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Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
02/20/24 07:25:42PM
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International Appalachian Dulcimer Day


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Indeed, the last Saturday is 30 March and Easter is the following day.  Perhaps some may wish to celebrate the Appalachian dulcimer on IADD with a hymn or two.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
02/08/24 12:33:55PM
1,403 posts

How precisely do you tune up?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Tuning from the tuner is one thing.  Sharpening a note when I use a noter is another-- noter pressure can do that. oma (me with my noter)   

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
02/03/24 08:15:16AM
1,403 posts

How precisely do you tune up?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I think repertoire and whether or not one plays alone make big differences in what is "good enough".  

For me, I use a Peterson tuner and Mark and I both try to be very much in tune with one another or we'll make our tunes even worse.  giggle   When I'm playing by myself, I like to be in tune with myself or it can drive me a little crazy. krazy  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
02/01/24 11:52:47AM
1,403 posts

general instrument question


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@lilley-pad My experience is I play the mountain dulcimer with the sound I want to fit the repertoire(s) I want to play.  Also, my experience is there is no Holy Grail.dulcimer Depending on style of play and repertoire, one instrument may suit over another.    

Bob Stephens is a member here at FOTMD and you can find his page by searching members.  Here is a video of Aaron O'Rourke playing a prototype (so, an early model) of one of Bob's wonderful-sounding dulcimers: 

https://youtu.be/EPClQt6v0Z0?si=0D_xkDv1OR9fTkH7


updated by @robin-thompson: 02/01/24 12:34:58PM
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
01/30/24 12:36:14PM
1,403 posts

Reasons NOT To Get a Chromatic


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

@nate Your perspective was one I hadn't considered-- I'm glad you wrote of it!  

Colloquially, although my newer Jean Ritchie model Blue Lion has "extra" frets, I'll still call it a mountain dulcimer.  dulcimer  

Happy strumming, y'all!   

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
01/28/24 10:18:19AM
1,403 posts

John Molineux box dulcimer


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

Beautiful!  The sound hits my ears like it's a lute being played. 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
01/25/24 12:20:33PM
1,403 posts

International Appalachian Dulcimer Day


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

You're welcome, @wildcat !  Hope you'll enjoy the day strumming your Warren May mountain dulcimer!  

@ken-longfield , Yes, it falls late in the month this year.  Happy strumming! 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
01/24/24 06:15:13PM
1,403 posts

International Appalachian Dulcimer Day


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hey, friends-- our special holiday is approaching!  Always the last Saturday in March.  dulcimer

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
01/23/24 01:27:53PM
1,403 posts

Looking for tabs/books devoted to old style drone & noter playing


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

If you'd like to hear Jean talking a bit about her life and her approach to playing, I recommend these: 

https://www.homespun.com/profile/Jean%20Ritchie

https://folkways.si.edu/jean-ritchie/the-appalachian-dulcimer-an-instructional-record/music-instruction/music/album/smithsonian

Also, search Jean on YouTube and you'll discover many wonderful recordings.  


updated by @robin-thompson: 01/23/24 01:29:11PM
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
01/22/24 06:30:31PM
1,403 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Warren May builds lovely instruments, lovely both in looks and in sound.  Happy strumming, @wildcat !  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
01/20/24 01:07:18PM
1,403 posts

Traditional role of the mountain dulcimer.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

A couple cool links: 

https://youtu.be/uQaLuklN73Q?si=zt632ssDhTAiSg8d

https://www.conniellisor.com/orchestra/blackberry-winter

It is to be noted the traditional tune Blackberry Blossom is foundational to the piece.  


updated by @robin-thompson: 01/20/24 01:51:29PM
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
01/08/24 05:49:59PM
1,403 posts

I bought a Sunhearth!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

You've got a beauty!  Regardless of what you do about the tuners, I hope you enjoy it.  dulcimer  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
01/03/24 04:08:41PM
1,403 posts

Robert N. Lackey, rest in peace


OFF TOPIC discussions

I offer my sympathies to Rob's family and friends.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
12/24/23 08:53:27AM
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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL FOMTD MEMBERS!


OFF TOPIC discussions

I send my warmest wishes for peace and lots of music-making in the coming year!  dulcimer

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
12/10/23 10:54:23AM
1,403 posts

The Positive Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

@john-c-knopf I'm grateful for the music she left behind-- it continues to enrich my life! 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
12/08/23 05:13:26PM
1,403 posts

The Positive Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

Jean Ruth Ritchie was born 101 years ago today in Viper KY.flower

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
12/05/23 10:15:36AM
1,403 posts

Traditional role of the mountain dulcimer.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

How I see it is the mountain dulcimer has several traditions depending on where you are on the planet.  sun  Here in the U.S., Jean Ritchie is one person whose family story and travels spread awareness there was such a thing as a mountain dulcimer in the central/southern Appalachians.  On Jean's album The Most Dulcimer , several different styles of music are represented and it is, perhaps, my favorite record of all the music we have in the house.  To me, this album offers a great point of departure for exploring various traditions related to the Appalachian dulcimer.

P.S.- As I understand it, Jean Ritchie is the person who introduced the mountain dulcimer to Ireland.  We have an excellent player and singer from there right here on FOTMD, @macaodha .   

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
11/30/23 03:18:55PM
1,403 posts

Talking with Geoff Reeve-Black


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thank you for sharing your interviews, Steve! 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
11/24/23 06:53:43PM
1,403 posts

My first album is for sale!


FOR SALE:instruments/music items/CDs/Wanted to Buy...

Grant, the cd arrived today and my husband and I enjoyed listening in our favorite place to listen to music-- the car!  Well done!  My personal favorite cut is Classical Gas.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
11/17/23 07:42:37PM
1,403 posts

My first album is for sale!


FOR SALE:instruments/music items/CDs/Wanted to Buy...

Just ordered the cd and look forward to listening!  

Sending all good wishes from my little corner of SE OH! 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
11/02/23 10:43:52AM
1,403 posts

Play Music On The Porch Day 2019


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Where are the bagpipes then?  grphug

@shanonmilan I had a music friend who was a very good mountain dulcimer player yet her mother didn't like hearing her play it.  There's just no accounting for taste, it seems.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
10/27/23 11:26:49AM
1,403 posts

Help with ID of recent thrift shop purchase


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

A lovely dulcimer and a lovely development!  Enjoy that beautiful instrument, Randal! 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
09/22/23 08:18:42AM
1,403 posts

Fiddle


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Have fun fiddling!  One nice thing about fiddling is you can be going along quite nicely and then you're not.  nod

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/27/23 12:41:23PM
1,403 posts

FANS OF NATE


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@ken-longfield , consider yourself enrolled!  And wait-- there's more:  you're the outstanding member for the year of 2023!  party

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/27/23 09:16:27AM
1,403 posts

FANS OF NATE


OFF TOPIC discussions

Hey, since you've made me a minister, maybe I can perform weddings and you can play music at them-- how would that be!?!

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/27/23 06:57:02AM
1,403 posts

FANS OF NATE


OFF TOPIC discussions

biglaugh

I have a bad hip and poor balance.  So, perhaps I'll just fall into the undesirables before any actual shin kicking takes place.   

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/26/23 09:23:08PM
1,403 posts

worldwide Play Music on the Porch Day


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@ken-longfield How neat you put together a video with you and your Zoom friends for PMOTPD-- it's wonderful! 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/26/23 09:09:46PM
1,403 posts

FANS OF NATE


OFF TOPIC discussions

I don't deny it, Strumelia!  winky

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/26/23 08:57:10PM
1,403 posts

FANS OF NATE


OFF TOPIC discussions

If that's the case (meaning there's no money involved), I want to run for President of FANS OF NATE.  oma I've gotten to be an old lady and will keep everybody in line.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/26/23 08:33:25PM
1,403 posts

FANS OF NATE


OFF TOPIC discussions

Count me as a fan and, please, may I have consideration as treasurer of the fan club?  cash

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/26/23 08:06:38PM
1,403 posts

I only see original post in a discussion, not replies..?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

@strumelia I double dog dare you to change everything about this site into a massive fansite dedicated to how cool @nate is!  giggle grphug

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/07/23 09:28:25AM
1,403 posts

worldwide Play Music on the Porch Day


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@dusty I saw where Ken Bloom's sister's ukulele group already made their video and will post it on PMOTPD.  So, that's an option.  Mark & I may make our recording ahead of time due to family health woes and post it on PMOTPD to mark the day.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/18/23 12:45:16PM
1,403 posts

Dulcimer Players News demise


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@dulcimerplayersnewseditor Fiona, so happy to have you here!  Though I don't read tablature nor SMN to play music, I am a supporter/subscriber of Dulcimer Players News because it is a valuable resource.  


updated by @robin-thompson: 07/18/23 12:45:37PM
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/08/23 02:02:43PM
1,403 posts

Sustain volume when sliding to a lower fret


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

I only play with a noter and it is challenging to me to get the exact sound I want when sliding to a lower fret.  It is a balance of noter pressure with speed (I'm talking getting a nice "falling away" sound on a slower tune) to get the sound I want.  I don't do it well consistently-- it's hit and miss for me. 

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