General mountain dulcimer or music discussions
I'm not one for fancy things yet it might be fun to give this one a strum or two. Hope it raises plenty of money for the cause!
Worldwide PMOTPD had so many participants this year-- more than ever, I imagine. Thanks to all who participated and to all who watched videos!
Any friends want to tell about your adventures with music on PMOTPD? (We had a tech problem of some kind and it took well over an hour to upload our little film to YT.)
I'm partial to this tune from Randy :)
Friends, worldwide Play Music on the Porch Day is always the last Saturday in August. So, 29 August is the day! Mark & I have been practicing the song we will do on the holiday and hope our friends will make homemade music on the day, too:)
I haven't yet gotten to see the film yet really want to! When the film came to uptown Athens OH earlier this year we had flooding type rains and didn't go. The film was pretty low budget-- we kicked in a bit on their fundraising project. Our internet isn't the best so we don't buy movies to stream. Maybe someday I'll get to watch it. They're coming out with a music project based on the film soon, I think.
Is the song based on an old myth or folktale and is the tune a traditional tune? (A dear grad school friend from Japan translated some Japanese folk tales for her thesis and, while she was working on them, I'd read them for her for their "readability" in English. This was several years ago.)
John & Ken, it was a great pleasure to be in Hindman for the opening of the museum in November of '15 (I think). Glad you fellows enjoyed the movie!
I had not heard of Jim Hamilton nor his Dulcijo. Like Dusty, I have heard good things about Mike Clemmer's instruments.
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.
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!
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.
I love the looks of this instrument and would love to hear how it sounds!
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.
Matt Berg wrote, in part: I 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.
@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.