Steve Eulberg has long been taken by this traditional American tune from Appalachia, collected and added to by John Jacob Niles. Here Steve introduces the tune and tells the story and describes how to tune for the Aeolian mode, in which this tune resides. Here is the lesson set. Subscribe to DulcimerCrossing.com to see the rest of the […]
Traditional Noter and Drone Style Lessons
by Linda Ratcliff Traditional Noter Style Many mountain dulcimer players play their instruments by pressing the fatty pads of their fingertips down on the strings to create the different notes. But there is another option. The traditional, old-time way of playing a mountain dulcimer is to use a noter. Your noter can be anything from the […]
What is Drone Style?
by Steve Eulberg Once we have learned the melody of a tune we can begin adding notes in order “fill out” the sound of the tune. The easiest way to do this is to play “drone style“. This is actually the traditional way to play the old mountain dulcimers which did not have frets that […]