Traditional Noter and Drone Style Lessons

12 Mar
Traditional Noter and Drone Style Lessons

by Linda Ratcliff

Traditional Noter Style


Many mountain dulcimer players play their instruments by pressing the fatty pads of their fingertips down on the strings to create the different notes. But there is another option.

The traditional, old-time way of playing a mountain dulcimer is to use a noter. Your noter can be anything from the broad side of a popsicle stick to a wooden dowel – or anything around the house that can be used to press down on the strings.

In this series of 14 videos, Steve introduces the traditional noter/drone style of playing, shows us some of the tools (noters) that he uses, and explains how to use the noter with different tunings. Listen to Steve play a spirited rendition of Golden Slippers with his noter and quill, and check out the titles of the videos right here.

Holy Manna, O Susannah, Joy to the World, Old Joe Clark and Shady Grove are used to demonstrate noter playing with different tunings.

To watch the videos, become a member of and have access to ALL the lessons ALL the time.


Posted by on March 12, 2014 in lessons, mountain dulcimer


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4 responses to “Traditional Noter and Drone Style Lessons

  1. zmighty

    March 12, 2014 at 11:13 am

    your links are not working Debra

    • Steve Eulberg

      March 12, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Thanks for the heads-up, Debra. I corrected the broken one, please try again.

  2. Steve Eulberg

    April 6, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    HI zmighty, the links are to show you the titles of the lesson episodes. Members have access to all the video lessons all the time!


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