Ionian mode, commonly referred to as DAA, is Dan’s favourite mountain dulcimer
tuning. Ionian / DAA allows Dan to play major scale melodies and chords but also
to play minor chords to accompany a minor-scale song. There are also other chord
families, proving the rich harmonic potential of the dulcimer in Ionian.
this harmonic potential by finger-picking
chords to accompany his fine baritone
voice on folk songs. He also arranges
songs as instrumental airs in Ionian.
other dulcimer tunings
The Dorian mode (DAG) conjures up a strong
sense of the medieval on the dulcimer,
Bagpipe tuning (AAA) gives a rich sound
with either a major (Ionian) or a Mixolydian
scale and the Aeolian mode (DAC) is sometimes
used to evoke a sense of the Elizabethan