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Jill Geary
@jill-geary
02/11/20 05:13:43PM
32 posts

Finger picks that don't sound like finger picks!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks Dusty! I do have Gorilla Tips - and when I use them on my fretting hand I wear a thin silk glove over them so I'm able to slide. I've not heard of the guitar gloves - I'll look them up! Another thought you reminded me of - when I (try to) play the harp, (same hand issues), I tape my fingers with paper tape. I'll try that on the dulcimer and see if I can finger pick that way. Thanks so much!

UPDATE: Just ordered the Guitar Glove. Will see if that is an option for my picking hand....


updated by @jill-geary: 02/11/20 07:10:24PM
Jill Geary
@jill-geary
02/11/20 02:19:51AM
32 posts

Finger picks that don't sound like finger picks!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hi all,

I love to fingerpick with my fingers/pads - but my hands have "issues" and they rebel. Are there any fingerpicks that don't sound like finger picks?  That sound like bare fingers? 

Thanks!

Jill Geary
@jill-geary
02/11/20 02:15:38AM
32 posts

L Wright covers D Schnaufer on a Mose Scrivner little md


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Thanks Robin! I saw this somewhere the other day - I LOVE LOVE LOVE his playing!!!! Check out his CD with Stephen Seifert!

 

Jill Geary
@jill-geary
01/26/20 09:58:02PM
32 posts

Anyone own a Beede bass dulcimer?


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Thanks Dusty. Yes, I have a few fretless Ubasses and used to play the 'cello and violin. I've played "skinny" instruments before and sometimes they are really tricky to hold. I don't know how Aaron can hold that at his normal angle - you'd think it would be awkward? Maybe if it's held flat, or on a stand, it would be just fine. I like the poly strings (the tone) - but the price sure went up lately!

Jill Geary
@jill-geary
01/26/20 06:37:11PM
32 posts

Anyone own a Beede bass dulcimer?


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Hi all. Does anyone have experience with the Beede bass dulcimer? Would love to know your opinion. Because it's so narrow it looks like it would be 'unstable' if held on your lap? Have you compared the fretless model vs. the acu-fretless? Thanks!

Jill Geary
@jill-geary
01/26/20 06:32:16PM
32 posts

Beede Bass Dulcimer


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

Does anyone have experience with the Beede bass dulcimer? Would love to know your opinion. Because it's so narrow it looks like it would be 'unstable' if held on your lap? Thanks!

Jill Geary
@jill-geary
08/28/19 12:48:24AM
32 posts

Play Music On The Porch Day 2019


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I don't have a porch either...got a patio tho! I don't know if I have the nerve to play out front for people....maybe some fiddle tunes with a noter?

Jill Geary
@jill-geary
08/25/19 07:46:31PM
32 posts



Robin Thompson:

Hey, @jill-geary-- the thread can be deleted.  First, though, I want to tell you to feel free to post photos of the new-to-you JRitchie model when you get the chance.  :) So glad you're able to get one! 

Thanks Robin! It is about 18 years old, looks brand new, and of course it sounds better than new!!! Unbelievable that Janita helped me out :-) Well, knowing Janita, it's actually not unbelievable! Still trying to figure out how to play the tunes on your most recent CD!

Jill Geary
@jill-geary
05/27/18 07:57:55PM
32 posts

What Are You Working On?


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Ken Hulme:

My own arrangements of of the 10th century Saxon poem The Wanderer, Tolkien's The Lay of Beowulf,  verses from the Havamal, and Jabberwocky, for my Anglo-Saxon Lyre performance on June 23rd/

Ken, I too would love to hear your Lyre performance/tunes! Please share!

Jill Geary
@jill-geary
05/01/18 11:54:14AM
32 posts



Thanks Greg! I have a standard BL (also custom) that is an amazing instrument - love it. But I would like the longer scale, slimmer body, for my noter/drone. Yes, it's hard to find a used BL :-)

Jill Geary
@jill-geary
04/30/18 04:52:32PM
32 posts



I'm looking for a Jean Ritchie BL dulcimer to purchase. Maybe someone on this thread knows of one for sale?  (needs to be a non-smoker, please. I bought a dulcimer years ago from a smoker and the fingerboard was horrendous - could never get the odor out of it :-(

Thank you!

Jill Geary
@jill-geary
04/16/18 02:48:35PM
32 posts

What Are You Working On?


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Strumelia - thanks for the tip re: the Susato with keys - I didn't know they made those!

Sherry from MT - I totally feel your pain (probably literally) - I've been dealing with various hand-issues, and recently have "gone back to" DAA with a noter so I can play my beloved dulcimers! I'm working on ways to play noter/drone that sounds pretty and not quite so much fast/sliding/swishing (although that's okay too). My first choice would always be 3 or 4 ED with fingerpicking, but my hands are not happy with that - and I'm moving my goals around :-)

 

Jill Geary
@jill-geary
04/16/18 02:08:09AM
32 posts

What Are You Working On?


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Strumelia:

I've been working on playing my lower key penny whistles lately- I recently got some polymer whistles in the low keys of G, A, Bb, and C.  I traded my old harmonicas for two of them- a couple of beautiful custom made low whistles.  I need to post a couple of pix of the custom ones- they are works of art and they have a charming tone too. 

 

Yesterday I played my low Bb whistle along with my husband fiddling some of our favorite old tunes.  I made lots of mistakes but had a great time, and when I got a phrase right the harmonies were so pretty!  flutefiddle  

I love playing the whistle too - mostly a high D or C. Boy - that reach of the low D just kills my beat-up hands! Bb I can handle and that's about it. Would love to hear one of your duets with your husband's fiddle!

Jill Geary
@jill-geary
02/12/18 01:02:17PM
32 posts

What Are You Working On?


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Dusty Turtle:

Jennifer and Jill, I'm certainly glad you got something out of my video.  We should all remember that we have a Group here called Help Me Learn This Song where members can ask other members how to play certain passages and the Arranging for Dulcimers Group where we can seek help arranging tunes.  We should all probably make use of those Groups more often to seek advice from and share advice with one another.

 

 

 

 

Thanks Dusty. I didn't know about the other two groups. I don't want to hijack this thread, but do you have recommendations for arpeggios (or just play chords and arpeggiate?), or other exercises? Or an outline of warm-ups including scales/arpeggios/ etc.?

Jill Geary
@jill-geary
02/09/18 04:18:15PM
32 posts

What Are You Working On?


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Hi Dusty. I, too, thank you for the video. Watching how you logic through the best way to play some passages is interesting. I would appreciate seeing more of this. And your conclusion of how you intend to move forward (metronome, etc) makes me realize that you good musicians have to work and practice, just like the rest of us!

Yes, learning from fiddlers would be nice. I'm learning whistle tunes from a friend who is a good Irish player - she records a tune for me to learn by ear, and then I just sit and listen to it over and over and over....not quite the same as sitting in a session, but helps....

Jill 

San Diego

Jill Geary
@jill-geary
02/06/18 02:31:41PM
32 posts

What Are You Working On?


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Jan Potts:

Currently learning Castle of Dromore, an arrangement by Sarah Morgan.

Jan, how does one get a copy of Sarah's arrangement? I do have a lovely arrangement by Nina.

 

Jill Geary
@jill-geary
02/27/17 03:06:10AM
32 posts

What Are You Working On?


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Sorry y'all - Jan Potts, I sent you an email to your gmail - for the life of me I can't PM you. It's regarding KMW. Thx.

Jill Geary
@jill-geary
02/26/17 06:21:45PM
32 posts

What Are You Working On?


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Hi Jan P, I tried to PM you, but I'm not following you anymore? Hmmm. Yes, I'm planning on going to KMW! Looking forward to it!

 

Jill Geary
@jill-geary
02/20/17 02:07:07AM
32 posts

What Are You Working On?


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Brian G - I have a question regarding your harp dulcimer. I'm fairly inept at contacting people through FOTMD but I asked to Follow you so I can PM you - pretty sure that's the right way to contact you? I am an Early Music fan and would like to concentrate on the 16th and 17th century pieces on the dulcimer (harp dulcimer?) (Not trying to hijack this thread - relating this to the lute video you posted here.)

Thanks!

Jill Geary
@jill-geary
02/20/17 01:54:55AM
32 posts

New Airlines' Rules Affect Those Traveling with Instruments


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Thanks, Jan. I knew the different airlines were talking about these changes but haven't flown lately.... Good to know. There are also new regulations (Federal? International?) regarding traveling between countries with rosewood (endangered). I had a luthier tell me to have a receipt with me for any instrument that I travel with, out of the country, that has rosewood or its cousins (fingerboard, bridge, etc). - the receipt proves I purchased it within the United States and I did not buy the instrument 'out of the country' and then am bringing it into the U.S. illegally (without paying the penalties). Sorry I don't have all the details on hand at the moment...but something to look into if you're going out of the country.

Jill Geary
@jill-geary
02/20/17 01:42:26AM
32 posts

What songs were you taught in kindergarten/grade school?


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Cute, John! I don't think I knew that many songs at that age?? You seem to have control over the group LOL!

Jill Geary
@jill-geary
04/11/16 06:23:18PM
32 posts

What festival should I go to next summer (2016)?


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Finally made the decision - my sister and I will go to KMW!  Question, how can I contact a member on FOTMD? I am taking one of John Keane's classes at KMW and I have a question for him. I tried to figure out a way to message or email him through FOTMD but I can't figure it out!

 

Thanks, Jill

Jill Geary
@jill-geary
11/24/15 03:07:08PM
32 posts

What festival should I go to next summer (2016)?


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Jan - it was so wonderful to meet you at Warren A May's in Berea last week! Thanks for your lovely playing and for the fellowship over lunch. I hope to get to KMW next year!

Jill

Jill Geary
@jill-geary
11/01/15 12:33:24AM
32 posts

What festival should I go to next summer (2016)?


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Thanks John, and Jan. All great information, and very much appreciated! I'm leaning toward KMW, primarily because I could drive there from my sister's in Berea (KY), and maybe treat her to some classes as well. No matter where I go it's a bit of a challenge (air fare, rental car) - but I have such wonderful memories of my time at Dulcimer U (WCU) that I have to make it a priority to get to another festival!

Is KMW primarily dulcimers? From what I can find online it looks as if they cater to dulcimers, but also offer whistle, etc

Jill

p.s. BTW Jan, I'll be in Richmond/Berea about mid November. Hoping to bring my Ginger.

Jill Geary
@jill-geary
10/31/15 02:48:31AM
32 posts

What festival should I go to next summer (2016)?


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Thanks Dusty! (I used to live in Alameda :-) I just might do that! Usually I'm busy with work/school in the beginning of May - but 2016 might be different. Taking the train would be fun!

 

J

Jill Geary
@jill-geary
10/30/15 06:23:46PM
32 posts

What festival should I go to next summer (2016)?


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Hi  rob-n-lackey ,

Yes, I have David's/Butch's album. It's wonderful! The baroque period is my favorite - please arrange baroque for the MD and let me know! I know what you mean with Festivals - so many great teachers and options it can be overwhelming!

John K, I'm not familiar with your festival (but I am familiar with your music!). Thanks.

Jill

Jill Geary
@jill-geary
10/30/15 04:25:53AM
32 posts

What festival should I go to next summer (2016)?


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Hi everyone,

I would like to start thinking and planning for a good MD festival next summer (2016). I'd appreciate your thoughts. I went to WCU to Larry and Elaine Conger's about 5 years ago - my first. Loved it! But it's really a challenge for me to get to WCU from San Diego! I have family in Kentucky - any thoughts on Kentucky Music Week? What about Swannona (sp)? I particularly enjoy Celtic and harp-like playing, but I'm also starting to learn Old Timey music on the MD as well. For what it's worth I have a background in bluegrass (mandolin) - and also play classical mandolin as well. But I'd like to focus on the MD this year and I probably can only get to one Festival.

Thanks for your help!

Jill Geary

San Diego