Adventures with 'other' instruments...
Thanks! Lots to look at on those sites. I will spend some time and see what I can learn.
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.
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.
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!
The second is a composition by Les Gallier. I could listen to this song all day: