Adventures with 'other' instruments...
That looks cool, Hobbyhorse-- if you were my neighbor, I'd be knocking on your door to ask whether I could borrow it. :) I've never tried to play an epinette yet would really like to.
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I'm happy your bass string buzz was remedied!
I keep 3 instruments out. As far as humidifying goes, a large pan of water is on our free-standing gas stove (heater) all the time and I fill old coffee mugs with water to keep by the instruments themselves. I know the humidity level in the house is pretty good because I'm not getting snapped with sparks when touching some objects or petting the dogs.
Mark keeps 2 guitars out-- a steel string and a nylon string. Again, I keep a coffee mug with water right by those left out. He rotates his steel string guitars so none of them are out all the time; those in cases are humidified in-case.
As far as dusting them. . . Well, I brush stuff off my instruments from time to time with my hand. :)
I, too, send the new Everything Dulcimer site best wishes! My life is crazy with still having caregiving responsibilities and I can't join another forum yet I am sure the new ED will offer lots of good things to the lovers of all things Dulcimer.
I'm happy you enjoyed this, friends!
I have no idea whether Citera is usually played with a noter or not. This sure sounds like dance music to me. However, the folks directly behind the young woman playing didn't seem to be toe-tapping or anything to indicate they were ready to break out into dance. :)
For the last many months of his life, my dad had about a ten second working memory as far as "new" memories were concerned. For the last years of his life-- before he went into nursing home-- we'd take long car rides and I'd play cd's I knew he liked. Surprisingly, he learned quite a bit of a new-to-him song from one of the cd's. I think Dad enjoyed music until the end of his life. The power of music is great!
If you have the time to listen to this caregiver and his patient sing "My Way" you'll, likely, find it worth your time.
I read the account of David Olney's passing from a woman who was on stage with him at the time of his death. His chin went to his chest and all thought, at first, he was just pausing. . . We should all be so lucky as to go so easily. Rest in peace, David Olney.
Somebody's gonna rock out on this Dulcimaster-- what fun!
& Jerry Rockwell used to live in a county adjoining the one in which I live. For some years, he hosted an annual little dulcimer fest. . . Jerry is a fine luthier-- I own a couple instruments he made-- and a great player and innovator. I found his TEDx talk inspiring, too, Gordon!
Though I don't do scales or "practice" in any disciplined way, I am always working on skills. Even though I've been playing noter style for a long time now, my noter skills can always improve-- long slides smoothly, using slides to bring emotion to a tune, hammer-ons and pull-offs, and on. . .
I'm guessing you're wondering about the Warren May instrument. . .