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  3. Thanks PJ I know we're getting more and more tablature and audio files available on the internet, I just decided to add my files to what's available. It's better than just leaving them sit on my hard drive. Dave
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  5. How to Become A Better Dulcimer Player 15 Adding Variety To Your Playing There are a number of ways to add variety to your solo and/or group dulcimer playing. i.e. playing a harmony; playing backup chords; playing a counter melody; playing a bass part. For this article we will concentrate on playing our melody on a combination of the melody and bass strings. As you know, the notes are the same on both your melody and bass strings when you are tuned to DAD, CGC, GDG, etc. They are one octave apart. When playing songs that you already know, trying mixing up the song by playing part of the melody on the melody string and part of the melody on the bass string. This works best on those songs where you can use drone notes. One method that I like to use is playing the song, as written, all the way through. The second time you play it, try playing one or more measures within the song by flipping the melody notes to the bass string. I have posted one of my arrangements of “Shortnin’ Bread” on this Everything Dulcimer as an example of how you can mix up your melody. Another way of adding variety to your playing is not to play the song the same way each time you play it through. Twenty years ago, Steve Seifert introduced me to “up neighbors” and “down neighbors”. These are notes that are usually one note higher or lower than your melody note. Within a song if you have a quarter note, you can play it twice as an eighth note or play the first eighth note as written and play the next note, one note higher or lower. ie. In your song with quarter notes you have these notes: 1-2-3-4. Try mixing it up by playing 1-1, 2-3, 3-2, 4-5, etc. There are no correct combinations. Same thing with eighth notes. i.e. 4-4, 5-5, 3-3. Try changing to 4-3, 5-4, 3-4, etc. What you are achieving is a variety in your playing by not playing the song the same way each time that you play it. Additionally, if you have a single note within your tab, try adding some drone notes to it. This article is but the “tip of the iceberg” when adding variety to your playing. Perhaps my thoughts will help you to become a better dulcimer player. The bottom line is: If it sounds good, play it! Shortnin' Bread2.pdf
  6. Very cool! I had heard of a scheitholt but never seen one played. Thanks for sharing!
  7. A person contacted me through my YouTube video "Muss I Denn" and a discussion started about constructing a scheitholt/zither/zitter type of instrument. To facilitate sharing the information, I moved a lot of my Zither construction pictures and notes to my OneDrive. While I was there, I reorganized my dulcimer files into PDF files and MP3 files. If I have a PDF file I might have an MP3 file to support it, and vice versa. If anyone sees a PDF without a matching MP3 and vice versa, I can create an appropriate file on request. The PDF files include multiple tunings and usually the file name includes the tuning (CGBb, DAG, DAC, etc.). Dave https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=!APZ7kXyURRnmQ9s&id=4E95DE6FFA7B2AEA!548&cid=4E95DE6FFA7B2AEA
  8. Thanks Burt My friend and I sing this with guitar and mandolin accompaniment in G. I'll have to try it with my dulcimer. Dave
  9. I found pix of a couple of instruments by him, but he must not make/sell many since he has no website, no Facebook presence, and no presence on MeWe. The instruments look good -- almost too good -- meaning it's strange that he has built such professional looking instruments but no one seems to know him. There are several builders of banjimers/banjammers/dulcijos, notably Mike Clemmer from North Carolina, a well respected builder and player. I've even built a couple myself.
  10. Hi Elizabeth, Welcome to the site. I'm not familiar with that maker and I haven't seen one by them before. Doing a little searching, the only thing I came up with is probably the same listing you're looking at. There was also a reference to someone with that name starting a dulcimer club ~25-ish years ago but that was about all I could find. It could be a one off / personal instrument that they built for themselves. I remember seeing a class last year for building this style of instrument, I think it was at the Black Mountain festival. So it could be something like that as well.
  11. I have been interested in getting a banjo dulcimer hybrid and was wondering if anyone knew about Jim Hamilton Dulcijos? I found one for sale, but know nothing about that builder. Any advice would be greatly appreciated or if you have any suggestions on other banjo dulcimer hybrids (banjammer, banjomer, etc) Thanks!! Elizabeth
  12. Key of D version easier to play. Key of G version easier to sing. In the Good Old Summer Time - D.pdf In the Good Old Summer Time - D.mid In the Good Old Summer Time.pdf In the Good Old Summer Time mid.mid
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  14. Thank both of you for all your help and advise. I feel like I have a renewed interest in learning and excitement for playing the dulcimer.i will definitely look into getting 6+ fret added in. Thank you Joyce
  15. If you're doing re-enactment, your dulcimer without the 6+ fret, tuned DAA, Ddd (not DAd) or (with a new bass string) ddd, is most appropriate for the CW era. Lots of great music back then too. Several of us build and play early dulcemores from the mid 1800s rather than modern dulcimers.
  16. A luthier (instrument builder/repairer) would probably be the way to go to have one added. Most dulcimer builders can do that for you, but local places that work with fretted instruments (guitars for example) would have the tools to do it. They basically need to saw a new slot for it, hammer in the fret wire and then dress it so it's the right shape/height and doesn't have sharp edges. DAD is the most common tuning you'll find in modern books and publications and also at jams / workshops. It's still fairly common to retune the dulcimer to play in other modes (like DAC for the minor key), but most classes and instruction books will assume you're set up for and starting in DAD with a 6+ fret.
  17. Thank you for your response. How would I go about adding a 6+ fret? So is DAD tuning the most popular and up to date tuning? Thank you. Joyce
  18. Feel free to post any questions as you come across them! You might consider having a 6+ fret added if you want to explore more. With that and a string change you can set up to play in DAD with most modern material you'll find.
  19. Thank you so much for your response. You all have been so helpful. We bought this dulcimer from a vendor at a Gettysburg Battle Reenactment last 4th of July weekend. It came with an instruction book in DAA, which was great, until I wanted to branch out and play more songs. I’m sure I’ll be having more questions in future. So glad I came across this site. Joyce
  20. You can play DAd tab on a DAA tuned dulcimer by adding 3 to each number on the melody string. You won't be able to play chord-melody chords but you can play just the melody. When you come to one of those pesky 6+ numbers, you play fret 9 instead of fret 9+ (because, of course, you don't haver a 9+ fet either!).
  21. Glad to help 🙂 In regards to your book, the 6+ won't generally be a problem playing DAD tunes on DAA as it will be the 9th fret as I mentioned above. The regular 6 fret is where you may run into a little difficulty. You could bend the 8th fret to get that note if needed. Most DAD tunes in modern books are going to be D Major (Ionian mode) songs and will mostly use the 6+ fret and rarely the 6. In that case, just add 3 to the fret numbers on the melody string and you're all set. If you come across a song in DAD with a lot of 6 frets and no 6+, it's a probably a song in Mixolydian mode and is intended be played on a dulcimer like yours without the 6+ fret, but tuned up to DAD. An example of this would be Old Joe Clark. You're not likely to run into too many of these, so not something to worry too much about, but worth being aware of. Happy playing!
  22. Thank you for your response. Yes, I received a dulcimer music book in DAD for Christmas and I have a DAA . It had several of the 6+ notes in the songs. I wasn’t sure if it was possible to play this note, without having the 6+ fret. You both have been very helpful. Thank you. Joyce
  23. If it's actually a DAA tab that's calling for a 6+ note on the melody string (G#) that would be odd, but without the extra fret you'd need to bend as KWL said. But do you mean playing a DAD tab on DAA? If so the 6+ fret would be the 9th fret. An easy way to convert DAD to DAA is to just add 3 to the tab notes. (0 would be 3).
  24. Thank you for your quick response.
  25. KWL

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    Thank you Claudia. Post some photos of your build as you move along. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
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