General mountain dulcimer or music discussions
Hi Fatcat, we're happy you found us too!!
I hope your health improves to allow you to enjoy playing your music at home.
Hi again Andreas, and welcome 'back' to the site again! It's good to see you check in here. I hope your health improves and that you continue to enjoy playing music on whatever instruments inspire you.
I do need to mention that the email address you have set in your account settings here does not function and you need to go into your account settings and change it to a different, working email address, and then hit the 'save' button. As it stands now with that nonworking email, you will not be receiving any emails or notifications from fotmd that would normally let you know about any private messages, comments on your profile page, friend requests, likes, or replies to your posts. It'd be great if you can change to a working email address in your fotmd account- thanks!
I'm happy to hear you wound up getting something you like! We look forward to getting a peek at what you are up to when you can. Don't worry about not being an expert player- almost no one is anyway, we mostly play for enjoyment. :)
Ok, I know this is silly, but... drifting thread....
On my browsers, for some reason the font style plays tricks on my head for certain words. The oddest one is that when it says "tornados", my eyes think it says "tomatoes". This results in my browsing through news stories and seeing headlines such as:
"Tomatoes leave path of destruction in the midwest". "Dozens injured by tomato in Oklahoma".
With both dulcimers and banjos, I don't necessarily see it as all about the number of frets or non-frets, but more a matter of the style the instrument is played in, which is usually closely connected to the repertoire (but doesn't always have to be).
I have diatonic epinettes, mtn dulcimers with one or a few extra frets, a chromatic langspil, and both (chromatic) fretted banjos and fretless banjos. They're ALL great for doing various things- playing in various playing styles, playing repertoire from different time periods or different music cultures and genres. Each one has its own wonderful charms. If you have diverse taste in music, it's great to have a selection of instruments/tools to get the effect you're after!
Thanks, what's weird is that the string is in tune when played open, but sharpens when you use the frets. That doesn't make sense to me.
That can sometimes be attributed to a string that is not tight enough for the note it's being tuned to. With a slightly too slack string, your finger pushes the string right down to the wood much more easily, bending/pulling it to sound a bit sharp. Also a slightly slack string will much more likely hit the frets when it's vibrating. Again, for both these issues, I suggest you put on a wound bass string that is not so thin as your current .022. Try a .024 wound.
I suggest you try a new bass string, and try one that is just one size thicker- like a wound .23 or .24 instead of your .22 . That will increase the tension a bit so it won't buzz against any frets while vibrating.
Also, the windings on an old string may have flattened out a bit at the nut or bridge area, slowly lowering the string by just enough to start creating buzzes.... a new string would solve that as well.
Wound bass strings tend to be the first string to age and start sounding 'dead' anyway- so it's a good thing to replace the wound thick string on your instrument if it's getting old.
Well I know most folks here live in garden zones that ahead of me here in new york.
But yesterday I was able to pick enough lettuce leaves for us to have a nice salad for dinner. I also put on a generous handful of fresh alfalfa sprouts that I grow in jars in our kitchen all winter. Then added grated carrot and zucchini, sliced radishes, and a few little sardines on the side (yeah I know some of you would hate that, but hey it's healthy and we like it!) We think of canned whole sardines as our own cheap version of English kippers or Norwegian or Danish herring side dishes.
Anyway, it was a good fresh salad!
So true Sandi! I try to make it a habit whenever I get up from my desk to do a standing stretch on each side- holding onto the chair arm with one hand while twisting at the waist and reaching the other hand up real high. So simple and quick to do that on both sides, it feels real good and I think it helps counteract the damage of sitting for long periods.
You're right that incorporating a little 'mini-action' whenever you have a moment, or in between doing routine things... it all adds up.
Hi Richard! Yes NY is kind of late for Spring, but it's what we have! I usually buy already-started young tomato plants and put them in the ground the weekend before Memorial day, but I think maybe it'll mid May this year. We don't usually get tomatoes to eat until August, except for maybe some cherry ones.
I researched what kind of pussy willow is native to our area, since all I ever see in the nurseries are decorative hybrids. I wanted the 'wild' ones, and I ordered 3 of them about eight years ago and planted them in our yard. They seem to be doing ok and give me a modest bouquet or two every year now. You must prune them severely each year after they bloom though- kind of a chore as they get heavier branches with time. But they are very welcome in early Spring when little else is blooming. Plus, we are cat lovers and the similarity to our kitties' little toes is very endearing... especially our velvety grey cat Teddy.
Well today was a good day for switching out my warm clothes for Spring/Summer stuff: packed away my winter boots, winter gloves, wooly scarves, hats, and coats. Pulled out the sandals, sunhats, light silky scarves, and sweaters. Switched my shoulder bag to the flowery Summer one too.
Then I bought baby pots of rosemary, sage, and parsley... and planted them along with my surviving chive clump in my large patio 'mixed herb' pot. It's conveniently located right by the back porch where I can step out from the kitchen to snip some. Planted some tiny baby scallions and radish seeds out in the veggie garden. Have some lettuce growing already.
Our pussy willows are finished doing their thing, and the daffodils and narcissus are finally blooming here in NY. Feels like Spring, at long last!
Ah, the scene where they part after their wedding night!
Juliet hates that the cursed lark is singing- because it means the break of dawn and Romeo must leave before he is discovered with her...
Watch this baby respond to hearing a violin player for the very first time...
Music affects us and others so deeply, often much more than we know.
P.S. I also do a less traditional gilded 24 carrot gold and diamond studded piece for around $285,000.00, but....
That sounds like a very healthy dulcimore choice, with all those carrots...
I agree with other posts here- you can't go wrong ordering your perfect traditional dulcimer between those four wonderful gentlemen builders:
You might try posting this question in our UK & European Group:
-remember, to post in a Group you first have to JOIN it... look for the Join button on the group's page. That way you can also read all the group's discussions and replies. :) You just re-click that button at any time to 'un-join'... easy!
Sharon that's a great question. I guess it's hard to know for sure unless you have little kids or grandkids around to ask!
It's reassuring to read Dusty's reply, that many of the same songs are still taught today in school.
If that's so, then you might find some good ideas in this old forum thread:
Did you guys ever copy/paste text into a post from somewhere else, only to be dismayed by the fact that the pasted text is a different from your other surrounding text... a different size, or it has an annoying white background, etc? Well you can select that text after you pasted it, and hit the same 'remove formatting' button... and it will look just like your other text in your post! Magic! :)
Steve I just watched your video on your Master Class and I love what you say about adding musicality (expression?) to playing. Looks like the course would be not only helpful but fun.
Another test using two entirely different members' Vimeos... pasting just regular copy/paste, and also pasting as "plain text" option:
Great news! I'm happy and excited for you!
Ken Bloom makes what he calls his "Bass" bowed dulcimer, which is intended to be tuned an octave lower than his regular bowed dulcimer. It's still the same 25" VSL as the standard, however. I imagine Tutaine is referring to Bloom's 'Bass' bowed dulcimer.
BTW when people talk about 'octave mandolins', it means the mando is tuned an octave lower than standard.
Yes I saw that. Looks like a nice one. Ken's bowed dulcimers do come up for sale once in a great while. Beautiful instruments!
The shorter you go, if you want to stay tuned to DAd you'll have to put on heavier strings so it won't start feeling floppy. Personally, if I wanted to have relatively 'normal' gauge strings for DAd tuning, I wouldn't go shorter than around a 23" scale.