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Salt Springs
@salt-springs
04/15/19 07:50:50PM
111 posts

Dulcimer-Guitar Style Options?


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I believe so................check out the you tube demo's etc. here...............there are a slew of tunes etc. on YouTube.........demos, lessons etc.

https://www.youtube.com/user/woodrowmusic


updated by @salt-springs: 04/15/19 07:55:49PM
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
02/10/19 01:28:04AM
111 posts

Blackbird


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

It is in there.................The Book is called Beatletudes by Butch Ross................Prussia Valley has it & you can get it direct from BR on his website.


updated by @salt-springs: 02/10/19 01:52:42AM
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
01/29/19 04:29:07PM
111 posts

Removing grease spot


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If Ken's method does not work, though I suspect it will work very well............I have used mineral spirits dabbed on and allowed to dry on grease stained antiques and other woodworkers have warmed grease spots with a hair dryer and allowed fullers earth also warmed to sit on the spot overnight and absorb the oil residue.

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
01/21/19 09:39:53AM
111 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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It was quite a show here too!   What was really wild is that just before it got really red, every coyote in the forest started yipping and howling and from the sound of them there are plenty of them around. (Now I know why three of the cats vanished.)

Oh and buy the way, Ken....being a forester you will appreciate this, the Monkeys from Silver Springs have shown up here and there..........one a mile or so from here and one over near Salt Springs Run.  Fish and Wildlife reports that some have migrated all the way to Apopka via the forest.  Check this link..........

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
01/20/19 09:27:44PM
111 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Don't forget tonight is the night of the really cool Super Wolf Blood moon lunar eclipse ...........begins in about 10 minutes and peaks at 12:12AM. (EST)


updated by @salt-springs: 01/20/19 09:28:42PM
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
12/19/18 09:49:33PM
111 posts

The Positive Thread...


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I want to tell a story, a true story and a Christmas miracle that I saw many years ago.  Perhaps in relating this story someone who may be feeling overwhelmed by all the commotion the holiday season brings will become still for just a moment and catch a glimpse of things that protest the cynical voices that often come out of nowhere.

Many years ago I was appointed to serve a small parish in a rural community in the heart of the South.  Previous to that time I had worked for a number of years as a police officer in the inner city and was a confirmed cynic and fairly well hardened character.  ( I left that job and in order to pursue a graduate degree in Historical Theology and Philosophy.) Oh, and let me add, this particular parish was made up of folk who could be called by today's standards, dirt poor.

There was a young girl in that parish who had been born with a crippling genetic disease.  At 12 or 13 years of age she was about the size of a small six year old and rarely walked more than a few feet, rather she hopped about dragging her broken legs behind her or curling them up in an odd sort of way. Her tiny legs were often raw since the house she lived in had dirt floors.

Two or three days before Christmas she became seriously ill and was admitted to a teaching hospital at a major university in an attempt to correct a life threatening kidney problem.  I went to visit her and was told by the attending physician that there really wasn't much to be done.  With that depressing news I went in to have a short talk with that poor child and not really knowing what to do or say asked her what she wanted for Christmas.  I sort of listened letting the news that her doctor had told me sink in......

To my surprise she only wanted to be in the Christmas pageant at the church.......and she wanted to play Mary.   When Christmas eve arrived and all the screaming and rowdy kids, dressed in bathrobes and an assortment of flip flops lined up began their procession down the aisle I looked up and standing at the screen door of that church was that desperately ill child.  She grinned from ear to ear and walked the 40 feet to the altar and knelt by the cardboard/manger holding a dirty rubber doll wrapped in a 50 cent blanket.  As everyone sang Silent Night, she let lose a few tears, kissed that old rubber doll and placed it in that old box.  She held that doll like it was the most precious thing in the world and when she put it down gently stroked its head.  I think she knew that this would be her last Christmas with us.  And, I think as her parting gift to those present she gave us a glorious reminder of how hope, love and the true gift of Christmas should be received.

My cynicism faded in that moment and all the world's troubles seemed far away.  Forty years ago that child delivered the best sermon ever preached in that tiny old church in the middle of nowhere.  And to this day I can still see her smile, joy and love on full display.

Merry Christmas!

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
12/11/18 04:40:05PM
111 posts

Favorite albums


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

If you install Spotify (the free version) you can use the search box to find a fair number of albums that are mountain dulcimer recordings.  I saved mine to my Spotify play list and had about 10-12 albums stored.  Almost all of Jean Ritchies were on the list.  I figured I could find the ones I wanted after I listened to them. 

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
11/18/18 09:19:13PM
111 posts

Capo for Radius Fretboard?


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Wow!  I would sure like to see a photo of that Bella.....I just checked Tony's website and those are some amazing instruments.

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
11/17/18 08:51:07PM
111 posts

What do we call it?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Come on Y'all............ everyone knows that it's only proper to call 'em a "Mess of Dulcimers" or if you're talk'n and trying to be a bit highfalutin it would be a bit more polished to speak of 'em as a "Pile of" or "heap of" Dulcimores. 


updated by @salt-springs: 11/17/18 11:26:15PM
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
10/13/18 09:32:28PM
111 posts

Looking for album


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Tut Taylor did a dulcimer album for the Bicentennial and the first song on side two was called, "Mountains and Woodsmoke".

Here is a link, it starts at about 2.22 on the video.


updated by @salt-springs: 10/13/18 09:32:59PM
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
10/06/18 09:51:14PM
111 posts

Looking for album


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Did that tune have the line, "Woodsmoke is calling me back home"?

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
10/05/18 02:07:30AM
111 posts

Guitar Strings?


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

Wow, that is a Tom Yocky dulcimer and those are really good instruments!   I am sending you a link that you may or may not have seen that could help you set that "Island" up.   I would double check to make sure the bridge and the nut have not gotten reversed somewhere along the line...........

https://reverb.com/item/655791-tom-yocky-mountain-dulcimer-2010-heartland

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
09/28/18 10:13:13AM
111 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Tumbleweed: I have been thinking about her too. I hope this Angel is doing well And congratulations Strumelia. That is wonderful. I need to do the CPR class again. I was certified years ago. I would also like to get recertified in First aid too.

Erik tells me, that she is doing well and recovering from this round of surgery.  More to follow.  She will be meeting with her Doctors in the  near future for continued treatment..............

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
09/27/18 09:56:29PM
111 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Congratulations on getting CPR certified........that is a magnificent thing to know and you really never know when it might be needed.  And, Tumbleweed, thank you for checking out Genesis' creations.  I've been buying from Erik as a way to support his ministry for many years and not only is he a great musician he is a most compassionate and giving soul.  Hopefully Genesis' has had another reconstructive surgery this week and all is well. 

 

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
09/13/18 07:51:15PM
111 posts

What's your favorite mournful, spooky, or lonesome song to play?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

This is an absolute no brainer for me............"The Unquiet Grave" by Jean Ritchie..............you can hear her sing it here:

https://blogs.loc.gov/folklife/2017/10/ghost-stories-in-song-for-halloween/

 

It is such an easy tune to play.......btw, there are a few others by other artists there as well...........enjoy!

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
09/07/18 11:10:37AM
111 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Despite all the rotten things we are constantly bombarded with on the news there are lots of good things happening in this world.  Today I spoke with my old friend Erik, the Flutemaker and watched the video of a little Nicaraguan girl, here in the US getting treatment for lip malformation.   She is with her mother and will be undergoing another surgery on Sept. 12...a risky procedure too!

Anyway, if you are so inclined watch the video, it will lift your spirit......she is learning English and making flutes!!! (I bought 10 of her creations for Christmas gifts)    Let me caution you, she is too cute for words.

https://eriktheflutemaker.com/blogs/articles/meet-genesis


updated by @salt-springs: 09/07/18 11:49:48AM
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
09/06/18 04:41:58PM
111 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Don't you get a kick out of getting up in the morning and walking into the kitchen and finding the latest creature that the cat has brought in for your inspection?  A beautiful creature but one that can deliver a nasty bite if so inclined.  I took him/her out to the edge of the deck and let it go, it was not injured but not really happy either.

snake.jpegsnake.jpeg

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
08/16/18 09:53:26PM
111 posts

Replacing the Nut on a Homer Ledford


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I'm sure your right about those adjusters working really well.   I am going to put them back on in short order, they needed to be cleaned up a bit which I'll get to in a few days.  The pegs o this one are right on and are holding a perfect tuning with no slipping etc.   The  label inside says made from planks on a 100 year old slave cabin near Lagrange, Kentucky if I am reading it right.  

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
08/13/18 05:24:10PM
111 posts

Replacing the Nut on a Homer Ledford


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Your right about that.........I am keeping all of the old parts that need a bit of buffing up and so far as the nut is concerned I am trying to make sure that it does not crack or chip, any more than it already has.............I really do not think this one has ever been played or if it has not very much.  I did replace the strings since the ones on it were pretty much dead and left off those string adjustment hubs since they don't seem to do much other than put unnecessary strain on the strings.   I'll keep them off it for the time being, but will have them if for some reason they need to be put back on.   All in all there is not a scratch or ding on it. 

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
08/12/18 10:06:52PM
111 posts

Replacing the Nut on a Homer Ledford


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I'll give that a try.  I did take a double edge razor blade and heated it up and slid it along the sides. I managed to free about 50% of the sides this way.  I suspect that it is glued across the bottom too.   In the mean time I am going to cut some new slots and set the strings equidistant and tune it "Galax style".   By the way, that great looking Galax that you featured last week is weighing on my brain.

Thanks.........

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
08/12/18 07:31:32PM
111 posts

Replacing the Nut on a Homer Ledford


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I just received a beautiful, basically mint Ledford that needs to have the Bone nut replaced.  It appears that it has been firmly glued in place and does not want to budge.  Any ideas on how to best go about removing it?


updated by @salt-springs: 08/12/18 07:37:11PM
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
02/09/18 02:44:21PM
111 posts

Help with a Hungarian citera


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

http://www.afolk.hu/bolt/index.php/en/Tuning-of-stringed-instruments/toning-citera-hungarian-zither.html

 

This chart gives you a fair idea of what the tunings should be on a Citera..............by the way, a great find!

 


updated by @salt-springs: 02/09/18 02:45:15PM
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
02/02/18 08:46:59AM
111 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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If these guys don't move on I going to have to do what I did a few years back.  One guy used to back up to the kitchen door and hang out there most of the night so I got the loudest Leaf blower I could find and tied it to the 4x4 post closest to that door with some bungee cord.   I ran an extension cord into the house and waited until he backed up to it late one night.  When he was not expecting it I plugged it in and it gave him a healthy blast to his big old keester.   He left at a high rate of speed and was gone for about a month....'twas a sight to behold.

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
02/01/18 11:39:55PM
111 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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January 28 2018 Bear.JPG    

 

This new guy out on the back deck seems to have a bit of an attitude.  He'll move on in a few days....it appears that there are three males roaming around the last few nights, probably getting ready to settle their territorial issues.  We'll see who comes out on top before long.

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
01/13/18 03:48:01PM
111 posts

Help with a twang/buzz?


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Dave, check the slot depth on the nut first and then the bridge..........you might try a slightly heavier string or do what I have done when the string is just twanging on a fret........put a small piece of a flat tooth pick under the nut, right under the the edge closest to the twanging string.........then try it........do you have and adjustable or moveable bridge? Sounds like the string is vibrating in the slot a bit too much to me.


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Salt Springs
@salt-springs
01/08/18 09:06:42AM
111 posts

What is this?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Wood Quills or Quill Bobbins are readily available on places like Ebay.......and they are dirt cheap.  When I worked for a textile company during the summers during undergraduate school we threw thousands of them away because the company had changed over to paper quills.   Those wooden quills screw/or slide into the the right side center gap of the wooden shuttle with the thread/yarn wound around them.  Most I saw were made of oak or some other type hard wood.  I'll bet they would indeed make excellent noters, especially if one side was sanded flat..........great idea Charles.......Bravo!

 


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Salt Springs
@salt-springs
10/01/17 07:27:53PM
111 posts

Dulcimer records


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I've been working on re-building my vinyl collection the last few months.  In the mean time I've been using the free version of Spotify and  listening to all sorts of Mountain dulcimer music........there really is a great selection available there if anyone is interested and you can save the albums to a playlist too.

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
09/26/17 07:29:04PM
111 posts

Chinese Dulcimer Or Yangqin In Question And Setup


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Very nice.............this link might be helpful to you.  Strings are available on ebay and amazon too.

 

http://www.jamesjonesinstruments.com/misc/yangqin.html


updated by @salt-springs: 09/26/17 07:38:14PM
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
09/14/17 02:00:38AM
111 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Hurricane Cat...........

I have been the proud owner of one of the most miserable cats ever created for nearly 20 years.  I adopted her from the local shelter in Key West, along with another that was as nice as pie.   This old buzzard turned ornery as soon as I got her home and can lay claim to beating the daylights out of any creature with two or four legs for many years.  When hurricane Irma's eye went through early Monday, that creature ran out the cat door and got hit with a major blast of wind and rain, and blown off the deck and into the brush and woods.  No sign of her all day Monday and none until, I sent my old hound out in the woods with her scent and told him not to come back until he found her early Tuesday morning.  A few hours later he came back in and had rounded up that miserable creature who once again started her nastiness when I tried to pick her up to bring her back to the house.   I had to go get a huge towel, wrap her up in it, climb over and go under vines etc, and got her into the house.   Put her in her basket, gave a her huge bowl of water and let her be. After a while she walked over to me started purring and then bit me and went back to her bed.  I am not sure that this is what we could say was a positive event save for the testimony of a Plott Hound's good nose.

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
09/14/17 01:29:18AM
111 posts

Florida friends


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Hi Marg.........Tampa got hit fairly hard and as you know had massive power outages, but from what I have been told missed a lot of the grim expectations that were being voiced.   Tampa is expected to have pretty much all of her power restored by Sunday.....the utility men and women are working long hard hours and if it is like here there is an army of them out and about so don't be surprised if things go faster then expected.  Glad you are helping out in the Houston area, since folk usually just sort of let things slide after a week or so.   I know I keep harping on stuff like food and all that, but it boggles my mind to see how many folk go tsk, tsk and wait for someone else to do the hard stuff.  These storms are a call to, "all hands on deck".  My hats off to you and everyone else who lends a hand............besides the good book tells us to do just that, feed 'em and not to grade 'em.  Hope all is well with your sister...........if I can garner any info tomorrow I'll drop you a note asap.

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
09/13/17 10:26:07PM
111 posts

Florida friends


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Everything here in SS is coming back to normal for most folk...........lot's of people out in the Forest have no power and some have had some serious damage done to their homes.  I was able to round up food, mostly bread and the like for one church and had a shop owner give me about a 100 loaves of fresh baked bread loaves, which I delivered this evening to a soup kitchen in Interlachen. A true blessing so to do since they had none to give out and most groceries around here have none. I told the shop owner who gave me the bread that he would be blessed for that gift.  He said he wanted to help and even though his business was without power he was in a the hurt locker.   Fifteen minutes later his power was restored and customers started flocking to his store.   Coincidence?  Mike's shop is back on track, I found a place to buy a tank of gas and got food out to a bunch of folk.............damage, phooey, ......it's just stuff and like most folk I have more than I'll ever need.

For those down in the Florida Keys, the situation is so different..........may they be given comfort, strength and peace.


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Salt Springs
@salt-springs
06/27/17 07:17:37PM
111 posts

Show us your sound holes!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

The Germans (Penn. Dutch) used the heart to represent 4 ideas concerning love.......love of God, love of family, love of friends and love of country at least that is what I recall from years ago.  In the old German Lutheran Liturgy which I grew up with, like the Roman liturgy the Sursum Corda is offered by the celebrant who intones........."Lift up your hearts" and the congregants reply........."We lift them up unto the Lord."    That intonation goes back to the third or fourth century according to those old dusty books I have.  The upward pointed heart may be a reference to doing that......looking to heaven the source of all true love.   (see those years of seminary have provided me with all sorts of information that would be great if I ever get on Jeopardy).  When the German settlers put hearts on all sorts of things they usually referred to love of family or community and faith.  Some have said  that upward pointing hearts meant the instrument was to be used for hymnody and celebration and the regular heart for the love of one human being for all of creation including family and friends.   Then again, maybe this is just all speculation......but it is fun to think about.

 

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
06/27/17 01:05:37PM
111 posts

Show us your sound holes!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Ike and Izzy........the last two Carolina Parakeets before the species went extinct.  These sound holes were done By Kerry Coates and this is one of the last dulcimers she built.  A genuine lady and true artist.  

 

 

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updated by @salt-springs: 06/27/17 01:09:40PM
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
06/06/17 05:27:59AM
111 posts

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


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Sometimes the best teachers and lessons offered are extraordinary.  One February, many years ago, I was driving back from a university hospital after visiting an elderly person in my congregation.  It was very late and in the mountains of Northern New England temperature was well below freezing and a wind driven snowfall made driving almost impossible.  As I got near to home I made a turn off a winding back road and saw something that caught my eye, (that in and of itself was a  miracle)... an odd shape, covered by a thin blanket, sitting on top of a snow bank in a miserable storm at 1:00 am.  I stopped my old beater of a car and pulled the blanket up and found a young woman who had decided that to die that night.  I had heard about her and how she had sort of showed up in town and was homeless and suffering from some sort of mental issues that made her capable of some really bizarre and violent behavior.  I took her to my office, made coffee and soup and after getting her to promise that she would not harm herself bought her a room at the one motel in town.

The next morning I picked her up at the motel and took her back to the office and did a bit of research. Prior to her illness she had been an accomplished Pianist with a slew of degree's from one of the finest universities in the deep South.  As we talked she started loosing control of her emotions and went into the next room where an old banger of a piano had sat for Lord knows how long. Her agitation was increasing by leaps and bounds and trouble was on the horizon.  This was where I got a real lesson in the power of music and one worth sharing.   

Out of that rage and violent personality disorder came the most incredible music......Mozart, Chopin...you name it it was there and while she played the anger and pain inside her began to fade...and what was a violent rage filled affect gave way and joy began to make itself known even if only for a short time.  

Here then was the lesson I learned from the "Teacher".  Music  when played with spirit and total absorption can still any storm, quiet any tempest and help heal a broken spirit.   My teacher, I would learn had been rejected by family, friends and all sorts of social agencies because of her violent tendencies.  At that time there were no mental health professionals willing to help.........we found her an apartment and she lived there for awhile.  When her rage surfaced she would show up and play until it faded and off she would go.........one day she left town and where she is now I don't know.  It has been over 30 years since I heard from her but I have always remembered those days and pray that some how she has been healed. Music heals and musicians can be technicians or healers......and the tools to heal are in your hands...when you play, dare to heal.

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
05/02/17 07:23:26PM
111 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Ken H.......Avoided major brush fire today on Hwy 315 at 212th St..................this is a nasty burn......one aircraft down in the Forest as of 1915 hrs, rescue team on scene and waiting for dozers to get to the location by cutting an access trail, slow work.....patient awaiting removal..........hoping my friends are OK.........all those back roads I travel are shut down and as you know this dry stuff is little more than tinder.  As of 2000 hrs..............pilot expected to be OK..........Marion County Sheriff's helicopter is in Lake......the fact that there was no loss of life on this one is the real positive message with this one............


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