Forum Activity for @kimberly-c

Kimberly C.
@kimberly-c
01/09/14 02:38:12PM
19 posts

House fire


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Sorry to hear about your house fire, Phil! I'm glad you and your family and dogs are okay. And it's good to hear that your dulcimer is okay, too. I sure hope the same can be said about your other instruments! Keep us updated. Thinking of and praying for you!

Kimberly C.
@kimberly-c
01/16/14 03:00:45PM
19 posts

Wandering in and Figuring it All Out - Six months a player


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hilarious, Ellen!! I remember those days all too well when I was first getting acquainted with the Mountain dulcimer. . . I still have some of those days!! Especially when people start talking about those expert bartenders!

Kimberly C.
@kimberly-c
02/15/13 12:23:56PM
19 posts



What a lovely story, Sharna! And a good idea for a discussion!

My first (and still only) dulcimer was a gift from my mom and sisters, who all gave me money for Christmas to be put toward the purchase of a dulcimer after they had learned of my desire to learn the instrument.I knew I wanted a standard McSpadden walnut dulcimer after trying several different dulcimers that my dulcimer teacher Larkin owned. (Well, she was my old-time fiddle teacher at the time. ) A few days later, Larkin, who is an authorized McSpadden dealer,spoke on the phone with the shop owners at The Dulcimer Shoppe in Mountain View, Arkansas, and told them to send her the "best standard walnut dulcimer" they had. One cold evening in January, Larkin called me telling me my dulcimer had arrived and I drove over to her house to pick it up. When I got there, she had it all tuned and warmed up ready for me to play. She said it had a beautiful sound and a very pretty woodgrain, and I agreed. For a Christmas present, she and her husband gave me a few packages of their strings and some Herdim picks (I still use those picks, four years later!) that they sellthrough theirmail-order business (Riverlark Music), and we arranged to have my first lesson the following week. I'll never forget that night!

If you're interested to read my story of how I came to be interested in playing the dulcimer, feel free to read about it on my personal blog: http://anormalweird.blogspot.com/2012/01/musings-of-musical-journey.html

I hope others post their stories of how they came about their dulcimers! I'd love to hear them!

Kimberly C.
@kimberly-c
01/15/13 02:32:20PM
19 posts

Have you met other FOTMD's in real life and become friends?


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Oh, I remember someone else! I met Rick Kennedy at the ending concert of the Memphis Dulcimer Gathering! He recognized me from my profile picture and came up to me and introduced himself to me.


updated by @kimberly-c: 07/15/15 06:10:30AM
Kimberly C.
@kimberly-c
01/09/13 05:33:22PM
19 posts

Have you met other FOTMD's in real life and become friends?


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Me, Robin!! You're forgetting me!!!

I had the wonderful privilege of meeting Robin at the PilotMountain Bowed Dulcimer Festival in April of 2012.A few months prior to that, Robin strongly encouraged me to apply for a scholarship that was beinggiven for thatfestival. I was hesitant at first, but I sure am glad Idecided to apply!!And I'm evenhappier that I won the scholarhip. Attending that festival and meeting Robin was one of the best weekends I've ever had. Being the "newbie" at the festival and knowing nothing about playing the bowed dulcimer, I was quite nervous when I arrived, but Robin instantly made me feel comfortable and introducedme toeverybody andI had a blast!

Robin Thompson said:

Like Rob, I've not met a FOTMD member I didn't like! I'm trying to think of them all. . . and they kind of come in the 'order' in which I met them. Gary Sager, Laura Elder, Butch Ross, Julie Elman, Ken Longfield, Hunter Walker, Kendra Ward, Tish Westman, Bing Futch, Doug Berch, Jim Fawcett, Rob Lackey, Sam (Oh, gee, I just think of Sam as Sam and can't recall his last name! )Tom McDonald, John Wood, Barbara (nice lady who sold a dulcimer to Jim F). . . I'm likely missing someone. My world has been made richer for having made the acquaintance of each of the friends of the mountain dulcimer!

PS-Oh, I must be forgetting someone!

Kimberly C.
@kimberly-c
12/12/12 06:05:28PM
19 posts



I can't help you with any information on your dulcimer, but it sure looks pretty! Great find!


updated by @kimberly-c: 02/16/16 09:01:42PM
Kimberly C.
@kimberly-c
12/01/12 09:18:56PM
19 posts



Just tried fingerpicking it on my dulcimer. I think it will sound really pretty on the dulcimer, but some of the fingerings might prove to be difficult/awkward. . . but then again, I only played it once. It's definitely one I want to keep practicing, as it's very pretty!

Kimberly C.
@kimberly-c
12/01/12 09:13:52PM
19 posts



I just played this on my violin. It's a beautiful tune, Adrian. Thanks for sharing it! I'm going to try it on my dulcimer now.

Kimberly C.
@kimberly-c
11/27/12 09:35:56PM
19 posts

My other Hobby


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I teach arttoeight 11th and 12th grade students in a small Christian high school. It's a lot of fun, and definitely a learning experience!

Dana R. McCall said:

I don't know what I'm doing half the time Kimberly. LOL Never know till i'm done. Where do you teach an art class? I used to volinteer at the Jr High to be a teachers aid in art class when they had a sub or needed help. I really enjoyed it.

Kimberly C.
@kimberly-c
11/26/12 02:38:26PM
19 posts

My other Hobby


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Wow, Dana! Very cool! I need you to come here to Memphis to teach my art class. I have no clue what I'm doing. lol.

Kimberly C.
@kimberly-c
07/28/12 11:36:52PM
19 posts

Dulcimer Recommendation


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

Thanks, Don and Ken! I'll be sure to pass the info along to my sister.

Kimberly C.
@kimberly-c
07/28/12 07:08:55PM
19 posts

Dulcimer Recommendation


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

Thanks, Robin! I'll send that link to Kelley. And I'm goinig to make sure she signs up here on FOTMD!!

Kimberly C.
@kimberly-c
07/28/12 06:27:48PM
19 posts

Dulcimer Recommendation


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

I know if I scrounged around enough on this site, I could probably find where people have made recommendations for dulcimers, but it's just easier to post the question again.

Anyhow, my sister emailed me today telling me she wants to learn how to play the dulcimer! I've rubbed off on her apparently. She asked me what dulcimer I would recommend for her. Of course I would recommend a McSpadden because that's what I have, but she wants to spend only around $150-$200 in case she ends up not sticking with the dulcimer. Could anybody recommend a dulcimer that sounds good and is reliable and easy to play? Thanks!


updated by @kimberly-c: 06/08/16 09:24:05PM
Kimberly C.
@kimberly-c
04/10/12 10:49:06PM
19 posts

The Power of Music


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Great video! My friend I used to regularly go to a nursing home and play our instruments (my friend on piano or flute and I on violin) and sing for the residents. Unfortunately, scheduling conflicts with us and the nursing have arisen in the past few months and we have been unable to go. I really miss it.

The residents loved it when we would play for them, and they often requested many of the old hymns. It was such a blessing to see their faces light up when they would recognize a tune and many of them would often sing with us. In fact, sometimes I believe my friend and I received more of a blessing from the residents than they did from us! Here's a post on my blog about a poem that one of the residents wrote for us. She was an avid hymn-lover and gave us this poem along with sheet music she had kept of some of her favorite hymns. http://www.anormalweird.blogspot.com/2011/10/delightful-day.html

Kimberly C.
@kimberly-c
02/22/12 06:09:22PM
19 posts



Well, I've played the dulcimer for three years now and still have only one dulcimer. If I had the $$$, I'd probably have a lot of dulcimers though! LOL! I'd like at least one other that I could keep tuned DAA. And if I had a third, I'd probably have it set up with four equidistant strings. If I had a fourth, I'd probably keep it set up in some weird tuning. If I had a fifth, I might go with a chromatic. . . .Oh, andI can't forget the bowed dulcimer! I have a long mental list I call my "Instruments I Need to Acquire" list.

Kimberly C.
@kimberly-c
02/09/12 09:32:18PM
19 posts



Here's one of my favorite videos:

Kimberly C.
@kimberly-c
01/21/12 10:51:19PM
19 posts

dulcimer gender studies


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I'll have you know that Ididn't name a single one of my instruments. They were all named for me by friends.

Dusty Turtle said:

Funny. A banjo named Lola just seems wrong for some reason. Jed, OK, but Lola?And Mr. Fiddles works for acartoon violin. Wally works for me, especially if it's a baritone or bass dulcimer.

Kimberly Moore said:

As far as the gender is concerned, I'm not sure why I refer to my dulcimer as a he. Actually, I refer to my fiddle as Mr. Fiddles. The banjo I play, however, is namedLola.

Kimberly C.
@kimberly-c
01/19/12 01:58:55PM
19 posts

dulcimer gender studies


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My dulcimer is technically named Wally (he's made from walnut). However, I usually just call him "my dulcimer" since he's my only one. I suppose if I were to get another dulcimer (or two or three or . . .) I'd start calling them by their names. As far as the gender is concerned, I'm not sure why I refer to my dulcimer as a he. Actually, I refer to my fiddle as Mr. Fiddles. The banjo I play, however, is namedLola.

Kimberly C.
@kimberly-c
01/23/12 10:49:28PM
19 posts



In addition to the mountain dulcimer, I play the fiddle. I also play a little clawhammer banjo (very little), and I've messed around with the bowed psaltery and the bowed dulcimer, although I don't own either of those instruments. (They are on my list of instruments to acquire, though!) My most recent instrument acquisition is the penny whistle.