Forum Activity for @john-keane

John Keane
@john-keane
12/30/15 10:27:30AM
182 posts

A new podcast about the mountain dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Still listening to it, and still lovin' it!  Great stuff!

John Keane
@john-keane
12/19/15 08:03:31AM
182 posts

New Dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

David, it was really a pleasure to assist you with this process!  It's just plain FUN!

John Keane
@john-keane
11/05/15 07:13:17AM
182 posts

David Haas


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

David Pedersen:
I have classes with Dave H AND John Keane in KY festival in Jan. Pray for good weather.  Really looking forward to it.  

We look forward to seeing you at Kentucky Music Winter Weekend!

John Keane
@john-keane
11/04/15 11:42:34AM
182 posts

David Haas


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I don't work for Dave, but I consider him a great friend.  Here are some of his materials available at Folkcraft:  http://www.folkcraft.com/search.html?sep=dave+haas&sed=122

John Keane
@john-keane
11/01/15 05:49:57AM
182 posts

What festival should I go to next summer (2016)?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Jill Geary:
Thanks John, and Jan. All great information, and very much appreciated! I'm leaning toward KMW, primarily because I could drive there from my sister's in Berea (KY), and maybe treat her to some classes as well.

If you choose KMW, Karen and I will see you there as well!  There is a wonderful weekend festival (Homer Ledford Festival) right down the road from Berea (30 minutes or so) in Winchester, KY (Labor Day weekend).  Dana McCall hosts it and does a great job.

John Keane
@john-keane
10/31/15 08:30:15AM
182 posts

What festival should I go to next summer (2016)?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Jill Geary:
John K, I'm not familiar with your festival (but I am familiar with your music!).

Thanks Jill.  Arkladulcifest takes place in Benton, Arkansas (in the Little Rock area).  It is hosted by Linda Brockinton, Karen, and myself.  2015 was our inaugural event.  We are delighted that Richard Ash and Duane Porterfield are returning in 2016 as instructors and vendors as well.  We had several "east coasters" this year, so we would love to see the west represented as well. 

John Keane
@john-keane
10/28/15 10:59:31AM
182 posts

Tell us about your VERY FIRST dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

My first dulcimer was a very small T.K. O'Brien student model that I purchased (used) from a co-worker for $50.  Karen and I had first become aware of dulcimers about a year earlier (Cedar Creek kiosk at Silver Dollar City), but we didn't buy one initially.  Nowadays, that first dulcimer still lives here locally with one of my students.


updated by @john-keane: 10/29/15 07:14:57AM
John Keane
@john-keane
10/18/15 10:50:21AM
182 posts

Oddities hanging on your walls


OFF TOPIC discussions

Dusty...you ain't right lol!  Robin, rumor has it that you just may be correct.  winky   Jan, that sound like about the coolest trip ever!

 

John Keane
@john-keane
10/17/15 06:24:44PM
182 posts

Oddities hanging on your walls


OFF TOPIC discussions

It was just there (and cheap).  I held my enthusiasm in check until we paid and left lol.  Laugh

John Keane
@john-keane
10/17/15 07:37:43AM
182 posts

Oddities hanging on your walls


OFF TOPIC discussions

One of my wall hanging oddities (flea market find). 

John Keane
@john-keane
09/28/15 07:26:12AM
182 posts

Creative song mix-ups (NOT mistakes!)


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Jan, we did that for Christmas a couple of years ago and it turned out kinds neat. 

John Keane
@john-keane
09/13/15 07:13:11AM
182 posts

Hello and a little info


OFF TOPIC discussions

Dana, you did a fantastic job with the festival!  You and your family are absolutely wonderful (you taught 'em right)! 

John Keane
@john-keane
09/11/15 06:24:13AM
182 posts

Positive game-changers in your progress


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

The game changer for me occurred when I became a student of the game.  I watched (and still do) as many videos of people playing the dulcimer as time would allow.  I discovered that there are many approaches and many styles to experiment with.  I asked questions here on FOTMD and got varying opinions...but I got opinions.  Then, I finally got to attend my first live "in person" dulcimer workshop to see and hear "up close" many of the answers to my questions with immediate feedback.  I guess my true game changer was when I immersed myself in all things mountain dulcimer.  I kept the things that worked, made note of the things that didn't work for me, and continue the process to this day (and try to share those experiences with others so that they might avoid some of my earlier frustration).  The wonderful byproduct of this is all of the amazing friends that I now have in the dulcimer community that I didn't even know five years ago.  The mountain dulcimer community is genuinely a fantastic collection of people.

John Keane
@john-keane
04/30/15 05:24:22PM
182 posts

Hello and a little info


OFF TOPIC discussions

We love you back!

John Keane
@john-keane
03/08/15 06:35:24AM
182 posts

Played dulcimer today for my daughters 2nd grade class! SO FUN


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

One of my favorite things to do is what you did right there...good for you!

John Keane
@john-keane
01/14/15 07:10:54AM
182 posts

Folkcraft Hickory question


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

We have two Folkcraft hickory dulcimers in the house (Folkroots custom models)...they pretty much rock!

John Keane
@john-keane
12/31/14 08:39:57AM
182 posts



John Keane
@john-keane
09/24/14 06:49:38AM
182 posts

I just ordered a Didgeridoo!


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Helen, that would be a tall order! I can see doing something with a foot, but given the clumsiness of holding a didgeridoo, I don't know how doing anything else with the hands would be manageable. There IS a travel didgeridoo made of a square block that could possibly be mounted to a stand...hmmmm...

John Keane
@john-keane
09/23/14 06:53:30PM
182 posts

I just ordered a Didgeridoo!


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

That's great! I love my didgeridoos (or didgeridi?)!

John Keane
@john-keane
09/03/14 06:46:11AM
182 posts



John, it was a pleasure to meet you and get to visit a bit!

John Keane
@john-keane
07/12/14 08:58:20AM
182 posts

Enter FOTMD's 5th Birthday Pickled Dulcimer CONTEST!


OFF TOPIC discussions

Happy Birthday FOTMD, and a sincere thanks to Lisa for such a great place!

John Keane
@john-keane
05/31/14 05:51:44AM
182 posts

Folkcraft comes through!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I know that you have to be excited!

John Keane
@john-keane
11/08/14 07:55:35AM
182 posts

Cretan Lyra


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Wow...I thought that was great for it being a new to you instrument!

John Keane
@john-keane
03/31/14 08:10:36PM
182 posts



I have no recollection of any of this.

Robin Thompson said:

Hey, Carrie, I'm glad you got back to Ol' Pal! If you ran into a certain J.K. there, I trust you made every effort to avoid that troublemaker. LOL! I've heard wonderful things about the Wright's fest and might just make my way to TX some spring to attend.
John Keane
@john-keane
03/01/14 09:43:25AM
182 posts



Rob, I totally agree. If one ever has the opportunity to sit and play several instruments by a single maker in a showroom or festival display setting (with construction methods being consistent by the maker), a player can discover a remarkable difference between the different tone woods and dulcimer shapes.

Rob N Lackey said:

Well, Ken, in this case all other things are equal except for the type of wood. Jim's instruments are the same size, same bracing, same vsl, etc. Therefore any difference in sound in any of his instruments must be related to the wood choices. I've played a lot of his instruments and, yes, there are differences in sound which can only be attributed to the type of wood used in the instrument. That's why I didn't bring up any of those things in my answer to Denise: it doesn't apply!

John Keane
@john-keane
02/02/14 10:47:36AM
182 posts

Strumming so frustrated


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

Julie, once you discover your strum and become comfortable with it, I would highly recommend the use of a metronome when practicing. A metronome is probably the most valuable implement available to novice and professional musicians alike for developing rhythmic and technical accuracy.

John Keane
@john-keane
11/09/13 05:09:24PM
182 posts

Your "Dream Dulcimer?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

LOL! That would work just fine!

Helen Seiler said:

OOOOh a dream dulcimer. Something that sounds great and has lots ofinlay workwith a log cabin in the mountains theme. Yum. Hey JK, I could call it BIG CABIN.

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