the following article was published in Nonsuch News, summer 2018, the UK’s dulcimer club magazine and the international Dulcimer Players News, February 2019 – it has been updated in October 2020 with a little more information in the section: ‘which fingers to use’
how to finger-pick the dulcimer
Those of you who are familiar with my music will know that I play the dulcimer (and guitar) mostly finger-style. To me, fingerpicking is one of the prettiest ways of playing the dulcimer. This article outlines what I see as best practice fingerpicking technique and it should help you play fingerstyle too, should you wish to do so.