Kevin Roth interviews Howard Rugg
General mountain dulcimer or music discussions
Wow, Ken, that's pretty cool you got to visit Mr. Rugg! And you have a fun story about how it came to be, too. :)
Look at lots of video clips of folks playing a variety of music on a variety of different fretted dulcimer configurations and, perhaps, that will give you an idea of what approach you'd like to take to making music. First and foremost, lean into what music is in your heart to make and get the tool (instrument) with which to do it best. It's a process and it can be lots of fun to explore.
I've noticed I get no notifications for comments posted on my audio and video clips. They've always shown up in my private messages yet in recent weeks, no notifications. I'm wondering whether others are not getting notifications from audio or video, too?
I see two bushy trees in the background and they seem to form a triangle with David's dulcimer being the third point. David's arms & hands almost form a heart-- traditional symbol on mountain dulcimer.
Though this isn't from this year's virtual Hindman Homecoming fest, I want to honor Cari Norris in this thread. I share this from Molly McCormack-- I especially love Cari 's singing on the Jean Ritchie song Sweet Sorrow in the Wind in which she is joined by Molly. I'm guessing Cari could be playing her grandmother Lily May Ledford's guitar in the song.
Folks, I hope y'all have the last Saturday in August marked on your calendars for the annual worldwide celebration Play Music On The Porch Day! Here at our house, we are practicing the one we think we'll play for PMOTPDay.
My favorite quote from Pluck:
"'You do not master a musical instrument,' he insists. You learn from it. If anything, it masters you!'" - David Schnaufer
Linda, I enjoyed the book lots and will return to it again.
Ariane, I have just finished watching the video-- you put the pieces together beautifully! It was a privilege for Mark & me to be part of this project for peace, for standing for peace. Thank you for making our participation and that of all participants possible in this most worthy endeavor.
Yes, you're right-- lots of difference in the two! Perhaps it's because I have heard so many different versions of the Reuben's Train/900 Miles tune(s) I hear the two versions as close kin done in different styles & genres.
Perhaps it's in the ear of the listener whether they're the same tunes or not? I hear them as two different takes (genres/styles) on the same basic tune (in the Reuben's Train/ 900 Miles family).
When I am learning an old-time/traditional tune to play on mountain dulcimer, I, likely, will listen to fiddle and/or banjo versions then translate the tune to mountain dulcimer. A big part of my music education is and has always been listening to different versions such as you've presented here, , and figuring out where I hear the essence of the tune (absent ornamentation) and translating that to mountain dulcimer. It's a fun process.
I haven't decided what classes to view yet know I can't make a bad choice. Fortunately, I was able to attend a portion of the Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming in '15 and it was a wonderfully memorable experience.
The Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming is coming up soon! It looks to be a great fest and can be attended from the comfort of your own place. I inquired as to whether one could sit in on a class just as a listener-- this is how I absorb information best-- and was assured it wold be fine.
I'm not a great player so measuring whether my skills were good enough to own a BL wouldn't have worked for me. Yet I own two and enjoy them ever so much.
In a couple weeks, Joellen Lapidus is going to be teaching online at the free Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming and will, I think, be teaching a percussive technique with the mountain dulcimer. Information for "attending" the fest can be found here:
@slate-creek-dulcimers Your Hand to the Plow is just right on that pretty instrument you made! And your singing sounds old (you know I mean that in a good way).
Friends, this is a free virtual fest sponsored by Troublesome Creek Instruments in Hindman. I've signed up and look forward to this event. I'm not in any way connected to the organization of the fest so share it here in a discussion thread in case any of y'all may have interest.