Forum Activity for @lynne-gill

Lynne Gill
@lynne-gill
09/05/16 01:32:32PM
7 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

paulscottrobson:

I'm new as well, have just bought my first MD after thinking about it for ages, having tinkered with a Strumstick type device. At the moment still at the "Go and tell Aunt Nancy" (what you folks across the water call "Go tell Aunt Rhody" ... we have an extra half-beat on you there ....)

It's a small world, I'm from Norfolk, England as well. I'm semi retired now ; I used to teach children with Special Needs (of varying types .....) and I now write Computer Software occasionally, contract work. 

I'm currently working on a (free definitely open source probably) visual TAB player for Dulcimers to help me learn, basically you feed TAB and/or Chords into it plus some timing data and it plays it back at you showing the TAB,  you can change the speed etc. If you've ever used Yousician, a bit like that, except there's no audio detection of what you're playing. 

 

 

I think we have definitely got to arrange a Meet in …if not Norfolk, then East Anglia, that's 4 of us I know learning mountain dulcimer from these parts (One from Cambridge.) I joined Nonsuch so we could contact through the club.

Lynne Gill
@lynne-gill
09/02/16 09:08:50PM
7 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Alison:

Hello, I'm very new to all this.  Did an introductory workshop last weekend and ended up buying a second hand Cedar Creek hourglass dulcimer.  Not played any instruments since my parents sold the family piano when I was about 17 so well over half a life time ago!  Although I'd love to play the piano again I don't have the space and it's not portable.  Have friends who play a variety of instruments but haven't been able to join in.  Wasn't sure what to try and have toyed with a number of instruments but felt the dulcimer would be a great option.  It has a reputation for being easy to pick up basic playing, highly portable and here in England is rare enough that it'll always be a conversation point as hardly anybody has heard of them.  On the down side, their rarity also means that there aren't many places that deal with them either.

 

Hi Alison - see my introductory post above! I'm new too and live in Norfolk UK - there ARE quite a few dulcimer players in England bit they are few and far between. I joined the Nonsuch club - google them - and they seem a very friendly bunch, many of them on this forum also. I'm a raw beginner myself but love the sound of the mountain dulcimer.

Lynne Gill
@lynne-gill
08/17/16 01:54:48PM
7 posts

What do you use for a dulcimer strap?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Jim Yates:

That's the knot I was taught to use in Scouts when I wanted to shorten a rope.  I figured it'd work on a strap as well.

 

Hmmm…. I posted a reply to this early this morning but it seems not to have arrived. This is a SHEET BEND not a SHEEP SHANK Bends are used to shorted rope, the sheep shank is used to tie a rope to a beam. I learned this as a Girl Guide… more than a few years ago! 

Lynne Gill
@lynne-gill
08/15/16 04:41:00PM
7 posts

What do you use for a dulcimer strap?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

hugssandi:

The easy way to combat crochet strap-stretch, especially if it is thin, is just to knot it in the middle~like you do with a purse that's too long?  Does that make sense?

 It certainly does, Sandi! (And see I've just discovered how to do a quote! )
Lynne Gill
@lynne-gill
08/13/16 03:49:39AM
7 posts

What do you use for a dulcimer strap?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hahahahahahaa! Maria @ sleeping angel  I had to chuckle at your reply! Of course - I can see your strap getting shorter and shorter as you compensate for the stretch! I've made a couple of crocheted bags which I've had to back with cotton because the straps kept getting longer when I put anything in the bag! I love the ides though, and I have so much left-over will - as you do! Lynne.x

Lynne Gill
@lynne-gill
08/12/16 04:06:18PM
7 posts

What do you use for a dulcimer strap?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@sleeping angel  Maria, as a fellow crochet fan, I find crochet scarves stretch! Does your crocheted dulcimer strap not stretch too?

Lynne Gill
@lynne-gill
08/12/16 03:37:43PM
7 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hello Everyone! I'm Lynne, a retired Paediatric Nurse and Health Visitor. I'm from England, and I bought a very cheap dulcimer about 3 years ago which I never touched (Domestic stuff, elderly mum, 2 successive broken hips, Alzheimers and into a Care Home, not much time for learning a new instrument!) I play fiddle and D/G melodeon, but am so taken with the sound of the mountain dulcimer I'm determined now to set off on the journey in earnest. 

I signed up to join the UK dulcimer group Nonsuch and hope to be joining them for their weekend retreat in October; until then I am flinging myself upon the charity of an acquaintance (soon to become a friend I'm sure) to get me started. However, I really do need a decent dulcimer so need to explore the how-to-go-about-sourcing one in this country.

I think I'll probably start by learning with the noter, but really want to play chords and 'finger dancing'. It all looks so easy, doesn't it, watching those videos! Deceptively so! 

Wish me luck as I dive in.