My attempt to provide some basics of music theory
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From the 1975 issue of Dulcimer Players News, Vol 1 No 4
The other day my friend Richard Streib posted the following on the The Traditional Appalachian Dulcimore website from Appendix C from the book, The Old-Time Mountain Dulcimer: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners by Richard Alan Young. Read my short article it at https://heritagedulcimers.wordpress.com/articles/reasons-for-playing-in-daa/
Volume I, No. 2, Winter 1973
Playing The Modern Dulcimer
by Jim Baldwin
“The mountain dulcimer is played by ear. What little music there is available for it has only recently been prepared for the beginner to learn on. When he learns how to tune for different modes or keys, the position of the notes on the fretboard for each mode, the basic strum and thumbing techniques, and if desired the more modern picking and chording methods, he will then throw away books and music and play the music as he feels it.
“Part of the beauty of the dulcimer is that it is relatively easy to play….”
more at https://thelibrary.org/lochist/periodicals/bittersweet/wi73k.htm