Hi, Anne! I can understand how the cello fingerboard on the BD would be a challenge. The sound is wonderful, though. :)
Your busking adventure sounds delightful! And how nice to meet another music friend in-person.
Sending all best wishes to you & yours!
Hi all. been away for ages... The Discovering Dulcimers Facebook page is another really great place to see dulcimer stuff.. Had lots of family health issues to deal with for some time. Some are hopefully improving, but my son's Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is an ongoing problem. Anyway, I hope all's well with everyone here.
As for me and the dulcimer.....I did it at last ... With my baritone... I jwent busking for the first time on Sunday, at our local school markets. A windy day, so not many people, and made no money BUT finally got to meet Richard Cartwright who I was trying to get together with for a dulcimer jam, a local man who's been trying to learn, and a lady who said she has had a dulcimer stored away for years, who I sat down and had playing 'Lady Mary' in about 2 minutes. Being ever hopeful of any recru its, I'd taken my my old kit, which doesn't have the 1+,4+ 8+ etc. on it, for just that reason.The latter two both took my contact details, so fingers crossed. That made it all worthwhile from my point of view ... as well as getting through my first time busking..
One day I'll find SOMEONE here who likes it as much as do I - Actually, that's a bit hard to envisage - alright, someone who'd REALLY like to play it enough to put in some time ...
Just found this little gem on Youtube... Richard troughtear playing one of his dulcimers along with Adrian Kosky
Sadly a busy year at work plus my wife's restaurant, as well as home looking after elderly parents, coupled with operations on 4 fingers for trigger finger has slowed me down a lot - particularly my parents. And my mother in law whose in Mildura is equally a handful requiring two trips.
But as a consolation prize I've been told by my surgeon (a flamenco player) to take up Fingerstyle guitar playing to get the 4 fingers going again and it's been both effective medical treatment and to my surprise I'm getting the hang of it but Tommy Emmanuel need not worry. But I have achieved a lifetime ambition and can now play Classical Gas.
I'll be back on the dulcimer soon. It's actually been of enormous help doing the Fingerstyle guitar. I often work stuff out in terms of melody and chord with 3 strings on the dulcimer and transfer the concept back across to six strings.
Best wishes for you and your family too for Christmas / New Year.
I'm going to Darwin of all places for the third year in a row. 4 grandchildren, 90% humidity, 45 degree temperatures. Can't wait (to get home again!)
Hi @anne-bowman Sorry for the late response! Personally, I don't think any dulcimer handles early or Celtic music quite like an Aeolus does. I've played dozens of different dulcimers, and Aeolus is truly my very favorite especially for fingerpicking!
Hi @anne-bowman ! Yes Randy did publish a tab book to go along with that album, but it's been out of print for a very long time. OCcasionally you may find it on Amazon or Ebay. Thank you so much for the kind words about my playing!
Anne thank you.
Anne, what a lovely artwork of that little guy. What is the medium used? It is great you wrote book on our diminishing wildlife. Our possums are much larger and were a staple food for the early settlers of the Eastern mountain regions, and many still enjoy hunting and eating them. We were in Australia several years ago, from Byron Bay down to Sidney. Saw lots of wildlife when we were in the bush, the Blue Mountains, and marine life diving at Byron Bay. Didn't realize at the time that 9 out of 10 of the critters there can kill you.
Anne, the Eastern North American possum is looks like an ugly rat (except to another possum), they hiss and spit and are very anti-social. But I'm sure group therapy might make them more congenial.
Glad to be your friend, Anne. So you have raised possums. I admire that as any possums I have come across seem rather grumpy.
Hi Anne, Thanks for the heads-up on the bowed dulcimer web site. It got hacked a while ago and Gail hasn't had time to do much more than get that one single page up. I'm hoping sahe'll be able to get to it soon. We'll all look forward to the day when we can play some tunes in person!
Thanks for your welcome. Great to get to meet all on this forum but especially you and Helen both from down under. Best wishes.