Christine Shoemaker

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Location: Clawson, MI
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Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 2 months ago • comments: 95
Posted a new Comment on @lexie-r-oakley:
"I am so relieved to hear that you're okay, Lexie...whew!  Thank goodness for your farmer's snowsuit and Smiley.  I'm very happy that he liked his video!!!..."
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 2 months ago • comments: 95
Posted a new Comment on @lexie-r-oakley:
"Hmm...never mind the copy and paste.  After I hit "post" - it magically appeared.  Sometimes I think I'll never get the hang of this stuff!  Lol!!!"
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 2 months ago • comments: 95
Posted a new Comment on @lexie-r-oakley:
"Oh no Lexie!  -20 and you fell then struggled to regain your footing???  That distresses me more than you could know!!!  I am so sorry.   Are you okay after..."
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 2 months ago • comments: 95
Posted a new Comment on @lexie-r-oakley:
"Thank you for the pics, Lexie!  I was only able to open one, the jpeg with what I believe is you and Smiley at the Christmas tree, right?  It's a wonderful..."
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Same Old Stretch Of Road - an original:
"Hello Helen!  I'm very sorry you were having a tough day.  :-(  I hope things are looking up now.  I sure am glad my vid gave you a smile.  Thank you so much..."
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Same Old Stretch Of Road - an original:
"Wow, Salt-Springs...you truly are amazing!  The world is a much better place with you in it.  Thank you for all that you do.  You are an inspiration!..."
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Same Old Stretch Of Road - an original:
"That is such a nice compliment - thank you, Benjamin!!!"
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Same Old Stretch Of Road - an original:
"I totally agree about the last few miles, Lexie.  On and on and....    Thank you, both of you!  You've been on my mind for awhile now (Smiley's video).  The..."
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Same Old Stretch Of Road - an original:
"What an awesome comment!    Thank you very much, Tony!"
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Same Old Stretch Of Road - an original:
"Aloha back, Irene!    I am really glad you liked my song and especially happy that you like my dog!  Her and I are pretty much attached at the hip.  Well,..."
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Same Old Stretch Of Road - an original:
"You are very kind Salt-Springs.  In many ways!  100 mile delivery route, huh?  How often do you do this and how long does it take from start to finish?..."
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Same Old Stretch Of Road - an original:
"Thank you Steven!  While my dog isn't one of those who enjoys car rides, she loves the stops.  The doggy runs at rest areas are kind of her reward for..."
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 2 months ago • comments: 16
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Same Old Stretch Of Road - an original
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 3 months ago • comments: 29
Posted a new Comment on Oh Holy Night, with a little impromptu dog tag backup:
"Lexie, that could not make me any happier - thank you!!!  Merry Christmas, my very kind friend.    Toffs wants me to wish Smiles a wonderful Christmas and..."
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 3 months ago • comments: 29
Posted a new Comment on Oh Holy Night, with a little impromptu dog tag backup:
"Thank you Monica!  "
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 3 months ago • comments: 29
Posted a new Comment on Oh Holy Night, with a little impromptu dog tag backup:
"Thank you Benjamin!  And I know what you mean...I think I do too.    A very Merry Christmas to you, Ben!  "
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 3 months ago • comments: 29
Posted a new Comment on Oh Holy Night, with a little impromptu dog tag backup:
"Thanks so much, Helen!  I wish you and yours a marvelous Holiday!  "
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 3 months ago • comments: 29
Posted a new Comment on Oh Holy Night, with a little impromptu dog tag backup:
"Thank you for telling me that, Lexie.  I am very glad to hear that Christmas brings happy memories for you!    It cheers me that you enjoyed the song.  Hey,..."
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 3 months ago • comments: 29
Posted a new Comment on Oh Holy Night, with a little impromptu dog tag backup:
"Hello there Tumbleweed!!!  That is so nice of you - thank you!  I wish a very Merry Christmas to you and yours as well.    "
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 3 months ago • comments: 29
Posted a new Comment on Oh Holy Night, with a little impromptu dog tag backup:
"I really appreciate that, Steven...thank you!  "
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 3 months ago • comments: 29
Posted a new Comment on Oh Holy Night, with a little impromptu dog tag backup:
"Thank you, Dusty!  And boy oh boy, I sure do understand that!  I thought I was ready but yesterday's performance proved otherwise.  So back to some serious..."
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 4 months ago • comments: 29
Posted a new Comment on Oh Holy Night, with a little impromptu dog tag backup:
"'Tis the season - I understand, Lexie.  There are moments... It couldn't have been easy for you to listen to that.  I am sorry.  :-( Thank you for your..."
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 4 months ago • comments: 29
Posted a new Comment on Oh Holy Night, with a little impromptu dog tag backup:
"That is very nice of you Diana, thank you!  I am happy that you are enjoying your dulcimer journey.  The journey is even  more delightful this time of the..."
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 4 months ago • comments: 29
Posted a new Comment on Oh Holy Night, with a little impromptu dog tag backup:
"To me there's not a happier sound than the tinkling of dog tags, Mary!  (Hmm...from friendly dogs, I mean.  Otherwise it can be quite terrifying, can't it?!)..."
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 4 months ago • comments: 29
Posted a new Comment on Oh Holy Night, with a little impromptu dog tag backup:
"I appreciate that Terry!  I may know why my dulcimer sounds a little different than yours.  I believe mine has evolved into the Willie Nelson model.  It is..."
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 4 months ago • comments: 29
Posted a new Comment on Oh Holy Night, with a little impromptu dog tag backup:
"Thank you Patty!  I'm pretty lucky in the dog department.  She's not a casual barker so when she does, I pay close attention as I know there's a valid..."
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 4 months ago • comments: 29
Posted a new Comment on Oh Holy Night, with a little impromptu dog tag backup:
"Thank you, Benjamin.  I believe this song is well suited to Mtn. Dulcimer too.  "
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 4 months ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Chinese Breakdown:
"Very cool, Randy!   "
Christine Shoemaker
 
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 4 months ago • comments: 29
Posted a new Comment on Nothing Left To Say:
"Thank you, Kevin!  I appreciate that!!!  "
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 4 months ago • comments: 29
Posted a new Comment on Nothing Left To Say:
"Hi there Mary!  How are things down at your end of the state?  Thanks so much for your kind words!    Yes, I am really missing those leaves now!  Let's..."

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Lexie R Oakley
01/23/17 07:11:36PM @lexie-r-oakley:

Fantastic Chris, oh Smiles watched love seeing your dogs and got excited seeing them fetch!

Fun tribute to our Smiley Friend Chris, so enjoyed it! 

Smiley didn't sing he wanted to play, but we'll listen to it each day.

No, No didn't get hurt, I was in my farmers snow suit and Smiles and my shovel got me up, just great that Smiley is good support.

Fun seeing your dogs, ya know Smiley would get along with them I bet, especially Beatrix and Toffy. 

Love you Chris!


Lexie R Oakley
01/21/17 11:59:49AM @lexie-r-oakley:

I am touched that you are moved and want to honor Smiley Friend, wish you could meet him.

I look forward to your creative songs.

Smiley truly saved me, just last week he helped me up after I had fallen in the snow, it was -20 and there are countless other times he has helped me and others.

Bless you my Friend!


Lexie R Oakley
01/12/17 03:01:38PM @lexie-r-oakley:

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  Chris, I appreciate that you are writing songs about Smiley, I am touched! heart  Maybe these pictures might help with your video.

Thanks so much for your time on this. Also I have a little story about him in the forum; "Show us your Pets."

I wish I was better at computer stuff and taking pictures so that I could help you with this.

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Lexie R Oakley
10/14/16 12:00:42PM @lexie-r-oakley:

Hey Chris, yep Smiley sang this morning....grin 

Smiley howls when I have to leave him, which is not very often. I believe he will sing to music when I leave it on for him those times I leave him alone.

He sings to string instruments and people singing, when the phone rings and I put it on speaker when my Mom calls, he will talk to her. 

He also will talk to children...he is funny that way, loves kids.

I am always afraid I will insult one of our "Friends" when I tell them my dog sings to their music, but Smiley is a big part of my music experience and I see it as a fun compliment.

So know that "We" really enjoy your music and sometimes I will need to listen to it a second time when Smiley is out doors....I don't let him know, he always wants to listen to music each day and will ask for it. giggle2


Lexie R Oakley
06/23/16 07:16:30PM @lexie-r-oakley:

WOW Christine, Nationals, I really am a big supporter of yours and had the privilege of seeing your progress.

So very happy for you and will be following you to Nationals.

You go to it Girl, so happy you have shared your success and music with us.

It means so much my friend......jive HUG 


Helen Seiler
06/22/16 05:27:29PM @helen-seiler:

I hope you dont mind me mentioning your big news re qualifying for the Nationals. You have a lot of friends on here Christine who would be as thrilled as me at your news.


Helen Seiler
06/04/16 05:54:42PM @helen-seiler:

Hi Christine.. i've been a bit blue but am picking up. Cant seem to play when blue. I just found a very good guitar builder near by who can add the 1+ fret to a few of my other dulcimers at a reasonable rate. I was gonna get 2 of my favourite standard 4 string dulcimers done for starters... but on watching your clip i think i will get one standard and my baritone Gibson done. Where do u find all those great blues chords my friend. I have been getting a bit frustrated with my limited chord knowledge... i have a chord book but just cant seem to pick out anything i can use.. a bit frustrated at moment... one of those plateaus learning players hit i guess. Hoping getting the Baritone going again will help. I think its my lack or chord theory that is holding me back. I dont know how to build a chord cos i dont know the notes i am playing eg.. u could say, play me a G Helen.. and i wouldnt have a clue. Its why i cant play along with other instruments. But enough whining by me. What other stuff are you working on Christine? H


Helen Seiler
04/01/16 05:31:10PM @helen-seiler:

Thanks for your kind comments Christine...Swinging Doors was gonna be all blues but it took a different direction half way thru and it was kinda pretty so i kept it. Ps. I watch reruns of Lucy most days on cable... i love Ricky's music too.

As for coming over...i am working on my travel issues... i just hope i get there one day. Ps. That baritone sounds wonderful and chromatic will give u so many more playing options. I didnt know u could get a custom Dulciborn or was it cos your great playing vids has helped them sell a whole lot more. Either way, congrats on her. I can now dream of how wonderful it would be to have two Dulciborns in my home. Happy strumming and a pick'n. H x

 


Helen Seiler
03/08/16 11:03:08PM @helen-seiler:

G'day again Chris..just a quick note.. my Looper came today....WOW!!! WHAT FUN!!!  It was your great Beat Buddy compositions that got me interested in effects pedals....thank u so much! Helen


Helen Seiler
03/05/16 10:59:25PM @helen-seiler:

Ps again.....had second thghts and managed to change my order to the Boss RC3...a girl needs rhythm right?...lol.  i play a little guitar too, only the basics but i have pickups in my acoustic and elec Epiphone hollowbody guitar (plus in 2 of my dulcimers..including the one with the extra frets).. oh yeah, my Goodtime banjo that i am getting better at  has a pickup too. The RC 3 lets u have verse and chorus loops so that will be handy when i figure out what the hell i am doing. Cheers! Helen.


Helen Seiler
03/05/16 09:30:01PM @helen-seiler:

G'day Christine... i hope you and your family and friends are all well. I was just wondering what u were working on musically. I gave up my search for a Dulciborn cos i have gone on to some expensive tablets, so a big spend wasnt gonna be doable. To cheer myself up about that i ordered a very simple Looper (for my very simple tech brain and limited playing and coordination skills). I picked a Boss RC1 .. one loop, one memory but a simple inexpensive way to start. I just want to put something fresh into my writing, make my practise more fun and improve my sense of tempo.. it should be here in a week.  who knows, i may even busk with it later on. Hoping it will be fun. I saw a good info session and demo of it on Youtube.  I really wanted the RC3 (it has 99 loop memorys and lots of rhythmns) but that will have to wait for my birthday $ to come in, later in the year. Beatbuddys are very expensive here cos of our poor currency exchange rate but who knows.. maybe one day eh. Ps. I put up a video of a simple tune i called Swinging Doors.. nice bluesy start to it (then i lost my way a bit). Happy playing! Helen.


Helen Seiler
12/22/15 11:49:49PM @helen-seiler:

Again, thank you so much for my song Christine. And thank you for giving me the biggest smile i have had in a good ten years. Pardon my ignorance but is MI  Michigan? If so, brrrrr it must be getting cold up there. Just tossing ideas around.  It might just be a fun pipedream idea for now but i do want to visit dulcimer territory and meet a few dulcimer friends.  I have a lot of saving to do but if i do get the $$ and the nerve it might be easier to meet down south (USA). Australians can fly direct into Texas and we could meet up in dulcimer country. Just an idea to dream about. Cheers. Helen


Helen Seiler
12/22/15 05:52:05AM @helen-seiler:

yay! I just watched yur two Christmas videos Christine. The ballad is gorgeous and i havent heard it before. Gosh you not only rock but you have a sensitive side too.. and i can see there is a lullaby from 2 wks ago that i will watch in the morning. As for the medley....it definitely earns one of my Wow Wowdee Wow Wows.... what a briliiant arrangement and you and your Beatbuddy were meant to be... gosh you groove along with it and your beat changes are seamless. You are playing so great... and i love the decorations and head gear. Oh I wish u lived in my street. What tuning are you usung on the Dulciborn for this Christine? Keep up the fantastic work! CHRISTMAS HUGS Helen x


Helen Seiler
12/22/15 01:41:25AM @helen-seiler:

G'day my bluesy buddy... a song for me...waay cool.. i look forward to it. Thanks forthe Youtube link. My tablet broadband signal is crap on a cracker at the moment (an expression i picked up off tv series Mike & Molly). So i look forward to seeing your Christmas songs in the nxt day or two.  It sounds like you have been very busy musically... great stuff! I think we need to both take a valium or three in a cpl of yrs (when i have the $) and board our respective planes and meet somewhere to jam as you suggested. I've been trying to find another slide to use in a blues tune other than the 1.5 fret -2 fret that i used in that first blues tune i did (Double Chin Blues). It seems everything i am writing comes back to that slide. I dont want to be a 'one slide wonder'. Any suggestions?     Yest i sold a dulcimer to a guy who saw the clip for that tune... i recommended your page to him. His name is Mark but i am not sure if he has joined yet, he is very keen to play blues on dulcimer. I hope Santa finds your place and you keep nice and warm.... bring on the food!  ( a day off my diet on xmas day..yay!) Ho..Ho..Ho


Helen Seiler
12/17/15 11:20:01PM @helen-seiler:

G'day Christine... the slide has led me down a slippery path... lol. A Dulciborn is waaay too expensive here as our crummy dollar value adds 45% to the cost plus shipping... but i got the blues bad! I bought a cheap knockoff of a Weissenborn style guitar from an oz online seller i have dealt with before. It has the high nut for slide play and tuned in Open/Special D. It arrived but the proper slide hasnt yet so I've been trying that same tube slide on it and am having a ball. But not neglecting my dulcimrs... wrote another tune this morning and after watching Terry play Oh Shanandoah, i worked tab out for that. I wrote a couple of clawhammer banjo tunes the other day too...having new songs come into my head and hands is a real joy. Happy holidays to you and your family. Its over 100 degrees F here today, and tomorrow, and yest and the day before...you get the picture. Many hot Aussies still sit down to a hot Christmas dinner... lots just have seafood cold meats and salads.


Helen Seiler
12/14/15 04:20:42PM @helen-seiler:

Hey there Christine, i tried  a metal guitar slide on dulcimer for blues with lets say 'interesting results. If u want to see what happenned there is a clip on my page titled 'Beginner Slide on Dulcimer'. Have a great festive season.


Helen Seiler
11/24/15 02:44:54PM @helen-seiler:

G'day again Christine. If u need a laugh, i posted my first attempt at the blues the other day. Its called 'Double Chin Blues'. There is at least one ugly chord in it (tab 013) but what the heck, it sure was fun . Even tho it doesnt show, i was rock'n on the inside. Thanks so much for the inspiration and encouragement.


Helen Seiler
09/05/15 05:00:55PM @helen-seiler:

Hi Christine, she is still to arrive...probably another cpl of days. I asked John Keane about how to initially get used to having the extra fret. He suggested ignoring it for first few days so i get used to it being there while i play the tunes i know, then to start experimenting. JAN potts has given me a couple of chords using it and i have Bings blues book and your great videos. Hey, how about getting Bing to join u on stage at the big gig next year? Is that an option?

Did u perform or take any classes at all at the festival u mentioned u recently attended (not that you need any classes possum) I am guessing it was mostly more traditional playing but i love every style really. Each has its own merits. I love the real old Appalachia sound right thru to contemporary and BLUES.

I have had a bad case of DAd (Dulcimer Aquisition Disease). I got the unexpected Ebay Gibson, then took up the chance to get the Richard Troughear aussie timber dulcimer....then fell in love with another of Rons that has a pickup and  rare Pecan top, so i am paying it off until Dec. He's adding a 1.5 fret to it for me. Its gonna be a good Christmas! Then i save for the Dulciborn. The aussie dollar is only worth about 65 US cents at the moment (ouch) so buying from the US costs us 40% more the the retail price....plus shipping is about US $70. So i am hoping our dollar picks up next year. Not much hope of an aussie retailer selling a Dulciborn. But i will save and hopefully have one by this time next year.

My only concern with changing over to a 1.5 fret is that my standard dulcimers may become obsolete and i do love them so. Guess is will keep specific styles and tunes for them. I might manage to part with one to help fund the Dulciborn. Gosh i have rabbitted on, havent i? Not like me lol.

Is there something in particular you are working on at the moment?

Cheers Helen x

 

 

 

 

 

 


Helen Seiler
09/01/15 08:08:04PM @helen-seiler:

Thanks heaps Christine. Wow a night performance...that's fabulous...and doesnt surprise me. You are a great player and a born performer. My tip re nerves...play like you are playing for 1 not a 1000.... and lots of smaller gigs between now and then. You do build up a tolerance for feeling excited and sick at the same time. I am yet to play amplified. I scored what looks to be a nice Ron Gibson 6 string with 1.5 fret on Oz ebay for a steal. Worth the risk at the price i got it for. I like Ron's dulcimers , i have 3 already. I hopefully am gonna get one like yours late next year. I cant wait to release the inner 'bluesy' me. Thanks for getting back to me and yes, i will have fun!


Helen Seiler
09/01/15 05:06:36AM @helen-seiler:

G'day Christine...president of your Australian fan club here...i love your playing. I picked up what looks like a nice dulcimer on Oz ebay today. It has a one and a half fret...my first dulcimer to have that (i got 7). I hope you dont mind me trying to copy some bits of your pieces in an attempt to learn how to use the extra fret. I have a Bing Futch blues book/cd to help me too. I loved the clip of you, Bing and the other musician. You guys sounded great together. Great to see you performing!