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Thread #112168   Message #2374477
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
25-Jun-08 - 10:23 PM
Thread Name: How to tune a 3 string dulcimer
Subject: RE: How to tune a 3 string dulcimer
I play mine by putting a thumb pick on my right thumb. It plucks the melody string and brings out the melody. Other fingers pluck the middle and D strings to produce harmony. I use however many picking patterns I can think of - the more the merrier.

A lot of people put two strings close together to be the melody string, but I found that to be unnecessary. It's easier to keep in when there is just one melody string.

I love my dulcimer and have about 170 songs on my list - from

Since I Met You Baby to
Salve Regina to
Minuet in G by Bach to
Old Joe Clark to
When I Fall in Love, It Will be Forever by Nat King Cole

and finally, let us not forget 'Scheherazade Suite' arr by leeneia.

'Scheherazade' takes four or five different thumbpicks.