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John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
02/22/21 12:23:19PM
36 posts

The Positive Thread...


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That's an original, Dusty, except from the quote of Vocabulary.com.

By the way I have painted a turtle to go along with this and I will post it

under photos soon!  Take care, John

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
02/22/21 10:29:13AM
36 posts

The Positive Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

To "Dusty Turtle" & all of my friends at FOTMD:

"Like the turtle may you float in the hard times

and bask in the good!"

"To bask in something is to take it in, receive

its warmth, or bathe in its goodness."

Vocabulary.com

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
01/30/21 01:29:04PM
36 posts

Favorite Lenten Hymns?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

February 17th is Ash Wednesday and I have been looking over Lenten hymns. One that  I particularly like is "When Jesus Left His Father's Throne" by James Montgomery.  It is in the Aeolian mode and is set to an  Old English melody. You can find it in  The Dulcimer Hymn Book" by  Bud and Donna Ford.  I plan to do this as a video on  FOTMD closer to Palm Sunday:"  I particularly like the verse in   "When Jesus Left His Father's Throne":

"When Jesus into Zion rode  The children sang around;  For joy they plucked the palms and strowed Their garments on the ground..."

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
01/29/21 01:05:16PM
36 posts

Favorite Lenten Hymns?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Good choice, Gordon.  I wonder how you tuned your dulcimer to accompany with voice?

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
01/29/21 04:39:00AM
36 posts

Favorite Lenten Hymns?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I'll start off this thread by mentioning one of my favorites:  "What Wondrous Love Is This?" or shortened to "Wondrous Love" Hymnary.Org says the author is Anonymous. It appeared in "Southern Harmony" and is in 221 hymnals. I found tabs for it in "The Dulcimer Hymnal" by Bud & Donna Ford, and in "White Spirituals and Folk Hymns" by Anne Lough.  Recordings of it can be heard on FOTMD Videos.  Search for "What Wondrous Love is This?"  by myself, John W. McKinstry, or "Wondrous Love" by Brian G.   I am sure that there may be other tabs to this and other recordings too but this is a start.

 

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
01/28/21 10:35:16PM
36 posts

Favorite Lenten Hymns?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Do you have some favorite Lenten Hymns and further could you share where we might find the Mt. Dulcimer music for them or hear recordings of such hymns?

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
01/28/21 06:19:10PM
36 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I like the idea of setting up such a thread but I am not sure how to go about it. Could you run me through the process?

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
01/28/21 01:30:38PM
36 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Great idea Gordon.  Look forward to hearing and seeing your video and others who may join the Lenten theme.

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
01/28/21 10:21:20AM
36 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I noticed in the calendar that Ash Wednesday is February 17th, the beginning of Lent and so I have been looking at Lenten hymns. To mark the beginning of Lent I have chosen a  Spiritual: "I Want Jesus To Walk With Me". This video will be posted on February 15th.

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
01/28/21 07:52:15AM
36 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hi Jill,  Good to hear from you.  Yes, I have posted "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" in the video section of FOTMD.  I take comfort in playing the old hymns and often play them as a personal meditation time. 

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
01/16/21 01:15:47PM
36 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks Strumelia for seeing my cleverness. All joking aside, I wanted to share this with others for it took me a long time to discover how to do this. For those who may be interested in the three chords I use: F, Bb.& C my fingering for them is as follows:  Starting with the top string and with the  capo on the third fret:  F= 3 3 3 or 5.3 3  Bb= 6 4 3  C= 4 3 4.   btw I found that fingering the F chord on the dulcimer is a lot easier than on the guitar.  I am afraid arthritis is catching up on and that is one more reason I am thankful for the dulcimer.

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
01/16/21 10:41:05AM
36 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I am working on the hymn: "What a Friend We Have in Jesus". Hymnals have it in the key of F with one flat which puts it in a good singing range. I put my dulcimer into F by capo-ing on the 3rd fret while the strings are tuned C G C. I have worked out the three basic chords F, B, and C to accompany my singing of this hymn. I'll do the video of this hymn for FOTMD soon for you to hear and see what I have done.

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
01/11/21 10:48:53AM
36 posts

Translating tab to printed music


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Sometimes I have found that reading dulcimer tabs can be confusing. If you use three lines to represent the three stings and say you are in a 1-5-8 tuning your lower notes may be on the middle of top line. This is the reverse of regular musical score.  I have found that if I use my chromatic tuner (Korg) it tells me what note I am sounding on the dulcimer so then I can translate this into regular musical score. It makes it easier to tell which note is really up or down. I know that there is something in Table Edit to help you here and there are probably templates that can help in translating tab to musical score or vice versa. I have found that  using the chromatic tuner is a simple way for me. Perhaps others have other suggestions?

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
11/22/20 02:37:30PM
36 posts

Now Thank We All Our God


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks Richard for playing this hymn for these difficult times of Covid.   Pastor Martin Rinkart's  city of Eilenberg, Germany  had suffered from plague, famine, and fear.  He brokered the peace to settle this "Thirty Years War", and then wrote this hymn of thanksgiving.

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
09/30/20 02:50:02PM
36 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

"A Taste of Jam"

Recently I rediscovered the "Athens Dulcimers" website. They offer: "Beginner Tunes", and "Basic Jam Tunes".  They play by ear in these videos, but through research I came up with tabs to help me at first with these tunes.  My goal now is to play by ear like they do too. Now I have a taste jam before joining the real thing. 

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
06/28/18 11:37:21AM
36 posts

New password?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?


Hi, My daughter has had trouble posting a video of mine that she put on You Tube to FOTMD.

I think the problem is that I have forgotten the password.  Can I get a new pass word by 

going to the settings and entering a new one?  Can one just use numbers in the password

or if I use letters and numbers is there a certain length that they should be?

 


updated by @john-w-mckinstry: 06/29/18 03:41:33AM
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
05/06/17 04:28:51PM
36 posts

Does size really matter? 28.5 vs 26


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

Hi D, I am glad you asked that question for I have wondered about this myself. I understand the total size of the dulcimers is the same. I think the advantage would be in the fact that the frets would be slightly closer together which would help in playing chords.  

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
04/03/17 10:43:23AM
36 posts

Poetry celebrating the beautiful music of the Mt. Dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks everyone for your kind responses. Your are wonderful and supportive community.   John

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
04/02/17 10:29:37PM
36 posts

Poetry celebrating the beautiful music of the Mt. Dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

The poem should read as follows:

"Dulcimer Days"  

There is no storm

When the dulcimer sings.

Hatred and hurricanes

Wait in the wings.

The gentle song

Of the dulcimer strings

Is the unspoiled paasion

Of everything 

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
04/02/17 10:23:40PM
36 posts

Poetry celebrating the beautiful music of the Mt. Dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


A friend of mine, Val Coleman, of Sandisfield, MA. wrote a beautiful poem after listening to our "Sweet Strings" dulcimer group.          I wish to share this tribute to the sweet music of the Mt. Dulcimer with all of you.              

"Dulcimer Days"

There is no storm                                                                                                                                                                       When the dulcimer sings.                                                                                                                                                             Hatred and hurricanes                                                                                                                                                                 Wait in the wings.

The gentle song                                                                                                                                                                         Of the dulcimer strings                                                                                                                                                               Is the unspoiled passion                                                                                                                                                           Of everything.

 


updated by @john-w-mckinstry: 10/27/19 12:02:25PM
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
11/21/16 10:13:47PM
36 posts

Christmas songs for seniors?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hi Terry, Two songs that come to my mind are: "Bring a Torch Jeannette Isabella. It has a lively folk feel to it. Another song which I have done at Christmas but actually is a Thanksgiving Song is: "Over The River And Through The Woods". 

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
08/29/16 02:14:13PM
36 posts

How to be sure about a copywrite?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Thank you Salt-Springs and Strumelia.  Your suggestions and encouragement are just what Anne and I needed.

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
08/28/16 04:16:29PM
36 posts

How to be sure about a copywrite?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Hi, I forgot to add that the video by Mary MacGowan    "And All Your Life Shall Open as a Prayer" which is  a variation of "Be Patient With Your Faults & Failings"  should be taken off the video section as well.

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
08/28/16 03:42:50PM
36 posts

How to be sure about a copywrite?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Thank you Ken and Stumelia.  I feel that it is best to remove the hymn on FOTMD "Be Patient With Your Faults & Failings" set to the hymn tune:

"Lynne" for it is most likely still copyrighted. Would you do this for me?

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
08/27/16 01:18:26PM
36 posts

How to be sure about a copywrite?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

My wife wrote a hymn: "Be Paitent and Be Gentle with your Faults and Failings"  see videos FOTMD.  The hymn tune she used is called "Lynne' and was written about 1940. The Rev. Bates G. Burt wrote a hymn entitled: "O God of Youth, Whose Spirit.." and then he wrote this hymn tune "Lynne" also to go with it.  Is there a way of knowing if that hymn tune "Lynne" is now in the public domain or whether it is still copywrited?


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John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
07/16/16 02:49:41PM
36 posts

Three or Doubled Melody Dulcimer?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks Lexie, and all who have contributed to this discussion. I have enjoyed listening and learning from your experiences. 

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
07/15/16 09:43:49AM
36 posts

Three or Doubled Melody Dulcimer?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hi everyone, Thanks for all your input.  I came across this article written back in 1982 by A.W.Jeffrey Jr. recommending the three string dulcimer. And I thought it might give a different perspective on the 3-string - 4-string discussion.  I quote: "The traditional Appalachian dulcimer has been for the most part a simple and flexible 3-string instrument.  Some early folk instruments had four strings which were really 3-string instruments with double melody strings to make four strings in all.  This was done because early makers did not always have quality acoustical woods available to them, and the melody string was often overridden in volume by the two drone strings..The three string is recommended.  It is more flexible for the various methods of playing.  There is less string to tune and risk breaking.  It is easier to change from one modal tuning to another, and its simplicity makes it more versatile.  The sound is more uniquely that of a mountain folk dulcimer."  

AS far as the balance idea for 3 or 5 string, I can see that it all depends upon what style you are playing in.  If you are a noteter-drone player and if you are playing with other instruments, say the fiddle, then the four strings might be  wanted.  If you are playing in a melody chord style and you want to use all strings individually to accomplish this, then you might like the balance of three strings. 

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
07/10/16 09:02:38PM
36 posts

Three or Doubled Melody Dulcimer?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hey everybody,  I am really enjoying your posts.  I do believe it is an individual choice. Although I still favor the single melody string, I have found one dulcimer, the Flat Creek Student Dulcimer,  a large plywood box type of dulcimer, that sounds particularly good with the doubled strings. The doubled melody strings on this particular dulcimer  seems to give it more of a sustained quality. I am glad to have several dulcimers by different builders, for each one has a different voice and has something to offer. Variety, really is the spice of life.

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
07/10/16 12:43:12PM
36 posts

Three or Doubled Melody Dulcimer?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks Strumelia for giving us a larger perspective and for sharing your personal taste for playing. I have a much deeper appreciation for both styles now for each has its won beauty.

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
07/10/16 09:16:54AM
36 posts

Three or Doubled Melody Dulcimer?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks Rob for the information.  I am becoming more flexible in appreciating the double string. I think its not the instrument that needs a balanced, approach but me. I am so glad that the Mt. Dulcimer is a folk instrument, and therefore is open to a variety of style. Keep up the good strumming and singing. John

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
07/09/16 09:56:06PM
36 posts

Three or Doubled Melody Dulcimer?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks Ken H. and Ken L.  I do so appreciate your experience and knowledge.  I have found one advantage of the double string recently and that is when sounding the melody strings for my library class 0f beginners they are able to hear the sound of it for tuning purposes.  I started my dulcimer playing with a three string Jeffrey Dulcimer back in 1978 and have loved its simplicity ever since.  

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
07/09/16 06:36:28PM
36 posts

Three or Doubled Melody Dulcimer?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I have always been a three stringed player and have had students wonder why I would ask them to put aside one of the doubled melody strings.  I tell them that I like the pure harmony and balance of the strings, and that it is easier for them to press down on the frets to begin with.  Of course I am also a melody-chord type of player.  I feel that there are certain effects such as  arpeggio's, and hammer-ons  and pull- offs that are easier this way.  I have always thought that a doubled stringed dulcimer sounded more like a mandolin.  I know you can get more volume with a doubled melody string. I also know that the noter/drone style is more effective with the doubled melody string.  I keep thinking that the reason so many dulcimers these days come with doubled melody strings is because the maker doesn't know if you are a noter/drone or melody-chord player.  I would like to know what others of you think about the advantages and disadvantages of a three string or a doubled melody string are.

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
06/01/16 10:01:49PM
36 posts

Opinion on the best beginner books to start with


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

Mike, I think it is great that you can try different sources.  One thing I would like to point out about Anne Lough's book is that she plays noter style. My students and I play with our fingers and we are free, however, to choose our own fingering.  I suggest to my students in D A A that they start with the ring finger on do and then use the middle finger for re and the index finger for fa.  Going up the scale use the index finger and then going down the scale reverse everything. The high do is the index finger, ti is the middle finger and la is the ring finger and using this same ring finger now  end up eventually back on the 3rd fret do with the ring finger. Have fun. John

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
05/31/16 02:56:33PM
36 posts

Opinion on the best beginner books to start with


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

The best beginner book that I like is "Welcome to the Mountain Dulcimer: by Anne Lough. She covers D A A, D A C, and D A D. She also includes a C.D.. I have had five students use this book and all love it.  I, myself, often like to use the C.D. to play along with and at times to add harmony. I love her choices of tunes that are known by so many and seem to be dulcimer classics. The book is simple and basic and uncomplicated. And that is just the way I like it.

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
08/09/14 10:36:23PM
36 posts

Looking for clarification on D A d


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks Brian G and Skip. Thinking of D A d as a tuning which allows for Mixolydian or Ionian tunes to be played is helpful. Anne Lough in her book: "Welcome to the Mt. Dulcimer" suggests that this tuning could also be called 1-5-8 or Do-So-Do. This frees up my thinking also so that DAd could also be CGc etc. Again thanks.

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
08/04/14 06:36:36AM
36 posts

Looking for clarification on D A d


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I know that technically a pure D A d is the Mixolydian Mode with a flatted seventh in the scale. (Example: Old Joe Clark) I also know that when a person says they play in D A d but are using the sixth and one half fret (6+) that they are actually playing an extended Ionian scale without the flat. (Example: South Wind). How then should a person who says they are playing in D A d distinguish between the two?


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John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
01/27/14 01:48:15PM
36 posts



Hi Leighann, I had a dulcimer student who had trouble holding onto the pick and the solution we came to was to buy her a "Shark Tooth Pick". sThe Shark tooth is a cloth sleeve that goes over your thumb and fastens with velcro. The sleeve holds the pick steady at the same time. You can check it out on live by going to "Shark Tooth Pick".

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
01/24/14 05:24:05AM
36 posts

Using a non-dulcimer case for a case?


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

Jan Potts said:

And if you have a simple cardboard box more or less the correct size, you can buy the plastic handles or attach one of your own design.

I HAVE reshaped the foam of an hourglass dulcimer foam case to accommodate a Banjammer, but I spent hours on it and the end result wasn't great (needs several more hours of work).

I recently bought a 36"LL Bean zippered nylon snowshoe bag. It's deep enough to carry an instrument or two in soft cases or bags, folding stand, folding stool, music folders, etc. It has carry straps and weighs just ounces. Part of it is mesh, though, so it might not provide much protection from the weather. I got it mainly so I could transport a bunch of stuff in one trip, like to a jam. It would also work great just as a misc. gear bag to be carried in addition to your instrument in a more protective case. I have anLL Bean VISA card, so I bought it with some of my Bonus Coupons.

http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/509573?nav=bc&subrnd=0&page=... #

Bean's Snowshoe Bag

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
01/23/14 05:59:45PM
36 posts

Using a non-dulcimer case for a case?


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

Thanks Ken, As they say" "Waste not, want not."

Kenneth W. Longfield said:

John, that's a neat case. Very handy (pardon the pun).

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
01/23/14 03:08:17PM
36 posts

Using a non-dulcimer case for a case?


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


John W. McKinstry said:

Hi Raven, I recently received an inexpensive cardboard bodied dulcimer in a carboard case. The case had a handle on it so the shipping container could become a carryingcase. I can now lend this dulcimer to a few people and don't have to buy an expensive case for an inexpensive dulcimer.

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