General mountain dulcimer or music discussions
Butch, I'm grateful to you for putting this lovely piece together. And to Doug, too, for playing on it. I read Doug's tribute to Maddie on fb-- it was most touching.
Though I did not know Maddie MacNeil, I have been aware of her influence in the mountain dulcimer world in the years I have been part of the mountain dulcimer world. I have seen where many people have posted Facebook tributes to her which are wonderful. If any FOTMD members would like to share a remembrance of Maddie, please feel free to do so! Mr. Bing Futch made a video in which he pays tribute to Maddie and I post it here:
Steven's post reminded me I thought it sounded great with no water, too.
Nate, thanks a million for this demonstration! And your play is really nice. I could hear what you were saying about the smaller amount of water giving more of that tremolo like sound. Such a cool experiment. I look forward to hearing more from you!
Nate, I'd love to hear how your bundt pan instrument sounds!
Ariane, Mark & I have been working on our tune and waiting on nicer/drier weather so we can go record at a cave not far from our home. If weather doesn't cooperate, we'll make a recording someplace other than the cave and send it to you.
I'm happy you folks enjoyed seeing this!
I've tried a striker yet wasn't very good at it. I've tried to make my husband use a striker on the mountain dulcimer (much like a person would use fiddlesticks) while I played it yet he wasn't interested in sticking it out with me.
Yay, Dusty! I just ordered my copy and look forward to getting it in the post.
Put on your headphones and shut your eyes. :)
I have a little 3-string banjo built by Michael Fox, called a Dulcijo. The dulci portion of the name refers to the tunings used-- typical mountain dulcimer tunings-- but it is definitely a little banjo. Nice & cool little instrument!
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.