Forum Activity for @robin-thompson

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/02/20 10:11:36AM
1,044 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Irene, I offer my deepest sympathy to you and your dearest ones.  As John K wrote about, there are others of us who know about the sense of numbness and unreality which can set in.  I send my warmest wishes for comfort for you all.  


updated by @robin-thompson: 07/02/20 10:12:43AM
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
07/01/20 11:02:11AM
1,044 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I like the challenge of playing slowly-- it can be hard to keep a tune slow and melodic.  Great exercise for me!  @ariane's Shenandoah project is just the right kind of challenge for this old girl.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/27/20 11:33:23AM
1,044 posts

Richard Troughear sound experiment video 2008


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


updated by @robin-thompson: 06/28/20 08:59:00AM
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/24/20 06:22:02PM
1,044 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@john-gribble While I love the look of old friction tuners, my hands can no longer manage them-- soft tissue woes, not arthritis.  Enjoy those Pegheads!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/09/20 12:08:11PM
1,044 posts

the duo of Kathy and Carol


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Regarding who built the mountain dulcimer Kathy was playing, I have received information from my young music friend Matt Searles about the mountain dulcimer-- here's the reply Matt received in response to an email he sent to Carol: 

“The dulcimer Kathy plays in the documentary is one I made for her. I had never made a musical instrument before that project, and sadly, never made one after that either, since I moved away from access to the woodworking tools I used to build the dulcimer shortly after that. I did get lots of help from a real luthier for the project, so it turned out well.”

Matt is who introduced me to the music of Kathy and Carol and I am grateful to him!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/09/20 09:48:10AM
1,044 posts

the duo of Kathy and Carol


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@leny-sue I'm glad to know that and imagine others are, too!  I'm not sure but the circa 1965 album may have been their only LP.  I love their sound!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/08/20 09:14:20PM
1,044 posts

the duo of Kathy and Carol


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

The most recent videos I found were from 6 and 7 years ago.  Here's one from 7 years ago:

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
06/08/20 04:30:18PM
1,044 posts

the duo of Kathy and Carol


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


At the 5:30 mark in the YouTube video, you will see Kathy Larisch play and sing in a style very reminiscent of the style of Jean Ritchie.  Are any of you familiar with the duo of Kathy and Carol?  I'd never before heard of them until a young music friend shared a bit of their music with me today.  I'm curious as to who may have built Kathy's mountain dulcimer, too.    

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
05/30/20 10:48:23AM
1,044 posts

Carved headstock and end piece.Maker?


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I love the looks of this instrument and would love to hear how it sounds!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
05/18/20 09:50:38AM
1,044 posts

Tips what do you bring when traveling with your dulcimer?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I don't know your height, Jill, yet I'm short and prefer a short chair or stool to sit on while playing.  Even a very compact camp stool of some kind would work.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
05/10/20 09:28:26AM
1,044 posts

VSL Breakpoint Angles, Radiuses, and Excess String Lengths


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Matt Berg wrote, in partI may seem pedantic when referring to parts of an instrument, but really, I would like to our instrument take its rightful place as an American treasure.

@matt-berg I share your desire to see our instrument take its rightful place.  And I don't see your approach as pedantic at all.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
05/03/20 09:58:43AM
1,044 posts

What's your favorite tune or dulcimer to play this month?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@Ken-Hulme & @Dan Those instruments look great!  It'd be fun to have a go at playing them.  

I've been working on a yet unnamed original tune and am playing it mostly on my Blue Lion Jean Ritchie model instrument.  Playing mountain dulcimer is a comfort in these days.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
04/21/20 08:25:38AM
1,044 posts

Wanted: Furman thornton dulcimer


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I wish you all the best in your search for a Furman Thornton dulcimer! 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
04/12/20 06:37:05PM
1,044 posts

"Musical Spring 2020" online calendar


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thank you, Ariane, for this wonderful project!  And thank you, Alan and Dusty for your kind comment.  Playing music together is one of the favorite activities here at our house.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
04/09/20 03:09:51PM
1,044 posts

Whatever happened to singing?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@terry-wilson I'm close to absent from the singing bunch.  Maybe 3 times I've sallied forth. . . 

There are folks here who have sung a lot on recordings and have done it well!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
04/09/20 02:35:49PM
1,044 posts

Whatever happened to singing?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

We've had lots of mountain dulcimer players & singers here at FOTMD on video and audio through the years-- we're most fortunate that way!  


updated by @robin-thompson: 04/09/20 03:08:07PM
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
04/07/20 05:46:05PM
1,044 posts

Whatever happened to singing?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


Though I don't sing much, I've decided I don't want my lack in abilities to stop me if I really want to go ahead.  It is not easy.  I sang a lot when I was young.  My brother's wife was the person who, after coming into the family, became "the singer"; people wanted her to sing at their weddings, funerals, and other occasions.  I let that quiet me a bit.  After I married, my husband's sister was who had always been considered "the singer" in his family.  I let that quiet me, too.  

It is my doing that I didn't sing much for a lot of years.  I compared my singing to theirs and that was a mistake.  I hope to sing more now and in future!  And know that to become good at anything takes practice.  

I think anybody who has a song in their heart would do well to go ahead and sing it! :)  


updated by @robin-thompson: 04/07/20 05:54:27PM
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
03/30/20 04:26:08PM
1,044 posts

Maddie MacNeil


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


Friends, here is Maddie's obituary.  Included is a video of the memorial service-- a simple outdoor service and, appropriately, a song from Maddie was played.  

https://www.endersandshirley.com/obituary/madeline-macneil


updated by @robin-thompson: 03/30/20 04:39:44PM
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
03/28/20 08:04:42PM
1,044 posts

Maddie MacNeil


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.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
03/26/20 10:15:13AM
1,044 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Jan, I hope you are able to get an accurate diagnosis whether COVID-19 or something else!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
03/23/20 03:59:11PM
1,044 posts

Rest in peace, Maddie MacNeil


OFF TOPIC discussions

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: 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
03/23/20 07:36:01AM
1,044 posts

What's the deal with Aquavinas?


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Steven's post reminded me I thought it sounded great with no water, too.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
03/22/20 05:54:04PM
1,044 posts

What's the deal with Aquavinas?


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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!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
03/13/20 08:43:00AM
1,044 posts

"Musical Spring 2020" online calendar


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

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.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
03/12/20 03:17:06PM
1,044 posts

The Positive Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

I'll be over tomorrow for leftover chicken soup, Robert, and some porch picking!  :)


Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
03/12/20 01:04:15PM
1,044 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Hey, come on over, Dusty!  We've eaten already but there's plenty more in the soup pot.  :) 

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
03/12/20 11:36:25AM
1,044 posts

The Positive Thread...


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There's a pot of tomato-based bean soup cooking on the stove now for lunch.  It is a sunny and warm-ish day here in our neck of the woods.  So, maybe lunch out on the front porch.  :)

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
03/09/20 10:40:44PM
1,044 posts

John Molineux uses a striker on a mountain dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

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. omadulcimer1  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
03/06/20 05:28:45PM
1,044 posts

1976 jazz recording including mountain dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Oh, yes, please post a photo if you find it, @rob-n-lackey!  I have a little Jeffreys and it has a cool sound.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
03/06/20 04:25:42PM
1,044 posts

1976 jazz recording including mountain dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

According to my fb friend Ryan, McCoy Tyner passed away today.  Ryan posted this recording to honor Mr Tyner's passing. https://youtu.be/wWJTQg92Fp8


updated by @robin-thompson: 03/06/20 04:26:14PM
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
02/26/20 08:20:30PM
1,044 posts

Lucy Wise - Walking Out


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Y'all are most welcome!  I know I enjoyed watching.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
02/25/20 09:20:58PM
1,044 posts

NPR piece about sound in the Hagia Sophia


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I'm glad you fellows liked the piece.  I just listened to it again.  Wow.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
02/25/20 06:22:28PM
1,044 posts

banjo and mountain dulcimer hybrid from Gary Gallier


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I love the tone of this instrument and the tune he plays.  And it's cool to hear Gary discuss the build.  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
02/24/20 10:15:40AM
1,044 posts

David Schnaufer


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Hi!  I'm one of the moderators here and for your own privacy, we encourage members to share private information such as phone numbers and email addresses through private message.  

I wish you the best with your very cool project!  

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
02/23/20 12:58:01PM
1,044 posts

NPR piece about sound in the Hagia Sophia


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


Put on your headphones and shut your eyes.  :)

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/22/808404928/listen-the-sound-of-the-hagia-sophia-more-than-500-years-ago?fbclid=IwAR3qDRNITCCc5EpzyjeMYAWrLO9w76JHn1CBcunLC2ln1j4Ii_qGh6fRrjs

Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
02/20/20 07:31:08AM
1,044 posts

Any banjo players out there?


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

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!

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