Song(s) for retirement
General mountain dulcimer or music discussions
I'm glad you all had a nice farewell party for your co-worker, Jost! Yes, you have time to practice for New Year's Eve.
If I weren't reducing the number of instruments here at my house, I'd be thinking hard on this. It sure is a pretty instrument!
Jim, your build looks great! Happy strumming!
If you scroll down the page, you will find the video of Margaret MacArthur's 2005 presentation at the Library of Congress.
That is so pretty, John, and whoever becomes its new owner will have a treasure!
PS- I have had a dulcimer for several years and the body was modeled after an Amburgey-- no fiddle edge nor a scribed edge yet the basic body.
It looks to be a beautiful instrument!
So nice to read the lovely tribute written by John's wife. John has been a treasure in the mountain dulcimer world and his influence remains here and with all who knew him and who loved his music.
I second Ken H's suggestion to pluck a string then turn the tuning knob. It is so easy to be turning the wrong tuner-- I've done it enough times. ;)
I'd like to see a Black Rose mountain dulcimer-- I only live about 20 miles from Nelsonville OH.
Here's some information from Revel's Music about Black Rose Dulcimers:
I believe the song was written by Alice Gerrard who sings here. A young music friend named Matt told me Penny Seeger is the mountain dulcimer player in this recording.
Wow, that Sumac top is amazingly beautiful! Another lovely build, Bobby!
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!
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
It's a beauty. I'm thinning my collection, too. Whoever gets this gets a pretty one!