Star of the County Down, Dulcimer Alternate Tuning

I’ve been messing around with alternate tunings of the mountain dulcimer.  Typically played in the tunings of DAD or DAA, sometimes different keys require different tunings.  Although one can capo for different keys, I much prefer to retune to get a “fuller” sound.

Star of the County Down is an Irish ballad, dating back to 1870 or so.

Playing in an alternate tuning presents some fingering/chording challenges, to be sure, but, overall, I’m happy with the result.


It’s time to think about what I want to accomplish next year.

2016 has been a great year, personally and professionally for me.  I’ve tried some new things, I expanded my comedy horizons by doing more and more corporate type gigs,  concentrated on writing more and working cleaner, and concentrated more on social media and promotions.

So, I’ve been thinking about what I might want to accomplish in 2017.  Things at the top of my list include:

  • Continuing to expand my social media horizons, especially for effective promotions.  I recently download and started using Snapchat  (I’ve been a long time user of Twitter and Facebook, but there’s a bit of a learning curve on this one).
  • I really want to improve my mountain dulcimer playing.  I’ve been playing for LONG time but I’m still a pretty average player.  I’m considering entering a contest next year, as a motivation to improve my playing.
  • I need to spend more time on my bike next year.  I’m getting to the age where I need to be more aware of my health.  The bike is my favorite way to do that.
  • Write more, especially for the corporate comedy market.

I’m sure I’ll come up with some more things, but those are going to be at the front of my attention.  Do you have anything you’d like to concentrate on in 2016?