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Strumelia
@strumelia
11/23/20 05:31:36PM
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How to re-glue a bridge


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

Holly, get the regular TiteBond, not TiteBond II (which is waterproof and therefore very difficult to remove by heat or steam, in the event of needed future fixes on the dulcimer)

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/23/20 10:26:46AM
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Native American Flutes


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Susie I'm curious- the white circle right on the end of the scorpion's tail- is that a hole used for playing?

Very nicely done PVC case!

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/23/20 10:14:45AM
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No wonder everyone has more than one.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

When i used to go to old-time music festivals and gatherings a lot, I'd often bring two dulcimers or two banjos:

One dulcimer I'd use for the keys of C and D (tuning up or down one step on all strings), and the other dulcimer I'd use for the keys of G and A (tuning up or down one step on all strings).

I'd often do the same with the two banjos.
Why?  Because going between the lowest key (G) and the highest key (D) sometimes means retuning a string by four whole steps up or down, and that's a real big jump which can result in more stressed and broken strings if you do it often. It 'can' be done, but is frustrating to do back and forth in the setting of jams or if folks change keys too often. The alternative was to use capos, which I try to avoid because I dislike the sound and feel.

Sometimes, to avoid bringing four instruments, I'd bring a dulcimer for C and D and a banjo tuned for G and A.

One minor point-  I'd like to mention that beginners often think that DAd is a completely different animal than CGc. Or that DAA is a completely different animal than CGG. They balk at having to 'learn a different tuning' and all that entails. They don't realize that it's really the same tuning but simply one whole step up or down, and it will play in the keys of C or D. That means they can use all the same fingerings and frets in the key of C as they are already familiar with in the key of D. They can follow the same Tab numbers, and don't have to learn new stuff. They'll just be playing in the key of D or C.  Same is true for the (1-5-8) tuning pair of DAd and CGc. If you are comfortable playing in DAd you already know how to play tunes in CGc... Likewise for the 'pair' of (1-5-5) tunings DAA and CGG.

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/22/20 02:28:08PM
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Tab for "Hail Against the Barn Door"


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

Scott, many are the times when I have been enchanted by some tune only to realize later that it was way more complex than I thought. It's then simply a choice whether I tackle it or choose something a little more straightforward.  nod

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/22/20 01:30:29PM
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How Do I Attach Photos To A Post?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Interesting. Since i usually do all my site viewing from my laptop, I never noticed those missing text editor buttons on the phone version before. I dont see them on my iphone either, and can't seem to make them appear.
I'll ask about this Belinda. It could be that mobile versions lack those added posting options.

If you can, please log in on a desktop or laptop or tablet, and let me know if you see the options there on those devices.

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/22/20 09:10:43AM
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How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Belinda, am responding to your issue over in that site help thread.  :)

I was glad that I got a new sewing machine for myself about 2 yrs ago. I've made maybe three dozen pleated masks for my husband and me, and sent some to our three children & their spouses. I use two layers of high thread count quilting cotton with a third layer inside of a non-woven filter material.

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/22/20 09:01:09AM
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How Do I Attach Photos To A Post?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

@dusty-turtle , do you have any suggestion as to how Belinda can see the text editing options while on her phone?  I think you are more phone-worthy than I.

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/21/20 09:26:33PM
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How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Belinda Link: Strumelia ... how do you post an image so that it populates like your photo?

Belinda, go to our Forums area and in the "Site Questions...How do I?" forum there is this discussion:
https://fotmd.com/forums/forum/site-questions-how-do-i/33874/how-do-i-attach-photos-to-a-post#r33878
Follow the instructions in that thread for how to EMBED an image in your post (as opposed to attaching it to your post).

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/21/20 09:20:10PM
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How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Thanks Richard. Our hope is that we can all do our part to tamp down the spread of this virus. Certainly enough people have died that we should all take it seriously and be responsible.

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/21/20 04:09:52PM
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Tab for "Hail Against the Barn Door"


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

Be aware that there are variations in the tune(s), and also in the key i assume. You may find versions written out in other keys.

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/21/20 02:36:30PM
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How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Nathina:They tied to say there was a shortage of turkeys, Covid caused, haven't found any shortage.
 

Just toilet paper again.  eyeroll

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/21/20 02:32:59PM
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Tab for "Hail Against the Barn Door"


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

Some people also call that tune "The Squirrel Hunters" or "Squirrel Hunter".  The tunes might be identical or just very similar, depending on whose version you are listening to. There is a lot of sheet music online for the squirrel version of "Hail...". There might only be small differences to work out between Squirrel.. and Hail.., if you need a start for a dulcimer version..

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/21/20 01:46:46PM
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How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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One small positive thing at my house- have been improving my cooking skills (which were pretty good to begin with).  Last night i stir fried some baby bok choy with some mushrooms and pan-seared raddichio wedges, served it over brown rice with tamari sauce. And it was good. 

Just me and my husband this year for thanksgiving. We're going to have a nice little roast chicken, with cranb sauce, stuffing, baked sweet potatoes, and ice cream for dessert...  at our now festively lit kitchen table. Since it's just two of us, we'll have the same identical meal the next day too with the plentiful leftovers. tongueout

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/20/20 09:23:03PM
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How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Sounds to me like Mr. & Mrs. Claus are two very smart Christmas cookies.  nod

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/20/20 09:06:34PM
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How do I add my new photo or event etc...?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Paul, I figured out the issue. There were a couple of fields in your profile that you had not entered any info for. One of them was your 'biography' empty field, where members tell us a little about themselves if they like. When I went to add your new profile pic and then clicked to Save the changes, I too got the error message concerning the 'invalid' (empty) Biography field. When I typed in a single period in your blank Bio area, it then was ok to save profile changes. It didn't like that there were any fields still left blank, therefore it wouldn't save new changes until all fields had info entered.

Sorry i know that's not very intuitive. But that's how the software is set up to work. Changing it would be a bit of a project.
I hope you are ok now, and I'm sorry you had to go through that. Really I should have seen that error message using the word "biography" and i should have known from that what the issue was. I learned a long time ago that the wording of error messages can give me valuable clues as to what the issue is.
There was nothing wrong with your photo, and it's up now.
Thanks for your patience and i hope you enjoy it here!  catdance

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/20/20 08:12:01PM
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How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Belinda, what a tree!  I read in the news just today that Dr. Fauci says Santa is practically immune from Covid, so you must be relieved!  bigsmile

https://people.com/human-interest/santa-claus-has-innate-immunity-from-covid-19-fauci-reveals/

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/20/20 06:12:31PM
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How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Here is how my 'cozy lights' over the kitchen table came out- we had our first dinner under a mini canopy of stars!  sun

covid holiday lights kitchen Nov2020.jpg

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/20/20 05:43:43PM
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How do I add my new photo or event etc...?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Paul send me the .jpg as an attachment, to: contact@fotmd.com and I will either see what the issue is and/or I'll just insert it for you as your profile image.

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/20/20 04:18:40PM
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How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Well there's much similarity to the 'cozy' traditions found in colder winter Scandinavian/Northern countries. They know how to really enjoy the comforts that can be had during the dark winter, such as candles, hot cocoa, wooly socks and knit sweaters, warm food and hearty soups, lap throws, saunas, snowshoeing, baking, etc. They are experts in warding off the winter doldrums!

We all have just a few short months of winter to get through before Spring and perhaps an end to this horrible time of virus suffering and social quarantining.

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/20/20 03:29:03PM
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How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Doesn't it look as though we may have some working vaccines after two or three more months? That is unbelievable and surely something to look forward to!
Just knowing that helps us face the next few dark cold dreary months.
Yes, our holiday season is going to be a bit different this year and maybe it will be hard to stay uplifted. Nowadays it's totally dark at 4pm. sigh

I noticed the other night one of my neighbors... a lady who lives alone, had put up a whole bunch of twinkling colored Xmas lights in her window and on her front porch. It's still a week before Thanksgiving(!), but it struck me as so pretty and cozy. It inspired me to put up a few strands of twinkling lights myself!

I decided i would string some lights over our humble kitchen table nook where my husband and I eat all our meals. I have it in place now, and i can't wait til tonight to see how festive it looks when the sun goes down!  Maybe i'll post a picture here.
I did a little online looking and discovered that apparently there's a whole trend going on right now of people putting up holiday decorations early in order to feel cheerful and comforted despite the ongoing pandemic and the cold weather and short days setting in.
We won't be having a tree this year, and no family coming. But our little kitchen nook will be cheery for sure!  red drummer


updated by @strumelia: 11/20/20 04:10:17PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
11/18/20 11:51:47AM
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McSpadden v. Folkcraft?


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

Lisa, I had a friend years ago who bought a new all cherry hourglass McSpadden. It was wonderful sounding, smooth to play, and SO pretty!  You are going to love yours. inlove

Personally I'm a big fan of the look of instruments that have bodies of all one wood/color. My Galax dulcimer is all cherry and has a nice rich but crisp tone.

One note-  when it arrives you may be surprised that the new cherry wood looks fairly light in color. Just know that it will get darker and richer in color over the months. Take some photos, because in two years it will look different! Both looks are gorgeous . If you want to speed up the darkening process a little, you can leave it exposed to normal room light instead of having it locked up in its dark case. The exposure to light is what slowly darkens it. This happened with my maple instruments as well.

ENJOY your new beauty, we are all excited for you!  pimento

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/17/20 02:05:19PM
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Bridge and Nut fix question


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

Maybe you mean bending a note, not a slide. But in any case, on a dulcimer you're not going to have action so high off the frets that you can get much of a sharp note by just pressing down harder with a noter on a slide. Most people will sharpen a fretted note by pulling it towards them or pushing it away from them with the fretting hand while fretting it, using the fretting finger or a noter stick. That's a side-to-side stretching of the string to sharpen the note, not a pushing down to the fretboard. I think maybe you are thinking about instruments where the strings are bridged or fretted way high up so that you can push the string down on either side of the bridge to sharpen a note without contacting any fret or fretboard?


updated by @strumelia: 11/17/20 03:22:55PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
11/17/20 01:36:39PM
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Bridge and Nut fix question


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


Nathina:

The only reason I can think of for higher actions is performing a slide or tremelo. Are there others?

It can create a slightly louder volume if an instrument is too quiet.

Pull-offs are easier.

Helps reduce fret buzzes that can happen with very low action. Additionally, you can put on heavy strings without risking buzzes. Eliminates 'mystery' buzzes that appear out of nowhere during the dry winter indoors.

You can strum more aggressively without strings slapping against the finger board, if you like playing vigorously.

Right hand fingerpicking can be easier depending on the fretboard, bridge, and 'strum hollow' design.

Less bumping into the fretboard with either flat picks or finger picks and the resultant thunking noise or pick clack noise.

Reduces pick scratches on the fretboard when you play further away from the bridge to get a mellower tone. True for either flat picks or fingerpicks.

Noter players tend to like higher action... maybe for some combination of the above or maybe they just like the feel. They can get away with higher action if not using bare fingers or making chords.

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All this said, overly high action is both uncomfortable and causes its own problems.

Not sure why you say a slide would be easier with high action...?


updated by @strumelia: 11/17/20 01:38:31PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
11/17/20 11:55:04AM
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Bridge and Nut fix question


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traildad:
Strumelia:

You tune it so it's not sharp. You tune all your open strings to be in tune.

How does that work? Tune them while fretted? Wouldn’t that cause it to be flat when unfreted? If they’re stretched different amounts I can’t see how they would make the same note. Maybe it wouldn’t be enough to notice depending on the difference in height off the fretboard. Isn’t it customary to set the action for all strings to the same height?

As I wrote, tune the open strings to be in tune.

A couple of basic concepts here are:
1) the mere act of tuning = stretching the string to various tensions, causing the note to go higher or lower. If an open string is out of tune, you turn the pegs and tune it to be in tune. Just because a nut notch is higher or lower than the one next to it won't doom an open string to be out of tune by nature.

2) as to fretted strings: if a bridge/nut is very tall and makes the string action too high off the frets, then fretting the string can push down the string enough of a distance to cause a slight bend in the string and pull it a fretted note a little sharp. A 32nd of an inch slot height difference is not likely to do this enough to be able to hear it, especially while playing tunes.

Notches have two jobs: to keep the strings securely spaced from each other from side to side, and to hold the strings at a good height above the frets (action) so that playing will be comfortable for the way you play and so there won't be buzzing if the action is too low. Most folks like as low an action as possible without buzzing (especially beginners with hurting fingers), but there are good reasons why other folks might want slightly higher action. Too high an action causes problems too. Most people agree that dulcimer string notches should be of uniform action height, since there's no reason to purposely make them different heights.

The tiny amount of difference between notches in your photo of notches is probably not going to cause discernable out of tune-ness when playing. If a notch is a tiny bit too low though, it might cause fret buzzing, depending on the action height.

3) Assuming a reasonable action height for all strings, if the frets are in the right places, your fretted notes will sound generally in tune if the open string is in tune. 

Overall, it's common that people wind up buying used dulcimers that have had prior owners file nut and bridge slots to various heights and widths over time. Maybe they put on heavier strings at some point and widened the slots. Two of those U slots in your picture look way too wide for that string shown. Over time or with changing playing preferences, people can change their mind about action height they prefer, or string spacings. It's not uncommon for nuts and bridges to accumulate notch adjustments over time until the best option is to put in a new nut and/or bridge and start fresh, since nuts are cheap and it's usually a simple procedure. A good guitar luthier should have no trouble doing it right, and the job shouldn't cost a fortune.


updated by @strumelia: 11/17/20 03:17:36PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
11/16/20 11:24:08PM
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Bridge and Nut fix question


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

traildad: Wouldn’t one be sharp as it is stretched more?

You tune it so it's not sharp. You tune all your open strings to be in tune.

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/16/20 04:00:42PM
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Bridge and Nut fix question


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

If it were me I'd get someone else to make a whole new nut. None of those 3 slots looks well made at all, though it's hard to tell anything for sure from the photo. Bad slots make for bad sounding notes, buzzes, and wolf tones.

KenL has it right though- have you determined that you want a pair of melody strings, or 4 equidistant strings? or.. the slots to switch between those two choices later if you want? Decide that first.
Also, remember the bridge will need to at least approximate a similar slot arrangement that echoes the nut.

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/16/20 09:59:09AM
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What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I love hearing how everyone's doing and what your current interests/projects are.

Terry, a special hug to you- It's so good to see your post. I'm so glad to hear you are slowly recovering, that's sounds like a terrible ordeal.
Simply playing soothing notes for five minutes can be a true balm for our souls. 

John, I bet your son has no idea that his interest in learning classical guitar is lifting up and inspiring YOU as well.  nod

Dusty, one of the things i love most about Renaissance and medieval era music is how so many of the tunes go back and forth in using a sharp and a natural. It always tickles my senses when the note occurs one way and then the other. I find most often the sharp comes later on, after the natural in the first part.

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/14/20 03:41:04PM
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4 ways to promote your events & items on FOTMD


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


Hi everyone!  It's been a crazy year. Between the holiday season coming up shortly, and the many ways folks are moving to online or virtual events and promotions, I thought it would be a perfect time to remind you of the several ways you can promote your offerings, events, and items for sale on FOTMD!... see the attached image numbering ways 1-3 that I describe below.

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Please look over the following four ways to promote sales and events, then decide which way fits what you want to offer our members. In some cases you may want to utilize two ways:

1. The most highly visible and most versatile way to promote what you offer is through buying a main page Banner Ad in our sponsor slideshow carousel! The possibilities are endless since the only requirement is that whatever you are offering is music-related. Our rates are as low as $10/month so this is very affordable, see the rates and details HERE . Your ad purchase helps us pay our costs to keep FOTMD up and running. Your profile page will get a Sponsor designation on it. In your banner, you can sell instruments, CDs, books and courses, workshops, promote your band or upcoming virtual events or concerts, advertise lessons and your websites. Your banner ad will be hotlinked to take folks to your chosen website for more information. Promote a new zoom gathering or online jam you've started, or maybe you just want to sell off a few spare dulcimers to thin your herd- why not buy a two month banner ad!

2. List your Event in our site's Festivals and Gatherings Calendar . See your event listed in the Events calendar on our main page as well. It's free! the only requirement is that your event must have more than one teacher or presenter/performer, OR that your event is free to all at no charge. The Events calendar allows you to create a FOTMD page with a comment wall and have members list themselves as 'attending'... it also shows on our main page in the Coming Events widget ("2" in below image). To add an event to our Festivals calendar listings, go to your own profile page and click your "Events" tab there, then click the Plus+ button to add your event. It will then show up in the Fotmd Events listings. Do you have an upcoming zoom/virtual event coming up and you want to boost attendance?- well then list it in our FOTMD Events calendar for free, AND purchase a low priced main page Banner Ad where it will be seen by all!

3. Are you offering your own workshop, or giving a virtual or live concert? For single instructor or single performer events, use our Single Instructor Events Forum , HERE . Our Single Instructor Events Forum is the place to list your Club meetings and regular jam events as well. It too is free! Consider additionally purchasing a (1) Banner Ad in our main page slideshow ahead of time if you really want to super boost visibility of your personal workshops or concert! (Remember you can sell or promote anything in our Banner Ad slideshow as long as it's music-related.)

4. Do you have an item to sell that's music related, but is not an event? Are you selling a musical instrument or two you no longer need, or a stack of tab books or a CD? Are you looking for a used dulcimer? Then use our ForSale/Wanted Forum, HERE . Our For Sale forum is also free to use- though we do ask that you donate a minimum $5 to FOTMD "if" you make a sale from your ad that's over $100. There are some limitations in how you can list items there, so please read our site FAQ/Guidelines before placing a free ad there. It's not intended for commercial sellers or services. If you have multiple or valuable items for sale, consider purchasing a main page Banner Ad at our very low rates instead.

Thanks!

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Strumelia
@strumelia
11/14/20 01:59:23PM
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How do I get this sidebar off of my screen on FOTMD?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?


Funny little story concerning the trash can icon button-

As Admin, I naturally have many more buttons available to me than the average member here. a couple years ago I went to delete a discussion from the Forums and I wasn't paying attention. I clicked the trash can icon and POOF! the entire forum for the whole site was gone. Ten years' worth of discussions, by thousands of members. boggling   I thought I'd about die!
Luckily, there was a site backup that was only an hour old, and I was able to restore things to that point in time.
Immediately after all was well again, I adjusted the site code so that the trash can icon that would delete the entire Forum was not even visible to me anymore. Step awaaaaaay from the trash can! LOLOL  bomb


updated by @strumelia: 11/14/20 02:00:26PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
11/14/20 01:36:47PM
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The Positive Thread...


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Sending positive karma your way, Ken Longfield! bighug


updated by @strumelia: 11/14/20 01:36:57PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
11/14/20 01:15:27PM
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How do I get this sidebar off of my screen on FOTMD?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Jill, the only icon you might want to hesitate about clicking on is the trash can one. Trash cans will delete something!  Aside from that, it's great to learn by clicking on buttons and icons to find out what they do here on fotmd. Usually you can just hit 'back' or 'cancel' if you get to somewhere you don't want to be after clicking somewhere.  winky  


updated by @strumelia: 11/14/20 01:52:10PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
11/12/20 09:36:23AM
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Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.


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I've cleaned up my modest vegetable garden for the winter (it's fenced in, about 20'x40', with three long 3 foot wide beds). Most of the plants had died already from exhaustion or from our first several mild frosts.
But a little section of young lettuces and a few dozen radish plants still survived and were growing.
I know from the forecast that some hard freezes in the 20s are coming this next week, so today I'll go out and cut a couple last bags' worth of leaf lettuce and pull a few last radishes. That'll last us for another couple of weeks eating.
At that point I'll switch to buying lettuce and doing my usual kitchen growing of alfalfa sprouts in jars. We love having a supply of fresh sprouts during the winter, and it's not so hard to keep up doing.

I do enjoy taking a total vacation from garden chores each winter!

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/11/20 04:16:47PM
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The Positive Thread...


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I so heartbeat  enjoyed this article and video of an elderly Italian man serenading his hospitalized wife outside her window, with her favorite songs played on accordion...

https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/11/europe/italian-hospital-serenade-scli-intl/index.html

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/11/20 10:01:32AM
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The Drifting Thread...


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Thanks Jim, we all owe so much to our veterans.

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/09/20 11:10:19PM
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Type of dulcimer wall hanger


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Ken Longfield:

Jim Woods sold McSpadden and The Dulcimer Shoppe. The new owner's name is Tim, but I can't recall his surname.

 

Tim Grothen. Jim is helping out during the transition.

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/08/20 01:32:51PM
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It Came today.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Nathina:

So the middle string will be below the melody strings. I will have to lower the middle string back to A3.

It's a miracle you even were able to tune your middle string up to a high A4 without it breaking. What gauge string is it??  I'm wondering if you are sure about what octave it's currently tuned to... maybe it is currently in A3. That's a real easy mistake to make.

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/08/20 10:13:26AM
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It Came today.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Yes the middle string is usually a lower tone than the melody strings, --or the same tone, as in DAA tuning. 

Strumelia
@strumelia
11/08/20 01:06:02AM
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It Came today.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


Nathina:

Now I am really confused? Anyways the bass will be D3, the Middle A4, the two melody strings D4.  using C4 as middle C.



Sorry, i corrected my typo. krazyhair  The bass is D3, the middle A is A3, and the high melody d is D4.


Thus, a dulcimer tuning of DAA is (D3 A3 A3) on the piano. The common tuning DAd is (D3 A3 D4) on the piano. To play lonesome Aeolian mode tunes you might try tuning to DAc (D3 A3 C4).


Here's a decent chart.


updated by @strumelia: 11/08/20 01:18:32AM
Strumelia
@strumelia
11/08/20 12:54:40AM
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It Came today.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


Ken Hulme:

Lastly, the capital D is more or less reserved for D4 -- one note higher than middle C.  The lower case d indicates that that string is one octave higher in pitch than the D.

 

I believe the capital D that is commonly used to indicate the bass string is D3, the D below middle C on a piano.  The lower case d that is commonly used to indicate the higher octave d of the melody string(s) is D4... the next higher note after middle C. (middle C is most often counted as C4)

Yes when writing DAd or DAdd tuning of dulcimers, the first upper case D is the low bass string (D3) and the last lower case d or dd are the higher octave D4 on a piano. The middle string A is upper case because it's still a note in the "3" octave: below middle C.


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