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Randy Burks
  • Baxter Springs, KS
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Dulcimer questions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Charles W. (Charlie) Brown Dec 14, 2012. 10 Replies

I am making a mountain lap dulcimer. It is 28.5 from nut to bridge. I would like to know what strings would be best to use and what tuning should I use.Continue

 

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Jan 10, 2013
Charles W. (Charlie) Brown replied to Randy Burks's discussion Dulcimer questions
"In general, dulcimers are tuned to a chord, and there are hundreds of chords. Try a few, who knows? Maybe some day we'll open a songbook and find a :Randy Burks Tuning"  "
Dec 14, 2012
Charles W. (Charlie) Brown replied to Randy Burks's discussion Dulcimer questions
"What you SHOULD use is what sounds good to you. It's just that Ionian is a common tuning for gospel, other tunings are also used. I encourage expriment. I have a book called "Old-Time Hymns & Gospel Favorites for the…"
Dec 14, 2012
Randy Burks replied to Randy Burks's discussion Dulcimer questions
"Mine is only a three string 13, 17, and 26. I  am wanting to play mostly gospel. So you are saying I should tune it C-G-G or     D-A-A"
Dec 14, 2012
Charles W. (Charlie) Brown replied to Randy Burks's discussion Dulcimer questions
"I've tried several tunings: Ionian  D-A-A also C-G-G is used a lot for gospel * Dorian mode of C: C-E-C Phryigian I think is G-D-G Lydian D-A-C Aeolian mode of A: A-D-A * I prefer Mixolydian mode of D: D-D-A-D…"
Dec 11, 2012
Randy Burks replied to Randy Burks's discussion Dulcimer questions
"Thanks to both of you. I found the link very helpful."
Dec 2, 2012
bairfoot cajun replied to Randy Burks's discussion Dulcimer questions
"hey jim thats a great link and narrows down what randy,s question is about to its best answer. "
Nov 30, 2012
bairfoot cajun replied to Randy Burks's discussion Dulcimer questions
"yes randy if i had guitar strings i would use the 3 smallest ones starting with the bottm e.the 1 2 3 should work out ok for your project.most 3 stringers i have seen have 2 unwound and 1 wound string and that is how a lot of guitar string sets are…"
Nov 30, 2012
jim replied to Randy Burks's discussion Dulcimer questions
"Hi Randy, You may find this helpful. http://www.strothers.com/string_choice.htm"
Nov 30, 2012
Randy Burks replied to Randy Burks's discussion Dulcimer questions
"If I were to use guitar strings what strings would you use 1,2,and 3. Mine only has three strings. My next build I am going to four strings. "
Nov 30, 2012
bairfoot cajun replied to Randy Burks's discussion Dulcimer questions
"howdy randy.maybe i can help ya on string guage and tunings are optional.i have a dulcimer that i just got that has the string guages----012 plain steel--012 plain steel--014 plain steel--024 wound nickel----the tuning i started with was a standard…"
Nov 29, 2012
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Dulcimer questions

I am making a mountain lap dulcimer. It is 28.5 from nut to bridge. I would like to know what strings would be best to use and what tuning should I use.See More
Nov 29, 2012
Randy Burks commented on Ted Crocker's group Dulcimer Village
"I have a couple of questions. I am working on a lap type dulcimer from nut to bridge is 28.5. What strings would be best to use and what tuning would be nest"
Nov 27, 2012
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Hi Randy, welcome to the Clubhouse!

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