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Jul 16, 2019 - 2:11:06 AM
5 posts since 11/23/2018

hello, i own a 3 string dulcijo, and really have no idea what style you would play it. im thinking it would be clawhammer style, also where could i find tab music for it. any help anyone could give me would be a great help. thank you! Mark

Jul 16, 2019 - 5:31:54 AM
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cmarkb

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32 posts since 4/8/2013

I believe you would play it like a lap dulcimer.
Mark

Jul 16, 2019 - 5:32:17 AM

540 posts since 2/19/2012

The dulcijo is basically a mountain dulcimer with banjo head under the bridge, so you can play any dulcimer tab on it. As for style, clawhammer would be tough. The nearest string to you is primarily the melody string, which doesn't work at all like the fifth string on a five string banjo.

I would think more in terms of playing it like a tenor or plectrum banjo. Here's a link to Aaron O'rourke playing one.  His left hand fingering technique (like Stephen Seifert) is different than most dulcimer players use.   This is sometimes the style used when a rock guitarist switches to dulcimer.

Jul 16, 2019 - 6:23:48 AM

292 posts since 5/30/2016

There is a video on YouTube of the creator of the dulcijo explaining his product. Looks like he uses the bum diddy technique, I don’t play old style so I’m not sure what the proper name for that technique is. I think he explains it in the video. I believe all songs are played in the key of C. Check it out.

Jul 16, 2019 - 6:27:02 AM

292 posts since 5/30/2016

I meant to add that it looks like his website, dulcijo.com is no longer available.

Jul 16, 2019 - 8:31:07 AM

292 posts since 5/30/2016

Also the video of Aaron O’Rourke playing, is not a dulcijo. A Dulcijo is a three string diatonic banjo that is tuned to the key of C, much like the way a regular five string is tuned to the key of G. It is not held on the lap like a dulcimer is.The Video that I mentioned on YouTube explains all of this. Enjoy.

Jul 16, 2019 - 10:29:53 AM
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540 posts since 2/19/2012

quote:
Originally posted by Mark Cox

Also the video of Aaron O’Rourke playing, is not a dulcijo. A Dulcijo is a three string diatonic banjo that is tuned to the key of C, much like the way a regular five string is tuned to the key of G. It is not held on the lap like a dulcimer is.The Video that I mentioned on YouTube explains all of this. Enjoy.


My apologies!  That looks like a really fun instrument!  Forget everything I said, except it's still fun to watch Aaron O'Rourke.

Jul 16, 2019 - 11:22:13 AM

292 posts since 5/30/2016

Yes it does look like a fun instrument. I have considered buying one myself except I already have my hands full with my five string. Ha ha

Jul 16, 2019 - 2:24:03 PM

2084 posts since 4/29/2012

Looks like there are two beasts called "dulcijo". One is just a dulcimer with a small banjo head under the bridge. The other is a 3 string banjo with the 3rd as a short drone and diatonic fretting. I think the OP is after info about the latter. I doubt there are many (any ?) published tabs. If I had one I'd probably just play ,clawhammer style, the melody on the second string using 1 and 3 as drones or play on 1 and 2 like a dulcimer with a noter. But as a regular 5 string can do all of that and more I'm not sure I'll be adding one to the collection.

Jul 18, 2019 - 2:23:56 PM

299 posts since 2/10/2016

I have only seen one and it was being played Clawhammer. Quite well too. I have heard that the creator of the instrument is Mike Fox and He was playing the fool out of it when i saw it.
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