"Musical Spring 2020" online calendar
General mountain dulcimer or music discussions
yes, I heard of your fabulous idea - there will be fantastic acoustics!
But everywhere else your music will sound fantastic too!
Hi Dusty - no, it is not too late - I will need the link of your "not listed" youtube video (or soundcloud link) beginning/mid of April at the latest.
I will send you a PM with my email address to where you can send the link.
I am looking forward to your music
NEW ONLINE PROJECT "MUSICAL SPRING 2020"
Since the "Musical Advent/Christmas" online calendar was so much joy and fun there is the idea of making a new online calendar project: "Musical Spring 2020"
Filled with preferably original compositions preferably on mountain or hammered dulcimer.
It is of course possible to participate with a recording of a public domain tune ideally having a kind of "spring theme" (flowers, warmth, blossoming, awakening, cycle, love, feelings etc.).
The recordings should be newly made - so to say recorded especially for this "Spring Calendar".
You will need to upload your recording as "not listed" on youtube or soundcloud and send me the link per private message.
(In case you do not have a youtube channel you can send me your audio file (best as mp3 file) per private message and I can upload it on to my youtube channel for you.)
The beginning and ending of this "Spring Calendar" is depending on how many musicians will participate.
Most probably the "Spring Calendar" will start on Easter Sunday (April 12, 2020) and will be posted in the dulcimer Facebook groups and dulcimer forums.
I make this post already now so that you will have enough time for creating your original composition.
And now...I am looking forward to all participants! 😊
Please find my first notated arrangement for mountain dulcimer for:
"Do you know how many stars there are"
My arrangement can be downloaded from my website:
The fingerpicking part is starting around minute 1:42 in the video.
Text: Wilhelm Hey
Melody: folk tune
1837 published for the first time
I hope you enjoy (best listened to it with headphones) and wish you much fun for playing my arrangement.
I would be very happy to receive your feedback if the notation is working well for you.
we are now 25 participants - but I can imagine that there will be some more who are interested in joining in - so that I might be able to prolong the calendar with an "between the years" calendar from Dec 25 respectively Dec 26 until New Year
Or if there will be another 24 participants I could do a second advent calendar which I could post each in two different places, for example one here on fotmd and one in the dulcimer facebook groups.
So I am looking forward to receiving the link of your youtube video (by preference) or soundcloud audio.
I very much appreciate that you will participate.
Hi Ken, this hymn is a very good choice - I like it very much.
If you like you could do a youtube video either that one can see you playing or with a filmed winter/advent scene or with winter/advent photo(s) - of course you could also send me the link to a soundcloud audio - just as you like to.
Ken, I so much appreciate that you will join in
I am creating a list for me with all the participants and tunes they suggested - in case there will be duplications I will get in contact and would ask for the possibility of another tune.
Since the online calendar which I will be going to use only accepts links I would need a link of a youtube video or a soundcloud audio to copy into this calendar - a recording alone would not work.
Please let me have any further questions.
Thank you very much for your interest.
Since Thursday (when I have posted it in the dulcimer facebook groups) 15 musicians have informed me that they will take part - from 4 of them I have already received the links.
There is no skill level required - it just should sound "good" (if simple or complicated) so that everybody who opens this calendar little door will enjoy it.
You know that even a simple melody can bring a smile on to one's face.
If there are more than 24 recordings - I could either make a second calendar or perhaps a kind of "between the years" calendar for the days from Christmas until New Year for example...
*** NEW International PROJECT ***
MUSICAL Advent calendar
So we need musicians who would like to fill this Advent calendar with own recordings of favorite Advent tunes preferably played on mountain or hammered dulcimer (other instruments are also welcome).
I will collect the links of your youtube video or soundcloud audio (it seems that I can only fill in links to the online calendar - no mp3) in the coming weeks (October and November) and create this Advent calendar and post it if possible here in the forum and in the dulcimer facebook groups for others and our joy.
I am very excited to see how you like this idea.
I have posted this idea in the dulcimer facebook groups yesterday - already 9 musicians answered and would like to participate.
Who else would like to join in?
I am happy to hear that you have followed my suggestion to contact Martin of the German dulcimer shop in Ludwigsburg. I am looking forward to your sound/film example.
Thank you very much, Ken, for the recommendation - I will ask him.
I guess I need to add to the description of my "desired" HD that I would like to have the lower half of a 16/15 in order to get the deep tones - with a bottom rail of around 42 '', thickness of around 4'' but only half the height (so only around 8-9 '') - I called this "little" travel one (compared to the complete 16/15) which might be misleading.
I would be interested in a 9/8 hammered dulcimer - but starting with a D3 as the lowest string.
I already have a Dusty strings D45 and a TK O'Brian Travel and would like to have the "advantage" of a little travel one but with the wonderful low tones of a 16/15.
Do you know if there exist these kinds of hammered dulcimers or could you recommend a builder who could build it for a "payable" price?
A big THANK YOU to the welcome wagon also from me - earlier this year it was the first time for me to become a member of a forum and I was a little bit insecure and did not know how all this would work. But after all these kind welcomes one can only feel good! Thank you very much!
When I was at a concert of an Irish band (Geraldine McGowan and band) in 2004 I was so fascinated by the whistle player and the beautiful sound of especially the low whistle that I immediately had the wish to buy a whistle.
Since I have learned to play the recorder when I was a child and kept playing it all my life in recorder ensembles it was not difficult for me to learn how to play the whistle.
What was different compared to the recorder playing was the typical Irish ornamentation like cuts, strikes, rolls, crans and slides and to not tonguing every tone.
I started with a Clare high D and "worked" myself down to an Overton (Colin Goldie) low D.
Please find attached a picture with my whistle collection (from left to right):
high D: Overton (Colin Goldie), Mac Nic, Susato
high C: Mac Nic
high Bb: Tony Dixon
low A: Mac Nic
low G: Ian Lambe
low F: Tony Dixon
low D: Overton (Colin Goldie)
I love all of them and every one has its specific sound and need of breath.
The Mac Nics are very easy to play regarding breath and getting into the next octave - the Overtons need more pressure.
Since I have relatively long fingers I can play the low A, G and F still with my fingertips and need no piper's grip. This is in fact necessary for the low D from Colin Goldie and I had to get used to it for a little while.
I so much enjoy playing the whistles and it is nice to hear that there are a lot of other whistle players here on the forum.
Oh Bob - you made such a nice present to me with the upload of Tiny Tim-Tiptoe Through The Tulips!
I heard it when I was a child in the radio here in Germany and I loved it. It was played by a radio station (if I remember correctly every Friday) early in the morning when I had a homey (gemütlich) breakfast with my father before he had to go to work and I to school.
I have never heard it since then and never knew who sang it - and now it brings the best childhood memories back to me - thank you, thank you, thank you! I have tears in my eyes...
Scent and music can be very evocative
Jill, the most important thing when playing a low whistle is, not to cover the finger holes with the finger tips and with slightly bowed fingers (as one would do on a recorder) but to cover the finger holes with outstretched fingers - this might be in the area somewhere on the top of the finger up to the middle of the finger.
In addition there are low D whistles with hole distances made for smaller hands ... if this would still be a problem then I am sure you can play at least a low G which already has a warm and low sound.
It is in any case worth a try
I am also a MD beginner and had problems with a high action of my dulcimer - after many detailed tips from very kind members here we took off the bridge, sanded it down approximately 2 mm (little by little - testing it repeatedly) and put on thinner strings which means 0.20, 0.12 and 0.09 - and it works much better now and still sounds good to me.
Since we have no dime and nickel here in Germany I took a 5 and 10 cent coin - but just as a kind of reference point.