Hammered Dulcimer Hammers
Adventures with 'other' instruments...
Could somebody tell me what the total length of a standard hammer is please including handle and head? I know they vary but an about figure would be great, thanks Nige
I can post a response to other peoples discussions, such as this......but nowhere can I find how to start a new discussion in any of the forums???? No buttons, no text boxes? Am I going mad?...No, don't answer that one....is there something obvious I'm missing?
I have owned around 60 ukes of varying quality, I had 45 at one time once, mainly because I started the Sedgley Ukulele Strummers group (Google ;) ) I needed this amount because some of the new members needed to borrow one, plus I had both GAS and UAS as I'm an avid collector.
I have never owned a hand made Hawaiian uke costing loadsamoney, although in our group we have a uke maker extroadinaire. I found that those already mentioned are very good, my personal preference being Lanikai. My keeper uke is the Lanikai 8 string, as it gives a mighty sound similar to a 12 string guitar does, you're looking to pay, in Sterling UK about £120 + for a decent concert, up to £200.
Hope this helps, Nige
Yes, I have a couple I have concerts, tenors and baritones in high and low tuning, depending if If Im strumming or finger picking.....I do prefer low G though. My 8 string uke is really only a strummer with notes picked out, it's quite hard picking rolls with 3 fingers.
Oops....yes you're right.....
I think I meant to say to capo it up the the 3rd when it's in D....which would give me G....I think.......gettingconfused.com...LOL
I think I'll get a D stick with a capo for D & G and another stick in C......that should cover it....
We don't play any in Em I don't think....oh...Hotel California...just the one then.
Again, many thanks for all the advice you've taken the time to give me. As most of our songs are in the key of C, I've decided to tune my MD down a note to CGcc and then capo at the 3rd to give me G. This should embrace 85% of all the songs we do, so I shall use my uke for the others
I am in the process of deciding on a stick dulcimer and in which of the 3 scales to buy it in, this question has now been answered and it'll be a D scale too....many thanks for the advice, a lovely website this is too!
Thank you all for your reply's
I can now see that simply using a capo won't work, so it looks like buying at least one spare MD....and playing guitar or uke to the songs I can't use the dulcimer...
Many thanks, I now have food for thought...
Can I ask a dumb question?
My MD is tuned DAdd so all of the tunes I will be playing on it will be in D, yes? I also want to buy a stick dulcimer which will have similar tuning....I have bought a capo for the MD but haven't used it yet. My question is this:
Our club has a songbook with 50 standard songs in, I would say 60% of the songs start off in C, 30% in G and the remaining 10% in all sorts of keys, F or E maybe.
How would I play through all these songs without having to re tune the MD?
Thanks for your time...