Forum Activity for @kevin-r

Kevin R.
@kevin-r
05/18/19 04:23:15PM
12 posts

The Drifting Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

Strumelia:

Ok, I know this is silly, but... drifting thread....

On my browsers, for some reason the font style plays tricks on my head for certain words. The oddest one is that when it says "tornados", my eyes think it says "tomatoes".  This results in my browsing through news stories and seeing headlines such as:  
"Tomatoes leave path of destruction in the midwest".  "Dozens injured by tomato in Oklahoma".

Perhaps you are reading too many gardening books? giggle2

Kevin R.
@kevin-r
04/03/19 04:48:40PM
12 posts

looking for a new trad instrument


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

I second what Steven says. I'm positive one of those guys can build something you like.

Kevin R.
@kevin-r
03/10/19 11:36:33AM
12 posts

Cigar Box Guitars


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

That's some mighty fine playing, Randy. It not only sounds great, it's just plain fun to watch too!

Kevin R.
@kevin-r
03/03/19 05:07:04PM
12 posts

Synthetic fretboard


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

Lisa:

I ended up buying an old “Plickett” dulcimer shaped object to keep in the car.  It’s very quiet and sturdy.  It had a trial run last night, as I ended up doing an emergency overnight respite visit with a hospice client to give the family a break.  I spent most of the night in a recliner about fifteen feet away from the open bedroom door, and plucked on my Plickett softly, to keep myself awake and pass the time, along with watching Forensic Files at low volume. 

The strings were the original super thin, rusty wire, so I swapped two out with what I had on hand, and ended up tuning it to C, g, D, with the melody string being tuned lower than the middle, as is my personal presence.  This is my favorite tuning that I use on my cardboard box dulcimer that I play constantly, too.  The lower tunings made the Plickett sound less plinky, giving a more pleasing plunk.

It’s a fun little board, and I think would survive the trunk of my car wrapped in a towel in a duffle bag this summer.

For those who don’t know, a Plickett was a small novelty dulcimer sold in the 70’s for a while.  It’s two feet long, five inches wide at the bouts, and a 3/4 inch thick solid board, with a big circle cut beneath the bridge in the back, to give it a little volume and resonance.

It’s not perfect by any means, but it beats not having a dulcimer at all by a long shot.  I suspect my cardboard box dulcimer would survive a summer in the trunk if it were in some sort of bigger box or case, but I love it far too much to try that.  The Plickett is actually small enough that I just put it in my work bag and it stuck out just a little, so I could bring it into work or field work situations with me, and not leave in the trunk at all.  Yay!  I have something to use during work breaks!

Lisa

I have one of these too. It's hanging on the wall of my music room. My wife got it for me years ago. Probably mid 80's at the latest. Every now and again I get it down and strum on it a bit.

Kevin R.
@kevin-r
01/04/19 04:10:04PM
12 posts

“Shinga Shing Shinga Shing Ching Chang”


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

This is funny to me because it is similar to my wife’s comments. She just doesn’t get my love of old time traditional music, especially music played noter-drone style on a traditional dulcimer. Either I play very poorly or it is such a different sound to her ears that she doesn’t “get it”. Hahaha I have been playing guitar and singing for over 30 years. She likes and understands that. She also doesn’t understand that my music room is slowly being overtaken by so many different dulcimers. Soon I will have to take over more closet space in another room. But...I love it. Isn’t music great?!
Kevin R.
@kevin-r
12/12/18 03:34:54PM
12 posts

Looking for article by Ken Hulme


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Sorry. I was not aware of the mistake. I will have to save the correct one once someone posts it.

Kevin R.
@kevin-r
11/11/18 11:34:54AM
12 posts

The Drifting Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

My wife and I went to see Mac McAnally last night in Harrisburg, PA. What a wonderful experience and if you ever get the chance don't hesitate to go and see him. For those who don't know him he is one of the guitarists and vocalists for Jimmy Buffett, but he is an amazing songwriter and performer on his own and has performed with many other top country recording artists. He has also been named the CMA Musician of the Year something like 9 or 10 times for his work with these artists. If you've never heard of him check out on YouTube. Some of his best songs include "It's My Job", "Down the Road", "Back Where I Come From" to name a few. A genuinely nice, humble and talented man. You won't be disappointed.

Kevin R.
@kevin-r
11/03/18 05:13:30PM
12 posts

Advice on beginner’s dulcimer


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

Hi Lisa,

I am no expert, but I'm thinking you just need a new set of strings. As far as the pegs slipping I think that might easily be fixed too. It looks like there is a screw that goes thru the tuning peg. Maybe if you just tighten it slightly it will hold better. I wouldn't tighten it too much. Just enough to hold the peg in place. Hope this helps some. I'm sure someone else more knowledgeable will chime in soon if I am wrong. Good luck!

Kevin R.
@kevin-r
10/01/18 10:05:15PM
12 posts

chatroom sidebar - adjusting the chat pane window size.


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

I believe there are 4 buttons on the left hand edge of the chat bar. Click the bottom one and it collapses against the right edge. I don't believe you can turn it completely off, but you can make it disappear.

Kevin R.
@kevin-r
05/02/18 02:51:00PM
12 posts

Is This Common


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I get the same way. I'm sure it is mostly nervousness. I get the same way when I try to record something. I could know it like the back of my hand, but as soon as I hit the record button something is bound to fall apart.

Kevin R.
@kevin-r
02/09/18 11:53:03PM
12 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Dusty Turtle:

Jennifer and Jill, I'm certainly glad you got something out of my video.  We should all remember that we have a Group here called Help Me Learn This Song where members can ask other members how to play certain passages and the Arranging for Dulcimers Group where we can seek help arranging tunes.  We should all probably make use of those Groups more often to seek advice from and share advice with one another.

It may seem that there is a wide chasm between "beginners" and "skilled" players, but that divide can be bridged.  I remember marveling at how cleanly some people played or how they used certain fingers (like their pinky or thumb) in ways that I seemed incapable of doing. But I just kept plugging away.  I've found playing scales and arpeggios and using a metronome have helped me immeasurably.  My pinky is finally feeling strong and I can sometimes play a verse or two really cleanly, with no buzzing or extra strings hit by accident. It doesn't take a long time working with those kinds of exercises to see some benefit.  I tell my students that when you work on a song, you get better at that song.  But when you work on exercises such as scales and arpeggios, you get better at every song you play.

Actually, sometimes the best players intimidate as much as they inspire.  They just seem so proficient that it seems you'll never get there. That can be discouraging. But some beginners not only play with great enthusiasm but often express really great musical ideas, perhaps a rhythm, or an accent, or one or two well-placed notes, that can be truly inspirational even if the execution is not perfect from a professional standpoint.

Wow. Dusty, this was great! I still consider myself a beginner even though I have had my dulcimer for awhile now. Watching your videos, as well as other more accomplished players does help and provide inspiration to learn. I love watching an experienced player play, as well as teach and talk thru some of the things they struggle with as well. It provides encouragement because you can see that an accomplished player still has to work at things. It isn't just for beginners. They still have to practice, work thru difficulties, figure out how to make things work to make playing sound good, but also be done with ease of motion. Seeing, and knowing that it isn't just beginners who have to work at this stuff is great encouragement. It tells me with time, and practice I too will get better and will possibly become one of these more accomplished players. Keep up the good work and thanks for posting this.