Group Discussions


New player question

Hello , as a new player I have A question. Do all noter drone players use a noter or can a finger be used to slide across the strings ?  Thanks :)
@markprewett28 started 3 months ago - replies: 9

2021 Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering

Well the 2021 Gathering has come and gone....what a wonderful time had by all. The world wind of lock downs and restrictions are finally coming to...
@Dan started 8 months ago - replies: 19
Sue MacKenzie - ADK Friends

Straw Plectrum and Feather Quill Plectrum

Goose quill and broomstraw plectrums. 
@Sue MacKenzie - ADK Friends started 3 weeks ago - replies: 4

History & Tradition of the Mountain Dulcimer

Hi there Folks might find this interesting. History & Tradition of the mountain Dulcimer by Robin Clark Regards Eric
@Banjostray started 2 months ago - replies: 2
Flint Hill

The False Nut Upon the Road

I've been fiddling with false nuts, reverse capos, or whatever you call them. Details follow the picture below. This one has a pair of notches...
@Flint Hill started 12 years ago - replies: 13

Strumelia's Noter Drone beginner's Blog -free tabs, videos

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 3 years ago - replies: 4

New Dulcimer

Hello Looking for advice please. I'm in the market for a new mountain dulcimer. I'm a DAA drone style player primarily but do occasionally...
@Banjostray started 3 months ago - replies: 6

Tips on playing fast

I’m learning Whiskey Before Breakfast to play with my family. My dad expects to play in “fiddle speed” which seems to be around 150 bpm. Being...
@traildad started 5 months 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 2 years ago - replies: 27
Jill Geary

Noter style for hymn accompaniment

Hi all, I've been having some skin issues with my fingertips so playing my chord/melody style is not available to me right now. I love using the...
@Jill Geary started 6 years ago - replies: 24

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 4 years ago - replies: 6
Robin Thompson

Howie Mitchell on Bagpipe tuning

@Robin Thompson started 8 months ago - replies: 10

Noter Drone Chords

I was playing some music with my sister and dad. I can play the melody part with my noter but I was at a loss on what to play when others took...
@traildad started 9 months ago - replies: 9
Bill Henry

Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming

Good Morning All, My wife and I will be attending the Homecoming in Hindman in November and  I was hoping for any feedback on the format (types of...
@Bill Henry started 6 years ago - replies: 11
Butch Ross

Noter makers

For a video I'm doing, I'm looking for the names and website of people who make and sell noters. Preferably with links to their websites or...
@Butch Ross started 11 months ago - replies: 2

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 2 years ago - replies: 15

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 2 years 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 6 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 2 years 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 6 years ago - replies: 21
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