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Jan Potts
@jan-potts
03/31/20 06:06:44PM
436 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


OFF TOPIC discussions

Irene--isn't that bum dulcimer worth something as a wall-hanger?  I often see these as part of the decor at a home or business.  Some don't have strings or tuners, but are still interesting as folk art.

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
03/31/20 06:02:37PM
436 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


OFF TOPIC discussions

Looking forward to your video, Dusty!  Humor helps a lot!

I'm in week 9 of staying at home 99.99% of the time...and full time for the last month.  I was tested for COVID19 last Wed., but don't have the results, yet.  The governor said tonight that it might take 10 days or more if our test was sent to a private lab.

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
03/25/20 05:55:35PM
436 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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I'm happy to report that I was finally able to get tested today! I waited in a line of cars for 2.5 hours, but was able to talk to a friend on my cell phone for most of that time. Beautiful warm day, and the first time I've been out of the house in a week! They said to expect the test would come back negative, but they did document that I currently have bilateral lung involvement--8 weeks since I first got sick!

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
03/25/20 01:22:35AM
436 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


OFF TOPIC discussions

Over the past lotsofyears, I've been shifting books that I find here and there about the house, over to a bookshelf (several, actually) for "books I intend to read someday."  I'm a retired LIBRARIAN, so I don't just willy-nilly go out and buy books.  They seem to come to me anyway....For many years I have been unable to sit and concentrate on a book, so I practically wear out the pages by going back and reading and reading through, once again, what didn't "take hold" the first time.  Or second.  Or third.  I don't listen to audio books for the same reason, and I find kindle, etc., aggrevating when I try to find my zoning out place.  Over the last month, I've read 4 books, which is remarkable for me.  I've read 2 memoirs, a novel, and a book on writing.  Now I'm turning to "Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault", a book of essays by Cathy Guisewite, creator of the cartoon "Cathy."  Time for a some much-needed humor.

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
03/17/20 09:31:04PM
436 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


OFF TOPIC discussions

Our bars and restaurants are only open for carry out (they bring it to your car usually) and home delivery; no inside seating.  Churches closed, although that's somewhat voluntary, I think. Ours streams the service every Sunday anyway, but now they are trying to make a lot of classes and studies online and interactive.  My husband's working on that project along with some other tech geeks.  Many stores are doing online only and the grocery stores and Walmart, etc., have cut their hours back.  Pharmacy drive-thru still open.

I'm pretty much a homebody, so I doubt I'll get cabin fever.  Still, I was very disappointed to have to miss the Ohio Valley Gathering last weekend and the dulcimer retreat for this coming weekend was cancelled.  We can't be in groups of more than 10 people, so all entertainment venues are shut down.  I'm very very disappointed that the Road Scholar program had to cancel the spring Dulcimer Rendezvous in April in southern KY.  That's always so much fun -- Susan Trump usually teaches the more advanced players, although Anne Lough did a great job filling in for her last year.  

I'm disappointed, too, that the college basketball tournaments got cancelled since I usually watch most of the games...usually in my recliner with my dulcimer across the arms!  Fortunately my playing softly doesn't annoy my husband!

We haven't stocked up on anything, yet, and that does concern me.  I'm trying to cut back on the amount of toilet tissue I'm using, and that's good for the environment anyway!

Overall, we find these restrictions tolerable. Most of my energy is for healing up from the respiratory illness I got at the beginning of Feb.  I don't want to be in germy situations anyway!

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
03/08/20 06:16:28AM
436 posts

What's fer dinner?


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Sounds very tasty, Ken!

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
03/03/20 12:54:24PM
436 posts

The Positive Thread...


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I know we have lots of members from the  greater Nashville, TN area where the tornadoes went thru...it would be good if we could  get a word on whether folks are OK, injured, rec'd damage, etc.


updated by @jan-potts: 03/03/20 12:55:31PM
Jan Potts
@jan-potts
01/03/20 12:25:23PM
436 posts

The Drifting Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

Me, too, Robin.  We have several Aussies on here.

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
10/30/19 06:02:28PM
436 posts

Hog-Eyed Man playing Green River


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Don Pedi also has a large collection of historic instruments and gives great talks and allows "hands on" with the collection.  He brings his expertise, popular workshops  and great performances to the Homer Ledford Festival held every year on the first half of Labor Day Weekend in Winchester, KY (just east of Lexington).  It's a small festival and we always have a great time.

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
10/27/19 01:06:26PM
436 posts

Hog-Eyed Man playing Green River


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Just listening and not looking, it reminds me of Don Pedi and Bruce Greene, too, Robin!

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
10/24/19 02:04:30AM
436 posts

General direction on tuning modes


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

Dusty Turtle:

I would suggest you listen to the dulcimer players who play the kind of music you want to play and ask them how they are tuned.

Listen to some of what FOTMD member Sam Edelston plays.  If you like it, you might want to chat with him directly--or anyone else whose music sits well with you.

 

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
10/05/19 09:51:48PM
436 posts

The Drifting Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

And you can save the cooled paraffin and reuse it, right?  You don't have to keep buying the new stuff all the time for every treatment...right?

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
09/24/19 04:57:27PM
436 posts

The Drifting Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

Thanks for letting us know about Jennifer's death.  I really like Kattywhompus--a fun group of talented musicians.

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
08/02/19 03:16:11PM
436 posts

FOTMD's 10th Birthday Pickled Dulcimer Contest!! (contest CLOSED)


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Wow!  I asked my husband, Craig Potts, to pick the number and he gave me a good one!  I will look forward to having Jessica Comeau's CD!  Congratulations to the other winners, too!

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
07/30/19 12:12:52AM
436 posts

What's fer dinner?


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My husband Craig cooked:  Curried tuna fish on rice topped with chopped peanuts and sweet pickle relish.  I would have added those crispy chow mein noodles, but we didn't have any.  

 

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
04/30/19 01:13:37PM
436 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Actually, Lois, I played chords on folk guitar to accompany singing in the late 60's and 70's, but I don't think I played enough to get calluses!  I also never learned to fingerpick...

When the edges of the fake calluses begin to peel, I'd usually remove them and then re-apply.  This is what I did while I was waiting for a new callus to form after I cut a finger on my left hand last fall.  One of the things I did was to keep a uke handy and strum chords quietly on that for about 5 min. at a time while watching TV, etc. The hard part is to not overdue it while the baby calluses are developing.

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
04/29/19 09:02:35PM
436 posts

The Drifting Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

Lois, I've used Hard as Nails to make temporary calluses or protect an injured finger from further abuse while playing. When they begin to peel off, I try doing without them for a spell, then reapply as needed.

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
04/26/19 04:38:13PM
436 posts

The Drifting Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

Just saw a story on the news about a man in FL who got a small cut on his hand and it became infected with that flesh-eating bacteria.  Don't let the small size of the cut fool ya.  Be observant.  Stay well.  Heal quickly!

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
01/08/19 04:05:14PM
436 posts

What songs were you taught in kindergarten/grade school?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thank heavens we sang a lot in my family.  We didn't listen to the radio, nor did we kids have radios of our own, but we sometimes listened to the hi-fi show tune albums.  For most of my childhood I didn't realize there was a story that went with those songs!  We sang a lot in Girl Scouts, too, and even had a chorus in our elementary school for a semester or two that met for a half hour before school started.  I made my own music, too, as the family piano was in my bedroom from age 5 until I graduated from high school.

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
01/07/19 06:17:23PM
436 posts

What songs were you taught in kindergarten/grade school?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

TwoGunBob:

Mrs. Vaughan taught me from Kindergarten and moved with me through intermediate school so I had seven years of teaching from her.

Was she your only teacher for 7 years, or was she a music teacher? I was guessing you meant the former.  I never had a general music class throughout all of my education--what a treat that would have been, I think!  Our teachers (up through 6th grade) all had a piano and music books available to pull into the classroom if they wished to do so--some were very opposed to the idea, unfortunately.  

We should probably play more of the songs we learned as children.  I'm glad this discussion is still giving folks lots of ideas along these lines!

 

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
01/07/19 06:00:45PM
436 posts

Sad News


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hmm...Patty, maybe you could figure out how to make a limberjack fashioned after Mike Slone, sort of.  It would be a creative way to honor his memory...

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
01/03/19 04:01:11PM
436 posts

Sad News


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

What a great Mike Slone story!  His personality comes shining through his words.  It would do us well to read this!  Thanks for sharing, Robin!

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
01/02/19 10:03:37PM
436 posts

Sad News


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I, too, was saddened to hear of Mike's death.  We used to chat quite a bit on here.  He helped a lot of people come to know and appreciate the mountain dulcimer.  My prayers go out for his friends and family.

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
12/10/18 05:27:53AM
436 posts

The Drifting Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

Yes, The Holly Tree has been tabbed out.  Sorry I can't be more helpful at the moment--I just borrowed someone else's music when I joined the local dulcimer club at their concert.

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
12/08/18 07:21:55PM
436 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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I played in a concert today and one of the songs we performed was Jean Ritchie's song: The Holly Tree.  The people gave us a lot of applause, so I guess they liked it, too.  Jean would be so pleased, I think, to know that her music is being carried on across the globe, just as she did when she was alive.  Of course, a spark of Jean will always live on, I think!

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
11/10/18 04:21:46PM
436 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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I liked these stories, too, Jim--and read them to my husband, who also appreciated them.

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
10/31/18 01:02:44AM
436 posts

The Drifting Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

I've been to an Arlo Guthrie concert with a fairly small audience and it really was a wonderful experience, for all the reasons you mentioned, Ken.  I also enjoyed a small Joan Baez concert not too long ago!

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
10/19/18 06:24:16PM
436 posts

motivation


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Mountain dulcimers can play most any kind of music...check out Butch Ross, Stephen Seifert, Aaron O'Rourk, and Bing Futch among others (these just popped into my head--there's really a long list of mtn dulcimer players playing non-traditional dulcimer music or playing in non-traditional ways).  My advice:  play the music that's already in your heart or your head and see where it takes you!

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
10/08/18 02:18:20AM
436 posts

motivation


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Yo!  JP  Not sure I can be a muse, but I do have a listening ear or two.  Can you figure out how to connect on here?

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
09/05/18 09:09:00PM
436 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I'm working on composing a song--with verses and all that, something I rarely do.  It's a "work in progress" and right now it's not going much of anywhere, but I keep coming back to it.

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
07/31/18 12:00:02PM
436 posts

The Drifting Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

Yes, we are all concerned about how you all are doing out in CA.  It helps just hearing that you and your family are currently OK, Dusty.

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
06/09/18 12:46:25AM
436 posts

Favorite chair/seat for playing?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Susie, your gliders look very comfortable!

For me, seat height is key.  I'm fairly tall, but have disproportionately short shin bones.  A child's chair works pretty well for me--17 inches, tops.  Office chairs which can be lowered often work well and they often have arms, which I need for support. My right arm, after complex shoulder surgery, can't just hang free; it has to be supported or it feels like gravity is pulling it out of the socket--very painful).

I have several 3 legged folding stools and an assortment of folding chairs, but my favorite remains my recliner!

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
06/09/18 12:24:42AM
436 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I picked up my baritone dulcimer this morning and out of nowhere came, "O What a Beautiful Morning!".

I think that my dulcimer is also glad that winter seems to have finally ended!

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
05/25/18 05:08:02AM
436 posts

The Positive Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

I'm VERY impressed.  This is not a skill I have acquired!  I've made some jumbled up messes because a string HAD to be replaced after it broke, but that's about it.

 

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
04/25/18 08:37:29PM
436 posts

Pick paranoia!


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

One of the ways to keep a pick from flying off and getting lost is to tether it to a ring of leather or other soft material that you slip on one of your fingers. Even a slice of a finger off an old glove would work.  Some people crochet them or make a ring of beads strung on elastic cord.  If it goes flying it won't get too far!

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
04/20/18 08:13:19PM
436 posts



Hmmm...I own both Ron's and Bonnie's.  Maybe I should do a test.  I'd want to contact Ron Gibson, also, to see if he could tell me the original cost of his dulcimer, since I got it used.  My Bonnie Carol's are both used, too, for that matter, and they both sound great....and I prefer their sound to the Gibsons.  But, there again, is the preference for a particular sound that is so personal--and some days I don't even like the sound of my favorite dulcimers!  What's up with that?!

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
03/30/18 07:56:49PM
436 posts

The Positive Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

Someday I'll get back to CA and we can share some songs and do some jammin'--I'd enjoy that!

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
03/27/18 07:44:12PM
436 posts

The Positive Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

Careful, Dusty!  I think I hear "ROAD TRIP" being hollered all over the world!

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
02/26/18 12:56:00PM
436 posts

Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I wanted you all to know that if I wasn't already scheduled to be out of state at another dulcimer event that weekend, I would, for sure, be joining y'all in Berea. Just a suggestion...if someone writes the John Jacob Niles Center at the University of Kentucky, you may be able to get permission to make a quick stop at JJNiles' home just outside Lexington, not far off I-75 at exit 104.  It is private property, so I'm sure people don't want a bunch of cars parking in the driveway and poking around without permission--part of the building is still being used for storage and office space, I think.  John Gribble and I visited the site when he was working on his JJNiles article for Dulcimer Player News in 2016. The house, which is right by the road, looks like it is partly in ruins, but if you stand in the center of the courtyard and look past the vines that seem to be covering everything, you will spot some treasure such as the small niche with the figurine of St. Francis of Assisi, beautiful handmade tiles inlaid in the stonework, and a leaded glass window.  Not far from the house is the small Episcopal Church with the double doors that he hand carved. The pretty stone-walled cemetery behind the church has the grave of JJNiles and if you're lucky there will be some flowers and trees in bloom! The church caretaker lives across the road and can tell you more about why this beautiful small church is located in (seemingly) the "middle of nowhere."  

 

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