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Ron Gibson Mountain Dulcimer Strings

There is nothing more frustrating than breaking a string - and not having a replacement! Always keep a couple of spare sets....

Most pre-packaged Mountain Dulcimer strings contain a nickel wound bass string.  But as experienced musicians know, nickel wound strings are for electric guitars - not acoustic instruments.  My dulcimer strings use only phosphor bronze wound strings for a crisp, clean, true acoustic sound. 
Each package contains two full sets of dulcimer strings.


4-string dulcimers
(each pack contains two full sets)    

 Regular Gauge  
(12, 12, 14, 24W bronze)

Price: $9.50  
      Note: These are loop end strings.
 


4-string dulcimers
(each pack contains two full sets)    

 Extra Light Gauge  
(10, 10, 12, 22W bronze)

Price: $9.50  
      Note: These are loop end strings.
 

Temporarily Out of Stock


6-string dulcimers
(each pack contains two full sets)    

 Regular Gauge
  
(12, 12, 14, 14, 10, 24W bronze)

Price: $12.50  
      Note: These are loop end strings.
 


6-string dulcimers
(each pack contains two full sets)    

 Extra Light Gauge  
(10, 10, 12, ,12, 10, 22W bronze)

Price: $12.50  
      Note: These are loop end strings.
 

Temporarily Out of Stock

 

4-string dulcimers
(each pack contains two full sets)    

 For Mixolydian DAD Tuning
(10, 10, 14, 24W bronze)

Price: $9.50  
      Note: These are loop end strings.
 

 

4-string dulcimers
(each pack contains two full sets)    

 For Ionian DAA Tuning
(12, 12, 12, 24W bronze)

Price: $9.50  
      Note: These are loop end strings.
 

 

6-string dulcimers
(each pack contains two full sets)    

For Mixolydian DAD Tunng

(12, 12, 14, 14, 10, 24W bronze)

Price: $12.50  
      Note: These are loop end strings.
 

6-string dulcimers
(each pack contains two full sets)    

 

For Ionian DAA Tuning
(12, 12, 12, 12, 10, 24W bronze)

Price: $12.50  
      Note: These are loop end strings.
 


Mountain Dulcimer Cases

Case HS-1 This top of the line padded, hardshell case offers the best protection for your dulcimer. Laminated, 3 ply, wood shell with Durahyde exterior, steel reinforced joints, heavy duty brass hardware, comfort grip handle, brass skids on bottom. Plush inner liner covers 1" thick padding.This case will hold a dulcimer up to 7 3/4" wide and 39" long..                                           
                                                                                                   
Price: $135     

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HS-1 Case

HS-1 Case

HS-1 Case


 

Case MD-3 The interior dimensions of this case are 39" length and 9" width.  It can accommodate a dulcimer with a total depth 3". This case has sidewalls and a more plush  interior than the MD-2 cases.


Price: $54
 

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Case MD-3

Case MD-3

Case MD-3

Case MD-3


 

Case MD-2 These padded cases are made of heavy-duty, canvas type nylon with a soft inner lining, a sturdy nylon handle, shoulder strap, and a large-sized zippered pocket to keep tuners, picks, books, etc. The interior dimensions of the case are 40" length and 10" width.  It can accommodate a dulcimer with a total depth 3". 


Price: $42
 

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Case MD-2

Case MD-2

Case MD-2


 


 

Chromatic Electronic Tuners

 

For most people, the hardest thing about learning to play a dulcimer is learning how to tune it!  But an electronic tuner takes all the guesswork out of tuning. Just pluck a string and the screen displays the note ( for instance "A") and the needle moves left or right to show if the string's pitch is too low or high.  Then turn the dulcimer tuning key until the needle points straight up and the green "in tune" indicator light illuminates.

 

Korg CA-1 Chromatic Tuner

I believe Korg tuners are amoung the best on the market.  The Korg CA-1 is a great dulcimer tuner for this price range.  It operates for years on a 9-volt battery and can be used to tune any instrument. It also has a calibration feature that lets you tune an instrument slightly above or below standard pitch.  If playing with other instruments, an electronic tuner is the perfect tool to insure a great sound.

Price: $23
 

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SNARK SN-8
Chromatic Tuner

There are a lot of electronic tuners on the market and these are quickly making a name for themselves due to their ease of use and extreme accuracy. You simply clip the tuner onto your dulcimer headstock and it reads the note through the vibrations of the instrument. This eliminates interference from background noise and allows you to tune as often as needed without "fetching" your tuner from the case.  Many people just clip the tuner on and leave it during playing to enable quick tuning when needed. It has a very bright color display that rotates 360 so it is readable at any angle, has extended range pitch calibration and even includes a tap metronome to help develop your musical timing. 

Price: $18
 

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Guide To Playing the Mountain Dulcimer

Over the years I have seen several beginner books.  This is one of the better ones currently available.  It features step-by-step instructions on playing the Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer with 23 common songs (such as Amazing Grace, Wildwood Flower, I'll Fly Away, etc) written in musical tablature and music notation so you do not need to read music to use this book. 

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There are two versions to cover the two most popular mountain dulcimer tunings, DAA and DAD.
 

Guide To Playing the Mountain Dulcimer
DAD Version

Price: $8.50

 

Guide To Playing the Mountain Dulcimer
DAA Version

Price: $8.50

 

Dulcimer Chord Book

This is something every dulcimer player should have. Over 500 mountain dulcimer chords for the five widely used modes-- Mixolydian, Ionian, Lydian, Dorian, and Aeolian--plus jazz and four-string chromatic tunings. Includes an explanation and history of modes, transpositions, using a capo, playing dulcimer in jam sessions, and more.  I have been playing the dulcimer for 40 years, yet I still open up a chord book when I'm looking for just the right sound.

Price: $9.99


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The Dulcimer Handbook

Complete Dulcimer Handbook (Book/CD Set)
by Mark Biggs
 

This is an in-depth look at the mountain dulcimer and covers everything from chords to fingerpicking, cross picking and just about anything else related to the mountain dulcimer. It was written as a basic guide and source book for all dulcimer players, from the absolute novice to the most advanced picker. With its 53 songs in various modes and tunings, The Complete Dulcimer Handbook is meant to be used as a songbook, a lesson plan book, and a step-by-step guide from beginner to intermediate or advanced level. The author's basic premise is that,  "There are no right or wrong ways to play the mountain dulcimer,"

 

Price: $27.99

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Dulcimer Chord DVD

"This great mountain dulcimer DVD clearly demonstrates how to form different chords. Many experienced dulcimer players are surprised to learn that they can change chords with the same flexibility as other fretted instruments, using the popular DADD tuning. Joe Carr shows step-by-step fingerings for many useful chord forms. Take your dulcimer playing to a whole new level!

Price: $9.95

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Fun With The Dulcimer

This beginner's method presents clear, concise instruction for learning to play the mountain dulcimer with an emphasis on traditional noter style playing. Thirty-eight songs are taught with notation and fret numbers for each note. Chord symbols are also included for playing with guitar, banjo, or another chording instrument. Melody playing with drones and basic chord playing are both taught.

Price: $6.99

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Children's Dulcimer Chord Book

A chord book written for the young beginner (or beginners of any age) showing a creative and simple way to learn and play dulcimer chords in DAD tuning. Chords are taught beginning with the most essential to more advanced. Chords are presented with exercises that build upon each other and eventually lead the student to playing logical and common chord progressions. Chords are shown in chord diagram form with photographs showing finger positions in relationship to the fretboard.
DAD tuning
Extra large chord diagrams and photos for easy learning
Chords are taught beginning with the most essential to more advanced
Chords are presented with exercises that build upon each other

 

Price: $5.99

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Mel Bay's School of Dulcimer

This book and CD includes 15 songs with musical notation and tablature. It includes instructions and explanation of how to read music and tablature as well as explanations of scales and modes.
 

Price: $14.95

 


 

 

Dulcimer String Winder

Most modern dulcimers are equipped with geared tuning keys.  Geared tuners offer much in the way of accuracy since you have to turn the knob several times to turn the string post once. For instance, with a 14:1 Grover tuner the knob (or key) must turn 14 times to turn the string post once. This is great for minute adjustments, but can be tedious when changing or replacing strings.   The solution is a string winder! It lets you spin the tuning key at about 10 times the normal rate.  This is a must have for playing live when you break a string.  People get bored pretty quickly watching someone twisting on a tuning key for several minutes!

Price: $4

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Dulcimer Capos

Capos allow a Mountain Dulcimer to change modes or keys by "clamping" the strings at a particular fret and thereby raising the pitch of the dulcimer (without retuning the strings).  To return to the original key, simply remove the capo.  This is a fast, easy way to play in other keys and experiment with modal melodies. A capo also comes in handy for playing with other musicians regardless of the instrument.

The World's Finest Dulcimer Capo

This is simply the world's best dulcimer capo. It is handcrafted and machined from solid polished brass. It has a quick trip lever for fast attachment and removal. It is the best quality capo available and will last a lifetime.

Price: $64

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Economy Dulcimer Capo

This is the mountain dulcimer capo that almost every dulcimer player carries in their case. It is made of solid wood with brass thumb screw.

Price: $18.50

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Dulcimer Picks

Pick # F-355:    These Fender picks have three picking edges and are the picks I normally use for fast strumming a dulcimer.

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Price: $1 ea.

 

Pick # F-346:    These Fender picks have three picking edges and are good for picking and strumming.

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Price: $1 ea.


Pick # H-1:   
These Herdim picks have three picking edges and a textured center section to make the pick easier to hold.

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Price: $1 ea.

 

 

Pick # CL-1:     Clayton Cork Grip picks have a cork center to make the pick easier than the "slick" feel of a smooth pick.

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Price: $1 ea.

 


Pick # D-1:   
These Dunlop picks have three picking edges and are a synthetic copy of natural tortoise shell. From my experience, they simply do not wear out or break and are good all around picks. These are the ones I use for picking.

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Price: $1 ea.


   

Clip-On Dulcimer Pickup

This is an economical and easy way to amplify your dulcimer with no modifications. It is a piezo pickup encased in a clip-on attachment. This pickup can accurately reproduce the sound of your dulcimer without the metallic sound of the electric guitar pickups used on some dulcimers. Another area where this pickup comes in handy is to plug into an electronic tuner to replace the microphone. This greatly helps tuning when in a loud environment where the tuner microphone gets overwhelmed by the ambient noise. The cord on this pickup is a little over three feet long.

Use this pickup with the Daneelectro Mini Amp below and you are instantly amplified!

Price: $18.

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Danelectro Honeytone Mini Amp
Model N10

If your next gig is at Madison Square Garden with a heavy metal rock band... then this little amp probably will not work for you. But if you want to amplify an instrument in a small environment, for practice or just adding a little extra volume when playing with a group it should do the trick.  It is powered by a 9 volt battery (included) or common power adapter which can be purchased at any department store. It has a leather handle, a belt clip and headphone jack. Controls include: Volume, Tone and Gain.
 

Price: $34.95

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Note: The color available in stock varies between Burgundy, Turquoise and Black.

 



Dulcimer Strap

This is a tough, but comfortable strap to help hold your dulcimer in place. It attaches to the strap buttons on the endblocks or can be attached to a strap button on one end and tied at the other. Heavy nylon and leather construction that will last a long, long time.  The actual color is black although the one pictured is brown.


Price: $11.25

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Dulcimer Noter

A noter is used to slide up and down the melody string instead of fretting the string with your finger. There is a long tradition of the noter playing style and it produces a unique sound that is especially effective when playing faster, fiddle style melodies. It is also a great method to use as a beginning dulcimer player if you find pressing the strings with your fingers uncomfortable.

So before you give up learning to play the dulcimer .... try a noter!!!

These noters are solid oak, 3/8" diameter and approximately 4" long.

 
Price: $6.00

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