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dulcinina
@dulcinina
12/30/17 02:10:58PM
36 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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What are your New Year's Day traditions?  We'll be eating black eyed peas, pork and cabbage for dinner.  All of these foods are considered to bring luck and prosperity.  My parents always held a silver dollar and ate pickled herring at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve.  I could never bring myself to eat the herring.  Do you observe any traditions on the first day of the year?  Dulcinina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
12/23/17 08:30:22AM
36 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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At 5:54 a.m. I went out on my screened in porch with coffee to check the temperature.  The rain hitting the metal roof just called to me to play the dulcimer.  I have a little Christmas tree out there and turned on it's lights and played carols until I got a little chilly.  It was about 54 degrees in my part of KY.  When I went back in the house, it was 7:17.  I had no idea I was out there that long.  I just love this instrument. A great way to begin the day.  Merry Christmas everyone. Dulcinina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
10/27/17 05:28:19PM
36 posts

Heartland Dulcimer Fest, KY


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Anyone going to the Heartland Dulcimer Fest Nov.3-4 in Elizabethtown, KY?   Dulcinina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
09/21/17 03:12:37PM
36 posts

How to form a local dulcimer group


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Here's an update on forming a dulcimer group.  I have 4 people in the group so far.  I had a PSA on the radio and sent emails to those who were in the group before.  No one from the old group came but the 4 who did heard about it through word of mouth.  They are beginners but know a little about the dulcimer and are very enthusiastic.  So while I was hoping to just be the coordinator/leader, I am teaching basics.  It was a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to the group growing.  Thanks for your input a couple months ago.  Oh, we have free space at our local Carnegie Center, a venue for music and art exhibits. We decided to meet twice a month. The group is going to work on coming up with a name.  Things are looking good.  Dulcinina 

dulcinina
@dulcinina
08/22/17 05:35:50PM
36 posts

Are you playing on your porch today? -Aug 26, 2017


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I'm glad to get the update on your porch, Lisa.  I was wondering about it.  I contacted a couple people about coming over to play but no one can make it.  So it will be only me.  But I told my dulcimer group today (50 miles away from here) about playing on the porch on Saturday, so I expect some of them will. 

During the eclipse I played You Are My Sunshine on the porch. Dulcinina  (thinking of changing my handle to Dulcinerd)

dulcinina
@dulcinina
08/13/17 03:34:48PM
36 posts

Favorite chair/seat for playing?


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Hi Mary, I use a couple different seats.  One is an old round wooden piano stool where the seat spins up and down. But it's lowest position is about 18" and has no back. My other chair is what I call a "steno" office chair.  It's has a padded seat and back and it adjusts to various heights by a lever. It has no arms and the lowest position is 16". I got it at an office supply store on a close -out for $25.  It's on wheels, doesn't take up much room and is very comfortable. It also doubles as my sewing chair at the sewing machine. This chair is also easy on the fanny whereas the stool is not.  Dulcinina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
07/20/17 04:23:25PM
36 posts

How to form a local dulcimer group


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Thanks for the pointers, Dusty.  I'm getting together with a couple group leaders and getting their input as well.  Then I'll contact a couple possible location sites and take it from there.  You are always so helpful.  Thanks again, Dulcinina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
07/20/17 09:35:51AM
36 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Yes, you will love that porch.  Ours was put on in the spring and it's the best investment we ever made in our home.  Morning coffee, meals anytime it suits us and, of course, playing the dulcimer outside.  Dulcinina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
07/18/17 07:25:12PM
36 posts

How to form a local dulcimer group


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I'm in Somerset, KY, 75 miles south of Lexington.

dulcinina
@dulcinina
07/18/17 06:01:25PM
36 posts

How to form a local dulcimer group


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I've been asked to head up and form a dulcimer group in my community.  I was part of one a couple years ago that someone else started and it folded after several months. 

What suggestions do you who lead groups have?  How did you advertise?  How often to meet?  What seems to kill a group once it's formed?  Thanks for any suggestions. Dulcinina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
06/24/17 07:45:25AM
36 posts

Thumb pick


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Marge, what kind of glue are you using on the leather?  Post a picture of your leather thumb slide if you can.  I tried a thumb pick for a slide but wasn't satisfied.  So far, my old finger works the best. dulcinina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
06/24/17 06:51:49AM
36 posts

We made the paper (in a good way)


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Of all the activities mentioned, you're the ones who had the picture in the paper. Always good to be recognized and appreciated. 

dulcinina
@dulcinina
06/12/17 10:14:32PM
36 posts

Can any one tell me what these are called?


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Thanks, Dusty.  The search is on for a thin board.  Can't wait to take the limberjack to my next dulcimer meeting.

dulcinina
@dulcinina
06/12/17 07:36:20PM
36 posts

Can any one tell me what these are called?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I was thinking about limberjacks just a few days ago.  In the back of my mind I of sort of remembered having one.  Went down into the basement and sure enough there he was in a box.  The "board" I have for him is the blade of a ceiling fan. I don't think it works particularly well.  Any suggestions for a suitable board? Dulcinina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
05/30/17 07:49:38AM
36 posts

Awesome Dulcimer Camaraderie


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The Berea group will begin playing at the Visitor Center (depot) on June 20th from 2-4 and will play each Tuesday during the summer. There is no set play list.  We usually take turns choosing a song and hopefully we all have the music.

dulcinina
@dulcinina
05/25/17 03:10:26PM
36 posts

Awesome Dulcimer Camaraderie


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Hey Dulcimerjones, I go to the Nicholasville group when I can.   I think we were partners in the finding "Do" exercise. Yes, come to Berea sometime. 

dulcinina
@dulcinina
05/19/17 07:45:25PM
36 posts

Awesome Dulcimer Camaraderie


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Today my dulcimer group from Berea KY got together with the Hindman KY group who came to Berea for a day trip.  After they ran around town they came to our Multignerational facility to play with us.  There were about 20 folks from Hindman and about 17 of us.  Warren May came to listen as did Jean Ritchie's niece.

We had a great time together and a potluck afterward.  We had so much fun that we are planning a trip to Hindman soon to play with them.  Hindman is about 100 miles from Berea.  I drive 90 miles round trip to play with the Berea/Richmond KY group each week.  I am so fortunate to live close enough to take advantage of such opportunities.

I'm a fledgling intermediate player and my advice is to seize any opportunity to play with different groups.  It's so rewarding.  Dulcinina

It's only too late if you don't start now.   

dulcinina
@dulcinina
05/01/17 08:55:18AM
36 posts

Are you playing on your porch today? -Aug 26, 2017


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We had a screened in porch built on the back of our house in February.  Our back yard is long and narrow and completely private.  I have 2 wicker rockers, a bistro set and a small table-desk out there.  I have old timey perennials that bloom at different times, bird feeders and a bird bath.  I play my dulcimer out there a lot.  It's a dream come true. Dulcinina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
04/11/17 09:08:58AM
36 posts

Capo positions, tunings, chords and other wonderful things


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Just watched your you tube demo of the capo.  What a great educational video for novices like me.  And I loved the sound of the dulcimer you are playing.  What is the wood and is it by any chance a Blue Lion? Dulcinina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
04/10/17 10:53:30AM
36 posts

Right thumb killing me


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Thanks everyone.  The exercises will be very helpful, Ken.

Marg, what kind of strap do you wear for your thumb?

I know I have arthritis in my thumb so I'll have to be careful about how long I play.  I have Herdim picks and will switch off.  Thanks again for your input everyone.

dulcinina
@dulcinina
04/09/17 10:41:00PM
36 posts

Right thumb killing me


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I'm a strummer and practice/play at least an hour each day.  I also play with 2 groups a week which amounts to 2 hrs each of playing with them. 
So I think I stressed my hands a couple weeks ago.  The 10 min I referred to was just to start playing again,  I never heard of the Herco thumb flat pick but will definitely look into it.

Thank you for responding.  If the pain persists, I definitely will consult a doctor.

dulcinina
@dulcinina
04/09/17 06:56:46PM
36 posts

Right thumb killing me


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A week ago my rt hand thumb hurt so bad I couldn't play.  It's mostly in the joint and meaty part of the thumb.  I could not hold a pick. No, I do not have a death grip on the pick.  So I did not play for about 5 days, did alternative heat and ice.  It's only so-so. I play for maybe 10 minutes a day.  But the thumb is still sore and I don't want to stress it anymore.

Anyone else have these issues and what suggestions do you have. Dulcinina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
03/19/17 08:36:17AM
36 posts

Fret Material


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

This is a timely discussion for me because I was just thinking about my frets yesterday.  I have a beautiful FolkRoots dulcimer with a rich sound that I love.  I've had it less than a year.  But when I slide across the strings it feels like I'm going over speed bumps.  I am a beginner/intermediate player and working hard to play smoother.  So maybe I need to think about having the frets replaced/lowered. 

I live close to Warren May but don't know if he'd work on a dulcimer he didn't make.  Any comments from you experienced players?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dulcinina
@dulcinina
03/05/17 09:04:24PM
36 posts

Piano music to accompany dulcimer


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OK. Thanks for the advice.  We'll just have to give it a try.  It's for our own amusement.

dulcinina
@dulcinina
03/05/17 09:22:20AM
36 posts

Piano music to accompany dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

A friend who plays piano wants to accompany me as I play the dulcimer.  Any of you have suggestions for suitable music?  I'm an intermediate/beginner so it needs to be simple.  I was leaning toward hymns but am open to any suggestions.  Dulcinina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
01/11/17 06:30:17PM
36 posts

Never too old to pick up a musical instrument...


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What an inspiring article.  I copied it to share with my dulcimer group. Thank you, Dulcinina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
09/09/16 11:32:47AM
36 posts

Playing Through and With Pain


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Thank you. I saw those videos a while back and forgot about them. Watching the 2nd video made me aware of the elbow up thing that I do.  I'll have my husband take a video of me so I can see what I'm doing.  Not sure I'll actually post it.  I have learned that wine and playing don't mix for me.  I make more mistakes than usual.  So I practice before happy hour.  Thanks again.

dulcinina
@dulcinina
09/09/16 08:45:05AM
36 posts

Playing Through and With Pain


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I think I'm developing some bad habits while practicing.  I mostly have neck pain and am very stiff.  I loosen up before and after playing but still have lots of stiffness.  I take breaks and have played in front of a mirror to see what I'm doing.  I know I cock my head to the right and am trying to correct that.  What advice and suggestions do you have for good form and ergonomics.  Nina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
09/01/16 05:11:29PM
36 posts

Determining string gauge


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Hi Everyone, I changed my bass string using the bass string from my old dulcimer.  We have one music store and the guy was as helpful as he could be but had never even seen a dulcimer before. And I live in south central KY! He  pulled out some strings and we eyeballed it. They don't carry individual strings anymore, and I had to buy a pack.  I put on the string and promptly broke it.  So I took off the bass string from my other dulcimer and I have no idea the gauge.  But it plays much better. Now I have a couple sets of melody and middle strings.   They'll eventually get used. 

I also trim the string before winding.  I couldn't get as close to the end as I wanted for the final trim and there's a sharp end sticking out.  Wished I had read the hint about leaving enough string to make a little kink at the end.  This dulcimer has different tuning pegs than I'm used to.  The middle and melody strings have nothing sharp sticking out and I can't imagine how they trimmed the strings so close. I was glad to read all the responses. 

Nina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
08/30/16 12:37:53PM
36 posts

Determining string gauge


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Thanks, guys. I got on Strothers string gauge site and it recommended a 19.  So I'm going to try and 20 and 22 and see how I like them.

dulcinina
@dulcinina
08/30/16 09:13:15AM
36 posts

Determining string gauge


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

Is there a way to determine the string gauge on strings on my dulcimer.  I bought a Folkart at KMI and the bass string seems kind of heavy.  The dulcimer is a 27.5 VSL  and the body depth deeper than traditional dulcimers.  I know that a heavier gauge gives a louder sound but I'm having a little trouble pressing the bass string and some buzzing.  It's a wound metal gold string.  We have a local music store and the people know a lot about guitars but nothing about dulcimers.  Any suggestions? Nina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
04/14/16 04:01:36PM
36 posts

Advice for KY Music Week


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Yep, Dusty, it was the spider exercise.  And I just looked on my cell and there is a voice recorder.  Who knew?  You all have been so helpful.  Thanks again.

dulcinina
@dulcinina
04/14/16 11:57:41AM
36 posts

Advice for KY Music Week


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks for all your suggestions.  What do people record on a device?  I actu8llay took a workshop from Aaron at Pine Mountain where you gave us a funky finger exercise.  Still trying to do that.  I am going to get out of my comfort zone.  Thanks for the encouragement to do that. Nina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
04/13/16 04:23:22PM
36 posts

Advice for KY Music Week


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I need advice from veterans of instructional festivals.  This is my first time at a long music week and I wonder what I should bring with me besides my dulcimer, music stand and picks.  Are there things you always take or wish you had brought? I'm already feeling overwhelmed by the classes.  I've been playing a year and my dulcimer group leader said I need to start taking intermediate classes. Dulcinina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
12/31/15 08:26:12AM
36 posts

String Gauge for Warm Rich Sound


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Thank you Dusty and Annie for your input.  Sorry I piggy-backed on the string discussion.  I realized my error after I posted.  Warren May's studio is in Berea and I plan to visit soon.  I thought he might be out of my price range but since I have such a great resource so close I'm definitely going to check it out.

 

Dusty, you gave me lots to consider and I appreciate the details.  After reading your response I've decided my "scrunching" problem is due to instrument position. I do use my thumb a lot and some pinky.  I've tried angling the dulcimer as in your video with little success in the past.  As I said, the action on my dulcimer is high and I really have to press hard to get the note/sound.  I am able to play my instructor's dulcimer with much more ease. 

The search is on.  What fun. Nina

dulcinina
@dulcinina
12/29/15 04:13:42PM
36 posts

String Gauge for Warm Rich Sound


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

The advice to Jane was just what I needed to read because I'm champing at the bit to get a new dulcimer and was ready to call a builder in my area to set up an appointment to try out his instruments.  My dulcimer was made in '87 by someone who built as a hobby.  The action is high and probably is meant to be played with a noter, which is how I started.  I belong to a group in Berea, KY and the leader has brought 3 of her dulcimers for me to play--Folkcraft, Blue Lion and McSpadden.  I, too, want a warmer, mellower sound and so far found it in the McSpadden.  But I want to buy an instrument I can try out before I buy.

The length on my dulcimer from nut to bridge is 27" and I feel like I'm scrunching to reach the 9th and 10th frets.  I am an average size woman with small hands.  I know what I want in sound but am confused by some of the language when I've done research.  What is considered a starter or beginner dulcimer?  McSpadden's website refers to "bridge compensation option" if you want to play in DAD.  What's that?

I was planning to wait until the Ohio Valley Gathering in Feb. in hopes of trying out several instruments.  What other things should I look for? Dulcinina from the Beginner Group.