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Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy
01/29/21 01:26:40PM
21 posts

Favorite Lenten Hymns?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

John W. McKinstry:

Good choice, Gordon.  I wonder how you tuned your dulcimer to accompany with voice?

Here's my story, John. I normally don't care to play music that I can't sing to or don't have lyrics for (that's why I have a hard time with fiddle tunes, more's the pity). I found with my first standard dulcimer, that I couldn't tune it low enough to match my voice, so I asked my luthier friend to build me a larger, stronger baritone dulcimer. At that time, in my formative playing, I didn't know there was a "baritone" dulcimer but I gave him some specs which he, at first, reluctantly followed and he built me a beautiful sounding (in my mind) instrument. It is a six string, I use guitar strings, the bass strings are .42, the middle strings are .26 and the melody strings are either .12 or .14, whatever I have on hand. For songs tabbed in DAD, I tune my strings to GDG and for songs tabbed in DAA, I tune my strings to GCG and it works for me and my voice. I apologize for all the Alberta windage, but I don't do reader's digest condensed. Thanks for wondering.
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy
01/29/21 12:51:31PM
21 posts

Favorite Lenten Hymns?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks for starting this thread, John. A favorite Lenten Hymn of mine and one which can also be heard on FOTMD Video is "Lord Who Throughout These Forty Days". The words to this Hymn were written in 1873 by Claudia F Hernaman. The music used for this Hymn is St. Flavian and was published in 1563. I found it quite easy to tab this for simple finger-noter drone style for voice accompniament.

Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy
01/28/21 01:16:12PM
21 posts

What Are You Working On?


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John W. McKinstry:

I noticed in the calendar that Ash Wednesday is February 17th, the beginning of Lent and so I have been looking at Lenten hymns. To mark the beginning of Lent I have chosen a  Spiritual: "I Want Jesus To Walk With Me". This video will be posted on February 15th.

Thanks for the Ash Wednesday reminder, John. If I may, I'm going to ride your coattails and post a Lenten Spiritual on February 15 as well. I think I'll try "Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley".
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy
01/07/21 10:52:55PM
21 posts

A moment of reflection


OFF TOPIC discussions

As I reflect on my experience with FOTMD and the folks who are associated with this site, I can say that I have felt encouragement and acceptance. I am allowed to lumber along at my own pace without denigration or derision. What a pleasure to be within a group where I am not expected to be an expert but can contribute according to my abilities. Thank you Strumelia.

Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy
08/30/20 11:49:24AM
21 posts

worldwide Play Music on the Porch Day


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Robin Thompson:


Lovely playing and singing! Thank you!
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy
08/29/20 03:48:56PM
21 posts

worldwide Play Music on the Porch Day


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

World Wide Play Music On The Porch Day!! Here is my submission

Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy
04/12/20 07:42:37PM
21 posts

"Musical Spring 2020" online calendar


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thank you Robin and Mark and your windowsill bird for sharing this lovely Spring composition with us. Happy Easter!

Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy
04/07/20 12:06:32PM
21 posts

Whatever happened to singing?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I've always liked to sing (not exceptionally well but I enjoy it) in choirs and congregations. When I started playing dulcimer, early on I realized I wasn't a prodigy, So I had my buddy build me a big loud dulcimer that matched my big loud voice and then with lots of practice I taught myself to sing to the accompaniment. I think because I'm self taught I may have discounted "music police" and critics too much especially when they are probably trying to help (anyone who tries to help must have a good heart) . I know absolutely nothing about music theory.

I've become somewhat long winded here, but my point is, if you want to sing to your dulcimer music, all it takes is some practice. Don't worry about the critics, if you're posting here or on face book , the critics aren't paying to listen to you anyway.

It is great right now in this time of "self isolation" to be able to talk, I hope you folks are staying safe and healthy!

Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy
01/12/20 02:50:44PM
21 posts

"Musical Spring 2020" online calendar


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

This sounds like a real good idea, thanks Ariane!!

Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy
01/06/20 12:34:46PM
21 posts

TEDx talk and music by the great Jerry Rockwell


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Robin, I finally took the time to review this video, I don't know why it took me so long. Thank you, it's very inspirational!

Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy
07/21/18 06:24:04PM
21 posts

Choose just ONE song for all eternity...


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Interesting, does for all eternity mean until I find the next favorite? My choice is "Who Will Watch The Home Place" written by West Virginia song writer Kate Long. This song really struck a chord with me (pun intended). It makes me think of the many folks who have had to leave the land either because of external forces or of their own volition. I find it both sweet to play and sweet to sing.

Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy
04/23/18 11:24:04AM
21 posts

Dancing!...(feet as instrument)


Adventures with 'other' instruments...


Strumelia:

It's interesting to see that the two gents trade-off:  the fiddler has the back-striped vest and shorter hair.  The jawharp player has the all black vest and the long hair.  You can see that when he is playing the jawharp on the Walking Dance in the middle of the video, the fiddler (who is now dancing) tries several times with hand motions to get him to speed up the tempo, but he doesn't- so as a dancer watching this I can feel that the Walking Dance is a little uncomfortably slow, but the two dancers make the best of it anyway.  mrdance   The other two dances (with the fiddling) feel like comfortable tempos for dancing.


 


 


I was never been able to play a jaw harp as fast as I could tap my foot, because I was concerned about injuring my teeth and lips if the harp got away on me, probably because I didn't know what I was doing. This little dance video prompted me to go and dig out my old harp and twang for a bit. Good memories.


updated by @gordon-hardy: 04/23/18 11:26:17AM
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy
04/23/18 10:06:29AM
21 posts

Dancing!...(feet as instrument)


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Lisa, very interesting to see and hear the gent playing the Jew's harp or jaw harp or mouth harp. This is an "old fashioned" instrument that we seldom see anymore. Thank you.

Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy
11/25/16 11:39:30AM
21 posts

Remember Our Friend Oliver Ogden.


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I had the privilege of chatting with Oliver from time to time on the "chat" and I will miss him. This poem by John Donne speaks volumes to how we are connected as human beings. Thank you for introducing this tribute, Lexie. Rest in Peace Oliver.

'No Man is an Island' by John Donne

No man is an island entire of itself; every man

is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;

if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe

is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as

well as any manner of thy friends or of thine

own were; any man's death diminishes me,

because I am involved in mankind.

And therefore never send to know for whom

the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy
03/14/16 12:35:58AM
21 posts

Sad news- Rest in peace our good friend John Phillips


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

'No Man is an Island' John Donne

No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;

if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as

well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me,

because I am involved in mankind.  And therefore never send to know for whom

the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy
03/12/16 11:38:49AM
21 posts

Best methods for video and audio to upload


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Erin, I record my videos with a little canon vixia camcorder and load them to my computer using the "Image Browser" software that I think came with the camera. Then I use a free app called "Any Video Converter" to edit out all the bad takes etc. and to convert from MP4 to MP3.  MP4 is usually too big for this site. Then I load the MP3 on to Youtube and voila from Youtube I can share it here on FOTMD.

Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy
06/29/15 03:30:54PM
21 posts

Tenor Guitars


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Cynthia, I very much appreciated your review of your new tenor guitar. Loved your playing and singing of Precious Lord. I'm pleased that you are so happy with this new addition to your collection.

Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy
06/18/15 11:02:59AM
21 posts

Pickup


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I use the Schatten pickup that Rob's talking about and I am pleased with it. I have nothing to compare to as I haven't used any other pickup. I stuck the pickup onto the top of my dulcimer with the double sided tape that Schatten provided, but I actually screwed the jack receiver onto the tail piece of my instrument as I figured it was a sturdier application than glueing or taping.