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Thread #112168 Message #2373260
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
24-Jun-08 - 11:11 AM
Thread Name: How to tune a 3 string dulcimer
Subject: RE: How to tune a 3 string dulcimer
Lefty, you have provided a source of comfort for the rest of my life.
When I wake up for church with a frog in my throat and a blocked nose, I can say 'I didn't sing any worse than Dylan.'
Most days I tune my dulcimer DAA (the D is the same as the D string on a guitar. The two A's are both the A above that.) DAA lends itself to extremely simple chord patterns. If you are really interested, you can get a book or find it on the web.
Somedays I use DAG. This is for minor tunes. The chord patterns here are more arbitrary, and I stick children's stickers under the strings to show me where the harmonies are. (I use very small, very thin stickers and I stick them at the left end of the fret so they don't get mooshed around.) If you know any music theory, you can easily find these chords. Or if not, get a book once more.
I find that after a leisurely breakfast is a good time to get out the dulcimer.
I'm glad to hear you had a good time at MakeMusicNY. It seems that people who actually make music are seriously outnumbered in this world.
Maybe you can get an Arts Foundation grant to get new strings.