Greg Gunner

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Location: Riga, MI
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Lois Sprengnether Keel Dan Strumelia Bob Cat Brown Richard Streib John C. Knopf Robin Thompson

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Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on strumming and picking technique:
"Diane, one of the great things about the dulcimer is the variety of ways in which it can be played.  There is no "one way" or "right way" to strum or..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Christmas Gift:
"Dan, I think she's got a future as a luthier.  When does her apprenticeship begin?  From the looks of her clay dulcimer, the apprenticeship may well be..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fair price for a 2003 McSpadden ":
"Congratulations on the Christmas gift from your mother-In-Law and wife.  It's always good to see a dulcimer going to a good home.  The best part is you only..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Purpose of DAA tuning":
"Playing chords is really no mystery.  The vast majority of chords you will need are triads (three-note chords).  If the three required notes are available on..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Changing String Sets":
"Not sure if it's been mentioned yet, but a dulcimer capo placed on top of the fretboard and the strings down near the tail end of the dulcimer can hold the..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Purpose of DAA tuning":
"The good news is that the Key of "D" major and its various chords are the same regardless of which tuning you choose as your primary tuning.  If you play..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "America's Musical Heritage":
"www.TheGreatCourses.com has issued a twelve lesson DVD course on the musical heritage of America.  Although it does not appear to deal with the Appalachian..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Newbie Seeking Help":
"From your picture, it looks like you have traditional diatonic fretting on your dulcimer.  In practical terms, that pretty much eliminates D-A-d tuning for..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Newbie Seeking Help":
"The strings will depend quite a bit on the tuning you intend to use.  Most dulcimer players play in the Key of "D". The two most common tunings used are..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Clara Callahan Weave Shop Dulcimer Player 1930:
"Harry Callahan was Clara Callahan's brother.  According to the preliminary information I have on the family, he would have been 13 years old at the time of..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Clara Callahan Weave Shop Dulcimer Player 1930:
"My interest in researching Clara Callahan was inspired by the repertoire revealed in Scarborough's book, A Song Catcher in the Southern Mountains.  The fact..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Created a new Group discussion "Clara Callahan Weave Shop Dulcimer Player 1930":
"I've been doing some research on Clara Louise Callahan, the dulcimer player mentioned in Dorothy Scarborough's 1937 book, Song Catcher in the Southern..."
Mountain Dulcimer History & Traditions
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 96
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"Welcome to FOTMD and congratulations on your new dulcimer.  You will find this forum to be friendly and helpful.  If you have any questions on your journey..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: October & November:
"Very interesting reading, David.  By the way, Corena Lucinda "Rena" Hicks was a ballad singer.  She collected her ballads in a "ballit box", which contained..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fair price for a 2003 McSpadden ":
"Depending on how the string slots have been cut and whether or not you can get the nut and bridge out cleanly without damage, you may be able to reuse the..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Sneak peek at a walnut Thomas with Possum Board":
"Happy Birthday, John.  I can't imagine a better birthday for you than building something you love to build.  That sure looks like the makings of another very..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 months ago • comments: 96
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"Major chords are constructed from the 1st-3rd-5th notes of that particular major scale.  "D Chord" = D-F#-A or 0-0-2 Bass String 0 fret = D Middle String..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "A litle confused on string gauges ":
".011, .011, .014, .024 will probably work just fine, but if you want to get the recommended gauges I suggest you contact juststrings.com  They sell single..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Timing/length of notes, and also foot tapping:
"Okay, if I understand your question, let's compare a quarter note followed by two paired eighth notes with a dotted quarter note followed by a single eighth..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Timing/length of notes, and also foot tapping:
"If you are using a metronome and playing in 4/4 time, each tick of the metronome is equal to one quarter note of music.  In other words, four metronome..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 months ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Another string-related question:
"It doesn't really matter.  You can leave it in D-A-d if you wish.  Or you can leave your dulcimer tuned to C-G-c, and tune up when you need to do so.  Both..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 months ago • comments: 44
Posted a new Comment on Dulcerinian Law:
"Ken and Kendra,   You better add the word "dulcimore" to your proclamation.  It, too, should never be used in combination with the word "chromatic". Sir..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on A new Tennessee music box that looks OLD...:
"@Strumelia: "Hey Greg you could make sure the checkers are a tiny bit smaller than the round sound holes...then you could store the checkers inside the box...."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on A new Tennessee music box that looks OLD...:
"Here are some links to further information on the Tennessee Music Box.  First, everyone should be aware that there is a group on FOTMD specifically geared..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on A new Tennessee music box that looks OLD...:
"As the new owner of this instrument, I can attest to its wonderful resonant sound. John is one of those builders you can count on to make you an accurate..."

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Banjimer

Clara Callahan Weave Shop Dulcimer Player 1930


I've been doing some research on Clara Louise Callahan, the dulcimer...
@Banjimer 2 months ago - Comments: 8
Banjimer

William Duke Tester - Beech Mountain Dulcimer Maker


According to Lucy Long in her dissertation on the dulcimer traditions...
@Banjimer 3 months ago - Comments: 6
Banjimer

Standard, Baritone, or Bass Dulcimer Tuning


I know the tuning of the standard dulcimer is usually D-A-A or D-A-d,...
@Banjimer 4 months ago - Comments: 5
Banjimer

Two Zitters in Lititz Moravian Collection


I ran across this article while searching the internet today and...
@Banjimer 2 years ago - Comments: 6
Banjimer

1930s Kentucky Dulcimer Recordings Free Online


The Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress has made...
@Banjimer 2 years ago - Comments: 2
Banjimer

Beech Mountain Dulcimers Millard and Smith Oliver?


What do we know about Millard Oliver and his brother, Smith Oliver?...
@Banjimer 2 years ago - Comments: 6
Banjimer

Ralph Lee Smith Interview Podcast


I've attached a link to a podcast interview someone did with Ralph Lee...
@Banjimer 2 years ago - Comments: 2
Banjimer

Frank Proffitt at Pinewoods Music Camp in 1961


Here is a link to a 1985 article in the Country Dance and Song...
@Banjimer 3 years ago - Comments: 2
Banjimer

Great Resource for Music Theory Group


I came across this resource while browsing in the Chiff and Fipple, an...
@Banjimer 6 years ago - Comments: 8
Banjimer

Nathan Hicks and the Dulcimer He Sold to Maurice Matteson - Where is it now?


In 1933 Maurice Matteson and Mellinger Henry collected ballads on...
@Banjimer 7 years ago - Comments: 2
Banjimer

Frank Proffitt's Grandfather and Civil War Tunes


Frank Proffitt's grandfather, John Wesley Proffitt, was a southerner...
@Banjimer 7 years ago - Comments: 3
Banjimer

Phyllis Gaskins New Book Is Out


A couple of months ago, I pre-ordered a copy of Phyllis Gaskins' new...
@Banjimer 8 years ago - Comments: 7
Banjimer

Schnauffer Tennessee Music Box DVD Available - A Few Copies Left


I can't remember if I saw this mentioned on ED or FOTMD, but Middle...
@Banjimer 9 years ago - Comments: 8
Banjimer

1764 Moravian Zitters or Not?


For those of you that may not be following the history discussions on...
@Banjimer 11 years ago - Comments: 4

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Banjimer
11/15/17 07:49:34PM @greg-gunner:

I have a June Apple dulcimer.  It doesn't have the light silvery sound of the J.E. Thomas  reproductions that I own.  Nor does it have the resonant sound of the larger bodied dulcimers.  The sound falls somewhere in between.  You could probably describe it as a balance between the two.  Keep in mind that Carl and his staff at June Apple Dulcimers manufacture several different models of dulcimers and dulcimer ancestors.  The June Apple model has a somewhat smaller size than other models made by June Apple, so it's not surprising that the sound is somewhat closer to traditional than it is to guitar-like.  June Apple also makes a larger-bodied dulcimer.  I don't have personal experience with the larger model, but I would assume that its sound is more resonant and similar to other dulcimers with wider, deeper soundboxes.  In short, the difference in sound is more  a combination of volume and resonance.  Everything else being equal, smaller-bodied dulcimers have less volume and less resonance.  Larger-bodied dulcimers have more volume and more resonance.  Other factors to consider are the type of wood used, particularly the soundboard (top), and the thickness of the top, back, and sides.  I'm not a builder.  A builder would be more qualified than I to describe the various factors affecting the sound of any given dulcimer.


Richard Streib
11/15/17 06:23:59PM @richard-streib:

Greg,

I saw a post almost a year old about your June Apple dulcimer. How do you like it?

What is the sound like? I tend to prefer more traditional rather than guitar like.

Thanks.


Ralph Lee Smith
08/01/13 08:01:16AM @ralph-lee-smith:

Greg,

Thanks so much for your two messages regarding the Mattesons and the Nathan Hicks Dulcimer. I have just returned from a couple of weeks of teaching, at Western Carolina University and John C. Campbell Folk School, and am busy catching up! I'll take a look at the You Tube segment soon.


Kevin Messenger
07/27/13 04:29:07PM @kevin-messenger:

Greg thanks for the interest. The Prichard is 350.00, plus shipping. I ask for a third down to cover costs and the balance is due when ready to ship. I look forward to talking with you more about the possibility of building you a Prichard , they are great sounding instruments, and are exact copies of the originals. Thanks Kevin.


mary e frantz
07/22/12 05:20:43PM @mary-e-frantz:

Thanks GregI will check them out do you by any chance know a an intermediate instructor around here thanks again mary


Bill Lewis
08/31/09 10:48:58AM @bill-lewis:
Welcome Greg
razyn
08/31/09 10:21:33AM @razyn:
Glad you made it over -- now join us in the Dulcimer Ancestors group, and we'll solve the mysteries of the universe. Or something.Dick
Strumelia
08/30/09 05:12:39PM @strumelia:
Welcome Greg!! :D