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.