Fingering Exercises - Neighbors
For Mountain Dulcimer Players in D-A-A and D-A-d Tuning

These are exercises in common or 4/4 time for developing left hand accuracy using three fingers.  Also included are suggestions for using these exercises to develop picking and strumming steadiness and accuracy with the right hand. These are taught in both the D-A-A and D-A-d tunings.

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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. D-A-A: Exercise 1 In this lesson, Steve explains the correct position for the left hand, and how to number the fingers. The pattern for this first exercise is "3-2-1-2-3."
2. D-A-d: Exercise 1 Here Steve repeats the same exercise on a dulcimer tuned to D-A-d.
3. D-A-A: Exercises 2 & 3 In this video, Steve adds to the exercise above by expanding the pattern to "3-2-1-2-3-1-3.", and then adds the variation "3-2-1-2-3-2-3."
4. D-A-d: Exercises 2 & 3 Here Steve repeats the same exercise on a dulcimer tuned to D-A-d.
5. D-A-A: Exercise 4 This exercise follows the pattern "1-2-3-2-1-3-1" moving up the frets, and reverses the pattern coming back down.
6. D-A-d: Exercise 4 Here Steve repeats the same exercise on a dulcimer tuned to D-A-d.
7. D-A-A: Exercise 5 In this final exercise, Steve demonstrates the pattern "1-2-3-2-1-2-1," and then reverses the pattern going back down the fret.
8. D-A-d: Exercise 5 Here Steve repeats the same exercise on a dulcimer tuned to D-A-d.

PDFD-A-A Tablature

PDFD-A-d Tablature

AnimationD-A-A Animations

AnimationD-A-d Animations


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