictime started 6 months ago - replies: 1

Expensive hobby in the UK. Looks like I'm buying a lathe :D

My wife needs custom noters, owing to us being old and arthritic. I made her a noter from a piece of dowel, but now it is time to experiment with...
@ConnorC started 8 months ago - replies: 12

Looks like we’re joining the noter group.

Owing to arthritis, my wife needs a noter which means I am also learning to use Noter and Drone since I have the musical background and work...
@ConnorC started 8 months ago - replies: 11

Kindle Dulcimer tab Books by Jeffrey Lambert

Just found these on Kindle. I needed new noter music, now that  my wife has mastered ‘Mary had a little lamb’. 😉 I was...
@ConnorC started 8 months ago - replies: 2
Don Grundy

Frets on noter/drone dulcimer

Are the frets different on a noter/ drone dulcimer than the frets on a dulcimer intended to be played using chords?
@Don Grundy started 3 years ago - replies: 8

Weighing up purchase of dulcimer fretted in just intonation

My current dulcimer is a pretty standard modern instrument: three courses, four strings, equal temperament, 6+ and 13+ frets. It's been fine, but...
@magictime started 2 years ago - replies: 14

Ken Hulme's "Get Noterized!" article

Member @ken-hulme wrote this helpful article about noter playing questions years ago. People find it pretty helpful.
@Strumelia started 3 years ago - replies: 4
Jill Geary

Noter drone play list for nursing home?

Hi kids! I'm working on a playlist of tunes to play for a nursing home - must be noter drone almost exclusively (because I like it! and because my...
@Jill Geary started 2 years ago - replies: 23
Robin Thompson

Homemade recording project - tunes played with a noter

My guitar-playing husband, Mark, and I put together a homemade recording project for cd and would be happy to send a copy to those interested in...
@Robin Thompson started 2 years ago - replies: 11
Kendra Ward

Dulcerinian Law

Hello ya'll,This is too funny and too good not to pass it on here.I had this thought: >"Just a thought . . . . as card carrying Dulcerinians,...
@Kendra Ward started 11 years ago - replies: 44
Ken Hulme

Unison and Bagpipe Tunings

You may find these two tunings more useful for your "no 6+ fret" instrument than DAA or DAd; I certainly do. Bagpipe Tuning (nominally Ccc or Ddd,...
@Ken Hulme started 2 years ago - replies: 5
Steven Berger

Am I the only one?

Am I the only one who has the problem of hitting the frets with the noter when sliding from fret to fret? Sometimes it doesn't happen, and at...
@Steven Berger started 8 years ago - replies: 45
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