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HOW THE DULCIMER IS HELD
The fret board extends the entire length of the sound board so there is no “neck” to hold while playing. Therefore, it is easiest to play by placing in on the lap while seated. If a table of suitable height is available it can also be played on a table.
The dulcimer rests on the lap of the player.
THE LAYOUT OF THE FRETS
The dulcimer is unique among “modern” fretted instruments since the frets are arranged to only produce notes of a particular scale rather than all of the notes of the chromatic scale. A chromatic scale can be correctly thought of as “all of the possible musical notes”. On a piano, if you played every key (black and white) in order you would be producing the chromatic scale.
The position of the frets of the dulcimer.
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