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Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
08/31/20 08:12:58AM
428 posts

Magnetic pickup vs Piezo vs Mic pointed at dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Since no one has yet answered, I'll give my 2 centavos.  I use a Schatten Dualie stick-on piezo I've had for at least 20 years.  I bought it to amplify nylon string guitars to get that "Willie" sound.  That being said, I also run it through a Boss GE-7 equalizer which has a small preamp built in. Like with the guitar, I run it into whatever amp I have available.  I was given a Roland Microcube this year and I love it. I was using the Squire version of a Frontman 15, which for what it is, a cheap amp, isn't bad at all. For larger gigs I have a Fender Acoustisonic 150. I haven't yet used a magnetic pickup on a dulcimer, however I'm thinking about building a strictly electric instrument with both a piezo and a magnetic.  If you want some input on magnetic pickups, contact Jerry Rockwell.  He also has a unique mounting system he invented to move magnetic pickups from dulcimer to dulcimer.  Think the old Rickenbacker horseshoe in reverse.  

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
05/21/20 07:13:51AM
428 posts

Please tell me your very favorite love song...


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


Years ago at an open mic I used to attend regularly, the MC said we needed to do love songs.  Being the great rule-follower, I got up and sang "Cocaine Blues" with slide guitar accompaniment.  He tried to upbraid me that what I did wasn't a love song.  I just replied, "It all depends on what you love!" 

Seriously, one of my favorite love songs on the dulcimer (or guitar) is "Would you Lay with Me in a Field of Stone" by David Allan Coe.

 


updated by @rob-n-lackey: 05/21/20 07:14:26AM
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
05/04/20 06:38:44AM
428 posts

Is the strumhollow redundant?


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

When I got my 1st dulcimer nearly 40 years ago I thought you should play over the strum hollow most of the time.  I learned quickly that sul tasto (toward the nut) and sul ponticello (toward the bridge) would do the same as on the guitar: a sweeter sound toward the nut, a more metallic sound near the bridge.  Like others I used them to vary the sound as I did on the guitar.  However, you can do the same thing without a strum hollow.  Here's a pic of my Heatherwood, which has no strum hollow:

I believe the Hughes dulcimers were made the same way.  Maybe that was a Colorado thing? 

That being said, you can see by some old dulcimers without strum hollows people wore down the part of the fretboard over which they were strumming.  My problem is not that but wearing the top from vigorous strumming and fingerpicking.  My Rockwell is going to look like Willie's Trigger in about a year if I don't watch it.  LOL.

 

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
05/01/20 09:20:24PM
428 posts

What's your favorite tune or dulcimer to play this month?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Right now it's "Star of Bethlehem," not the carol, but the fiddle tune from Alabama (I think.)  I've been playing my Jeremy Seeger, cherry top, mahogany body, no extra frets, tuned DAA for now.

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
03/29/20 08:53:16PM
428 posts

You know your dulcimer has a hold on you when...


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

In 2015 I was in the hospital nearly 2 weeks for cellulitis in my right leg.  Of course I had a dulcimer brought to me!

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
03/06/20 05:14:19PM
428 posts

1976 jazz recording including mountain dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Sorry to hear of his passing.  He was a great pianist.  I saw a pic of him playing his dulcimer.  If I find it again, I'll post a link here, but it looked like a A W Jeffreys. It definitely had no extra frets. We'll always have his music!

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
02/25/20 07:01:35AM
428 posts

David Schnaufer


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About time somebody did that. Hope you get a lot of responses and a lot of good stories.  

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
10/30/19 06:10:56PM
428 posts

Hog-Eyed Man playing Green River


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Don's instruments also have the 1 1/2 & 8 1/2 frets.  He told me if he had it to do over again, he'd keep the 8 1/2 fret and not have the 1 1/2, for what that's worth.  He also said we need to retune to DAA for a lot of fiddle tunes.  Now on that, he's right.

John, I hope to catch up with you and get their cd's really soon!

Yes, thanks, Robin.  You came up with a winner there!

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
10/23/19 08:07:24PM
428 posts

Sears and Roebuck dulcimers


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The Sears & Roebuck dulcimers were made in Korea by Hondo, at least in the same factory (with the same specs) as the Hondo dulcimers.  Not the first ones imported from the East but pretty good ones.

Regal also made a lot of guitars for Sears to be sold under their Silvertone label.

 


updated by @rob-n-lackey: 10/23/19 08:11:59PM
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
06/27/19 01:52:53PM
428 posts

Old Photos


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Couldn't figure out to get the photo in here.  Great-grandfather on a cattle drive from Texas to Kansas when he was a young man.  He lived to be 96 or 97, so it would be in about 1877


cowboy Ed.pdf - 146KB
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
04/29/19 09:48:27AM
428 posts

Lyle Rickards on MD and singing in upcoming film


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thought I recognized the playing;  here's one of my favorites of him:

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
11/12/18 05:47:14AM
428 posts

Keith Johnson Dulcimer


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I had a Keith Johnson hourglass which I sold to another member here.  It was well made and sounded good.  Mine had handmade pegs instead of geared tuners.  I enjoyed it while I had it, and its new owner enjoys it now.

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
07/08/18 08:52:18PM
428 posts

Do you play any popular songs on your dulcimer?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

San Francisco Bay Blues, Bird on a Wire, any country song before 1970, Peaceful Easy Feeling was one of the 1st songs I learned on the dulcimer, Desperados Waiting for a Train, Lulu's Back in Town, Ain't Misbehaving (including all the dim and minor chords on a dulcimer with no extra frets.)  So many songs.... so little time!

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
05/25/18 06:57:08AM
428 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Way to go, DT!  I'm needing strings on 5 guitars and about 7 dulcimers.  Where do you want to put 'em when I bring 'em to you? Oh, and can you have them all done by tomorrow?  LOL...   If I could only get thusly inspired.

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
05/23/18 09:25:09AM
428 posts

Kennedy Barn String Band


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks, Ariane, Terry and Barb.  It was a surprise.  It's just fun for me to play with these folks and to have me and the dulcimer be accepted by them.

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
05/22/18 04:58:32AM
428 posts

Kennedy Barn String Band


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thank you DT, Ken, Janene, Jim and Cindy.  It's been a fun time playing in a band, particularly one of this genre. We may look "fun" but really we're a bunch of crusty old farts (Except Susie and Brian and Christy who wasn't there.)

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
05/21/18 08:04:29PM
428 posts

Kennedy Barn String Band


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Sunday we were presented with the Traditions award from the Folklife Center of Fairmont State University.  We played for about 20 minutes after the presentation of the award.

Pictures below

It was a great honor to receive it.


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Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
05/10/18 11:29:12AM
428 posts

Song choices for transcribing


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

You just have to like it.  Any can be interesting.

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
04/30/18 07:37:11PM
428 posts

4 equidistant strings/McCarty tulip dulcimer


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Interesting instrument.  I don't know either if it's a tulip or lyre, but my money's on tulip.  I know where Volga is, but don't know anyone who lives there.  In fact, it's not far from here in Barbour County.  I have an hourglass made in the county seat of Barbour Co. and it's 4 independent strings as well.  Have you started with the bridge set the same distance from the 7th fret as from the nut to the 7th and see how close the intonation is.

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
04/28/18 02:31:32PM
428 posts



It's "other" name is "Sweet Sixteen" and like Lisa, I can't recall hearing any words to it.  Yep, Lisa, that's the basic tune.

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
04/15/18 06:29:17PM
428 posts

new member


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I believe it's in the "Hits of the Beatles" book by Neal Hellman.

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
04/11/18 06:37:14PM
428 posts

In a jam about a jam session with ukuleles, guitars & banjos


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

2 dulcimers is a great way to go to jams.  If you're in DAA then raise the bass string to E and your A melody & middle strings are in A mixolydian, EAA  (Like DAd.)  If you're in DAd then lower the A string to G and you're in G ionian, DGd (like DAA.)  If there are some songs in C then take the DGd and capo on 3.  This will get you started in jams.

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
04/05/18 05:10:29AM
428 posts

Thumb Pick And Strumming


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

Nigel, as others have mentioned, picks are personal.  I have a bag of picks of all kinds in my case, most of which I never use.  Jerry Rockwell turned me on to "Pointless Picks," round ones that I really like for some things.  I have a V-Pick "Bing" for use when I need to "stand out."  Some Hercos including the one Ken H mentioned and some Dunlops.  Even tho' I have a couple in the bag, I hate floppy picks.  Floppier the pick, the less control you have.  Bottom line: try out a bunch (another fav of mine is the Star Pick, the green ones) and buy more of what you like and put the others in a bag.  When you find other dulcimer players who didn't bring a pick you can whip out the bag and say, "Well, here's a few."  LOL

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
03/28/18 08:27:27AM
428 posts

Appalasia - mountain dulcimer, erhu, banjo


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

That's a pretty cool discussion. I hadn't started playing the dulcimer again when it took place in 2010.  Oh to know several years ago what I know today about older dulcimers and players, etc.   I'm ordering my copy of Anne Grimes book today!  

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
03/27/18 11:07:53PM
428 posts

Appalasia - mountain dulcimer, erhu, banjo


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Oh, and Jeff's dulcimer is an old Dennis Dorogi that was given to him.  Note that there are no 1/2 frets on it.  Also, Jeff told me he never plays in DAd.  He uses a lot of tunings, but for some reason that's not one of them.

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
03/26/18 07:43:56PM
428 posts

Appalasia - mountain dulcimer, erhu, banjo


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

They are really good, aren't they? And Jeff (dulcimer) and Susan (banjo) are such nice folks, too.  Anyone who gets the opportunity to see them live shouldn't miss it.

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
03/20/18 05:57:30PM
428 posts

4 equidistant strings/McCarty tulip dulcimer


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Well, Dave, they can be tuned numerous ways.  When I got my 1st it was tuned DAdd.  Now, I usually use DAAd.  However DAdc is a good one for minor key tunes (Aeolian mode.)  Then there's always DAdA, the Jean Ritchie tuning.  Have I just confused you to no end?  Well pick either of the 1st 2 and start playing.  There were no beginner's books for 4 independent strings when I started, and I don't know of any now, either.  Janita Baker has some books for 4 strings using her tuning DABbd (I think.)  Seems like it would be a cool tuning for solo fingerpicking like she does.

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
02/23/18 06:06:37PM
428 posts

Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Having been involved in the 1st 3 Homecomings, I am very saddened that they are having to cancel after scheduling it this year.  I hope they will be able to set something up for next year and keep it regardless of the perceived attendance.  They were a fun time.  Even the last one when there was no water was a good one.  Let's see what we can do.

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
02/19/18 08:35:35AM
428 posts

David Schnaufer "Hex" dulcimer


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I guess someone didn't pay the omeka.net bill.  Shame.  Pretty good pics of some interesting instruments.

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
02/12/18 05:16:24AM
428 posts

Tab book for Farinas, Baez and Dylon


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

Don, Ken steered you right with the link to the Farina book.  I've downloaded it a couple of times to make sure I had a copy.  Joan Baez's folk stuff will be found in a lot of books, I'd think.  You'd have to look for it by song title; some might be on the usual tab sites.  However, Dylan's stuff and Joan's original/modern songs would still be under copyright and might be hard to find.  I know Andy Beyer teaches a workshop on 60s folk songs (which I took) but I now have no idea which songs he covered.  LOL.  Oh, yeah, you might want to check out Ralph Lee Smith's books including the one on Greenwich Village Days (I think that's something like the title) for the folk songs which were common in the 60s folk revival.

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
02/07/18 05:36:08AM
428 posts

Cherokee Waltz


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

Thanks for the "like," Carole.  I'd forgotten about this one.  May have to learn it again.  lol

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
01/27/18 08:32:38PM
428 posts

Thomas F Johnson Dulcimer?


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In the 1981 Directory of Contemporary American Musical Instrument Makers Thomas F Johnson is shown as a full time instrument maker since 1967 with one employee.  He made guitars and dulcimers.  I don't think the North Texas State instructor is the same one.

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
12/28/17 10:33:18PM
428 posts

External Pickup for Mountain Dulcimer - Kala amp?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

The best stick-on pickup imo is the Schatten Dualie.  I've used a lot of pickups since the 70s to amplify nylon string guitars and this one is better than anything I've ever had.  I actually got it when it first came out to try to get the "Willie Nelson" sound from a little Argentinian classical guitar I have.  I combine mine with a Boss GE-7 equalizer/preamp which I got in a pawn shop for around $25.  Couldn't resist it; mint in the box.  Now I've upgraded my amplifier to a Fender Acoustisonic 150, but I've been using the Boss still.  I have other effects I use as well.  Now I just have to get a good vocal mic to round out the equipment.

Oh yeah, Schatten makes a dulcimer pickup as well now.  I have not tried it as the dualie has satisfied my needs wonderfully.

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
12/16/17 05:26:58PM
428 posts

Found some books today


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs


I would suggest In Search of the Wild Dulcimer by Robert Force if you don't have it. I've seen it on-line for as little as $2.99 to as exorbitant as $69.95.  Robert has graciously made it available for download here:   http://www.robertforce.com/SongsAndInstruction/InSearchOfTheWildDulcimer.html

There are other great things on his site as well.

Jerry Rockwell has some great resources as well.  I recommend his Music Theory to anyone with a dulcimer.  In fact were I to be starting over on the instrument, those 2 books would probably be the only ones I'd buy.

 


updated by @rob-n-lackey: 12/16/17 05:29:01PM
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
11/11/17 07:09:25AM
428 posts

Dulcimer Players News 1975-2012 Searchable On-line Archive


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Shucks, I would have let y'all known that 2 years ago.  I've been using it to scarf up Roger Nicholson arrangements and articles from the old days of DPN to use in my fingerstyle workshops.  Thanks Roger's widow & daughter for giving me permission to use his material in classes about his style.

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
10/22/17 06:57:59PM
428 posts

Spider Capo


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I had never heard of the spider capo, so after looking it up, it is quite similar, but probably better, than one called "The Extra Hand Capo."  I had (and still have) one of those and it was really cool experimenting with the different strings held down with open strings.  Even tho' I don't like capos (they cut off too many frets) I might have to try one of those.

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
10/01/17 07:55:39PM
428 posts

Dulcimer records


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Yeah, I've been trying to get some vinyl of dulcimer records that have not been put on cd.  Some I didn't think I'd want back in the day; others I didn't know about.

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
08/07/17 06:57:49AM
428 posts

DAA or DAD as primary tuning ?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

A "C" in the "traditional fiddle tune" "Red Haired Boy?" I never play a "C" when we play it. There is a "G" in the "traditional" way of playing "Red Haired Boy" because it's in the key of A.  I believe the same holds true for "Salt Creek" which is probably traditional but (and I could be wrong here) was copyrighted by Bill Monroe.

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
07/07/17 11:03:19AM
428 posts

Happy Anniversary!!


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You done good, Lisa.  Thank you very much.   bighug

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