Ken Hulme

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Location: Fort Myers, FL
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A retired Technical Writer, I live aboard a 26 ft sailboat (called ManCave)  in Fort Myers, Florida.  I'm a working Personal Chef and writer (these days) of historical fiction and general non-fiction.  

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Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Reasons NOT To Get a Chromatic":
"TRADITION!  When asked about dulcimer with “extra" frets, Jean Ritchie replied “In a strict sense it has a different finger board, it’s not quite a..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Teddy -- Traditionally only the Melody string (or couplet) nearest to you is fretted to make the notes.  The other two strings are Drones.  If you fret the..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on A "Little Guy" dulcimer:
"Great work as always, John.  As an ex-pat Buckeye I love that top wood too.  Interesting to work with Buckeye."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Welcome Home, Teddy -- in many ways!    The good news is that you can think of your dulcimer as a sort of "stringed bagpipe"!  It has the same melody and..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fret addition?":
"First of all, you do not need to "strum in both directions".  I spent some 25 or 30 years being an 'outie only' strummer before one day accidentally..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on To vault or not to vault.:
"Don -- FWIW, we generally refer to those as "arched" fretboards."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Various Tunings":
"I think MOST dulcimer teachers/books etc teach tunings from the bass string first -- because that is the note which defines the Keynote -- the note the..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Various Tunings":
"Skip's post gives you the straight dope.  I've used a similar chart for years to show basic Modal Tunings.   Of course those are the "key of D" Modal..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "12 String Guitar":
"I don't play, but have several friends and bandmates who play 12 strings, and I know 3 players of 24 and 30 string Harp Guitars -- talk about "full..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's the scoop on "scoops"?":
"I agree Matt.  Physics tells us the most appropriate place to pluck a string is have way between the two ends, at the maxium amplitude.  Since one end of a..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's the scoop on "scoops"?":
"As Matt says, the strum hollow is another weight redution technique that was often not used by traditional (pre-1960) builders. The "strum hollow" idea was..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's the scoop on "scoops"?":
"The correct term is arch.  Not scoop or scallop.   That's why you didn't find anything.  You can have an "arched" fretboard.   The purpose of arches is..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tab to note values, sort of...":
"As Skip sez, you don't need concert hall audio quality at this point.  A free audio recorder app on your phone is more than adequate to trigger your memory..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tab to note values, sort of...":
"Definitions,,,Fingerpicking is one way of playing the notes of a tune.  You can also strum or bow the string to sound the notes.Fretting is choosing which..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tab to note values, sort of...":
"Are you playing Chord-Melody style across all the strings, or just working out a tune on the melody string?  Either way, there are tables which tell you what..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Beginner Tab:
"Fixed it Lois -- thanks.  I must not have had my coffee yet that day!"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Tuning issue (including breaking a string):
"Need a closeup photo of the nut with its "grooves", but I suspect it has wide, deep notches and a string may not be resting precisely in the bottom of the..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer design question":
"As Ken says, it depends on who you talk to.  The idea is, more or less, to free up more top to vibrate and also reduce the overall mass of the fretboard,..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Beginner Tab:
"A lot depends on the kind(s) of music you want to play.   There are two good general online tab sources -- the old Everything Dulcimer tab collection which..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "HELP- Broken tuner peg":
"You're right, John.  I was seeing shadow, rather than shaft sticking up.  A small or needlenose vicegrip pliers should do the job...  It will take a lot of..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "HELP- Broken tuner peg":
"Is that a Hammered Dulcimer?  In some decades of messing about with dulcimers I've never seen a steel pin shear like that. Wooden pegs, yes, but not autoharp..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "A New addition to the Dulcimore Family":
"Beautiful work!   As is everything that Dan makes.  One of thee top three or four traditional dulcimore builders in the coutry."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does anyone know when my mountain dulcimer was built?":
"jeff....  FWIW, that original post is six years old.   "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Fixing old dulcimer:
"My friends Ken and John have given you The Right Stuff.  That certinly is strange behavior!  Taking off the back with a heat gun or hair dryer isn't as scary..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Looking for a Small Dulcimer":
"Wally -- I could do something like a finished version of that kit your wife won last year at Berea.  Mushroom frets and geared tuners instead of staple frets..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 months ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Tune It Up Buttercup:
"I believe!"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fret necessary?":
"What Dusty said.  Personally I don't need it or use it.  But I play very traditionally in Noter & Drone or Fingerdancing style; never play 3-finger..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Wormy Chestnut for dulcimers - Clifford Glenn":
"As Dan said, there were old time builders who used banjo strings, but I don' think that that is the reason for the different sound.  There have always only..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 months ago • comments: 25
Posted a new Comment on Considering updating the tuning pegs:
"I agree entirely with Strumelia!  It would be almost criminal to replace Keith's original pegs with anything except the 'planetary' tuners which look like..."

Latest Group Discussions

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Ken Hulme

Sawn-Frame Dulcemore


Somewhere here awhile back, we had a discussion about making dulcimers...
@Ken Hulme 2 years ago - Comments: 9
Ken Hulme

Another "Not A Dulcimer" Build


In collaboration with a Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland  professor of...
@Ken Hulme 2 years ago - Comments: 6
Ken Hulme

Unison and Bagpipe Tunings


You may find these two tunings more useful for your "no 6+ fret"...
@Ken Hulme 3 years ago - Comments: 5
Ken Hulme

NC Holly Leaf Pattern circa 1860s


Here's my almost finished latest build.  This is based on the...
@Ken Hulme 3 years ago - Comments: 9
Ken Hulme

Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering!! 2019


A great time was had by all at the first annual Berea Traditional...
@Ken Hulme 3 years ago - Comments: 10
Ken Hulme

Hindman in Exile Gathering


  We were NOT about to let the cancellation of the Hindman Homecoming...
@Ken Hulme 4 years ago - Comments: 7
Ken Hulme

Get Noterized! (article)


For those who might be interested I've posted my Noter & Drone...
@Ken Hulme 11 years ago - Comments: 0
Ken Hulme

Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering


You've read about our adventures in the posts here called Hindman in...
@Ken Hulme 4 years ago - Comments: 14
Ken Hulme

New Body


Here's a new body I made for a student's cardboard dulcimer.  Butternut...
@Ken Hulme 4 years ago - Comments: 7
Ken Hulme

Mercer Museum Zither Replica


So... awhile back I was looking at pix of 'transitional' dulcimers' on...
@Ken Hulme 4 years ago - Comments: 48
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Latest JI Calculator?


(repost because I got silly and hit the wrong button.  Got your...
@Ken Hulme 7 years ago - Comments: 22
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First Build in Years....


Awhile back I got the urge to build a dulcimer -- first time in years....
@Ken Hulme 6 years ago - Comments: 13
Ken Hulme

Home-Made Peg Shaper


I have only built a couple instruments with wooden pegs because...
@Ken Hulme 4 years ago - Comments: 4
Ken Hulme

New Wood Seller with Gorgeous Wood


Early this month, I received a blind e-mail from a pre-cut wood seller...
@Ken Hulme 5 years ago - Comments: 2
Ken Hulme

Size of Music Wire?


What number of "music wire" are you buying to make strings the...
@Ken Hulme 7 years ago - Comments: 5
Ken Hulme

Sherrie's Broken Dulcimer


On the Care & Maintenance Wall, Sherrie H wrote: I purchased a...
@Ken Hulme 7 years ago - Comments: 8
Ken Hulme

Tribute Album Announcement


Got this from the Compass Records website. To be released in...
@Ken Hulme 8 years ago - Comments: 6
Ken Hulme

Effects of Fretboard Arches


Anyone interested in the effects of various kinds and sizes of arches...
@Ken Hulme 9 years ago - Comments: 0
Ken Hulme

Beginner Instrument?


by Roger Goode Hi all.. I am starting the methodical process of...
@Ken Hulme 9 years ago - Comments: 5
Ken Hulme

O, I'm A Good Old Rebel


...well, not me personally, although I do live in The South. This tune...
@Ken Hulme 9 years ago - Comments: 11

Latest Audio

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Old Joe Clark

Old Joe Clark


@Ken Hulme
3 years ago - Comments: 3
Lay the Bent To The Bonnie Broom

Lay the Bent To The Bonnie Broom


@Ken Hulme
3 years ago - Comments: 2
Fretted Zither Sample -- Amazing Grace

Fretted Zither Sample --...


@Ken Hulme
4 years ago - Comments: 3

Latest Videos

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Hindman Exiles Playing Together

Hindman Exiles Playing Together


@Ken Hulme
4 years ago - Comments: 11
RosintheBeau

RosintheBeau


@Ken Hulme
11 years ago - Comments: 12
BanksoftheBann

BanksoftheBann


@Ken Hulme
11 years ago - Comments: 12

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Sam Rizzetta Has Passed

Posted: Monday November 1 2021, 9:18 AM
By: @Susie

2021 Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering...

Posted: Tuesday May 18 2021, 3:04 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Hughes Mountain Dulcimers

Posted: Monday July 27 2020, 10:38 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Berea 2020 Traditional Gathering...

Posted: Thursday January 16 2020, 4:44 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Rebec

Posted: Saturday December 21 2019, 12:31 PM
By: @Hobbyhorse

Group Contents Re-ordered???

Posted: Sunday October 27 2019, 7:08 PM
By: @Strumelia

McSpadden --- wax

Posted: Thursday September 19 2019, 1:44 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Great Lyric/Chord Find

Posted: Monday August 5 2019, 6:20 PM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

Visit With Kusani

Posted: Saturday May 25 2019, 9:23 PM
By: @hugssandi

Berea Gathering Attendees

Posted: Thursday May 23 2019, 6:23 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering Update

Posted: Tuesday April 16 2019, 6:47 AM
By: @Dan

Dulcimer Players News 1975-2012 Searchable...

Posted: Sunday December 2 2018, 6:25 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Oberflacht Lyre Finished

Posted: Thursday January 18 2018, 12:37 PM
By: @IRENE

Capo? False Nuts?

Posted: Tuesday November 28 2017, 8:55 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Oberflacht Lyre started

Posted: Thursday October 26 2017, 3:39 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Recognize this?

Posted: Saturday August 12 2017, 9:21 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Happy Anniversary!!

Posted: Saturday July 8 2017, 9:25 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Stand-Up Stands

Posted: Thursday March 16 2017, 8:51 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Rabel & Gusli

Posted: Thursday August 11 2016, 2:50 PM
By: @Strumelia

Dr. Ralph Stanley Passes

Posted: Friday June 24 2016, 12:25 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Grace Notes

Posted: Friday March 4 2016, 4:54 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

I Just Got A Dulcimer, Now What? (Article)

Posted: Wednesday August 19 2015, 10:05 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

New Noters Coming

Posted: Wednesday August 19 2015, 9:44 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Get Noterized! (article)

Posted: Thursday June 25 2015, 10:56 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Florida Old Time Music Championship

Posted: Monday April 27 2015, 11:03 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Reading DA AD Tab

Posted: Sunday September 28 2014, 5:53 PM
By: @Steve Smith

American Folk Song Collection

Posted: Wednesday September 24 2014, 10:46 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Dulcimer Challenge

Posted: Thursday February 6 2014, 5:58 PM
By: @John Henry

This Little Piggy (Sow model by Bobby...

Posted: Tuesday April 9 2013, 12:55 AM
By: @Strumelia

Beginner? Intermediate? Expert?

Posted: Thursday March 21 2013, 10:01 PM
By: @Kristi Keller

Comments

Lois Sprengnether Keel
02/23/19 11:33:45AM @lois-sprengnether-keel:

Ken, somehow I don't think of using an "@" when replying, but my two comments were especially for you. 

In case you don't drift back to the "spooky, mournful, lonesome" discussion, I said:

     WOW!  I just went to YouTube and caught Nic Jones's fingerstyle guitar version.  Oh Ken, that's one heck of a rockin' Child's ballad.  I know for a fact they plan to bring the theme of Child's Ballads back next year and I was dreading a real downer of an evening.  The librarian in me will research the heck out of this song, but I'd thank ye kindly for any arrangement, or whatever you might be willing to send my way.  I know I could probably manage it on guitar, but I'd love to do it on the dulcimer.

     Bit of a postscript here.  I had heard of the title "Little Musgrave", but that's about it.  This is one wicked little song.  Yes, it ends as unhappily as Child Ballads have a nasty tendency to do (are there any happy ones?), but the action is far from slow and I think our Strumelia would agree this one ought to hold the audience's interest.  I'll prowl the verses to get it as lean as possible. 

Since I wrote that I've prowled a bit and have a melody and think Nic Jones kept the verse "as lean as possible."  I know it also became the probably better known "Matty Groves", but I won't have time to get too detailed in my intro since the song is so long.  I would be very interested in whatever you may care to share about "Little Musgrave."  If it's easier, right now I'm hoping to attend the Berea event (subject to change if work conflicts).


Ken Longfield
09/03/18 06:22:24PM @ken-longfield:

Ken, I received this message today and replied with a general comment about Berea College probably being ADA compliant.

09/03/18 05:31:24PM  @Sbarnett524 :

Would this event and housing be ADA accessible as per wheelchair use?

I also mentioned that some field trips might not be. Do you know anymore?

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


Jim Phillips
06/01/18 10:21:53PM @jim-at-gcreek:

Ken,

i have used quite a bit of sassafras for soundboards.  Wood is available here in Ohio.  Sassafras also resembles chestnut.  Most of sassafras wood I have used has a slight olive hue when finished.  Usually I combine sassafras soundboard with a walnut body.  This combination has been very popular.

 

JimP


Jim Phillips
06/01/18 09:40:35PM @jim-at-gcreek:

Ken,

i do not have any Catalpa.

i do have several nice pieces of "Wenge" (Africa) that are cut to proper

size for dulcimer fretboard overlays.  Provides a slicker surface for fingering

and material's hardness reduces pick marking.  (Kind of a replacement for ebony).  I can provide size of these overlay blanks, if anyone is interested.

JimP


marg
09/08/17 10:42:40PM @marg:

Worry about you & all of Fla. Could you move your boat & go to Ala or someplace? Be safe & let us know how you are.

 


marg
09/07/17 07:39:57PM @marg:

Do you have plans for yourself & your boat? Let us know how you are & how you make out after the hurricane comes through


marg
09/05/17 12:31:11AM @marg:

Not knowing where this next hurricane is going, along the coast or right up the middle - do be safe & let us know how you make out if it comes your way.


marg
06/28/17 06:27:05PM @marg:

Well ' I just start adding '3' to my DAd tabs' & some songs worked out better than others. Mostly I ran into trouble when trying to figure the middle string, even with it already an A - I started thinking maybe I should just keep it as is & pick it. 

Do you think something like this could be a discussion some of the members could used - learning how to tab from/to DAd to/from DAA & the other way around?


marg
06/28/17 12:38:23PM @marg:

ken,

Since I have the Carrell dulcimer tuned to DAA but most of my tabs are in DAdd, what is the best site to find many DAA tabs or should I just start adding '3' to my DAd tabs? I get a little confused (trying to update) when a DAd tab has some #'s on the middle string.

thanks


hugssandi
05/11/17 09:45:31AM @hugssandi:

YOUR PICTURES ARE AMAZING!  They make me 1.) Hungry, 2.) Want to live a FULL day, and 3.)  Visit Florida!!!!!


Laurel K Scott
03/01/17 02:02:39PM @laurel-k-scott:

Thank you, Ken --  I already know it's currently strung left handed because of the position of the bass string. What I *meant* to ask was whether the wrapping on the tuning pegs looks correct in that photo.

My inclination would be to wrap the strings in either ascending or descending order from left to right, but as you can tell, I have no knowledge of stringed instruments! This dulcimer came to me with the bass string (which is currently on the bottom rather than the top) strung on the lowest peg, the middle string strung on the highest peg and the end melody string (this is only a 3-stringer) wrapped on the middle peg. All are wrapped overhand rather than underhand.


Sheryl St. Clare
04/19/16 12:03:19PM @sheryl-st-clare:

Hi Ken, 

Your document  I Just Got A Dulcimer, Now What??? -- A Beginner’s Guide -- by Ken Hulme shows a John Stockard adjustable dulcimer stand. I searched for it on the "Interweb" eyeroll  but can't find it anywhere. 

 

I had a class with Joe Collins Saturday. He used one, and I really liked the setup better than the laptop desk I currently play my dulcimer on, which allows me to play while standing. 

 

Can you point me in a direction where I might find this stand?

 

Thanks,

Sheryl


Sheryl St. Clare
01/25/16 06:47:33PM @sheryl-st-clare:

Ken, I recently picked up a BD built by Ken Bloom. I have restrung it, and I am trying to tune it. I recall you had a link to a piano tune site, but can't find the discussion. Please let me know what that site was. 

Sheryl St. Clare

 


Salt Springs
01/17/16 09:28:26AM @salt-springs:

Mancave fared OK during last nights nasty weather, I presume?


Annie Deeley
09/29/15 08:35:49PM @annie-deeley:

Hi again, Ken. Thanks again, I just realized that the string guages you listed did say the G's would be 15's. The penny finally dropped, duh. Found some 15's in a drawer, just haven't worked up the courage t switch 'em yet...

I am a writer, too, but a poet.


marg
08/01/15 04:50:33PM @marg:

Seems attached files don't get posted with the comments. The image was just the site you sent for the banjo pegs, just checking that these are the ones I need to order. Non of the guitar stores carry anything like banjo pegs or buttons.

marg.


marg
08/01/15 04:45:40PM @marg:

Ken,

       Since you have gotten some knobs before, many years ago  -  are we sure these are the right ones to fit the red dulcimer I have?    I  would need 4 to replace all now, should I also have 4 as a back up? Elderly also makes banjo tuner buttons, are they the same or just go with the ones you sent the site for?

 

Thanks for your help, see photos

marg.

ps: Thinking, I should just go with your site, just tell me they seem right or the ones you would order. I can not delete the attached file of the one from elderly. Is there a way to delete files once they're attached? No worries.

 


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Ken Longfield
06/10/15 08:51:38PM @ken-longfield:

Hi Ken. Retirement is treating me well. How about you. You working on another book? I enjoyed the first one. I'm working on rebuilding my workshop after a water leak back in March. Haven't had much time with all the yard work and some work at our daughter's house.


Cecilia Schermaul
05/31/15 10:47:06PM @cecilia-schermaul:

Hello to you Ken, Celia here... After the remarks on my dulcimer last year I put it away until I could see a Luthier. The Luthier lowered the frets and told me everything was fine. Started back on the dulcimer around Oct. 2014.

I am back at beginner lessons and improving all the time but, a long way to go. One song I love to play is Carolina Waltz. Thank you for the encourgement.

All the Best to you and yours, Celia S.Grin.gif


Strumelia
02/25/15 10:11:28PM @strumelia:

Ken i posted the answer to your blog image problem, but you'll need to 'approve' it before it appears.