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Dusty Turtle

key signature for modal music

I hesitate to ask this question, for I don't want to start a debate. My hope is that there is a standard answer here, but if responses disagree,...
@Dusty Turtle started 4 months ago - replies: 13

Getting rid of the 6 1/2 fret_Wabash Cannonball

I am thinking about getting a dulcimer with a diatonic fretboard for noter drone style. Right now I play Wabash Cannonball in Noter Drone style...
@traildad started 9 months ago - replies: 1

Great Resource for Music Theory Group

I came across this resource while browsing in the Chiff and Fipple, an excellent group for tinwhistle players. The charts apply equally well to...
@Banjimer started 7 years ago - replies: 6

Playing DAd tab songs while tuned to DAA

I have done a few word searches on the site and have not found information on this subject. I admit that I do not understand any music theory...
@kdparker started 2 years ago - replies: 10
Lois Sprengnether Keel

Chords "with a slash"

We've all seen chords like these: F/C, G/C, C/E.  A song I want to play has no SMN given, only the chords & those appear in it.  I believe it...
@Lois Sprengnether Keel started 2 years ago - replies: 4

Circle of fifths, intervals

I'm still figuring this site out. I don't work with photo's much. Let's see if his works. Interval%20Circle%20001.JPG...
@Skip started 10 years ago - replies: 14

What key am I playing in?

Hello all!  My music what to be desired, so please forgive the ignorance I am putting on display here!  So, I have two...
@Rachael started 2 years ago - replies: 3

Does using a capo change the key or not

Using a capo does NOT change the key on a MD, it changes the MODE and the Tuning. Why? Because, basically, a capo is nothing more than a movable...
@Skip started 2 years ago - replies: 31
Dusty Turtle

name that (partial) chord: 5-6-6+ in DAd

This is not a game, but a genuine question. I am working on an arrangement of "Londonderry Air" ("Danny Boy") in a DAd tuning, and in one spot use...
@Dusty Turtle started 3 years ago - replies: 9
Dusty Turtle

four notes in place of three

In a duple meter such as 2/4 or 4/4, when three notes take the place of two we call that a triplet.  Got it.  What about in a triple meter when...
@Dusty Turtle started 3 years ago - replies: 6

Tuning VS Keys, Clearing the air

Many folks seem to equate tuning and key. They are NOT the same, or even equivalent. Note:This post is based on no extra frets. Extra frets can be...
@Skip started 4 years ago - replies: 1

Dulcimer Tunings Chart

I held a workshop at our south german dulcimer gathering in may 2015. It was about dulcimer tunings - leave the golden cage of D-A-D- and modes....
@Luigi started 6 years ago - replies: 28
Helen Seiler

Phrasing markers - where are they

Hi folks, i am pretty new to reading music. I can pick the length of notes but, and this is possibly a dumb question, how can I know the phrasing...
@Helen Seiler started 8 years ago - replies: 17
Brenda Joyce Rivers

CGC versus DAd

I have been practicing my hammer on and pull offs from a video from Linda Brockinton, and she recommended changing the tuning to CGC. I did and I...
@Brenda Joyce Rivers started 7 years ago - replies: 3
Brenda Joyce Rivers

The Blackest Crow

I want to learn to play The Blackest Crow that Lisa posted on a discussion (don't know exactly where it is on here). It is in the key of G, ionian...
@Brenda Joyce Rivers started 7 years ago - replies: 15

key signatures and the dulcimer tunings (and/or capo placements) necessary to play them

I regularly run into the problem of finding a songI like in an old hymnal, etc. having a different configuration of flats/sharps in the key...
@tytymhorau started 9 years ago - replies: 12
Carrie H

writing dulcimer tab

Is there a book on how to take a piece of standard notation music (piano) and write it into dulcimer tab? Is there a way to know from looking at...
@Carrie H started 9 years ago - replies: 57
Virginia Oman

Possible to play in G or C??

Okay all you wonderful theory folk you've been so helpful to me in the past answering all kinds of questions. Today I have an easier one for you....
@Virginia Oman started 9 years ago - replies: 17

Tuning back and forth between dulcimer modes- simple!

I just thought I would post a link here to some very simple beginner hands-on explanations about modes on the dulcimer and how to use them...from...
@Strumelia started 10 years ago - replies: 3
Flint Hill

This should make modes clearer (not)

Here's a chart of the ecclesiastical musical modes that shows the simple mathematics on which the modes are based. You could draw this diagram in...
@Flint Hill started 10 years ago - replies: 3
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