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Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
04/21/20 01:58:28PM
189 posts

Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.


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Ah, my Berea Roomie, @Dulcinina , back before I found my health better w/o cats we had a cat who tolerated a leash, but moving at a cat's pace won't help you much (except for your sense of humorwinker ) .  My 10 year old husky/malamute would probably go more, but I try to get out for a roughly hour-long walk every other day, weather permitting.  (I'm NOT a walk-in-the-rain Pet Mom, although sometimes the white stuff still trying to assert itself here in Michigan doesn't always stop me.  BRRRR!)  My "Beast" is nearing the age when my mals died, so I'm hoping the husky in him keeps him longer.  When I think about losing him: I know not having to arrange for care when I'm on the road would be helpful, but he's my trail buddy & I'm well aware I wouldn't be doing it w/o him.  <SIGH!>  This is starting to sound like it should move to the Show Us Your Pets, & I'm always hearing how gorgeous he is, but think when he goes I'll probably try fostering for a while, but know what that will lead to. . . a new trail buddy.

Yes, @Strumelia , like you, I'm having to pick my walking areas to avoid people crowding some parks, although I'm not bothered by the way dogs just don't believe in "social distancing", while I talk to their human at a distance.  My husband's truck has an extended cab where my boy rides.  Decided to use my gas points expiring this month on the truck since that travels a bit more than my SUV these days.  The worker at the gas station saw & commented on how he's, yes, gorgeous.  It's a rare time I don't hear that.   Thank heavens a nearby golf course & the fairgrounds (yep, read your note on that!) are near and still available.  Just a bit of walking on our dirt roads leaves me wondering if we truly have that many Essential Workers & people only out 1x a week for groceries! You're still taking your life & that of your dog in your hands traveling on the road.

Whether with a Trail Buddy or earphones, may we all have the opportunity to walk as even online exercise and dance isn't helpful if it must take place in a crowded office.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
04/13/20 04:08:10PM
189 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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I've  been testing my very beginning skills of arranging with Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" when this parody I call 50 Ways to Beat Corona came my way.  It's by Marge Bailey as the Sweet Adelines are sharing humor.

Stay away from the pack, Jack
Don't visit your Gran, Stan
Wipe down the toys, Roy
To keep virus free.

Don't hop on the bus, Gus
Don't listen to Don, Ron
Don't hoard the TP, Lee
Just stay virus free

Sneeze in your sleeve, Steve
Don't touch your face, Grace
Keep back to 6 feet, Pete
Heed CDC

Use the Purell, Mel
Keep wipes in your purse, Nurse
Take care of your flock, Doc
You need PPE

This isn't Spring Break, Jake
Stay home if you're sick, Dick
As COID leaps, Peep
Just Follow the rules, Flo
And stay virus free.

A bit more about my own efforts is that the version I'm working with is clearly for guitar. SMN lets me figure out melody & chords.
It's still clunky, definitely gives me a project (in addition to the MobileSheets one mentioned elsewhere.)

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
04/11/20 12:06:22PM
189 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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@dusty-turtle

Looking forward to seeing the update on the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering!  I just went to the online description of workshops & am impressed!  That's what really grabs me in a program. 

BTW I saw some things about hammered dulcimer, now I don't care to get hammered, but have at least one friend who would probably be interested.  Could the descriptions make it clearer which are for us Mad Dulcimer players vs. THEM!?!?

You're right about it letting people join who could never make it in person.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
04/07/20 06:00:19PM
189 posts

Who Made Swan-shaped Dulcimer?


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

I'm so glad I opened a message yesterday.  I was finally able to know what had puzzled me for years.

 

Hello Lois, my name is Troy Price and I reside in Indiana. I came across you by simply searching my grandfather's name in Google. You see I was up late tonight talking with my wife about my father and him being amazing carpenters and discussing how much working with wood ran in my family. Then started to tell her about my grandfather Neville Price being very good at building musical instruments, Dulcimers in particular. As well as hammer dulcimers, violins, harps ect. While I was doing a simple Google search with his name I saw a thread on dulcimers as well as the photos of one that i believe he built that you have. It was one that you had somehow tracked back to him. Neville Price of shelbyville Indiana. That you were wondering if anyone had heard of him . I can say that beyond any doubt that you are correct. He is very likely the builder of the of that you have. I know that over his life that he had built nearly 500 Dulcimers of the variety that you have. Nearly every one original in wood work and detail. That he was a very amazing man when it came to building things of such detail from furniture, to puzzles, or a house. He was a very creative and amazing man in his craft. I'm so very happy to have seen your post and being able to enjoy his dulcimer. It looks as if it has found a wonderful home! If you have any questions feel free to ask. Thank you for your time in reading this. Have a very blessed day!

LoiS(omeday I hope to let the Price family see my beloved "Swannie!")

P.S. @greg-gunner"> @greg-gunner , you win the Cryptology prize!  Indiana players you definitely had Neville Price in your history & now I can correctly credit him.  I suspected as much since I fell in love with its tone & unique appearance at an antique store near the Indiana/Michigan border.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
04/07/20 05:52:25PM
189 posts

Whatever happened to singing?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thank you, @terry-wilson , for bringing this up & thank you for tracking this down from back ten years ago, @strumelia .  It's still true. 

I remember a great bit from a storyteller, Barbara McBride-Smith , who has so many wonderful stories, but what stays with me, especially when I hear "Just As I Am" & "Washed in the Blood of the Lamb."  Seems her mother's singing would change the songs so that it's "Just as I am without one flea" and the other would be "Washed in the blood of the lam p ."  Barbara finally asked her about it & it was humility on her mom's part as she had plenty of "pleas" & similarly didn't feel ready to claim the Lamb. 

That's a greatly compressed version of the story.  If you ever get a chance to hear her, it's definitely worthwhile.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
04/06/20 10:47:30PM
189 posts

FUNNY songs you sing & play on your dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Steven Berger:

"Hard Crackers Come Again No More", is a Civil War parody of Stephen Foster's "Hard Times Come Again No More". Attributed to the 1st Iowa Infantry, it tells of the adventures of eating hardtack.

Steven, you know too many of us have to learn the words to that!  Those of us who do Civil War reenactment will surely find a way to claim we learned it!

 

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
04/01/20 05:54:49PM
189 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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This started out as a response to what @dusty turtle said, but then the floodgates opened and much more spilled out, some of it even musical!  Since that's what mainly is of interest here I did a Cut of the computer-related information that came 1st, planning on re-pasting it at the bottom.  Got busy putting in the links to 3 members here & accidentally deleted it hairpull !  That segment is where the bulk of my time has been spent, so in the interest of at least some honesty will be attempted again near the end.

@dusty turtle said:

hummingbirds, bluebirds, and bees

frolick among my citrus trees.

were it not for these

and the frest spring breeze

I'd be panicked about

this dreaded disease.

Dusty, I'm so glad to hear it as those pollinators are critical, also butterflies.

I have dulcimer songs I've played to keep advancing.  It includes the June theme we might actually get to use at our local folklore group, assuming we're meeting by then.  May is already canceled by the place where we meet.  It's a tricky jig combining Little Liza Jane & Old Joe Clark in an arrangement by Larry Conger.  The theme was Youth to Old Age.  There's no way I can play Old Joe Clark at the pace of my banjo playing husband, so this 6/8 jig time does exactly what I need.  My own version of this is, after playing 1st LLJ, then OJC, I bring her back & softly play the melody string of LLJ as I figure she wants the last word!  I'm also working on my plain Jane TMB (thank you, John Knopf ) the song to the tune of Yankee Doodle naming the presidents -- it goes up to Hoover, but I use it only up through Wilson as it's part of a one-room school teacher program I do.  I've got one scheduled for September, but do the program often enough I really need to learn the song.  I asked John to make something very basic a teacher might have carried.  This was after getting hooked on the TMB by the lovely, but too beautiful for this use, TMB I bought from Irene after admiring it last year at the Berea Gathering.  I'm also playing the parody of The Sloop John B that I mentioned here.  It's called the Sloop John A & I'm sure the folkies at our local group will catch the sly humor.  My biggest problem is getting the parody words right as I played the original apparently way too often on my guitar & tend to give the original.  Love calypso rhythms (I'm also playing Jamaica Farewell just for my own amAsement), so it tend to creep into whatever I play after that.

My solo rehearsal of songs, dances, & lines from the 2012 version of Godspell -- a much more complicated vocal version -- should be happening, but knowing the show's been re-scheduled for mid to late July hasn't been very motivating. (I switched from Alto to singing Tenor with the guys as the Alto arrangement had too many high notes to sing constantly.  I can reach them, but knew it was asking too much for too long.)

Fortunately shelter in place doesn't forbid my every other day hikes with my beautiful Beast.  I posted pictures of him at the end of my weekly blog .  Last Saturday, March 28, I also included my gradually petered out attempt at singing a pre-chosen Song of the Day -- a local radio station posted the selections and maybe it would have worked in a suburban area, but not in this place of acreage with few people close enough to hear anybody else.  Didn't want the Italians to have all the musical fun.  I guess for this group I should revise ever so slightly the parting message on last week's blog to read: If you self-quarantine for your family's safety, please be smart.  I can't afford to buy 15 musical instrument baby shower presents in December.

As for my computer projects, it's like cleaning up the sands on a beach, they never end.  Of course the death of my very old computer (WIN7 upgraded to 10) at the end of last year didn't help.  I'm a "belt and suspenders" type of person, using automaGic online backup from Carbonite + an external hard drive.  The only problem is original programs are something techies tend to back off from installing and getting running again because they might not do it right.  A perfect example was my AzzCardfile program.  I have well over a 1000 folktale anthologies on it (can you tell I'm both a librarian and a former indexer?), but when I discovered I now had a program missing the purchases of the last several years, I started re-inputting (those suspenders I mentioned came in handy for knowing what was missing).  The only problem was I kept doing dumb things that made it crash!  AARGH!  Miss working regularly in a library where techie teens could give suggestions.  (Nowadays I just sub in a library . . . at least when it's open.)  O.k. back to the inputting, crash, re-do it until finally I got the bright idea to check that external hard drive & found MY COMPLETE FILE!  Decided the more recent inputs were worth incorporating.  Learned how to put that information side by side on the screen.  It's now the renamed (to make me know which is the improved version) catalog which includes some of that improved information on contents. 

I also have Thunderbird as an email program where I archive my email to help me find past venue information & potential gigs; an email list for storytellers (yes, it's available elsewhere, but, in the past, when a host dropped it abruptly it showed how a personal archive could help); other family information; various other stuff I'm not ready to lose.  The problem was in the past several years I started using the webmail provided by the host for my website while on the road.  The only problem was it had a data limit -- high, but not the unending archival limit found by storage on my computer.  I eventually had stopped going over to Thunderbird & making use of my folders.  The last several years have now been somewhat filed & I discarded what has no obvious need to be stored.  Is there more I should do?  Dunberidiculous!  

As for home-related projects. . .I'm mainly putting things off until I can open windows.  Can't breathe dust and I long ago freely confessed to dual church membership where I am the Chief High Prophetess of the Church of the Unholy Mess.

As for storytelling, since I do "run my mouth for fun and profit", right now this has switched to my weekly storytelling phone calls to a family member's two daughters ("Who are these children and why are they calling me Grandma?").  I let them each choose a type of story I will tell & then we also make up a story together.  Long ago I also became a Talking Book to my husband while we're on the road, so now it's being read in place.  I usually try to alternate a modern setting with a historical mystery.  We just finished one of the Lady Ginger Gold mysteries set in England during our own Prohibition era (she's just moved back to England from being raised in the U.S.), so I read one of the tons of e-books waiting for me to him.  This was a novella about a detective solving a case involving a valuable missing bubble gum baseball card.  I had pre-read it & knew how to do it justice as my husband had enjoyed the wisecracking style of the Golden Era Hollywood detective, Toby Peters (hate it when an author has the nerve to die so the series ends!), & Elvis Cole (the author started getting too gritty eventually).  Looks like this new series will work, so it's 1st full-length book waits while we read more about turn-of-the previous century New York with a mid-wife & NYC Irish police detective, a series with tons already read, but even more waiting on the shelf or yet to be purchased.  I've purposely skipped vital information about authors as the librarian in me would love to hook you on something new to read.  I hope you know that, whether from your library's own online book provider or by your buying them, there's good reading available.

Like most others I know, I've been in various web meetings; have prowled Facebook; checked here.

That's way more than you probably cared to know and I promise it doesn't really say everything .

As a storytelling friend likes to end her emails: There's always a story, it'd be a shame not to tell it.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/24/20 07:49:16PM
189 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
189 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
189 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
189 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 01:21:15PM
189 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
189 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
189 posts

Intros and bridges


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

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
189 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
189 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
189 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
189 posts

Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles, but never Ukeleles!


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

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
189 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
189 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
189 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
189 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
189 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
189 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
189 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
189 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
189 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
08/05/19 06:20:05PM
189 posts

Great Lyric/Chord Find


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

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
189 posts

Sheet music collection


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

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
189 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
189 posts

Classic Country and Old Country Tab Books


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

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
189 posts

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


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

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
189 posts

Randy Wilkinson tab book for Elizabethan Music


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

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
189 posts

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


OFF TOPIC discussions

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
189 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
189 posts

How does your pet react to your Dulcimer playing?


OFF TOPIC discussions

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
189 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
189 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
@lois-sprengnether-keel
07/29/19 04:48:49PM
189 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.

 

 
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