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IRENE
@irene
10/18/20 09:45:32PM
165 posts

New Dulcimore Stand


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

That's a great set up.   laughing on your comment, "No, the dulcimore don't stay in front of the fireplace, just long enough to pose for the picture."   happy playing....and quick to grab one and play some tunes.   aloha, irene  

IRENE
@irene
10/17/20 11:29:51PM
165 posts

Early CapriTaurus Dulcimer


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ahhhhhhhhhhhh, come on.............where did you got this instrument of beauty?  Surely it has a story.  I've come back from my "girls trip" to California and went into quite a few thrift shops.....Chico, CA has the best Farmer's Market I've been to.  yep, I was looking for some dulcimer, but found a alto wood recorder for $2.00 and looked it up on line and it's worth $300.00 so I did a good score there.   Treasures everywhere right?  So glad to be back home and enjoying this larger computer instead of my phone.  aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
09/17/20 09:53:39PM
165 posts

Hurricane Sally


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wow, I've been following the fires in the West that I didn't know there was a hurricane SALLY mind you.   I thought this was going to be a new tune on the dulcimer.  I'm grateful that Jessica made it through.   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
09/12/20 09:32:17PM
165 posts

Contra dancing :)


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Are you the one with the Celt?   such fun dancing.  

IRENE
@irene
09/07/20 02:49:28PM
165 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Laughing on this one.  thanks.  I use ........................... because I've had 4&1/2 years of college way back over 50 years ago and never passed Freshman English.   It's my still way of rebelling and I just might make it more clear with a longer space of .........................THANKS and aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
09/07/20 02:04:12PM
165 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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ha ha....soooooooooooo double spacing it.........pay attention to what comes next.     aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
08/30/20 11:59:42PM
165 posts

worldwide Play Music on the Porch Day


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Been finishing up dulcimer #48 and at the end of the day, remembered.   Grabbed my dulcimer and headed into Nauvoo to play for my friend that is going into a big cancer operation and we're all praying that he makes it.   I called and said he could stay inside and I play on his porch.   So I started my phone to record it, and handed it to his wife that was outside to take a photo.   hrumph.   All I got on the phone was a 2 second record playing that I was on......repeat.   ha ha ha.   but my friend and his wife enjoyed me playing for them.  A perfect day here as the sun went down on the porch.   Maybe NEXT YEAR, I'll be able to get my whole act together and have someone else record it.  or at least take one photo.....I'm grateful I got to do this for my friend.   He requested old 60's songs and yeah, I know those too.  aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
08/17/20 10:51:47PM
165 posts

If I Had a Hammer (dulcimer) but no left-hand


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

I've had my hammered dulcimer from the time I made my first harp in 1988.   I tole painted beautiful birds on it.  I play a few tunes on it and that's it.   NOW is the time for me to learn more and be serious about it.   Thanks for this part of the discussion. I've sent for Kendra Ward's book on playing the H.D. and that also should be a start.   I'm thinking that maybe I'll sign up for lessons on line somewhere.   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
08/15/20 11:37:56PM
165 posts

Glass Bottle Resonator Dulcimer


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Hey Nate, there are LOTS of dulcimer players in Oregon.  but then again, I don't know where you live.   yep, a didly bow is a very cool thing for sure.   I like your creativity and I hope you do keep experimenting.  This song was played very nicely.   thank you.   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
07/23/20 10:49:48PM
165 posts

Sound holes and air flow - interesting article


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this was a very cool article.   thank you. aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
07/05/20 03:28:06PM
165 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Tomasi and Irene's Tongan love song

This is the last time we performed this love song we've been singing for over 55 years.   In this link it was at Helen's house in Waimea, Big Island on 8 March 2020.  We had spent 4 weeks on the Big Island.  (note, I have a little tall mirror that is next to the window Strumelia and in back of me is Tomasi's photo when he was 23.   Yes, Good Karma!!!)

IRENE
@irene
07/05/20 02:10:42PM
165 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Tomasi and Irene.jpg Here is my sweetheart 6 months ago.   Yeah, my son Bob is here to teach me how to post pictures.    aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
07/05/20 01:50:14AM
165 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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All day long I was going through Tomasi's writings and stuffs he "was a gonna write someday"....and soooooooo many papers of his scrabble words he was always learning and writing them down.   He was a scrabble champ in this house and all the kids play Scrabble with him.  2 days before he died, he played scrabble on the hospital bed with two of our grown kids.....and won.  Ha, Shakespeare will have a challenge with Tomasi I'm sure!!!

I know if I keep busy, I'll not be crying around....and while the computer son is here, I switched over to Tomasi's side of the desk we made and his side has a window to look out of.  All set up, yet only 4 more drawers to go.   I'm giving genealogy to some, writings to others....

As most days, I save the best till last, looking on this site and this night being soooooooooooooooo thankful for all your writings to me.   Truely, I am comforted.  Love the poem....needed that tonight. NOW gonna play some music on the dulcimer and not worry about waking anyone up.....

aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
07/02/20 11:49:37PM
165 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Thank you all for your words of comfort here.   Really, for several years now, this is the last site I look at before I go to bed....and your words are dear to me.   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
07/02/20 08:11:10AM
165 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Not knowing where to put my "day of yesterday".....I'll put it on "the drifting thread".  Reading about "keyboards"....Yesterday, My sweetheart of 55 years passed away.   3 weeks of pain and he's gone.  I had 5 of our 7 daughters with me, 4 were in the living room beside his hospice bed.   We sang "Aloha 'Oe" and Nearer my God to Thee and had prayers.  All else is a dream.   I wanted those that will meet in Berea, Kentucky next year to have heard his awesome Autoharp skills....but alas.....not to be.  I come to this site daily and I'm so grateful for all I learn and laugh and think about.   I'm grateful that I got orders for 4 instruments 4 weeks ago.   I'm grateful for all you teach me here.   You have no idea.  Aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
06/07/20 05:57:14PM
165 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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FABULOUS write up Strumelia.    just loved all of it.   thank you for putting a possitive spin on this while time in American History, for that matter, world history.   Getting back to just the smallest of trivials....the vanilla bottle leaking and all gone when you went to get it.   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
06/04/20 11:14:15PM
165 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I'm finishing up a 15 string plucked psaltery with decorations.   I gave my #25 plucked psaltery to my two little grandsons that came here with their daddy and they left today.   We made two canjo's for them.  One is 3 and the other is 8.   both could play both instruments.  sooooooooooooo fun.  aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
05/16/20 02:20:11PM
165 posts

Tips what do you bring when traveling with your dulcimer?


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ahhhhhhh, another good learning post thread.    THANKS LOADS.   and that screwdriver and wirecutters are both things that I've forgotten.  ahhhhhhhh, storing in cases our dulcimers.   Well, I can see that too....However, I've made all my cases and they are material with a thick lining on the inside.   Mostly for traveling and getting them on airplanes and such.   Never been turned down bringing my dulcimer....the scroll head pokes out.  Easy to see that's it's an instrument.  The last trip from Hawaii, it was stored in the same closet that the pilot puts his coat.   nice.  aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
05/16/20 12:08:12AM
165 posts

Tips what do you bring when traveling with your dulcimer?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I hope you have a case for your dulcimer as all that traveling in a car and then on the boat.  If it's an ocean you'll be living on.....stuff gets rusty and Dulcimer might swell a little being the humidity might be higher on the boat.   Where will you be going?   Not Hawaii?   (wishing)  aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
05/09/20 11:29:47PM
165 posts

VSL Breakpoint Angles, Radiuses, and Excess String Lengths


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I LOVED THIS DISCUSSION.....makes my mother's day happy.  Skip, Now I have a new name for that whatjajigger at the top and that thingamajig....great name for the bridge.  yep, I look at sites that have "walkabout dulicmers".   very beautiful instruments, but they are not dulcimers.   BUT then we could end up talking story ALL NIGHT about what is and what is not a dulcimer or dulcimore.......modern or traditional....Southern or Western....or just throw an apple at ya.  Thanks for all your comments and I learn a whole lot from ya all.   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
05/05/20 09:33:32PM
165 posts

Is the strumhollow redundant?


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Thanks Lois.   Well, I can see folks playing here and on youtube....playing on the 12 fret or there abouts....with using their hand and not a pick, then the sweet tone is there for sure.  I watch Kendra Ward play, always in the strum hollow....she uses a corset stay.....that would make a quick mess of fret boards up higher.  I can also see that's it's  a bit hard when it's on the lap.....so the flappty flap flap is copied.  Tell me how you can play with a pick and NOT get that flappy flap flap?  It's great percussion, but I don't want percussion on all my music with the dulcimore.   As others have said many times here, there's no right or wrong way to play a dulcimore....there's just  the joy of playing music alone or with others.  So thank you other lutherers out there that made a strum hollow....I use 'em.  aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
05/04/20 11:40:27PM
165 posts

Dulcimer String Anchor Pins


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Grateful for the place to order the brass pins, thanks John.  and a beautiful job of how to hide the ball end of a string.   There are a lot of ways of tying those strings down.....but a stick out with all of 'em attached to one is not a good solution.   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
05/04/20 12:08:46AM
165 posts

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


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

yep, Steven, I'm with you on that.   However, during this Plandemic, I've loved the hymns most of all and Tomasi, my husband, playing the autoharp with me.   There's one I've been working on...........COME HOME.  although I'm already muchly at home............I love playing my newest dulcimer that is all cherry wood and I'd sent the peg head to a carving son that lives in Maui, he carved a beautiful scroll head for me and this is a bright sounding dulcimer.  Still, I love my big Box dulcimer that is so very mellow.....aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
05/03/20 11:55:14PM
165 posts

Finish


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WOW, another interesting and thoughtful post.   yep, I've tried several kinds of finish.   On my harps and other instruments I've used OLD DAD'S wipe on finish and I loved that.   Easy to put on, to touch up and all.  then they went out of business.  I then went to General Finishes (Oil based) Gel Topcoat Satin.   I also noticed that too many coats seemed to lessen the sound.   So 3 is about my limit and very thin coats.  My brother introduced to some water based finish that dried in an hour........and I didn't like it all....but it was a trial on the one that I had with me there.   I'm going to sand that one down and try something else.   When in Hawaii in the month of Feb.....I made two dulcimers and got what Bob suggested Minwax wipe on Poly.   I like that very much.....3 thin coats is all that is necessary.   Who was it in Berea that said they often didn't have any varnish or paint on the early ones?   and it's very very true, all of these instruments need time to develop their sound.....the little tiny air pockets need to be filled with sound and sing.   There has been studies on instruments that ARE NOT PLAYED and they do lose their musicality.  It's so fun to play an instrument, and have the other instruments I have around me do some sounding simpathetically. aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
05/03/20 11:33:39PM
165 posts

Is the strumhollow redundant?


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Well, now, I must say something here.   Being that I had NO ONE to teach me in Hawaii 35+ years ago, I learned from Jean Richie's books.   Then when I met some wonderful folks in Southern Oregon 20 years ago.....they played all over like you talk about here.   Weird for me....I didn't like the FLAP FLAPITY FLAP with the picks on the fret board. I really LIKE playing at the strum hole.   HOWEVER, I've also watched so many videos on this site and those that play without picks and with chording..............finger dancing all the way.....I love the sound as well.   It's that FLAP FLAPTIY FLAP....and maybe only for me.............distracts from the beautiful melodies and or chords folks use when they play.  Yes, Ken, there is a sweet sound in the middle....but I often play way up high on the fret board....so for me............I stick to playing at the strum hollow.   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
04/30/20 12:02:28AM
165 posts

Looking for "Walkabout" Dulcimer


FOR SALE:instruments/music items/CDs/Wanted to Buy...

Well, Lois, this is a very cool instrument and I liked it very much.   aloha, Irene

IRENE
@irene
04/14/20 03:19:19PM
165 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Strumelia, I've found that living in my small town it is the same.   I'm so grateful to live here.  Someone heard we were out of firewood and brought over a big bunch and we're more then warmed by it.  and Lois, what a crack up of a song.   THANKS.   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
04/11/20 09:31:13PM
165 posts

Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering Cancelled


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

This gathering was the FIRST thing I put on my calendar for this year.   sigh.    Until Next year.  Maybe there could be a gathering of sorts....us all having ONE SONG to play noter and drone style and put it up here or??? like so many others are having "virtual" conferences.   It's a thought.  I had sooooooooooo much fun last year.  TOTALLY loved it and made many friends.   We look forward to being together next year.  aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
04/08/20 02:30:34PM
165 posts

Whatever happened to singing?


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this site puts life into perspective and brings a great laugh....thanks Terry....not tupid......just engaged in listening.  hummmmmmmm, gotta look up that song Antioch Church Choir.

aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
04/07/20 10:47:32PM
165 posts

Whatever happened to singing?


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I'm smiling reading all that is said here.  What a joy to read after reading for days about this CD-19.  I love this site, oooooooooooops, I've said that before.   Singing.  My mother would carry her Martin ukulele in the car, even with it's original case and we as a family would sing together many miles on the road.   My parents had wonderful voices and I learned a lot of old songs and my brother as well.  We get together and SING....and when looking for a man to marry, I had on the top of my list, "he has to carry a tune".....yep.   Married 55 years and 14 children.  All sing and play instruments.  We've loved singing as a family and with others and with our instruments.  Lisa, loved the story of the banjo boy.....

When I've had others come to my house and we have "learning sessions" on the dulcimer....I've had several great singers and others that were just finding their voices.   One used to sing in the Tabernacle Choir and we were in AWE when she'd sing with the dulcimer.   Other women that I've known that have sung in the Tab. Choir have said that a "woman's voice is not developed fully until after the age of 40."  So that should be encouraging to folks that start later on in life.  

When you sing, you develop better breathing, better posture, your body has harmony within.   It need not be perfect, just SING.   Find words to songs you want to learn, write 'em down and put them at the sink where you do dishes.  I have many stories about learning to sing....aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
04/02/20 09:55:19PM
165 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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I just love reading all that has been written here.  SMILING.  Today watched the first barges on the grand Mississippi.  drove into Nauvoo to have someone put in my car 40# of wonderful fresh chicken breasts.  I'm canning all that now.  I'll save the last batch for tomorrow.   whew.  On that dulcimer, not worth saving.  but is sure has me thinking how I might make a box dulcimer out of aromic cedar wood.   I know it has a tendency to crack....so I'd reinforce the inside of the top and the bottom.  hummmmmmm. creative juices are COOKING like my canned chicken.  ha ha.  Lots of wildlife around here too and I sooooooo love the froggies and critters making their orchestra in the little marsh in front of my house.  I'm making this into a good time....as best I can.   Still miss being with friends and making music together.  aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
03/29/20 10:08:02PM
165 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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I have now been home for 2 weeks and 2 days.   Missing friends and such, I have my sweetheart.   I had someone come and light the pilot light in my shop so I could create in there without freezing out.   I have an all cherrywood dulcimer under the varnish now and tomorrow I'll "steal" 4 banjo machine pegs from a junk dulcimer.  I think I'll do as Bob Gerard did....burn it.   I paid only $40.00 and it's not even worth that.  ha.  I'm always excited to create things and to have more time to do this is GREAT.   My mother used to sing some ditty of a song to me and I just thought she made it up...till I found that it's a real song.  "Accentuate the possitive, eleminate the negaitve, latch onto the affirmitive and don't mess with Mr. Inbetween."  Her age went through the great depression.   We may too, I think I'll look at those old songs on youtube again as some of the best positive lyrics with great music came from the depression era.  Prayer can get us through anything.  aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
03/29/20 09:16:47PM
165 posts

What's the deal with Aquavinas?


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WOAH, I loved your playing and demo.  I loved that you created such an instrument and most of all.....I loved that you made this video that we could see your smiling face.   NO KIDDING.  you are a creative man that will do many things in your life.   Keep creating and experimenting and show us all along the journey.  I like it even without the water at all....I'd be concerned with water getting on my woodwork and varnish and all that "jazz".  Thanks for sharing with us all.   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
03/26/20 09:10:15PM
165 posts

"Generations": Will Singleton replica dulcimore


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ohhhhhhhhhhh, very nice.   I'm asking the same question.  Will we see it in Berea?   I'm making a dulcimer in my shop to take with me there.  I'm sure hoping it's going to happen.  Everything else has been cancelled.   hrumph.  aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
03/24/20 05:28:51PM
165 posts

Rest in peace, Maddie MacNeil


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I love rounds.   This is a good one and when is your book coming out?  When raising our 14 children in Hawaii, we did soooooooooo much music.  While in the car, I learned that kids don't argue when they are singing.  So we have a raft of rounds.  There used to be fuguing Tune societies in England.  marvelous tunes.   It's really fun to play these on recorders.  When teaching the dulcimers, I start them off doing rounds.  As I read more about folks that are able to meet "on line" somehow, (how cool is that?)....I bet rounds could have a good go at it that way. aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
03/23/20 06:03:53PM
165 posts

Rest in peace, Maddie MacNeil


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many years ago in Hawaii, when I first got my dulcimer, I started getting the DPN and she was the editor of these then.  I wrote her several times about questions I had and she called me on the phone and we talked. .  She is a treasure and will surely have groups playing dulcimers in the Eternal Worlds and I hope to join her when it's my time.  aloha to you dear Maddie.   Irene

IRENE
@irene
03/17/20 10:34:55PM
165 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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We just got back from Hawaii on Friday.....(wonderful time, we were there for 4 weeks)............and went through 3 very busy airports.  Picked up our van Friday morning and it started right up in St. Louis, MO.  Drove to Keokuk, Iowa and did some shopping...and yep. Both of us feeling very very good!!!  (gonna make more fermented foods, sauerkraut stuffs) They were out of all sorts of stuff, but not the fresh foods.   That is what I was  there for.  We are self isolating just because it's wise after so many airports.  however, no CV-19 gonna keep me from voting.  quick in and out and back home.  washing hands etc.   I split a bunch of wood on my electric log splitter and my husband chop sawed a bunch of dry drift wood from the Mississippi banks.  A beautiful sunny day.  I'm looking forward to playing more music (made 2 dulcimers in Hawaii)....gonna work in the shop....get to some wonderful books on my shelves....oh so much to do.  I love being home, smack on the Mississippi.  I found out that #56 grandchild coming....so gonna look at making a quilt......... Looking forward to the big barges going by.  Trains are running over in Iowa and I hear and see them.  I miss seeing my friends, dropped off some bread I made yesterday so I could just wave to them after I ran the doorbell.  Lost in Scrabble tonight....going to beat him good tomorrow night!!

I love this thred and enjoyed all that you folks wrote here, from all over.  

aloooooooooooha, Irene

IRENE
@irene
01/29/20 09:33:51AM
165 posts

My dulcimers stay out all of the time


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Robin, love your commento.  Now the "guess" is on.   ha ha ha.   Well for my instruments.  I've lived in a rain forest in Hawaii for many years.  I had more trouble with moisture then dryness.  We now live in Nauvoo, Illinois and in the summer....woah.....it is HUMID.  I have had trouble with humid much more then dryness.  I think my instruments are happy for the dryer winter...but a log house and wood floors .....LOTS OF WOOD....it all breaths.  I've had no trouble with cracking of instruments.   When i make instruments I use Tight-bond glue.  Glue is important in understanding where the instrument is going to live.  I've found that to be the best for me.   aloha, irene

IRENE
@irene
01/28/20 10:14:11PM
165 posts

My dulcimers stay out all of the time


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

YES....DAILY.   I have them everywhere.   In the winter time, they get more dusty as we have a fireplace.   But we play our music often several times a day.  yeah.  aloha, irene

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