The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #60386   Message #1944922
Posted By: JohnInKansas
22-Jan-07 - 07:36 PM
Thread Name: A.W. Jeffreys Dulcimer
Subject: RE: A.W. Jeffreys Dulcimer
Foolestroupe -

To repeat a well known bit of dulcimer lore: "Just find a pleasant tone."

I've been working with LiK for several years on the debate about whether it's necessary to find the same pleasant tone everyone else is playing, when in a group; but haven't had much success.

As the mountain dulcimer basically is fretted for a diatonic scale and can't 1change keys without retuning, but can move about in the modes of a given one, just tuning is perfectly appropriate; but most modern ones have the frets (what few there are) arranged as a tempered scale.

1 The famous (or infamous to some) "six-and-a-half fret" is quite frequently added to allow a second "key" without retuning, and a few lunatics add a one-and-a-half fret for additional "versatility" (increased numbers of excuses for odd sounding "pleasant(?) notes" are thereby made available).