Chromatic Hammering Exercises
For Hammered Dulcimer Players Only

These exercises are designed to help you learn the location of the chromatic notes on your diatonic dulcimer.  In the process, you will also gain dexterity and familiarity of sending one hand off to find the "unusual" note then return home by having the other hand stay put like an anchor.  

These exercises help you focus your attention, develop your accuracy and your understanding of your instrument, whether playing ascending or descending chromatic scales in three different keys.

Chromatic Exercise #1



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1. Going Up in the D Minor Box In this exercise, the left hand goes out to find the chromatic notes while the right hand stays "home" in the D minor box.
2. Going Up in the A Minor Box Again, the left hand goes out to find the chromatic notes while the right hand stays "home" in the A minor box.
3. Going Down in the E Minor Box This is a descending chromatic exercise, where the right hand moves to find the chromatic notes while the left hand stays "home" in the E minor box.
4. Going Up in the E Minor Box In this ascending chromatic exercise, the right hand moves to find the chromatic notes while the left hand stays "home" in the E minor box.

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