I Just Got A Dulcimer, Now What?

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I Just Got A Dulcimer, Now What?-- A Beginner’s Guide -byKen HulmeGeneral DefinitionThe mountin or Appalachian dulcimer is a stringed instrument of the chordophone family havingstrings running parallel to the sound box, as do the zither, lyre and psaltery (harp strings project awayfrom the sound box). The dulcimer has no neck projecting beyond the body as do the guitar, uke,mandolin and other members of the Lute sub-family. Rather it has a central raised fretboard whichmay or may not be topped by a separate fingerboard.Whatchacallit?Like every other specialized thing in the universe, the dulcimer has its share of special nomenclature.

Types of Tuning HeadsScroll Head with wooden pegs. Guitar Head w/ geared tunersSolid Block Head (shaped like a scroll) with Autoharp Tuning PinsBody ShapesZitter. LuteBox . .Hourglass

Violin or Fiddle Sided .TrapezoidTeardrop. EllipticalStick .BanjimerCourting.Hourdrop or Aorelle

Three Strings or Four?As new dulcimer buyers many people are torn between buying/playing a dulcimer with three strings vsfour strings (doubled melody). For the average beginner there is little difference between the skillsneeded to press down two strings close together compared to pressing down just one string. A greatmany dulcimers today are made with doubled melody strings.Don't buy or not-buy a dulcimer based on the number of strings. Buy it for its sound and looks. If youget a four-string and only want to play 3 strings, it's easy as pie to remove one of the two melodystrings.Dulcimers have generally three courses of strings - Bass, Middle and Melody. Any or all courses canbe doubled (or even tripled although it's rare). So the common arrangements you find are:3 string4 string (double melody)5 string (double melody and bass usually)6 string (every course doubled).Doubling a string provides more volume for the notes sounded on that string compared to the notes onthe other courses.Another string arrangement seen among more advanced players is 4-string equidistant, which is playedmore like a guitar -- often finger picked. There are four strings but they are equally spaced rather thanhaving two strings close together and two farther apart.

How Do I Know If I Have A 6 Fret?As you follow discussions on FOTMD, ED and elsewhere, you’ll see references to the 6 , 6.5 or “sixand a half” fret. How can you tell whether your dulcimer has one and what good is it?Traditionally the dulcimer had a true diatonic fretboard that essentially represented only the white keyson a piano. In the 1960s and 70s, Mixolydian Mode became popular for playing Irish fiddle tunes.However, Mixolydian Mode has a “flatted 7th” note; meaning you don’t get a complete ‘do, re, mi ”scale as the next to last note is ti-flat, not ti. If however, a 6 fret were added, the player would nowhave both ti-flat and ti when playing in Mixolydian Mode. Similarly, a 13 fret is usually added higherup to give the same effect in the second octave.Most dulcimers made in the last 20 years have the 6 fret, but not all. The photos below show how youcan tell whether your dulcimer has the 6 fret.group of 4 narrow spaced frets after fret 5 and fret 12; this is the characteristic fret spacing pattern of adulcimer with a 6 and 13 fret. The fret after fret 6 is not fret 7, it is fret 6 ; then comes fret 7, 8 .There is absolutely nothing wrong with a dulcimer that does not have a 6 fret. However, if you intendplaying a lot of modern music, you may want to consider

3 string 4 string (double melody) 5 string (double melody and bass usually) 6 string (every course doubled). Doubling a string provides more volume for the notes sounded on that string compared to the notes on the other courses. Another string arrangement seen among more advanced players

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