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dulcinina
@dulcinina
03/19/17 08:36:17AM
14 posts

Fret Material


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This is a timely discussion for me because I was just thinking about my frets yesterday.  I have a beautiful FolkRoots dulcimer with a rich sound that I love.  I've had it less than a year.  But when I slide across the strings it feels like I'm going over speed bumps.  I am a beginner/intermediate player and working hard to play smoother.  So maybe I need to think about having the frets replaced/lowered. 

I live close to Warren May but don't know if he'd work on a dulcimer he didn't make.  Any comments from you experienced players?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dulcinina
@dulcinina
03/05/17 09:04:24PM
14 posts

Piano music to accompany dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

OK. Thanks for the advice.  We'll just have to give it a try.  It's for our own amusement.

dulcinina
@dulcinina
03/05/17 09:22:20AM
14 posts

Piano music to accompany dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

A friend who plays piano wants to accompany me as I play the dulcimer.  Any of you have suggestions for suitable music?  I'm an intermediate/beginner so it needs to be simple.  I was leaning toward hymns but am open to any suggestions.  Dulcinina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
01/11/17 06:30:17PM
14 posts

Never too old to pick up a musical instrument...


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What an inspiring article.  I copied it to share with my dulcimer group. Thank you, Dulcinina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
09/09/16 11:32:47AM
14 posts

Playing Through and With Pain


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thank you. I saw those videos a while back and forgot about them. Watching the 2nd video made me aware of the elbow up thing that I do.  I'll have my husband take a video of me so I can see what I'm doing.  Not sure I'll actually post it.  I have learned that wine and playing don't mix for me.  I make more mistakes than usual.  So I practice before happy hour.  Thanks again.

dulcinina
@dulcinina
09/09/16 08:45:05AM
14 posts

Playing Through and With Pain


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I think I'm developing some bad habits while practicing.  I mostly have neck pain and am very stiff.  I loosen up before and after playing but still have lots of stiffness.  I take breaks and have played in front of a mirror to see what I'm doing.  I know I cock my head to the right and am trying to correct that.  What advice and suggestions do you have for good form and ergonomics.  Nina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
09/01/16 05:11:29PM
14 posts

Determining string gauge


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Hi Everyone, I changed my bass string using the bass string from my old dulcimer.  We have one music store and the guy was as helpful as he could be but had never even seen a dulcimer before. And I live in south central KY! He  pulled out some strings and we eyeballed it. They don't carry individual strings anymore, and I had to buy a pack.  I put on the string and promptly broke it.  So I took off the bass string from my other dulcimer and I have no idea the gauge.  But it plays much better. Now I have a couple sets of melody and middle strings.   They'll eventually get used. 

I also trim the string before winding.  I couldn't get as close to the end as I wanted for the final trim and there's a sharp end sticking out.  Wished I had read the hint about leaving enough string to make a little kink at the end.  This dulcimer has different tuning pegs than I'm used to.  The middle and melody strings have nothing sharp sticking out and I can't imagine how they trimmed the strings so close. I was glad to read all the responses. 

Nina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
08/30/16 12:37:53PM
14 posts

Determining string gauge


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Thanks, guys. I got on Strothers string gauge site and it recommended a 19.  So I'm going to try and 20 and 22 and see how I like them.

dulcinina
@dulcinina
08/30/16 09:13:15AM
14 posts

Determining string gauge


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Is there a way to determine the string gauge on strings on my dulcimer.  I bought a Folkart at KMI and the bass string seems kind of heavy.  The dulcimer is a 27.5 VSL  and the body depth deeper than traditional dulcimers.  I know that a heavier gauge gives a louder sound but I'm having a little trouble pressing the bass string and some buzzing.  It's a wound metal gold string.  We have a local music store and the people know a lot about guitars but nothing about dulcimers.  Any suggestions? Nina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
04/14/16 04:01:36PM
14 posts

Advice for KY Music Week


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Yep, Dusty, it was the spider exercise.  And I just looked on my cell and there is a voice recorder.  Who knew?  You all have been so helpful.  Thanks again.

dulcinina
@dulcinina
04/14/16 11:57:41AM
14 posts

Advice for KY Music Week


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks for all your suggestions.  What do people record on a device?  I actu8llay took a workshop from Aaron at Pine Mountain where you gave us a funky finger exercise.  Still trying to do that.  I am going to get out of my comfort zone.  Thanks for the encouragement to do that. Nina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
04/13/16 04:23:22PM
14 posts

Advice for KY Music Week


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I need advice from veterans of instructional festivals.  This is my first time at a long music week and I wonder what I should bring with me besides my dulcimer, music stand and picks.  Are there things you always take or wish you had brought? I'm already feeling overwhelmed by the classes.  I've been playing a year and my dulcimer group leader said I need to start taking intermediate classes. Dulcinina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
12/31/15 08:26:12AM
14 posts

String Gauge for Warm Rich Sound


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Thank you Dusty and Annie for your input.  Sorry I piggy-backed on the string discussion.  I realized my error after I posted.  Warren May's studio is in Berea and I plan to visit soon.  I thought he might be out of my price range but since I have such a great resource so close I'm definitely going to check it out.

 

Dusty, you gave me lots to consider and I appreciate the details.  After reading your response I've decided my "scrunching" problem is due to instrument position. I do use my thumb a lot and some pinky.  I've tried angling the dulcimer as in your video with little success in the past.  As I said, the action on my dulcimer is high and I really have to press hard to get the note/sound.  I am able to play my instructor's dulcimer with much more ease. 

The search is on.  What fun. Nina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
12/29/15 04:13:42PM
14 posts

String Gauge for Warm Rich Sound


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

The advice to Jane was just what I needed to read because I'm champing at the bit to get a new dulcimer and was ready to call a builder in my area to set up an appointment to try out his instruments.  My dulcimer was made in '87 by someone who built as a hobby.  The action is high and probably is meant to be played with a noter, which is how I started.  I belong to a group in Berea, KY and the leader has brought 3 of her dulcimers for me to play--Folkcraft, Blue Lion and McSpadden.  I, too, want a warmer, mellower sound and so far found it in the McSpadden.  But I want to buy an instrument I can try out before I buy.

The length on my dulcimer from nut to bridge is 27" and I feel like I'm scrunching to reach the 9th and 10th frets.  I am an average size woman with small hands.  I know what I want in sound but am confused by some of the language when I've done research.  What is considered a starter or beginner dulcimer?  McSpadden's website refers to "bridge compensation option" if you want to play in DAD.  What's that?

I was planning to wait until the Ohio Valley Gathering in Feb. in hopes of trying out several instruments.  What other things should I look for? Dulcinina from the Beginner Group.