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Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/24/20 07:49:16PM
159 posts

Rest in peace, Maddie MacNeil


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Like Robin, I never had the pleasure of meeting her, but her books deserve to continue her legacy.  Just went to her website & see the self-published books are no longer available.  Let's hope Mel Bay keeps her other works in print for a long time.

 

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/24/20 07:43:05PM
159 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Italy's singing from windows has inspired people on our local NextDoor neighborhood site to begin singing from porches at 6 p.m.  I posted that our neighborhood is all acreage & I'm high atop a Bunny Slope of a hill so it didn't seem practical for me.  Suggestions were made & I decided to try it today.

Today the song was Sweet Caroline.  DRAT!  Yesterday's Amazing Grace I know sooooo much better & could use my dulcimer.  Only found guitar tabs & went on YouTube since I wasn't too sure beyond the chorus.  Found Neil Diamond has changed the lyrics slightly for Covid-19 to "hands, washin' hands; don't touch me; I won't touch you." 

How did it go?

No other driveways had singers (or anyone in sight), but I started anyway.  Along came a jogging couple.  She smiled & waved & I did, too.  They kept jogging (not necessarily a review on my playing & singing, but freely confess I came darned near tears & became slightly choked up at times -- hey, I'm a storyteller, not a musician, even when I include music in my programs.

LoiS(inging at 6, but hope for a longer Heads Up on tomorrow's song) or LoiS(urely we can't let Italians be the only ones singing!)

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/20/20 07:57:51PM
159 posts

FUNNY songs you sing & play on your dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

We all can use a bit of fun, especially now, but I had already decided I needed to play "The Sloop John A" after hearing it on the syndicated "Folk with Matt Watroba."  (Check your NPR stations to see if the show is on yours, or check https://www.wkar.org/programs/folk-matt-watroba#stream/0 )  He played the Les Barker parody & I knew I had to learn it.  Since we're all working on our repertoire a bit more right now, I recommend getting the tab for Sloop John B & the parody words.  For the words & Barker doing the song I went to YouTube.

Fellow pun lovers will love how we never did find the John A, maybe the A's at sea.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/13/20 08:54:44PM
159 posts

Any banjo players out there?


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Ken Hulme:

I got my banjo playing buddy a new tuner for Christmas --  Acme Wirecutters!!~!

I had to read your comment to my "loud & raucous" banjo playing husband.  He's my Roadie & I can only get him to play for my Civil War era programs, when I do WWI or Prohibition he swears it's not his style.  Good thing I love him & vice versa 'cause I pick on him mercilessly about that banjo.winky

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/13/20 08:40:32PM
159 posts

Where to Purchase Tablature Music for the Dulcimer


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

So sorry for your reason to especially want Farewell, Angelina.  I'm glad Dylan used " "Farewell to Tarwathie" and that Brian was able to point you to the correct original.  I've been playing "Morning Has Broken" lately because it, too, is set to an old tune.

I had my ears perk up when you said 1955 for a cut-off date for Public Domain.  That's presuming no extension was filed.  (Also arrangements become a new composition.)  I strongly recommend http://www.publicdomainsherpa.com/copyright-public-domain.html &, of course the group here.  It's not a problem when playing for your own am aze ment, but performances can become tricky when you start getting out of the beginner category.  With all the performances getting canceled or handled digitally, I'm grateful my historical storytelling stays in Public Domain.  My new Prohibition program involves a <GASP!> ukulele.  It will never be an instrument I love, but it's right for the era. 

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/13/20 01:21:15PM
159 posts

Idle time. What to do.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hi Terry,

I just reached out to a library where I'm scheduled for a program later this month.  The program I do is 100% public domain -- the joys of historical programs.  I suspect material you are using is also public domain.  They offered to either postpone the program or live stream it.  I'm not sure how many of us have that option, I know I would need them handling it, but it's becoming a method for all manner of meetings and performances.  I confess that techies would need to help me if I tried to do it on my own.

Just heard that Hong Kong is finding that survivors of the virus have 20-30% reduced lung capacity.  Stay well & use it as you said, with new material work.

I might even find time to go back through the timeline here as I've had to be off it with rehearsals and performances.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
01/11/20 12:54:01PM
159 posts

Pick noise


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

This won't help with any "bad habit", but if you're playing a piece where you don't want that percussive sound I strongly recommend felt picks.  I also find they don't produce as loud a sound.  I tend to think of myself as having a fairly strong voice, but picks produce so much louder sounds that it can be hard to be heard over it in an acoustic setting without a microphone.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
12/28/19 10:28:57PM
159 posts

Intros and bridges


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The 2 versions of Morning Has Broken that I plan to use together are by Steve Smith  and then the flat-picked version by Tull Glazener was what I considered for the interlude.   It essentially is the same on a lot of it,  but uses the chords played and then broken into arpeggios.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
12/28/19 07:11:36AM
159 posts

Intros and bridges


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Dusty, thank you!  I've been envying people who can sing a verse or 2, then throw in something that's not just playing the same thing without the words, and then returning to the words.  Can't borrow Mastering Variations, but see Amazon has a limited # of copies.  DRAT!  It's the sort of thing I should have suggested as a Christmas present. 

Some of what you suggest has come up in a song I've decided to stick to playing instrumentally only.  I found 2 versions of Morning Has Broken.  Surprisingly both are in the same key with the 1 I would play as an interlude taking the spot where your hand is already in a chord and arpeggiating (if that's not a real word, it should be) the chord.  On 2d thought maybe I'll sing on version 1 & use version 2 as an instrumental break. 

O.k. you didn't give the full course or book, but it's a great start with suggestions on proceeding that easily delays my roughly $35 - $70 (buying both O'Rourke's books & including the shipping) for now.  When I am ready to move on to more involved discoveries I now know where to go...to a book or 2.  The librarian in me, of course, approves the book recommendation,

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
12/28/19 02:43:43AM
159 posts

Intros and bridges


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Dusty Turtle:

@Ferrator, first, bridges and intros are different. Bridges are usually part of the composed song.  It might be considered the "B" part that contrasts with the main melody.  The kind of intro you are talking about is not a formal part of the composed song but a few bars played before the song starts.

One trick for an intro is to play the end of the "B" part of the song.  For example, if you were playing "Silently Night" you might begin very slowly playing the part that goes along with the words "Sleep in heavenly peace," then pause for a moment, and then begin "Silent night, holy night . . . ."

You ask a very good question that gets at the difference between merely playing a song and playing an interpretation of a song, which would include intros, filler, perhaps a musical interlude (what we used to call the "solo") as well as an ending.

Because the intro & the ending can easily come from the piece, they aren't as hard to come up with something.  My puzzlement is always that "filler" between sections or verses.  Suggestions?

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
12/08/19 03:01:31PM
159 posts

John Molineux uses a striker on a mountain dulcimer


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Thank heavens this site offers a way to review as I'm in only intermittently lately.  Saw this about strikers & wanted to show a simple one I was given (so they must be inexpensive).  It was part of last year's Christmas dulcimer workshop at Elderly Instruments in Lansing, Michigan, so they may carry them.  It's about an 1/8th of an inch thick & my husband thinks it may be oak.  I'm adding a photo as many of you could make one.  I'm using mine for the last verse of Good King Wenceslaus.


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Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
11/13/19 10:25:55PM
159 posts

Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles, but never Ukeleles!


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Terry Wilson: 😀👍☀️. Lisa, I say this often. “If God is watching us, the least we can do, is be entertaining.”

Me, too; me, too!

 

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
08/16/19 07:34:54PM
159 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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I agree with @paul-rappell about " the possibility of the dog flying around the car in the event of a crash."  Unfortunately my Mouthymutt (malamute/husky) chewed right through a brand new harness the very 1st time, so I'm glad it's not a law here even though I'd love to do it.

He's in the narrow extended cab of our truck, a.k.a. The Fur Wagon.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
08/16/19 12:42:34PM
159 posts

Who Made Swan-shaped Dulcimer?


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

@robin-thompson"> @robin-thompson  said:

Lois, there is an element or two of this instrument which I've seen before-- the swan head being the more notable element.  I can't recall, though, when I saw some similar photos.  I'm hoping somebody knows who the maker was!

Hi Robin, you've been close enough to areas where the maker may have been.  Even if it proves to be recycled furniture as Strumelia suggests, it might lead to more information.

 

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
08/16/19 12:37:42PM
159 posts

Who Made Swan-shaped Dulcimer?


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

Hmmm.  Wonder who is knowledgeable about wood?  We recently lost our local Native American flute maker, Don Hayes.  He really knew his woods.  I'll ask his widow if their son, who took the woodshop tools & wood, could tell me.  I look at it and it doesn't look as refined as those chairs, but it's an idea.  His finish is definitely more "rustic", especially on the back. 

Showed it just now to my husband and he dared to want to improve that finish!  NO!

That woodburned signature looks to me like it ends in "...ville."

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
08/15/19 07:21:10PM
159 posts

Kantele?


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

A computer search on Kantele was eye-opening.  It reminds me of the zithers and toys that had diagrams you insert under the strings to play a song.  Being eager to make music simply, I've fallen for some of those & even created some diagrams of my own.  This shows there is a whole Finnish musical tradition without the cheat sheets that probably inspired the commercial American instruments .

I'm not "Finnished" with mine, but appreciate seeing a more musical and traditional version.  His tying it to the Finnish epic of the Kalevala adds to its appeal for me as a storyteller, especially in a state known for its Finnish residents.  The Folkcraft name convinced me to watch the video & I appreciated Ken Bloom's many ideas.  They fit much more than just the Kantele for those of us playing members of the zither family & that includes the dulcimer. 

Just wish he hadn't allowed his microphone to pick up wind noise.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
08/15/19 06:24:35PM
159 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Mine thinks "come" means stand there & wait for me to come to him!  I tend to use it when walking on our dirt roads & know a car is coming.  I've gotten very fast at shortening his extendable leash & coming.  Who trained who?

I love our truck's rear window over the truck bed, but learned to put a stick in the track so it only opens big enough to put his head out.  Nothing like being on the interstate & looking in your rearview mirror & your dog is past his chest trying to get out!!!

My childhood dog one time jumped out on a busy road when he saw something he wanted.  Fortunately other cars missed him.  Don't believe dogs won't find a way out, it can happen incredibly fast.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
08/15/19 06:13:53PM
159 posts

How do I post in the Photos section of my page?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

P.S. I find that "+" symbol step that I need to remember.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
08/15/19 06:12:44PM
159 posts

How do I post in the Photos section of my page?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Thank you both!  I posted this unsuccessfully on the former site and thought it was worth trying again.  (It also gave me a procedure for a fellow member who has had trouble posting photos here.)  I love the instrument & its uniqueness, so I decided to post it both ways.  Guess I'm 2 for 2.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
08/15/19 06:08:17PM
159 posts

Who Made Swan-shaped Dulcimer?


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

I posted these 6 photos on my page of an unusual dulcimer possibly made by a builder in Indiana.  It was suggested I also post them here.  The builder's logo/signature are woodburned into it and should help.


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updated by @lois-sprengnether-keel: 10/27/19 12:02:25PM
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
08/13/19 09:11:16PM
159 posts

How do I post in the Photos section of my page?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

I have 1 photo in my photos section that I somehow acquired from the Berea Gathering.  I have 6 photos I would like to post and ask if anybody recognizes who made my Swan-shaped Dulcimer.  I can select them from my files & they range from 87.5 KB to 181 KB, so that should be smaller than the 1.5 MB it says is the maximum.  I click the Select Images to Upload box on my Photos tab, open the photo in my file and drop it on the Select Images box, where the title appears in a green box (but no photo).  There the size goes from 87.5kB to 0.2MB with all but 1 of the 6 either 0.1 or 0.2 MB.  What step am I missing?  While I'm at it I'd like to group all 6 together, titling it Swan-shaped Dulcimer and in the gallery description say where I bought it as a clue & ask if anybody recognizes the signature & logo on it and the instrument.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
08/09/19 07:05:42PM
159 posts

Mystery Solved!!! (comment walls not indexed in site searches)


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The search feature here can be a bit wonky, turning up a widely scattered approach.  For giggles & grins try a search such as a hunt for Dulcimer U.

Still the site amazes me with the wonderful ways we can go back in time, even discussions from the old Ning network (but that was hit & miss as to what was saved).

Go to the Forums tab to see this: there are 3 tabs there: Discussions; Newest Posts; & My Posts which could shorten your search if you said anything while the discussion was going.

As for the Comment Wall, it's the general comments made in a Group beyond specific discussions that are started there.

Hmmmm.  Just saw Strumelia's explanation & find it's interesting that Search doesn't find Comments. 

Also speaking as somebody who sometimes has to miss for chunks of time, I love the Timeline feature which lets you go back 3 months.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
08/05/19 06:20:05PM
159 posts

Great Lyric/Chord Find


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Using the earliest Wayback Machine capture , however, produced this great resource &, yes, @ruth-lawrence , I was able to click & find "Cats in the Cradle. "  I know Dusty's site (still online at this writing) let you find the song.  Don't know if his link is a more recent posting from the same people after the Berkeley.edu site was dropped, but there's never enough ways to find a song when you really want it & this did indeed give a lot of 60s & 70s songs.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
08/05/19 06:05:10PM
159 posts

Sheet music collection


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Scratch that if you are hoping for the actual sheet music.  I went to the "Browse the Collection" tab.  Scrolled down & clicked on Box 75 - Victor Herbert 1910-1920, but it doesn't work.  Apparently the site just listed what they owned (& maybe the covers).  If you can get to Johns Hopkins University, I suppose it's useful for serious researchers, but not for the rest of us. <SIGH!>

Like a library, the Wayback Machine feature doesn't create the material, just produces what is (or in their case, was) out there.

I tend to use the most recent date available in the hopes of it containing the most information.  In this case I later checked the first posting and think the site is less useful for us than it originally appeared.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
08/05/19 05:44:39PM
159 posts

Sheet music collection


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

Lovers of old-time sheet music can still find the Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music online even though it's no longer online at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University.  The Wayback Machine capture for February 10, 2013 is the last available, but can be found at https://web.archive.org/web/20130210014156/https://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/index.html

-- can you tell I'm goofing off by prowling the Dulcimer Resources: TABS/Books/websites/DVDs?

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
08/05/19 05:06:40PM
159 posts

Classic Country and Old Country Tab Books


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https://johnsackenheim.com is more "traditional" than "country music."  I almost didn't look at it, then decided to peek.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
08/05/19 04:57:35PM
159 posts

Looking for tabs/books devoted to old style drone & noter playing


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This discussion brought up the dreaded "404 page not found", so I did my own finding via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine (a tool I highly recommend).  This went down fairly recently as this was last scanned Nov. 21, 2018. https://web.archive.org/web/20181121011416/http://barbfeick.com/vaudeville/Tabs/Dulcimer/   By the way I started with the general website Barb Feick did & it's quite huge, as playing dulcimer was only one of her instruments & one of her interests http://barbfeick.com/

Right now I'm looking for online sources of material, especially tab in preparation for going digital as much as possible.  To my dulcimer friends like @ken-hulme & others who believe tab is a crutch, I'm definitely handicapped & need it.  Sorry, but my ear lets me goof too often & memory has never been my strength -- Storytelling is best "from the heart & the moment" (although I sometimes have printed references handy), while memory is for acting.  (I do community theatre to help exercise it, but don't tend to be "letter perfect.")

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
08/05/19 03:52:24PM
159 posts

Randy Wilkinson tab book for Elizabethan Music


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Hey everybody, especially @dusty-turtle who said he'd "been looking for this book for years", I thought I'd check to see if anybody was selling it, & found a pdf version online!!! https://www.rivercitydulcimers.com/Randy%20Wilkinson,%20Elizabethan%20Dulcimer.pdf. 

See it pays to prowl old discussions.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
08/01/19 10:41:48PM
159 posts

FOTMD's 10th Birthday Pickled Dulcimer Contest!! (contest CLOSED)


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Wow!  I just squeaked in there!

Thank you & I hope none of us qualify as being Picklepusseskrazy

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
07/29/19 06:41:02PM
159 posts

FUNNY songs you sing & play on your dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Dusty Turtle:

Lois Sprengnether Keel:

@Dusty Turtle,

By all means, make use of our additional verse.  When I sing the song there is a horse named Pinto, a dog named Chili, A fish named Jelly, and a friend named Yuman.  

Bravissimo!!!clapper

 

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
07/29/19 06:07:35PM
159 posts

How does your pet react to your Dulcimer playing?


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He gets jealous & wants attention. 

At least he doesn't get as upset as when I try to play the concertina.  I presume it, my Native American flutes, my ocarinas all hurt his ears.  I try to not play when he's in the house, but really need to get back to the concertina.  (Held off while my wrist recuperated -- see the discussion on the thumb -- & forgot it.  Need to start all over, especially as it will exercise my wrist.)

(I notice he doesn't mind my husband's banjo playing.)wondering

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
07/29/19 06:00:49PM
159 posts

FUNNY songs you sing & play on your dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Just went down to the start of this discussion & see we should give "And where did you learn them from?"  Beans came along with waaaay too many songs from being a camper & camp counselor.  Folklorists might be able to pry the sources out from me further, but then there's all the additional years as a children's librarian. 

Guess I should contribute something to the discussion.  If I'm strictly honest about how my dulcimer was used, just this past summer (many libraries are cooperatively doing an astronomical Summer Reading program theme to celebrate the moon landing anniversary) I told an Australian story about the sun that ended with the Kookaburra.  I then did the song's 2 verses that are more standard & added the 1 an Australian friend told me years ago about:

Kookaburra sits on the electric wire

Setting all his tail on fire

Stop, Kookaburra,

Stop, Kookaburra,

Hot your tail must be.  (ouch, ouch, ouch!) -- do those ouches with your hands off the dulcimer as if they're burning up.

* * *

See your children's librarian for LOTS more material.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
07/29/19 05:44:12PM
159 posts

FUNNY songs you sing & play on your dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@Dusty Turtle, I like your addition & trust it's given as Creative Commons for all of us to use.  I learned the song as the dog's name was Porkin.  Chili & Jelly are actually a bit neater as you don't have the problem wanting to change to the plural.

Dusty Turtle:

Well I learned a mildly clever song from Stephen Seifert.  I think he just called it "Chili Bean."  My daughter and I added a verse.

The version I knew went:

My dog Porkin loves to roam,

One day he came roaming home,

Full of fleas and very unclean,

Where in the world has Porkin Bean?

 

 

Lois Sprengnether Keel
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07/29/19 04:48:49PM
159 posts



Finally got a chance to look the book up -- you may be able to borrow it depending on your library's inter-library loan situation.  I got the title slightly wrong <Gasp!>  It should be Caring for the Painful Thumb by Jan Albrecht & if you go to Amazon it's 35.99!  You see why I recommend borrowing it if possible?

I have a few exercises I do when my thumbs get sore & so far haven't needed more.  My time in therapy is due to breaking my wrist 2 years in a row, so I try for every other day on that & my thumbs as needed.

 

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
07/27/19 07:57:31PM
159 posts



This topic remains important & I recommend prowling for Care of the Painful Thumb.  Occupational Therapists recommend it.  Just having a few exercises to strengthen the muscles involved can really help.  I was also told women have naturally weaker thumbs.  I find exercise when mine hurt help.

Not sure if tart cherries & its juice truly help, but it's delicious & I know somebody who swears by it for arthritis.

Apologies for bringing up so late, but it is a problem that hits many.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
07/27/19 06:59:47PM
159 posts

FOTMD's 10th Birthday Pickled Dulcimer Contest!! (contest CLOSED)


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376

Trying to catch back posts from times too busy to check in here.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
06/16/19 03:36:58PM
159 posts

What's fer dinner?


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Lulu:

I actually made popcorn for my dinner.  Ate a big bowl while watching some episodes of "Victoria" season 3.    grin

I'm a popcorn addict.  My earliest years were "grandfathered" into the Tivoli Theatre Apartments & even after we moved into a house, my dad's jewelry store was still in the building.  I was a mascot allowed to have all the day-old popcorn I wanted. 

Sometime look up Carl Sandburg's Rootabaga Stories for a delightful tale for us popcornaddicts.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
06/16/19 03:07:46PM
159 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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It sounds like Angus left you with many wonderful memories.  Sorry he had to go, but know he'll be waiting for you with all 4 legs on the other side.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
05/27/19 10:41:14AM
159 posts

So if Jesus came to dinner, what would you play?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Knowing the way I play, I'd be making all kinds of excuses & apologies, but Let Us Break Bread Together comes to mind.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
04/30/19 09:00:05PM
159 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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HUG Sounds like we're really on the same wavelength (although I confess I learned how to fingerpick when I gotta). 

Jan Potts:

Actually, Lois, I played chords on folk guitar to accompany singing in the late 60's and 70's, but I don't think I played enough to get calluses!  I also never learned to fingerpick...

When the edges of the fake calluses begin to peel, I'd usually remove them and then re-apply.  This is what I did while I was waiting for a new callus to form after I cut a finger on my left hand last fall.  One of the things I did was to keep a uke handy and strum chords quietly on that for about 5 min. at a time while watching TV, etc. The hard part is to not overdue it while the baby calluses are developing.

 

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