One of the joys of playing dulcimer in D-A-D is the ability to play an entire octave using only the first three frets. I came across this idea in the early 1970’s and it quickly became integral to my dulcimer playing.
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The tablature shows a D Major scale starting on the open bass string and ending using the open melody string. The fingerings in the tablature are suggestions to get you started. I vary the fingering to best suit the music being played.