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?
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!
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.
So...let me try to embed my vimeo video here. It worked! It didn't look like it was working, but when I posted this, it did show up just as it was supposed to. I followed the directions with the red arrows (highlighted the video's address, did a right click post, and then clicked on the T x button on the top left. Wow! Something worked for me--I'm truly amazed!
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.
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!
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!
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!
I know a lot of dulcimer friends in the SE will be feeling the effects of Hurricane Florence in the upcoming week and longer--and not just the SE, but inland, too with much flooding. The track of this hurricane once it makes landfall, is uncertain with some models showing impacts in states along the Great Lakes and on up into the NE. Many of these states have just seen flooding from Hurricane Gordon; the ground is saturated. The Gulf Coast states and Hawaii are facing the same challenges, just with differently named storms. So heads up, folks, and if you're in a hard hit area and come through OK, you might want to let us know here.
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!
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!
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?!
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."
I've spent the last 3 weeks practicing with the Tucson Dulcimer Ensemble as they prepare for several concerts in March. In the process, I've learned a half dozen or so new songs: Tom Kane's Reel, Castle of Dromore, My Wild Irish Rose, June's Lullaby, to name a few. We've met 13 times in large and small groups and I know I'm really going to miss these good folks!
Dusty, I keep an ongoing alphabetized list on my computer and add new ones to it frequently. I really should have the ones that need some extra practice in red, though, so I can review them more often. And, sadly, there are some that just seem to slip away...I should probably have a "holding pen" for those titles, because maybe I can learn them again. The ones on my list are all ones that I have "in my head" and don't use tab for. I think everybody should start one of these lists, even if all you can put on it is Boil 'em Cabbage Down and Hot Cross Buns!
I can't play as fast as I used to--and I think that's probably a good thing!
At Ky Music Week we have Fast Jams, Turtle Jams for those who prefer a slower pace, and Snail Jams for those new to jamming. And, yep, Blinky makes an appearance at those slower jams!
I'm working on sorting music books...I've discovered some I didn't know I had!
You all are so adventuresome! We had chili today....so I guess we got some healthy beans in there, too...
Cynthia, good to hear from you. I think of you often when I pick up my dulcimers. I'm wondering if it's too late to post Christmas music--maybe it's just early for next year?
I'll drift a little more and add that I performed 2 instrumentals at the Open Mic concert at Kentucky Music Winter Weekend: The Loch Tay Boat Song and The Parting Glass (my version of it, anyway...I don't have any tab for it). I feel your encouragement across the miles...
Richard, you said, "Hoefully that [noter/drone] influence will be felt."
Have no worries!
I know the class sessions haven't been announced, yet, but there are many fine noter/drone players-performers-instructors-enthusiasts on the staff, so there's no doubt that you will have a fine offering of classes in this playing style. Also, as Ken H. points out, outside the class times there will, additionally, be a lot of great music sharing among the participants and you can join whichever group draws your interest...many of these will be noter/drone.
I've been to Hindman many times for a variety of events and am sorry I will miss this since I'll be out of state at another dulcimer gathering the same weekend. I know most of the people on staff and they will provide what you're looking for! I hope you do get to go and if you do get there, I hope you have a grand time! Tell us all about it when it's over!