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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
1,736 posts

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
1,736 posts

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
1,736 posts

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
1,736 posts

Your next performance?


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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
1,736 posts

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
1,736 posts

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

 

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/04/20 05:06:16PM
1,736 posts

Practice tips


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@susie , I do that as well!  (try to end whenever I play or practice on a good note... or maybe even a few good notes if I can!)  giggle2

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/04/20 01:23:42PM
1,736 posts

Practice tips


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

(I've removed a member using a fake account with ill intentions.
Sorry for the interruption in this perfectly nice and useful thread. Carry on everyone, thanks!)  smiler


updated by @strumelia: 01/04/20 05:03:34PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
01/03/20 08:47:10PM
1,736 posts

I only see original post in a discussion, not replies..?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Awesome!  Yeah that Dusty Turtle is a real pip.  frog

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/03/20 10:44:51AM
1,736 posts

Practice tips


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

That's cool, Ken.  But some folks find their playing improves when they 'practice' in some manner. And if they're struggling with their playing and don't practice to improve it, then that's no fun either... it's more just frustrating.  Maybe their playing is not 'fun' to them in that case. Some types of practice just are fun for people, or at least interesting and challenging.

I don't do formal practice either- I tend to think of my playing as practice. But for many people, their normal playing can repeat poor techniques or playing habits, whereas a structured practice or exercise can help them correct poor playing habits and improve techniques. If your playing does not improve on its own over time and doesn't make you happy just as it is, then practice or exercises can help!

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/02/20 09:25:19AM
1,736 posts

What's fer dinner?


OFF TOPIC discussions

For New Year's Day yesterday, I made us a hearty vegetable soup.  I figured it has beans in it, and beans are often a 'good luck' item to eat for the new year in various cultures.

In Winter, i tend to include more root veggies in my soups.  This soup yesterday was made from:  onions, garlic, sweet potato, turnips, beets, carrots, zuccini, black beans, navy beans, and a bouquet of fresh cilantro.  With black pepper. 
I always make a real big pot so I can also i freeze about a quart and a half for another day's dinner.   :)

Winter is the best time for making soups!  What's your favorite soup to make?

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/29/19 01:05:59PM
1,736 posts

profile


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Hi Fatcat, it looks like you've figured your issue out and corrected it.  Keep in mind that in your account settings, there are TWO tabs: Account, and Profile.  In one tab, you can upload or change the image for your Profile page.  In the other tab, you can upload/change the image that shows when you post in discussions, etc.  You now have removed both your uploaded images, so the default image of the dulcimer shows everywhere for you.  When you get a new preferred image, you can then go back and upload it to BOTH tab areas in your account settings.

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/28/19 12:39:53PM
1,736 posts

Tuning a Banjo into a mountain dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Here's a fairly comprehensive (though by no means complete) list of banjo tunings:

http://zeppmusic.com/banjo/aktuning.htm

It includes such tunings as dADAD, aADAD, aDAAD, aDADF#, and others. (in written banjo tunings, the first lower case letter is the short drone string)

The real question however is what you want to do by tuning a banjo to D and A notes.  What we think of as "dulcimer tunings" are really just notes. Usually a tuning is used to achieve a specific purpose.  It enables us to play a tune more easily, or to play it in a certain way or with certain fingering positions.

You haven't told us what your situation or your goals are, so I'm making assumptions here-  As a longtime player of both mtn dulcimers and banjos (and I'm really more a banjo player than dulcimer player), my personal advice would be this-  play your dulcimer like a dulcimer. If you want your dulcimer to have a tone like a banjo, get a dulcimer with a banjo head on it.  Learn to play and (initially) tune your banjo as a banjo, rather than trying to make it imitate a dulcimer.  Banjos are designed to be played most easily like banjos, and learning to play a 5string oldtime banjo is not all that hard, after getting past the first little learning hump of unfamiliar right hand motions. IMHO if you're tuning a banjo like a dulcimer in order to try to make it easier to learn to play (if you're a dulcimer player), you are doing yourself no favors.  It might make the first week or two seem easier, but it will make playing the banjo harder and way more limited later on, plus most banjo learning material will then be useless to you as well. 
If I've made incorrect assumptions, then forget all this.  lolol! 

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/28/19 08:48:49AM
1,736 posts

Tuning a Banjo into a mountain dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Banjos have five strings, including a short drone string.  Oldtime banjos can be tuned to over a hundred different tunings, in many many combinations.  Some of those combinations can include strings tuned to D and A and yes also DAd and include other notes on other strings, like gDAda. Keep in mind that our familiar DAd or DAA dulcimer tunings are nothing more than a tonic note with a fifth... and "tonic + 5th" notes appear in the tunings of all kinds of other instruments as well, since it's a common musical interval to use.

Banjos have lots and lots of tunings.  The reason people tune banjos in different tunings is usually in order to play certain tunes or certain 'families of tunes' more easily.  Since it can be hard to remember so many tunings by naming all the tuning's notes, some banjo tunings are conveniently referred to by a song name associated with it... such as "Sandy River Belle tuning", "Little Birdie tuning", or "Reuben's Train tuning".

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/25/19 03:03:03PM
1,736 posts

profile


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Terry, are you trying to replace your current profile/avatar picture with a new one?  I'm trying to understand exactly what you are trying to do.

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/25/19 12:29:40PM
1,736 posts

profile


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Terry, Go to your profile page.

Click on your Photos TAB there.

Click on the large PLUS sign+ button to add a new photo gallery.  If you just want to add a new photo to an existing gallery you created, you'd go to that gallery and add another photo from there.  Follow the prompts to add the new photo.

If instead of adding a photo to your profile gallery, you want to add a photo to a forum post you are making, then let me know and I'll answer that here as well.

Be sure to look over some of the other discussions in this "Site Questions" forum as well, especially discussions pertaining to adding photos and other items.

 

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/24/19 09:32:21AM
1,736 posts

profile


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Hi Terry, are you trying to post a photo?  Or are you trying to fill in your location in your profile page?  I need more specific details if if am to help you.  Thanks!

I do see that you correctly posted an image for your profile avatar though. :)

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/20/19 10:26:42PM
1,736 posts

Rebec


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Hobbyhorse, that rebec looks wonderful!  What is the scale length you settled on?  Did you make a 'tenor' sized one?

You are very talented.  I like the looks of your crwth as well.  Do you bow the crwth?

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/09/19 11:12:12AM
1,736 posts



I think when we make a big move from one operating system to another (or just apply a major update), it's inevitable that some programs will not function as we're used to, or not at all. Most programs have substitutes that will work nicely for what we need to do, and of course they run the gamut from totally free to shareware to subscription to one-time outright purchase. It's good to do some online searching and read reviews of programs one is thinking about trying out.

I have not yet retired and all my daily work is done on my home office computer. I recently moved most of my daily computing from my older 'workhorse' win7 desktop tower to a new win10 laptop.  In the process I decided to leave behind certain 'old reliable' programs I depended on for years, and start fresh with different ones.  Yes it meant days (weeks?) of methodical online reading and research, but by putting in that initial effort I've saved many hundreds of dollars.  It forced me to update my knowledge about managing my computer setups better and how things actually function. A refresher course of sorts. I was also very happy to avoid today's overpriced software subscriptions, even if it meant a learning curve on new programs.
I hate spending so much time scouring the web for software and hardware info in advance, but now it's starting to pay off - I feel like I have a handle on things... at least for a few years until it needs doing all over again.  I guess once i retire I can get a bit lazier about updating my system.  zzz

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/07/19 07:23:41PM
1,736 posts

Purpose of DAA tuning


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

One other point Melanie-  there's no law separating chord style completely from drone style playing.  Lots of tunes that are played in DAd tuning utilize playing the melody almost all on the melody string, with an occasional chord thrown in. So while doing that you are also developing some of the skills and understanding needed for noter drone playing anyhow.
And when you strum in drone style you may not realize it but you are sometimes producing 'chords' without fretting them, on the open drones strings.
Like I said, there are many ways to build on your skillset... so no need to get too apprehensive about learning lots of different things.  Much learning and understand just comes naturally as you play more, no matter what style you are currently playing in.   :)

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/07/19 05:06:00PM
1,736 posts

Purpose of DAA tuning


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Melanie Cook:

I still struggle with playing either DAA or DAd. In my mind, I'm thinking that I need to learn both but my senior mind is just not comfortable with learning chords in DAA and in DAd. Since I primarily want to play chord melody, I'm thinking DAd is best for a beginner/novice. I want to play with tab but also to just pick out a melody and then figure out the chords to go with it. For some reason, this instrument just intimidates me and I'm very frustrated!  Any suggestions?

Melanie, everyone has to start somewhere. It's almost impossible to learn all methods and styles and tunings at the same time. But i also kinda hear that you are fearful of making the 'wrong' decision on what stuff to learn. I just want to say that it's perfectly ok to pick one kind of way of playing to try out for a while, and then to explore other ways of playing later on.

What you learn at first will not be set in stone.  In fact anything you learn in one method will actually help you understand things when you later try out a different playing style or approach. That's because in music, our knowledge base builds on what we have learned so far, it accumulates... so rather than thinking you'll have to UNlearn your prior stuff if you decide to explore a different playing style later, I think you'll find that learning new stuff comes more easily with time.  Hopefully, knowing that can help you relax a little about making decisions about playing styles, tunings, and techniques you are thinking about trying out.  It also makes sense to focus on one style or method at a time, rather than thinking you have to learn everything simultaneously... such as leanring the chords for Dad and DAA and DAC tunings all at the same time... No need to learn them all at the same time- pick your favorite tuning and stick with it until you get a hankering to try another!  :)

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/04/19 12:22:33PM
1,736 posts

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


OFF TOPIC discussions

Dusty that soup sounds wonderful.  I make something a little like it, sort of with root veggies in the winter- golden beets is my fave to add in, and I make the base chicken brith.  But i do have miso in a jar in the fridge- and you've inspired me to pull it out and make some up soon!  I also made some udon noodles in chicken bouillion a few days ago- but I forgot I had the miso paste and will use that next time!  I read that miso paste is fermented and keeps well for years or indefinitely in the fridge if you don't introduce other stuff in the jar.  My refrigerated miso paste still looks, smells, and tastes great after 3 years now.  surprised    They actually found honey in 2,000 year old Egyptian tomb jars.. that was perfectly edible!  Also much older edible wooley mammoth meat in the frozen tundra.   !!

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/02/19 08:39:15PM
1,736 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


OFF TOPIC discussions

Such sweet looking fur friends, all!  lovey

RobinT... you got another doggie?   Do post a pic here soon if you can!

Our three kitties are doing fine lately- they all happen to be in their prime and healthy (knock on wood).  The only downside of that is that they'll all get old at the same time... might wind up being difficult for us!

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/02/19 06:56:53PM
1,736 posts

A-d-a


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

If your dulcimer is a standard size with a scale length of 25-29", it's unlikely you could tune a thin string way up to the "a" above the usual high d.  Once you use a .007 or thinner string, and tune it up to such a high note on the standard size scale, that very thin string will almost certainly break under the tension. There's only so far you can go with the method of using a thinner string to tune higher and a thicker string to tune lower... going too far will mean a string so fat it will be unplayable and thuddy, or a string so thin it will simply break before it reaches the extreme high note.  When you've reached those string gauge extreme limits either way (too low or too high), the next step is to switch to an instrument with a longer scale or a shorter scale, so that you CAN tune to those notes without having to use impossibly heavy or thin strings.

Dusty brings up some good thoughts in his post.  And I too am curious about your goal in tuning this way.   :)

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/30/19 12:58:47PM
1,736 posts

John Molineux uses a striker on a mountain dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Be sure to look at these two other fun discussions on the use of strikers (also called "fiddlesticks" technique)... they include a video showing use on an epinette, which is like a small mtn dulcimer:

https://fotmd.com/forums/forum/general-mountain-dulcimer-or-music-discussions/4572/fiddlesticks#r4575

https://fotmd.com/forums/forum/general-mountain-dulcimer-or-music-discussions/22623/oh-fiddlesticks

jive


updated by @strumelia: 11/30/19 12:59:22PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
11/27/19 03:30:20PM
1,736 posts

Thanksgiving Menu


OFF TOPIC discussions

This year we're having no grown kids nor guests- just me and Brian at home by ourselves.  So we're making a nice big broiled filet of salmon, with asparagus spears and Hollandaise sauce, and mashed potatoes.  Ice cream for dessert (we're not inclined to have pie), and then watch a movie.  That's a fine feast for us!

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/27/19 10:02:30AM
1,736 posts

Thanksgiving Menu


OFF TOPIC discussions

OK....so what's on your Thanksgiving menu this year?  pizza     spam

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/27/19 09:59:08AM
1,736 posts

Give thanks to our FOTMD Welcome Wagon! Plus- Chatroom!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Three cheers again to our FOTMD welcoming Greeters who have decided to take on the happy task of welcoming brand new members to this site.  It sure makes people feel included when they come here and get a warm message on their profile wall.  It means so much to new members!

You are so good to welcome folks here, as a labor of love your enjoy. 

Big cheer to Jim, KenL, Richard, Rob, and Benjamin!

 

P.S. To members- remember we have a terrific Chat Room here on FOTMD!  Many mornings or evenings you can get lucky and run into some of our Welcome team and also other members, in the chat room and have a virtual cup of coffee and some fun chatting about music, or just about this and that.  Just click on the chat speech bubble icon in the lower right of any page here on FOTMD, to check out the Chat Room whenever you want to see if someone's there.  Early morning is a great time to catch some of the 'chat regulars'!  And Jim often posts some of his beautiful bird feeder and wildlife photos there.  nod

 

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/27/19 09:42:59AM
1,736 posts

Giving Thanks


OFF TOPIC discussions

Nice to once again look over this thread of giving thanks.  I feel blessed to be here and privileged to have so many online friends through our shared love of music. I feel a positive connection to you good folk who participate here on FOTMD currently, and to our friends who have been here in the past.  inlove

May you all have a wonderful day tomorrow, hopefully experiencing (or even creating) something meaningful to you.  

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/25/19 12:34:03PM
1,736 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hi there @sal-monella !  I posted a response to your beginner book discussion in the General Forum, where I mention some of the factors you'll encounter if playing your stick dulcimers with mountain dulcimer tab books, here:

https://fotmd.com/forums/forum/general-mountain-dulcimer-or-music-discussions/36238/beginners-dulcimer-book#r36239

Welcome to the site!  bananawave

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/25/19 12:31:29PM
1,736 posts

Beginners dulcimer book


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Greetings Sal!  :D

I know you mentioned an interest in learning fingerpicking style at some point.  But have you decided yet whether to begin playing the dulcimer in chording style or in traditional noter-drone style?  There are learning books for each style of playing- fingerpicking, chord, and noter.

 I would love to suggest that you join a couple of the Groups on this site which will have very specific discussions for their Group subject focus, such as Beginner players, stick dulcimers, fingerpicking, chord playing style, etc etc.  You'll see all kinds of great discussions in the focus groups that will probably help you decide where you want to focus first!  It's easy to click the Join button on any of the group main pages, and just as easy to UNjoin them later if you like. You need to JOIN a group in order to see and read its full discussions and to post in it.  If you have not joined a group yet, you'll only see the first post of each discussion.

Do you have only stick dulcimers so far, and not a lap dulcimer?  If you have just stick instruments with dulcimer fret patterns, then when you use dulcimer learning books intended for 'normal' lap-situated dulcimers you'll have to make some adaptations when trying to follow the book tab. That's because strumsticks have their strings reversed from the usual dulcimer setup. Lap dulcimers have the high melody string(s) closest to the player and the bass string furthest away from you. When holding a stick strummer in your lap with the peghead to your left as normal, the bass string will be closest to your body.  This is the reverse of 'regular' mountain dulcimers and will confuse you a lot if you're following a tab book with chord fingering charts!

So unless you get a 'normal' lap dulcimer, you'll need to figure out how you will handle this issue when following mountain dulcimer TAB. Of course not everyone chooses to use tab, but chord charts will still present a problem if you want to play in chord style on a stick instrument- everything will need to be either mentally or physically reversed).

All that said, depending on what your goals are you can find great ways to play and love playing your stick dulcimers if that's what you want to do.  In that case definitely join our Stick Group and start posting questions there on how to adjust mountain dulcimer learning materials to successfully apply to strumsticks, without losing your mind!   lol!   ;D

If you do get a regular mountain dulcimer to start out with, then I suggest you stay with that while learning the basics, especially if using books, because switching back and forth to strumsticks will certainly be confusing to you while just starting out playing.

Welcome!

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/16/19 01:09:15PM
1,736 posts

tuning my guitar into a three string dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I too recommend you get one of those cheap but great to play cardboard dulcimer kits.  You can save your money for a good dulcimer (or build one) later this winter like you planned.  Meanwhile, you'll have a fine inexpensive dulcimer to play right away, and you can use it for camping or travel later on if you get or build a higher quality one. Having an instrument that you don't have to worry about losing or damaging is a great thing!

But the real question is... Is your goal right now to build a dulcimer?, or is it to get started playing a dulcimer?  You can start with one and do the other later, or vice versa. But not both at the same time.  ;D

Once you own or put together a cardboard kit, you'll understand all the various things that everyone is trying to convey to you right now... because you have experience in guitar/chromatic setups.  In my opinion, once you have a dulcimer in hand it'll all become clear pretty quickly, in a way that's much better than long drawn out explanations and theory.   :)

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/13/19 11:53:27AM
1,736 posts



This morning I was deleting a few online bookmarks that no longer do me any good. Since I had no been able to view the 'set to Secret group'  EverythingDulcimer FB page for months now, I had my finger hovered over the bookmark to delete it. On a whim I clicked on it first, for oldtime's sake to see if by some miracle it had been made public again.
VOILA!  It seems to be public and viewable by everyone again !  surprised

So now even if you are not a member of FB, you can at least go take a peek and see what's been happening on ED's last embodiment.   https://www.facebook.com/groups/165673533442748/

The Powers That Be must have made the switch back to public group again, after many months now of being set to invisible to all non ED group members.  Welcome back to the world, ED!  ...and I do hope it stays that way.  yes

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/13/19 11:37:11AM
1,736 posts

Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles, but never Ukeleles!


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Terry Wilson: This is the first time in my life I’ve been 73. A little pain was expected, but so much fun was totally unexpected.

Terry I love the way you look at it here.  I'm going to incorporate your "first time in my life I've been...." attitude towards my age from now on. Thank you!  dancetomato

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/13/19 09:45:07AM
1,736 posts

Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles, but never Ukeleles!


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Terry Wilson: The uke is alive and fun. While I mostly play a baritone uke, for Halloween I pulled out my $25 plastic little bitty blue soprano uke. Donned my Elvis mask, sang Blue S Shoes, and shook my body. Four times I did this routine and the crowds went wild. Well, as wild as 80 - 98 yr olds can be. I tell you this to restate what I wrote over a year ago. The ukulele is a sing along, very very fun instrument. Instant smiles all around.

Truer words never spoken, Terry!  jive

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