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...the sound quality and musicianship is among the best in the dulcimer world !”

— Stephen Seifert review of "Three Wire Choir"

This is the homepage of Gary Gallier, performer, teacher, and luthier. Currently you will find information about Gary Gallier, The Gallier Brothers, their recordings, Gallier dulcimers and ongoing instruction. As this site grows, it will serve to promote all aspects of fretted dulcimer playing and building, but with a strong emphasis on innovation in both disciplines. I plan on regularly updating this site with new TAB and calendar changes, so check back often...and yell at me if I don't !  I hope you enjoy it and thank you for visiting.

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See Cross Key Scales in Instruction.  
With the 1.5 fret it is rare that I have to use a capo or retune to play if several different keys.  This is how you do it.

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It seems impossible, but it has been 50 years since The Doors signed with Elektra Records.   While not realized until we had finished recording, in this composition of my brother Les Gallier the influence seemed pretty obvious, so we named the song "Hidden Doors", from our Craft of Kin album.  You can almost hear "Riders on the Storm" in the major theme, the dulcimer lead improvisation hints at Ray Manzarak's keyboard style on the lead from "Light My Fire", and the mandolin improv lead suggests the phrase "the blue bus, is calling us" from the Doors song " The End".   This recording is also a good example of using a Bass Dulcimer in the role of Bass as well as guitar.  There is no Bass guitar on this recording.  Les is playing lead melody on AAD tuned dulcimer, capo at 1, and I am playing the Bass Dulcimer tuned DA'D'.   Trance out !

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