Strumelia

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Location: Germantown, NY
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I love playing lap dulcimer, banjo, epinette, pennywhistle, Cretan Lyra, bones, limberjacks....mostly play old-time tunes, minstrel era tunes, and medieval tunes..

Love my fiddling husband, contra dancing, and playing with our cats.  And my honeybees.  :)

 

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My Blog on playing traditional style Noter/Drone style mountain dulcimer, including over 30 FREE noter style TABS and video instructions:
Strumelia's Noter Drone dulcimer BLOG

I also run a site for selling music-themed t-shirts:  https://harmonias.com/

And a site for penny whistle players:  https://pennywhistleclub.com/

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Latest Activity

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Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a noter":
"Only enough pressure to make the string touch the fret. Sometimes with higher frets, if you press the string all the way down to touch the wood, then you are..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a noter":
"I think skip means you don't have to push the string all the way down to the wooden fretboard when pressing down the string between the frets. Also try to..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Keith Young Youngster ":
"What a great little travel dulcimer that would be! Dave, what is the scale length/vsl of the dulcimer, from nut to bridge?"
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @dave-d: Keith Young Youngster
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer and mandolins":
"Dave, this is an interesting question and subject. I can see that you are a pretty accomplished musician. I'm afraid I can't think of examples of the kind..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @daveberry: Dulcimer and mandolins
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "funny frets":
"I've seen some guitars made with slanted or curvy frets. It's an overly-complex way of avoiding a compensated bridge. A compensated bridge is a heck of a lot..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Old dulcimer tuning dissatisfaction :
"Great points Randy."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @ron-zuckerman: Not Quite Home
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on From Ionian to Mixolydian:
"Ok thanks. I think one issue here is that the scale length is long, and the melody string(s) are 12s. That would create a pretty tight tension for DAd..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on From Ionian to Mixolydian:
"Roy, please remind me again what scale length this is on the dulcimer that keeps sounding sharp, and also what gauge is your melody string there?"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ionian tuning question":
"Of course, if you can't sing either of those songs, you're in trouble. lolol"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Morning Walk:
"Yes, this is great!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @daveberry: Morning Walk
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"No caption needed."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ionian tuning question":
"John, that is so coooool!!! I'll remember that one and use it."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ionian tuning question":
"The Cripple Creek dulcimer book instructs one to tune to the key of G for ionian mode, but without using a reverse tuning. They instruct to tune the bass..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ionian tuning question":
"Dusty you correctly surmised the reverse tunings in the chart while I was typing my endless novel."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ionian tuning question":
"It's worth reading Robert Force's story about the book:..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ionian tuning question":
"That's wild!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ionian tuning question":
"Dan: You aint' got none posted for sale yet? I'll take one.... How to make $20 by selling dulcimer buttons: Start by spending $70 to make and mail a dozen..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ionian tuning question":
"I really think there should be a button one could wear that just says: bim bim BOM."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 2
Liked a music item created by @studentofrhythm: Dorwinion (version 1)
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Dorwinion (version 1):
"I've always liked the combination of drum and dulcimer. They both have an 'old' sound, and compliment the high/low tones of each other. This is a cool..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Kentucky Flood and Dulcimer History":
"Oh no, that is horrible!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Liked a music item created by @davisjames: Song for a muggy day.
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 36
Posted a new Comment on Shenandoah, Dulcimer, Uke, Percussion:
"So nice, Cynthia! Very creative. The sound goes well with the song's theme of rolling away on the water. We planted some new switch grasses in our backyard..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 36
Liked a youtube item created by @cynthia-wigington: Shenandoah, Dulcimer, Uke, Percussion
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ionian tuning question":
"I agree with Dusty's thoughts in his last post below. As a banjo player, and as I'm sure many guitar players also know, there are 'open tunings' that create..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "mountain dulcimer at Newport Folk Festival 2022":
"Oh, that last line that Joni sang out in the video- "Oh you're a mean old daddy but you're outa sight"....  so wonderful to see that, it made me cry. "
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Best instruction material?":
"Steven there's no need at all to understand modes at this point in time. Just sayin'!    lolol"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Best instruction material?":
"Steven, you said you were interested in a basic strumming style, fretting only the melody string. That would be either noter style playing, or..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bill Taylor, McSpadden dulcimer values?":
"It's easy to see lots of McSpaddens on ebay and you'll get a quick idea as to what they are currently selling for. The Bill Taylor I imagine is a nice..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FOTMD Chat Room!":
"Janis, go back to the General forums are and use the +plus button to create a new thread to ask your question..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tuning peg replacement question":
"Most strings I've bought for either dulcimers or banjos have at least 8" surplus length. I'd just clip off the loop and make a new loop right there. Use..."

Latest Group Discussions

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Strumelia

Article from Kentucky Educational Television


I'm sure this may have been posted here before, but KET website has a...
@Strumelia 6 months ago - Comments: 2
Strumelia

youtube tv episode on Edd Presnell...


I got the following note from Andy Johnston today: "In the 1970s I...
@Strumelia 11 months ago - Comments: 3
Strumelia

Just ordered a bunch of new strings...


I own two mtn dulcimers, two epinettes, a hummel and a langspil, about...
@Strumelia 2 years ago - Comments: 9
Strumelia

A little bit of Phyllis Gaskins...yum!


I normally don't post Facebook links here, but Phyllis just posted a...
@Strumelia 2 years ago - Comments: 5
Strumelia

Ritchie Family Christmas reunion video, 1955


What a treasure this film clip is. Wishing all FOTMD members a...
@Strumelia 2 years ago - Comments: 1
Strumelia

What is a "luthier" ?


The word luthier always seems to imply a skilled artist who makes...
@Strumelia 2 years ago - Comments: 21
Strumelia

Hindman Luthiery school giving people a second chance


An uplifting story, includes dulcimers:...
@Strumelia 2 years ago - Comments: 4
Strumelia

guitars built from a lynching tree


I thought this was a fascinating article about this man who seems to...
@Strumelia 2 years ago - Comments: 2
Strumelia

2013 article in Antiques Magazine - Virginia dulcimer


Not sure if anyone had posted about this 2013 article, but here it is-...
@Strumelia 2 years ago - Comments: 3
Strumelia

ZOOM: online group playing via online video


Please share helpful links on how to use Zoom, Google Meet, Group...
@Strumelia 2 years ago - Comments: 1
Strumelia

The Rockin' LIVESTREAM thread- for all members!


Greetings FOTMD members, and esteemed members of the Rockin' In The...
@Strumelia 2 years ago - Comments: 18
Strumelia

Tell us your reason for choosing a chromatic dulcimer!


At first glance it might seem an obvious question, but I bet there are...
@Strumelia 3 years ago - Comments: 10
Strumelia

Stroke victims use music to help them regain speech


I loved this!  SO inspiring:...
@Strumelia 3 years ago - Comments: 1
Strumelia

Test


This is a test discussion- I'm checking something to make sure it...
@Strumelia 3 years ago - Comments: 10
Strumelia

What's a Noter-Drone dulcimer?....


A member wrote to me and asked this question:What's a Noter-Drone...
@Strumelia 13 years ago - Comments: 33
Strumelia

contact info for Pete Ellertson?


I've noticed that Pete's webpages and also his article on ED are all...
@Strumelia 5 years ago - Comments: 2
Strumelia

Anyone want to start a modern/chording style players group?


I started a group for old style noter/drone players this past week and...
@Strumelia 13 years ago - Comments: 3
Strumelia

earliest known written melody- Syria 1400 BC


Brian turned me on to this- The Oldest known musical melody...
@Strumelia 6 years ago - Comments: 9
Strumelia

Strumelia's Traditional noter player's instructional Blog


If you're just starting out and want to play in traditional noter...
@Strumelia 3 years ago - Comments: 1
Strumelia

Strumelia's Noter Drone beginner's Blog -free tabs, videos


If you're just starting out and want to play in traditional noter...
@Strumelia 3 years ago - Comments: 6

Latest Audio

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Mary Blane

Mary Blane


@Strumelia
7 years ago - Comments: 9
Param & strumelia, yoga w/harmonium_1

Param & strumelia, yoga...


@Strumelia
9 years ago - Comments: 3
Callahan

Callahan


@Strumelia
13 years ago - Comments: 4
Goodbye_Girls,_I'm_Going_to_Boston

Goodbye_Girls,_I'm_Going_to_B...


@Strumelia
13 years ago - Comments: 3
Sally's_Got_Mud_Between_Her_Toes

Sally's_Got_Mud_Between_Her_Toes


@Strumelia
13 years ago - Comments: 0
Lady_of_the_Lake

Lady_of_the_Lake


@Strumelia
13 years ago - Comments: 0
Rattler Treed a Possum-Lisa on banjo

Rattler Treed a Possum-Lisa...


@Strumelia
13 years ago - Comments: 0

Latest Videos

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Handsome Molly (2009, short clip)

Handsome Molly (2009, short clip)


@Strumelia
3 years ago - Comments: 13
Three Ravens on Langspil

Three Ravens on Langspil


@Strumelia
3 years ago - Comments: 26
Nicaea hymn tune on penny whistle

Nicaea hymn tune on penny whistle


@Strumelia
4 years ago - Comments: 21
Silver Lake Waltz

Silver Lake Waltz


@Strumelia
5 years ago - Comments: 6
Carve That Possum

Carve That Possum


@Strumelia
5 years ago - Comments: 19
The Cuckoo - penny whistle

The Cuckoo - penny whistle


@Strumelia
5 years ago - Comments: 14
Pretty Saro - penny whistle

Pretty Saro - penny whistle


@Strumelia
6 years ago - Comments: 16
Limberjack dancing

Limberjack dancing


@Strumelia
10 years ago - Comments: 27
Ghost of Gray Goose (Go Tell Aunt Rhody...epinette in Dorian mode)

Ghost of Gray Goose (Go Tell Aunt...


@Strumelia
10 years ago - Comments: 20

Latest Photos

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Monday August 1 2022, 3:14 PM
By: @Stanley Adams

FOTMD Chat Room!

Posted: Thursday July 21 2022, 9:49 AM
By: @Strumelia

Indoor House Plants

Posted: Wednesday July 13 2022, 7:24 PM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise,...

Posted: Friday July 1 2022, 7:35 PM
By: @Strumelia

RIP Bill Taylor

Posted: Wednesday May 11 2022, 4:36 PM
By: @Leny-Sue

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Monday May 2 2022, 6:57 AM
By: @Teddy Hart

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Saturday April 16 2022, 7:01 PM
By: @Richard Streib

Joni Mitchell's song "River"...

Posted: Friday March 11 2022, 7:20 AM
By: @Alegre1

FOTMD needs your support

Posted: Friday January 14 2022, 12:07 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Frame Drums

Posted: Sunday January 2 2022, 4:15 PM
By: @Scott Callow

Remembering "Deputy Mo" / The Friendly Beasts

Posted: Sunday December 26 2021, 11:17 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Terry Hennessy

Posted: Sunday November 28 2021, 7:21 PM
By: @John Dunn

What Are You Working On?

Posted: Monday October 25 2021, 9:03 PM
By: @robert schuler

PLEASE Click to READ THIS before posting...

Posted: Saturday June 5 2021, 8:44 AM
By: @Bob Abrams

Show us your sound holes!

Posted: Monday March 29 2021, 8:37 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Tell us about your VERY FIRST dulcimer

Posted: Thursday February 4 2021, 12:09 AM
By: @ocean-daughter

4 ways to promote your events & items on...

Posted: Friday January 29 2021, 9:05 PM
By: @Strumelia

A moment of reflection

Posted: Friday January 8 2021, 12:39 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

What makes Christmas music sound...

Posted: Thursday December 17 2020, 2:30 PM
By: @Kevin R.

Dancing!...(feet as instrument)

Posted: Wednesday December 2 2020, 5:18 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

NEW!- Fotmd rotating slideshow Banner Ads!

Posted: Saturday November 7 2020, 3:38 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Contra dancing :)

Posted: Sunday September 13 2020, 1:20 PM
By: @Strumelia

FUNNY songs you sing & play on your dulcimer

Posted: Friday May 29 2020, 7:59 PM
By: @Susie

What's your favorite tune or dulcimer to...

Posted: Monday May 4 2020, 10:00 AM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Give thanks to our FOTMD Welcome Wagon!...

Posted: Wednesday November 27 2019, 10:09 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Have you met other FOTMD's in real life...

Posted: Thursday November 14 2019, 6:57 PM
By: @Richard Streib

What's your favorite mournful, spooky, or...

Posted: Tuesday October 8 2019, 11:10 AM
By: @tpatts

FOTMD's 10th Birthday Pickled Dulcimer...

Posted: Sunday August 4 2019, 6:34 AM
By: @Susie

NEW!- Fotmd Main Page slideshow banner ads!

Posted: Sunday July 21 2019, 4:08 PM
By: @Strumelia

Showing support for FOTMD ?

Posted: Saturday July 20 2019, 1:45 PM
By: @Strumelia

Comments

shawsg
01/23/22 04:52:24PM @shawsg:

Hi Strumelia, 
I'm not sure where the best place to post this is.  

I'm going to be buying my first Dulcimer soon and am looking around. I'm a trained musician but new to Dulcimer.  I think I want to get a baritone as I plan mostly singer/songwriter stuff.   Do you have any recommendations on models, and beginning?
Also, I have a particular limitation - I don't have a ring finger anymore - do you think I could adapt with my other fingers?  I tried a dulcimer yesterday and wasn't sure if there would be too much strain on my wrist to adjust to other fingers, l leading to carpal tunnel Thoughts?

thanks!


dtortorich
01/13/22 07:48:23PM @dtortorich:

Thanks!  Sorry for the delay in responding.  I need to get online more often.  There is so much on this site. 


Susan Ann
02/18/21 03:16:07PM @susan-ann:

Thank you Strumelia!  I'm excited to be part of the Mountain Dulcimer family.  I found the links you sent me very informative.   I'm learning my way around FOTMD and will try to post some pictures.  Looking forward to staying in touch!


Holly Tannen
11/20/20 10:28:19PM @holly-tannen:

Hi Strumelia!

I've enjoyed your posts during my time lurking.

I'm a pretty good dulcimer player, but I've come to computers late and get confused easily. Please accept my apologies in advance if I don't answer or make mistakes.


Wendell G
08/01/20 12:19:53PM @wendell-g:

Thank you very much. This feels like coming home again after having been gone a while. 


Mary Barnsdale
09/10/19 02:26:59PM @mary-barnsdale:

It's not much, Lisa, but I so appreciate you hosting this forum, your helpful comments and responses, and your great teaching videos.


marg
09/06/19 12:39:51PM @marg:

thanks, 

for it to resurface again, I was hoping maybe there was a way - maybe someone at that time had downloaded it.

no worries,

m.

 


marg
09/05/19 08:03:12PM @marg:

Hi

On the Home page, right below your posting today was an oder download  from a new member  @tatts  -  but from '14

( ( Liked a group discussions item created by @john-astor Free Fingerpicking Album to download for all!)

Can I still download this, I get an error. Any clues or any other way that you know of?

Hope you are well, I did have a few players come play music on my porch last Saturday.

thanks for all you do,

marg

 


farmrust
07/03/19 11:40:33AM @farmrust:

My email address hasn't changed for 20 years.  Must be working because I got a notification today in my email!


hugssandi
06/14/19 04:20:12PM @hugssandi:

THANK YOU for your kindness and making Hazel's day!!!  inlove


John Gribble
01/22/19 07:26:04PM @john-gribble:

Entirely my pleasure. 


Karel Votanek
01/20/19 03:39:07PM @karel-votanek:

Hallo Strumelia,

es freut mich sehr,dass Du mein Clip angeschaut hast.

Vielen Dank für Dein +


dulcinina
10/24/18 01:41:28PM @dulcinina:

Hi Strumelia, Ithink I upgraded my email.  Please re-send your comments to see if they come through.  Thanks, Delcinina


Nigel Caddick
09/02/18 12:01:00PM @nigel-caddick:

I hope this is the right box to comment in? Yes Strumelia I saw your comment, thanks. It just seems that when I want to ask a question in the dulcimer builders group, there's no comment box or 'Post new question' type box.

Nige


Noah Cline
08/11/18 02:55:23AM @noah-cline:

Thanks for the welcome!


marg
06/09/18 09:19:52AM @marg:

Morning,

Listening to some of the recent videos & audio recordings this morning before I get ready to go preform at a Senior Tea, I was thinking how beautiful some are.

Had you ever thought of putting some on a CD as a fund raiser? The members already have them recorded, with permission there could be a good number ready to go. 

I'm sure many with FOTMD would love to have a collection of dulcimer music from people they know, our members. 

Just a thought, something we all would enjoy & a way to help $$ toward FOTMD


KLKD
05/24/18 08:01:18PM @karend:

Thank you, Strumelia!


Gerald
05/15/18 08:16:13AM @gerald:

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll maybe tweak the review a bit and then post it to that group.

CHeers


Gerald
05/15/18 07:46:40AM @gerald:

As the app is not mine, and I have no way of knowing what revenues are generated, I have deleted the post. Thanks for your quick response.

Cheers


Dan Evans
05/11/18 08:57:28AM @dan-evans:

thnx Strumelia