Chris.............found some clips of ya on you tube............outstanding...........hope to hear more...........
Fantastic Chris, oh Smiles watched love seeing your dogs and got excited seeing them fetch!
Fun tribute to our Smiley Friend Chris, so enjoyed it!
Smiley didn't sing he wanted to play, but we'll listen to it each day.
No, No didn't get hurt, I was in my farmers snow suit and Smiles and my shovel got me up, just great that Smiley is good support.
Fun seeing your dogs, ya know Smiley would get along with them I bet, especially Beatrix and Toffy.
Love you Chris!
I am touched that you are moved and want to honor Smiley Friend, wish you could meet him.
I look forward to your creative songs.
Smiley truly saved me, just last week he helped me up after I had fallen in the snow, it was -20 and there are countless other times he has helped me and others.
Bless you my Friend!
Chris, I appreciate that you are writing songs about Smiley, I am touched! Maybe these pictures might help with your video.
Thanks so much for your time on this. Also I have a little story about him in the forum; "Show us your Pets."
I wish I was better at computer stuff and taking pictures so that I could help you with this.
Hey Chris, yep Smiley sang this morning....
Smiley howls when I have to leave him, which is not very often. I believe he will sing to music when I leave it on for him those times I leave him alone.
He sings to string instruments and people singing, when the phone rings and I put it on speaker when my Mom calls, he will talk to her.
He also will talk to children...he is funny that way, loves kids.
I am always afraid I will insult one of our "Friends" when I tell them my dog sings to their music, but Smiley is a big part of my music experience and I see it as a fun compliment.
So know that "We" really enjoy your music and sometimes I will need to listen to it a second time when Smiley is out doors....I don't let him know, he always wants to listen to music each day and will ask for it.
WOW Christine, Nationals, I really am a big supporter of yours and had the privilege of seeing your progress.
So very happy for you and will be following you to Nationals.
You go to it Girl, so happy you have shared your success and music with us.
It means so much my friend......
I hope you dont mind me mentioning your big news re qualifying for the Nationals. You have a lot of friends on here Christine who would be as thrilled as me at your news.
Hi Christine.. i've been a bit blue but am picking up. Cant seem to play when blue. I just found a very good guitar builder near by who can add the 1+ fret to a few of my other dulcimers at a reasonable rate. I was gonna get 2 of my favourite standard 4 string dulcimers done for starters... but on watching your clip i think i will get one standard and my baritone Gibson done. Where do u find all those great blues chords my friend. I have been getting a bit frustrated with my limited chord knowledge... i have a chord book but just cant seem to pick out anything i can use.. a bit frustrated at moment... one of those plateaus learning players hit i guess. Hoping getting the Baritone going again will help. I think its my lack or chord theory that is holding me back. I dont know how to build a chord cos i dont know the notes i am playing eg.. u could say, play me a G Helen.. and i wouldnt have a clue. Its why i cant play along with other instruments. But enough whining by me. What other stuff are you working on Christine? H
Thanks for your kind comments Christine...Swinging Doors was gonna be all blues but it took a different direction half way thru and it was kinda pretty so i kept it. Ps. I watch reruns of Lucy most days on cable... i love Ricky's music too.
As for coming over...i am working on my travel issues... i just hope i get there one day. Ps. That baritone sounds wonderful and chromatic will give u so many more playing options. I didnt know u could get a custom Dulciborn or was it cos your great playing vids has helped them sell a whole lot more. Either way, congrats on her. I can now dream of how wonderful it would be to have two Dulciborns in my home. Happy strumming and a pick'n. H x
G'day again Chris..just a quick note.. my Looper came today....WOW!!! WHAT FUN!!! It was your great Beat Buddy compositions that got me interested in effects pedals....thank u so much! Helen
Ps again.....had second thghts and managed to change my order to the Boss RC3...a girl needs rhythm right?...lol. i play a little guitar too, only the basics but i have pickups in my acoustic and elec Epiphone hollowbody guitar (plus in 2 of my dulcimers..including the one with the extra frets).. oh yeah, my Goodtime banjo that i am getting better at has a pickup too. The RC 3 lets u have verse and chorus loops so that will be handy when i figure out what the hell i am doing. Cheers! Helen.
G'day Christine... i hope you and your family and friends are all well. I was just wondering what u were working on musically. I gave up my search for a Dulciborn cos i have gone on to some expensive tablets, so a big spend wasnt gonna be doable. To cheer myself up about that i ordered a very simple Looper (for my very simple tech brain and limited playing and coordination skills). I picked a Boss RC1 .. one loop, one memory but a simple inexpensive way to start. I just want to put something fresh into my writing, make my practise more fun and improve my sense of tempo.. it should be here in a week. who knows, i may even busk with it later on. Hoping it will be fun. I saw a good info session and demo of it on Youtube. I really wanted the RC3 (it has 99 loop memorys and lots of rhythmns) but that will have to wait for my birthday $ to come in, later in the year. Beatbuddys are very expensive here cos of our poor currency exchange rate but who knows.. maybe one day eh. Ps. I put up a video of a simple tune i called Swinging Doors.. nice bluesy start to it (then i lost my way a bit). Happy playing! Helen.
Again, thank you so much for my song Christine. And thank you for giving me the biggest smile i have had in a good ten years. Pardon my ignorance but is MI Michigan? If so, brrrrr it must be getting cold up there. Just tossing ideas around. It might just be a fun pipedream idea for now but i do want to visit dulcimer territory and meet a few dulcimer friends. I have a lot of saving to do but if i do get the $$ and the nerve it might be easier to meet down south (USA). Australians can fly direct into Texas and we could meet up in dulcimer country. Just an idea to dream about. Cheers. Helen
G'day my bluesy buddy... a song for me...waay cool.. i look forward to it. Thanks forthe Youtube link. My tablet broadband signal is crap on a cracker at the moment (an expression i picked up off tv series Mike & Molly). So i look forward to seeing your Christmas songs in the nxt day or two. It sounds like you have been very busy musically... great stuff! I think we need to both take a valium or three in a cpl of yrs (when i have the $) and board our respective planes and meet somewhere to jam as you suggested. I've been trying to find another slide to use in a blues tune other than the 1.5 fret -2 fret that i used in that first blues tune i did (Double Chin Blues). It seems everything i am writing comes back to that slide. I dont want to be a 'one slide wonder'. Any suggestions? Yest i sold a dulcimer to a guy who saw the clip for that tune... i recommended your page to him. His name is Mark but i am not sure if he has joined yet, he is very keen to play blues on dulcimer. I hope Santa finds your place and you keep nice and warm.... bring on the food! ( a day off my diet on xmas day..yay!) Ho..Ho..Ho
G'day Christine... the slide has led me down a slippery path... lol. A Dulciborn is waaay too expensive here as our crummy dollar value adds 45% to the cost plus shipping... but i got the blues bad! I bought a cheap knockoff of a Weissenborn style guitar from an oz online seller i have dealt with before. It has the high nut for slide play and tuned in Open/Special D. It arrived but the proper slide hasnt yet so I've been trying that same tube slide on it and am having a ball. But not neglecting my dulcimrs... wrote another tune this morning and after watching Terry play Oh Shanandoah, i worked tab out for that. I wrote a couple of clawhammer banjo tunes the other day too...having new songs come into my head and hands is a real joy. Happy holidays to you and your family. Its over 100 degrees F here today, and tomorrow, and yest and the day before...you get the picture. Many hot Aussies still sit down to a hot Christmas dinner... lots just have seafood cold meats and salads.
Hey there Christine, i tried a metal guitar slide on dulcimer for blues with lets say 'interesting results. If u want to see what happenned there is a clip on my page titled 'Beginner Slide on Dulcimer'. Have a great festive season.
G'day again Christine. If u need a laugh, i posted my first attempt at the blues the other day. Its called 'Double Chin Blues'. There is at least one ugly chord in it (tab 013) but what the heck, it sure was fun . Even tho it doesnt show, i was rock'n on the inside. Thanks so much for the inspiration and encouragement.
Hi Christine, she is still to arrive...probably another cpl of days. I asked John Keane about how to initially get used to having the extra fret. He suggested ignoring it for first few days so i get used to it being there while i play the tunes i know, then to start experimenting. JAN potts has given me a couple of chords using it and i have Bings blues book and your great videos. Hey, how about getting Bing to join u on stage at the big gig next year? Is that an option?
Did u perform or take any classes at all at the festival u mentioned u recently attended (not that you need any classes possum) I am guessing it was mostly more traditional playing but i love every style really. Each has its own merits. I love the real old Appalachia sound right thru to contemporary and BLUES.
I have had a bad case of DAd (Dulcimer Aquisition Disease). I got the unexpected Ebay Gibson, then took up the chance to get the Richard Troughear aussie timber dulcimer....then fell in love with another of Rons that has a pickup and rare Pecan top, so i am paying it off until Dec. He's adding a 1.5 fret to it for me. Its gonna be a good Christmas! Then i save for the Dulciborn. The aussie dollar is only worth about 65 US cents at the moment (ouch) so buying from the US costs us 40% more the the retail price....plus shipping is about US $70. So i am hoping our dollar picks up next year. Not much hope of an aussie retailer selling a Dulciborn. But i will save and hopefully have one by this time next year.
My only concern with changing over to a 1.5 fret is that my standard dulcimers may become obsolete and i do love them so. Guess is will keep specific styles and tunes for them. I might manage to part with one to help fund the Dulciborn. Gosh i have rabbitted on, havent i? Not like me lol.
Is there something in particular you are working on at the moment?
Cheers Helen x
Thanks heaps Christine. Wow a night performance...that's fabulous...and doesnt surprise me. You are a great player and a born performer. My tip re nerves...play like you are playing for 1 not a 1000.... and lots of smaller gigs between now and then. You do build up a tolerance for feeling excited and sick at the same time. I am yet to play amplified. I scored what looks to be a nice Ron Gibson 6 string with 1.5 fret on Oz ebay for a steal. Worth the risk at the price i got it for. I like Ron's dulcimers , i have 3 already. I hopefully am gonna get one like yours late next year. I cant wait to release the inner 'bluesy' me. Thanks for getting back to me and yes, i will have fun!