Forum Activity for @susie

Susie
@susie
07/08/20 06:00:01PM
365 posts

Grant Olson Website


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

Grant, nice website. You are quite the player.
Susie
@susie
06/20/20 11:20:12AM
365 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


OFF TOPIC discussions

Beautiful pets in this thread!

Susie
@susie
05/29/20 07:59:05PM
365 posts

FUNNY songs you sing & play on your dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


I've always loved Doug Berch's "Shame and Scandal in the Family". 


updated by @susie: 05/29/20 07:59:32PM
Susie
@susie
05/03/20 03:31:09PM
365 posts

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


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Robin Thompson:

Playing mountain dulcimer is a comfort in these days.  

You bet it is, Robin!

Susie
@susie
05/03/20 09:40:19AM
365 posts

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


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I have been working on several songs, but I'm really enjoying my version of "Beauty and the Beast". I got Bing's original tab, but revised it some for my playing style, which I really like. Such a pretty tune. It sounds wonderful on my Doug Berch Standard Dulcimer, but it is also beautiful on my Folkcraft Custom Baritone. 


updated by @susie: 05/03/20 09:40:54AM
Susie
@susie
04/29/20 08:56:53PM
365 posts

Looking for "Walkabout" Dulcimer


FOR SALE:instruments/music items/CDs/Wanted to Buy...

This was my Olympia that Kevin made for me. It was beautiful.
Susie
@susie
04/28/20 05:17:02AM
365 posts

Looking for "Walkabout" Dulcimer


FOR SALE:instruments/music items/CDs/Wanted to Buy...

I used to have an Olympia Walkabout Dulcimer, but sold it a few years ago. They are quality made and are fun to play. Good luck in your search.

Susie
@susie
04/18/20 07:01:40PM
365 posts

The New ED


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

I joined, but have slowly lost interest for the reason you cite....not much activity. I haven't given up on it. I have participated some, and hope it gets more interest. 

Susie
@susie
04/01/20 10:21:24AM
365 posts

New Doug Berch Dulcimer :)


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


Dennis Waldrop:

First it has been way to long since I have been on this site! Second, I love your Doug Berch Dulcimer. Could you give me a little information on how and why you choose his instrument? I am talking with Doug and maybe looking at one of his instruments with the same woods that are in your Dulcimer. I am looking for a sound that is mellow and rich and wondering if these woods provide that kind of sound?

Thank you. I chose a Doug Berch dulcimer, because I know him personally and know the quality and care that go into his builds and I know how long he's been building dulcimers. Plus, he is an awesome player. He is very articulate....you could call him a perfectionist. My sassafras/walnut dulcimer is warmer sounding than my McSpadden and Folkcraft custom. Those woods tend to be so, as opposed to cherry or spruce. But, what also enters into the equation for how a dulcimer sounds is the build itself, how the builder makes his instruments. Mine isn't as loud as my Folkcraft custom, but the builds are different. The Folkcraft has a galax back. The Doug Berch has a beautiful tone, that has a real nice balance. I love it, actually. Mine has a pick-up, so when I want more volume, I just plug it in, and it sounds great through my little Roland amp. Doug is awesome to work with. He's not only good at what he does, but he's one of the nicest, most caring guys you'll every meet. Put it this way, at the time he was building mine, I went through a health scare. He provided me much-needed comfort. He is that thoughtful. Anyway, I don't think you'd be disappointed with one of his duclimers, just work with him and he will surely answer any questions or concerns you may have. I hope this helps.

AngelinaCat:

Hi Susie:

Your dulcimer is beautiful.  I love the wood patterns.  I bet it sounds as sweet as it looks.

Thank you! It does have a beautiful voice.


updated by @susie: 04/01/20 11:33:57AM
Susie
@susie
03/17/20 06:40:17AM
365 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


OFF TOPIC discussions

We are retired and live in a rural area. So that helps a lot. Currently we are in the middle of our annual maple syrup production, so that is keeping us busy out in the woods and in our sugar house. So, we are staying very busy with that. happys The maple trees don't care about all this and it's one event that has not been cancelled.


updated by @susie: 03/17/20 07:28:54AM
Susie
@susie
03/13/20 04:21:09PM
365 posts

Idle time. What to do.


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I play at an Assisted Living Facility. I cancelled before I got word from them, because I just don't think any of us outsiders should be coming in there at this time. I have heard one the the Assisted Living Facilities in town isn't allowing visitors, I'm sure the one I play at and the others will follow suit. 

Be smart. Stay healthy.

Susie
@susie
03/11/20 12:29:10PM
365 posts

Paste-on fretboard markers


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

UserNo4:

Thank you! I looked at that website, and it looks like it has what I'm looking for. I have two dulcimers that lack inlays, so a sheet of 20 will serve me well.

They will work good for you. They are very thin, so you won't feel them. Happy to help.
Susie
@susie
03/10/20 09:12:44PM
365 posts

Paste-on fretboard markers


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


I have used those a few times on various instruments. My latest was on a custom Folkcraft dulcimer that had all the fretboard inlays I'm used to, except it didn't have one on the 5th. My eyes are just used to one on the 5th, all my other dulcimers have one there. So I got the white pearl stickers from inlaystickers.com, and put one on the 5th. Can't tell the difference between the inlays and the inlay sticker. 

Go directly to their website for many more choices. Still free shipping. 


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updated by @susie: 03/10/20 09:23:00PM
Susie
@susie
03/07/20 03:35:24PM
365 posts

Where to Purchase Tablature Music for the Dulcimer


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

Hi

AngelinaCat:
Susie:

AngelinaCat, I've prepared a Word document that gives the links to many/most of the free tab sites. If you want it, I can send it to you. Just let me know.

Hi Susie:

Yes, thank you very much.  It will be greatly appreciated.  Can you send it by PM or would youy like my email address.  That I would send  by PM.

Send me your email address in a PM and I'll send it to you.

Susie
@susie
03/07/20 02:28:14PM
365 posts

Where to Purchase Tablature Music for the Dulcimer


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

AngelinaCat, I've prepared a Word document that gives the links to many/most of the free tab sites. If you want it, I can send it to you. Just let me know.

Susie
@susie
02/20/20 02:23:55PM
365 posts

Any banjo players out there?


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

I play 5-string resonator banjo, Earl Scruggs style. I had a wonderful teacher who first taught me fingerpicking guitar (46 years ago), then I moved on to fingerpicking (aka Earl Scruggs style) banjo. Don't play as much as I should, but it is still fun to pull out now and again.

Susie
@susie
02/06/20 09:36:11AM
365 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


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Anne, Biddy is adorable. Sure looks like the cat is keeping an eye on him. Thanks for the photos.

Susie
@susie
02/04/20 09:38:53PM
365 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


OFF TOPIC discussions

Jimmy, both are so cute!
Susie
@susie
02/02/20 05:01:52PM
365 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


OFF TOPIC discussions

Anne, would love to see pictures. Congrats!

Susie
@susie
02/02/20 08:23:05AM
365 posts

Show Us Your Pets!


OFF TOPIC discussions

David, she sure is a cute pup!
Susie
@susie
01/29/20 07:33:05AM
365 posts

My dulcimers stay out all of the time


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?


Banjimer:

A couple of questions for those up north and in the Midwest who keep their instruments out all the time.  Don't you have a problem with the instruments drying out and cracking when the furnace is running and the air in the house dries out?  Isn't that why a lot of musicians keep humidifiers in their instrument cases?

We live in Northern MI. In addition to the 4 dulcimers, we have 6 guitars, and many other wooden instruments. We also have a house made of wood, lots of wood furniture and trim and us and the dogs. For the instruments, structure, belongings and living creatures, we have 3 whole house humidifiers for the 3 levels of the house. In the summer, we use Central A/C and a dehumidifier. We keep the relative humidity controlled between 40% and 60% all year. But, given that, I've have always stored my instruments in their cases (since 1973). It's a personal choice I know, there's no one right way. I fully respect those who choose to have their instruments out.


updated by @susie: 01/29/20 10:03:22AM
Susie
@susie
01/28/20 09:13:42PM
365 posts

Guitar project


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Funny thing, I played a bunch of 12 fret Taylor guitars today at our local store. They have more bass and a bit more volume than their 14 fret siblings. Like I need another, I have 5 Taylors now (after selling a 6th one)


updated by @susie: 01/28/20 09:14:48PM
Susie
@susie
01/28/20 07:37:33PM
365 posts

Guitar project


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

That looks great Ken. Is it going to have nylon strings? I see it is a 12 fret. I bet it will be a fun little parlor guitar when you are done. Keep us posted. Would love to see it when it's done.

Susie
@susie
01/28/20 12:07:53PM
365 posts

Lucy Wise - Walking Out


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Very nice, thanks for sharing.

Susie
@susie
01/24/20 08:37:07AM
365 posts

How do you folk involve your Baritone dulcimer with others?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

That's a beauty! I ordered mine with the galax back too. Enjoy!
Susie
@susie
01/23/20 09:46:29AM
365 posts

How do you folk involve your Baritone dulcimer with others?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


Kevin, welcome back. I remember corresponding with you about our Olympia Walkabout Dulcimers. I have a Folkcraft Custom Baritone, tuned to A. I haven't yet sat down to try to play with others. For me, it's about my personal use and loving the lower tones in all the standard tunes. So, I use my regular music when playing my baritione. 

I have read a few articles that may help. Just google "playing baritone dulcimer with standard dulcimers". Hope this helps.

 

 


updated by @susie: 01/24/20 08:12:01AM
Susie
@susie
01/23/20 05:30:52AM
365 posts

My Husband Has Become Interested...


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

Congrats, looking forward to your report after you get it. I think you should be real happy with a McSpadden. Usually, you can't go wrong.

Susie
@susie
01/15/20 08:04:10AM
365 posts

Sears and Roebuck dulcimers


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Rain Dog: Here's a picture of the dulcimer from Sears I received for Christmas in 1979. I've kept it in the original shipping box, so I'm including a shot of the label. The label inside the dulcimer says Global Instrument Company LTD.

That is really cool. I didn't realize that Sears was still selling instruments as late as 1979. It looks to be well taken care of. What a special instrument. How does it sound?

Susie
@susie
01/04/20 08:25:38AM
365 posts

Brass instruments


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

I'm not a brass instrument player, but I'm a retired saxophone and flute player. My involvement in band from age 9 has caused me to want some continued connection with wind instruments. As a result, I play Native American Flute(s) now. 


updated by @susie: 01/04/20 08:26:09AM
Susie
@susie
01/03/20 06:35:32PM
365 posts

Practice tips


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Good advice so far, I won't expand on that. But one thing that I will add is this (something I have done for 46 years)....

always end your practice session playing some songs that you are pretty good at, that you enjoy. It allows you to end on a good note (pun intended), rather than ending your session being frustrated with something you haven't quite conquered yet. You will feel good and be ready to sit down to your next practice session, having ended in a positive way. Just a suggestion that has worked for me.

Susie
@susie
12/27/19 05:20:23PM
365 posts

Fair price for a 2003 McSpadden


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That's great news, sounds like a win-win for all. We'd love to see pictures of it, if you get the chance. You're going to love having that McSpadden!

Susie
@susie
12/17/19 02:09:43PM
365 posts

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


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I think the very same way, since beginning my music journey in 1973. smile I hate it when a injury interferes with my playing guitar or dulcimer. I truly feel blessed as long as I can play.

Susie
@susie
12/10/19 12:55:21PM
365 posts

Wind Instruments????


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

GaryinWYoming:

I play Native American style flutes also.  Three of them are High Spirits flutes and are very well made.  I have another made by Stellar flutes.  I love the mellow, haunting sound. 



Another HS flutes player here....I have 7. flute

Susie
@susie
11/29/19 06:18:38PM
365 posts

John Molineux uses a striker on a mountain dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

That was a really neat video. Loved the song and the music. Thanks for sharing. 

Susie
@susie
11/26/19 08:48:45PM
365 posts

NDD (New Dulcimer Day) Thread - Let's See Them


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Robin Thompson:

@susie I came-by the instrument used yet it has been used very little.  I've not contacted the builder, Paul Conrad, to ask him just what variety of instrument he called it.  It has a very deep voice with which I am smitten.  

I bet you are! My baritone, which is tuned AEA, has that beautiful lower voice too. Enjoy your new friend!
Susie
@susie
11/26/19 08:37:30PM
365 posts

NDD (New Dulcimer Day) Thread - Let's See Them


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

That's a beauty Robin! Is it a standard tuned dulcimer or a baritone or bass? It looks like it has a big voice. Thanks for sharing.
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