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He there Carrie, sorry i have been out of touch....got caught up in the non musical world (eek!). How have you been blossum? Are you still playing banjo and dulcimer. How is your body treating you? I have finally had a chance to dive head first into the new site. I found the key to getting going on it n again is to make a comment on the drifting thread and then i started to feel part of things again. But u might be busy with other stuff. I am still playing dulcimer plus learning banjo picking (open back), plus didge and trying to m improve my guitar playing cos its handy for joining in at the local folk group that meet twice a month here. I love my banjo.. have just learnt my first song... Skip to My Lou with what i think is caĺled a reverse roll picking pattern. As for life, well, its been 'interesting'. Do uou still get to play with John and Karen? Hope you are well. Helen xx
Glad to see you made the cyber space jump, Miss Tizzy.
Sorry for the delayed reply. Thanks. This is a wonderful place!
Yes! and thank you. I'll be walking with you through the next one...
Saw you wrote back in spring of '13
(Love the sound of the dulciborn, tempting doesn't cover it, LOL!)
That's been awhile, think you will ever get one. John Hawk &Frank Ledgerwood, both members of FOMD sell them. John has a video on Gold Tone's site & several playing with someone & Frank has several - 3 onwww.dulciborn.com/videos.html.
I'm thinking of getting one through Gold Tone, I e-mailed the company with a question andWayne Rogers, the owner replied.
They all are very very nice people & the instrument sounds like it would make angels smile.
Hope you are doing well, happy fall
G'day again Carrie, sorry, I was just about to reread your reply and I seem to have lost it. So I may repeat myself here. I hope you get good $$ for the Macs. After a lot of umming and ahhhing I eventually decided to get one of the three dulcimers on my wish list.....a mid sized Scheitholdt from Jack Ferguson. Was keen on a six string from Ron Gibson but just cant be sure my dodgy finger would cope.. I have chosen some lovely marbled cherry for the Scheitholdt and we are discussing cutouts etcby email each day. I think I am driving Jack mad, but he is being great about it. It will be a great addition to my little Mill gig cos I always tell people about the history of the md. My Minstrel banjo is going very slow, but the instructional dvd I ordered finally turned up today so I should start progressing better with that. I really need to see something to learn it. Just reading it doesn't work for me. I hope you are coping with the summer heat ok. I just loved the clip with Karen and John. You guys are so cool together. I hope the body is hanging in there and you are keeping busy. Cheers , Helen
G'day young Carrie, how are ya possum? Thanks for the reply to my earlier message, I too, don't get on here as much as I used to due to a few new commitments. Just a quick question Carrie, I recall reading a while back thatyou were thinking of selling some of your dulcimers so you could go Folkcraft like Karen and John. I am yet again putting myself in the poor house looking for another dulcimer and thought I check if you had anything pretty u were thinking of parting with. No worries if you aren't. Just checking my sweet.
Thank ya for th' hug Miss Carrie ... an' hug ya back, front, upside down. Very nice of you to say 'Howdy'.
Hey there Carrie, how are you going up there. I hope all is good with you and your family. How's the body treating you....better than usual I hope. Well after the winter you guys had I bet you're enjoying the warmer weather. We have just hit winter down here and although my area is considered one of the coldest in Oz, its pretty mild by US standards....just rain and frosts and if we get lucky a light dusting of snow one morning. My doggies are going to bed in their PJs with me at night.
How is your banjo going possum? Have you picked up a few more tunes on her? I surprised myself the other night and started fingerpicking on my baritone md. I find I can best manage it if I anchor my thumb to the side of the fretboard so that my first finger picks the melody string...from your videos that seems to be how you play (or do I have that wrong?). I will post a video of my first tentative venture into finger picking soon. I am currently playing a slow version of Happy Land that includes some picking patterns and brushes. Only thing I cant figure out is how I could do a pinch....or can I get away without pinches. I am finding that arrangement wise, less seem to be more. That simple notes with just an embellishment here and works best for me. I do love the sound of fingerpicking on a baritone. Just need to grow my nails a little bit. Brushing the strings with my fingers is fine but there are times I would like to put a little more emphasis on something, and a little nail actionmight help with that.
My Bell Minstrel Banjo is due for shipmentto me this week (finally). It got delayed when Terry Bell became quite ill and then there was a mix up....but hopefully this time she will head on down here. She's a Boucher reproduction but I got them to paint it the same dark honey colour of Lisa's Stichter. I am looking forward to learning how to frail. I have watched a few videos online of it. Oooh , nearly out of battery power on here, had better go. Happy strumming and plucking possum. Helen xx
Thank you, Carrie, for watching my Oh Susanna video. I loved Jan Potts' version of it and was determined to learn it - but somehow, the result is different.
Thank you, Carrie, for commenting on my "Wildwood Flower" video. It's so kind of you to listen and to praise me.
Thank you Carrie. We lost Max last October and still miss him sorely. I am having Mike Clemmer build me an MD in honor of Max. He was really special to my wife and me.
Please keep sharing your beautiful music with us!