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dulcinina
 
@dulcinina • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How to form a local dulcimer group":
"Thanks for the pointers, Dusty.  I'm getting together with a couple group leaders and getting their input as well.  Then I'll contact a couple possible..."
dulcinina
 
@dulcinina • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Yes, you will love that porch.  Ours was put on in the spring and it's the best investment we ever made in our home.  Morning coffee, meals anytime it suits..."
dulcinina
 
@dulcinina • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How to form a local dulcimer group":
"I'm in Somerset, KY, 75 miles south of Lexington."
dulcinina
 
@dulcinina • one week ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "How to form a local dulcimer group":
"I've been asked to head up and form a dulcimer group in my community.  I was part of one a couple years ago that someone else started and it folded after..."
dulcinina
 
@dulcinina • 3 weeks ago
@dulcinina is now following @robin-thompson
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@dulcinina • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Thumb pick":
"Marge, what kind of glue are you using on the leather?  Post a picture of your leather thumb slide if you can.  I tried a thumb pick for a slide but wasn't..."
dulcinina
 
@dulcinina • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "We made the paper (in a good way)":
"Of all the activities mentioned, you're the ones who had the picture in the paper. Always good to be recognized and appreciated. "
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@dulcinina • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Can any one tell me what these are called?":
"Thanks, Dusty.  The search is on for a thin board.  Can't wait to take the limberjack to my next dulcimer meeting."
dulcinina
 
@dulcinina • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Can any one tell me what these are called?":
"I was thinking about limberjacks just a few days ago.  In the back of my mind I of sort of remembered having one.  Went down into the basement and sure..."
dulcinina
 
@dulcinina • 2 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Museum of Appalachia Pt II:
"Nice, Dave.  I love the Museum of Appalachia and plan to go back soon. Dulcinina"
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@dulcinina • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Awesome Dulcimer Camaraderie":
"The Berea group will begin playing at the Visitor Center (depot) on June 20th from 2-4 and will play each Tuesday during the summer. There is no set play..."
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@dulcinina • 2 months ago
@dulcinina is now following @sleepingangel
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@dulcinina • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Awesome Dulcimer Camaraderie":
"Hey Dulcimerjones, I go to the Nicholasville group when I can.   I think we were partners in the finding "Do" exercise. Yes, come to Berea sometime. "
dulcinina
 
@dulcinina • 2 months ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Courage to play publicly:
"Thank you Dusty and Jill for the encouragement and suggestions. I've begun making a list of songs I'm comfortable with and am glad to hear that 20-30 minutes..."
dulcinina
 
@dulcinina • 2 months ago
@dulcinina is now following @jill-geary
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@dulcinina • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Awesome Dulcimer Camaraderie":
"Today my dulcimer group from Berea KY got together with the Hindman KY group who came to Berea for a day trip.  After they ran around town they came to our..."
dulcinina
 
@dulcinina • 3 months ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Courage to play publicly:
"Yesterday I played in an assisted living facility with a group of dulcimer players.  It was a step toward my goal of playing for residents in a nursing..."
dulcinina
 
@dulcinina • 3 months ago
@dulcinina is now following @strumelia
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@dulcinina • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Are you playing on your porch today? -Aug 26, 2017":
"We had a screened in porch built on the back of our house in February.  Our back yard is long and narrow and completely private.  I have 2 wicker rockers, a..."
dulcinina
 
@dulcinina • 3 months ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on @doug-reid:
"Hi Doug, You've already made a good start by joining a group.  Search for beginner mountain dulcimer on YouTube and check out Bing Futch.  Ask your dulcimer..."
dulcinina
 
@dulcinina • 4 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Capo positions, tunings, chords and other wonderful things":
"Just watched your you tube demo of the capo.  What a great educational video for novices like me.  And I loved the sound of the dulcimer you are playing...."
dulcinina
 
@dulcinina • 4 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Right thumb killing me":
"Thanks everyone.  The exercises will be very helpful, Ken. Marg, what kind of strap do you wear for your thumb? I know I have arthritis in my thumb so I'll..."
dulcinina
 
@dulcinina • 4 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Right thumb killing me":
"I'm a strummer and practice/play at least an hour each day.  I also play with 2 groups a week which amounts to 2 hrs each of playing with them.  So I think I..."
dulcinina
 
@dulcinina • 4 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Right thumb killing me":
"A week ago my rt hand thumb hurt so bad I couldn't play.  It's mostly in the joint and meaty part of the thumb.  I could not hold a pick. No, I do not have a..."
dulcinina
 
@dulcinina • 4 months ago • comments: 26
Posted a new Comment on Careless Love, Kala Waterman Uke:
"Hey Cynthia, I just watched your video of Careless Love.  I love that song and you sang it so nicely.  Now I want to learn it on the dulcimer.  Nina aka..."

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@dulcinina 5 months ago - Comments: 19

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Cindy Stammich
05/03/17 10:37:55PM @cindy-stammich:

Hi Nina,

Music is such a wonderful thing for folks in a nursing home!  Thank you for playing! 

I have played different times over the years at a local nursing home.  One thing that seemed to work well was to just set with your instrument out in the hallway in an area where the residents are somewhat mobile.  Ask them to come out in the hall if they want to.  It keeps the group very small and personal, you can play a couple of songs and then move on down the hall. 

I found this to be very helpful when I was first playing in public.  And the residents love it!  It is a WIN WIN situation! 

Good luck with your endeavors!HUG


Strumelia
01/10/17 11:44:43AM @strumelia:

Hi Nina, please ask your site question in this forum so that others may benefit from the questions & answers:

http://fotmd.com/forums/forum/site-questions-how-do-i


Rhonda Sorrells
09/09/16 07:54:16PM @rhonda-sorrells:

Nina, I am glad if my note was helpful.  I am so glad you are deciding to give this kind of visiting a try.  It's great that you have someone else to go with you, too!

Even though my daughter and I no longer do the "room" visits, we do play as part of our string band at least twice a year at the home in our area.  We try to go in summer and play lighter, faster kinds of tunes, and then closer to Christmas.  We play, pass out Christmas cards and candy canes, and just visit. 

One thing I forgot to mention about visiting.  We always got our flu shots out of the way before visiting==for our protection as well as the people we were visiting.  And any time we were not feeling well, we felt obliged to cancel or reschedule our visit.  A bad cold to a healthy person could be very serious to an elderly person.

I, too, sometimes find navigating FOTMD not easy.  But if it helps, you might want to make sure you are signed in before trying to view replies.  Earlier today, I couldn't see any replies to posts I had made a few years ago...until I signed in and there they were!  (Or maybe it was just something else I did wrong!)

I had originally posted in the Dulcimer Therapy group.  If you scroll up to the very top of the home page or your page, (up where the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer banner is), you will see Groups.  Click there and you can scroll down the page and select the Dulcimer Therapy group.  Click on that and you will see any past discussions.

Hope this helps!  Let me know how things are going!

P.s. I have family near Beaver Dam, KY.  My dad was from Sunnydale (near Hartford and Beaver Dam).

Rhonda

 


Rhonda Sorrells
09/09/16 03:33:42PM @rhonda-sorrells:

Hello Nina smiler.  I was unfortunately unable to continue the individual room visits in the nursing home because of some health and scheduling problems, but I learned quite a bit with the visits we did make....

 

First, be ready to talk with the person you are visiting.  This may sound like a no-brainer, but be prepared to introduce yourself and then ask them about themselves.  I was surprised at how much people just wanted to connect.  After my daughter and I played for them, we often stayed to talk for a good half hour....of course, this reduced the number of people we could end up visiting that day.

 

Use your manners....Another no-brainer, but remember to knock on the door and ask permission to come in to visit before barging in with instrument, stand, and other paraphernalia in tow.  Ask before sitting down in the bedside chair or other furnishings.  Ask if they would like to hear you play your music!  Some people were napping, for example, when we arrived, or had a roommate who was ill or napping.

 

Less is more.  We made up a binder of about 10 songs.  At each room we maybe played only 2 or 3, but it was nice to have a selection to let them choose from. 

 

Young ones win the day....my daughter was the hit of almost every visit.  It does seem as if the very old are drawn to the very young.  I made sure she had at least one song to sing as I accompanied her, and everyone loved it.  Plus, she is more extroverted than I am, so that helped keep conversations going!

 

Don't be afraid to reach out and touch.  A gentle touch on the back of the hand or arm can go a long way to let someone know you care, especially when they are in an environment which is largely "clinical". 

 

Other odds and ends: we brought a single, metal folding music stand (we shared the music), our music binder, a folding camp stool (one of the small armless kinds), and some Germ-X and or antibacterial hand wipes all held in a canvas bag.  And of course, my dulcimer.  I left the dulcimer case in the lobby area and just carried the instrument room to room instead of constantly packing/unpacking it.

 

We made sure to use the hand sanitizer or wipes out in the hall before entering our next room.

 

At the beginning of our visit, we checked in with the activities director who gave us a list of names and room numbers of residents she thought might be interested in a visit, along with any pertinent information we might need to know.  For example, if someone was hearing or visually impaired.  Keep that list for your next visit, and try to make notes of which people you visited and which ones you didn't so that you can try to visit them next time.

 

Our visitations were very satisfying and very appreciated by residents and staff, alike.  We often saw smiles as staff would pause at a resident's door while passing down the hall.

 

I hope this helps.  Let me know if there is anything else I can help with!

 

Rhonda


Rob N Lackey
10/30/15 09:39:21AM @rob-n-lackey:

Welcome, Dulcinina, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven.  Hope you enjoy it here.

Rob

 


John Keane
10/30/15 07:07:41AM @john-keane:

Howdy and welcome to FOTMD!


Ken Longfield
10/29/15 09:37:47PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD Dulcinina. It's good to have you aboard.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


Benjamin W Barr Jr
10/29/15 09:09:21PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

HI Dulcinina, 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


Jim Fawcett
10/29/15 06:51:25PM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Dulcinina, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.