Forum Activity for @gail-webber

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
07/30/21 07:15:09PM
65 posts

New Harmony Dulcimer


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

As far as just 3 strings - I always remove one when I've had dulcimers with the double melody string.  I do a combination of strumming and cross picking and find it much easier without the double melody string.  I think people who play noter/drone style like the double strings more because of the sound.

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
07/30/21 07:12:12PM
65 posts

New Harmony Dulcimer


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

Two of mine have the accutune feature - instead of just a movable bridge you have 3 different places to fine tune the strings on the bridge.  It's supposed to help fine tune the upper notes.  Honestly, I haven't really used the feature a lot.  Once I get the strings in tune they seem to be pretty accurate up the fretboard.  They do make custom instruments.  All 3 of mine are custom made with exactly what I wanted and they were very nice to work with.

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
06/25/20 12:01:07PM
65 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I have been in a dulcimer orchestra since last fall.  Judy House, the music director of the Winston-Salem, NC club, has written a book of multiple part pieces, and we are also working on some pieces from Tull Glazener's 3 String choir.  We've played quite a variety of music and it's been a lot of fun.  Of course, with COVID-19 we can no longer meet in person, but we have Zoom practices instead. Hopefully we will be able to actually do some performances in the future!

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
07/01/19 12:42:00PM
65 posts

Instruction books for DAA Noter playing


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thank you for all of the recommendations!  

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
06/30/19 08:13:57PM
65 posts

Instruction books for DAA Noter playing


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I know someone who may try to learn playing DAA noter style.  Does anyone have any recommendation on beginner books for this?  I may want to send her one as a gift.  Thanks.

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
06/16/19 02:16:28PM
65 posts

Edd Presnell dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I found out that someone I know has an Edd Presnell dulcimer made back in 1969.  It's curly maple and looks like a walnut fret board.  I haven't seen it in person, but she sent some pics.  She has had it for years but never really played it - mostly used as decoration.  She may be willing to sell it to me.  My question is how much would be a reasonable price to offer for this dulcimer?  I know it's probably hard to say without seeing it, but it appears to be in good shape.  I just want to make a fair offer and would love to have this one if she agrees to sell it.  Thanks for any suggestions.


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updated by @gail-webber: 10/27/19 12:02:25PM
Gail Webber
@gail-webber
03/09/19 11:55:55AM
65 posts

New Harmony Dulcimer


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

I have a hard time posting pictures here.  The file size is too large and I have trouble changing it.  I'll try to record something soon and post it.

 

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
02/18/19 04:17:10PM
65 posts

New Harmony Dulcimer


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

I received my newest dulcimer a week ago.  It was made by Rick Gooden at New Harmony Dulcimer Company in Indiana.  It has a beautiful walnut back and sides, swamp ash top, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and 26" VSL.  I'll have to say that if I had to run out of the house with just one, this would be it!  It sounds really great on fast fiddle tunes or slower pieces and the workmanship is wonderful.  


updated by @gail-webber: 10/27/19 12:02:25PM
Gail Webber
@gail-webber
06/20/17 06:22:55PM
65 posts

Looking for a pick


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I use a pick that looks like the yellow one and really like it for playing some things.  It is a Herdim teardrop.  All I can find on line says it's the small size.  I am ordering some through Amazon to see if they are the same size as the ones I am using.  The Folkcraft dulcimer site also has them. 

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
06/13/17 03:15:49PM
65 posts

Yay, Gail Webber!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thank you so much everyone, and especially to Jan.  I was very surprised to find out I had won - wasn't even expecting to place in the top 5!  It was a nice weekend - even trying out camping again for the first time since I was around 14 years old.

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
06/11/17 11:04:29AM
65 posts

Where you playing next?


Single-Instructor workshops, band & house concerts, Club activities, monthly Jams

I played at the Mt. Airy Fiddler's Convention last weekend.  I played my arrangement of Wayfaring Stranger and was very surprised to win 1st place!  I'm still in shock that I placed at all with so many good players.  I'm planning to play at the Old Fiddler's Convention in Galax, Va. in August.  I'm working on Clinch Mountain Backstep and may play that, or may work something out on my Galax dulcimer - haven't really decided.  This time of year is so much fun with a lot of local festivals!

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
05/13/17 10:48:04AM
65 posts

Does size really matter? 28.5 vs 26


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

I've had a McSpadden 28.5 and currently have 2 McSpadden 26s.  I have very small hands and find the 26 inch scale much easier to play.  I can't tell a lot of difference in the sound.  My 26" walnut with a redwood top has a very warm sound and the sustain seems to be fine.  I personally wouldn't have one over 27". 

 

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
08/23/16 11:38:07AM
65 posts

How do YOU memorize music?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I think the first thing is to have the tune in your head.  I usually do - because it's one I've heard and want to learn.  You can always go to YouTube and hear almost any tune you want.  Then, whether learning by tab or by ear, I start at the beginning learning bits at a time and building on them until I can play the whole thing through.  Once it's thoroughly implanted in this old brain, I normally don't need to look at the tab again.  That's just my method - hope it helps!

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
06/06/16 09:44:29PM
65 posts

Kentucky Music Week 2016 KMW


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Wish I could be there, but can't be that far away from home this year due to husband's health problems.  Went last year and it was great!  Hope everyone has a good week there!

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
04/09/16 12:48:57PM
65 posts

Recent article in a local paper.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks for sharing this nice article, Kevin.  I'm very happy with Prichard #18!

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
03/17/16 08:19:39PM
65 posts

Jerry Wright death


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I never had the opportunity to meet Jerry, but one of my dulcimer playing friends met him and said he was a very nice guy.  I have their East Texas Jam CD and it sounds like they all had such a good time while making it.  I'm sure he will be missed by his family and those who knew him.

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
03/16/16 06:45:31PM
65 posts

Jerry Wright death


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I'm not sure how many are familiar with the Wright family from Texas.  Jerry Wright passed away on March 12th.  He had been ill for a while.  He played music with his wife Margaret and sons Hollis and Lloyd.


updated by @gail-webber: 03/16/16 06:46:47PM
Gail Webber
@gail-webber
03/05/16 07:46:50PM
65 posts

Sad news- Rest in peace our good friend John Phillips


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

This is sad news.  My sympathies to all his friends and family.

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
03/01/16 10:10:15PM
65 posts

What do you aspire to with your music?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I play for a number of reasons.  I heard a dulcimer for the first time in the mountains of North Carolina years ago and I've loved the sound of them ever since.  I didn't really have much time to play until I retired 3 years ago.  My husband has some ongoing medical issues, so our retirement hasn't been what we expected.  I have found the dulcimer (plus playing some autoharp and fiddle) have kept my mind busy, brought me a lot of peace (well maybe not that darn fiddle), brought me together with others and allowed me to make some new friends.  I can't imagine my life without my music.

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
12/17/15 06:11:50PM
65 posts

A new podcast about the mountain dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I have enjoyed all of the episodes.  I just watched the one with Holly Tannen.  As it turns out, she bought a McSpadden Ginger from me and that is the one she refers to and plays near the end.  I'm so glad it found such a nice home!

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
09/03/15 08:37:38PM
65 posts

Hello and a little info


OFF TOPIC discussions

That is great news, Dana!  I am so happy for you.  I hope you have a great festival this weekend.  I would like to come, but am just not up to the trip after making the drive for KMW.  I know it will be great.

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
07/27/15 10:06:49PM
65 posts

Dulcimer Celebration


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Jan, I'll have to check out Nina's Facebook page and look for the pictures.

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
07/27/15 11:12:57AM
65 posts

Dulcimer Celebration


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I attended the Dulcimer Celebration week at John C Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC last week.  We had wonderful instructors for the week - Ann Lough, Nina Zanetti, Bonnie Carol and Rob Brereton.  It was great fun and I feel that I truly learned a lot.  We had instruction in the mornings and got together as a large group (both mountain and hammered dulcimers) in the afternoon and worked on some pieces with multiple parts.    We performed some of these on Friday morning.  We had jams in the evenings that were a lot of fun.  JCC is in such a beautiful mountain setting and the food is wonderful.  I hope I am able to attend this again next year!

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
06/10/15 08:49:09PM
65 posts

Carts for hauling your stuff around at a workshop


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

Hmmm. Wonder if I should get some type of cart to haul my dulcimers, autoharp and fiddle around at KMW? Is that easier than checking them in and out, Jan?

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
05/30/15 02:36:14PM
65 posts

Newest Just intonated dulcimer just completed


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks Lexie. I was pondering buying the one that Cynthia bought - guess I pondered too long!

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
05/30/15 01:56:25PM
65 posts

Newest Just intonated dulcimer just completed


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Robert, how much do you charge for one of these? I love the sound and it's a beautiful instrument.

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
05/30/15 01:11:36PM
65 posts

Possum board question: pros and cons


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

Hey, that fan blade idea sounds good. I keep thinking about buying a McSpadden possum board, but look at the price ($70) and can't convince myself to pay that much for one.

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
04/01/15 06:04:13PM
65 posts

Mountain Dulcimer Cd's you like to listen too.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Lexie, here's a link to the recording on Youtube of Ebeneezer - the first tune on the Russell CD. If this doesn't get you up and ready to dance, I don't know what will!

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
04/01/15 04:49:17PM
65 posts

Mountain Dulcimer Cd's you like to listen too.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Lexie, one of my favorite dulcimer CDs is Galax Style Dulcimer done by Bonnie Russell and the Russell family. I don't know if you are familiar with this style, but I think it's a great CD - done many years ago when Bonnie was only 14 years old, I believe. There is no singing, but the music is great!

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
04/29/15 03:51:55PM
65 posts

Hello and a little info


OFF TOPIC discussions

Dana, so glad to hear the good news and that you are feeling good! I hope you continue to improve and get to the point where the surgery can be done soon. Thinking of you.

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
03/28/15 07:54:16PM
65 posts

Hello and a little info


OFF TOPIC discussions

Dana, I am so sorry for everything you are going through. Just know that we are all keeping you in our thoughts and prayers and wishing you the very best.

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
02/13/15 05:07:00PM
65 posts



I have been using some of the shelf liner type material to hold my dulcimer in place. However, I just had strap buttons put on 2 of my dulcimers and use a strap under my legs instead of around the back. The strap I ordered was actually too big, so I took it to a shoe shop and they are adjusting it for me. I like this by far better than anything I've tried. My teacher suggested using the strap this way - if you have it tight enough under your legs, the dulcimer doesn't slide or wobble at all. Too bad it's taken me 2 years to figure this out!

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
07/18/14 12:58:12PM
65 posts

Enter FOTMD's 5th Birthday Pickled Dulcimer CONTEST!


OFF TOPIC discussions

387 Thank you for this wonderful site!

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
05/17/14 08:46:07AM
65 posts



I enjoyed watching this. Thanks for sharing.

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
03/04/14 11:03:08AM
65 posts

An short Video of my Baritone Dulcimer


OFF TOPIC discussions

Sounds good. Hope you are enjoying it!

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
02/24/14 10:22:22AM
65 posts

This is what came in the mail.


OFF TOPIC discussions

It's a beauty. Please post a video so we can hear you playit! I agree that those sound holes may be sending a message.

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
02/13/14 10:54:31AM
65 posts

House fire


OFF TOPIC discussions

I am so glad that you received something to bring a smile to your face! May many more good things come your way.

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