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Lorilee
@lorilee
09/18/22 10:23:39AM
12 posts

Bass Dulcimers


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Thanks, Matt. I'll do that. My instructor has a teardrop bass, and she wants me to try it before I jump at anything so I can make the right decision as to what I want. 

Lorilee
@lorilee
09/17/22 12:48:04PM
12 posts

Bass Dulcimers


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

Thank you for all of your replies. They do give me a lot to think about. I'm really considering getting a bass, maybe from Blue Lion? My instructor has a bass that I'm going to "fiddle" with, but it's a teardrop which is not what I'm looking for. so I don't know... so I'll see what I think about hers, and knowing me, I'll soon be looking for one! nod

Lorilee
@lorilee
09/15/22 02:08:22PM
12 posts

Bass Dulcimers


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How does the build of a bass dulcimer differ from a standard? Is the same basic body with a different nut/bridge/strings or is there more to it? Can a person get one without a really long VSL? (short person here!)

Lorilee
@lorilee
05/06/22 02:52:45PM
12 posts

Teaching Advice


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks Everyone, for the help. My granddaughter is a definite handful, and it is very difficult to keep her attention in one place for very long. I keep thinking that if she gives music a chance, she'll love it. I don't care if she wants to play the tuba (well, maybe I do!), but Something! I have the dulcimers so I'm going to try to start her there. I think she can get some early success which will help keep her interest. Your suggestions will definitely help guide me in this. I'll let you all know how things go. Thanks again!

Lorilee
@lorilee
05/06/22 02:45:12PM
12 posts

Teaching Advice


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thank you Strumelia. I'll check that out.

Lorilee
@lorilee
04/23/22 11:06:06AM
12 posts

Teaching Advice


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


Hello All,

I am looking for a little advice. Here's the situation. My only grandchild is 10 going on 7. She's autistic and very ADHD. She is also very intelligent, but it is hard to get her to focus on any one thing for very long. She is verbal (loudly!), but can't really carry on a 2-way conversation very well. Also, math is her favorite subject in school.

I know there is definite connection between math and music, so you can probably see where I am going with this. I'd like to TRY to sit her down with a dulcimer and teach her some basic things. My logic tells me that noter style is probably the best way to start with her. Yes? She maybe can pick out some tunes that way and have some easy and early success.. Any suggestions for this? Also, are there any materials out there for teaching kids to play? I'm a retired HS Science teacher, but younger kids are a whole different challenge. Is it a good thing to teach her tab or just go by ear?

This kid is going to middle school next year(which scares me to death). Her one elective will be band. As it stands, I just don't see that as feasible. Maybe the dulcimer might get the love of music alive in her before then.

Lorilee
@lorilee
02/16/22 11:41:10AM
12 posts

odd frets


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

What is a 0+ fret? Sounds like an "odd fret"! confusey

Lorilee
@lorilee
12/30/21 01:45:26PM
12 posts

Fretboard widths and wood chocies


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Gentlemen, Thank you so much for your input. You have made me much more confident with my design choices, and I'll go ahead with the plan and not change a thing!  Again, Thanks! happys

Lorilee
@lorilee
12/29/21 06:00:14PM
12 posts

Fretboard widths and wood chocies


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What would the advantages/disadvantages of a 1.5 inch wide fretboard or a 1 3/8 inch fretboard? I have just slightly smaller than average hands if that has anything to do with it. Also, what are your thoughts about back and sides of cherry and a top of butternut? What might that produce tonally? Thanks for any input.

Lorilee
@lorilee
11/15/21 03:33:31PM
12 posts

Painful thumb


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Lois, in the 2nd exercise are you pressing the index finger toward the back of the hand or toward the palm? Since the other hand is resisting, I can see it might be in either direction. I have very painful thumbs, but it's mostly from arthritis. I will grasp any straw that might possible help!

Lorilee
@lorilee
09/14/21 10:16:29AM
12 posts

Fret Markers?


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Thanks Susie, Ken and Tukano, I've gone ahead and ordered some stickers. I just hope they're as removable as the vendors say because I'm sure I'll have to reposition at least one of them.smiler The information about why people mark those particular frets was most helpful, Ken, and I thank you for that.

Lorilee

Lorilee
@lorilee
09/13/21 03:25:14PM
12 posts

Fret Markers?


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

On which frets is it customary to have markers? I've not seen enough dulcimers yet to know (ask me about banjo fret markers--THAT I can tell you!) I'm thinking of putting some temporary stickers on my frets so I'll know what the heck is what. Eventually I'll learn where my fingers are, but it would be nice not to have to stop and count all the time! Thanks!


updated by @lorilee: 09/14/21 08:48:31AM