Traditional Noter Style
This mountain dulcimer is usually strung with four strings. Some have the strings set at equal distances apart (4 Equidistant Strings), while others have the two melody strings very close together and the other two strings spaced out further. 

The Galax-style dulcimer is a form of lap dulcimer which was developed in the vicinity of Galax, Virginia.  Galaxes are lozenge-shaped, with deeper sides than most other dulcimers, usually 2 1/2 to 3 inches. The instrument is strung with four strings, and all tuned to the same note. 

For any of these dulcimer styles, the first two strings can be played with a noter, a small smooth dowel or stick of wood, while the remaining two strings act as drones.   This style of playing is very popular, and helpful if you experience pain in your wrists or hands.

Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Barlow Knife
The Barlow knife design dates back 400 years, and is a type of folding pocket knife that features double or single blades that open at one end only. The song about the Barlow knife is an old-time southern Appalachian tune. Unlike other traditional tunes, Barlow Knife has 3 parts.
Galax
Mountain Dulcimer
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Boil 'Em Cabbage
Here Steve teaches us how to play the tune on a Galax dulcimer, in the key of D with d-d-d-d tuning. If you don't have a Galax dulcimer, you can still retune to use this technique. This lesson includes backup tracks with an Appalachian band.
Galax
Mountain Dulcimer
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Breaking Up Christmas
The tradition of partying for 12 days, and the song, Breakin' Up Christmas, came from the Appalachian mountains. Party hosts would move furniture out of the house to make way for the festivities. The celebration lasted from the week before Christmas through the week after, usually winding down after those two weeks. Toward the end, they’d always play this tune.
Galax
Mountain Dulcimer
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Golden Slippers
"Golden Slippers" was written by African-American James A. Bland in 1879. It was originally known as "Oh, Dem Golden Slippers." Steve teaches this tune on the Galax MD in the key of G with d-d-d-d tuning.
Galax
Mountain Dulcimer
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Miss McLeod's Reel
This is a Scottish-Irish fiddle tune with a long history in America. Sometimes Miss McLoed is called Mrs., in Ireland she's a Mc, and in Scotland she's a Mac. But whatever name she goes by, and whatever title the tune is given, Mrs. McLeod’s Reel is a grand old lady who has traveled far and wide to become a standard tune in many fiddling traditions.
Galax
Mountain Dulcimer
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Traditional Noter Style
Some people play with a noter to overcome physical limitations and the obstacles to their music-making. In these videos, Steve demonstrates playing on his Galax dulcimer with the traditional right hand tools - the noter, the pick, and the quill.
Galax Mountain Dulcimer

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