Why I generally play solo
Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!
Saw this on Facebook & have to share it here. I'm sure my Kindergarten report card said: Does not play well with others.
My husband has 5 old (mainly '20s + a 19th c.) banjos. That keeps him from complaining about my "Folk Instrument Petting Zoo" including several dulcimers. He definitely agrees about the pots, pointing to cigar box & a ham can as proof. Skins certainly make the difference. His oldest has a goat skin head & gut strings. He says that combination makes a big difference.
He's not been at all tempted by gourds (thank heavens!), but we know a fellow, Tim Twiss, who loves fretless gourd banjos for reenacting & just plain enjoyment.
With or without the video, The-5-easiest-houseplants-for-beginners is for those of us who claim a "Black Thumb."
For my continuing adventure, I patted myself on the back for getting a Mandevilla through the winter. (The local greenhouse didn't think I could do it.) Next I was careful taking it in & out of our sun room during times when it got cold at night -- having it on a rolling platform helped. Once that danger was past, however, I figured it was just a case of give it lots of water & let it enjoy that sun. WOOPS! The poor baby's looking dehydrated even with lots of water flowing through it daily. Fortunately there's still plenty of green, so it's now rolled over to a shady corner of that sun room & I'm just hoping I can again bring it around. (Bought my usual 2 for the front entrance. Won't let my hold-over Mandevilla see them -- too painful seeing what greenhouses produce.)
Have some other adventures with indoor houseplants (& outdoors), am even occasionally feeling like my thumb is getting "gray", but it's a long way to Tipperary & a long, long way to green.
<Chuckle!> I've always figured it was a pun on rosining the bow from the start.
I do a program using the abolition song "Roll on the Liberty Ball" that was sung at the planting of the enormous cedar that was the marker (seen for miles) of the Underground Railroad Station operated by the family of the woman I portray (Liberetta Lerich Green). Later when Civil War years near and I talk about the family's involvement in that & Lincoln's election, I use "Lincoln & Liberty, Too" -- his campaign song. Both sets of lyrics to "Old Rosin the Beau" were by the abolitionist music group, The Hutchinson Family Singers. I have 3 blog articles about them and Civil War music at http://www.storytellingresearchlois.com/search/label/Hutchinson%20Family%20Singers . The most recent (therefore the first shown) has a video of ex-Weaver, Ronnie Gilbert singing "Lincoln and Liberty, Too." Personally I always found it funny singing to the tune of "Old Rosin the Beau" as the family's father was staunchly anti-alcohol, even salting the corn crop he sold to pay their part in an Underground Railroad fine paid by all members of the network.
I use the songs to tie together Liberetta's life story, fitting some incidents to verses, since a normal life, unlike fiction doesn't have an easy outline. The song also has predictable repetition, encouraging audience participation.
dared to say "I think dogs are dumber and will eat quantities of poison stuff. (sorry, couldn't resist! lololol!) " Spoken like a true cat person as it reflects the opinion cats so often show. Yeah, you better fit that emoji & duck!
(Tempted to add an emoji, but it would be a shame to start another Cat & Dog war.)
The time difference can be a help or hindrance. An online time converter is worth checking before deciding on workshops or concerts.
Knowing how cats love to nibble plants, this is worth checking: Poisonous Plants to Dogs and Cats . (Can't have cats anymore, but am grateful my allergies don't prevent me from visiting and enjoying them.)
I'd love to know the thoughts of the husky in the final photo as he's looking at a plant. My own "malamutt" (husky/malamute) prowls for anything possibly edible when he comes in, but fortunately has never been interested in plants. He's more likely to eat something on the trail. He stops when I shout out, but catching him before going after something can be hard. These types of dogs tend to POUNCE!
This almost fits the "Show Us Your Pets" forum, but figure it's worth checking before acquiring or choosing the spot for your houseplants.
Here's an article titled "Why Your Kid Needs a Plant" https://offspring.lifehacker.com/why-your-kid-needs-a-plant-1846503714?utm_source=lifehacker_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2021-03-18 & I do believe the child in the photo is next to a Monstera.
I don't qualify for the category of "new" folks & also not for me are either monthly nor being "extremely generous and appreciated! "
That said, I'm proud to continue bearing that "Patron" label. I appreciate this site, both for its information & contacts. I've been recommending it whenever possible to anybody interested in Mountain Dulcimers, whether a beginner or beyond. Whether for myself or beginners this is a wonderful resource. It shouldn't be something you pay for, Strumelia. All you do as our very active administrator should be the most we expect of you.
I've been an administrator on a network similar to this, but for professional storytellers. Lack of income eventually made its owner realize it was more than he cared to continue. I would hate for that to happen here. We've seen other major sources of dulcimer networking disappear. I would hope I'm far from alone in my support!
I remember sitting at a light in California's Silicon Valley and wondering what were those bushes of flowering plants. They were geraniums!!! Ever since I find our northern pots of geraniums too puny.
(My mom was one of those who loved to identify plants and birds. Years later, as a children's librarian I re-discovered When the Root Children Wake Up. Audrey Wood wrote this classic in 1941. Nowadays there are new illustrations, but either way it's a great way to introduce children to knowing plants.)
Quick Dumb Question: It sounds like spraying might fit this plant giving it a daily mist. Does that make sense. This plant is very tiny in a tiny plastic pot sitting in the scooped out area of the previous plant's dirt. I see the tiniest of roots trying to stick out of one hole.
It is indeed cute. I, too, had a planter I bought a while back & knew it was over-crowded. The hardier ones have started taking over the spaces left by the ones never meant to be bunched in there. I guess it all comes down to learning what works and what doesn't. I need to double check the drainage on my Croton. For now it's in its tiny original pot inside the bigger pot. Made copies of the 2 pages about what it needs & how to troubleshoot it.
I also read about that Kalanchoe (which has a ton of common names!) &, unless I had tried to start cuttings, it lasted about the normal lifespan.
Maybe I'll stop saying "Plants quake in fear when they see me coming."
UPDATE: The "non-astilbe" was a Kalanchoe or "Widow's Thrill." It looks like at times I may have over-watered it. Was tempted seeing the cheery yellow blooms, but once the one I had stopped blooming roughly 2 years ago it never did again. Went with a very tiny but colorful Croton. Maybe I'll even talk to it. It certainly will get more attention by the kitchen sink.
The non-astilbe is now gone. In its final days there wasn't enough left to identify unfortunately. I could swear I went online for that ages ago, but putting in the name of Astilbe the other day sure wasn't the little yellow flowers I saw initially. I can try to prowl again, but looking for it at the greenhouse may be easier. Two years after reading about plant life makes me think I may have had a plant with just that lifespan.
Your bonsai sounds great but beyond me if I have any pity on that sort of house plant.
Just looked again at the email from the local greenhouse. The 25 % off ends after today. Even with further reductions I expect the selection really dwindles. Today is take my Malamutt to the Dog Park day, too. <sigh!> We'll see if I manage both.
Mandevilla is indeed an outdoor plant. Each year I have 2 at the entrance to our house and 1 in the sun room (which is unheated, so normally the plant dies off.) This year I brought the sun room plant in and have it by the sliding glass door to the sun room with a light (can't be sure if it's a grow light or an aquarium light as it's quite old from sitting in our basement) suspended from the curtain rod over the sliding glass door. I keep the curtains open and it lit until 8 p.m. & have been learning to judge watering by the leaves. Some of those leaves got slightly freezer burnt when our temperatures went around zero. I also had been rotating it whenever I watered, but stopped that a month or so ago. Even under ideal summer conditions it's a plant that does a regular job of dropping off leaves no longer functioning. I've learned to help that along so those don't block the light of the active leaves. Today I notice some of the vine-y stems I might have cut off, but just wasn't sure, have tiny sprouts! I really am getting hopeful I'll have this plant able to get back to the sun room and blooming again. When I brought it inside there still were blooms, but I was hopeful this was just a time for it to recuperate and lay low. The local plant expert said it needed lots of light and water.
All in all it may call me a liar for my claims of how awful I am with plants.
The astilbe was a tiny blooming plant given 2 summers ago when my husband was in the hospital. It had cheery little blooms and it took it a while, but it's now definitely gone.
I've been looking at a few library books on houseplants, no astilbe. Just put the name in and searched. WELL! That's not the plant I had. Dunno what it was at this point. One thing I noticed is some plants' lifespan and maybe I should tell myself this one matched. Still I know I was pretty awful with it.
Have been paying particular attention to plants matching my non-astilbe's conditions. Don't want anything too big as it must share the counter space. Your snake plant gets lots of recommendations for the very reasons you mention. If I could just let myself enjoy it for its leaves and ignore its name <YECH!> Something reminded me to look further. It's also called Mother-in-Law's Tongue, so I might consider it. The book says it's often described as indestructible. Don't think I want the full-sized version in that location, but there are dwarf forms half the normal size -- if I can get them.
To show you the level of my confidence with plants, I have read about two or possibly three plants that might work in the place of the non-atilbe. The book giving specifications is The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual; Essential Know-How for Keeping (Not Killing!) More Than 160 Indoor Plants. Looking at the plants, I've had (& eventually killed) I'm considering a Croton (also called Joseph's Coat) but maybe in this window where I see it more often it will do better. I know I really like its brightly colored leaves & so it would be a plus. I wouldn't even mind re-potting it in future years (the book is aggravatingly big on that!). Two green plants are a jade plant (did I ever have one?) or an aloe which I know I had at one time, also the aloe seems to need more light, so maybe better skipped.
I know I'm not hopeless. About 3 years ago a co-worker had a humongous spider plant she needed to give away. I took it with the agreement she'd never inquire after it. Some of it has gone, but still have some doing quite well even with a baby spider. It's in a room where I catch it when some leaves shout out for water. Similarly there's another room where I water when the spider plant gets watered. Some things survive there, too. Right now the Mandevilla gives me hope I'm not a serial plant killer/torturer. I don't dare get cocky about that, but remember the plant expert I asked originally about it sounded like it was very unlikely it would survive through the winter.
The local supplier of all things green and growing has 25% off right now on houseplants. Just want something fairly indestructible and able to fit the little pot and spot where the non-astilbe sat.
I went to this discussion hoping for HELP! Are there members able to make suggestions to somebody I'm sure makes plants quake with fear? Right now I'm wondering what might replace an Astilbe that has finally almost surrendered to my "care." It took 2 1/2 years, but this plant on my kitchen counter gets some light, but not enough to be truly sunny. My watering tendencies also are sporadic. The one good thing is I use water from cleaning my aquarium.
Also in my defense, it looks like I kept the Mandevilla from the sunroom alive in the house. I usually just buy 3, 2 for the entrance & 1 to be a real plant in that sunroom. The local garden store didn't think I could do it. Right now it's far from luxuriant, but hope to see it bounce back in warmer weather.
While I feel like I torture plants, I guess I'm not as hopeless as I claim, but at the other end of the spectrum from all posting here so far.
I agree that, when other multi-instrument festivals exist, there should be dulcimer workshops for beginners, possibly linked with an opportunity to loan the "cardboard dulcimers." (I remember attending a festival where that offer was made. I also remember thinking it was one instrument I wouldn't be trying!)
Beyond that, possibly dulcimer festivals would offer at least one FREE beginner workshop.
Thanks for the clarification, @Dusty-Turtle . Yes, waves of activity I figured. As for where posted, does this mean even Group posts appear on the Home page. Hope so, &, yes, "> it's one of the great things about having the way to scroll back (72 ! "pages"). I know I ought to go through it for times I've had to be away or when time permits to "discover a bit that I missed the last time."
I prowl the Home page, often without logging in. I know we all go through topics at times, but haven't spotted any Group discussions. It would take a lot of time to look at each Group of possible interest. I love the way the Home page lets us easily look back -- especially when having to be away for a while -- but wonder if I'm missing the obvious when it comes to Groups as opposed to the Forums?
Haven't had time to be here since my Roadie finally came home from Rehab. One week in hospital & month & a half to get him slightly mobile. Home nursing & therapists at least took today off! Facebook Messenger call was as close as we visited family. Found a Banquet Turkey & Gravy frozen pan (not as good as remembered, but it worked), Mashed Potatoes for both of us, Corn for Tom, Sweet Potatoes for me, & I also had a new dressing recipe that was great. Forgot to open the cranberries! Much later we tried a new recipe for Easy Peach Cobbler (very rich!) Not bad for somebody who likes to claim I treat my family like gods...burnt offerings! Actually my daughter on the call started itemizing all the great meals I used to make. None of them work for Tom's taste buds. I guess I could say I'm thankful for microwaves. To explain nowadays, he's more than once said "Ooo, go brush your teeth, you taste like vegetables!" He lost 30 pounds on what he could stand in the hospital & Rehab.
That's my Thanksgiving story & I'm sticking to it.
I've been letting my hair grow (it's actually easier when long in the summer), but now that it's time to do like "> and go back to shoulder-length. Similarly my husband asks me to trim his. The only problem (at least on that front) is my Roadie was in the hospital for a week and this week was his first (of how many, oh Lord!) week in Rehab. I'm told no visitation for 2 weeks then a short visit in the facility entryway. Not even window visits are possible as his faces an area closed due to construction. <SIGH!> It feels very much like sending your kid away to camp or college. Thank heavens we can phone each other! At least it lets me know when he does or doesn't get what I drop off for him. (That includes a cordless razor. He normally used a blade but started using my elderly lady's corded razor in the hospital.)
LoiS(cissors not getting used are only part of this)
I'm still eager to know of festivals/workshops for other instruments, but if you're interested in creating one this might help. The Story Crossroads blog from Aug. 17, 2020 to Aug. 25 presents a five-part series on "How to Set Up Virtual Events." In blog format, since the most recent appears first, it's best to go all the way back to the first part, working through what you need up to the end. It's written for storytelling events, but is intended to fit other performing arts and virtual events.
Hope it helps replace some events. It gives an interesting choice of times if you want to go global.
My only regret is my other type of event is theater and "You know what you call recorded plays . . . movies."
I'm a Talking Book on the road if my husband is driving. Thanks, @Jan-Potts, for your noting in this day of eBooks how it helps (now if I can just stop accidentally moving the pages if using a non-paper book!).
I also have decided to post your quote from Van Dyke by my music. That man had so many appropriate quotes there are even sites listing them.
This from him is on the family art gallery/communication wall (the refrigerator): Seize the Day - Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.
In this "Drifting Thread" I'd say it also gives us the chance to understand the history of punctuation (thanks, ) and choose what we prefer, whether for our own history and age or pointing to the research of what works.
Yes, I'm a 2-spacer.
Quick Dumb Question: Is there a site for online music festivals beyond exclusively dulcimers? Last night our local folklore society had our 1st gathering since shutting down in March. Thank heavens for Zoom even if not the same as our usual meeting. In talking, before we took turns playing & singing, there was regret over closed festivals. I mentioned attending online & was asked to share a listing of festivals. I know some of the listings at dpnews go beyond dulcimers. I'll gladly share it, but most of our members play guitar, uke, or banjo, so I'm hoping some of our instrumental generalists can name additional sites.
THANKS! (I'm that sure they exist.)
Like you, my introduction to folk music was guitar & I still sometimes go that way, but really am delighted to have found the MD. Since you're currently pretty much stuck indoors, you'll find lots to learn through prowling FOTMD. Be warned though, you show traces of the disease I have . . . developing a musical petting zoo. Even being stuck inside can't protect you. I blame my infection all the way back to Girl Scout days when I earned the Dabbler badge. For those with a specialized form of the disease, it's Dulcimer Acquisition Disease to match the common tuning of DAd. My husband has been fighting his own form of this with banjos. It's not fatal and is fun whether you succumb to it or not.
Dulcimer Player News https://www.dpnews.com/festival-directory lists festivals and with everything having to go online it's worth prowling to get some of those workshops you might have been unable to take because they were already taken at Quarantune or Quarantune 2.0.
I call my husky/malamute my Trail Buddy and try to get out with him for about an hour every other day. Recent hot weather has forced me to try doing that in the morning. (I'm NOT an a.m. person and tend to muddle along until finally alert.) I've tried night hikes, but he's just not as happy with paved walking, our local parks shut down at sunset, and flashlight hikes in fields and woods can be tricky. <sigh!>
Just saw this on Facebook from @ClassicFM:
My goldfish are named Major, Minor, Dorian, Lydian, and Diminished. The only way I can tell them apart is by their scales.
To which I added that on the Mountain Dulcimer we also have Ionian and Mixolydian.
Woops I forgot poor old sorrowful Aeolian.
, my sympathy when you compare the 3 stringed instruments where a chord's position is fixed. At first this (coming from a guitar background) and the variety of tunings so that a particular fret may change notes (coming from a piano background) left me, too, as you said, "but when I try to memorize dulcimer chords my brain says, 'oh no, enough is enough'."
Dusty's given you the right advice. I would also suggest you look at the discussion on "More DAd than DAA Instruction available." You probably thought it didn't fit your needs and skipped it, but there are some points in it and in Strumelia's blog that may prove worthwhile for your exposure as you begin your dulcimer journey.
Hi, , yes, I knew there would be a challenge to what song had the most. There's some generic portability if you choose to go that way. Speaking of Old Joe, I can never play it as fast as my banjo picking husband, so I don't try. Instead I have a jig where Li'l Liza Jane meets the Old boy. First half is her, second is him, then I quietly sneak in a whisper on the melody string giving her the last word. It's an arrangement by @Larry Conger and I should be practicing it. The June meeting will be impossible at Paint Creek Folklore Society, I'm sure, but the theme was "Youth to Old Age" and that was going to be what I played.
I guess love songs have a lot of variety (cheeseburgers!, animal songs, cocaine?!?) , as says, "It all depends on what you love!" Personally I'd choose Shady Grove. It's claimed to have the most verses of any song so obviously I'm not alone and your can pick and choose the way you want it to go.
@Irene asked "Tell me how you can play with a pick and NOT get that flappy flap flap? It's great percussion, but I don't want percussion on all my music with the dulcimore." gave a method, but if that doesn't match the way you strum it could be hard to change habits. Felt picks don't make sounds on songs that don't fit percussive pick noise.
(I know, I know, it's not strumhollow related & I was treading dangerously outside this discussion's topic.)