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Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
06/27/19 01:52:53PM
445 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


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Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
04/29/19 09:48:27AM
445 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
445 posts

Keith Johnson Dulcimer


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

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
445 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
05/27/18 07:44:53PM
445 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Trying to get my set list together for Pattyfest on Saturday.  Playing 1st on the schedule so I gotta be right.

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
05/25/18 06:57:08AM
445 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
445 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
445 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
445 posts

Kennedy Barn String Band


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

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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updated by @rob-n-lackey: 10/15/19 11:30:21AM
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
05/10/18 11:29:12AM
445 posts

Song choices for transcribing


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

 

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

4 equidistant strings/McCarty tulip dulcimer


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

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
445 posts

Too Young To Marry lyrics


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

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
445 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
445 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
445 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
03/31/18 06:08:57AM
445 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Is that an original Pignose, Charles?  I bought mine in '73 and still use it some.  Even took it on the road back then.

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
03/28/18 08:27:27AM
445 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
445 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
445 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
445 posts

4 equidistant strings/McCarty tulip dulcimer


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

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
445 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
445 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
02/18/18 10:13:42AM
445 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

James.... don't forget the F minor either!

Lisa.... very clear explanation of the note/number/scale relationship.  When one "gets" that then they are ready to progress to the higher realms of music theory or just realize they can now transpose music on the fly when confronted with sheet music in say Ab.

Randy... that's my 1st criterion as well.  I do tabs for folks and most of them I send out in 2 tunings, but some just won't fit a second tuning.

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
02/12/18 05:16:24AM
445 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
02/09/18 05:50:19AM
445 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Dusty, I enjoyed your video if no one else did/does.  lol.  I will point out that here in WV "Rachel" is played with the C# in the first part, not a C natural.  If you listen to the video of Melvin Wine playing it you can hear that plainly.  Also, he doesn't play it at lightning speed.  He's relaxed and kind of rocking back and forth with it.  I think you've given me impetus to learn this one that I've liked since hearing Alan Freeman's version on record.

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
02/07/18 05:36:08AM
445 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
02/02/18 09:52:51AM
445 posts

The Drifting Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

French Creek Freddy didn't see his shadow today, so while y'all in PA and OH are experiencing 6 more weeks of winter, we in WV will be enjoying our early spring

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
01/28/18 06:37:47AM
445 posts

Festivals (2018)


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Been to Old Pal once.  Had a good time there, but would have a better one if I went back this year.  LOL, I was too shy before.  I doubt if you'll ever see anyone there using tabs/music when they play on stage.

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
01/27/18 08:32:38PM
445 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
01/24/18 08:08:32AM
445 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Marg, it sounds like there were some very inconsiderate people there or no one knew what a slow jam was supposed to be.  I hate playing really fast, even when I know the tune and can play it "that" fast.  Most of these fiddle tunes are dance tunes, not show-off tunes.  However a lot of people don't seem to realize that.  Even when they are fast they should be dance-able. I don't know any of those tunes other than "8th of January (Battle of New Orleans)" and I know it should go at a lope not a gallop.  To get to your question, I'd play chords.  I do that with the band on tunes I'm just learning or don't know too well.  If our bass player isn't with us yet I'll try to emphasize the bass notes and maybe throw in a little bass run.  

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
01/23/18 07:21:44PM
445 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

"John Ryan's Polka" is a great tune and one that's played a lot up here.  Don't play it too fast; you have to be able to dance the polka to it.

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
12/28/17 10:33:18PM
445 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
445 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
445 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
445 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
445 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
08/20/17 01:18:48PM
445 posts

The Drifting Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

My condolences on your loss.  May you be comforted in your time of grief.

 

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
08/07/17 06:57:49AM
445 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
445 posts

Happy Anniversary!!


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

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