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Thread #69302   Message #1174456
Posted By: Joybell
29-Apr-04 - 06:41 PM
Thread Name: Mountain Dulcimer - Jean Ritchie Book
Subject: RE: Mountain Dulcimer - Jean Richie Book
It's a very good book. Shows a lot of different tunings that make playing a dulcimer more interesting. Playing by ear and singing with it is the way to go. You can learn to read music later if that's what you want to do. I personally don't like tabulature it seems a dead-end method that doesn't lead anywhere.
I can't remember if this book has them but there are different ways to hold a dulcimer. I found holding it upright against my left shoulder like an auto harp is an interesting possibility. You can strum in a way that is more like using a guitar. The book I saw it in called it "The Volkswagon Stlye". Of course you can hold it like a guitar too. Have fun and good luck. Joy