Music must be in my blood
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I wish I could have heard them play!
This old photo hangs on my "studio" wall. I found it in an old shoe box of family photos. It looks like it was taken in the 1930's, by a pro ( it's mounted on cardstock with decorative borders ). They look like a bluegrass trio with a fiddle, mandolin and guitar. The only other information is written in pencil on the back. I can't quite make out what it says..."Staffman" maybe? I think it's a cool photo and it inspires me.
My wife is a professional artist, art educator and 20+ year teacher. She made a presentation on YouTube about how pattern making is Human. The first installment deals with the cave art in Lascaux, France. My original Dulcimer music is used as background music. Here's the link - https://youtu.be/EchisgY3Hwo
I hope you enjoy and maybe learn something new!!
My six string baritone had the name Blact(?) Richardson(2013) and my walnut four string is marked "Laurence Chapman"(2008). I couldn't figure out the first name on my six string, it could just be bad penmanship.
My favorite noter is a wooden dowel 3/8" x 3" that I soaked in a light motor oil for a week. I've been using it for ten years now. I've also used an ebony cello tuning peg, a small walrus oosic (Google that one!),an antique bobbin, a feather shaft, a Bic pen and various dried hardwood twigs but I keep going back to my old dowel rod.
While I was patrolling a fenceline at an electric company substation (that's part of my job) I noticed this rock and I thought that might make a nice pick.I took it home and polished one end with various grits of sandpaper. I like the weight and feel of it. I'm always on the lookout for noter and pick materiels!!
I remember in 8th grade our music teacher taught us "Band on the Run" I still hear 2,3, band on the run.... She also taught us some Beatle tunes.
Thank you everybody for your responses! I have come to the conclusion that I need MORE!! I received my Ron Gibson a few days ago and I'm in love. I did have one anxious moment... I wanted to introduce the new member of my pack slowly...I brought her in with the case closed so the others could get a sniff first...when I opened it up my walnut McSpadden growled a bit and raised his hackles... my Bill Berg just wagged his tail(piece) like a little pup, and my McSpadden six string baritone tried to do something nasty...my Applecreek ran away and hid and my Yocky feigned indifference . Everyone has now settled down to one happy pack! I am thinking of joining DAA (Dulcimer Addicts Anonymous).
I have been diagnosed with DAd (dulcimer acquisition disease). I already have five dulcimers and I just purchased a Ron Gibson "Barbara Allen" model. Is there a cure for DAd? Wait a minute... Why am I posting this here...this site is enabling my addiction with all of it's beautiful music, wonderful photos (dulcimer porn),and informative discussions. I need help (choosing my next dulcimer)!
I,ve been working on a new key... "H" Why do we limit ourselves to ABCDEFG when we have a whole alphabet of 26 ? Imagine a tune in the soothing key of S or the Zing of a song in the key of Z! The possibilities are mind boggling!! My explorations with the key of H have lead me to a chiropractor , but please don't let that you stop your experiments............... Happy April Fools Day!!
Very sad news. Rest in peace John.