Why I Like It

By Robert Force for Mountain Dulcimer Players

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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Why I Like It
Part A
In the first video, Robert explains why he prefers to play the diatonic dulcimer, a dulcimer without the 6 1/2 fret. He is a Pythagorean theorist - and you'll have to watch the video to figure out what on earth that is!
2. Why I Like It
Part B
Here Robert shows us how to find the missing note on the middle string, if we really need it. In other words, don't worry about the diatonic dulcimer having limitations.
3. Why I Like It
Part C
Robert continues demonstrating how to "bend" the string to raise the tone 1/2 step. To make the diatonic dulcimer work for him in any key - he can retune, start the scale in a posittion that lets all the notes fall in the right place, or he "bends" to get there.

Music GlobeExtras

  • Scales & Modes

  • Check out this very interesting special-order instrument, built and demonstrated by Ben Seymore. The double treble strings are fretted to play the diatonic scale. At the same time, the middle and bass strings have additional frets to make playing the chromatic scale possible.

  • This three stringed strumstick uses a wooden cigar box as the body. The neck is fretted with a diatonic scale and the strings are tuned G,D,G.
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