Jan Potts

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Location: Lexington, KY
Country: US

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Playlists: 1
SoundCloud Tracks: 18
vimeo videos: 1
images: 30
events: 1
videos: 1
audio tracks: 3

I started playing the piano by ear while in kindergarten and have since then had a few years of piano instruction, Flutofone in 4th grade, 5 years of clarinet, took up folk guitar in college, and have owned a dulcimer since I made a cardboard one in 1991.  About 4.5 years ago, I finally had some sort of mental breakthrough (helped along, I'm convinced, by some choice nuggets of info in a music theory class I had with Steve Eulburg at KY Music Week (KMW) and I can now play the dulcimer by ear, as well.  Other instruments I play with varying degrees of success include the pennywhistle, recorder, ukulele, harmonica, djembe, steel drum, and hammered dulcimer.  The instrument I would most like to play, however, is the cello--but I think that involves the use of a magic wand!  smile 

One of the things I struggle with is playing from tab, because that involves lines and numbers and my brain doesn't process that very well (hence the problem with piano instruction!)  I'm more of a spatial learner, so hearing and seeing intervals in music makes a lot of sense to me.  And I'm better with linear instruments (piano, whistle) than ones that have you moving in a circular manner (steel drum) to produce the music.  I think of low notes as being either left or "down" and higher notes being to the right or "up".  Tone progressions that move in circles or boxes on an instrument require a lot of extra brain power.

I love informal jams with others, especially with folks who enjoy rounds, playing in parts, and adding harmonies and counter-melodies. 

Some of my recent challenges include songwriting and composing for the dulcimer, performance, learning the technology involved in making and posting videos, and providing instruction in mountain dulcimer to others.

Latest Activity

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Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 5 days ago
@jan-potts is now following @steve-battarbee
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Recent Builds:
"Love your bookmatched backs!"
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Recent Builds:
"That's a beautifully made top!  Just looking at it, I can tell how smooth it is.  Lovely!  All those months of hard work really paid off!"
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Loch Lomond on a Soprano Dulcimer:
"Thanks for listening!"
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Cynthia, while you were out looking at the moonlight, I was, too--in New Harmony, Indiana, where the full moon lit up a cold springtime landscape about to be..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Which bridge compensation for A ginger":
"Lisa, I don't want to start a war either, but wanted to say those are some very good observations!  I make that same recommendation! When I bought the Jim..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Which bridge compensation for A ginger":
"Monica, when I purchased Ginger with a compensated bridge 6 years ago, it was quite a game changer for me!  I kept it tuned to DAd, took it to lots of..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tunes in the key of A major":
"No...Dusty is correct...the capo then becomes the nut and you use the same positions for your chords as you do without the capo. Or am I missing something? "
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tunes in the key of A major":
" Yeah...sometimes I'm switching between several keys and hate the bother of a capo.   Since I use three fingers to barre, my fingers don't mind having..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tunes in the key of A major":
"This is really long (and boring to a lot of people), but you might find it helpful. Coming from a background of playing by ear on the piano, I like to just..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Finger patterns for playing chords - beginner question":
"lwlittle, I just posted a demo video (used to explain how to post a video) and had the camera focus right on my fretting fingers, so if you watch the 1 min...."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 3 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Loch Lomond on a Soprano Dulcimer:
"Many thanks to you, Monica, Cynthia, Gail, Lexie, Sam, Benjamin, Dusty!  Reading your comments, it feels like playing before a crowd of people--like I'm..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 3 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Loch Lomond on a Soprano Dulcimer:
"Thanks Steve, Patty, and Caleb!  Sorry I couldn't get a better view of my plucking fingers...I was only half dressed and still wearing pj's, so I was trying..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's your favorite FOTMD smiley?":
"Ken, the  smiley was designed by FOTMD member--and my good friend, artist, and dulcimer-playing buddy--Teri West, of Louisville, KY.  Years ago, I found the..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 3 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Vimeo video:
Loch Lomond on a Soprano Dulcimer
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 4 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on The Cuckoo - penny whistle:
"What a nice shot with that lovely window behind you and the music wafting all around.  I could imagine this used as part of a historic soundtrack.  Well..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 4 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on B minor Drone walnut flute:
"I, too, like it and I think that little figure by the waving fern liked it, too!  Besides instruments and rocks and shells and books--and lots of other..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 4 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Emma´s waltz:
"I like this!  Lots of fun in this piece!"
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 4 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on @jill-geary:
"I'm following you now, Jill!"
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 4 weeks ago
@jan-potts is now following @jill-geary
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What songs were you taught in kindergarten/grade school?":
"In grades 4-6 I was in a brand new school (Claxton Elem. for those of you in Greensboro, NC!) and each classroom was equipped with a piano and there was a..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 4 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Loch Lomond, played on a Dulciborn:
"Thanks, Marg, Jeffrey, and Jennifer!  Maybe I should post this on an instrument that I play more often so you can hear the difference!"
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What Are You Working On?":
"Hey, Jill!  For some reason we were no longer following each other.  I have now clicked on "follow" and it's pending.  If you need to reach me more quickly..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What Are You Working On?":
"Jill, are you coming to Kentucky Music Week? Mark Gilston will be there!"
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one month ago
@jan-potts is now following @john-w-mckinstry
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I have a Baritone Crush":
"Monica: so true I have two on the way and I am already looking..if money were no object! Curious as to what you're yearning for...."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What songs were you taught in kindergarten/grade school?":
"Here's a START! Pre-school through Kindergarten (in Michigan) I remember learning:A-Hunting We Will Go  (a singing game) Little Sally Waters, Sitting in a..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I have a Baritone Crush":
""all set"  Ha ha ha!  Naw.....there will probably be another one somewhere down the pike!"
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "MEET THE MODERATORS...":
"John, I just clicked on the "Follow" button on your page and it now says "Pending".  When you accept me as a follower (or follow me back?) then you send a..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Gold Tone Dulciborn - thoughts, reviews?":
"[quote="marg"] I went through Gold Tone in buying mine. I think if they spent a bit more time on fixing their design they would have a great instrument but..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I have a Baritone Crush":
"I have a low voice and the baritone just seems to be a very natural range for a musical instrument.  I usually play mine solo.  I have several, but my John..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New Airlines' Rules Affect Those Traveling with Instruments":
"The main thing is to know what you're getting for the price you're paying.  But I can imagine people getting "caught" at the gate not realizing what this..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Outfitting a Brit friend with a dulcimer, idea for accessories?":
"Your Brit friends probably haven't bought one of these economy fares, but in case it comes into question, ALL musicians should be aware that the new Economy..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one month ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "New Airlines' Rules Affect Those Traveling with Instruments":
"New Economy Fares Do Not Provide the Use of Overhead Bins!  Some of you may have missed changes made by several airlines this winter for their lowest fare..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one month ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Loch Lomond, played on a Dulciborn:
"Thank you, David, Steven, Cynthia and Benjamin--glad you liked it.  I just figured out how to put something on here without going through Soundcloud, so may..."

Latest Group Discussions

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Jan Potts

Make a video challenge! This is My Father's World!


Here's the challenge: learn to play--or SING and play--the public...
@Jan Potts 7 months ago - Comments: 9
Jan Potts

Funeral music


Don't need this, yet, but I was wondering if anyone in here has played...
@Jan Potts 3 years ago - Comments: 46
Jan Potts

A WEEK of the Songs of Jean Ritchie at John Campbell Folk School


I just want to make sure that the Fans of Jean Ritchie are informed...
@Jan Potts 3 years ago - Comments: 6
Jan Potts

Illustrated guide: How to Change Your Strings


Joe Collins' excellent guide shows step-by-step how to change the...
@Jan Potts 3 years ago - Comments: 1
Jan Potts

What's up with the 3.5 fret?!


So....I'm getting a new-to-me dulcimer and it has a 3.5 fret. I'm not...
@Jan Potts 5 years ago - Comments: 1

Latest Audio

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Loch Lomond, played on a Dulciborn

Loch Lomond, played on a...


@Jan Potts
one month ago - Comments: 10
Away in a Manger (alternate tune in a minor key)

Away in a Manger (alternate...


@Jan Potts
3 months ago - Comments: 8
Deck the Halls--Mountain Dulcimer

Deck the Halls--Mountain...


@Jan Potts
3 months ago - Comments: 9
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

I Heard the Bells on...


@Jan Potts
5 months ago - Comments: 5
This Is My Father's World

This Is My Father's World


@Jan Potts
5 months ago - Comments: 14
Celebrate This Happy Day!

Celebrate This Happy Day!


@Jan Potts
6 months ago - Comments: 2
Greet the Morn

Greet the Morn


@Jan Potts
6 months ago - Comments: 8
Processional

Processional


@Jan Potts
6 months ago - Comments: 2
Hard Times, 1854, composed by Stephen Foster

Hard Times, 1854, composed by...


@Jan Potts
7 months ago - Comments: 18
John Stinson #2 in A, Upping Tempo

John Stinson #2 in A, Upping...


@Jan Potts
7 months ago - Comments: 10
Donkey Riding

Donkey Riding


@Jan Potts
7 months ago - Comments: 8
Healing

Healing


@Jan Potts
10 months ago - Comments: 9
Jabez

Jabez


@Jan Potts
11 months ago - Comments: 7
Mary Murphy, Take 1

Mary Murphy, Take 1


@Jan Potts
11 months ago - Comments: 6
Grieving

Grieving


@Jan Potts
11 months ago - Comments: 12

Latest Videos

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Loch Lomond on a Soprano Dulcimer

Loch Lomond on a Soprano Dulcimer


@Jan Potts
3 weeks ago - Comments: 15
Oh Susannah

Oh Susannah


@Jan Potts
3 years ago - Comments: 97

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Latest Forum Discussions

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New Airlines' Rules Affect Those Traveling...

Posted: Monday February 20 2017, 1:54 AM
By: @Jill Geary

Favorite picks made from unusual materials

Posted: Monday January 16 2017, 8:46 AM
By: @Jan Potts

Has anyone used a string cleaner product...

Posted: Sunday January 8 2017, 7:53 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

John E. Wood 1930-2015

Posted: Friday June 10 2016, 12:58 PM
By: @John Shaw

Creative song mix-ups (NOT mistakes!)

Posted: Sunday October 4 2015, 8:13 PM
By: @Jan Potts

Positive game-changers in your progress

Posted: Monday September 14 2015, 3:32 AM
By: @Jan Potts

Edsel Martin dulcimer on eBay -questions

Posted: Friday August 21 2015, 6:41 AM
By: @Rob N Lackey

Carts for hauling your stuff around at a...

Posted: Tuesday August 11 2015, 7:09 PM
By: @Paul Certo

"Appalachian Journey" with Alan Lomax (1991)

Posted: Wednesday December 10 2014, 1:19 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

eBay shipping gone wrong? Too bad! NOT...

Posted: Tuesday August 19 2014, 5:43 PM
By: @Jan Potts

Post-shoulder surgery suggestions needed

Posted: Monday November 12 2012, 10:22 PM
By: @folkfan

Comments

Strumelia
01/10/17 10:47:06AM @strumelia:

Hi Jan, I sent you a PM...  howdy


Estes George
12/13/16 08:53:17PM @george-desjardins:

Sorry it's been awhile about the Edsel Martin and brothers dulcimers. Will be putting up some pictures and what I've found out, Very nice piece.Finally got some time. In forums? 


Estes George
12/05/16 03:36:49PM @george-desjardins:

Hi Jan, I had sent you a follow request, because I stumbled upon an old post of yours from about a year ago regarding Edsel Martin Dulcimers. I actually just purchased one myself, off Ebay a few days back, supposed to arrive Thursday, but had done a fair amount of research on how to tell if it's the real deal, and the way it was signed as genuine Martin, and whether it was built by Edsel, Fred or Wade.

 Was just going to share what I found out.


Estes George
10/13/16 09:12:40PM @george-desjardins:

i also play dulcimer when watching TV, Never get much TV in,,


Erin Mae
09/01/16 02:33:12PM @erin-mae:

Hi Jan, 
This will be my first year at Unicoi as well.  I'm also very excited to finally experience it!  I'm sure we're going to have a jolly good time, and I look forward to seeing you then!

-Erin Mae


VTMama
03/07/16 12:35:39PM @nicole-bartlett:

Hi Jan!  Thank you for the warm welcome!  I am very excited to be here.  There's actually a workshop coming up in April in my area.  I'm not sure if it's geared toward beginners, but I will surely find out!  :)


marg
01/21/16 06:59:28PM @marg:

  take care with the snow storm.


Kandee
01/11/16 11:36:05AM @kandee:

Jan, it was nice to meet you at KWMW.  Maybe next time we can spend more time together.


Alice Chumbley Lora
01/02/16 05:06:48PM @alice-chumbley-lora:

Jan, will you be at KMW next weekend?


Helen Seiler
12/18/15 07:47:20PM @helen-seiler:

A have a happy holiday season Jan, try not to worry about your health (not easy, I know). And may 2016 be a far better year for you. Hugs Helen


kencas
09/18/15 06:47:14AM @kencas:

G'Day Jan!

Thank you very much for the warm welcome. Brisbane certainly grew up from the big country town when Expo 88 was here, and yet since then it really hasn't grown too greatly which is a good thing! Probably the biggest thing since then was holding the G8 meeting last year with President Obama in town - that really got the excitement up for Brisbane!!! And should you ever travel "downunda" again I'm sure you will have many friends willing to offer up a bed for you both again!

Hooroo, Ken.


Dulcie
09/07/15 10:53:30AM @dulcie:

Thank you for writing me, I didn't know I wasn't getting back to the ones who wrote me. 

Pi grew up in estes, live about 45 minutes away now. Yes, Colorado is beautiful!


Jimi45
09/06/15 01:59:40AM @jimi45:

Indeed, I've enjoyed a great deal of the music I've heard so far while combing through YouTube and other sources looking for tunes to play.


Adrian Stanton
09/04/15 02:37:49AM @adrian-stanton:

Hello,

Thank you for your greeting. According to tracking information, my instrument should arrive to day.

Regards

Adrian


Kathy V
09/03/15 07:24:23PM @kathy-v:

Thank you jan. Much to learn. Pray The Lord gives me lots more years! Lol

 


Helen Seiler
08/29/15 05:06:28PM @helen-seiler:

He there Jan, pardon my awful selfie pic, just a temporary one. I see you have  been welcoming on here.. great going,! Sorry i have been so out of touch, i got caught up in the non musical world (eeek!). How have  you been? Any festivals of late? I hope you have had a lovely summer. H x


Estes George
08/18/15 12:20:36PM @george-desjardins:

Thanks for the feedback on your Maxwell, I also had to do some rescue work on the case too, one hinge the screws had plled right throuh the hinge, so replacing them with new ones and adding another in the center for more support, the paddle tuners are really cool, nice, distinct and different look, I think they make tuning the old school way a lot easier!


Deborah Hinz
08/17/15 10:11:55AM @debbie-hinz:

Thanks Jan, we will have to plan on a trip over. This will give me a whole year to play my dulcimer and at least be able to comfortably sit in on some jams. I hope to meet you there. Is the festival is usually on Labor day weekend?

I'm a history buff so I'd like to visit Fort Boonesborough also, looks like we'll plan for a week to get everything innod


Deborah Hinz
08/15/15 04:35:31PM @debbie-hinz:

Darn, I have family coming in that weekend but I will have to definitely put that on my calendar for next year. Thanks for the informationsmile


Rathbun Rambler
08/14/15 12:41:53AM @rathbun-rambler:

Thanks for the welome Jan.  My name is Marti, short for Marsha.  I had older brothers that wanted a little brother.  I won't share my other nicknames as I'm still trying to live them down angel This group is wonderful....very friendly and helpful.  I have made contact with someone in southern Iowa so this is promising, but as she said, there aren't many dulcimer players in southern Iowa.  I have 5 granddaughters nearby so maybe I can change that fact in the future.  First I need to get myself going!  Marti