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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
12/11/18 11:37:26PM
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Favorite albums


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Lots of good albums out there, but also lots of free stuff on YouTube and SoundCloud.  I learned my first dozen songs or so from watching YouTube videos.  With the videos you can see people play as well as hear the music, so its a great teaching tool.  Just a YouTube search for "mountain dulcimer" will lead you on a never ending but very enjoyable journey.

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
12/08/18 09:34:36PM
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The Dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Well at least we can say that we play an instrument with one of the oldest names for musical instruments.

My understanding, Terry, is that what is referred to as a "dulcimer" in the Book of Daniel was probably closer to a bagpipe than the fretted zither that you and I play, which has much more recent origins, as we know.  The KJV was an English translation from Aramaic and Hebrew, so to really investigate specifically what instrument was meant by the term, we'd need to know those languages.

There are a handful of references to something called a "dulcimer" in literature, but again, our lap dulcimer was probably not what the authors had in mind.

One of the most well known is Samuel Tayler Coleridge's "Kubla Khan":

A damsel with a dulcimer

In a vision once I saw:

It was an Abyssianian maid

And on her dulcimer she played

Singing of Mount Abora.

 

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
12/07/18 03:29:46PM
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How Do I Ditch This Chat Pop-Up?


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Jimmy, when the chat is open, there are four controls on the lower left.  The bottom one will minimize the chat.

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Once it's minimized it stays on the screen off on the lower right-hand corner.

 

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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
12/07/18 02:37:20PM
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How Do I Quote Someone?


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Jimmy Lamar: I might try copy and paste with my phone, because 90% of the time I use my phone for the internet. 
 

 Jimmy, you get the same speech bubble icon on your phone or tablet.


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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
12/07/18 01:10:19PM
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How Do I Quote Someone?


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Jimmy Lamar: I quoted someone a couple weeks ago, but now I forget how I did it.

In other words, how do I copy someone’s post, so that I can comment about it?

You use the speech bubble icon that appears in the upper right-hand corner of message you want to copy when you move your cursor over it.  

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
12/07/18 12:01:50AM
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McSpadden Questions


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I have nothing to add that Ken and Ken have not already stated, except to point you to our group here on Dulcimer Care and Maintenance.

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
12/05/18 01:23:07AM
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Glitch with Graphics


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Actually, I've noticed this problem, too.  When someone posts an attachment such as a jpg, I can click on the thumbnail and a small version of the picture will open up.  But if I click to download the item, my computer does not identify what kind of file it is.  The problem is that the file extension (.pdf or .jpg for example) disappears and becomes part of the file name without the period.  Then the computer cannot identify what kind of file it is. So in the case of the picture you attached, the file downloads as french-psalteryjpg instead of french-psaltery.jpg.

You can get around this problem if you specify what program to use to open the file, but that should be automatic.  I have experienced this problem on two different PCs, one using Windows 7 and one Windows 10 in both Chrome and Firefox.  However, my Android phone has no trouble and opens up the documents fine.


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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
12/02/18 06:08:04PM
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Dulcimer Players News 1975-2012 Searchable On-line Archive


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@John-Dunn, have you tried asking @Ken-Hulme for a copy?  It used to be publicly accessible at Everything Dulcimer, but I'm sure Ken can post a copy.


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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
11/20/18 06:56:08PM
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Giving Thanks


Off Topic discussions

Yes, I'm thankful as well that Jeannie has emerged from the ashes of Paradise even if she lost her home and nearly everything they owned.

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
11/20/18 01:55:16PM
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Capritaurus Dulcimer - Oh My!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

"Oh my" is not my reaction to that price. My first thought was "no &^R#ing way!"

I like Howard and his dulcimers as well, but I've never seen a price even close to that for a Capritaurus.

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
11/19/18 07:54:22PM
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Capo for Radius Fretboard?


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@D-Chitwood and @Brian-G, in addition to a radiused fretboard, Aaron O'Rourke's dulcimers also have what he calls a "reversed flare."  The strings are 1" apart at the nut but .8" apart at the bridge.  That might compensate for what Brian refers to as the difficulty fretting on a radiused fretboard up high.


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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
11/19/18 07:45:16PM
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What if you could only have one dulcimer?


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Susie:

Dusty,

I need another dulcimer/instrument, like I need a hole in my head. That said (haha), I've told myself, if I were to get one, it would be a McCafferty. I'm happy to see your response, that that would be your choice. Can you post a pic of yours? He makes beautiful dulcimers! 

Susie, if someone asks how many dulcimers you need, the right answer is "one more."

I don't want to go too far astray from the original goal of this thread, but it seems reasonable to ask what someone likes about the one dulcimer they identified in response to this forum question.

I bought my McCafferty before he was making radiused fretboards, so I can't speak about that attribute.  Terry's dulcimers all have a loud, round, well-balanced tone.  The tone resembles a guitar more than the high silvery sound of a traditional dulcimer.  The action is excellent and the intonation is superb.  One feature of McCafferty dulcimers that I love is the extended strum hollow.  Most of us end up strumming over the upper end of the fretboard, and that extended strum hollow allows us to pick and strum there without clacking against the fretboard. Terry uses K & K Sound twin spot pickups inside, and although I don't have too much experience with this stuff, I find them to be phenomenal pickups that provide plenty of amplification without distorting the acoustic tone of the instrument.

Mine is the shortest of the three options Terry offers.  The body of all his instruments are the same size, but he makes three different VSLs: 28", 26.5", and 25".   I think it is inevitable that you lose a little sustain with a shorter VSL, and were I to buy the instrument now, I might get a 26.5" model. On the other hand, I've already gotten use the shorter VSL and have arranged a few tunes that require stretches I wouldn't be able to make on longer fretboards.

I did have to make one adjustment to the instrument before I felt comfortable flatpicking.  The strings are pretty far apart. that works well for fingerpicking and for playing slow tunes, but I found it difficult to flatpick with any speed.  I use a single melody string, and the first thing I did was to move that single string to the inside groove on the nut.  I then made an extra groove for the bass string that was the same distance away from the middle string.  My bass and melody strings are now about 1" apart.  I have thought of making a new nut and bridge with grooves that are even closer than that, but for the moment I am doing OK with that distance.  

If you go to my video page, you'll see that five of my last six videos were made with my McCafferty dulcimer.  And here's a picture of the top. The back and sides are figured cherry and the top is redwood.  The inlay is a wolf in front of a full moon with little stars for position dots.

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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
11/19/18 11:12:26AM
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What if you could only have one dulcimer?


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I'm glad this is only a hypothetical discussion. hamster Yesterday alone I played three different dulcimers and two different guitars. 

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
11/18/18 10:26:39PM
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Capo for Radius Fretboard?


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Dana, I was just going to respond to your personal message, but I saw this forum, so I'll respond here instead.

More and more luthiers (including Folkcraft as an option) are making radiused fretboards, but the truth is that unless you barre with a single finger like Aaron O'Rourke or Stephen Seifert, it doesn't really offer an advantage.  Then again, if more of us had radiused fretboards, perhaps more of us would barre with a single finger!

I bought a dulcimer from Terry McCafferty, but it was before he started offering the radiused fretboard as an option.

If the Ewing capo works, then you have your solution.  The Spider Capo should work once you get the hang of it.  Ideally you would want a capo with the exact same radius as the fretboard.

David Beede provides a radiused capo with his models that have radiused fretboards, so you might contact him and find out if he can sell one separately, but unless the radius is exactly the same as the Bella, I am not sure it would work.  According to the website, Bella dulcimers have a 12" fretboard radius.  Terry McCafferty used to sell capos that matched his dulcimers in design, but I don't know if he's started making radius capos. You might send an email to both of those luthiers and see if they can help you.

This is all pretty new.  If more luthiers begin making radiused fretboards and that exact radius becomes standardized, then I'm sure someone will start making radiused capos to match.

 

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
11/18/18 12:32:04PM
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Three Strings or Four ?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Jane Griffith-Ward: why do you sing about railroad men so much?! And no, I don’t expect a sensible answer 

Sometimes there are sensible answers, Jane.  As @Ken-Hulme says, "railroad men were our industrial age heroes." Part of the national myth of America is a modern society slowly moving westward over a whole continent.  A simple image in a western film might be a railroad moving through the wilderness, and we all understand the symbolism. 

But it's also the case that the period of history when the railroads were built (1860s-WWI) corresponds exactly to what is known as the "golden age of folklore" when professional folklorists went around collecting popular music and stories, often precisely because they had a sense that as the railroads and other agents of modernization were transforming society, an effort was needed to capture that "folk wisdom" before it was gone forever. Very simply, a lot of folklore collections were made during the period when a lot of people got jobs on the railroad. music Working on the railroad, dollar and a dime a day/Give my woman the dollar, and throw the dime awaymusic

American music of a later period would have more songs about cars than about railroads. musicRiding around in my automobile/My baby beside me at the wheelmusic

Welcome to the dulcimer community, Jane.  Online, we can communicate faster than they could during the age of ships, the age of railroads, and the age of automobiles.


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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
11/18/18 10:59:02AM
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What if you could only have one dulcimer?


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I have several wonderful dulcimers, and they serve different purposes. A tune that shines on one does not necessarily work so well on another.  However, at any given time I usually consider one of them my "numero uno."  Right now that would be my cherry/redwood McCafferty with a 25" VSL.  It works equally well for fingerpicking and flatpicking.  But ask me in a few months and my answer will be different.

Playing only one dulcimer is like drinking only one kind of wine.

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
11/17/18 12:03:32PM
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What if you could only have one dulcimer?


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@Kusani, the burl maple top on that dulcimer is astounding!


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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
11/16/18 01:52:38PM
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Comprehensive List of Dulcimer Festivals


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

The site seems to be working well, Stephen.  I'm hoping someone posts something from Hawaii so my listings will no longer be the most westerly on the map.

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
11/15/18 11:27:20PM
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The Drifting Thread...


Off Topic discussions

Roy Clark was indeed an amazing musician and performer. He was equally at home on the fiddle, guitar, or banjo (and who knows what else). And he could play nearly any type of music, too. RIP

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
11/09/18 10:41:15AM
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How do you search for other members?


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Jimmy, go to the Members page by clicking "Members" from the tool bar on top of the page. Then you can type in a portion of the member's name and you will see all the possible options.  You then click on whichever one you are searching for.

I just did that and put "Jimmy" in the search bar.

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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
11/04/18 12:36:59AM
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Pick Holder


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

jp: is there away to get a full size picture posted? 

JP, As Ken says, clicking on the thumbnail of your picture opens it up in the browser sufficiently large. If you click on the file name it asks you to download it.

However, there is also another way to embed pictures in posts. You chose to attach your picture using the "Attach File" button.  You can also directly embed a picture using the "Embed Local Media" tab, which is the penultimate icon on the tool bar. It looks like a piece of film.  If you click on that you can embed a picture directly into the text box.  You will have the option of about 14 different picture sizes.  The medium option looks like this:

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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
11/03/18 01:16:40PM
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Keith Young Dulcimer


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Well I was able to play the song with little trouble.  The dulcimer sounds great, Dave. It's got a nice deep voice.

I say "little" trouble because Windows first asked me what software to use to open the file (shouldn't that be automatic?) and then claimed the file extension was unrecognizable, but when I told it to play the file anyway, it worked fine.

 

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
11/02/18 10:46:57AM
1,066 posts

Waiter’s tray stand


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Don, check out this video by @Christine-Shoemaker. She is using a stand by Gary Sager of Prussia Valley Dulcimers. It looks fully adjustable. Something like that would probably be the best option.

Other good options are keyboard stands or even an ironing board.

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
11/01/18 02:34:30PM
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Keith Young Dulcimer


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Strumelia:Yeah, looks like it made the water spots almost disappear- nice results!  Thanks for posting that before/after photo. And thanks Dusty for that wood treatment recommendation.

I can't take credit for this. I learned about Howard Feed n Wax from this video by Bing Futch, and Bing credits FOTMD member and luthier extraordinaire David Beede.  It sure does wonders for an old instrument, doesn't it?

 


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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
10/31/18 03:44:09AM
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Keith Young Dulcimer


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Dave, you've received solid answers to most of your questions.  Aren't FOTMD folks grand?

I have one suggestion.  If the wood feels dry, it probably is.  You might try a product such as Howard's Feed n Wax.  You put a tiny bit on a rag and rub it into the wood. Then take another rag, wipe off any excess, and let it sit 20-30 minutes.  If the wood is seriously dried out you might need more than a tiny bit since the wood will soak the stuff up. But start with as little as possible. Use it before you put on new strings so you can get to the fretboard, too. My guess is the dulcimer will show its health and happiness by really shining.  I use it periodically on all my dulcimers except the one that has a heavy lacquer finish.

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
10/29/18 11:30:19AM
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Comprehensive List of Dulcimer Festivals


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Strumelia: I think the demise of everythingdulcimer site may have had something to do with people feeling inspired to create new sites to house Tab collections, event calendars, club lists, teachers, etc... perhaps to help fill in the gaps that ED left behind. It's admirable that people are doing this. But it's no easy task, for sure!

I think you're probably right, Strumelia.  ED had a list of dulcimer clubs and instructors and other resources and gave the appearance of being comprehensive.  I will be forever grateful to ED for introducing me to the dulcimer and allowing me to ask all sorts of (what now seem to be ) ridiculous beginner questions.  However, I found some of the resources there outdated. When I searched for local dulcimer groups I found about 5, all of which had be defunct for years.  I hope these new resources will be kept more updated.

Strumelia: That's interesting that McSpadden is actually reaching and soliciting such information, Dusty.  "Big Data"... is that anything like Big Scioti ?  lolol 

I was thinking Big Data is as dizzying as Big Mon.

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
10/28/18 03:38:36PM
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Comprehensive List of Dulcimer Festivals


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Stephen, I only learned about Eulberg's site when I asked him if I could list the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering on your site.  I had no idea either.

Perhaps at some point you two could indeed coordinate the two sites somehow.  And Steve E. does not include regular dulcimer groups, so perhaps the two lists can fulfill different purposes.

I recently received an unsolicited email from McSpadden checking on the details of my local group for some kind of database they are gathering.  I guess lots of folks are trying to create big data on the dulcimer world.

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
10/28/18 01:00:42PM
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Comprehensive List of Dulcimer Festivals


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I just learned that Steve Eulberg maintains a list of dulcimer concerts, workshops, and festivals at Dulcimer Crossing.  The link is https://dulcimercrossing.com/dc_events.html.

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
10/26/18 01:18:36AM
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Guitar Strings?


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

Sounds great, @Diane-R!  New strings look better, feel better, and sound better.  I know a professional guitarist who changes strings every month.  I try to do so every 3-6 months on the instruments I play regularly.  I am not sure why some people keep the same strings on for years.  They just get hard and start hurting your fingertips, as you can testify.

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
10/25/18 09:15:23PM
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7+ Fret


Chord/melody modern style playing discussions

Don, a chromatic scale has 12 notes.  A diatonic scale has 7 notes.

You can see that visually on a diatonic fretboard.  All the fat or wide frets are places where the fretboard skips a chromatic note.  If you want to make a fully chromatic fretboard, therefore, you'd add the 0+, 1+, 3+, 4+, and 6+ frets.

You can also see this visually on a piano.  If you only use the white keys, you are playing a diatonic scale.  There are seven in an octave.  But there are 5 black keys there as well, making the 12 of the chromatic scale.

A while back I posted a little essay entitled "What are Half Frets and Do I Need Any?"  Although some of it might be too "beginnery" for you, there might still be something of interest if you care to give it a read.


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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
10/25/18 04:39:02PM
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7+ Fret


Chord/melody modern style playing discussions

Don, I've never seen any kind of instructional material for the 0+ or 7+ fret, though there is similar material for chromatic fretboards.

If you play across the strings (as opposed to only on the melody string), then the 0+ and 1+ frets give you a chromatic scale beginning on the bass string and moving up to the third fret on the middle string.  The same is true an octave above with the 7+ and 8+ strings. So those two extra strings will allow you to play any melody. When Ron Ewing convinced me to get the 0+ fret, he mentioned a whole bunch of chords that I'd be able to get. I have to admit that I don't use that fret nearly as much as I use the 1+ fret, but I haven't really explored very much to see what it has to offer.  

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
10/25/18 02:42:02PM
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7+ Fret


Chord/melody modern style playing discussions

Don Grundy: Do the 7+ and 0+ go together like 6+ and 13+?

Yes.  It is the same interval but in a different octave.

0+ = 7+

1+ = 8+

6+ = 13+

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
10/25/18 12:51:12PM
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7+ Fret


Chord/melody modern style playing discussions

I would keep it, too, but perhaps add the 0+ fret so you have the same possibilities in both octaves.

I bought a dulcimer from Ron Ewing a few years back and asked for the 1+ fret.  He convinced me to get the 0+ fret as well. I find it only occasionally useful, but I haven't really explored the possibilities.

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
10/22/18 08:26:40PM
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Let's give thanks to our FOTMD Welcome Wagon!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Yes, a big THANK YOU to the welcome wagon here. 

I think Rod Westerfield welcomed me within hours of my first joining. It certainly was a warm greeting and took the nervousness out of joining a new site about an instrument I barely knew.

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
10/22/18 07:51:45PM
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Buying a used McSpadden questions


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Dulcinina,

Someone here such as @Ken-Longfield probably knows what year McSpadden stopped using ply and started using solid wood.  That is something to take into consideration, although I think we are too afraid of plywood.  You certainly want a solid soundboard, but I've played some wonderful instruments with ply sides and back.

It's rare that McSpaddens on Ebay go for much less than $300.

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
10/19/18 11:04:31AM
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Ron Gibson Dulcimers


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That's a fine looking dulcimer, @Atilwi.  Ron Gibson has the best rosebud soundholes; they are just beautiful.  Happy strumming!

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
10/10/18 10:30:39AM
1,066 posts

The Positive Thread...


Off Topic discussions

Ken. one of the members of my local dulcimer group here in California recently went on a 3-month road trip this summer, traveling route 66 but then just driving wherever the dulcimer winds blew.  She visited Folkcraft where she attended a workshop with John & Karen Keane and bought a really nice dulcimer from Richard.  It has a radiused fretboard, something I think will be a permanent option going forward.  I think you're right that Richard and the Folkcraft folks are not only really nice but doing a great job continuing to improve their instruments.

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
10/08/18 11:28:41AM
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motivation


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

JP, I feel semi-professionally obliged to suggest that if you are indeed facing a more general feeling of malaise than merely not being inspired musically, you might want to seek expert help.  Online friends in music can only do so much.

If it is musical inspiration you seek, then perhaps we can help you.

I find that although my interest in music is pretty constant, my excitement about working on my own musicianship ebbs and flows. Sometimes I just don't have a song or technique that I want to learn or work on. I pick up my instrument and just don't know what to play.  One thing I do then--which doesn't even address the problem--is to continue playing scales and arpeggios and other exercises. In fact, I probably do more work merely on technique during the periods when I'm not inspired because I don't know what else to play and because when I am inspired, I want to play something specific.  But working on that technique means that when I do find that inspiration, I am better able to play it at a level that pleases me.

I also keep a list of "to learn" songs. When I am busy working on other stuff but discover a tune I'd like to play, I add it to a list.  Then during those periods when I'm just not feeling the inspiration, I peruse that list and sometimes a tune pops out and I rediscover what I liked about it.  If nothing pops out I sometimes force myself to start working on one of those tunes, and often once I start to "get" the tune, I also "get" what I liked about it and find my enthusiasm again.

I also keep a little file on my phone of musical ideas.  If a melody hits me as I'm leaving the grocery store, I'll record myself singing or whistling it.  A lot of that stuff never amounts to anything, but sometimes when nothing else excites me I'll listen to some of those files and find a melodic idea that I'd like to turn into a song.  It's like a repository of half-ideas that can be flushed out later on.  And when one of those half-ideas starts to become something fuller, it can be truly inspiring. 

I also seek music externally. One way to do so is to listen once again to some of the music that first inspired you.  For me, that means listening to the flatpicking guitarists who first demonstrated to me how elegant and exciting acoustic music could be: Norman Blake and Tony Rice.  But I also look for new music that I don't know yet.  Recently I've discovered the Canadian singer/banjo player Kaia Kater and the Memphis singer Valerie June.  Maybe those musicians don't speak to you.  But others will. Find them and let them reignite your inspiration.

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
10/05/18 10:39:40PM
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Comprehensive List of Dulcimer Festivals


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

No worries, @Diane-R. Looking back over my post I can see why you interpreted it the way you did. I really meant that members should post Events listings of their own events.  That's why I mentioned the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering, since I've been involved in organizing and teaching workshops at that event for several years.

It also takes a lot of work to do this well. An Event listing ought to have active links to the event's webpage, links to the instructors' pages, information about how to register, costs, lodging, and more. There is no way a single person could maintain that information for more than a handful of events unless it was a full-time job.  That's part of the reason the festivals listing at the old Everything Dulcimer website was so outdated.

I should also add that there is a festivals list toward the back of each issue of Dulcimer Players News.

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