Forum Activity for @bill-davenport

Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
03/09/17 09:54:28AM
74 posts

Most inspiring live workshop/lesson you've ever had?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I took a class several years ago with Shelley Stevens. Playing across the strings. Best lesson ever. She had us find our notes ourselves using the middle and bass strings. I am the player I am today because of it. 

Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
10/08/16 02:43:17PM
74 posts

DADGAD Guitar


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Ok Robin. Found how to tune on You tube. 

Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
10/08/16 02:26:51PM
74 posts

Tinwhistle / penny whistles


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Good job Lisa. Haven't been here for a while. I've been playing a Susato Oriole in D lately. Nice cheap plastic whistle. Thing I love is how loud the bell note is. (lowest note on a whistle). Very strong. Take any whistle, play with all holes covered. See how quick whistle jumps to second octave. The Oriole gets pretty loud before it "breaks". Another little tid bit I learned. Practice playing tunes keeping your right hand ring finger down on lowest hole. Not all through the tune but when you can. It makes a reference point moving up and down the whistle. A good example is Angeline The Baker. As you start out your right hand is not covering any holes until you go higher in the tune covering all the holes. Having your ring finger on the lowest hole makes it easier to cover the remaining holes. 

Good luck on you whistle path.

Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
10/08/16 02:05:38PM
74 posts

DADGAD Guitar


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Wow! Thanks Robin. I have to try this. But I need a little guidance on how to tune it. I bugged around with a guitar early in my life. Pardon my ignorance. Is the middle D same as outer D? Same octave note? 

Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
10/23/15 08:42:21PM
74 posts

Where are all the dulcimers by Gary Gallier, Bonnie Carol, Jerry Rockwell, David Beede, Dwain Wilder, . . .?


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

I guess I should say. I don't use a laptop anymore. I'm an iPad man. I've got an older canon digital camera that records video. And although I spent a major portion of my telephone career getting data from point A to B I don't know hardware. 

Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
10/23/15 08:37:46PM
74 posts

Where are all the dulcimers by Gary Gallier, Bonnie Carol, Jerry Rockwell, David Beede, Dwain Wilder, . . .?


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

I need to research how to do this. I have two Walter Lay Dulcimers I really love playing. I don't know how to record myself. I'll research but help is appreciated. 

Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
10/14/15 09:14:03PM
74 posts

acoustic bass guitar


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Great Dusty. A Bass keeps the temp. We have an acoustic bass at a jam I go to on Thursdays. Great player. Good luck. 

Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
10/11/15 11:39:04AM
74 posts

Ban-Jammers


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Oh, and keeping with the original thread...I'm a proud owner of a Clemmer Banjammer. 

Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
10/11/15 11:38:02AM
74 posts

Ban-Jammers


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Hi Wayne. I'm a member of Louisville Dulcimer Society. Are we a Noter/Drone group? Not really. Does that mean you're not welcome. Heck no! I've been a member since 2006. Chord/Melody. I guess it's just the way we were brought up. I know there is a whole movement for N/D it's just not something we do. But we are not just mountain dulcimer. We've got hammered Dulcimers, guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, pennywhistle, washtub base, I see people play in big jams with both C/M and N/D. Would you fit in? Sure. We're a welcoming bunch. Would you feel like odd man out? That would be up to you. But you'll never meet a more welcoming bunch. They took me in! Tuesday evenings at St Paul's on Lowe Rd. Come visit. 7:30pm. 

Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
02/25/15 02:28:19PM
74 posts

Tn Crossroads featuring Mike Clemmer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Mike and Connie will be at Ohio Valley Gathering in Lexington Ky March 13-15th. If you've never met them you're in for a treat. They are some of the sweetest people you'll ever meet. I have a Banjammer and love it.
Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
11/14/14 12:24:30PM
74 posts

One and One Half Fret


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I've seen a 1 1/2 fret on the middle string only.
Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
08/10/14 10:13:28PM
74 posts

Dulcimers and their sound - makers


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Walter Lay. He builds guitars and noticed how he couldn't hear the dulcimers, so he started researching and builds Dulcimers. I have #6. Several other here also have his Dulcimers. He has a web site. PM me if interested and I'll give you more detail.
Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
07/28/14 08:51:45AM
74 posts

Enter FOTMD's 5th Birthday Pickled Dulcimer CONTEST!


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458. Good job! Happy Birthday FOTMD
updated by @bill-davenport: 07/17/15 11:51:20PM
Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
06/13/14 09:38:27AM
74 posts

Which is Better, a 3 or a 4 Stringed Dulcimer?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

My answer is B: because of what Ken stated. Easier for hammer ons and pull offs. Easier for melody/chord playing. That's the style I play.
Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
02/05/14 03:49:45PM
74 posts



Terry, I've tried to send you PM's but doesn't seem to be working. I know you read this so if you want to email me, dulcimerbill@gmail.com
Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
02/04/14 08:48:04PM
74 posts



Hey Terry, well, what's traditional? You can control the sound with a pick. Lite pick, great clear bright sound. Heavy pick, deeper, more robust sound. So it's a dulcimer you can control. I like his sound. Talked to Walter and told him you could could call me on my cell phone. Don't know why your not getting my pm's. I sent you my cell phone number. If I have to, I'll send it to you here.
Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
02/04/14 09:17:32AM
74 posts



Terry..sent you a PM. Hope you got it.
Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
02/02/14 03:01:39PM
74 posts



Hi Terry. I've been playing since 2006. I have several dulcimers made by well known builders. I belong to a couple of groups here in the Louisville Ky area. We have members that play banjo, fiddle, mountain and hammered dulcimer, guitar, harmonica and pennywhistle. (I play pennywhistle). I don't want to be the loudest in the room. I just want to be heard. Everyone says they love the sound of a mountain dulcimer but they can't hear it. Enter Walter Lay. Walter plays and builds guitars. He asked he same thing. Why are dulcimers so quiet? So he designed a dulcimer that can hold its own in a multi-instrument jam session. I've got Number 6. I'm here to tell you that Walter is on to something. I just got home from a weekend dulcimer retreat. I got to sit down and play with some really great "bluegrass" players. I sat a little behind so I could hear and jam. They do a lot of A tunes. So I put my capo on and just started playing. Guy in front of me kept looking over his shoulder at me. After a few tunes one of the "leaders" said "OK,...Dulcimer player...take a break" I didn't know the song, but I fuddled through. When was the last you saw a mountain dulcimer player in a bluegrass band, AND take a break? Walter has done a lot of research on this and, like I said. He's on to something. Several people came up to me this weekend and said they could really here Walters dulcimer. So check out his website. I think he will be at OVG this March. If you can make I, I'll be there and I'll give you my take. Good luck.
Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
12/07/13 03:23:33PM
74 posts

Low D Whistle


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Hi Bob. I'm working on that same fingering using the pinky. Just not there yet. I did put a piece of clear plastic tubing for a thumb rest on the Chieftan. It worked, and after I got used to playing it, I removed it. Problem with my Dixon low D is you almost have to whisper to play the lower octave d and e. Can't be heard in a dulcimer group setting
Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
12/07/13 10:12:27AM
74 posts

Low D Whistle


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Been working on the "pipers grip" on the low d so now I'm doing pretty good. I recently purchased a Becker Whistle Low D PVC whistle. I also have one of his in G and A. You can't beat the price. $18.00 plus shipping. If you want to try a good sounding low whistle, it's a good way to try before you decide on a higher priced whistle. I use the A in a lot of D tunes. Recently signed up for a whistle tour on Chiff and Fipple. It's a new version of the Chieftan, called V4. It's tunable so I get to try it and compare to my V3. As a dulcimer player who plays whistle on some tunes, it's hard to keep a non tunable metal whistle warm and in tune. I normally keep it up under my knee while playing dulcimer and pull it out when I play it. So I'm looking forward to seeing what the tunable V4 will be like. Starting to get into teaching some beginner whistle classes at Ohio Valley Gathering and Spring Mill this year. Just some things I've learned on my "whistle, dulcimer" journey.
Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
02/02/13 01:34:53PM
74 posts

Mandolin with Dulcimers


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Hi Robin. Just revisited this site and got to hear you're Kitchen Session. Great! Been playing at a contra dance on Monday night and am learning some new tunes. What fun. Keep up the good work.
Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
01/10/13 07:34:44PM
74 posts

Mandolin with Dulcimers


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Robin, I have a dulcimer buddy that I play with from time to time and the two sound good together. It's still a work in progress, but I like the old time and Celtic tunes, so I play quietly. I can't open you're attachment. Think it's my iPad.
Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
12/08/12 06:08:50PM
74 posts

Ho Ho Ho and here I go again- buying another dulcimer!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Oh you'll love it Mandy. I have one. I picked mine out at The Ohio Valley Gathering when Richard was there. Sound is awsome.
Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
11/02/12 09:43:04AM
74 posts

Anyone else find themselves just noodling around on dulcimer?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Do it all the time Mandy. I try to find new ways of playing songs using the middle string on fiddle tunes.
Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
08/15/12 06:13:07PM
74 posts

Low D Whistle


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

No Ivan, there is more to this story. In 1998, my wife brought home a pennywhistle for me. I fell in love with it. Learned the Titanic tune. In 2006, I bought a dulcimer. After joining a dulcimer group I met a lady that also played dulcimer and pennywhistle. I am split between both. Janey and I play dulcimer and pennywhistle.. You need to learn dulcimer, but if you play in a dulcimer group, you need to add you're whistle. I am a junkie of both. My and Janey's are South Wind, Rosin the Beau, Simple Gifts, and my favorite, Whiskey Before Breakfast.
Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
08/15/12 02:04:29PM
74 posts

Low D Whistle


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Hi Ivan, I can surely relate. I recently got an awsome deal in that I got a Chieftan V3, a Tony Dixon low D and a Michael Burke high D. I'm not doing bad with the Chieftan, but it is heavy. The Burke is a dream. It's aluminium. I already have a Burke high D I brass. The low d's are a different learning curve.
Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
08/12/12 11:03:56AM
74 posts

Recorder


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Hi Gayle, I don't play recorder, but do play tin whistle. Both instruments sound great with dulcimers. Look up Ryan Duns. Great lessons for tin whistle.
Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
07/29/12 09:50:49PM
74 posts

Low D Whistle


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Thanks skip. Breath isn't a problem.Susie I have a Susato high d. Also have a Michael Burke. Play that as well as a Clarke Sweetone.Good luck wih you're Susato. A great whistle that session players love.
Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
07/29/12 08:34:36PM
74 posts

Low D Whistle


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Like I don't have enough on my plate.Recently bought a Susato Low D whistle.I consider myself a good tinwhistle player, but this low d thing ain't working for me. Working on the pipers grip. Still ain't working. This is so far off the spectrum, I doubt if I get many answers back. Getting some info on Chiff and Fipple.So, even if you don't have any answers for me, just make me feel good and send me a message back, something like,Good luck Bill on you're quest.Try arguing with the IRS, it will take you're mind off of it.Take up needle point, better use of you're fingers.Auto tune up. Six spark plugs instead of six holes.Thanks....Bill
updated by @bill-davenport: 03/15/16 11:23:00AM
Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
07/29/12 07:58:45PM
74 posts

Happy Birthday to US !!!


OFF TOPIC discussions

Happy Birthday to our favorite site. FOTMD. First thing we check before facebook.And we can thank Lisa for it.
Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
07/11/12 05:19:20PM
74 posts

2,900 members!


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Whoo Hooo!Yeah, it is the first site I ckeck in the morning.Hey Strumelia, who is that in front of the vintage computer? I'm guessing but not sure.P.S. did a great 25miles today on my new bike. Retirement is awsome.
Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
05/05/12 01:05:36PM
74 posts

Redneck tour bus


OFF TOPIC discussions

Hey Dana it sounds like Carter has a wonderful friend in your Dad. Dogs know who loves them. If you want to keep him busy, go to the pet store and find one of those treats that looks like a pigs tail. Keeps my little dog Pookie busy for quite awhile. Sometimes I cut in half.Sounds like the guys are going to have a great time.
Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
04/12/12 09:54:24AM
74 posts

Mandolin with Dulcimers


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Thanks Dusty. I'm pretty much moving in the direction of not overpowering a song but adding a little something to it, kind of like what I do with a pennywhistle.I have the David and Butch CD. Thanks ror reminding me. I'll have to get it out and listen to it again.
Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
04/11/12 08:23:00PM
74 posts

Mandolin with Dulcimers


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Thanks BenWe play a lot of Old time with some Irish/Scottish tunes.Love Soldier's Joy and am trying to bring it up to speed on my mandolin.Thanks for the input on 2 fingered chords.I Play Over The Waterfall on whistle.Good luck finding some dulcimer players.Bill D
Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
04/09/12 07:11:29PM
74 posts

The Power of Music


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Saw this from a post from Jerry Rockwell. Awsome,Since I retired, I've had the opportunity to play at nursing homes with our group.This is making me rethink how and what I play.
Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
03/10/12 05:01:19PM
74 posts

Mandolin with Dulcimers


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

I'd like some input from any of you out there that play mandolin in your dulcimer groups.I'm a dulcimer player first then a tin whistle player.I love how the tin whistle adds to a song.Recently took up the mandolin and see the same potential.Not overwhelm the tune with a mandolin but add to It.I'm not a bluegrass player even though I like it.Just wanted you're input, like what tunes you play and how? Chords, picking, both?
updated by @bill-davenport: 01/17/16 03:38:46AM
Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
08/23/11 05:47:54PM
74 posts

Great Lyric/Chord Find


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

Hi Ken.... this is a pretty awsome list.

Something neat would be for everyone to look at this list and honestly say how many of these songs you remeber.

Just got home from work and am getting ready to head out the door to our local dulcimer club gathering.

WhenI get the time I'll try to input my number. Just a quick glance and I see several I can't remember.

Thanks....Bill D

Bill Davenport
@bill-davenport
06/02/11 11:20:49AM
74 posts

Tinwhistle / penny whistles


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Well I frinally decided to try a low d..

Ordered and received a Susato Low D.

Big learning curve on finger placement. But I really like the sound of the whistle.

Will keep you posted on how it turns out.

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