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David Swanson
@david-swanson
05/20/14 08:58:34PM
17 posts

Autoharp resources?


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Thanks! Lots to look at on those sites. I will spend some time and see what I can learn.

David Swanson
@david-swanson
05/16/14 07:25:18PM
17 posts

Autoharp resources?


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

I picked up a free Oscar Schmidt Autoharp the other day, and I am looking for some information/resources. The one I have is a little unusual & labeled MEG, which I think means it was originally marketed to teachers. I would like to find info on different models (of Chromaharps as well as Autoharps), care & maintenance, and the pleasant banter that we enjoy on this sight. Beginning player resources would also be a plus. Thanks for any suggestions.


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David Swanson
@david-swanson
02/09/13 07:01:46PM
17 posts

My New Clemmer TN Sweetie


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I got to see one of Mike's Sweeties at Shelby last week (some one else bought it). It did sound really good, and was a joy to play.

David Swanson
@david-swanson
12/20/12 04:13:46PM
17 posts



Another thing you can try is to drill a 1/4" or so hole in the middle of the pick. The edges of the hole hlep keep the pick from slipping through your fingers. Joe Collins sells picks like this but you can certainly make your own easily. You can experiment with hole size & location too. That being said, if I don't drop a pick from time to time I assume I am gripping them too tightly.

On a humorous note, when I bought my current dulcimer it came with a pick rattling around inside it. The seller said they knew it was there but couldn't get it out. So don't feel like you are the only one to drop a pick now & then.

David Swanson
@david-swanson
12/03/12 07:00:22PM
17 posts



Also look at the Yahoo group publicdomain dulcimer. They have special sections for Christmas music, and divide up by tuning .

David Swanson
@david-swanson
05/30/13 06:58:10PM
17 posts



Really? I have a Youngster and it tunes easily enough. I don't play it often but it adds a different tone sometimes when we get together to play as a group.

David Swanson
@david-swanson
02/25/12 05:46:25PM
17 posts



I too really like the this version of Old Joe Clark. They actually made a home-brew CD, not sure if it is still available.

Barbara P said:

Gosh, it's so tough because there are so many really wonderful videos. But I'll choose two (today). Tomorrow I'll probably pick some others!

The first one is Hunter Walker and Emily Pritchard playing Old Joe Clark. The video is so great because of course they're really good musicians but their joy in playing is just so contagious!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAoasfpzA1w

The second is a composition by Les Gallier. I could listen to this song all day:

David Swanson
@david-swanson
05/29/12 06:45:47PM
17 posts

How do you store your dulcimers?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Here are mine - a Barringer, a Darveaux, & a JC Bradshaw hanging from a coat rack. I put stick on felt pads on the wall behind them to prevent damage from rubbing/vibration.

David Swanson
@david-swanson
08/21/11 06:21:25PM
17 posts

How to welcome a new jammer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thann, I hear stories like that & it always surprises me. Our group includes DAA noter/drone people & DAD Chord people. And autoharps, an occasional fiddle, hammered dulcimer, and guitar players. As long as we are all in the same key & on the same beat, it's all good. A person playing melody with a noter while some of the rest of us play harmonies and/or chords can sound really good. The only real issue is having tab available for both, for people that learn from tab (like me).
David Swanson
@david-swanson
02/16/11 02:48:04PM
17 posts

My biggest 'do-over' wish in learning music


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I guess my "do-over" would be to not give up playing music after high school. I played trumpet & french horn in high school & was good enough to make All State Band & All State Orchestra. I figured out that I didn't want to try to make a living at it or be a band director, so I dropped it completely when I went to college. Taking up the dulcimer a few years ago made me realize just how much I missed making music. I guess the dulcimer counts as a very belated "do-over" maybe? Wish I could progess as fast now as I did as a teenager!
David Swanson
@david-swanson
04/19/10 03:29:36PM
17 posts

purpose of design features on a MD


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

I won't rehash the good advice others have given you, just add what I have been told:Binding is said to protect the corner/joint from damage coming from minor impacts, besides its cosmetic function. It is the one "option" that the guy who built my dulcimer really pushed, for that reason.Scalloped fretboards look really cool when done correctly. That is almost enough to justify them by itself.I wouldn't rule out a builder just because they do or don't use a zero fret, it is just a differnt way of doing the same thing. I certainly wouldn't ask a luthier to add one if they don't usually use it, or delete one if they do. There are fine instruments around built both ways.Even if there ae no luthiers at a festival, there are usually people there with a number of different dulcimers that you can see, hear, and often play if you ask nice.Good luck!
David Swanson
@david-swanson
10/29/10 03:09:13PM
17 posts

How many dulcimers do you own... lets see the lists..


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Well I try to keep it down to 2 as I just feel greedy to have more than I can play. Currently I own:Richard Beard Walnut hourglass with spruce top & planetary tuners (big, modern sound)Blue Lion 1W - Picked up off Craigslist this weekend. Jury is still out on this one.I also have in my possession a Larry Barringer all walnut hourglass. This belongs to a freind of mine who is Larry's nephew. I was actually looking for a Barringer without success when I came across the Blue Lion.I recently sold a Fellenbaum walnut & red cedar hourglass and a Dale Eckard maple & red cedar hourglass. Beard, Fellenbaum, & Eckard are all North Carolina builders. Some day I would like to get a JC Bradshaw (Calico Possum) and maybe a Ben Seymour.
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David Swanson
@david-swanson
02/06/10 01:05:35PM
17 posts

cats & songs


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

If anyone could do it, it would be you. I'd love to hear it, kind of a flashback to my younger days.... Bucko Futreal said:
I've never tried it, but I bet "And the Mouse Police Never Sleeps" by Jethro Tull could be arranged for dulcimer...
David Swanson
@david-swanson
02/05/10 01:31:56PM
17 posts

dogs & songs


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Not really my favorite, but since this is a dulcimer site it seems like some one should mention "Dog Gnarled" by Robert Force & the late Albert d'Ossche. It does make me smaile to hear it.
David Swanson
@david-swanson
05/06/10 03:53:10PM
17 posts

Favorite tuners?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the little Intelli or Tune Tech clip-on tuners that seem so popular. I have a TT500 and while I prefer my Korg, the TuneTech is very convenient. The Korg works great but the cord is a pain. The display on the TT seems to be slower, and for some reason it is less sensitive to the A string than either D strings (tuned DAdd).