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Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
09/16/20 07:58:11PM
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Anyone bidding"


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I'm not one for fancy things yet it might be fun to give this one a strum or two.  Hope it raises plenty of money for the cause!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/31/20 07:11:55PM
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worldwide Play Music on the Porch Day


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David, I watched your movie on YT yesterday-- well done!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/31/20 08:36:35AM
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worldwide Play Music on the Porch Day


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@irene, in my book, you did play for PMOTPD!  The fact that you don't have a good recording is just a little thing.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/30/20 05:27:02PM
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worldwide Play Music on the Porch Day


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@don-grundy I'm sorry you got rained out!  You'll get to play a make up game now.  :)

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/30/20 05:15:13PM
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worldwide Play Music on the Porch Day


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@gordon-hardy I watched your video yesterday and enjoyed it!  

Worldwide PMOTPD had so many participants this year-- more than ever, I imagine.  Thanks to all who participated and to all who watched videos!

@don-grundy, did you get to play on your porch?  

Any friends want to tell about your adventures with music on PMOTPD?  (We had a tech problem of some kind and it took well over an hour to upload our little film to YT.)

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/29/20 03:59:25PM
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worldwide Play Music on the Porch Day


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Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/28/20 10:13:36AM
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Are there fretless dulcimers?


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I'm partial to this tune from Randy :) 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/20/20 01:44:48PM
1,055 posts

Dr. George Orthey, Mountain dulcimer and Autoharp maker


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@ken-longfield I offer my deepest sympathy, Ken.  I only know of Mr. Orthey by reputation.  Wishing for comfort for all who  mourn his death.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/19/20 10:12:03AM
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What's fer dinner?


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Hey, @folkfan, great to hear from you!  I'm glad you are able to work with your garden and wish you further healing from your surgery!  Nothing like food grown at home-- so good to have it!    


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Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/15/20 10:39:45AM
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Introduce Yourself!


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@shelley1 Great to have you here!  There's lots to see on the site-- enjoy poking around!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/08/20 01:21:06PM
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worldwide Play Music on the Porch Day


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So, you'll be all ready to celebrate the day, @don-grundy !  Happy strumming!

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/08/20 01:02:48PM
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worldwide Play Music on the Porch Day


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Friends, worldwide Play Music on the Porch Day is always the last Saturday in August.  So, 29 August is the day!  Mark & I have been practicing the song we will do on the holiday and hope our friends will make homemade music on the day, too:)


updated by @robin-thompson: 08/08/20 01:15:42PM
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/28/20 10:44:41AM
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The Mountain Minor movie


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I haven't yet gotten to see the film yet really want to!  When the film came to uptown Athens OH earlier this year we had flooding type rains and didn't go.  The film was pretty low budget-- we kicked in a bit on their fundraising project.  Our internet isn't the best so we don't buy movies to stream.  Maybe someday I'll get to watch it.  They're coming out with a music project based on the film soon, I think.    


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Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/23/20 10:10:39AM
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What Are You Working On?


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@Ariane Oh, that's such a funny comparison-- Moon River issued in Japan as Beef Stew!  Thanks for the laugh this morning.  In these days, it is needed more than ever.    

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/22/20 10:53:08AM
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What Are You Working On?


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Ah, thanks a million for the information, @john-gribble!  So tragic about the deaths in the plane crash which included the singer!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/22/20 09:27:00AM
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What Are You Working On?


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@john-gribble Is the song based on an old myth or folktale and is the tune a traditional tune?  (A dear grad school friend from Japan translated some Japanese folk tales for her thesis and, while she was working on them, I'd read them for her for their "readability" in English.  This was several years ago.)   


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Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/21/20 08:43:13PM
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What Are You Working On?


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I think I have never heard of that song, @Ariane.  It is sweet it gives you a happy remembrance from childhood.  We can all use those sorts of remembrances from time to time.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/19/20 08:36:43PM
1,055 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Hey, @b-ross-ashley Ross-- good to see you again!  It's nice to hear you are going to pick up the dulcimer again.  I have found playing mountain dulcimer to be a balm to my spirit.  Take care.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/19/20 12:13:03PM
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video Mr. Wilson at Mountain Dulcimer Museum in Hindman


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John & Ken, it was a great pleasure to be in Hindman for the opening of the museum in November of '15 (I think).  Glad you fellows enjoyed the movie!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/18/20 09:10:40PM
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video Mr. Wilson at Mountain Dulcimer Museum in Hindman


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Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/16/20 09:35:48AM
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Does anyone know anything about Jim Hamilton Dulcijos?


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I had not heard of Jim Hamilton nor his Dulcijo.  Like Dusty, I have heard good things about Mike Clemmer's instruments.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/14/20 07:55:29PM
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Ed Thomas replica by John Knopf


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@magictime I've listened to your play and it sounds really good!  Just keep playing and having fun!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/10/20 05:18:07PM
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film from Hindman Settlement School & the Artisan Center


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Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/06/20 02:39:10PM
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The Drifting Thread...


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The video of you and Tomasi singing together is priceless, Irene.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/02/20 10:11:36AM
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The Drifting Thread...


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Irene, I offer my deepest sympathy to you and your dearest ones.  As John K wrote about, there are others of us who know about the sense of numbness and unreality which can set in.  I send my warmest wishes for comfort for you all.  


updated by @robin-thompson: 07/02/20 10:12:43AM
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/01/20 11:02:11AM
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What Are You Working On?


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I like the challenge of playing slowly-- it can be hard to keep a tune slow and melodic.  Great exercise for me!  @ariane's Shenandoah project is just the right kind of challenge for this old girl.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/27/20 11:33:23AM
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Richard Troughear sound experiment video 2008


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Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/24/20 06:22:02PM
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What Are You Working On?


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@john-gribble While I love the look of old friction tuners, my hands can no longer manage them-- soft tissue woes, not arthritis.  Enjoy those Pegheads!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/09/20 12:08:11PM
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the duo of Kathy and Carol


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Regarding who built the mountain dulcimer Kathy was playing, I have received information from my young music friend Matt Searles about the mountain dulcimer-- here's the reply Matt received in response to an email he sent to Carol: 

“The dulcimer Kathy plays in the documentary is one I made for her. I had never made a musical instrument before that project, and sadly, never made one after that either, since I moved away from access to the woodworking tools I used to build the dulcimer shortly after that. I did get lots of help from a real luthier for the project, so it turned out well.”

Matt is who introduced me to the music of Kathy and Carol and I am grateful to him!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/09/20 09:48:10AM
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the duo of Kathy and Carol


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@leny-sue I'm glad to know that and imagine others are, too!  I'm not sure but the circa 1965 album may have been their only LP.  I love their sound!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/08/20 09:14:20PM
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the duo of Kathy and Carol


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The most recent videos I found were from 6 and 7 years ago.  Here's one from 7 years ago:

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/08/20 04:30:18PM
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the duo of Kathy and Carol


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At the 5:30 mark in the YouTube video, you will see Kathy Larisch play and sing in a style very reminiscent of the style of Jean Ritchie.  Are any of you familiar with the duo of Kathy and Carol?  I'd never before heard of them until a young music friend shared a bit of their music with me today.  I'm curious as to who may have built Kathy's mountain dulcimer, too.    

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
05/30/20 10:48:23AM
1,055 posts

Carved headstock and end piece.Maker?


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I love the looks of this instrument and would love to hear how it sounds!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
05/18/20 09:50:38AM
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Tips what do you bring when traveling with your dulcimer?


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I don't know your height, Jill, yet I'm short and prefer a short chair or stool to sit on while playing.  Even a very compact camp stool of some kind would work.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
05/10/20 09:28:26AM
1,055 posts

VSL Breakpoint Angles, Radiuses, and Excess String Lengths


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Matt Berg wrote, in partI may seem pedantic when referring to parts of an instrument, but really, I would like to our instrument take its rightful place as an American treasure.

@matt-berg I share your desire to see our instrument take its rightful place.  And I don't see your approach as pedantic at all.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
05/03/20 09:58:43AM
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What's your favorite tune or dulcimer to play this month?


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@Ken-Hulme & @Dan Those instruments look great!  It'd be fun to have a go at playing them.  

I've been working on a yet unnamed original tune and am playing it mostly on my Blue Lion Jean Ritchie model instrument.  Playing mountain dulcimer is a comfort in these days.  

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