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David Bennett
@david-bennett
08/31/20 08:59:59PM
73 posts

worldwide Play Music on the Porch Day


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Robin Thompson:

David, I watched your movie on YT yesterday-- well done!  

Thanks Robin!

David Bennett
@david-bennett
08/31/20 01:48:58PM
73 posts

worldwide Play Music on the Porch Day


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

A friend came and played with me for Play on the porch day

David Bennett
@david-bennett
03/30/20 09:06:41PM
73 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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I am now telecommuting and as a result getting a little cabin fever. Bobby Ratliff has got some of us learning Waterbound. It's a nice little tune and the lyrics are fairly simple (it's one of those songs that has a lot of versions for the lyrics). Because of the simplicity I took a quick stab at making my own lyrics, and changed the name to Quarantined.  I haven't checked to see if the words/syllables match the measures/beats of the music but you get the idea.

Quarantined

Quarantined and I can't leave home, Quarantined and I can't leave home,

Quarantined and I can't leave home, Down in Alabama.

1. Teleworking in the backroom at home (3X)

Down in Alabama

Chorus

2. David and Karen must stay home (3X)

Down in Alabama

Chorus

3. Social distancing sounded like fun at first (3X)

Down in Alabama

Chorus

4. Wash your hands and please stand back (3X)

Down in Alabama

Chorus

5. Toilet paper is in scarce supply and I don’t know why (3X)

Down in Alabama

Chorus

6. COVID-19 sounds like a bad horror movie title(3X) (OK that's pretty bad)

Down in Alabama

Chorus

 

David Bennett
@david-bennett
12/08/19 06:29:12AM
73 posts

Purpose of DAA tuning


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Strumelia said in part to Melanie, "What you learn at first will not be set in stone."

I've found out that is true. Like Melanie when I started playing the dulcimer I struggled with should I learn DAA or DAD (at the time I didn't think I had the musical ability to learn more than one). The traditional part of me wanted DAA but I knew everyone where I live played DAD so I went DAD since I thought I'd get more help playing. I did the DAD thing for several years, but since then have added DAA and it was quite easy to do. For me there were many advantages to DAA that I won't go into now other than to say for me noodling out a song I've never played before is easier (again, for me) in DAA.  So now with our dulcimer jam group I play DAD and for my own enjoyment at home mostly DAA/CGG. Point being is it really that hard to add some different tunings, just go slow if you need to.

David Bennett
@david-bennett
12/01/19 09:04:37PM
73 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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When we first got Sally Ann she didn't seem to have any interest in the dulcimer when I played it.  Then she got to where she seemed to like it in small doses but after a couple songs I was expected to stop and play with her instead. Then last week she's taken to sitting between my feet while I play and actually seems to enjoy it.

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David Bennett
@david-bennett
11/13/19 06:04:01PM
73 posts

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


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I've met several/many the last two years at the Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering and have become friends with them!

 


updated by @david-bennett: 11/13/19 06:07:29PM
David Bennett
@david-bennett
09/03/19 04:54:16PM
73 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Dusty has such a pretty and unusual color coat. Pretty kitty.

David Bennett
@david-bennett
09/02/19 06:54:34AM
73 posts

Play Music On The Porch Day 2019


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Ballad Gal:

David, you do so much, and the video is a bonus!

Thanks. That is very kind of you.

David Bennett
@david-bennett
08/31/19 07:17:25PM
73 posts

Play Music On The Porch Day 2019


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


Karen & I played on our porch for about 4 hours this morning. Here's a short video I made.


updated by @david-bennett: 08/31/19 07:18:00PM
David Bennett
@david-bennett
07/24/19 04:51:54PM
73 posts



What every mountain dulcimer player needs to try...I've had mountain oysters when I lived out west in Texas & Oklahoma. Actually, very tasty. 

David Bennett
@david-bennett
07/12/19 09:25:06AM
73 posts

FUNNY songs you sing & play on your dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


Sheepy and the Goat.

It's not ha ha funny, but kids like it. I learned it from Don Pedi the last time he visited north Alabama. I think Don said he was making a tab book of very simple tunes. See the video (unfortunately Don doesn't sing it here but he does play it) at https://dulcimercrossing.com/sheepy/dc_sheepy_md_pre.html

This short but good 

The lyrics something like:

Sheepy and the Goat walkin’ through the pasture

“Sheepy” says- "Goat, can you walk a little faster?”

Sheepy got- tired and it lay down, 

and the Poor little Goat kept pickin’ all around

[then you can add any animal you like]

Sheepy and duck...

Sheepy and the cow...

Sheepy and the aardvark...

etc.

Here's me play a LITTLE of it 


updated by @david-bennett: 07/12/19 09:45:23AM
David Bennett
@david-bennett
06/15/19 04:54:11PM
73 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Paul Rappell:

Sad news. The other Tuesday (4 June) we had our Sheltie, Angus, put down...

Sorry to hear about Angus. He was a pretty dog.

 

David Bennett
@david-bennett
06/14/19 05:41:02PM
73 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Sally checking out the dulcimore Dulcimore Dan made for me

David Bennett
@david-bennett
05/01/19 05:28:42PM
73 posts

2019 Dulcimer Exhibit Jonesborough TN


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

The first link says the exhibit features dulcimers made by Ernest Combs. I'm not familiar with this luthier. I could be wrong but from this bio he didn't seem very passionate about dulcimers

https://www.blueridgeheritage.com/artist/ernest-combs/

Still there is probably more to the exhibit and either way I am glad they are even doing a dulcimer exhibit.

David Bennett
@david-bennett
02/20/19 09:07:44PM
73 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Sally Ann Watches a Movie for Cats (with a couple replicas of vintage instruments in the background)

David Bennett
@david-bennett
02/18/19 02:38:51PM
73 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Richard, I believe the model his his Jinny.

David Bennett
@david-bennett
02/17/19 09:25:51PM
73 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Here is Sally Ann admiring the new Dulcimore that arrived from Dulcimore Dan this week. The instrument is made pine and cherry. Sally Ann will be a year old on 9 March.IMG_2776 small pic.JPG

David Bennett
@david-bennett
02/15/19 05:57:14AM
73 posts

Play Music On The Porch Day 2019


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks for the reminder. I've participated the last couple years, it's a lot of fun. Two years ago I even a few people from our dulcimer jam group join me, that got the neighbor's attention.

David Bennett
@david-bennett
11/18/18 02:48:04PM
73 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Does this mean Sally is a "tabby"?


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David Bennett
@david-bennett
11/17/18 11:44:13AM
73 posts

What do we call it?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Probably not what you're looking for but I just say "collection"... though agglomeration and arsenal come to mind as well.

David Bennett
@david-bennett
11/17/18 11:29:18AM
73 posts



If I can only have one it would be one of my Uncle Ed Thomas reproductions.

David Bennett
@david-bennett
11/11/18 06:17:35AM
73 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Yesterday while Karen and I were watching football on TV our young cat, Sally, sauntered in from what we call the "computer-music room and lay innocently on Karen's lap. During a commercial I went in to that room and found turkey feathers scattered all over the floor. Sally had found the stash I thought was well enough out of the way.  As I was picking them up Sally poked her head in the doorway and had this look on her face like, "What in the world happened here?"

 


updated by @david-bennett: 11/11/18 06:18:54AM
David Bennett
@david-bennett
10/17/18 05:51:46AM
73 posts

How does your pet react to your Dulcimer playing?


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Our previous cat really liked me to play the dulcimer. She'd walk over to it and meow at me then lay down when I'd start playing.

The new cat, Sally, at first didn't show any interest the first few months when she was a little kitten. Maybe it was scary to her.

Sally is 7 months old now. Now when I play she comes over to me squeaking and rubbing my legs. I haven't figured out if she is saying she likes it, if if she's saying, "if you're not doing anything worthwhile give me a hug..."

David Bennett
@david-bennett
10/17/18 05:45:05AM
73 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Sally at 2 months and 7 months checking out my 1931 Uncle Ed Thomas reproduction made by Kevin Messenger 


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David Bennett
@david-bennett
10/14/18 08:15:31PM
73 posts

A W Jeffreys Jr.


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


     Just by chance several weeks ago, before my friend sent me the link to this dulcimer sale, I had started gathering information on A.W. Jeffreys for my Today In Mountain Dulcimer History posts but never completed it.  This got me jump started. In fact today I traded several emails with Jeffreys' daughter, Jan. I'm still tweaking this but this is what I have so far:

     A.W. (Alois Waldo) Jeffreys, Jr. was born in 1923 in South Hill, Virginia to a tobacco farmer/auctioneer.  

     A.W. Jeffreys was a Naval pilot during WWII. In 1946 he was in the naval pilot's group that was the fore-runner to today's Blue Angels, then known as the Flight Exhibition Team.

     After his Naval career he was a clinical psychologist. He was Chief Psychologist at Western State Hospital at Staunton, Virginia for 33 years. 

     According to his daughter Jeffreys became interested in dulcimers after observing local folk playing them in the mountains of Virginia where he lived. He made his first dulcimer in 1956.

     About 1960 he started the Appalachian Dulcimer Company in Staunton, it was a family business. His wife ran the business side and she and the kids, Jay and Jan, helped A.W. with various aspects of the business and building dulcimers.

     Jeffreys built both 3 string and 4 string instruments, but preferred 3 strings, in walnut, cherry or butternut with either heart or diamond shaped sound holes. With each dulcimer came an instruction book, which he wrote, a cloth bag, a hand cut pick, and an optional LP record made by his friend, Paul Clayton.

     In the mid-1970s A.W. and his wife took over all the work when Jay and Jan left home. The business wound down sometime in the late 1980's. It is estimated that over 3000 dulcimers were made. Sometime in the 1980's Jeffreys donated much of his dulcimer collection to the Smithsonian Institute.

     Jan told me her dad played the dulcimer very little as he was more of a vocalist. But the song she remembers the most was "Go tell Aunt Rhody".

     A.W. Jeffreys died 29 January 1992.


updated by @david-bennett: 10/15/18 05:24:56AM
David Bennett
@david-bennett
10/13/18 06:57:09AM
73 posts

A W Jeffreys Jr.


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

A friend saw this AW Jeffreys dulcimer on Craigslist. Looks like the seller is about 3 minutes from my house. Too bad I'm not collecting, seems like a good price.

https://huntsville.craigslist.org/msg/d/vintage-w-jeffreys-dulcimer/6708546706.html

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David Bennett
@david-bennett
08/25/18 08:10:02AM
73 posts

Play Music On the Porch Day 2018!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

TPvE72D.tmp.jpg  I'm not sure yet if'n I'll be on my porch or someone else's. I'll keep you poated.

David Bennett
@david-bennett
07/23/18 06:23:50PM
73 posts

Naming Our "Babies"?


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I also just refer to my dulcimers by the maker/builder
David Bennett
@david-bennett
07/13/18 09:34:13AM
73 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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We have a writing desk with a writing space that drops down, it is next to a table that our 'puter is on.  For the last week or so on the desk I had a primary turkey feather that I put there waiting to get around to doing something noter/droninsh with.

 The other night, my wife had already some to bed, while I was taking care of business on the 'puter, Sally snuck up behind me on the chair I was in and stealthily got on the writing desk to my left, and quick as a wink snatched the turkey feather and went dashing off with her prize.

 

 I let her think she got one over on me, figuring I'd later find the turkey feather with her stash of kitty toys, wadded up paper, and other treasures she's collected.

 

When I finally went to bed I found that turkey feather laying on top my sleeping wife.


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David Bennett
@david-bennett
07/07/18 06:06:27AM
73 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Here's a side by side comparison of Sally Ann from 11 May and today (I have this in the correct forum today).

In the top photo Sally is checking out my 1931 Uncle Ed Thomas reproduction made by Kevin Messenger and in the bottom one she is looking at my 1915 Uncle Ed Thomas reproduction made by John Knopf.

Our previous furball, Peachy, really enjoyed it when I'd play my dulcimer and would contentedly watch me play for the longest time she'd even ask me to play. So far Sally Ann doesn't have a lot of interest in the instrument or listening to it much, though she did the other night. I think right now for Sally Ann everything in the world is too new and interesting to sit around and listen to me play music. My guess is when she becomes an adult cat she won't have so much energy and have a more contemplative. And if not, that's ok too!


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David Bennett
@david-bennett
07/06/18 10:21:00AM
73 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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One relaxed kitty!catdance

David Bennett
@david-bennett
07/06/18 09:59:47AM
73 posts

How does your pet react to your Dulcimer playing?


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It's hard to imagine that she's not this size anymore. The good thing is we don't have to treat her like something very fragile (she's pretty tough, in a nice way, now). This pic is about two months old.


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