CBS piece on Troublesome Creek Stringed Instruments
General mountain dulcimer or music discussions
A cool instrument and case! For such a good cause, Richard.
I'm happy y'all enjoyed the video! It's curious to me that Dave Garroway says and repeats the Ritchie family was in South Carolina. Perhaps they all did gather there at a relative's home yet I can't help but mentally think they must be in Viper KY.
It seems George Pickow's channel at YouTube has been taken down. There were some wonderful videos-- Wintergrace , Black Waters , Blue Diamond Mines and others) done by George and Jean and I am very sorry to see them gone.
Celebrating Jean's birth and the gifts she gave the world!
This morning, I searched YouTube for Jean's Wintergrace (which I believe was on George Pickow's channel) and was unable to find George's channel.
I'm grateful for all Jean Ritchie shared with the world! She was born 8 December 1922 in Viper, Perry County KY.
Lisa, I have owned a Mize and own two Blue Lions. (I only sold the Mize because the tuning pegs were wooden and my aging hands couldn't manage them very well.) To my knowledge, a Mize and a Blue Lion can be strung with 3 equidistant strings and it is a good way to begin learning to play mountain dulcimer.
P.S.- Though it is rare to find an inexpensive Blue Lion, my first Blue Lion was bought used (yet in new condition) for far less than a new one cost.
I love Hazel Dickens; she was more of a hollering type singer. So, this version doesn't seem like a pale imitation but, rather, a fresh new version from two young people.
Friends, Sarah Kate Morgan is joined by Megan Gregory on fiddle to play and sing a Hazel Dickens song. I first saw it last evening and enjoyed it so. So, I'm sharing it here:
I second the idea of contacting Elderly for guidance.
RoyB, I really can't use round noters due to soft tissue problems with my hands. The pad on my thumb (I hold the noter with my thumb on top) needs a larger point of contact than round noters offer so I use flat noters. I don't know what makes a bamboo noter hard on your fingers but round noters don't work for me. Just a thought.
I've used beeswax on noters to get them to slide real slick-- I have a small slab of it and it can just be rubbed onto the noter. Just keep your string wiped mostly clean when using it.
My friend Matt did a delightful interview with Aubrey Atwater earlier this year. It can be viewed here:
I live here in old coal country in southern Perry County OH and since the hills aren't nearly as big as those in SE KY, we do not get walls of water as you describe. We do, though, see flooding due to many areas not having much/any top soil for good rain in-soak due to mining (some done many decades ago and some done more recently). My heart is with all touched by the awful flooding.
Roy B, I have this book, put out by Homespun, and it came with a recording:
I am a straight by-ear player and have listened to Jean's instruction (which accompanies the Homespun book) many many times. There is also an older instructional recording Jean did and it is offered by Smithsonian/Folkways. If I were only going to have one of them, I'd go with the Homespun. I only include the link so you can see what it looks like-- I'm thinking I purchased my copy straight from Homespun.