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Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/26/21 08:49:58AM
1,216 posts

worldwide Play Music on the Porch Day


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@carla-maxwell & @ocean-daughter If the weather's fit, we'll all be able to play a tune or two outdoors!  

For the places on Earth with drought and fire/threat of fire now I hope they get the opportunity to be playing indoors on a rainy (not flooding) day.  

Happy strumming, friends!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/24/21 10:27:56AM
1,216 posts

Got myself a book to start out with


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I don't know anything about the Lapidus book yet, I believe, Joellen Lapidus introduced Joni Mitchell to the mountain dulcimer and to using the mountain dulcimer percussively.  

A group whose music I really like, Appalasia, has a mountain dulcimer player who is also a percussion player-- Jeff Berman.  He uses the mountain dulcimer in a percussive fashion, too.   http://appalasia.com/bios 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/23/21 11:58:56AM
1,216 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@sunvalleylaw Good to have you here, Steve!  The mountain dulcimer journey is a fun one.  So cool you got to see Tim H play md with Brandi-- love her and the band!  


updated by @robin-thompson: 07/23/21 01:26:38PM
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/20/21 04:35:06PM
1,216 posts

Rest in Peace, Larkin Bryant


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@carla-maxwell It wonderful you got to meet Larkin!  I imagine her book and accompanying recording have been a help for many on their journey of playing mountain dulcimer  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/18/21 10:56:51PM
1,216 posts

Bonnie Carol Curly Walnut with Maple binding


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

It's a beauty.  I'm thinning my collection, too.  Whoever gets this gets a pretty one!   

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/18/21 09:32:25PM
1,216 posts

The Positive Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

That is a neat story, Ken!  Thanks for posting the link! 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/13/21 09:35:56AM
1,216 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Thanks for the information, Ken L!  I look forward to seeing some  photos of the adventure.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/12/21 06:20:33PM
1,216 posts

New Dulcimore


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

It sure is a pretty thing, Richard! 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/12/21 11:56:11AM
1,216 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Hey, @ken-longfield -- I'm happy y'all had a wonderful and safe trip and have arrived back home!  

PS- What vehicles are the tow vehicles for yours and your daughter's Aliners?  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/10/21 06:30:29PM
1,216 posts

All-Maple Melton-Style Galax Dulcimore


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I think she's going to love it, John-- it looks great!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/05/21 07:47:47PM
1,216 posts

How to Like an item?


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@don-smith I send all good wishes to your Robbin and to you!  

The links Strumelia provided, links to her noter/drone blog, can be of great help on yours and Robbin's mountain dulcimer journey.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/05/21 06:16:27PM
1,216 posts

How to Like an item?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

@don-smith I lived with my folks for some years because my dad had dementia.  And sometimes, I just had a hard time thinking.  Still do.    

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/05/21 01:20:05PM
1,216 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@glp1958 Good to have you here, Greg!  Have fun building your mountain dulcimer!   

I grew up right close to US 23 and not far from the mighty Scioto River in Central Ohio.  Friday nights and Sunday nights always saw lots of traffic on Route 23-- headed south on Friday nights and headed north on Sundays.   

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/29/21 04:35:11PM
1,216 posts

Death of John Shaw, UK mountain dulcimer giant


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I am shocked and saddened by John's death.  John was such a fine player and a gentleman!  He encouraged me on my mountain dulcimer journey and I am grateful to him for doing so.

Thank you, @geoff-black, for letting us know here at FOTMD and for including these wonderful photos.  I offer my deepest sympathy to John's wife, Angela, and to you & all who knew John.

  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/24/21 06:45:00PM
1,216 posts

Mountain Dulcimer Tablature Book


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Janene, you know I've been a fan of your wonderful music for a long time!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/24/21 01:34:36PM
1,216 posts

50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's "Blue"


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@dusty-turtle I'm glad to see Joellen getting notice, too!  In my view, her Pelican Ballet cd is one of the best recordings in my mountain dulcimer collection-- and I have lots of cd's in the collection.  And her mountain dulcimers are works of art.    

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/21/21 07:19:41PM
1,216 posts

worldwide Play Music on the Porch Day


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


Friends, the international day event called Play Music On The Porch Day is always the last Saturday in August-- not far away.  Do you have your tune chosen yet?  If not, you have plenty of time and can even decide on a tune at the last minute.  :)

dulcimer1


updated by @robin-thompson: 06/21/21 07:38:17PM
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/21/21 01:10:49PM
1,216 posts

The Positive Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions


I just watched the video (with this article) featuring a young musician out of N. Ireland and enjoyed seeing her very much.

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-northern-ireland-57510337


updated by @robin-thompson: 06/21/21 01:11:52PM
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/21/21 11:41:29AM
1,216 posts

50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's "Blue"


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/18/21 07:54:33PM
1,216 posts

50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's "Blue"


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Yes, @dusty-turtle, that's the collection.  After all these years, I'll get to listen to Blue straight through. 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/18/21 07:31:09PM
1,216 posts

Name that tune.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Dusty's call of Bonaparte's Retreat sounds right to me.  If memory serves, I think I heard Don Pedi say some years back that he thought that "snake charmer" part was a later addition to the tune.  

Great video, Dan-- so glad you shared it!   

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/18/21 06:59:05PM
1,216 posts

50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's "Blue"


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I've wanted Blue yet don't have it.  Yet.  I've pre-ordered a new collection coming out from JM in a few weeks and it includes Blue.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/13/21 09:12:37PM
1,216 posts

Awarding the "giveaway dulcimore" in Berea!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Somewhere around a baker's dozen, @kevin-r yet I have about 5 of them promised to a couple young players.  In addition, I have 3 bowed dulcimers and one of Michael Fox's Dulcijos (which is a little 3-string banjo).    

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/12/21 01:15:02PM
1,216 posts

Awarding the "giveaway dulcimore" in Berea!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

John, with one exception, I am in the process of thinning the herd here.  We're thinking we're going to get a much smaller house (and no steps/next to none) someday.  Even if I don't own one of your beauties, I admire them greatly.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/12/21 08:31:24AM
1,216 posts

Awarding the "giveaway dulcimore" in Berea!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

John, that Will Singleton dulcimer is a treasure!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/12/21 08:28:50AM
1,216 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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@james-phillips Have fun catching up with your mom and playing Scrabble!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/11/21 07:52:11PM
1,216 posts

The Positive Thread...


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@susie I'm glad Nightbirde touched your heart-- she touched my heart, too.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/10/21 08:02:59AM
1,216 posts

New J. E. Thomas Cumberland dulcimore for sale!


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John, that's a wonderful looking dulcimore at a great price!  

PS- I remember hearing you play one of your Uncle Will replicas on the sidewalk in Hindman and it sure was a sweet instrument, too.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/09/21 10:17:01PM
1,216 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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I wish you a safe journey, Venni!

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/09/21 10:06:04AM
1,216 posts

The Positive Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

I saw this America's Got Talent video this morning and found it very moving.  The young woman in it is originally from the county just north of where I live.  Also, I saw a young real-life friend of mine post that he & she have been lifelong friends.

https://youtu.be/CZJvBfoHDk0 

 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
05/29/21 08:09:29AM
1,216 posts

Need advice on Schaller planetary tuners tension


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

Jill, when my tuners have seemed to have too much give, I've tightened at the screw end of the button and it works.  So, as the first way to address the opposite problem, I second Dusty's suggestion.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
05/23/21 09:41:19AM
1,216 posts

Zoom group invitation


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I've never participated in a Zoom gathering yet I think it's a great idea!  

PS- The link to the TTAD site for the zoom only works if one is logged into the site, I think.  When I was logged in it worked when I was logged out it didn't.   

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
05/11/21 07:35:58AM
1,216 posts

NDD - McSpadden Ginger


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Susie, enjoy that lovely new Ginger!  

There may be some enablers here at fotmd yet I'm not one of them. whistlegiggle2

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
05/05/21 01:15:52PM
1,216 posts

Rest in Peace, Larkin Bryant


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

My apologies for the odd spacing on the posting!  I have tried to compact things yet have not been entirely successful.  I hope you like reading the tribute to Larkin!  


updated by @robin-thompson: 05/05/21 01:37:19PM
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
05/05/21 01:13:28PM
1,216 posts

Rest in Peace, Larkin Bryant


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


Here is a lovely and lovingly written tribute to Larkin posted on facebook by a dear music friend of mine, Kim, and used with permission here: Most everything I know about the dulcimer I learned from Larkin Bryant. Almost every Friday afternoon for five years, I would go to her house for a dulcimer lesson (with an old-time fiddle lesson thrown in occasionally). We'd sit in straightback chairs in her front room across from her piano with our backs to the windows so the sunlight could shine in onto our sheet music. The sheet music was for me, as Larkin could play anything from her heart and memory. Her elderly black and white cat, Sweetie Pie, would snuggle in on Larkin's lap in the space between her dulcimer and stomach. Ariel, Larkin's beloved Weimaraner, would sit directly on top of my feet, chewing her heavy-duty blue rubber dog bone until she fell asleep. Mr. Kitty and Hannah, her two other cats, usually found spots in our instrument cases to curl up and snooze. We'd usually start our lessons catching up with news in each other's lives. Larkin always took time to ask and genuinely cared about what was going on my life. She was a fantastic listener and always spoke carefully and with wisdom.  

After talking a bit, we'd play music! She was a wealth of repertoire and music history, and she loved telling me the stories behind the songs. I soaked up everything I could. She would often walk me out to my car after my lesson and we'd talk about the many beautiful plants and flowers she had growing in her front yard. It seemed she even knew everything about those as well! A couple times, when I'd go back to my next lesson, she would have a clipping of one of the plants or a cutting of some of the flowers I had admired to give to me.







Her house was filled with wonderful antiques and instruments, and after our lessons she would tell me their stories or demonstrate one of the instruments. (I'd never heard of Cajun triangle until I had met Larkin! 😄 ) She even generously offered to let me display some of her precious antiques at my wedding, and I gladly took her up on that offer. But even more special to me than displaying those beautiful antiques at my wedding, was having her play at my wedding. She played her mountain dulcimer during the lighting of the unity candle and then she played several Celtic and fun old-time tunes on her hammered dulcimer and fiddle at our reception. Most memorable of all was a surprise she had planned. As Jon and I were walking to our car to leave town, Larkin followed behind us and began playing a farewell fiddle tune for us. That was so special to me. ❤



Larkin wasn't just my dulcimer teacher; she was a true friend and I will miss her dearly. During our last phone call together a few weeks ago, even though she was ill and extremely tired, she took time to ask about me and my family and offer words of encouragement. She was always thinking of others before herself. I am thankful for and will always cherish her friendship and memories I have with her. ❤








updated by @robin-thompson: 05/05/21 01:14:55PM
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
05/03/21 09:38:17PM
1,216 posts

The Positive Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

That Nora Brown video was so neat to watch!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
05/02/21 08:08:33AM
1,216 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@steven-berger So, you're who has that checkerboard TMB John built-- I remember it!  You've got a cool collection of instruments which, I imagine, give you lots of joy in making the kinds of music you want to make.  

@susie I can imagine those little Gingers are much handier to have when traveling and space is at a premium.  Enjoy your little DAD Ginger, your final dulcimer (you think).  

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