Amazing Grace w/Fretted Harmonics
Built on the 4-3-2 D Chord

For Mountain Dulcimer Players by Larry Conger

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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Introduction: Right Hand Using "fretted harmonics" in your mountain dulcimer arrangement of a tune is a more advanced technique that will add depth to your playing, but may take practice to master. Larry begins by demonstrating how to touch the fret wire with the pointer finger of your right hand while plucking the string with your right thumb.
2. Add Left Hand A 'fretted harmonic' is an additional tone, played by touching the 7th fret wire away from the chord built with the left hand. In this video, Larry plays the fretted harmonic for the 1-1-1 and the 2-2-2 chords.
3. With Slant Chords Next Larry shows us how to play a fretted harmonic tone with a slant chord ... again pressing the 7th fret wire away from the string pressed with the left hand.
4. Amazing Grace Melody Larry applies this technique as he plays the melody line of an old favorite hymn - Amazing Grace. Watch the pointer finger and thumb of his right hand.
5. Strategy for Encouragement This is not easy but, if you ever want to advance beyond your present level, you need to challenge yourself. Larry encourages us to begin by practicing the fretted harmonic alone without the chords. A good suggestion is to play "Do You Hear What I Hear" as a warm-up exercise.
6. Review and Exercises Don't press down on the fret. Think of it as touching the string just long enough to see if it is hot. Larry also points out that you will get a better result with newer strings.
7. When Do You Play Them? When Larry plays Amazing Grace, he likes to use the fretted harmonic technique to introduce the song. You can also use this technique as you move toward the end of a song.
PDFSheet Music
  • Amazing Grace in D-A-d
Music GlobeExtras
  • Larry demonstrates the beauty of this technique in his moving arrangement of Wayfaring Stranger, a great old American folk song.

  • In this peaceful and flowing arrangement, Larry uses the fretted harmonic technique to end Silent Night.
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