Ballad Gal

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

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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 • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Enter FOTMD's 10th Birthday Pickled Dulcimer Contest!!":
"14"
Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Restringing advice":
"Lisa, if you mean that the tabs are showing the D on the bass string as d, then that would confuse anyone! Capital letters C - B are how we indicate notes in..."
Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "It's a what?":
"I've never heard of an Array mbira before. Sounds pretty. Looks kind of scary though!Array mbira"
Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Liked a soundcloud item created by @chris-hornby: Trasna-na-D'tonnta (Over the Waves)
Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Instruction books for DAA Noter playing":
"Yet another good book for DAA (or CGG) Ionian playing is Moods of The Dulcimer by Virgil & Norman Hughes. In the entire book there's only 7 songs with..."
Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • 3 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Jessica Comeau- Wild Mountain Thyme:
"I've had this bookmarked for over a year. Though I play noter & drone style and do play Wild Mountain Thyme, i love your arrangement! Ann"
Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on video- Folk Legacy 1975:
"Thank you for posting this--I enjoyed it and I've bookmarked it. I have some old LP Folk Legacy and Folkways recordings that I still pull out and play. I..."
Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • 4 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on (another) Berea Traditional Gathering Video - 2019:
"David, glad you and Karen found the video and enjoyed it!  ...And yes, Ken, I too hope I'll be back to Berea for more next year!"
Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • one month ago
@ballad-gal is now following @david-bennett
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Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • one month ago
@ballad-gal is now following @dan
Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • one month ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on (another) Berea Traditional Gathering Video - 2019:
"Thanks everyone for your kind comments. Yes, Dan, you may post a link to the video on your website. Ann"
Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • one month ago • comments: 15
Created a new Group discussion "(another) Berea Traditional Gathering Video - 2019":
"In addition to our time in Berea, this video includes the side trip my friend & I took to the dulcimer museum in Hindman, KY, some other sights, and a..."
OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players
Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • 2 months ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering:
"Yes, I'm #10 in the photo. Thanks, Lois, for identifying me!  Ann Finley"
Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • 2 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering!! 2019:
"Many thanks to all of the organizers of the Berea gathering--it was really great fun! Since coming home I've enjoyed Bobby Ratliff's photos as well as David..."
Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Low priced kits":
"Cedar Creek Dulcimers has a Red Meadow kit starting at $139.99. Red Meadow & other kits I have the Classic Walnut kit (shown at the top of the page) made..."

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Ballad Gal

(another) Berea Traditional Gathering Video - 2019


In addition to our time in Berea, this video includes the side trip my...
@Ballad Gal one month 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 3 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 6 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.

Ben


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.

Ken

"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.

Rob