Download some free chord charts from this book:
Theory and Chord Reference
for the Mountain Dulcimer
ISBN 0-9647222-1-6, 1994, 1995. Catalog number JCR560
Books In Print says, "Exercises, diagrams, and illustrations
amplify this tightly packed reference, which will benefit arrangers,
primary and secondary music educators, and dulcimer players at
We think that about says it.
Publisher's Cataloguing-in-Publication (CIP) data for those who
are stocking libraries. 40 pages, comb bound.
Part One: Music Theory is geared to all musicians, using
the keyboard as a point of reference for those who are keyboard
literate, but not requiring a keyboard for the rest of us.
Part Two: Chord Reference includes chord formulas, three
types of fingerboard charts (pitches, intervals, and visual constellations)
plus dulcimer chord tablature. Chord progressions in tablature
illustrate an especially useful application for the materials
in this book--back-up playing. An Appendix explains in
detail the four most popular modes used by folk musicians.
Part One: Music Theory: Rudiments ("What do all those
little lines and circles mean?") From rhythm notation, notes,
staff, intervals, chord inversions, and scale-tone triads through
the Circle of Fifths; Major and minor scales; sharps, flats,
scale building exercises and scale categories (12-tone, diatonic,
the mode system, whole-tone, pentatonic) and more.
Part Two: Chord Reference studies D, G, and A Major chords;
A Seventh; and B, E, and F# minor chords.
Chord progressions: Bile Them Cabbage Down, Stretched Cabbage,
Soldier's Joy, Fisher's Hornpipe, Liberty, Rickett's Hornpipe,
12-bar Blues in D, and 12-bar Blues in A.
Appendix: Understanding the Modes
Tuning into the Modes: Concise instructions for tuning your mountain
dulcimer into D Ionian (D-A-A); D Dorian (D-A-G);
D Mixolydian (D-A-D); and D Aeolian (D-A-C).
Playing Across the Fingerboard
Marker Tunes: Ionian, Dorian, Mixolydian, Aeolian
Locations of the Modes on a traditional mountain dulcimer