Diatonic Chord Wizard

This Chord Wizard provides tools for playing various chords on the mountain dulcimer. Two sections are provided: the first section, Fret Choice, allows you to input a known chord while the second section, Chord Finder, allows you to enter 1 to 4 notes of an unknown chord. Both sections will then display possible fret positions to play the chord; either partially or completely.

If you are in doubt about using this Wizard, please take a look at our tutorial - Chord Wizard Tutorial. We also provide a chord wizard for Chromatic Chords".

Dulcimer Tuning

First establish the tuning of your dulcimer:

Fret Choice

  • Select the chord you want to play by first selecting the root note then select a chord type in one of the chord groupings.
  • Once you have selected a chord, click on Fret Choice to display the chord fingering possibilities.
    Note: If you want to select an Extended Chord or Obscure Chord, you must first select '---' under Major Chords.

Root Note
Major Chords
Extended Chords
Obscure Chords
Note 1
Note 2
Note 3
Note 4

0 1 1+ 2 3 4 5 6 6+ 7 8 8+ 9 10 11 12 13 13+ 14 15 15+ 16 17

Chord Finder

The "Chord Finder" is designed to help you find an appropriate chord for an arrangement when you only know one or more notes in the chord. Some day, perhaps, we will include MIDI sounds to help even more. However, it is always best to try different chords and play them on your dulcimer. Nothing is better than hearing the sound coming from your favorite instrument.

Select 1 to 4 of the notes in an unknown chord below in order of 1st, 2nd, 3rd then 4th. Select '---' if the 4th, 3rd, or 2nd notes of the chord are unknown. Click on Find Chords to determine all possible chords containing your selection(s). Finally, click on Fres to show the fret options to play the chord using the fret diagram above.


Select Notes:

Major Chords
Extended Chords
Obscure Chords

Possible Chords: