Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafesj

User Name Thread Name Subject Posted
Ely Learning Lap Dulcimer- Tips? Tricks? (31) RE: Learning Lap Dulcimer- Tips? Tricks? 05 Aug 03

I couldn't bear to glue anything to the *beautiful* book-matched walnut on the back of my newer dulcimer, so have a guitar strap on mine (we jokingly call it a "seatbelt"). Other people cut up pieces of non-skid rug liners and to put between their thighs and the dulcimer.

I learned first in DAA but quickly switched to DAD because, especially if you intend to play with other instruments, it's more versatile. Another thing I did, although this approach is disputed, is I'd play a tab through a few times on just the melody string, to get the hang of it, and then I'd go ahead and try to play it with the chords before I got too used to playing on the melody string alone. It takes a lot longer to learn tunes this way, especially if you're just starting out, but I think it kept me from becoming "afraid" of the chords and ultimately made me more comfortable with the instrument, and a better player.

Post to this Thread -

Back to the Main Forum Page

By clicking on the User Name, you will requery the forum for that user. You will see everything that he or she has posted with that Mudcat name.

By clicking on the Thread Name, you will be sent to the Forum on that thread as if you selected it from the main Mudcat Forum page.

By clicking on the Subject, you will also go to the thread as if you selected it from the original Forum page, but also go directly to that particular message.

By clicking on the Date (Posted), you will dig out every message posted that day.

Try it all, you will see.