Note: Forgot the instrument photos in the original post :-(
In Adventurous Muse video demos of our fiddles by Troy Parker, he is accompanied by Michael Fox onAdventurous Muse online store. We have other videos to post, which feature this fiddle. What is a Dulcijo?
Although the Dulcijo may look just like another small banjo, there are other major differences that make the Dulcijo unique. First of all, it has only three strings, similar to a mountain dulcimer, which usually only has three or four strings.
The Diatonic Scale
Probably the major difference between the Dulcijo and the 5-string banjo is that the fretboard is diatonic, just like the mountain dulcimer. On other fretted instruments such as the banjo or guitar, the frets are laid out in a chromatic pattern, evenly divided by half steps throughout the fretboard, which allows you to play in any of the twelve keys, but also makes things a little more difficult because there are so many "wrong" notes that can be played. By contrast, the Dulcijo is designed to play in only one key, which simplifies things tremendously. All of the unused notes (or wrong notes, if you will) have been removed and all that's left are the notes of the key in which you are playing.
Another great thing about the Dulcijo is that the three major chords used -- D, G, and A -- can be played either open or by using only your index finger on one string. The D chord is played open -- that is, no fingers need to hold down any strings at all. The G chord is formed by holding down that 2nd string at the 1st fret, and the A chord is formed by holding down the 1st string at the first fret. This makes the Dulcijo probably the easiest stringed instrument ever for accompanying a fiddle or your own singing.Note: Michael Fox also makes great 5-string banjos.Adventurous Muse Online Store as well as the Dulcijos.Bottom Line:
Playing the Dulcijo is very easy for accomplished players of other instruments. Anyway, you can now buy amazingly affordable Dulcijos as well as Michael Fox 5-string banjos through www.AdventurousMuseStore.com.