Bass Dulcimer Comparison
For Mountain Dulcimer Players, by Elaine & Larry Conger

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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Introduction In this video, Elaine explains that the size of the bass dulcimer is actually the same as a standard dulcimer. The gauge of the strings and the construction of the instrument is what gives it the lower pitch.
2. String Issues If you want to play melody on the bass dulcimer, you might want a lighter gauge string. Players of the bass dulcimer have found there tends to be a squeak on the strings because of the winding on the strings. But Larry has a solution for that.
3. Conclusion Elaine says that the bass dulcimer is the foundation supporting an arrangement. She always plays the lowest tone possible when she plays backup. Finally, she explains how the bass' job is to be a melodic metronome, a beat keeper.

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