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Dan
@dan
05/15/22 11:15:01AM
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Stanley Hicks clip (portion of a longer program)


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I remember that day he tried to play fiddle...brought tears to my eyes too!

Dan
@dan
04/23/22 06:35:03AM
154 posts

Fret addition?


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To fret or not to fret, that is the question...yes it will make contemporary play much easier. I am a traditionalist and simply retune, but I realize retuning aint' for most folks and the 6+ is the way to go. IMHO

P.S. Please tell me it aint' a hundred year old piece you're fittin' to add a fret to?

Dan
@dan
03/02/22 05:20:32AM
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Wormy Chestnut for dulcimers - Clifford Glenn


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I. D. Stamper used banjo strings on his 36 inch VSL pieces! I seem to recall Jean Ritchie making reference to using banjo strings in one of her books? (Page 17 in the Dulcimer Book) You will find a very different "timber" using a wound bass string verses the solid music wire. I guess it's going to be how "you" define old time sound, but yes very different between wound and plain string. (I use solid wire for most my pieces.)


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Dan
@dan
02/24/22 01:43:50PM
154 posts

The Positive Thread...


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..and from Steve Carney...


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Dan
@dan
02/22/22 09:46:18AM
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The Positive Thread...


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How many do we need for a consensus, can we just stop and agree at the conspiracy level?

P.S. You'ins do know the Black Sheep will refer to this as "Dulcimore Day"...just sayin'

Dan
@dan
02/16/22 01:03:34PM
154 posts

odd frets


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Lorilee:

What is a 0+ fret? Sounds like an "odd fret"! confusey




Chromatic fret between the nut and the Traditional 1st fret. 

Dan
@dan
02/16/22 09:30:12AM
154 posts

The Positive Thread...


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...second Saturday in April......

Dan
@dan
02/12/22 06:11:01PM
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The Positive Thread...


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Ken Longfield:

Not to detract from Jean's fame as a popularizer of the dulcimer, I suggest March 19 as that is the birthdate of James Edward (Uncle Ed) Thomas who built the early hourglass style mountain dulcimer. Didn't Jean's father play one of Thomas's dulcimers?

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

I agree wholeheartedly, but "our" James Edward Thomas wasn't born on March 19, his cousin was......the only documentation is the 1900 census that has it in April. Now if we could figure out what day......


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Dan
@dan
01/23/22 08:35:50AM
154 posts

Dale Ward, dulcimer builder - Pigeon Forge, TN


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The lower part of the dulcimer top looks to be a crotch, don't know the species.....hard to make out from the image.

Dan
@dan
01/20/22 07:15:48AM
154 posts

Fingering in Place of a Noter


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I say go to the master, Don Pedi.

Dan
@dan
01/17/22 08:40:58AM
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How do I donate


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AMaiorano:

When I click the donate button it comes to a screen that says Lisa Sullivan.  Is that the correct recipient for a donation to maintain the website?  Thanks

Yes, Lisa is the wonderful young lady who coordinates all this.

Dan
@dan
10/25/21 03:13:57PM
154 posts

SoundCloud issues


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I can't seem to get the "share" link to work?

https://soundcloud.com/dulcimore-dan/silent-night

Dan
@dan
08/20/21 02:02:49PM
154 posts

Why is it called a possum board?


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The "false bottom" or Galax bottom" is what we call the bottom attached to the instrument.

"Possum board" is one of the names for a tapered thin board used in the stretching and drying of animal hides in some regions of Appalachia. Hides were skinned out complete for more money than the belly cut hides nailed to the side of an out building. There are those from outside Appalachia who believe we call them Possum Boards to be cute....

Dan
@dan
06/18/21 07:18:22PM
154 posts

Name that tune.


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Thank you sir. One of those tunes I know, but I couldn't place it!

Dan
@dan
06/18/21 04:27:25PM
154 posts

Name that tune.


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I know this video has been around a time or two, found it again the other night and can't quite make out the tune for the second segment on Edd Presnell, (time 9:24)

Thank you in advance.

Music From The Hills

Dan
@dan
06/13/21 12:54:52PM
154 posts

What's the exact difference between a dulcimore and dulcimer


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Don't know there is any thing exact in the tradition. Some (I included) use the term Dulcimore to differentiate the traditional  pieces from the contemporary pieces. "Dulcimore" was just one of several regional names assigned to an Appalachian folk instrument some 150 year ago? Hog fiddle, scantlin', music box, harmonium to name a few, and those had varying regional mountain pronunciations too! There will be several sages to enlighten you to the origins of the terms!

You might be better suited to ask the difference between the traditional piece and a contemporary?


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Dan
@dan
05/23/21 03:17:00PM
154 posts

Zoom group invitation


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@ken-longfield the site is open to the Berea section only. Bobby can probably open the Traditional Zoomers section so they can look, but they would still need to register to post. 

Dan
@dan
05/17/21 05:14:50PM
154 posts

2021 Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering Details


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Steven Berger:

I'll be there with mask and vaccination card...don't forget to bring any necessary paperwork, folks...and a few dulcimores! Now I gotta get the oxen and wagon ready for the big trek...Wagons EAST!!!

You taking the scenic route, I thought it would be north?

Dan
@dan
05/13/21 04:24:37AM
154 posts

What examples do you use to explain what a dulcimer is?


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The ‘dulcimore’ is a unique survival of antique musical instruments, and needs explanation. It is oblong, about thirty-four inches in length, with a width at its greatest of about six inches, becoming smaller at each end. Three strings reach from tip to tip, the first and second ones tuned to the same pitch, and the third one forms the bass string. Two octaves and a quarter are marked out upon the three-quarters of an inch piece of wood that supports, and is just under the strings on the top of the instrument. The Mountaineer “toilers pickin'” it by means of a quill, with which he strikes the three strings at the same time with his right hand, over the gap at the larger end, at the same time using in his left hand a small reed with which he produces the air, or his “single string variations.” The music of the dulcimore resembles that of the Scottish bag pipe, in that it is weird and strange. Under its spell one finds himself mysteriously holding communion with the gossamer-like manes of the long-departed souls of the palace of Lady Rowena Trevanion, of Tremaine. The dulcimore is rapidly becoming a thing of the past, because the Mountaineers are becoming ashamed’ of the musical instrument that stands, with many other things, on the dividing line between two civilizations. Only a few of them are extant. Within a few more years and this strange old relic of by-gone days will pass…..

The Kentucky Highlanders from a Native Mountaineer’s Viewpoint
by Josiah Henry Combs
J. L. Richardson and Co.
Lexington, KY 1913

...hope this helps!

Dan
@dan
05/11/21 02:57:32PM
154 posts

George Orthey Dulcimer


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The image doesn't show ball end or loop end, some hitch pits will work for either. I believe KenL knew George, he may have a better insight to  what string was originally used, if not, VSL, tuning and personal preference will all factor in.

Dan
@dan
04/20/21 04:53:00PM
154 posts

Do you feel limited by the diatonic scale?


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Diatonics isn't missing notes. Each mode has its own notes and if you have an accidental, it's probably in another mode.....

If you give us an example of how you are tuned and what note you are "missing" we can direct you to the tuning you need to be in....

Dan
@dan
04/19/21 03:00:41PM
154 posts

Warren May Maple Dulcimer


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Warren makes fine instruments, chorded or noted. Yes his scale is proprietary as is most modern makers but I've heard many of his pieces over the years and they are wonderful! (Yes Maple has a little brighter tone)  If you are good with the price buy it! 

Dan
@dan
04/16/21 07:13:54PM
154 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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I got my second shot of Moderna today, no side effects on this one or the first......looking forward to seeing the grand babies now!

Dan
@dan
04/08/21 07:04:22PM
154 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


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Six traditional pieces. 26 inch Betty, 26 inch Homer repro, 26 inch Dulcimore, 28 inch Thomas repro, 28 inch Ultra-lite and a 36 inch Grand. I play them all regularly!

Dan
@dan
02/20/21 09:43:46AM
154 posts

Where have all the beginners gone, long time passing?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

The dulcimore is a unique survival of antique musical instruments, and needs explanation. It is oblong, about thirty-four inches in length, with a width at its greatest of about six inches, becoming smaller at each end. Three strings reach from tip to tip, the first and second ones tuned to the same pitch, and the third one forms the bass string. Two octaves and a quarter are marked Out upon the three-quarters of an inch piece of wood that supports, and is just under the strings on the top of the instrument. The Mountaineer "toilers pickin'" it by means of a quill, with which he strikes the three strings at the same time with his right hand, over the gap at the larger end, at the same time using in his left hand a small reed with which he produces the air, or his "single string variations." The music of the dulcimore resembles that of the Scottish bag pipe, in that it is weird and strange. Under its spell on,e finds himself mysteriously holding communion with the gossamer-like manes of the long-departed souls of the palace of Lady Rowena Trevanion, of Tremaine. The dulcimore is rapidly becoming a thing of the past, because the Mountaineers are becoming ashamed'of the musical instrument that stands, with many other things, on the dividing.line between two civilizations. Only a few of them are extant. Within a few more years and this strange old relic of by-gone days will pass, to keep company with
The harp that once thro Tare's Halls
The soul of music shed, 
Hangs now as mute on Tara'a Walls, 
As if that soul were fled.

The Kentucky Highlanders from a Native Mountaineer's Viewpoint
By Josiah Henry Combs;
J. L. Richardson and Co.,
Lexington, KY 1913

Dan
@dan
01/20/21 05:49:23PM
154 posts

Dolly on mountain dulcimer


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Was that the embellished piece that was auctioned off for charity?

Dan
@dan
01/10/21 12:28:45PM
154 posts

Hollow or solid fret boards


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I like to rough the staple board and let it set in the shop for about a year, you will know if it's going to have any movement in it by then. I too relieve the bottom with a forstner bit.

Dan
@dan
12/11/20 05:39:06PM
154 posts

Can anyone tell me about John Maxwell Dulcimers.


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Maxwell was friends with John Rice Irwin.He did a lot of work on the music display @ the Museum Of Appalachia in Norris Tennessee. There are several pieces of his displayed.

Dan
@dan
11/27/20 05:20:26AM
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Curved back dulcimers


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Bill Robison:

Thanks Dan, the soak and heat  process was in my mind.  Did you notice any advantages to the curved back other than looks?

 

Yes they are pretty, but I couldn't distinguish any tonal quality changes. The center of the jig is "proud" of the frame, when you tighten the bolts it bends the panel into place. Wetting the panel in hot water in the bathtub, then using a hot air gun whilst torturing the panel in the jig. Hope this helps, always fun to experiment!


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Dan
@dan
11/26/20 04:42:59AM
154 posts

Curved back dulcimers


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I did a few Virginia pieces years ago, there didn't seem to be any interest in them then. I wet the panel and placed it in a clamping jig drawing it to shape with the help of a heat gun. I let them dry for a few days and it worked quite well. Mike Slone and Kevin Messenger were gifted the pieces in Hindman that year.

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