Three Rivers


Location: Georgia
Country: USA

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Cynthia Wigington John Henry


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I am very involved with Sacred Harp, I live in an area where there are singings every week somewhere within an hour.  I got interested in the dulcimer because I heard players doing Sacred Harp.  I played the guitar when I was young, but can no longer do so because of arthritis.  I am loving the drone method since it is fairly easy on my hands.  I look forward to learning from the group.  Thanks so much for adding me.  My name is Susan and I live in North GA.

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Can I change DAD tabs to CGC?

Newbie question, I am hoping to find a way to change the DAD tabs I am...
@Three Rivers 7 years ago - Comments: 17
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Question About DAA from beginner

Hi All, I learned several hymns with my new dulcimer that is tuned in...
@Three Rivers 7 years ago - Comments: 11

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11/20/15 11:12:38AM @dronestyles:

Three Rivers, regarding your question about tabs in D transposing to tabs in C.  The comments are all correct.  Since you are a Sacred Harp fan, think of the tabs as the Shape Note music.  The singers just sing in a comfortable pitch determined by the leader.  More often than not, the pitch is at least a full step below what is in the hymnal.  But with shape notes it doesn't matter, so long as everyone is singing the same syllable. 

Also, when following videos using D instruments and yours is in C, you have three options.  The easiest thing is to turn off the sound on the video and just follow the visual cues.  You can also "air strum" with the video sound on and not sounding your instrument.  Thirdly, you can make Charles Ives proud and play in your key while the video is in its key.  

Hope this helps. 



11/03/15 02:20:51PM @robbscott:

I saw your posts in the forum but did not find a way to follow the conversation or put in my own 2 cents. You can restring the dulcimer any way you want. However, you will need to find out the size of strings you need for any particular key since dulcimer string sets only come for the DAdd set-up. That can be a bit tricky and takes a bit of trial and error unless someone else has the answer. To tune lower, you need thicker strings. To tune higher, you need thinner strings. Of all the searching I've done I could not find any definitive answer for this. For a quick fix to the key of G you could tune your aa strings down to gg, then tune your middle sting to G, so that your set-up is DGgg. Or change your aa strings to dd. As for tabs, you can still use the DAdd tablature for the CGcc set-up. It ill come out in the key of C as you play. And I also suggest you learn to read music notation. It is no more difficult than tablature, and you aren't stuck to the way someone else thinks a song or tune ought to be played. Plus if you read music, then you can use whatever tuning you want and not have to worry whether tabs exist for that tuning. Also, you will find, if you first learn to sing a song, you will not need to rely on tabs or notation so much. The playing will come naturally.

Cynthia Wigington
10/02/15 12:08:25PM @cynthia-wigington:

Please go to my page and click "Follow" so we can communicate better. The group sounds great, and you will learn a lot more playing with people who play. Know that most groups are heavily into chord playing Dad. If you want the sound I, and other noter/drone players get, you will most likely be tuned Dad, but say DGd instead. You can however play tunes noter/drone tuned Dad. Pick out some familiar songs that way, even using your finger to note. As for that cardboard one, get it from It cost me $75 including shipping with some good stuff with it. I would tell him just intonation, 3 strings, no 6.5. It will come DAA, unless you ask him to put on DGd like I did. Again, I did that because it's simpler to get to Dad from there, and those are the 2 I sing with mostly. Have fun. Everyone plays differently and can add something to your experience, keep an open mind, take what you want and leave the rest.

Cynthia Wigington
09/29/15 11:43:26AM @cynthia-wigington:

 Hi Three Rivers, glad you made it here. I've just had my gallbladder out and been sick as a dog with it before that so I missed your arrival. Hope you enjoy it hear. Singing...if you are tuned Dad, tuning DGd will give you a more singable key if DAA doesn't work, or Dad. Use the same tab as DAA. I have a couple of dulcimers, one always DAA, one I go between Dad and DGd. It's just less hassle, and hey I like that little Grace dulcimer you have.

Three Rivers
09/27/15 11:37:14AM @three-rivers:

I have uploaded a couple videos of me practicing, and also several of an event I went to last weekend at Red Top Mtn. State Park in Ga.  The "Allatooners" were playing and I learned a lot from being with them.

I have been able to work out my newbie problems and am now able to sing pretty well with DAD tuning.

Rob N Lackey
09/17/15 08:46:01PM @rob-n-lackey:

Welcome, Susan, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven.  I used to sing Sacred Harp as well, and love to play the tunes on the dulcimer.  In fact, I'm giving a workshop on 2 or 3 of them in KY in November.  Hope you enjoy it here.



Ken Longfield
09/16/15 11:40:12PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD Three Riversl. It's good to have you aboard.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Jim Fawcett
09/16/15 08:12:07PM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Three Rivers, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.

John Keane
09/16/15 07:18:22AM @john-keane:

Howdy and welcome to FOTMD!

Three Rivers
09/16/15 02:25:00AM @three-rivers:

Thanks so much Ben.  I am just learning my way around the site.  Look forward to it very much.

Ben Barr Jr
09/15/15 10:54:50PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Three Rivers, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer, and to meet some good people.