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Kendra Ward
@kendra-ward
10/01/19 09:15:32PM
5 posts

Lillie’s Lullaby


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hello all...I posted a video playing my grandmothers dulcimer which was made in 1892! The tune is called “Lillie’s Lullaby” which I wrote in her honor around 30 years ago...

Heres a link to the tab and music...I hope you will think of my grandmother Lillie when you play it...

https://dulcimertimes.com/freebies/LilliesLullaby.DAA.pdf

Thanks...

Kendra...aka Dulcerina


updated by @kendra-ward: 10/15/19 11:30:21AM
Kendra Ward
@kendra-ward
10/01/19 07:56:06AM
5 posts

I only see original post in a discussion, not replies..?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

I don’t know what group it’s in? I’ve joined several in the past but the comments are not within those groups. I can’t find comments or read them on something I posted...

Kendra Ward
@kendra-ward
09/30/19 10:14:32PM
5 posts

I only see original post in a discussion, not replies..?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

I’m pretty frustrated. I cannot see any replies. I’ve tried everything. Please help. 

Kendra Ward
@kendra-ward
09/29/19 06:53:02PM
5 posts

Conversation with Kendra Ward


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Hi everyone! Thank you so much for the kind words...wow! 

 

It was quite an honor to be included in the conversations series...I’m humbled. ☺️

 

Give us a date and we will head to the UK...it’s been too long since we were last there  It’s so awesome to be able to connect better with dulcimer players across the pond. 

 

Kendra...aka Dulcerina

 

 

 

Kendra Ward
@kendra-ward
05/23/19 03:07:15PM
5 posts

Berea Gathering Attendees


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What a great traditional dulcimer gathering! Looking forward to next year!

Kendra Ward
@kendra-ward
04/29/15 01:03:15PM
5 posts

Tuning question?


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I didn't know where to post this, so I thought I would give this forum a try.Here's my question: If you are tuned to DAD, would your middle string (A) break if you tune it up to a C?? Would you freak out if a teacher asked you to tune it up to that C?? Thanks for your input.....KendraAka: Dulcerina
updated by @kendra-ward: 06/11/15 07:43:14AM
Kendra Ward
@kendra-ward
02/13/13 09:42:55AM
5 posts

Left handed playing?


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Hi everyone!I would like suggestions, thoughts, ideas, discussion, etc. about playing the mountain dulcimer if you are left handed.I am right handed, but I have a couple of 4th graders that I am teaching to play who are left handed.My first thought.....and what I am doing......is that I reversed the strings and have the kids play with the tuning peg side facing to the right. That way they strum with their left hand and play the melody with their right hand. It seems to work fine.I decided to do it this way after turning my instrument around and testing to see how hard it would be for me to strum left handed. If you have never tried this, you should! It's crazy and harder than you would ever think! Just like writing with your left hand! Lol!Anyway, I determined it would probably be hard for theses kids to strum with their right hand, therefore my reasoning for switching the strings.Have any of you had a left handed student?What did you do to help them?Are any of you left handed?Do you play left handed or right handed if you are left handed?Should I just make the kids learn to play right handed and not worry about it?These kids love playing and I want to do what is best for them. I just wondered if anyone had any experience with this......Thanks-Kendra
updated by @kendra-ward: 01/14/16 04:09:45AM
Kendra Ward
@kendra-ward
10/22/11 10:21:49AM
5 posts



Hi Kyle! I would love to read your paper too! Keep us all posted...

Kendra

Kendra Ward
@kendra-ward
06/01/11 02:10:17PM
5 posts

Glad to be back online


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Thanks Geeks.....I have missed everyone!

Robin, it will be wonderful for Mark to join you, I didn't mean to leave him out....

We can also try Amazing Grace or Southwind or something else that you suggest....so sorry about your neck problems, hope they go away soon!!!!!! Doggone it is right!!!!

Kendra Ward
@kendra-ward
06/01/11 02:02:23PM
5 posts

Just curious Aabout what you think of contests?


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Too funny, Geekling! We wouldn't want you to start gnawing.....but to tell the truth, I think I would start gnawing my arms off too if I had to compete....some people love it, some do not....it's very interesting to me....

YAY! Ken! Let's get 'cha up here next year so you can show 'em how it's done!

Paul, we welcome you back to Coshocton dulcimer days anytime with open arms....too bad you have to "wait 'til next year"! (I guess I will have to say it....."How about them Red's"!!! ) Am I in trouble now? I guess once a trouble maker, always a trouble maker!

Dulcerina-

Kendra Ward
@kendra-ward
05/31/11 11:33:43PM
5 posts

Just curious Aabout what you think of contests?


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Thanks for the comments!

I do think that festivals have all gone toward the workshop/concert type weekend and I think that is a good idea. We are trying to cater to as many people as we can, and the contests do bring in a lot of people, both contestants and watchers. I think the contest mentality is becoming more and more popular again, and I am so happy to see so many of the contestants are coming from the younger generation! YAY!

Paul, you need to come back to Coshocton and see how much it has changed....hopefully for the better....and it is all free, except the workshops which are $15 per person per workshop, paid directly to the teacher who keeps 100%. We offer between 50-60 workshops depending on the year, plus jams, vendors, concerts, lot's of food, and more....

Ken, float on up our way sometime soon.....we could use a good noter/drone teacher....maybe next year?

Thanks again for your comments....

Dulcerina-

Kendra Ward
@kendra-ward
05/31/11 11:20:13PM
5 posts

Glad to be back online


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Thanks ya'll for the welcome back! I hope I can stay awhile!

Robin, check the Sat. concert schedule on the Coshocton Dulcimer Days website. The spot called "Meet the Dulcimers" is where I would love you to join us with your bowed ducimer. I think it is at 11:45-12:20...... we will probably play something easy together like Old Joe Clark, or Golden Slippers, or........suggestions please.....

For the rest of you to know what I am talking about, at Coshocton Dulcimer Days this year, I have taken one of the 35 minute concert slots and introducing the people to the different kinds of dulcimers/styles......I am playing noter/drone style, Hunter Walker is demonstrating a modern style, Robin is demonstrating bowed dulcimer, and Theresa Halsey is going to show the hammered dulcimer. Each person is going to say a little about the instrument/style, then play an example of a tune. At the end we are all going to play a tune or two together as time allows. I think it will be awesome and also prove that all dulcimers can be played together. I can't wait to try out this idea......

Anyway, I am glad to be back and thanks again everyone for the welcome back....

Dulcerina-

Kendra Ward
@kendra-ward
05/30/11 10:19:52PM
5 posts

Just curious Aabout what you think of contests?


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I organize the Coshocton Dulcimer Days festival and we have the Mid-Eastern Regional Hammered and Mountain dulcimer contests. Winners receive a trophy, money, and entry into the Walnut Valley Festival in KS. This festival has had contests since the first festival in the early '70's.

I am just curious about what ya'll think about contests, if you would ever compete, if you have competed, what you think judging criteria should be, and any other comments. Since we are sanctioned by Walnut Valley, we do have go by their rules, but we can change minor things with their approval.

Me, personally, I cannot compete....it makes me physically ill!!! LOL I have not competed since about 1985. I could do it when I was a kid, but it is just not my thing now. Isn't that weird???? I remember one time, Bob (my hubby) and I borrowed Dad's courting dulcimer to compete against mom and dad....We tied!!! .....and had to have a play off!!! Isn't that too funny.....Bob and I did manage to beat mom and dad, but I don't know how!!!! Bob and I still play that courting dulcimer today....I guess it is our good luck dulcimer!

I hear people say all the time that competing makes them better players and I can see that. It makes them practice and to be able to be in front of people. It gives them a goal to work on.

What are your thoughts and opinions? I thought this would be a fun topic to discuss.

Back in the '70's, the entire structure of the Coshocton Dulcimer Days....then Roscoe Village Dulcimer Days....was all based on contests. They had a courting dulcimer contest, a kid's contest, a club contest, traditional contest, men VS women, duet contest, band contest, hammered, mountain, best male singing, best female singing, and so on. Today, I don't think there are enough people who would be interested in these contests, but some people have mentioned that they would like to have a duet contest and a vocal contest come back. What do ya'll think of this?

I am looking forward to reading your comments. Thanks........


updated by @kendra-ward: 03/16/17 02:19:15AM
Kendra Ward
@kendra-ward
05/30/11 09:55:57PM
5 posts

Glad to be back online


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Wow! It seems like forever since I have had a chance to check out "Friends" here! I even missed out on the great new buttons that everyone else has.... but me...... I will be getting mine soon though...

It started with all the rain we had. I never had time to get online trying to work outside and then the rain took out our phone for about 3 or so weeks.

We have satellite internet from our next door neighbor and when the satellite was working her router was not. She had to finally get a new router. We do still have dial-up but of course, our phone was out.....

When our neighbor got the new router, it continued to rain and the satellite was not picking things up through the clouds. We could only get on once in a while for a short period of time......

We would sometimes take our laptops to the nearest city and use them, but then we only had time to catch up on all our business.....WHEW!

I missed you all!!!!! I am glad to be back! Yay! I hope to be able to stay for a while, kick my shoes off, and have fun!

I am glad to be back.........


updated by @kendra-ward: 01/13/19 05:09:18PM
Kendra Ward
@kendra-ward
03/02/11 04:28:39PM
5 posts

What kinds of tunes do you most like to play on your mtn dulcimer?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I love to play the old-time tunes and fiddle tunes, with a little bluegrass thrown in. I like the tunes my dad played such as Evelina, Seeing Nellie Home, Home Sweet Home, Cripple Creek, Cluck Old Hen. I have written several tunes that I like to play too....and... I love old gospel hymns. I guess I tend to like the older melodies rather than the modern ones.

Dulcerina-

Kendra Ward
@kendra-ward
11/26/10 10:31:20PM
5 posts

What did you do on 'Black Friday' (day after thanksgiving)


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We went to Cincinnati yesterday to have dinner with Bob's brother, wife, and 2 daughters. We spent the night at Bob's parents house (they are in FL where they have a second home).I got up this morning to go to a fabric store that I like around 8:00 am. We then went back over to Bob's brother's house to have lunch with them and then went to a stable to see our nieces' horses that they ride. The horses were beautiful! It was a very nice day!We then drove back home and here we are now ready to go nighters....AWESOME SCORE on the skirts, Strumelia!!! My favorite, FAVORITE thing to do in the whole world is to go to thrift stores!!!! It's even more fun because of our travels....every new town, the first thing I do is check out the local thrift store! I just love it!! If I don't make it myself, then I usually get it at the thrift store! LOLI hope Pearl is OK....I hate to hear about that!Robin, I like turnips.....just raw...
Kendra Ward
@kendra-ward
11/12/10 10:45:03PM
5 posts

Show us your sound holes!


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This is a great idea!I am sorry that we cannot show you some of the sound holes in the dulcimers we have made. Soundholes are special to the person who gets the instrument.Last year for Christmas we made a beautiful cherry dulcimer for Bob's parents who live on an island off the panhandle of Florida. The soundholes that I cut out were fish and bubbles and seaweed and so forth! It was awesome! (I may have some photo's.....I will look)Another dulcimer we made had Ohio State University soundholes. We made it to give to an auction in Columbus. It was pretty cool too. They were buckeyes and leaves.Our nieces each received dulcimers with horse heads as sound holes. It has been fun to make these instruments special.
Kendra Ward
@kendra-ward
08/20/10 08:50:42PM
5 posts

Thank you, Strumelia!!


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I just want to shout out a big 'ol thank you to Strumelia for starting this wonderful mountain dulcimer forum! It is so full of wonderful and friendly people who have so much to offer the dulcimer world. Thank you again, Strumelia, and everyone else too for sharing.Kendra (aka....Dulcerina)
updated by @kendra-ward: 01/13/19 05:09:18PM
Kendra Ward
@kendra-ward
05/14/10 10:28:57PM
5 posts



I have heard this tuning referred to as a "newer" tuning, but my family often played in this tuning. I grew up knowing about it and just referred to it as "Ward-chord" tuning because I had never seen anyone else do this.I thought my dad made it up so my mom could easily play chords to his melody. He was always looking for the easy way to do things and this couldn't be any easier than strumming open as your I chord, barring all strings at the 3rd fret as the IV chord, and barring all strings at the 4th fret as the V chord.Dad and mom always played the courting dulcimer with dad playing melody, mom playing chords, and I joined on another dulcimer usually playing harmony.When I play this style with the melody, I play the melody with my thumb as a noter and barre the other two strings at either the 3rd or 4th fret according to what chord it should be. I played this style for Steve Seiffert last fall and he had never seen anyone else play this way. His 1-3-5 style is totally different and more complicated. I just played what sounded good to me growing up and it seemed to be right to me?I wonder if I should try to do a workhop on it sometime? It is very, very simple and fun.Anyway, that's just my two cents worth.KendraPS: as I think about it, I have always said the tuning backwards from what other people say. For example I say D-D-G (G being the bass note) and most people say G-D-D (G being the bass note) I don't know why? Anyway when I tune to 1-3-5, I say it backwards as D-B-G . . . (G being the bass note)I have also heard it referred to as the "N" "B" "C" tuning because those are the notes of the chord it makes.
Kendra Ward
@kendra-ward
05/14/10 10:26:09PM
5 posts



I have heard this tuning referred to as a "newer" tuning, but my family often played in this tuning. I grew up knowing about it and just referred to it as "Ward-chord" tuning because I had never seen anyone else do this.I thought my dad made it up so my mom could easily play chords to his melody. He was always looking for the easy way to do things and this couldn't be any easier than strumming open as your I chord, barring all strings at the 3rd fret as the IV chord, and barring all strings at the 4th fret as the V chord.Dad and mom always played the courting dulcimer with dad playing melody, mom playing chords, and I joined on another dulcimer usually playing harmony.When I play this style with the melody, I play the melody with my thumb as a noter and barre the other two strings at either the 3rd or 4th fret according to what chord it should be. I played this style for Steve Seiffert last fall and he had never seen anyone else play this way. His 1-3-5 style is totally different and more complicated. I just played what sounded good to me growing up and it seemed to be right to me?I wonder if I should try to do a workhop on it sometime? It is very, very simple and fun.Anyway, that's just my two cents worth.KendraPS: as I think about it, I have always said the tuning backwards from what other people say. For example I say D-D-G (G being the bass note) and most people say G-D-D (G being the bass note) I don't know why? Anyway when I tune to 1-3-5, I say it backwards as D-B-G . . . (G being the bass note)I have also heard it referred to as the "N" "B" "C" tuning because those are the notes of the chord it makes.
Kendra Ward
@kendra-ward
03/19/10 09:38:48PM
5 posts



Ha! Ha! John Henry!No the Bobbies did not leave us a tip!!!! :-(We always busked in Bath because that was the best place and Bob's family was there. We once heard a great Bluegrass band playing and we went to hear them and talk to them thinking they were American's because they were playing "Grandfather's Clock". When they stopped they had the English accent-we were surprised because they sang with an American accent! HahahaGosh! We love England! It's been too long since we have been there!Another funny story is that I broke some strings on my HD and I forgot to bring my extra strings with me! We went to a piano store in Bristol to get some extras but they kept breaking too. I had enough from them to keep up, but the funny thing was we couldn't find our car! We were so lost and turned around! We parked in a "car park" but found out there were lot's of them with the same name in Bristol and we were so confused and turned around!!!!! It took us about 4 hours to find the right "car park". HahahahaBob's family came from England (Bath) and we visited them and had a wonderful time! I love it there! We are considering moving to England for a while because of the crap that is going on here in the states with OBAMA. I guess we would just have to rent our farm here???Anyway, we love England and it's very cool!Oh yeah! I will have to tell you about the time we were almost arrested in a laundry mat in Oxford for changing strings while we were waiting on our laundry. I was called a "tory!" :-)Kendra
Kendra Ward
@kendra-ward
03/19/10 06:00:00PM
5 posts



Hi ya'll,I love to busk! Bob and I have been busking many places.I wanted to share my best all-time busking story with you. It's pretty funny!Bob and I were on tour in the British Isles and busking is a big deal there. Me, having red hair and being very Irish, and Bob having family in Bath, found that if we did not open our mouths we were thought of as natives. (all the rich Americans would throw us money haha)Anyway we were busking in this little town in northern England, doing a pretty good job of collecting money, and we noticed the local "bobbies" (policemen) were watching us closely. While we were playing they seemed to get a little closer and a little closer. We were sure they were going to make us quit or ask for a permit or something, so we were getting a little nervous.Finally they walked up to us and said, "You are better than the usual lot that play here!" and walked on.We were really relieved and thought that was one of the funniest things that ever happened to us.We were mostly playing the "other" dulcimer that you play with hammers, and guitar, but we did have the mountain dulcimer and played it some as well.Thanks for reading,Dulcerina aka Kendra
Kendra Ward
@kendra-ward
03/09/10 06:19:16PM
5 posts

If you could only keep ONE of your dulcimers....


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Ohhhh noooooo! Strumelia! This is toooooo hard! :-(I could never choose. I would have to have someone else choose for me and just go with that. Does anyone want to volunteer? We could make it a game-I could give you all the pro's of all of them and you decide! :-)Sorry I can't make up my mind? ? ? ? ? ? ? . . . . . . . . haha (what mind I do have!)There are a few that I guess I could give up, but can we rephrase the question as to which 10-20-30 instruments would you keep? Oh, Strumelia . . . . . . . . . . .