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Jimmy Lamar
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08/12/19 08:19:52PM
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Keith Johnson Dulcimer


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Jimmy Lamar:
Yes. It was signed on the inside. It says “Mountain Dulcimer # 90, Made By Keith Johnson, Sporting Hill, PA 1/88.” I have been in contact with his daughter and recently his granddaughter. His daughter told me he was, by trade, an engineer, and that he is deceased.
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar
08/12/19 08:18:10PM
41 posts

Keith Johnson Dulcimer


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Yes. It was signed on the inside. It says “Mountain Dulcimer # 90, Made By Keith Johnson, Sporting Hill, PA 1/88. I have been in contact with his daughter and recently his granddaughter. His daughter told me he was, by trade, an engineer, and that he is deceased.
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar
08/12/19 08:08:57PM
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Keith Johnson Dulcimer


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Rob N Lackey:

I had a Keith Johnson hourglass which I sold to another member here.  It was well made and sounded good.  Mine had handmade pegs instead of geared tuners.  I enjoyed it while I had it, and its new owner enjoys it now.

 

Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar
04/09/19 07:39:32PM
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Wind Instruments????


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

I started out taking clarinet lessons at age 10, I was the only boy in the elementary/junior high orchestra. They combined the kids back then, I guess for a lack of players. In the late ‘70s early ‘80s, I started fooling around on the Hohner Marine Band harps (diatonic).
Fast forward to about 1997, I started taking tenor sax lessons for about almost 2 years.

I also mess around with a recorder, pennywhistle, and ocarina.

I still have all these instruments, and I occasionally indulge myself, especially on the clarinet. I love to play the blues on the clarinet, which is a genre that is typically not associated with the instrument.
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Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar
04/08/19 06:08:48PM
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Music must be in my blood


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Thank you Robin! Yes, I love that photo, because I know it’s him. My grandmother verified it 30 years ago, and I have another photo of him to verify that it’s the same man. And, his name is on the photo caption, which I cut out of the shot I posted here.

Also, I forgot to add that, the small town I live in here in PA (1300 pop.), still has their own band. The practice hall is half a block from my house, and in the warmer weather, one can here the music because they open the doors. Ah, tonight is their practice night! Maybe I will hear them. I might consider auditioning for them (on clarinet) when I retire.


updated by @jimmy-lamar: 04/08/19 06:20:34PM
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar
04/08/19 09:27:30AM
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Music must be in my blood


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I know music is in my blood, although it skipped a couple generations. This pic shows my paternal  great grandfather who was the band leader. He is on the far left in the back row (kind of in the shadows). I don’t know if he played an instrument for sure, but he probably did. If he did, it was probably a cornet. I just noticed something this morning. If you look closely around his belt line, it appears that there might be a bell of some horn there. I never looked at it closely until today. I always thought it was a pocket watch chain. This was a small town band, which, as many of you know, were quite popular during this time period. I am not certain of the date of the photo. If I had to guess, it was around the late 1890s-1910. My great grandfather was a home builder and carpenter by trade.


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Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar
04/08/19 08:30:16AM
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Just For Fun - sayings regarding the dulcimer or music


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“It is the lark that sings so out of tune. Straining harsh discords and unpleasing sharps.”

from Romeo And Juliet
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar
02/10/19 09:48:04PM
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In What Key is The CC-A-D Tuning?


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Thanks DT & KH. That helps tremendously!!
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar
02/10/19 07:03:13PM
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In What Key is The CC-A-D Tuning?


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I know it’s Aeolian mode, but what key is it?

Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar
02/07/19 04:43:02PM
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How Do I Attach Photos To A Post?


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I don't see an option like a paperclip icon or anything that allows me to attach photos to a post. Sorry to bug anyone. I figured it out. I didn't scroll down far enough.


updated by @jimmy-lamar: 02/07/19 04:49:10PM
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar
01/12/19 07:29:40PM
41 posts

My First String Change....Whew!!


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Kusani:

Dusty Tutle: "As you found out, it can be hard to keep the loop ends on until there is enough tension on the string."  I use a set of needle nose pliers to close the loop end so it is just a pressure fit over the pin; it doesn't come off while restringing, but the capo is another good idea. 


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Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar
01/12/19 03:16:31PM
41 posts

My First String Change....Whew!!


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Dusty Turtle:

If by "standard" you mean a guitar capo, yeah, that won't work.  Ron Ewing in Ohio makes great dulcimer capos for about $22 or $23.  He usually ships really fast, too. If you're pretty handy on the workbench you can make one of your own.  It's worth having one around even if you don't use it for this tune.



Yup, that’s what I meant. I suppose a guitar capo would work okay on a scalloped fretboard, but you probably couldn’t nail every fret, and it would have to be a strap-style capo.
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar
01/12/19 02:42:11PM
41 posts

My First String Change....Whew!!


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Dusty Turtle:

Congratulations, Jimmy. Now that you're so good at changing strings, I have an old autoharp . . . 

Hey, I do have one tip for you which I learned from Butch Ross and can't believe I never though of.  As you found out, it can be hard to keep the loop ends on until there is enough tension on the string.  But you can use a capo to do that for you, which frees up your hands.  So put the loop end on, pull the string taut, and put a capo on to hold it in place.  Then go ahead and wind the string around the tuner.  It's so simple I'm embarrassed that I was changing strings for years and never thought of it.

And don't worry; the 45 minutes will be reduced to 5 or 10 in no time.


Ha! Funny you say that, because I too have an autoharp that I bought used about 3 years ago, and I have not yet done a string change. That seems like such a daunting task, that I’m okay with the old strings for now.

Thanks for that huge tip about the capo. My fingerboard doesn’t allow me to use a standard capo, but I’ve been wanting to buy a dulcimer capo anyway.
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar
01/12/19 02:07:41PM
41 posts

My First String Change....Whew!!


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I have been playing dulcimer for about a month and a half, and I thought that a string change was in order. The strings looked slightly oxidized, and who knows where this dulcimer was stored, or how long it’s been since the strings were changed.

It takes me about 15-20 minutes to change my guitars’ 6 strings, but I’ve done it so many times.

I was surprised that it took me 45 minutes to change 4 dulcimer strings! At first I thought, “Now why won’t these loop ends stay on the pins?” Then it came to me: I must hold the loop on with a finger, then tighten the tuning head simultaneously with the other hand.

Sounds great with new strings though, and I’m sure that it won’t take as long the next time.

Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar
01/04/19 02:23:50PM
41 posts

“Shinga Shing Shinga Shing Ching Chang”


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That’s how my wife described my dulcimer playing earlier this week. I am a beginner, and I only began playing about a month ago. That was the first time she had heard me play the dulcimer. I have been waiting until she goes to bed to play, so as not to bother her.

Later that evening, I asked her what she meant by that. She said she didn’t mean it in a bad way, but that “it was really different than your guitar”.

How did your spouse/significant other react when they first heard you playing?

Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar
01/02/19 05:10:00PM
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What songs were you taught in kindergarten/grade school?


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"This Land Is My Land"

"Oh, Shenandoah"

"Old McDonald"

"She'll Be Comin' 'Round The Mountain"

"On Top Of Old Smokey"

"The Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomand"

I know there were more, but these are the ones I can remember off the top of my head.

My favorite one, of which I can't remember the title, went something like this: " There was a little princess a long time ago".  If anyone can remember this song, that would be great.

 

Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar
12/31/18 10:36:06AM
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what was your first song on the dulcimer?


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I just got my first mountain dulcimer a couple of months ago, so I’m still wet behind the ears. But, being a songwriter, my first song was an original entitled “What’s It Look Like?”. I didn’t write the words yet though, because I’m still trying to get the chords worked out. I thought It sounded pretty darn good until I recorded it. Holy cow is it slow! There are long breaks between chords, because I don’t have that muscle memory yet. Whew! Hey, but that’s why we record right, so we can hear our mistakes?
Jimmy Lamar
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12/13/18 05:44:23PM
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Marc Bolan Dulcimer?


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@grahame-hood

That was a bit disappointing that there was no Bolan connection to the dulcimer. It was making sense to me because he was an innovator, IMO. I guess we have to settle for Mr. Brian Jones as the top rock ‘n roll dulcimer guy for now, but thank you for bird dogging that possible lead.
Jimmy Lamar
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12/12/18 09:10:44AM
41 posts

Marc Bolan Dulcimer?


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@grahame-wood

I did a quick search, and I couldn’t come up with anything that associates Mr. Bolan with a dulcimer.
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar
12/07/18 02:57:48PM
41 posts

How Do I Ditch This Chat Pop-Up?


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I clicked on the chat button out of curiousity, and now I can't get rid of it,  and it comes up every time I sign on.

I'm not a new guy, but in a way I am.  I joined several years ago, but took a long hiatus.Laugh

Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar
12/07/18 02:32:05PM
41 posts

How Do I Quote Someone?


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Ken Hulme:

I just use Copy and Paste.



I might try copy and paste with my phone, because 90% of the time I use my phone for the internet.


Thanks Ken!


Strumelia:

Like Dusty said!   :)


Here's a picture in case you need more detail:


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Thanks Strummy!


Dusty Turtle:

You use the speech bubble icon that appears in the upper right-hand corner of message you want to copy when you move your cursor over it.  



Thanks. Got it. It wasn't working because I was using my phone, and I guess phones don't have that ability. 

Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar
12/07/18 01:01:26PM
41 posts

How Do I Quote Someone?


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I quoted someone a couple weeks ago, but now I forget how I did it.

In other words, how do I copy someone’s post, so that I can comment about it?

Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar
11/18/18 08:18:19AM
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Probably the one I’m building now, because it’s being built the way I want: Spruce top, black walnut bottom and sides, 2”-2 1/4” deep, with a VSL between 26”-27”, and geared tuners.

I like the one I bought a couple of months ago. It was built by a local guy, and it’s the one I’m teaching myself on. Hey, it’s nice to have at least two, right?
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar
11/12/18 03:50:01PM
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Need Chords For D-A-C Tuning!


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Thanks so far for everyone’s response!

JL
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar
11/12/18 01:18:40PM
41 posts

Need Chords For D-A-C Tuning!


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It seems that there are not very good resources for Mountain dulcimer chords on the internet. Even the ones I find are just basic cowboy chords.

Does anyone have a good dulcimer chord resource? Can anyone give me some chords for the DAC tuning that utilize more of the neck?

Any help would be appreciated!

JL

 

Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar
11/12/18 11:19:53AM
41 posts

Phrygian Tunings


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Howdy,

I’m new to dulcimer playing, and I am beginning to experiment with different tunings. I was curious as to how some of you tune to the Phrygian mode.

Also, does anyone have a good open Am tuning, that is if such an animal exists?

JL


updated by @jimmy-lamar: 11/12/18 11:22:42AM
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar
11/12/18 07:52:03AM
41 posts

Keith Johnson Dulcimer


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Rob N Lackey:

I had a Keith Johnson hourglass which I sold to another member here.  It was well made and sounded good.  Mine had handmade pegs instead of geared tuners.  I enjoyed it while I had it, and its new owner enjoys it now.

 


Was your’s signed on the inside, and was there any other information given, or do you know anything else about Mr. Johnson?
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar
11/09/18 10:25:33AM
41 posts

How do you search for other members?


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I type their name in the search box and hit “done”, but nothing happens.

Jimmy Lamar
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11/09/18 10:03:25AM
41 posts

Keith Johnson Dulcimer


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I tried to view the pics and I couldn’t. Let me know if you can view them. I’m using an iPhone.

I had trouble yesterday when I tried to download a pdf file that Ken Hulme posted. I was not able to get it in a viewable format.
Jimmy Lamar
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11/09/18 09:45:01AM
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Keith Johnson Dulcimer


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I recently purchased this dulcimer on an online auction. It is signed in pencil as “Mountain Dulcimer by Keith Johnson, Sporting Hill, PA-1988”.

i just wondered if anyone ever heard of him, or if he might be a member here.

There was a sales receipt in the case that shows it was purchased by a former owner at a music shop In Campbelltown, PA for 174.00. I picked it up for 85.00.


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Jimmy Lamar
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11/07/18 07:50:47AM
41 posts

Dulcimer Strings


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Thanks everyone thus far for your input. My dulcimer was signed by a Kevin Johnson. Anyone ever hear of him?
Jimmy Lamar
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11/06/18 07:46:43PM
41 posts

Dulcimer Strings


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Ken Hulme:

Dulcinina -- Unless we have the same VSL, my strings won't necessarily be your strings.  Also I rarely anymore tune DAA or DAd; I tune to Bagpipe C -- that is Ccc.  Most of my instruments are 27" -- half way between the short and long VSL McSpads.  I use  22 ga plain steel (not-wound) for my bass strings, and for the middle and melody c's I use  11ga.

I feel that plain steel bass strings give more of the 'high silvery' olde tyme sound that I prefer.

If you have a long scale (28+") McSpad in D I would use 20 ga plain steel for the bass and 12 ga for the middle drone and melody.

For a short scale (26") McSpad in D I would use the same 20 plain steel bass, but go up to 14 ga for the middle and melody strings.

What is it you don't like about the sound?  The fact that you're in DAA instead of DAd the change can take some getting used to?  Is the sound 'muddy', or harsh?


The volume. But I am coming from an acoustic guitar background.

To answer your question, the sound is whimpy. But I understand that it’s a more mellow instrument.
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