Ballad Gal


Location: St. Louis area, Missouri
Country: U.S.A.

My Latest Followers:

sweetbriar John C. Knopf David Bennett Slate Creek Dulcimers Dan Lois Sprengnether Keel DottyBee Belinda Link Robin Clark Ken Hulme Glenda  Hubbard Ken Longfield Robin Thompson Strumelia


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Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • one week ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on The Boys of Wexford:
"Dusty, thanks for sharing--I really liked it, my kind of music!"
Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Sneak peek at a walnut Thomas with Possum Board":
"Happy Birthday, John! That sawdust turned into a mighty nice looking dulcimer..."
Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Lillie’s Lullaby ":
"Great tune, Kendra...The kind you go around humming when you're happy! Hope to see you again in Berea next year."
Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What’s your favourite playing style and why?":
"Being able to play a tune the first time I picked up a dulcimer is what attracted me to it and is still why I like playing it noter or finger and drone..."
Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Playing smaller dulcimers:
"Strumelia: I find that smaller dulcimers also tend to have slightly stiffer string tension- the strings are a bit less 'bouncy'... or at least they have..."
Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • 2 months ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Council Fire:
"Very, very nice indeed! What was the tuning for this?   Ann"
Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Play Music On The Porch Day 2019":
"David, you do so much, and the video is a bonus!"
Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Play Music On The Porch Day 2019":
"Ken Longfield: Here is my Play Music on the Porch Day Photo. I have one with me playing guitar as well. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."   Great..."
Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Play Music On The Porch Day 2019":
"Robin Thompson: Mark your calendars, friends, for the last Saturday in August to join folks around the world heading outdoors (if possible) to make music!..."

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Ballad Gal

Playing smaller dulcimers

Do those who have smaller dulcimers--say 24" vsl, or less--and also have...
@Ballad Gal 2 months ago - Comments: 6
Ballad Gal

(another) Berea Traditional Gathering Video - 2019

In addition to our time in Berea, this video includes the side trip my...
@Ballad Gal 5 months ago - Comments: 15
Ballad Gal

Unwanted Extra Fret

Can an unwanted 6 1/2 fret simply be removed? If so, what's the best way...
@Ballad Gal 7 months ago - Comments: 5
Ballad Gal

modal tuning for John Jacob Niles ballad

I finally found a tuning that works for Lass From The Low Countree,...
@Ballad Gal 10 months ago - Comments: 1

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Ballad Gal
05/10/18 05:32:33PM @ballad-gal:

Thanks all, for the welcome! Besides my vintage McSpadden that I've had over 50 years (strictly diatonic w/no extra frets), I just got a chromatic dulcimer last week that a 91 year old gentleman assembled for me from a kit. I expect to be playing it finger dance & and drone/picking style, too. Does anyone here else play a chromatic this way?

One reason I joined is that, lurking for awhile, I saw the Berea gathering that's coming up next year mentioned. I hope to be able to attend if my car can make the trip. The dulcimer players that I've met in my area all play in DAdd and all know the same songs which I (mostly) don't know. Even tuned to DAA to blend I can't keep up with them--I read music, but very slowly. I'm hopes of meeting some people that are at about the same skill level, and that like to experiment with different tunings.  

Benjamin W Barr Jr
05/10/18 02:20:44PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Ballad Girl, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer, and to meet some good people.


Ken Longfield
05/10/18 12:46:18PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD Ballad Gall. It's good to have you aboard. I trust you will enjoy this site.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Richard Streib
05/09/18 08:36:22PM @richard-streib:

Ballad Gal, Welcome to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. So glad you joined. There are a number of noter drone players on this forum. Some play only noter drone and others play both chord melody and noter drone style.  Those who play noter drone enjoy the history of the dulcimer and hope to keep alive the old traditional way of playing in addition to the more modern styles of playing the dulcimer. You mentioned wanting to attend a gathering of noter drone players. Sorry I don't know how to direct you more directly but the link below will bring you to a page on this forum with information of a planned gathering in Berea KY in May of 2019. A number of members here have already indicated an interest in attending this event. The members here represent a lot of experience and knowledge and I am sure any questions you post will be answered expertly. Best wishes on your continuing dulcimer journey.

Rob N Lackey
05/09/18 08:21:09PM @rob-n-lackey:

Welcome, Ballad Gal, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven.  Hope you enjoy it here.