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Matthew Andrew

New Purpleheart dulcimer made by Ron Ewing!


I just got this wonderful dulcimer made by Ron Ewing! It has a purple heart back and sides, walnut fretboard with purple heart overlay, and a...
@Matthew Andrew started 5 months ago - replies: 5
LisavB

Best starting point for arranging music?


I would like to arrange some popular/modern songs for the dulcimer, but lacking dulcimer-specific sheet music, have a question how best to start....
@LisavB started 5 months ago - replies: 3
Simple Life

Anchoring Right Hand Fingers


Hello!  I am a very new player and was wondering if anyone else has trouble with anchoring their right hand fingers?  My anchored fingers keep...
@Simple Life started 9 months ago - replies: 6
Jimmy Lamar

Scarborough Fair: How Do You Play It?


I have always dug this old English folk song. I imagine most of us were introduced to it by Simon & Garfunkel’s version. One internet version...
@Jimmy Lamar started last year - replies: 7
Sam Edelston

The Masochism Tango, on chromatic dulcimer


I was at a Birdland, the renowned New York jazz club, where Les Paul's former bass player, Nicki Parrott, did a steamy rendition of Besame Mucho...
@Sam Edelston started 2 years ago - replies: 5
Sam Edelston

Gilbert & Sullivan patter song from HMS Pinafore


I recently taught a workshop on unusual chord voicings at August Dulcimer Daze, and used this song as an example. Played here on a chromatic...
@Sam Edelston started 2 years ago - replies: 4
Dan Evans

song accompaniment


members of this group might be interested in my recent article in the DPN about singing with the dulcimer as it touches on my song...
@Dan Evans started 10 years ago - replies: 4
Sam Edelston

"And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" 11/11/18


I had a showcase at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference (NERFA) this weekend, and realized that after midnight Saturday night would...
@Sam Edelston started 2 years ago - replies: 2
zaulden

complete list of possible DAd chords?


I've mainly been learning noter style on my mountain dulcimer in DAd tuning.  DAd noter-style matches the D tin whistle note progression I'm used...
@zaulden started 2 years ago - replies: 17
Don Grundy

7+ Fret


I took a dulcimer to a luthier used by all of the local music stores.  He has added frets for me on several occasions. Oops!  Instead of an 8+...
@Don Grundy started 2 years ago - replies: 15
dianapalmer

The technician and the artist


Bing Futch once said that the left hand is the technician and the right hand is the artist. I am curious if folks here experience it that way, or...
@dianapalmer started 3 years ago - replies: 17
hugssandi

I am SO in over my head!!!


I am used to playing melody, but lately I'm interested in some songs that don't sound very good playing the melody~I think chords would be much...
@hugssandi started 3 years ago - replies: 44
Don Grundy

Anyone else tune GDg?


I have two backpacker dulcimers with 22.5 VSL.  Both are tuned GDG and GDDD.  Does anyone else play short VSL that use this tuning?
@Don Grundy started 2 years ago - replies: 8
cindi perron

3 strings vs 4 strings


Does everyone that plays chords and picks find it easier to play this way with removing the 4th string? I'm finding that when I'm trying to fret...
@cindi perron started 9 years ago - replies: 98
nigelbleddfa

Confused Beginner.


I am a very "black and white" thinker. This can be good and bad. I like everything to be precise and many of my previous employments demanded...
@nigelbleddfa started 2 years ago - replies: 6
Don Grundy

3 or 4 strings?


When you’re playing melody notes and chords. DAD tuning. Do you play with one or two melody strings? Thank you.
@Don Grundy started 3 years ago - replies: 16
Robin Clark

In Praise of the 'Ginger' and G,D,g Tuning


Now I don't play chord/melody style that often but over the last week on a camping trip to St David's, Wales I rediscovered the delights of...
@Robin Clark started 8 years ago - replies: 19
Brian G.

Norwegian Wood


Hi all, I had posted a version of this in one of the Groups, and was asked if I could post it in a more public spot. So here it is. This is a...
@Brian G. started 9 years ago - replies: 16
lwlittle

Finger patterns for playing chords - beginner question


I am just learning the mountain dulcimer but there seem sot be two schools of thought / instruction when it comes to fingering frets for chords....
@lwlittle started 3 years ago - replies: 15
Sheryl St. Clare

Removing a Melody String - Which One?


Is it better to remove the outer, or inner melody string when going from 4 to 3 strings on a dulcimer? 
@Sheryl St. Clare started 5 years ago - replies: 19
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