I haven't been on the site for a while, so that's why I
didn't respond right away. As it turned out, it was a learning experience for the music teach as well because she didn't know any of the daa dulcimer chords. She just had them play the melody on the melody strings. I told the sixth graders that they can actually play melody on any of the strings and not just the melody string. To show them, I retuned to dad and played Wayfaring Stranger on the A string (B minor). It was an "AAhhaa" moment for them.
Anyway, hope all is well with you. We are in the middle of a heat wave here. 100 tomorrow. YUK!!
Sorry for the delayed response to your kind welcome, Cynthia. I'm a native of Georgia and a resident of South Carolina by marriage! I spent my youthful summers in the mountains of north Georgia and western North Carolina. I'll look for Wigginton road in my travels.
I'm glad to be able to play noter/drone since I have very limited mobility of my middle finger on my left hand. Can't play the bass guitar anymore, so I've switched to mtn. & hammered dulicmer and bowed psaltery. Still can't play any of them worth a flip, but I'm having fun!
Thank you Cynthia. Yes, The Villages Beginning Dulcimer club that got me into playing is a great group and really helps us newbies get started. I do love to play the Covered Bridge Waltz as you noted. Love this site--so fun and so useful.
Thanks so much, Cynthia. Some day I hope to be able to play that mash up (and find the tabs for it!). I have relatives in your area - maybe we will strum together some day!
A short while back, I got to share chords in DAA tuning with the 6th graders at my school. The music teacher has a bunch of cardboard instruments for teaching the dulcimer, and she didn't know the chords. She was doing only melodies with a pick and noter. It worked out pretty good for the kids, as only two or three actually knew what a chord was. So I kept it simple with D, G, A & C, and that we use all our fingers, including the thumb, to play the dulcimer. Most of them took to it like a duck to water. Next Wed. the school is having a talent show and two of the 6th graders are playing a tune in it. I think Good King Wenceslaus. I get to play a tune also. I'll let you know how it goes.
Thanks for your nice welcome.
No fretting here, just full of frets.
Happy to see a thriving online community.
Hi Cynthia, just followed you, perhaps you could do the same so we can talk about Uke and MD.
Hi Cynthia! So you lived in France??? How long did you live there? Just wondering
Have you been playing? I hope so!
Hi Cynthia! Thanks for the welcome. I have fond memories of your state, hiking in the Green Mountains, visiting Stowe, sailing down from Quebec.... lovely country!
Se vuoi podere communicare con altri qui, devi accetare "follow Cinzia". Come questo possiamo communicare privatamente senza annoiare tutti bli altri lol. Non credo che viaggero piu fuoiri degli Stati, ma qui sa, non? Mi faceva molto piacere di conoscerla anche a me - di dove sei in Italia?
Complimenti per il tuo italiano, Cynthia! Che bello conoscere qualcuno che parla italiano e svedese. Sei molto gentile, grazie per il messaggio. Spero che tu riesca un giorno a venire in Scandinavia!
Hej Cynthia, tack för din snälla meddelande! Jag är faktiskt inte svensk - jag är italiensk, men bor i Sverige där jag pluggar Nordiska språk. Jag älskar Skandinavien. Lycka till med svenskan! Säg till om du behöver hjälp med språket.
Hälsningar från Uppsala!
Thanks for the warm welcome. I like this site and the people just amaze me. I am trying to find a Dulcimer that I will like to start playing on. There doesn't seem to be any stores local though. I may have to travel down to WV to sample some dulcimers.
Hi Cynthia: Thank you for your warm welcome. I love the area you are in, including the Vt. Bread store, nearby.. I will keep you in and your group mind if in the area. This site is amazing.. I didn't know it existed until a friend mentioned it.. Enjoy and think spring, Janis
Hello Cynthia Wigington. Yes, we met at Kingdom Mountain Dulcimers and glad you are progressing with your dulcimer activities!
Thank you Cynthia! The builder near me is Mike Clemmer of Wood n Strings.
Thank you Cynthia!
You know, I was wondering if that was the case! Thanks so much for confirming!! I have joined that group, too, thanks. :)
... and thanks for the tip about Backyard Music! Awesome option!
Thank you kindly, Cynthia! I am so tickled to find a place where beginners are welcome! I see that you are interested in Sacred Harp -- I am interested in that, too.My antique shop find came with a 2-year-old receipt for recut nut and saddle grooves, a new screw for a string hold, and restringing -- from a local violin shop!
Whether because the previous owner was left handed or because the violin shop didn't know any better, it appears to be strung upside down. The wooden peg for the base string looks like it might have a tendency to slip a tiny bit if I'm not careful to seat it well, and I also suspect that the dulcimer's action may be considered high (I am clueless, but did the nickel/dime test).
Since I don't really know how to tune it yet, I can't tell anything about its intonation ... and in comparing its fretboard to contemporary ones, I don't think it has the 6+, etc. frets. But perhaps someone can tell me from the attached photo? :)