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General mountain dulcimer or music discussions
Cindy, how wonderful that you are making this music tribute to her- your brother will cherish it.
Linda- how nice that you check in on FOTMD often! :)
Actually I didn't create a new group. I simply expanded an existing group....from "Amplifying/plugging in" to Technology/Software/Amplifying. I agree, there's now a bigger need to have a special focused area for such discussions as technology gets used more and more in our music making spectrum. Thanks for your support of this!
I've MOVED all discussions concerning using tablets and apps from various scattered locations all over the site to this "Technology/Software/Amplifying" Group. I've been seeing an increase in repeated questions about using tablets and music organizing apps, and those discussions have gotten buried and lost by remaining in general forum discussions. That leads to people asking the same questions again a few months later rather than simply reading the already-existing helpful info.
I moved all those discussions to one place so as to make it easy for folks to find help on the subject, especially in the future. Note: It may mean you need to JOIN this group in order to read and post replies to the subjects, but I think it will be best overall.
Sorry for any inconvenience, and thanks for understanding!
Play an Hour or two a day, 4-6 days a week.
That's quite a bit of playing. If you push the strings sideways while fretting, it does dig in more too.
Pro players i suspect get their frets worked on somewhat regularly every few years.
I'm no pro, but I have banjos with frets I probably ought to replace...dug my way down. ;)
Oh Robert that's exciting that you nailed the fingering on your recorder after many months of not playing! You deserve to be proud. Would love to hear/see you play it sometime! The sound of recorders is so rich and beautiful. I agree, a Bb instrument is a wonderful range. And yeah I hear you on the C minor tunes...yummy!
Well it was a pretty big snowfall for us here. There were no vehicles allowed on the roads, state of emergency, and there was actually no mail delivered yesterday...which says a lot!
Happily it's now sunny and everyone is plowing and shoveling like mad. A few minutes ago our hired plow person finally arrived with his massive truck and plowed our driveway to the road...which means we are no longer technically snowbound.
We've cleared our paths and porch and cleared the cars, and a path to the bird feeder. The little birds are feasting.
No more snow in the forecast but it never got above 20F so it's pretty cold when the wind picks up.
I'm thrilled we never lost power! Just cooked a bacon and egg lunch for Brian and myself, and glad to not clear any snow now for a good while. Blizzard = checked off the list!
Wow, I'm relieved that my first pennywhistle class (of a series of 6) isn't until tomorrow night which means the snowy roads will be pretty well all cleared by then. If it was tonight they might have had to re-schedule. Looking forward to it although the first class will likely be a little too easy for me since I've been playing for 7 months already. It'll be fun anyway though!
Yesterday evening during the snowstorm Brian and I played music in the living room. His played his fiddle tuned to Bb flat, and I played my low Bb whistle in harmony to the melodies which he played. It worked out really nicely and was so enjoyable! Still finding my way around the notes and lots of mistakes, but mostly sounds pretty...wheee! It's great to be able to choose what kind of instrument I want to play on a given day. Most go along just fine with Brian on the fiddle. He's a 'one instrument' kind of fellow..I'm way more fickle.
Yeah we have the same ken- and yes it's well over the 12" height limit for Brian's snowblower too. Looks like about 18-20" as of now. It's still snowing, and blowing wind...
They did a robo-call announcing a state of emergency with all vehicles ordered off the roads from 5pm (now) until 5am tomorrow morning. (not that anyone sane would go out in their car in this) Hope our power doesn't go off!
Just a heads up in case FOTMD goes down during the big blizzard expected to hit the northeast US tomorrow Tuesday-
if this site goes down due to power outages (our server is in New Jersey) never fear- have a hot cocoa and we'll return as soon as possible!
Seems to me this is a good deal for someone looking for a quality dulcimer!
Great posts, Dusty and Brian!! This helps to explain a whole lot.
I find it fascinating that for dulcimers, any discussion about playing in a different key really sort of has to go into tunings/capos and available fret intervals/notes.
Hi all. Maria and Dusty - thanks for the plug for the Blue Lion 5-string chromatic I have for sale. It's still available, and for less than the amount I was originally asking in the ad Dusty linked to.
Hi Brian- I can change the amount in your ad to reflect the lower asking price if you like- please send me a PM if you'd like me to do that.
Paula can you tell us about a particular workshop moment of inspiration that opened a door in your personal musical life? That's really what I was after in this thread.
"Tell us about the single LIVE workshop or music lesson that was the most musically inspiring to you in your music life. Could be on any instrument- but tell us about how that teacher's in-person lesson or workshop made a big impression, opened a door to your progress, or inspired your music playing in some profound way."
The advantage of a capo is that you can use all the chords you've already learned.
But with the capo on fret 4, you won't have the same pattern of whole/half steps to use as you have in DAd...so how can you use the same chord fingerings as you do in DAd? Won't you have to learn new chord fingerings anyway?
Great photo, Sam!
I think our bees are still about a week away from bringing in pollen of any kind yet...we have temps in the 30s this week and inches of snow predicted still!
Here's a cool website that shows pollen color charts by season:
I've lost 3 of my 5 hives this winter. Sadly, that's not terribly unusual for folks these days. It's hard for the bees (and other beneficial pollinators) to survive and stay strong. I'm just hoping my remaining 2 hives make it through til Spring because it's a whole lot easier to recover my hive numbers starting from 2 than from 1.
Good info Dusty, thanks!
So, I guess a capo at 4th enables one to play some tunes in A but not others, while needing to get the G# on the middle string. I think chords would be a bit of a bear to work around, and the lack of G# on the melody string would really bum me out.
Dusty, if you capo on the 4th, you also won't have the G# available on the melody and bass strings- you'll only have a G natural on those outer strings- it'd be like not having the 6.5 fret.
(Kitchen Girl and Road to L. both sound more like minor, not major tunes to me?- with no sharps?)
You can capo on 3 to get the key of G successfully IF you have the 6.5 fret because that gives you your needed C#. But unless I've missed something obvious, capoing to 4 won't give you the right whole/half steps to play in A major.
Dulcimers have certain whole/half fret placements that mean you can't just move a capo up and down to get any key you want- unless it's a chromatically fretted instrument like a guitar, banjo, or a chromatic dulcimer.
I'm not understanding how that's going to work on DAd tuning. Are you planning to make chords on all your strings, or just pick out the melody on one string?
How do you plan to make the needed I,IV,V chords in A major on a DAd tuned dulcimer?
And if you capo on 4 to get to the key of A, you won't have the needed G# on the melody and bass strings.
Tell us about the single LIVE workshop or music lesson that was the most musically inspiring to you in your music life. Could be on any instrument- but tell us about how that teacher's in-person lesson or workshop made a big impression, opened a door to your progress, or inspired your music playing in some profound way.
I signed up for a series of 6 classes that will start on March 16... Taught by NY folk musician George Ward. I'm looking forward to that!
It's now about seven months since I started playing the penny whistle, and I'm still really enjoying it!
Lately I've been playing in the key of Bb on my lower plastic whistle- trying to play harmony parts to Brian's fiddling tune melodies on his 'Bb fiddle'. That sounds kind of pretty when I can get harmony passages right. Still working hard at it, as it's not easy for me! Maybe in a few weeks I'll be able to record a little video of that without tons of mistakes...(one or two mistakes is always acceptable in my view.)
I threw together a new social fun site for anyone who plays tin whistle and is interested in joining: