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Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
02/14/18 11:15:45PM
33 posts

Tinwhistle / penny whistles


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Yes the Tinwhistle is very similar, but has less notes and not as strange cross fingerings as recorder. I learned tin whistle before recorder, but I think going from Recorder to Tinwhistle will be easier than what I did.

Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
10/25/17 01:24:24PM
33 posts

Tinwhistle / penny whistles


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

I Find that wind instruments vary much more than stringed instruments. Sure, guitars all have their differences, but the difference in tone between different fipple and duct flutes. For example I have a NA flute that while not quiet (it's actually my loudest one), is my softest in tone (it's cedar). I have one made out of maple and one out of mahogany, they both have much clearer, more direct sound. The wide variation of timbre between instruments is what holds my attention to them. While the difficulty and range of notes is what holds me captive to playing guitar. Not that penny whistles aren't difficult, its's a different type of difficulty. 

Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
03/20/17 09:41:58PM
33 posts

How does humidity affect a mahogany dulcimer?


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 IMO, low humidity is more of a danger than high.

Humidity will affect most woods the same way. The wood will swell then contract if quickly (for a long period of time) put in dry weather, resulting in cracking.

I have never experienced humidity problems with any of my instruments. My dulcimer stayed in a humid climate (Alabama, Georgia, and Florida) for twenty years. Never had a problem with it cracking because of humidity.

Just make sure it stays in your house for most of it's life and that your house's air conditioning doesn't get turned off with it for long periods of times.

If other people say that Hawaii's humidity is greater than the 100% humidity of Florida, you can keep it in a case and they make tools to take and give humidity to instruments.

So if you play it outside A lot (like ALOT like 15 hours like Mr. Ken Longfield said) you might have trouble once you bring it into a SUPER Dry area.

More than likely you will have no trouble though!

Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
03/05/17 08:29:55PM
33 posts

Piano music to accompany dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

If it's an electric piano volume won't be as much of a problem.
As far as what to play, play what you know even if it's noter drone. It wil all sound good. Your friend will just have to find music to accompany you!
Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
03/04/17 02:08:23PM
33 posts

Single or Double Melody Strings?


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My Grandpa has a robert mize dulcimer with 4 strings but 6 notches so that equidistant stringing can be used.

Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
11/27/16 09:56:35PM
33 posts

Any guesses as to the maker of this dulcimer?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

An elder in my church has a dulcimer very close to this shape from a builder in Georgia, but his has a lot more ornamentation than this one. I will have to ask him the name of the builder as I cannot remember (I was told once). As long as it plays nice it should be a fine instrument.

Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
11/27/16 02:52:46PM
33 posts

Colors for Notes in Playing from Sheet Music


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

When I was in a handbell choir we highlighted the notes that were for the bells we played. It's not so far fetched of an idea at all! I find I don't have very much trouble automatically seeing the intervals in my head, especially on a diatonic instrument. But what works works!

Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
11/17/16 02:38:22PM
33 posts

Hog-eyed Man


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Many of the old time albums that are produced have many of the same staples on them. Maybe he's just referring to these songs not appearing as often on "mainstream" old time albums (if old time is ever mainstream) ?

I found these from an article mentioning artists who are shaking up the old time movement.

http://www.thebluegrasssituation.com/read/5-artists-shaking-old-time-music

Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
11/17/16 01:35:16PM
33 posts

Hog-eyed Man


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


This is an old time music group that I just found. They're pretty great. 

also check out Squirrel Butter


updated by @noah-aikens: 11/17/16 01:36:23PM
Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
08/27/16 09:05:09PM
33 posts

Handmade Native American flute


Adventures with 'other' instruments...


 I'm having a hard time getting it to post so here's a link - 


updated by @noah-aikens: 08/27/16 09:07:57PM
Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
08/27/16 12:04:34PM
33 posts

Handmade Native American flute


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

My dad and I built a NAF! Key of A minor. Western Red Cedar.


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updated by @noah-aikens: 08/27/16 02:59:19PM
Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
08/20/16 03:22:00PM
33 posts

Tabor Pipe and Drum


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Why is it embarrassing to look in your harmonica drawer? I don't have a harmonica drawer -  they just lie all over the place!  But I do have a briefcase for gigging.

Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
08/19/16 11:45:20AM
33 posts

How do YOU memorize music?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Memorizing the melody is the easy part. Memorizing timing and lyrics is the extremely hard part for me.

Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
08/18/16 06:41:50PM
33 posts

Tinwhistle / penny whistles


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

I just found this guy called Erik the flute maker . He makes great sounding whistles. But get this - A wooden saxophone!

Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
08/18/16 11:09:33AM
33 posts

Favorite picks made from unusual materials


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

now I play dulcimer either with a very thin dunlop nylon pick or my fingers. but when I play guitar I like to use dragon heart picks. But they cost 10 dollars and I lose picks alot.

Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
08/17/16 01:50:48PM
33 posts

Tinwhistle / penny whistles


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

I was talking about playing in what's called first position by harmonica players - playing in the key that the instrument is tuned to. A penny whistle is tuned major while naf's are tuned minor. To my understanding most standard naf's (5 hole) are tuned to the minor pentatonic scale. I'll see if I can make a video about it. Any of these instruments can be tunyed differently than the "standard" flutes.

Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
08/17/16 12:02:17PM
33 posts

Tinwhistle / penny whistles


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

I play the pennywhistle and I think the difference is that the tinwhistle is the major scale while the american flute is the pentatonic.

Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
07/01/16 10:11:19PM
33 posts

Smithville jamboree live stream


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


This is where you can watch a live stream of one of the largest old time music festivals in America.

http://dtc3.tv/

schedule of events

http://smithvillejamboree.com/

Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
06/08/16 11:51:56PM
33 posts

I need help, too, with performance description


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

The dulcimer Outlaw wouldn't be how you describe yourself, but it would be your stage name.  Willie doesn't just sing outlaw country music. think Always On My Mind and Hit the Road Jack.  Those songs are one of the reasons he's still considered outlaw.


updated by @noah-aikens: 06/08/16 11:52:12PM
Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
04/02/16 03:33:21PM
33 posts

Interesting nut to headstock distance


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This is a dulcimer my great grandfather built. I haven't been able to find any dulcimer pictures that show this distance from the nut to the headstock. Just wondering if there is a certain style of dulcimer that He could have seen and decided to copy.


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updated by @noah-aikens: 06/08/16 09:24:05PM
Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
03/14/16 11:11:56AM
33 posts

Creating a music PLAYLIST


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

if you make a playlist they will

Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
02/20/16 09:59:33PM
33 posts

Mize dulcimer no.2407


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I found and read those articles and what they seems to be the case. The frets are flat to accommodate for a noter.

Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
02/15/16 11:27:07PM
33 posts

Mize dulcimer no.2407


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Well that's good. I changed the strings to equidistant (still 1-5-5) and had fun with that, but the 3rd fret and 7th fret are just too flat for that. It is better playing noter drone.

Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
02/15/16 08:32:26PM
33 posts

Mize dulcimer no.2407


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My grandpa on my mom's side owns an all cherry Mize dulcimer.  We moved their stuff up to tn over the weekend (they are moving up here later this week) and I have gotten to play this dulcimer.  The dulcimer's frets have a strange intonation I haven't come across before. They are greatly flat and the 7th fret is more flat than the others. What intonation is this and why did Mize tune it like this? Maybe it's Just, but I didn't think Just was this flat.


updated by @noah-aikens: 06/08/16 09:24:05PM
Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
03/22/15 06:55:36PM
33 posts

High or Low tuning dulcimer.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

There seems to be confusion with terminology - so let me put this a different way. How many people tune their dulcimer (no matter what mode) an octave apart starting with the bass string.

Okay lets play a game called - Tune With Me! (are we excited? ) Okay, imagine- or don't- that we are in the standard key of d in ionian mode. Now fret fret number 1 on the bass string and tune the other 3 strings to that; then take the bass and tune down until you can play the fourth fret bass string and match all the other strings. Yay! We are all now in what I referred to as the low low key of A. ( a.k.a baritone tuning) now it does not sound like baritone at all, but a low standard MD. This mode tuned so low is good for slow,quiet, and mournful songs if you tune the melodies to the 6th fret of the bass.(now aeolian mode) Now can you do this same procedure reversed to tune in the same key an octave higher? I can, (if you try to go higher you will probably break a string). the tuning of this mode that we are in isn't alto tuning, but it is higher than most people tune to, right?

why? Granted it can be harder to press the strings down, but this is solved by noter- I don't really like using a noter, but I can use one. ( I like my God-given one ) I have one or two books (and have seen online) that most dulcimers don't tune to this higher tuning- and I haven't seen many people do it because of the so called "reverse ionian" (which is not technically a mode, not being a 1-5-and so on) So is the dulcimer world scared of tuning up here? Do they not like to tune up there because of tradition? If your strings broke during this exercise maybe you should consider getting a lighter gauge.

P.s if tuning Mixolydian you may not be able to get this high or aeolian because you really do have too long of a vsl or too thick gauge strings.

P.s.s- the rule is that for tuning your dulcimer the clouds are the limit not the trees. (:

Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
03/11/15 08:18:26AM
33 posts

High or Low tuning dulcimer.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I am talking about ionian, but my dulcimer can do it in different modes. The g I am talking about is the g above middle c, and the a is the a below the a below middle c. I normally play drone but do cross handoccasionally.

Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
03/10/15 08:58:00PM
33 posts

High or Low tuning dulcimer.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I have noticed quite a bit of "propaganda" of people saying that this vsl is good for this tuning and this gauge is even better so on and so forth- but my dulcimers-both 28 1/2 in vsl, tune and play very well from the low,low key of A and the high, high key of g. The string gauges I use are 12-14-22 nickel loop end- why does everybody think that they have to have different gauges for different keys? Sure tone is fine, but are people just afraid there strings will break? Or is 28 1/2 the perfect vsl?


updated by @noah-aikens: 06/11/15 07:42:46AM
Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
01/01/15 11:27:23AM
33 posts

Tremolo harmonicas


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

I don't yet, but i will. I do play diatonic

Noah Aikens
@noah-aikens
12/31/14 04:32:10PM
33 posts

Post your favorite song


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I just want to know what your favorite songs are, Maybe I could get some ideas for songs.


updated by @noah-aikens: 06/11/15 07:42:21AM