Online Dulcimer Tuner

The following notes represent all the strings.

Tuning a Dulcimer

The process for tuning a dulcimer can vary depending on the specific type of dulcimer you have. Here are the general steps for tuning a mountain dulcimer, which is the most common variety:

  1. Determine the tuning: The standard tuning for a mountain dulcimer is D-A-D, with the highest string tuned to D, the middle string tuned to A, and the lowest string tuned to D. However, there are many other tunings that can be used, depending on the player's preference and the music being played.
  2. Use a tuning fork or electronic tuner: To tune the dulcimer, you'll need to first determine the correct pitch for each string. You can use a tuning fork or electronic tuner to do this. If using a tuning fork, strike it against a hard surface and hold it near the bridge of the dulcimer, listening for the pitch to match. If using an electronic tuner, clip it onto the headstock of the dulcimer and pluck each string, adjusting the tuning until the tuner shows the correct pitch.
  3. Tune the strings: Start with the lowest string and use the tuning peg to adjust the tension until it matches the correct pitch. Then move on to the middle and highest strings, tuning each one in turn.
  4. Check the tuning: Once all the strings have been tuned, play some chords or scales to ensure that the dulcimer is in tune and that all the strings are balanced in volume and tone.
  5. Fine-tune as needed: If any of the strings are slightly out of tune, use the tuning pegs to make small adjustments until the tuning is perfect.

It's important to note that dulcimers can be sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity, which can affect the tuning. It's a good idea to check the tuning periodically, particularly if you're playing in a different environment than usual.

What is a dulcimer?

A dulcimer is a stringed musical instrument that is played by striking the strings with hammers or mallets. It typically has a hollow, elongated body with a fretted fingerboard and is played on a horizontal surface such as a table or stand. The dulcimer is often associated with traditional folk music, particularly in the Appalachian region of the United States, where it has been used for centuries. There are several different types of dulcimers, including the mountain dulcimer, which is the most common variety, and the hammered dulcimer, which is larger and produces a more complex sound. The dulcimer can be played solo or as part of an ensemble, and it is often used to accompany singing or other instruments.