Ellen Rice


Location: Olympia, WA
Country: US

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Ellen Rice

Stopping the Stupid Look. Basics for Jam?

My techie sons tell me that ELI5 means "Explain it like I'm Five years...
@Ellen Rice 7 years ago - Comments: 4
Ellen Rice

Playing for Posterity and Pie, June 12, 2015

We're gathering to play Spotted Pony and other dulcimer favorites for...
@Ellen Rice 8 years ago - Comments: 4
Ellen Rice

Mathematicians look at sound holes

The Economist (Feb 14, 2015 issue, pg 71) has an article that is titled...
@Ellen Rice 8 years ago - Comments: 5
Ellen Rice

Can a dulcimer change? Sustain is. . .loud

Hi All,I really love my instrument -- I play at least a little while...
@Ellen Rice 8 years ago - Comments: 17
Ellen Rice

Davis of Gatlinburg - any information?

Tomorrow I am traveling to see a dulcimer that a dear lady bought "from...
@Ellen Rice 8 years ago - Comments: 7
Ellen Rice

The dreaded dotted note - Ashogan Farewell

I am working on "Ashogan Farewell" and it sounds fine in my living room...
@Ellen Rice 9 years ago - Comments: 10
Ellen Rice

Staying in tune up the fret? Challenging . . .

Hi All,I can tune my instrument so it is solidly D-A-d -- but I notice...
@Ellen Rice 9 years ago - Comments: 7
Ellen Rice

How do I play with guitar players at a folk song/60's night?

Hi All,I'll bet this has been addressed here before but I haven't found...
@Ellen Rice 9 years ago - Comments: 22
Ellen Rice

Newbie goes to Columbia River Gorge festival AKA Menucha

Hi Friends, Barbara J has nudged me to "share all the deers!" about...
@Ellen Rice 9 years ago - Comments: 11
Ellen Rice

Tuning using Hertz or a tablet app

My first weeks with the dulcimer were very challenging. The book I had...
@Ellen Rice 9 years ago - Comments: 6
Ellen Rice

Buying a dulcimer online

I know this is a much discussed topic. I thought I'd start a new...
@Ellen Rice 9 years ago - Comments: 46

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Warren May Mahogany Dulcimer need home

Posted: Tuesday September 28 2021, 8:40 PM
By: @Ellen Rice

Computer TAB/Music composing programs. You...

Posted: Friday January 16 2015, 5:51 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Seeking the Imelda Marcos of dulcimers

Posted: Thursday February 13 2014, 6:54 PM
By: @Jan Potts

Wandering in and Figuring it All Out - Six...

Posted: Thursday January 16 2014, 9:12 PM
By: @Ellen Rice

Strung out and needing advice

Posted: Wednesday December 4 2013, 11:59 AM
By: @Ellen Rice

Newbie goes shopping

Posted: Tuesday October 29 2013, 3:39 PM
By: @Ellen Rice


04/03/14 08:59:22AM @strumelia:

Hi REllen, please see my message in your inbox, thanks!

Jan Potts
10/15/13 06:57:09AM @jan-potts:

Welcome to FOTMD, Ellen! I'm always interested in hearing about someone just starting out, what their concerns are, as well as their joys. Many of us started on cardboard dulcimers or student dulcimers that helped us know whether we had any aptitude for this. It would be great if someone could lend you one for a bit and show you some songs and point you to all the great videos on the internet that you can use for your personal instruction--I'd do that if I were closer! I do think it's a good idea to get as good a one as you can afford....but a "good one" might be one that has a pretty voice, or is unique (in a good way), is easy to play and tune....or will look really good hanging on the wall if you decide you like it better as "art"! Grin.gif Good luck in your search!

Ben Barr Jr
10/13/13 10:28:28PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Ellen, 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.


Rob N Lackey
10/13/13 05:50:06PM @rob-n-lackey:

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


Ellen Rice
10/13/13 03:38:22PM @ellen-rice:

Thank you, all kind souls! I am learning a great deal just by poking about the site. My favorite posting so far is from Jim Edwards, who wrote:

Also, did you know that all of the D-Sensitized modes are considered to be drunken modes, since the low and high D's all have an open fifth between them. That is, except for the Locrian mode, which is considered to be a plastered mode, since the low and high D's have a DIMINISHED fifth between them.

HMM, this instrument has more to it that I knew . . .

Karen Keane
10/13/13 02:26:06PM @karen-keane:
Hello and welcome to the site. This is a great place to listen to music and share ideas. I hope you enjoy!
John Keane
10/13/13 08:06:20AM @john-keane:

Howdy and welcome to the FOTMD family!

Jim Fawcett
10/13/13 07:09:34AM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Ellen, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.