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Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
01/18/18 09:12:48AM
1,609 posts

Oberflacht Lyre Finished


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

All of the Anglo-Saxon Lyres were all-wood.  No skin heads.  The construction is always "carved body" with a separate soundboard inlet into the body.  The hollow body extending part way up the arms.

I take back what I said about soundholes.  I was looking at info about the Trossingen Lyre -- the most complete archeological find and elaborately decorated.  I had forgotten that it had 8 or 10 small (1/8"?) soundholes spaced around the bridge position.  But this was apparently the only AS lyre found with soundholes.

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
01/18/18 07:42:07AM
1,609 posts

Oberflacht Lyre Finished


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Nope --  no sound holes. Almost none of those found in burial sites in England or Germany had sound holes.  

Here's a picture of the tuning key, based on the original found in the gravesite.  Unlike keys for autoharp pins, you apply the rotation in-line with the peg, pushing in as you turn.  I would think you could make a similar key for any wooden peg instrument.

I used Tung Oil as a finish for the Lyre.  I like it a lot more than urethane or other "varnishes".


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Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
01/17/18 08:15:23PM
1,609 posts

Oberflacht Lyre Finished


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Yeah.... good lookin' instrument; builder -- not so mucheyeroll

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
01/16/18 02:27:50PM
1,609 posts

Oberflacht Lyre Finished


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Irene -- of course I play it!  It's tuned "pentatonic+"  -- do, re, me, sol, la, do'.  The instrument is from the 8th century -- back when there really were no sing-and-play "songs.  There were chants - Church chants, chanted audio-books like the sagas, Beowulf, the Poetic Edda, etc.  The Lyre was used for dramatic flourishes in a story, as well as a mnemonic device so that the skald/bard could remember where -- in hundreds or thousands of verses -- he was at any given point in the tale.

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
01/15/18 10:17:15PM
1,609 posts

Oberflacht Lyre Finished


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Just a followup to my previous "getting started with this Lyre" post.  The Myrtle wood turned out to have some fabulous 'tiger stripe' effect in it.  The Port Orford Cedar is a great wood for doing the kolrose decoration on.  I have it tuned D3, E3, F#3, A4, B4, C4 with acoustic guitar nylon 2nd & 3rd strings. 

John Knopf made the tuning pegs for me -- great job, and the tuning wrench he made to fit them, following the plans, works perfectly.


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Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
01/15/18 11:19:26AM
1,609 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Robin -- you can, of course, play 1-3-5 tunings in Noter & Drone, for an interesting sound from the 1-3 drones instead of the usual 1-5 drones.


updated by @ken-hulme: 01/15/18 11:20:28AM
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
01/13/18 11:05:40PM
1,609 posts

The Drifting Thread...


Off Topic discussions

Yep -- that's the PR way -- separate beans and sauce, then served alongside, not on top of the rice. 

I do "beans and rice" from 8 or 9 cultures -- Puerto Rico, Trinidad, 2 ways from Cuba, Nicaragua vs south of the Rio San Juan in Costa Rica, Barbados, Chamorro from Guam, Mexico, and Hoppin' John versus Cajun Red Beans & Rice.

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
01/13/18 05:18:48PM
1,609 posts

The Drifting Thread...


Off Topic discussions

Lisa -- I get occasional emails from this guy's food blog.  His Arroz con Gandules is about as authentic as the recipe I learned from "de island".  I grow my own gandules (pigeon peas) here.  They get about 8 ft tall and last for 2-3 seasons before dying back.  

https://thefloribeancook.wordpress.com/2017/12/27/arroz-con-gandules-puerto-rican-rice-and-pidgeon-peas-and-pernil-roast-pork/

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
01/13/18 05:02:39PM
1,609 posts

Help with a twang/buzz?


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

Move the string back again to the other set of notches.  It may be that you just didn't have the string seated properly the first time.

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
01/08/18 04:16:42PM
1,609 posts

Private Noter & Drone Workshop Experiences Available


Traditional style playing- drone and/or noter discussions

There's no such thing as too far away, Richard!  We've had guests from Vanuatu, Hawai'i, former Soviet Republics, Europe, Africa, you name it.  North Carolina is just "next door" by comparison...

 


updated by @ken-hulme: 01/08/18 05:18:55PM
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
01/08/18 04:11:56PM
1,609 posts

Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I'm reasonably sure there will be a good bit of N&D things.  There was a pretty vociferous chain of posts on FB concerning that very subject.  Some of us are planning getting together for just such activities not matter how much 'official' N&D there is...

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
01/08/18 09:47:46AM
1,609 posts

Private Noter & Drone Workshop Experiences Available


Traditional style playing- drone and/or noter discussions

Tired of the snow and cold?  Want some quality time with another noter & drone player?

As some of you may know, Lady Sally and I host an AirBnb rental called Poolside Cabana with Gourmet Flair. You also know that I am a hardcore noter & drone player who teaches that technique.

Combine a 2 or 3 day snowbird trip to Florida's Gulf Coast, with intense noter & drone workshops/jams at our Poolside Cabana with Gourmet Flair.

Standard nightly stays at the Cabana vary from $95 per night during winter's High Season, to $65 per night during summer lows. Price includes gourmet breakfasts for two, a bottle of wine, pool privileges, and access to some wonderful Gulf beaches, historic sites, and fascinating wildlife. There's plenty for non-playing spouses/partners to do while you get noterized.

Workshops are at no extra cost.

Any noter & drone skill level welcome. Workshops/playing sessions are 1-2 hours each morning and evening. When/where possible we will also take in open mics and other acoustic music events in the area.

Here's the link to our AirBnb page: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/9747142?  Cabana only sleeps two.

When you Request to Book, please let me know that you will be coming for noter & drone fun, and whether you'll need to borrow a dulcimer.

 

A portion of every Booking goes to support FOTMD...

 


updated by @ken-hulme: 01/08/18 02:28:27PM
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
01/06/18 04:37:56PM
1,609 posts

What is this?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Should be a great noter, that's for sure!  

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
01/06/18 04:36:14PM
1,609 posts

What's fer dinner?


Off Topic discussions

I'm doing grilled mahi-mahi with a broccoli & purple cauliflower and quinoa casserole as the side dish, with leftovers for Lady Sally's lunch next week.

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
01/04/18 09:55:37PM
1,609 posts

The Drifting Thread...


Off Topic discussions

Love the Sandys.  We don't get them here in Fort Myers, but see lots of them in Loveland/Sarasota.

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
01/04/18 04:03:57PM
1,609 posts

Drone playing in DAD?


Traditional style playing- drone and/or noter discussions

You and me, Robert, you and me both!  Except these days I'm "arrogant" enough to say "Oh yeah?  Watch me!"   And then prove them oh, so wrong!!


updated by @ken-hulme: 01/04/18 09:56:34PM
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
01/04/18 01:02:29PM
1,609 posts

Drone playing in DAD?


Traditional style playing- drone and/or noter discussions

You can play Noter & Drone style using ANY tuning, Don -- DAA, DAd, DAC, Ddd, etc. etc.   You strum all the strings but only fret the melody strings using a noter.   I play tunes that were written in Mixolydian Mode in DAd,  I play tunes written in Ionian Mode in DAA; Dorian Mode tunes in DAG, and Aeolian tunes in DAC.  I play many tunes in Ddd for other reasons.

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
12/31/17 07:00:11PM
1,609 posts

The Drifting Thread...


Off Topic discussions

what I do is poke a hole into the seed pocket, using a chop stick.   That way the squash won't explode in the next step.   Now microwave the whole squash for 3-4 minutes.  At this point it's easy to slice and peel.  I slice into rings, the use a knife to peel the edges.

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
12/30/17 04:47:08PM
1,609 posts

The Drifting Thread...


Off Topic discussions

Ahlooooooooooooha!

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
12/28/17 02:32:53PM
1,609 posts

Recent glitch of missing 'reply/post' textboxes


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

I'm running Windows 10+ and MS Edge for a browser and have seen absolutely no problems...

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
12/28/17 06:58:49AM
1,609 posts

Clemmer Dulcimers


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Mike makes a heckuva dulcimer.  I particularly like the looks of his "fiddle sided" instruments.  I've met him as a couple of festivals, and had the opportunity to play his instruments several times, and I like them.  They're not my "high silvery" sounding traditional favorites, but they have a beautiful tone, intonation and look.  You could not go wrong with one of his creations.  He's easy to work with, as well.

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
12/27/17 10:44:12PM
1,609 posts

External Pickup for Mountain Dulcimer - Kala amp?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Dusty has a good point.  I was recently introduced to the condenser microphone, which isn't like the usual hand-held stick mic.  It's a sort of Omni-pickup that you put on a stand in front of you.  Nothing attached to your instrument.  They pick up both the instrument and your singing very well.  I've seen them on Amazon for around $75.

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
12/27/17 03:18:45PM
1,609 posts

External Pickup for Mountain Dulcimer - Kala amp?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I use simple contact piezo pickups that I get off the Net; cost about $3-$5 each.  The sticky tape does not bother the dulcimer's finish.  Sometimes I replace the tape with 3M double sided tape...


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updated by @ken-hulme: 12/27/17 03:20:42PM
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
12/23/17 07:47:45PM
1,609 posts

What's fer dinner?


Off Topic discussions

Well, we have two holiday dinners:

First is a traditional British dinner for Lady Sally, her daughter Holly, her Mum, and me (or I).  This is the only meal in the year that I do not cook.  Sally and Holly do it all.  They make a beef roast with roasted parsnips, carrots, and potatoes; fried Brussels sprouts, and Yorkshire Puddings (similar to a popover, gougère or savory unfilled cream puff).  For dessert we have the Christmas Pudding (what fruitcake wants to be when it grows up) complete with flaming brandy and hand whipped cream.   The Christmas "Pud" was made by Sally's Mum back around Thanksgiving, laboriously steamed, then rested in the ridge until Christmas.  This dinner we normally prepare on Boxing Day, but occasionally Christmas Eve.  

On Christmas Day we have the Outlaws Dinner.  Sally's ex- in-laws assorted friends, etc.  This year I'm doing a large Greek Pastitsio -- the Greek equivalent of a lasagna.  And a salad.  I'm also doing a wreath-shaped fruit dessert of kiwi slices and pomegranate seeds.  In-laws are bringing cheesecake and a couple of side dishes.


updated by @ken-hulme: 12/23/17 07:49:02PM
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
12/23/17 04:02:40PM
1,609 posts

The Drifting Thread...


Off Topic discussions

Cosy?   Cosy?  It's 80F out there!  We're doing good, more or less.  Lady Sally picked out a nice tree at Thanksgiving when Holly was down.  Holly does all the decorations, house lights, etc.  She totally embraces the Holiday or Holly-Day!!   She's here again now until next Wed.  but there's a snag.  Lady Sally is sick for the first time in many years.  Diagnosed today as Type B influenza, which even the flue shots we got doesn't necessarily stop.  Lots of chills and fever and loss of appetite, but none of the more violent symptoms.  So I'm playing Doctor Ken -- made Hot & Sour Chicken soup for her,  lots of lemon and honey and brandy palliatives, etc.  

We had to cancel our annual friends gathering to watch A Child's Christmas in Wales today, but I still made blueberry scones.  The Brit dinner has been moved to Boxing Day from tomorrow, but the Out-Law Christmas is still in effect for so I'm gearing up for a big Lasagna bake Monday, whether Sally eats much or not.

Not the best Christmas this year.  But the thoughts are still there.  Happy Christmas all!

 


updated by @ken-hulme: 12/23/17 04:05:46PM
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
12/23/17 08:00:53AM
1,609 posts

3 or 4 strings?


Chord/melody modern style playing discussions

IMHO the sound that double melody strings is "richer" (for values of richness) than the sound of a single string.  No matter how hard you try, two strings are not going to stay perfectly in tune together, or vibrate in exactly the way, thus the sound is "fuzzier" (and thus richer, with under and overtones) than a single pure note.  As a N&D player two strings never bothered me as far as fretting.

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
12/21/17 07:55:59AM
1,609 posts

Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Yeah -- sorry to hear you won't make it Robin; I was looking forward to meeting you also...

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
12/20/17 06:12:03PM
1,609 posts

Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hopefully they'll list the sessions soon.  Here are some sessions offered last year:

Old Time Music for Beginners
Key of A
Ballads
Beginning Dulcimer
Singing with the Dulcimer
Counter Melodies
Little Songs
Irish Drinking Tunes
Surviving A Jam Session
Key of G

There were also seminars on dulcimer construction and Sacred Harp/Shape Note Singing

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
12/18/17 04:15:17PM
1,609 posts

3 or 4 strings?


Chord/melody modern style playing discussions

How many strings you use in any tuning does not matter -- 3, 4, 5, or 6.  

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
12/18/17 06:57:08AM
1,609 posts

3D printed capo and Noter


Building dulcimers

Irene -- try a 1" diameter guard with the peg at 3/8" diameter.  I have seen turned wooden noters in this shape.

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
12/18/17 06:48:12AM
1,609 posts

Play with ukulele and guitar


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

Tune as you always do.  Tell them, with their chromatic instruments, that you play in the key of D (or C if you tune CGG or CGc).  They can play to your tuning easier than you can tune to their playing.  

You won't necessarily be able to play every note of tunes they play.  But if you listen, you'll be able to hear 3-5 note phrases of the tune.  If you can quickly find that phrase on your melody string, just play that phrase over and over, in the same time as the tune, and you will have created a "part" for the tune that will meld with what they are doing...

If you say "I'm tuned DAA".  They will tell you that you are playing in the key of d because that's the first note of your scale.  If you are tuned DAd, they will say that you are playing in the key of g.  That's because dulcimer folks tune the instrument to a keynote and everything revolves around that keynote; where chromatic instrument players tune to some base tuning from which they can play in all sorts of keys.


updated by @ken-hulme: 12/18/17 06:53:13AM
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
12/17/17 07:43:03PM
1,609 posts

3D printed capo and Noter


Building dulcimers

We've seen Lego dulcimers;  the next thing will be a printed one!!

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
12/17/17 05:06:57PM
1,609 posts

3D printed capo and Noter


Building dulcimers

 

Well, the other day a printed plastic noter arrived from Chris in England, and I've had a chance to give it a some trials.

 

I must say I'm pretty impressed. The handle part has a pleasing shape, the entire body had a great texture so it's not slipping around in your hand. The plastic mixture that Chris used is hard enough that it's not being cut much by the strings so far. Perhaps he can chime in here and let folks know what blend or kind of plastic he used to make mine.

 

The noter is obviously designed for the "thumb on top" hold -- it has a really nice thumb rest -- which is great if you have a fretboard more than 3/4" tall. Even so, it feels pretty good playing in my preferred "index finger on top" hold.

 

There's a "guard" disk to prevent the peg -- noter tip -- from getting over into the middle and bass drones, even on my narrow 1" wide Hogfiddle fretboard. And the peg has a 45 degree bevel on the end, making it easy to tip over for catching a note on the middle drone on normally spaced strings.

 

The only minor fault I find is that the face of the guard disk naturally rubs along the edge of the fretboard, and if your hold is not dead flat and square you get a lot of "pick click" and "speed bump" noise as you slide the noter from fret to fret. However, I found a super simple solution!  Cut a small X in a piece of duct tape, and slip the peg through the cut so the tape sticks to the face of the guard. 

 

Over the coming weeks and months, I'll be putting this noter through a serious workout, and will let everyone know my results. At least initially, I can say that if you have access to a 3-D printer at school or work, you owe it to yourself to try one of these high tech noters!

 


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Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
12/13/17 06:51:56AM
1,609 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I'll give it a try;  I'm not much of a vid person...

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
12/12/17 10:50:37PM
1,609 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Finishing touches on the first of two Anglo-Saxon Lyres,  half way done with the second.  Working up a lyre presentation with some chanted quatrains from the Poetic Edda book called Havamal and the modern poem Jabberwocky!

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
12/09/17 10:42:42PM
1,609 posts

Questions re old Crescent bandsaw


Building dulcimers

Yeah -- I'm in Southwest Florida -- Fort Myers, below Tampa/St Pete, on the Gulf coast.  You can keep those Iowa winters!

Wow!  A copper-riveted walnut pram!  That would be outstanding, and beautiful.  Or... re-saw them in half and make a LOT of dulcimers!!!

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
12/09/17 04:54:29PM
1,609 posts

Questions re old Crescent bandsaw


Building dulcimers

All I can say is that I'm jealous of anyone who has the space to set up a bandsaw.  I mostly live aboard a 26ft sailboat, with barely enough room to turn around!  When you get that all set up, let me know -- I'll come visit with some wood and you can show me how it works!!whistlewinky

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
12/08/17 10:34:01PM
1,609 posts

Slit in Strum Hollow? What is the reason?


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

The area under the slit is hollowed out, and the top underneath that is undoubtedly open to that cavity.  Like other hollowed fretboards, there is a major weight-loss when hollowing, and some indication of improved acoustics as well.  The slit is, no doubt, just the builder's way of being different rather than just adding round holes.

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
11/29/17 10:24:44PM
1,609 posts

compendium of makers


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Over on www.everythingdulcimer.com, David Bennet has been publishing a wonderful nearly daily series called Today In Mountain Dulcimer History.  You'll find info about Amburgey there, I know...

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
11/28/17 08:29:24PM
1,609 posts

compendium of makers


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

For a "history lesson"  on builders, find a copy of Jean Ritchie's book The Dulcimer Book;  also Michael Murphys The Appalachian Dulcimer.  Both books are out of print, but can be found, and both have lists of dulcimer builders that go back into the 1960s.

Are you looking to have a dulcimer built?  Trying to find more information about a specific luthier?  If you have questions we can probably help.

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