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Strumelia
@strumelia
04/07/20 09:27:30AM
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Whatever happened to singing?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Terry thank you for your kind words!  smile   I did enjoy writing those blog posts.

For the benefit of those wondering, here are links to the two posts on my dulcimer Blog that Terry mentioned:

https://dulcimer-noter-drone.blogspot.com/2010/10/what-ever-happened-to-singing.html

https://dulcimer-noter-drone.blogspot.com/2010/02/i-have-no-musical-talent-at-all.html

Strumelia
@strumelia
04/05/20 02:07:55PM
1,721 posts

Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.


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Am seeing some seedlings coming up in the garden now- of lettuce, carrots, bunching onions, and radishes... these are things that sprout and grow well in the cold Spring weather. They can be direct-seeded in the garden in early Spring, before the date of the last frost.  Exciting to see the tiny baby seedlings pushing up through the dirt!  Now if only the squirrels and birds will leave them alone.

Meanwhile, I've had to get creative concerning the warm weather veggies like peppers and tomatoes.  Most people either just buy started plants (like I usually do) or start ahead of time from seed in their basement under grow lights.
I realized a few weeks ago that it might be impossible to buy started plants next month at the garden store, what with the Covid-19 shortages and everybody suddenly starting "victory gardens" in their yards.  So I had ordered some seed early enough to get some before online sources run out of seed.

I didn't have the typical seed starting equipment or little seedling pots, and I imagined the local garden shop would be already out of all that anyway. So I cut in half a plastic milk jug and a cardboard milk carton, and also had a tupperware shallow container. I filled them with dirt from the garden and planted the seeds of tomato, red and orange sweet peppers, and purple tomatillos.

I had an electric pet warming pad that gives very low heat (as in 85F), like the kind you can put under reptile tanks. I stole it from our cats' bed... LOL.  I sandwiched the heating pad between hand towels in the large wooden tray, and put the planted containers on top and covered loosely with plastic wrap.  Put it in the bright window of the guest room... the only room closed off from the cats, who would likely tear all this up if they were allowed access.  ;) I think I'll get a little table lamp and put that near it as well. (update: borrowed a 60w shop lamp from Brian and set it up overhead as well.)

I think they take 10 days to 2 weeks to germinate, so I'll need to monitor it all to not be either too wet or too dry.

Anyway, here's my crazy setup- I hope I did not waste my precious seed!:

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updated by @strumelia: 04/05/20 03:05:36PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
04/04/20 11:37:49AM
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Balalaika playing video


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Hi Bob!  I really enjoyed that video, and you explain things very nicely!

Your instrument sounds just great and looks like huge fun to play.  jive

Hey I have a helpful tip for you concerning tremolo... I learned this back in my mandolin and and Puerto Rican cuatro playing days.  I see you are moving your hand and your whole forearm when doing tremolo, as though you are trying to strum fast- that just makes it hard on your arm and makes it hard to become fast and delicate. Instead, keep your arm completely still and move ONLY your hand while tremolo-ing.  You'll be rotating your hand at the wrist, best described as hiding a little cheat card in your palm and taking a quick peek at it... but doing this in rapid succession.  Try practicing the tremolo on a single string only,  ...trying to keep your hand relaxed and not moving your arm at all.  It takes some days of practice to 'get' this, but once you do get it you'll find your tremolo to be much easier and more sweet sounding, like a kitten purr.  Most mandolin players will play or strum across multiple strings but then when they get to their sweet tremolo at the end of a phrase they'll often just do it on the string that played that last melody note on, while letting the other strings continue to ring from the last chord but not tremolo on those other strings at the same time. Tremolo is more like a delicate 'tickling' of a string or maybe two strings in an interval sound, rather than fast whole-arm strumming across all strings.  I hope this may be helpful in some way.

Keep up the good work Bob!    Such a pretty instrument and has a sweet sound.  I think the eea tuning is like a different version of the dulcimer's daa..  simply reversed because you play it upright against your body and with your hand wrapped around the neck instead of down on the lap like a dulcimer.

Strumelia
@strumelia
04/01/20 07:03:57PM
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How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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I made a quart of yogurt for the first time yesterday.  To make it i used a quart of milk that was nearing expiration, and for the culture a 1/4 cup from the last of our store bought yogurt.  I incubated it for 12 hours in a cooler that contained a jug of warm water. The result was pretty much perfect yogurt.  Drizzled some of our own honey on our new homemade yogurt, with a chopped half apple and some granola and we had that for breakfast.  :D   I used to make kefir years ago, but I like this yogurt making even better, so looking forward to making more yogurt as soon as I can get hold of some more store bought milk.

For dinner we ate sandwiches with a frugal amount of salami and cheese, but with plenty of fresh alfalfa sprouts Ive been growing in jars in the kitchen.

Last night we watched Burt Lancaster in Birdman of Alcatraz... an excellent and fascinating movie that I remember from my teens, based on a real man, Robert Stroud.  It reminded me of 35 years ago when I used to raise canaries as a hobby... and back then I had a copy of Stroud's book of bird diseases.


updated by @strumelia: 04/01/20 07:14:39PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
03/29/20 05:01:40PM
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How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Dusty for social distancing, you'd have to get someone who has a six foot long pair of scissors...

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Strumelia
@strumelia
03/29/20 03:47:37PM
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Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.


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Not seeing any seeds sprouting  yet  in the garden where I planted lettuce and radish and such several days ago. But might be slow since it's rainy but quite cold still. Will be excited when i see something come up!  Just wish the squirrels would quit digging around in the garden.  Angry   Nuts to them!

But I started some alfalfa seeds in a sprouting jar a few days ago in the kitchen, and the sprouts are growing nicely and will be ready in 3 more days.  Yay, fresh greens!  We love sprouts and I usually do grow them in jars in the kitchen all winter when the garden is asleep and we're craving fresh greens.  I almost always have a jar going during winter. Alfalfa is our favorite because we like mild sprouts that are not peppery. For some reason I didn't do it this Winter, but now with the virus isolation and so few trips to the store and the garden not producing yet, now is the perfect time to start sprouting again!   
I ordered a pound of fresh alfalfa sprouting seed from amazon, but I do have enough seed for another two weeks til the new package gets here.  I'm starting a quart jar size of sprouts every three days which is about what we go through when we eat it often. Each qt jar requires 4 level teaspoons of seed to start it. It's covered with a screen top. Days later when ready to harvest and all greened up it takes up the entire quart jar- amazing. Once you pull it out of the jar, tease the sprouts apart to rinse the hulls off, it's a nice generous amount of sprouts and you just keep them in the fridge in a plastic tub and use them. It takes 5 or 6 days to grow from start to finish.  It's fun and easy, you just have to remember to rinse the jar with fresh water twice a day and drain.

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/25/20 08:52:43AM
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How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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It's been two and a half weeks since I went food shopping anywhere. I found out my favorite restaurant/deli/bakery has put up a website offering "contact free purchasing"... you pick out what you want and pay online, then the next day they email you when your order is ready and you drive there and pick up the shopping bag with your name on it, left in the vestibule with no one else around.  I made an order yesterday. When I get it home I plan to immediately transfer all items into our own bags and containers just to be extra safe. Waiting for the email sometime around midday.
I am sooooo looking forward to a couple of fresh baked croissants, loaves of multi grain and rye bread, and fresh farm eggs this afternoon... it will be such a huge treat!!  Before the VirusTimes, my husband and I would savor going for breakfast there every saturday and sunday. It was our big weekly treat and I'd dream  zzz   of their wonderful croissants.  It's been weeks since I had one, or had bread that hasn't been frozen, thawed, and refrigerated.  :)  
I know we are lucky to have food at all , of course. But this is such a nice pick me up for us during this time of endless days at home while slowly going through our supply of perishables.
Can't wait!
I feel your excitement over the fresh eggs and chicken, Dusty!  pimento

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/24/20 04:18:17PM
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The Drifting Thread...


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Wow, I just found a wonderful site with amazing stories on objects and subjects of all kinds:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

and here's a wonderful story there about an ornate piano once owned by royalty, that was found encased in plaster and buried on a battlefield after WWII...
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/lost-wwii-piano

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/24/20 10:45:28AM
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The Drifting Thread...


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Dusty Turtle:

My daughter cleaned the living room sofa today.  She found 9 guitar picks. WOOPS! 

She was probably disgusted that it wasn't money. (as I would be)

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/24/20 09:02:28AM
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Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.


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Our backyard veggie plots take on a new sense of importance during these strange new times of self isolating. They become like the WWII "Victory Gardens" the govt used to encourage.

I have fresh veggie seeds coming in the mail soon from Park Seed Co. dancetomato   But two days ago it was sunny and 55F and the weather predicted several days of rain and high in the forties for a week.  I couldn't resist- i hoed a little one square yard patch in my garden and planted the leftover 2019 lettuce and radish seeds from last year... might as well use it up and see what is still able to germinate.  Then when the fresh seed arrives I can start some of that too, a week later. I usually direct-seed into the ground the cold-loving things like lettuce, carrots, and radish.
Naturally, the next day all the rain forecasted turned into snow instead and this morning there's two and a half inches of New York snow out there. It'll briefly get up to 45 today and I'm hoping that's enough to melt it all.  I'm thinking those little seeds are still ok and that maybe 1/8 of them might wake up and sprout... hopefully just enough to get a few early leaves of leaf lettuce and a few radishes. The last time I did this same thing, i got zip ... but no harm in trying I guess!  In any case, it was therapeutic to be out there in the sun for an hour digging into the earth.  flower

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/19/20 09:13:30AM
1,721 posts

Creating a new group


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

The state-focused groups here on FOTMD don't get a whole lot of activity, as Dusty said. Especially for states with few and far players and gatherings.

Groups such as the Beginners Group and the Builders Group do have regular activity, and of course our discussion forums and video/audio sections are pretty popular.
We have thousands of discussions here on FOTMD on various interests, so using the Search function can bring up all kinds of site items both recent and older that might be of special interest to an individual.  Try searches for "dog", "feather quill", "TMB", "groundhog", "Farina", "cajun", "Spring" or other words or terms you are curious about...and be prepared to discover some fascinating nooks and crannies of the site. There's a whole lot to see here and enjoy, but it's not all laid out right on the main page.  nerd2  

Facebook dulcimer pages never have old posts- posts are made each day and then sink down out of sight and disappear. So if one prefers to see new posts only, joining or creating a FB group might be another good option to look into.  

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/18/20 07:17:31PM
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How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Yeah, there is some serious stay-at-home action going on everywhere now.

My husband and i are now planning every meal with much forethought and care.  It's really making us appreciate and savor every egg, apple, quart of milk, or fresh banana that we still have. After all the fresh perishable stuff is gone, we'll be digging into dried, frozen, and canned stuff, but that can taste good too.  Made rice and beans on tortillas tonight, with some pan-seared raddichio tucked in.

We take a brisk 1.5 mile walk around the mostly empty county fairgrounds several times a week- it's pleasant and is only a half mile from our house and is open to the public. It's got lots of paved asphalt paths and loops. Only a few scattered people are there at any given time, walking their dogs or with baby strollers or jogging. 

It's such a strange thing to look at a practically empty calendar devoid of 'running out' for various errands, shopping, appointments, or meetings.  tic

Stay well dulcimer friends!  flower


updated by @strumelia: 03/18/20 09:54:35PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
03/18/20 06:59:49PM
1,721 posts

Creating a new group


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Greetings Don, and welcome to the site.   :)

Over the years, there have been a few groups dedicated to players in states that don't have a whole lot of dulcimer players who are active on the internet. After a couple years of no activity whatsoever in some groups, I sometimes delete them. That's in order to make the main Group list a little easier for people to visually sort through.
I'm thinking that a group specific to NH is not going to have much activity (I say this from prior  experience). I'd suggest that you join our NorthEastern US regional Group:
https://fotmd.com/strumelia/group/2/northeastern-us-dulcimer-players
and start some posts or discussions there if you like.
Or perhaps better yet, simply join groups that have subjects you are interested in about playing styles or types of dulcimers (fingerpicking, stick dulcimers, dulcimer traditions, modern playing styles, dulcimer building, etc). There are groups that focus on all kinds of great dulcimer interests!

Thanks Don, and I hope you'll enjoy it here.  music

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/14/20 11:10:32PM
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The "I have small hands" idea


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

@silverstrings, that is inspiring about your hand stretching more over time!  I imagine others will have renewed hope after reading your story.  :)

There's yet another factor helping people with small hands who practice or play often-  I don't think most folks think about how our hands get more nimble with more playing.  New music makers move the hands stiffly or somewhat awkwardly of course, and they also simply think too much before each note. With time our hands learn how to more swiftly and gracefully move, jump, or slide from fret to fret or string to string. We learn how to hammer on, slide a bit, or lift off the string.. all of which facilitate smooth moving along the melody of a tune without needing to purposefully stretch quite as much.  So even if your hands don't stretch very much, it will get easier with time and patience.

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/14/20 12:23:39PM
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The "I have small hands" idea


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

@pmundy , what a lovely and uplifting post and so well expressed about your journey in the joy of music.  Thank you!  sun

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/13/20 09:50:57AM
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The "I have small hands" idea


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

Yeah Ken, it stinks when someone implies in an opinionated way that other ways of playing, methods, or instruments other players use are less valid.   I agree!
That includes dissing: chord playing, noter playing, diatonic frets, chromatic frets, using tab, DAA tuning, DAd tuning, calling people 'sheep', disparaging teaching or group practices, playing jazz or playing hymns, whether someone's instrument is what we consider a 'dulcimer', and in fact includes the entire concept of either traditional or non-traditional being somehow more valid. 

Instead of putting down other people's enjoyment of their preferred way of playing their music, we should all lift up and share our joy in how we can play something, sheesh anything , to begin with!  It's such a privilege that we humans can produce sweet notes that are something we call music. We should be trying to help people achieve their goals in simply playing personal music in a way that makes them happy, helping them solve their problems. We should strive to be encouraging rather than boastful or patronizing, while always, always being respectful that there is more than just our own preference or opinion. We can share the joy of our own ways of playing music without putting others' methods down.

I have to say I think this whole concept of "dulcimer police" is very tired and negative. It may have had its use in the past, but it's time to retire it already. IMHO, perpetuating the idea that other people are being 'police' is in reality just another way to continue dissing others and keep alive an "us vs. them" mindset while boosting our own legitimacy.  To set a good example and actually make a real difference, let's look closer to home and examine our own selves before we push the same old ideas about other people being villains.  nod


updated by @strumelia: 03/13/20 09:51:42AM
Strumelia
@strumelia
03/12/20 09:02:45PM
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The Positive Thread...


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My positive things today:

My husband was finally able to get his pneumonia vaccine...yay!

We had a yummy tortilla dinner by candlelight in the kitchen.

Vacuumed the whole house! ...and now (for a little while at least) it'll feel so nice to walk around the house barefoot.  bananadance

Ah, the little things in life can be so nice.

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/12/20 05:01:38PM
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The Positive Thread...


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Soups are like the most nutritious and comforting meal we can have during these stressful times.

I didn't make soup today, but we're just about to make some smoked salmon w/egg in soft tortillas, with our own home-canned tomatillo green sauce!  grin   Followed by maybe watching a movie in bed.  A little slice of humble Heaven.

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/07/20 10:45:51PM
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What's fer dinner?


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Dusty Turtle:

Strumelia, I was with you until the sardines.

I knew that would happen.  lol!

 

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/07/20 08:46:23PM
1,721 posts

What's fer dinner?


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Last Fall when i was cutting down and cleaning up the veggie garden, I knew the sage plant would eventually freeze and go brown, so I clipped a good cup or so of green sage leaves and chopped them up in the kitchen.  Then i mixed that into a couple sticks of melted butter and a little minced garlic and pinches of salt... (don't 'cook' the sage, just mix it into the melted butter so it stays green) then spooned that into an ice cube tray and froze it. I popped the cubes out and put in a zip freezer bag back into the freezer.

Last night I cooked a box of penne. I gently melted 4 sage cubes in a pan with just a little olive oil. Tossed the hot cooked pasta with the warm sage butter/oil. I dished the sage penne on plates and arranged on top some stewed whole tomatoes (one drained can), a few sardines (you can use chicken or whatever you prefer), and sprinkled all with lightly toasted pine nuts. It was great, and we finished it off for lunch today as well.  grin   For us, it checked all three boxes: cheap, healthy, and yummy!

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/07/20 06:02:10PM
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Where to Purchase Tablature Music for the Dulcimer


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

A-cat, this one site has enough free dulcimer tab of all kinds to keep anyone busy for a very, very long time:

https://dulcimertab.com/click-here-for-tablature-list/

(to be clear, the fellow who started dulcimertab .com downloaded and re-posted the entire collection of tab from Bruce Ford's late great site everythingdulcimer .com)

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/06/20 10:51:54PM
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Where to Purchase Tablature Music for the Dulcimer


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

Hi, I moved this thread to our Dulcimer Resources forum area where it seems to fit best.  Thanks!  howdy

Strumelia
@strumelia
02/21/20 03:59:34PM
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Any banjo players out there?


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Yeah, any instrument that makes you feel happy when playing it is just plain GOOD.  :)

(Cynthia I would love to hear more of you on your kantele- I loved what you posted a while back... so full of feeling and so ...from a Different time and place.)

There are many more gourd banjo makers now than there were ten years ago.  You can actually get a decent playable one for $300 or less.  Gourd banjers are less expensive than regular banjos in general. 

Strumelia
@strumelia
02/21/20 11:50:41AM
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Any banjo players out there?


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Bess, for that tune (from an old WV Hammons family recording) I was playing in clawhammer style. Other times I play in minstrel style and tuning.  Even though the two styles have a lot in common and can look like the same thing to an observer, I do find the actual physical playing styles of clawhammer and minstrel banjo to be different in significant ways other than simply because they use different tunings.  It took me a few years to actually notice that there were these differences.  To this day it takes me a minute or so to mentally/physically adjust when I switch back and forth between those two styles of playing.  There are always some moments of "Uh, what the heck are my fingers supposed to be doing, again?"... lolol.

I do suggest that a beginner decide which of the two styles to concentrate on for a while, rather than jumping back and forth between clawhammer style/tunings, and minstrel style/tunings.  Mixing the two up could be problematic unless you've had at least a year or two of playing one style before exploring the other style.  It's possible to learn both styles at the same time as a beginner of course, but the result would very likely be a hybrid style, so you have to decide on what your personal goal is.

If you mostly just play alone at home or with family you can play however you like without worrying about styles at all.  But if you plan to play with other folks that seriously play one of those styles and not the other, it might not be the best idea to jump into their established jamming group and start playing their customary repertoire in a hybrid style.   ;)   Playing in groups means we try to blend harmoniously and enhance what the group likes to do, rather than sticking out and possibly disrupting what they like to do.  nod


updated by @strumelia: 02/21/20 12:01:08PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
02/21/20 10:57:56AM
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How do I add my new photo or event etc...?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Hi Gayle,

to add your Profile page pic, click on the "profile" TAB in your settings, it will have the place to add the pic to your Profile page.  I see you've already successfully added your pic to your Account TAB in your settings, which is why your posts now show your custom pic.
In your Settings, there are several TABS: Profile, Account, and Notifications.  Please look in each of these tabs to set things the way you like.

I also see that you've successfully added a photo to your Photo gallery section.

The pdf message you shared shows that you either did not add anything in your "Profile/Biography" textbox on your profile page, OR that you tried to add something that is not allowed in the Bio box.  I do see that you've successfully added some simple text already in your Bio box, so that seems to be solved as well.

Please be very specific about exactly what you are trying to do and the steps you took to do it --the more specific you are in describing your problem, the more easily I can figure out what's going wrong for you.  nod

Strumelia
@strumelia
02/20/20 06:07:39PM
1,721 posts

Any banjo players out there?


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Some banjos are loud and beautiful, others can sound mellow and beautiful.  I have quite a few banjos.  My most mellow sounding banjo is my lovely gourd banjo with nylon strings:


updated by @strumelia: 02/20/20 06:08:47PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
02/17/20 04:53:42PM
1,721 posts

You know your dulcimer has a hold on you when...


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Don you wrote me about this a week ago or so, and I responded, but never heard back from you. Can you tell us an example of a particular group you belong to that you have this issue with?  At least then I can check that you already belong to the group, and start from there in helping you.

Also, as I asked you prior:  when you have this issue of not being able to access a group you are a member of... are you sure you are LOGGED IN on the site when you try to access the group?  I ask this because any person who is online looking at fotmd.com would be able to see the site and many of the site pages... but they would not be able to see the content of groups unless they were logged into the site.  If you see your NAME in the top right hand link bar, then you are logged IN.  You should check that because what you describe sounds like that may be what's going on.  To see the contents of any Group you are a member of, you need to be LOGGED IN to the site.

Strumelia
@strumelia
02/14/20 07:40:01PM
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Epinette


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Hobbyhorse... great job!  I like that you were inspired by my epinette built for me by Michael King.  inlove

Strumelia
@strumelia
02/11/20 08:48:23PM
1,721 posts

Changing the order of posts within a thread


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Another way to think about it is-  in the days before there were smart phones or tablets, everyone used to read newsgroups and forums on their desktop computer monitors. Once tablets and smart phones came along, every post or two took up an entire phone screen, and people really began to hate having to scroll through endless screens of their tiny phone screen to get to today's posts in a discussion they were following. People don't like having to scroll through a whole long discussion from start to finish every time there was a new post in it. That's really the reason why so many sites today make sure the most recent posts are first/top and older posts are below them in that order.

Some online forums are still set up the 'traditional' way. When everyone was doing their online reading on large monitors, it made sense to have threads read from start to finish in original order, like a book. Many of us got used to that and it's not always easy to switch back and forth when you follow various sites. But nowadays people mostly prefer to view the latest posts when they check in to see what's new in their favorite discussions. 
I'm sorry that it can't be changed as an individual viewer preference... that's sometimes possible with simple PHP forum sites, but I'm afraid it's not possible on this network platform.

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/24/20 12:19:03PM
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Everything Dulcimer - Closing Down.


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

For clarity's sake, a few things should be noted:
At the time everythingdulcimer closed, Bruce Ford its creator announced he was shutting the site down and deleting the forums rather than choosing to hand it all over to new owners. He had his valid reasons. It was indeed a sad day for so many of us when Bruce's site closed.
The person starting this new site has posted the "About" information that they purchased the everythingdulcimer .com domain in an online auction once it was no longer owned by the original everythingdulcimer owner/creator (i.e. Bruce no longer wanted to keep paying for the domain, and let go of his ownership of the domain name). Unpaid domains typically are made available to anyone interested in buying them. Often they just become advertisement click sites that can have nothing (or something) to do with the original domain's subject matter.  That's just how the internet works.

This new person decided to use the everythingdulcimer domain name and to call their new dulcimer site everythingdulcimer, the same name Bruce Ford created for his site.  They seem to indicate they will also be adding the tabs from Bruce's old everythingdulcimer site, which Bruce kindly made available for download to anyone needing tabs.  As the new ED site owner makes clear in their About section, this new site is not affiliated with Bruce Ford or his old everythingdulcimer site .  Originally, they began a site they called DulcimerJam, but they've now switched to using the name EverythingDulcimer instead.

We wish them well! ... after all who doesn't like as many dulcimer related websites as possible? 
The Everythingdulcimer Facebook page is another existing venue enjoyed by many, which is not connected to this new everythingdulcimer site.
It can get confusing, but there are now four sites to keep distinct in our minds when it comes to "everythingdulcimer" (for those like me who like to keep track of such things, lol):  The original website created and owned by Bruce Ford, now gone.... the Everythingdulcimer Facebook page which was created as an offshoot of the original site for people who like FB, still active.... the DulcimerTab .com site which offers all the old ED site's TAB in addition to adding new tabs over time plus the Teachers and Events section like ED used to have.... and now this new 'everythingdulcimer' site as well. I'm sure the new site will grow quickly, particularly because of the familiar and long respected name and domain.

I do think it'd be good if the new site's owner would actually identify themselves a little more... I like it when sites do that.  howdy

I'm Strumelia, I'm located in New York state. I started playing the dulcimer about 22 years ago and was an active member of Bruce Ford's everythingdulcimer site for about fifteen years, also the "SweetMusic Digest" before that. I started Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer ( FOTMD.com ) ten years ago and I run it with the help of several dedicated volunteer moderators who are very generous with their time and assistance on the site. bowdown  You can contact me directly anytime by email at the link at the bottom of every page here.  I'll respond right away with site help if you need it.  I wish I could give my real full name here, but alas I must discourage stalking incidents ...because Internet.  So I generally just go by 'Strumelia' here on FOTMD.  kiss

Best wishes to the new mountain/hammered dulcimer site!


updated by @strumelia: 01/24/20 06:52:17PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
01/21/20 05:31:34PM
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My Husband Has Become Interested...


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

McSpaddens are known to be well made and are very reputable.  Also, you can contact the company if you ever need assistance or have questions.

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/17/20 11:14:44AM
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Embedded video from YouTube not showing up?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Dusty and Robin are both correct on how to add videos.  :D  I'll also add this:  videos added to the main Video section that we host here (by adding them from your profile page using the + button) must be non-copyright material and must feature yourself playing or singing etc.  Videos added to your discussion post as part of a discussion can be of any video, it's just linked/embedded as part of a discussion and is not part of FOTMD's video or audio collection.  howdy

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/15/20 09:51:47PM
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Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hi there Marc, and welcome!

To answer your question- yes any videos or audios of the playing of non-public domain tunes/songs must be added to posts in the Rockin Free World group.  That is to keep our site's Video and Audio collections free of copyrighted materials that are part of our hosted collections.  Doesn't matter if you arranged the version or not in this case. 
(And of course if you composed your own material you can post it even if you copyrighted it..you own the copyright.)

Hope you enjoy it here..  bananawave


updated by @strumelia: 01/15/20 09:52:52PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
01/15/20 09:35:38AM
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New to me, Q’s on nut/bridge fit and strings.


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

Having all strings in tune when open but all sounding sharp when fretted... in this case with the photos I think it's fairly obvious that two factors are causing this-  the action is too high (causing the strings to overbend and pull sharp when fretted), and the nut (and maybe bridge too) is leaning in towards the center (causing the scale to be artificially shorter while the frets remain in the same place, causing sharp fretting).  The pix show poorly fitted nut and bridge that were put in later, perhaps the originals had their slots altered too much and messed up. The dulcimer is a Berg and thus highly unlikely to have its frets in the wrong position. 
This dulcimer deserves to have a nice well fitted new nut and bridge.  And of course lovely new strings once that's done.  :)


updated by @strumelia: 01/15/20 09:37:15AM
Strumelia
@strumelia
01/14/20 09:33:45AM
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Modern Sheet Music/Tab?


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

@geezer , I agree with what Brian G advised.  With your experience, there really is little need for you to be looking for tab books.  Though dulcimers are not tuned to the same intervals as guitars, thus you'd have to learn different fingerings and chords than you use on your guitar.  But you should be able to figure out lots of contemporary tunes you already are familiar with, on your own.

If you read sheet music, you can skip looking for dulcimer tabs books and instead do google image searches for tunes you want to play.  Keep in mind that if a tune is contemporary, it will more likely be under copyright and this limits your ability to get copies of it for free and/or online... whether it's dulcimer tab, standard sheet music, guitar tab, etc.

@Gennaro - there are skilled dulcimer players around who play complex modern music, blues, baroque music, etc on their dulcimers, and they do it beautifully.  But do keep in mind that mountain dulcimers were created in the 1800s in imitation of yet older European folk instruments that were used by 'common folk' to play relatively simple folk tunes and hymns... hence the diatonic fretboard and traditional basic tunings using the tonic note and a fifth for the most part (DAd, DAA).  It's a little more challenging to play modern or complex music on a diatonic dulcimer than it is to play such music on a chromatic six string guitar.  Some people who play various types of instruments will have different repertoires that they choose for a particular instrument, based on what that instrument is best at doing. There are no actual limits, but know that some things can be easier or more challenging!
If you play other instruments as well, you have a general musical jump start and advantage.  But, you won't be able to play the same fingerings/chords you are used to between dulcimer and guitar or banjo.

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/10/20 08:12:03PM
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Pick noise


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

You can try a thicker pick to soften that pick clicking noise.  Or you can try angling the pick differently.
Some people (myself included) actually like that pick clicking/percussion effect and use it as part of our personal playing sound.  One person's "bad habit" may be another person's 'bonus effect'!  hamster

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/09/20 07:05:00PM
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What's fer dinner?


OFF TOPIC discussions

I finally made a batch of garlic rosemary jelly today.  Yielded 18 jars, 8oz (1 cup) each. That's four and a half quarts...over a gallon if you like to overthink these things, as I do.   lolol

Not sure whether this recipe is the one I'll stick with (it was a little vague on a couple points), but so far the hot processed jars look good, sealed well and 'pinged', and are beginning to set up.  The whole house smells like garlic and rosemary! 
I had to buy the rosemary in the supermarket since the garden is long since put to bed for the winter. It was organic sprigs of rosemary and lots of it, thus was pretty expensive.  But the other ingredients were not too pricey... the garlic, white wine, vinegar, pectin, and sugar.
18 nice little 1 cup jars... should last me a couple of years as long as I don't give too many away.  grin

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/05/20 07:36:12PM
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Your next performance?


OFF TOPIC discussions

Your brief "deer moment" just made it all the more appealing, because we can all so easily relate to moments like that in our daily lives.  surprised     grin


updated by @strumelia: 01/05/20 07:40:39PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
01/05/20 06:43:42PM
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Your next performance?


OFF TOPIC discussions

I watched your performance Sandi (and some parts of the service as well) at
https://livestream.com/accounts/6164779/events/8950700/videos/200482706

- Sandi's group starts playing at the 18 min 30 second mark BTW... if you want to get right to the dulcimer music  ;)

I have to say that was a BEAUTIFUL song, and just beautifully played by everyone in turn in your group.  Truly delightful and full of joy!  The melody of that song is especially lovely, the way it dips down sometimes.  What is that song/hymn called?  It's wonderful and you guys ALL did a fantastic job.  It's also great how your sweet little Feather dulcimer sings out bright and clear like a little bird.

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/04/20 06:27:58PM
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Practice tips


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Lisa Golladay:

Another good idea (which I rarely follow myself, I must admit) is to record yourself now and listen again a few months later.  Sometimes this can be encouraging and other times it can be dis-heartening, but it's the one surefire way to see how much progress you're making.  It also tells me, with painful clarity, what I need to practice next. duck

Another good consequence from recording yourself is not only to do it in order to LISTEN to how you are sounding, but in a video (made for your own use only) it's helpful to SEE how you are playing.  It's surprising how one can see certain bad playing habits we didn't know we had.  Stuff like maybe too much arm motion, poor posture, bad finger fretting position, facial grimacing, stiff shoulders... all things we might not be aware of until we SEE ourselves doing it in a video.  blush

 

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