Study In 7 – A Tune For Dulcimer

I wrote this tune the other day and thought some dulcimer players might enjoy learning it.

The tuning is D-A-D and requires the 1 1/2 fret.

The time signature is 7/8; a common time signature in some parts of the world. In this tune the accent falls on the 1st, 3rd and 5th beat of the measure. An easy way to get the feel of this is to play the 7 beats per measure as “1-2, 1-2, 1-2-3” with the accent on each “1” This rhythmic pattern is very popular in Bulgarian dance music though this particular tune does not work the rhythm in a traditional Bulgarian manner.

When playing “Study In 7” I vary the melody by adding or removing the paired sixteenth notes in the tablature.  Tablature presents a skeletal structure of a tune at best.


[audio:|titles=Study In 7 by Doug Berch] “Study In 7” composed and played by Doug Berch (C) 2012


(click the  tablature for a larger image)

 Study In 7 - A tune for dulcimer by Doug Berch


2 thoughts on “Study In 7 – A Tune For Dulcimer

  1. Ahhhh, I like it, Doug! Memorable tune and obvious rhythm – and pretty the way you play it on a dulcimer! Thanks!

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