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Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
01/15/19 06:48:04PM
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My First String Change....Whew!!


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Kusani:

Dusty Tutle: "As you found out, it can be hard to keep the loop ends on until there is enough tension on the string."  I use a set of needle nose pliers to close the loop end so it is just a pressure fit over the pin; it doesn't come off while restringing, but the capo is another good idea. 

I didn't think of this. I'm going to try it. I usually use Ken H's method, blue tape.

Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
11/03/18 05:47:01PM
258 posts

Advice on beginner’s dulcimer


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Hi Lisa, I'm up the road from you in Cary. We have a lot of dulcimer groups, workshops, and jams in NC. Welcome to the club. IMHO, a good cleaning and conditioning, and some new tuners and strings, and it looks to me like you got lucky at the thrift store!

Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
10/28/18 05:18:10PM
258 posts

Hearts Of The Dulcimer Podcast In Its 4th Year


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And here it is! I love it. I don't wear t-shirts with designs on the front so it was wonderful that you made this into a poster. I haven't hung it yet. Looking for a special place.


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Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
10/27/18 02:54:46PM
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Hearts Of The Dulcimer Podcast In Its 4th Year


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Just received my poster from Dulcimuse. I can't wait to frame it! So much more vibrant than I expected. Thank you! 


updated by @sheryl-st-clare: 10/27/18 02:55:11PM
Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
07/21/18 06:59:34PM
258 posts

Choose just ONE song for all eternity...


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Shipwrecked and for all eternity are two separate things. If I have to pick one song for all eternity, I'll assume I traveled down and not up.devil  

Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
03/17/18 06:40:54AM
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Adrian, What a lovely sounding instrument, and how cool of you to experiment like that with a Martin guitar. It makes me wonder how many instruments and their variations have started out this way. Thanks for sharing. 

Sheryl St. Clare
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03/16/18 05:32:45AM
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Interesting... soundtrack?

Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
10/25/17 09:06:28PM
258 posts

What's fer dinner?


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Ken, ditto here, hurricane Mathew. We mostly ate what we could, and brought the rest around to neighbors. 

Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
10/25/17 09:02:03PM
258 posts

Tinwhistle / penny whistles


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

While at Ken Bloom's Bowed Dulcimer workshop in Pilot Mt. NC a couple of years ago, a talented young lady played a Carbony flute in the key of D. It was lovely. If I can ever scrape up a few hundred dollars I don't want to spend on dulcimers, or tools to work on dulcimers, I'll buy one!

Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
06/14/17 08:31:33PM
258 posts

Hats off to McSpadden


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Gosh Richard, I could have done this for you, and I am just up the road. Come on up to Chapel Hill tomorrow night, meet me, and if noter is your style, Ted will be there. He leads a local group. PM me for details, and hop on I40 and join the fun.

Sheryl St. Clare
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06/14/17 08:21:46PM
258 posts

Tune You've Had The Most Fun Playing?


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 Gershwin's Summertime arranged by Larry Conger. Nice and slow, sweet tea with free refills. Bluesy like.

 

Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
03/05/17 08:34:08PM
258 posts

What's your favorite FOTMD smiley?


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You nailed it Strumelia. mrdance

 

 

Sheryl St. Clare
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02/24/17 05:22:28AM
258 posts

Single or Double Melody Strings?


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Rob, 4 strings with 6 notches makes a lot of sense to me. 

 

 

 

Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
02/21/17 01:03:28PM
258 posts

who to buy strings from ?


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Ken Hulme:

Like Dusty I buy both locally and from JustStrings. Never had a problem with them in all the years I've ordered from them. Often they send little extras, like string cleaning cloths or flat picks. I usually get a dozen of each of my most common gauges (18, 14, 12).

Banjo, rather than Mandolin, strings are the most common "crossover instrument" strings. I believe Jean Ritchie talked about using banjo 2nd and 3rd on dulcimer.

Ken H, I'm about to buy bulk strings from JustStrings, and found you answered my question 2 yr's ago! I wasn't sure which instrument string length would be a crossover for the dulcimer, but Banjo it is. 

 

Sheryl St. Clare
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02/11/17 07:58:55AM
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Looking for Information About This Dulcimer


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So I'm guessing this is a one-off? It's kind of sweet; I think I am going to put UKE tuners on it, given the space available. Clean it up, and sell it. I need to clean up the mess at the end-pins, any advice? I just didn't want to mess with it before checking on historical value. 

Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
02/10/17 01:03:54PM
258 posts

Looking for Information About This Dulcimer


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Looks to be all walnut construction. It has a 21" VSL, and a floating bridge. If you have any information about who might have made it, please chime in. There is no signature anywhere on or in the body. 

 


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updated by @sheryl-st-clare: 02/10/17 01:11:19PM
Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
02/05/17 09:14:51AM
258 posts

Use of 8 1/2 fret


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I added a 1+ to my dulcimer last weekend, for two reasons. I really wanted to play Larry Conger's  Summertime tab, but more importantly, it's trending in the three area groups I jam with. I'm getting used to it. If you go with muscle memory, you fingers know how to find the 2 fret without looking. 

Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
01/15/17 07:26:06AM
258 posts

Favorite picks made from unusual materials


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Jan Potts:

I have made picks from credit cards (including the fake ones that come in the mail in ads) and stiff cardboard--but those get pretty flimsy really fast.  One of my favorites was punched out of the pink vinyl cover of a spiral notebook (I have Dana McCall to thank for that one!  kiss )


Yes, I have a pick punch.  No, I don't use it nearly as much as I thought I would.  I still buy picks!



Jan, Have you ever trued making a pick out of an unplayable vinyl record with your pick punch? 

Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
01/11/17 03:21:54PM
258 posts

Never too old to pick up a musical instrument...


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Strumelia:

I love this!:


Never too old



 I bet she has long telomeres! thumbsup


If you don't understand my comment, read  The Telomere Effect by Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn. In it she writes how uni-tasking helps us to live disease free in our senior years. Playing an instrument is uni-tasking, at least it is to me. dulcimer

Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
12/23/16 01:07:46PM
258 posts

Mummers Making a Comeback


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Val, I thought it sounded like an Irish tune on the video... Very cool.

Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
12/23/16 07:45:18AM
258 posts

Mummers Making a Comeback


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There is a link within Strumelia's original post link:  Mummers Song by Simini - Newfoundland Original Uncut Version  in case you missed it. Looks like so much fun. Makes me wish I was a Newfy. 

Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
12/09/16 07:33:38PM
258 posts

Tricked-out Music Stands


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Sng4prt, I bought the stand online. I forget where, but it was one of the main suppliers... Then I removed the cloth that came with it and used it as a pattern and sewed up some leftover material I had made curtains from. It's nice and thick. I hope this helps

Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
11/24/16 10:44:59AM
258 posts

Mountain Dulcimer and Scottish Border Pipes


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I enjoyed your soundtrack, Bob. Loved the pipes. Great job!

Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
11/08/16 09:47:49AM
258 posts

Playing the high notes well...


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Dan Goad:

No tricks, it just takes lots of practice.  The position of your fretting hand is more across the body and a bit more 'cramped' for lack of a better word.  Just keep working at it slowly and you'll be fine.

I have small hands, so I use my thumb a lot to chord on the lower octave frets. When I get up into the "shiny" frets, I don't use my thumb so my wrist is at a better angle. 

Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
10/31/16 06:25:20PM
258 posts

Free tab for Halloween


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Thanks! Something fun to do while waiting for visits from goblins and gools. devil

Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
10/18/16 11:21:12AM
258 posts

Wondering Who Built This Dulcimer


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 Lisa, It's me. I just haven't figured out ED completely yet. I've been an ED stalker for awhile now, but just joined. I'll go complete my profile. Thanks for looking out for me!

Sheryl St. Clare
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10/06/16 06:34:45PM
258 posts

Wondering Who Built This Dulcimer


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I'm the proud owner of Edd Presnell's #462 dulcimer built October 5th, 1966. It looks like it was hardly ever played. 29" vsl. Any recommendations for what key I should tune this to? C,c,c? I will post pic's soon.

Didn't get the Hicks, someone beat me to it. 

Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
10/05/16 12:52:20PM
258 posts

Wondering Who Built This Dulcimer


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Robin, Good information. I couldn't have said it better. I heard your recording of 900 Miles on your jumbo Presnell, very nice indeed. 

Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
10/05/16 12:15:05PM
258 posts

Wondering Who Built This Dulcimer


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 I wouldn't do that, Dan. I'd rather learn the 'curve'. It was a different situation with my BD, which was built in 2006. Ken Bloom installed them for me. (And I got to see his Workshop. Woo-hoo!) But I appreciate your advice.

Sheryl St. Clare
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10/05/16 11:33:38AM
258 posts

Wondering Who Built This Dulcimer


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Dan, only a bad experience (Bowed Dulcimer- upgraded to Perfection planetary pegs). You make a good point. Still, I am intrigued. 

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