The Drifting Thread...
OFF TOPIC discussions
So sorry that you've lost your partner in life, after such along and wonderful time together. Take care.
Hey ! , Like Dusty, I've been after that book for ages too!. I did Renaissance and Baroque dance for 20 years, and love Early Music. I've been trawling around searching for it..I wish I'd thought to ask here ..and there's been a copy here in Oz all the time ..
Lucky you Dusty ...
I'm so sad to hear that Oliver is gone. I chatted to him quite a few times on the chatroom when our times lined up across the globe and he was always so nice. I'll miss seeing his name come up, and wish I could have met him in person. My thoughts and sympathy go to his family and friends.
This was from a page about reach in piano playing ( http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1900021.html) , but, just substitute 'dulcimer' for 'piano' and 'keyboard' and I think, it could apply here too - as an approach to the whole thing ... although, as Lisa says, you need to factor in arching the fingers...
Start with the shoulders and make sure they are tension free, then the elbows, relax on down the arms, limp wrist will drop down from the end of your arm, fingers will spread loosely to create a natural curve. It's a feeling like you have no bones!
Then whatever music you are playing lift your forearms up without lifting your shoulders, drop onto the keyboard and start the music playing.
Check several times during your practice to see if your shoulders are up around your ears. You will notice a lot about yourself if you make yourself the subject to notice instead of the focus on the music. Play something you know to check this out. Start and stop without producing tension - What did you catch yourself doing?
And, I wouldn't force any additional movement into the webs of the fingers except to maybe gently place the opposite hand between each of the four webs per hand and moving gently to the bottom of the web and "rocking" between the expanded web minimally.
Then I think splaying the webs apart without forcing by sitting on the bench at the piano with your hands parallel to your knees in curved hand position no tension. Again, just a bit of slow opening of the webs 3 - 5 times all at once without splaying the finger tips . You will feel the reaction in your fore arms and I think it causes a very unpleasant feeling on the outside of the forearm. This is just to make the webs flexible should you need expansion between fingers for wider intervals. Don't be excessive in any movement.
Comforting hands by a little massage after a workout is easier to do with a little lotion. I sometimes say aloud "Good hands, nice hands" when I'm amazed at what they were able to do.
Stephen Seifert's book 'The Early Years' has it, and heaps of other good stuff, as well as a CD to go with it, or you can download...http://www.stephenseifert.com/download-store/the-early-years
Pieces like 'Turkey in the Straw', 'Hangman's Reel' and 'John Stinson's no.2', are such fun to play, and not too hard, (at a basic level). I was wondering what else, in this vein, people particularly like. They don't get a lot of exposure 'down' here in Oz ...
Seeing I've recruited a player with whom there exists a possibility of playing dulcimer TOGETHER!!!!
I'm looking for recommendations for tabs for dulcimer duets. We have Dona Nobis Pacem to start with, but all suggestions gratefully received... please...
Ant advice on a reasonably priced microphone that I can use with my Apple Mac to record nicely? The inbuilt is particularly good at removing the sounds of any sustain, and making things sound harsh... Don't think it's all due to my playing...
Yes, I've heard Santiano on Youtube. It's so rollicking .... I'm not sure if it was a version by Tri Yann, a group I like very much. I found them at the same time as I discovered Malicorne..., as well as the talented Denez Prigent. Such a wealth of music that we miss out on if we stick solely to English language songs....
Thanks again everyone. Plenty of food for thought ...I think I'll be saving to save for another dulcimer to add to my collection... Hmm this is getting serious and may warrant psychiatric attention... and/or a bigger house...
Thanks to everyone for your advice... it's a pity that it's not possible, here in Oz. to try out a plethora of different types at dulcimer festivals etc.
I have a lovely 4 string Gibson, and a beautiful 6 string by Australian maker Richard Troughear, which has the fantastic sustain all the way into the highest notes. I don't want to change them, as I like them for what they do.
Lisa, those cittern pieces were amazing! They certainly demonstrate why the MD works so well for much early music. I was thinking, though, of a more lute-like sound. Jessica Commeau manages so well to achieve it.
I have a couple of dulcimers, and love them both for different types of music, but neither instrument sounds quite right for that Early Music genre, to me. Any recommendations?
Je suis d'accord .. .. I discovered Malicorne when I went looking for a French equivalent to 'Steeleye Span' , as a result of being part of a French conversation group ...... I also discovered Alain Stivell,Tri Yann and Angelo Branduardi at the same time. I figured a folk revival fuel for folk rock in England must have crossed the Channel in some form..
Anyone know anything aboutMorgan McKay Dulcimers?
A friend has lent me one she has never played ( an unwanted gift from years ago) with a view to possibly purchasing it. It's signed inside and dated Nov. 1977. Don't know what it'd be worth either...
You know, I hadn't been aware of this thread until just now, and I did not realize that we have over 50 members on FOTMD from Australia- but I saw that after reading this thread just now and doing an 'advanced' search by country as Mark suggested above. I now see that there are many more Aussie members than I thought, and that you are indeed having a hard time connecting effectively.
Anne did ask me yesterday about having a new Aussie group, and I decided against it, since I am very reluctant to add more new Groups over time.
But you know what? I now think that wasn't the best decision and I can see a real need for this here. I'm changing my mind.
Let me go ahead now and create the new Australia Group for you all, and you can all join up there and dive in.
I asked Strumella about an Aussie interest group, but, as there are over 60 other interest groups already, she suggested we just keep it at the forum/discussion level for now. I guess if enough people post often enough we may be able to think abut a group...
There seem to be a few of us don't there. Thanks for the email address, but I do think it would be good if we could have an Aussie players group on FOTMD so we could chat in the same time zone .... Do you know of Richard Troughear's dulcimers? I'll be seeing him on Friday, as he's visiting someone here in the Blue Mountains, and he'll have some instruments with him ... Looking forward to seeing him..
Mark Brothers said:
To get all the Australian members you have to use the advanced search and select Australia from the drop down list under the heading country. As you observed doing it any other way gives quite variable results.
A group is the way to go if possible.Well, that way of doing the search worked, so thanks Mark....only still no Richard. I think a group would be nice too.
Ken Hulme said:
Mark - as Lexie pointed out in her response above, go to the Members section on the blue line at the top of the page. Then enter Australia in the Search box.
I know of at least one other Aussie here -- Richard Troughear, who mostly posts on Everything Dulcimers, and who has become moderately famous for his scientific experimental approach to dulcimer building.
There was also a man a couple years back, whom we helped talk through his first dulcimer build. If memory serves he is/was from Tasmania.
And don't forget Helen Seiler from Creswick, Victoria who posts here very frequently.
Helen welcomed me when I first joined, but it's interesting that her name doesn't appear when I type Australia in the members' Search box , or even a Victoria entry in the members' Advanced Search box. I also typed in Richard Troughear and got " Sorry, no members matching your search were found" ..
If I type in Australia, only 6 names appear, typing in Queensland gives me 8,Victoria gives me 12, NSW gives me 9 - hence my initial question. I do think an Aussie Group would be nice ...
About the Chestnut ... This is really well worth watching. it will make you appreciate what a great American treasure you have there ... I'd love to have one, if just as a testament to the past glory of the forests of the U.S mountains ...(and this from an Aussie ....)