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Dulcimer Jim

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  1. Hi. There's 2 ways to anchor your hand whilst flatpicking and crosspicking. (1) Place the right side of the base of your picking hand on top of the strings behind the saddle (some people call it the 'bridge'). Make sure it's behind the saddle so as not to mute the sound of the strings. Your hand is now still free to pick individual strings with ease. It's also very easy to strum across 2 or more strings in this position. Make sure you don't press the hand down hard; just very lightly rest it in that position as that enables the picking hand, and your arm, to freely move. Also, if you wi
  2. Hi Melody, on a classical guitar there's 3 wound nylon strings and 3 unwound nylon strings. The thinnest of those wound nylon strings is tuned to the D note, the exact same low note that is used for the low D note on a DAd or DAA tuned dulcimer. So if you buy a set of nylon classical guitar strings you can then string up any dulcimer with that wound nylon D string plus the 2 thinnest unwound strings. When I did this on my dulcimer I found that the D string and the A string overpowered the high d string, so I put a d steel sting back on the dulcimer and the dulcimer then sounded very bala
  3. I put a nylon D wound string and a nylon A string on an old dulcimer of mine, and it sounded fine. The high d string was kept as a steel string. The combination of 2 nylon strings and one steel string worked surprisingly well.
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