Just picked up a beautiful new dulcimer and thought I'd share my excitement (and some photos). This is a beautiful custom instrument by Tony Vines. For those who are interested in specs, here they are:
• Quilted Maple back and sides• Englemann Spruce soundboard• Blue Paua Abalone soundboard purfling• Blue Paua Abalone center stripe on back• Amazon Rosewood body binding• Soundholes bound in Amazon Rosewood• African Mahogany fingerboard• Rosewood fingerboard overlay• Abalone dot position markers• Corian nut and saddle• Spanish Cedar Kerf Linings• Gold Evo Fret Wire (guitar size)• Gold Gotoh Tuners
This is the prettiest dulcimer I own, and it plays and sounds lovely. To say I'm thrilled would be an understatement. :)
Brian, I imagine you haven't been following the Everything Dulcimer discussion since you succeeded in your download. I've used the same HTTrack program to mirror the site on a flashdrive. It comes up with a .wrc extension. I have yet to find a way to be able to open it. What am I missing besides my sanity!?!?
Thanks for the welcome, Brian! I notice that you have the 1.5 fret, which I don't (yet). I'll have a listen now and then to remind me what I'm working towards, and someday I'll have a dulcimer that can play up to my ambitions - even if my talent is lacking. :)
Hi Brian, I am a new dulcimer player and also new to the forum. I found a thread that showed you playing (beautifully!) Norwegian Wood. It's also one of my favorite Beatles songs, and I wonder if you still have tablature that you can share? Thank you.
Hey, Brian, James's monthly tune challenge is in the Call the Tune group. (I saw where you'd wondred about it.)
I'd be happy to build you one. Why don't you e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can talk about it in depth!
Here you go Brian. This list was mostly compiled by Sara Johnson with a few I added. The highlighted ones are ones I already know or are planning on learning in the near future.
Palestine was great and their was a lot of great music and jams. It'll probably be a few days before we get everything together so we can post stuff, but that's what long weekends are for. Glad to know everything is OK with you. Talk with you later.
Hey Brian, it's Karen. I have been worried about you. I haven't heard any recent vids and wanted to check on you. Have you been busy or what?
Thanks Brian, it's nice to make new friends!
Brian, my thanks for your kind comment on Nonsuch, and also for the fact that you took the trouble to 're-post' it. I do not have the faintest notion on what that entails, I can make a reasonable dulcimer, and sometimes get a decent tune or two from one, but can barely cope with this thing lol
Brian my email is email@example.com
Your comment means a lot Brian, for I appreciate your musical attributes. I just do what I do ,lol !
Hope to get some hammered dulcimer time in for a change this weekend, will think of you !
Thanks for comment Brian, just keep them tunes coming, I am really enjoying your recent choices!n I can't remember if I asked before, so am asking now (it's me age ,you know) What Hammered dulcimer do you have?
One on Christmas Eve 2009, and one two weeks before Christmas last year ! I am just about OK now, after a bit of fine tuning, tho' there is the matter of a sticking valve yet to be sorted.............!
This is part of the reason I have had a splurge of making and posting tunes, things yet to done which should have been done ect.
I'm 78, and have seen and done a lot, but only of recent years made music, and I am 'having a blast' as we used to say a few years back.
Its good to know you Brian.
Brian ! Very kind of you to comment on my last video, it helps a lot when musicians like yourself offer encouragement to us not so talented people, I'm a maker who dabbles with playing, but enjoys doing so immensely. After my heart attack just prior to Christmas last, all this is a bonus !!
OOOPS. I got it wrong. It's "King of the Fairies". Maybe you know it now that I gave you the correct name?? If not I did a QUICK search on YouTube for some samples and there are LOTS but here is one I found that has the tempo I'm used to hearing it. Larry C. made a nice arrangement of it.
which was the first time I had ever heard it. Did I mention I took lessons from him about 13 years ago..as an advanced beginner. He asked me what kind of music I liked and I had just gotten an O'Carolan CD (my first celtic music CD) and I was wearing it out. So we worked primarily on Celtic music. It was a great gift he gave me. I'll message you about guitars and lady singers.
Brian--hallelujah! I will CERTAINLY check out every single artist/tune you have mentioned. I LOVE LOVE recommendations (leads)because you never know where the next true passion will come from. Thanks!!
I just listened to a couple more of your vids and they are all so good but you really do a terrific job on Blarney Pilgrim. It's one of my favorites too but I haven't learned it yet. I also like Larry Conger's TAB of "Fairy King". So clean and up to speed, and I'm guessing you get to that point relatively fast, compared to some of us. You have terrific motor skills
Loveacoustic guitar and I always look for good guitarists to buy. Just a sidelite...one of my favorite CDs (when I bought CDs)is by DUO-TONES acoustic surf guitar! Fantastic.
I find the melodies I like through personal recommendations I hearor read about. Don't listen to the radio or buy CDs anymore. I always play my ipod. Do have a few CDs from earlier times, especially Celtic music. When I hear of an artist or song(s) I might like, I sample them ALL on iTunese; every artist, every version, and buy what I want to keep and usually have 2-4 versions of songs I want to learn. Thankful for iTunes AND YouTube where I discovered Kate Rusby, Patty Griffin, Karen Mal, Heide Talbot etc....for myself.I also keep checking my large collection of TAB books to see if I already have a tune once I've discovered it by hearing it (I don't read music). Don't go out much to see live acts. Used to. I do sample from a wide variety of genres too (I have worked out some classical pieces and opera as well as show tunes) but my early interestswere Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Joni, James Taylor so I like all the acoustic guitar stuff most. I think I am always translating the guitar to the dulcimer; didn't know anything about it's history and traditions until I'd had one for 10 years already. I find it interesting to see how people find their music, so thanks for sharing. You seem to have a real feel for international music, so I was wondering how you came across it.
If you post any of your contemp stuff on YouTube I'd love to hear it.