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Thread #69302   Message #1174198
Posted By: Mudlark
29-Apr-04 - 01:20 PM
Thread Name: Mountain Dulcimer - Jean Ritchie Book
Subject: RE: Mountain Dulcimer - Jean Richie Book
Dear Guest...

I've somehow managed to lose my JR dulc. book so I'm not sure. I doubt it tho, as I can't read music either...can't even follow tabulature very easily, just play by ear. And for that kind of playing, nothing beats a dulcimer. Traditionally, only one string carries the melody, the other 2 (or 3) are drone strings. You can chord a dulcimer, tho easier in some tunings than others. Unlike a guitar, the d. is tuned to modes, so shifting from major to minor necessitates some retuning. The most useful mode is Mixolydian, as a few minors are possible, giving you a wide range of songs, and a good base for chording. This is an easy instrument to figure out by yourself, and is a lot of fun to just noodle around with, making up melodies as you go. There are dulcimer websites that will help with tuning, etc. Good luck.