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John Keane
@john-keane
10/26/13 08:08:36PM
182 posts

Native American Flute


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

LOL! Thanks Phil!

phil said:

John Loved the Video. Now I have that tune stuck in my head. But that's ok I like it.

John Keane
@john-keane
10/26/13 05:22:37PM
182 posts

Native American Flute


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

High Spirits and Dana Ross flutes are usually right in tune with a tuner. We've experimented with some that were okay with other instruments, but just a little off when played with the previously mentioned flutes exclusively.

Garland Coulson said:

Do you run into tuning issues, John?

We find Native American flutes are usually a little out when compared to keyboards and stringed instruments.

John Keane
@john-keane
10/26/13 09:54:47AM
182 posts

Native American Flute


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Dulcimers and Native American flutes go GREAT together! We use them all of the time. We threw in some percussion and didgeridoo for this one:

John Keane
@john-keane
09/07/13 07:17:54AM
182 posts

Folkcraft dulcimer questions


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

I have played a few of the Folkcraft hickory instruments and highly recommend them! I think that you will be pleased!

John Keane
@john-keane
09/04/13 06:25:11AM
182 posts



The vibrating back of the dulcimer doesn't actually make contact with your lap, so there is a greater resonance and a bit more volume to the sound.

John Keane
@john-keane
08/14/13 06:23:21PM
182 posts

Si Bheag Si Mohr dulcimer duet


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

That was really nice. Thanks for posting this!

John Keane
@john-keane
08/07/13 09:21:38PM
182 posts

strumming technique


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Dusty, there's a bunch of great info in those videos of yours and well worth checkin' out!

John Keane
@john-keane
08/07/13 07:48:38PM
182 posts

strumming technique


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Helen, if you are not happy with what you are doing, continuing to do it is just reinforcing your unhappiness. If you want to try for a little more "even" approach to your strum, try this and see if it makes sense to you. It's a ton of thought in a short time, but the rewind button may help lol:

John Keane
@john-keane
08/07/13 07:39:35PM
182 posts

Opinions on new dulcimer


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Song of the Wood in Black Mountain is a great shop, and you can play every dulcimer in there as long as you need to.

John Keane
@john-keane
08/07/13 11:50:41AM
182 posts

Opinions on new dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I couldn't agree more. Wood choice can be just as important as the size and depth of the instrument. The density of woods like walnut or cherry (or the like) has provided that traditional sound for many years. The caution comes when selecting a wood that is possibly too dense. Ebony looks great (and is expensive), but a dulcimer made of a dense wood like ebony would sound like a brick with strings on it. If you ever have a chance, sit down and play multiple dulcimers in one sitting made of as many materials (and shapes, sizes, etc.) as possible. That is the best way to determine what your ear is truly looking for...hearing it right in your lap!

Dusty Turtle said:

A dulcimer made entirely of walnut or some other hard wood will have a slightly more traditional sound.

John Keane
@john-keane
08/04/13 03:43:50PM
182 posts

2 chord songs


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Practically every dulcimer player that I know (who sings while playing "chord/melody" style) plays accompaniment chords without playing the actual melody when they are singing the melody during a song. I've heard some play and sing the melody together (even harmonies between the two), but not many, and certainly not most by any means. Melodic lines for intros and breaks? Sure...all the time. Purely instrumental tunes would be a different matter, where the chords and melody would be played simultaneously.

Ken Hulme said:

Fact of the matter is that most dulcimer players do not play 'accompaniment style' that way. They play Chord-Melody style - one chord for each note of the melody - and sing along with that.

John Keane
@john-keane
06/16/13 02:02:41PM
182 posts

Bonnie and Clyde and the "dulcimore"


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John Henry said:

(and would'nt you just know JK would be in frame somewhere's ???)

John Keane
@john-keane
06/16/13 08:39:26AM
182 posts

Bonnie and Clyde and the "dulcimore"


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That is a fascinating read. I hope that it's all true, but it does have a little "April 1st" feel to it lol. Bonnie & Clyde had their criminal careers ended 35-40 minutes from my house, and the small town of Arcadia houses a Bonnie & Clyde Museum very near the ambush site. Karen and I should drive over there one day this summer and see what we can find out (if anything). This is pretty cool stuff!

John Keane
@john-keane
05/05/13 09:36:59AM
182 posts

Are There More Than Ever?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Dusty...me too. I have no earthly idea how I can decide what I like or dislike personally without trying new things. We (as dulcimer enthusiasts) can become our own worst enemy by type-casting ourselves into a specific genre. It can then lead to extremely poor public relations for the instrument if we criticize and ostracize those who don't "do it and play it as we do" so to speak. The key is having the desire to grow. I have personally attended workshops where I was taught how to play tunes that I have no desire to play. The part that escapes some people is that we can take the PROCESS used in learning those tunes and apply it in our own homes, learning tunes that we actually DO want to play. It has just become too easy to gripe and complain about things outside of our comfort zones rather than testing new waters. I think it is rooted in a "I might make some mistakes if I get outside of my comfort zone" mentality, but I don't know how to get better without a few brain cramps along the way...I call it growth. I have never attended a workshop where I didn't learn anything (even if it's what NOT to do), but the BIG picture that is so often missed is what we can learn at a workshop OUTSIDE of the classroom! If we get that many dulcimer players together in one place, we can find folks who can show us how to do things that we find helpful, AND we are bound to run into folks who like to play the same style/genre/song that we do. There are fantastic learning opportunities that we cannot take advantage of if we don't attend the event. As I approach my third anniversary of playing this wonderful instrument, I hope to have three years of experience rather than the same experience three times.

Dusty Turtle said:

What I find bothersome is the refusal of some dulcimer players to attend a workshop that does not address the specific style of play they prefer.

John Keane
@john-keane
03/22/13 06:27:04AM
182 posts



Mal, I have one of those as well. With those string gauges, I highly suggest staying away from G and F using the 1-5-8 tunings. D or C should work just fine for you.


updated by @john-keane: 02/17/16 09:52:59AM
John Keane
@john-keane
02/25/13 07:47:53PM
182 posts

Beginner? Intermediate? Expert?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I dunno...I'm not much for labels. If there's a class with a subject matter of interest to the participant, then take it. Even if it is above or below a particular perceived ability level, there is valuable information to be gained when there is a genuine interest in the material covered. I also feel that personal improvement can be delayed if one consistently stays with classes within their "comfort zone" so to speak. It's refreshing to see folks just step through the door in search of a new challenge. The journey becomes much less mysterious if there is a knowledge of the road ahead. For me personally, I'm too dumb to realize that there is stuff out there that I can't eventually do with a reasonable amount of practice and desire. I say keep it fun, keep it forward, but don't keep it a secret! Share this wonderful instrument with others!

John Keane
@john-keane
12/25/12 06:55:33PM
182 posts

Christmas gift to FOTMD


OFF TOPIC discussions

Merry Christmas Phil!

John Keane
@john-keane
12/19/12 07:26:22PM
182 posts

Have you met other FOTMD's in real life and become friends?


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Karen and I have met more FOTMD folks than we can count. Great folks one and all (even Rob Lackey lol), but there are two that I only got to say "hi" and "bye" to that I would love to visit with: Pop Miller and Leonard Griffin (both from Texas). Everyone else we've been able to visit with, go eat, take a class, or SOMETHING, but there was only time for introductions with those guys and I'd love to chat and get to know them a little better. Our FOTMD family is a treasure to us and we wouldn't trade these friendships for anything. Y'all are just some awesome rockin' people!

John Keane
@john-keane
12/08/12 04:01:29PM
182 posts

Ho Ho Ho and here I go again- buying another dulcimer!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

No tune suggestions (just play what makes you HAPPY), but congrats on the new Folkcraft!

John Keane
@john-keane
12/08/12 08:53:08AM
182 posts

Good Wood Gone Bad :(


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Aw Sam...that would have been some pretty stuff.


updated by @john-keane: 10/16/15 05:05:28PM
John Keane
@john-keane
11/13/12 08:01:24PM
182 posts

Happier than a Hog in Slop!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

That's just incredible...good for you!

John Keane
@john-keane
11/03/12 07:54:31AM
182 posts

John Stinson #2 history?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

That's an interesting link. I've often wondered about that myself.

John Keane
@john-keane
10/05/12 06:52:01PM
182 posts

He, she or it?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

That's already taken!

Geekling said:

Since you're receiving two McSpaddens, one being a Ginger, I think the other one should be named Mary Anne!

John Keane
@john-keane
10/14/12 04:34:41PM
182 posts

Tips on shipping dulcimers


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


YAY!!!

Kristi Keller said:




Keith Young "Youngster" dulcimer arrived safely from Dusty Turtle. It appeared on my birthday with nary a boo boo via UPS. The voice is lovely and I am very happy. At last, a safe delivery!




John Keane
@john-keane
09/08/12 08:47:14PM
182 posts

Electric Dulcimer Players Out There?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

One never knows lol...

Geekling said:

Back atcha, John! Hey, you could be the first on your block (or planet) to bow a resonator dulcimer--now that I'd like to hear (at least once, anyway )!

John Keane
@john-keane
09/08/12 04:39:20PM
182 posts

Electric Dulcimer Players Out There?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I agree...very cool!

Robin Thompson said:

Stephanie, that dulci-bow built by John Hen-- um, I mean a "certain member from the UK" gives a really neat sound on that electric Yocky!

John Keane
@john-keane
08/26/12 07:33:55AM
182 posts

Electric Dulcimer Players Out There?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Gayle, as Geekling mentioned earlier, there are quite a few folks around here who use an electric dulcimer. There are also quite a few folks around here who can't stand it lol. I think it's neat to explore the different possibilities that the instrument can offer.

John Keane
@john-keane
07/12/12 02:42:12PM
182 posts



You ain't right!

Patty from Virginia said:

Ben, that sure is pretty!!! John K., if I could only find someone who makes possum boards that look like possums and maybe made out of pine

John Keane
@john-keane
07/12/12 10:38:59AM
182 posts



PAS is what you have to avoid at all costs (Possum Acquisition Syndrome). DAS is okay!

John Keane
@john-keane
07/11/12 08:19:33AM
182 posts

2,900 members!


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Time to warm-up the dancin' hillbillies video...3,000 approaches!

John Keane
@john-keane
06/12/12 11:06:25PM
182 posts

Dulcimerville Euphoria


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Randy, we enjoyed seeing you again VERY much! Thanks for everything you bring to an event like Dulcimerville. It's folks like you who make it what it is! We miss ya already!

John Keane
@john-keane
05/13/12 06:30:53AM
182 posts

YARD SALE FIND!!!!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Cool find! The only one I've seen "in the wild" was at a pawn shop in North Carolina, but the staff was too busy visiting and drinking coffee to offer any assistance to customers. Congrats on your find!

John Keane
@john-keane
05/13/12 06:36:45AM
182 posts

gig bag for bicycle?


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Bow cases too. Can you tell we have a Bass Pro Shop nearby?

John Keane
@john-keane
03/16/12 10:25:36PM
182 posts

You might be a dulcimer redneck if . . .


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I feel so...um...guilty lol.

John Keane
@john-keane
02/22/12 05:57:13AM
182 posts



Well...I don't know about any "big time" on the horizon, but I really appreciate y'all for all of the encouragement through the process. THAT was pretty "big time" as far as I'm concerned!

John Keane
@john-keane
02/20/12 07:42:38PM
182 posts



Thanks Joy! I really appreciate those gals egging me on at the time.

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