Intermediate MD Players
Skills to Develop Next

By now, you have the skills of the previous levels and you’ve learned the basics of strumming and reading tablature, you need to expand your playing techniques and musical theory. Learn to embellish your basic music with hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides; to adapt an arrangement with different chord positions; to play in and modulate to different keys with and without a capo or retuning; to flatpick and fingerpick a tune. You can find play in different tunings.

Neal Hellman Neal Hellman 4 Equi-Distant Strings: Asika Thali
Asika Thali is a song of freedom from South Africa. Neal likes to play this tune on a dulcimer with 4 equi-distant strings tuned to D-A-dd, but it can also be played on a dulcimer with 3 strings in the D-A-d tuning.
Steve Eulberg

Erin Mae Lewis
Steve Eulberg

Erin Mae
Baritone Mountain Dulcimer
The baritone mountain dulcimer is a beautiful instrument with rich tones in the lower register. It is normally tuned to A-E-a, although A-D-a is also a common tuning. This introductory lesson is taught by Steve Eulberg and Erin Mae Lewis.
Elaine Conger Elaine Conger Bass Dulcimer Comparison
Elaine shows some of the differences between the standard mountain dulcimer and the bass mountain dulcimer. She says the bass' job is to be a melodic metronome, a beat keeper.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Classic Rock Licks
Joe Collins once said, "A dulcimer has 1/2 the frets and 1/2 the strings, but ALL the music." And it's true ... the dulcimer doesn't have a chromatic fretboard, and only has 3 strings. But in this series, Steve Eulberg will demonstrate sounds and classic rock licks you never thought could be possible on a mountain dulcimer.
Nina Zanetti Nina Zanetti Fingerstyle
Fingerstyle is the technique of playing the dulcimer by plucking the strings directly with the fingertips, as opposed to flatpicking (plucking individual notes with a "pick").
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Hammer-On, Pull-Off
Hammer-Ons and Pull-Offs are two common articulations which are “two-for-one” ways to play more than one note by changing what the fingering hand has done AFTER the plucking hand has plucked the note. Both are demonstrated, described and exercises are suggested for developing clean skills with these articulations.
Aubrey Atwater Aubrey Atwater Harmony Voice with Singing
Aubrey shows us how it is possible to harmonize with your own dulcimer by humming the melody to "Pretty Saro" while playing the harmony she cooked up for her own arrangement.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Lesson Progression
This page gives an explanation for each of the "Playing Levels." Also included is a list of skills that are to be developed at each level.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Movable Chord Shapes
There are several moveable chord shapes on the mountain dulcimer. They work in different tunings and often have predictable patterns or ways to help you become more comfortable with finding chords all over your fretboard. In this lesson set we look at some of those patterns.
Nina Zanetti Nina Zanetti Playing Expressively
Nina talks about why she uses an intellectual and methodical approach to playing expressively, and why this helps in unsettling situations.
Aubrey Atwater Aubrey Atwater Reverse Tuning
The video starts with Aubrey's dulcimer tuned to D-A-d, the way we are accustomed to tuning. Then she demonstrates how the D-A-d tuning is not an easy key for a woman to sing for certain songs, and offers several possible solutions.
Aubrey Atwater Aubrey Atwater

This slap strum technique will turn your dulcimer into a percussion instrument. In this lesson, Aubrey shows us exactly how to make our strumming sound more professional and how to improve our dulcimer strumming with this muted, slap strum technique. 

Aubrey Atwater Aubrey Atwater Tunings, Keys & Modes
A mode is defined by the series of whole and half steps. The mode is not defined by the tuning; you can play every mode in every key. In this lesson, Aubrey discusses the modes in both major and minor keys.

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