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Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
09/23/22 08:48:34PM
1,321 posts

Holiday


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@ken-hulme I'm glad to learn you have arrived home all in one piece!  Y'all batten down the hatches and stay safe!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/23/22 08:05:31PM
1,321 posts

Holiday


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Safe travels, Ken!  I hope you have a delight-filled visit to what sound like magical places.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/22/22 08:55:40PM
1,321 posts

David Schnaufer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@salt-springs I read Pluck and will re-read it sometime.  I learned lots about David Schnaufer and other players, too! 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/21/22 06:53:26AM
1,321 posts

General Observation - Two Dulcimers, Two Sounds


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RoyB, one of the things I love about mountain dulcimer is what you've observed-- how different they each can sound.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/14/22 06:14:09PM
1,321 posts

Making a noter


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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.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/14/22 05:45:38PM
1,321 posts

Making a noter


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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. 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/03/22 04:59:41PM
1,321 posts

Kentucky Flood and Dulcimer History


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Ken, thanks for the information.  Even after clicking around a bit on Facebook, I couldn't find a way to adjust settings as you did.  I appreciate your efforts to help me, though!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/02/22 06:55:35PM
1,321 posts

Kentucky Flood and Dulcimer History


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Thanks, @salt-springs yet Facebook is where I've tried to watch it originally and can't proceed beyond about 4:20.  Though please know I appreciate your efforts to help, though. 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
08/02/22 09:40:10AM
1,321 posts

Kentucky Flood and Dulcimer History


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@ron-gibson, I've thought of Mike Slone, too.    

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. 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/31/22 05:53:43PM
1,321 posts

Ionian tuning question


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Roy B, I have this book, put out by Homespun, and it came with a recording:

https://folkways.si.edu/jean-ritchie/traditional-mountain-dulcimer-taught/book/smithsonian

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.      

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/31/22 05:13:37PM
1,321 posts

Ionian tuning question


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@lisa-golladay Beethoven and Jean Ritchie (from her Homespun instruction tuning description-- not the early Folkways version)!  

@royb I'm not a great player yet have been at it since '05.  Though modes haven't sunk in all the way for me, it hasn't stopped me from making music one bit.  Still enjoying the journey!  Happy strumming to you!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/31/22 08:35:16AM
1,321 posts

Kentucky Flood and Dulcimer History


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Thank you for sharing the video, @salt-springs.  For some reason, I have been unable to watch past the 4:20 (or so) mark in the film yet am sure the damage is as awful as I can imagine from other images I have seen.  

I've made donation and am guessing donations will be needed for a very long time.  Just a bit ago, I saw where more heavy rain is forecast for the area already hit by floods.  :(

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/30/22 06:57:33PM
1,321 posts

Ionian tuning question


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To complicate matters, as I recall, one of Jean Ritchie's instructional recordings has Jean telling how her dad, Balis, told to tune the dulcimer "Bim, bim, bom," and on another recording, she has him saying to tune "Bim, bim, bim , bom."  Both mean the bass is tuned then the other strings (whether 2 strings or 3) are tuned to the 5th above the bass.  Love me some Jean Ritchie! sun

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/29/22 02:11:01PM
1,321 posts

Kentucky Flood and Dulcimer History


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Bobby & Dan, so good of you guys to do this.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/29/22 08:46:56AM
1,321 posts

Kentucky Flood and Dulcimer History


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@john-c-knopf I'll always remember coming upon you sitting on the sidewalk in Hindman playing your Uncle Will Singleton dulcimer.  I loved the sound of that thing and you played it wonderfully!  

The devastation in Hindman and surrounding areas is heartbreaking, I imagine, for all of us. 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/29/22 07:22:17AM
1,321 posts

Kentucky Flood and Dulcimer History


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I've seen photos and videos of the horrible flooding in Kentucky, including devastation in Hindman.   My heart is with all whose lives have been uprooted by the torrent.  It was good to see on Facebook that mountain dulcimer friend Sarah Kate Morgan had marked herself as safe-- she is on staff at Hindman.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/26/22 05:18:29PM
1,321 posts

worldwide Play Music on the Porch Day


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@ken-hulme You can always sing or play spoons if no luthier is to be found.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/26/22 05:16:43PM
1,321 posts

mountain dulcimer at Newport Folk Festival 2022


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@dusty-turtle Was there more mountain dulcimer visible in the video you saw (versus the one I posted below)? 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/26/22 02:11:36PM
1,321 posts

worldwide Play Music on the Porch Day


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Mark & I have been practicing our tune for PMOTPD.  Hope y'all are planning to participate! dulcimer

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/26/22 02:09:52PM
1,321 posts

mountain dulcimer at Newport Folk Festival 2022


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You'll hear mountain dulcimer long before you'll see it and, no, Joni Mitchell isn't playing it (though she was the big surprise guest at Newport).  

One of the Hanseroth twins (Brandi Carlisle group) opens Carey with mountain dulcimer and you see a quick look at him on dulcimer later in the video. 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/25/22 03:17:12PM
1,321 posts

Mystery dulcimer, perhaps from the 70's


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That's a lovely instrument, one made by a person with a lot of skill.  Enjoy!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/10/22 06:53:09AM
1,321 posts

My latest and greatest mountain dulcimer!


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Your Ron Gibson is a beauty-- have fun with it!  Happy strumming! 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/02/22 07:50:40AM
1,321 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


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At the moment, I have 8 mountain dulcimers here in the house and soon the number will be 7.  (My oldest niece is interested in mountain dulcimer and I will be giving one to her when life allows.)  Over the past year or so, I've passed several instruments along to a couple young people and hope they enjoy them for a long time!

In addition, I have 3 Ken Bloom bowed dulcimers and one Michael Fox Dulcijo.   

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
05/24/22 03:16:52PM
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Kevin Roth interviews Howard Rugg


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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.  :)

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
05/24/22 10:25:12AM
1,321 posts

Kevin Roth interviews Howard Rugg


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


Mr. Rugg is 86 years old and has been building mountain dulcimers again.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
05/15/22 01:57:08PM
1,321 posts

Stanley Hicks clip (portion of a longer program)


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Dan:

I remember that day he tried to play fiddle...brought tears to my eyes too!



Yes, the beauty of it moved him to tears. jive

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
05/15/22 10:28:20AM
1,321 posts

Stanley Hicks clip (portion of a longer program)


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Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
05/13/22 02:22:46PM
1,321 posts

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Lisa, I got notifications for all your most recent responses-- yay!  Thank you!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
05/12/22 08:32:33PM
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Thanks, Strumelia!  

I realized I was not getting notifications, maybe, a couple weeks ago?  Yet thought it may be a temporary issue involved which would resolve.   

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
05/12/22 04:26:26PM
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I received notifications for the Group discussion, the Forum discussion, and this thread.  No notification for a comment on a photo.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
05/12/22 03:03:17PM
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You're right, Strumelia-- I was notified about the "likes"! 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
05/12/22 08:40:01AM
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Reasons NOT To Get a Chromatic


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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.  

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