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Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
07/23/21 01:35:15PM
792 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Here is some more dulcimer good news: https://stonecountyleader.com/stories/dulcimer-reclaimed-after-50plus-years,4160

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
07/23/21 01:15:49PM
792 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


Thanks for introducing yourself, Steve. Here is a suggestion for installing your strap buttons. If you play with the dulcimer flat on you lap, put the strap button on the peg head end on the side of peg head on the side opposite your playing. This will put the head of the dulcimer in toward you and make it more stable when playing. If you play with the dulcimer tilted in front of you (from stomach to thighs), the strap button on the peg head end works better in the middle of the underside of the peg head near the body. Here is a photo of the first suggestion later this afternoon.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


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updated by @ken-longfield: 07/23/21 01:49:55PM
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
07/12/21 09:11:08PM
792 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Irene, I have a few hundred photos to go through before I post any. There will be some coming soon.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
07/12/21 09:08:38PM
792 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Robin, we tow our Aliner Classic with a 2015 GMC Canyon. Our daughter tows hers with a 2019 GMC Acadia. She has a Family Expedition which is a little larger than our Aliner.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
07/12/21 10:24:50AM
792 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Well, after 21 days on he road with our Aliner camper, we are home! It was a wonderful trip with our daughter, son-in-law, and two sons. They also have an Aliner camper. We are all tired and in the throes of unpacking, cleaning, etc. We traveled from our home in Pennsylvania to Yellowstone National Park and back. And it was 21 days without my laptop computer and checking email and dulcimer sites every day.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
05/29/21 08:42:44PM
792 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Haha, John. I can only claim four bells in our choir, E flat 4, E4, F4, and F#4. I wouldn't ever try to play all 12 bells in an octave.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
05/27/21 09:24:08PM
792 posts

Leonard Bernstein explaining the mixolydian mode


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

That was fun. I learned quite a lot about mixolydian watching the video. Thanks for sharing it Dusty.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
05/23/21 06:24:09PM
792 posts

Zoom group invitation


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks, Dan. I'll contact Bobby.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
05/23/21 12:28:06PM
792 posts

Zoom group invitation


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Thanks, Robin for letting me know about the link. I'm not sure how the site works regarding guests reading the various topics. I'll check in to it. I never log out, so I don't have to reenter my password six for seven times a day.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
05/21/21 05:13:06PM
792 posts

Zoom group invitation


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For about a year now a group of folks have been getting together Tuesday evenings on Zoom to play mountain dulcimer together. We invite you join us. We play noter or finger dancing style mostly in DAA but also in DAC, DAG, and DAd. The format is one person leads a song/tune while everyone else is muted and plays along. While Dave Holeton usually leads, others have led as well. You are welcome to join us. We meet on Tuesday evenings at 8:30 p.m. (EDT), 7:30 p.m. (CDT), 6:30 p.m. (MDT), and 5:30 p.m. PDT. A link for each week's meeting is available on The Traditional Mountain Dulcimore website. Here is a link to the thread where meetings are posted: https://thetraditionalappalachiandulcimore.com/board/47/ttad-zoom-group

The meeting lasts for 40 minutes and we usually work on four songs.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


updated by @ken-longfield: 05/21/21 05:14:22PM
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
05/18/21 03:04:09PM
792 posts

2021 Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering Details


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Steven, if you are planning on using the bridge on I40 over the Mississippi, check to see if it is open. It has been closed due to a crack in a beam that supports one of the spans. Wouldn't want you to get wet.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
05/17/21 10:09:38AM
792 posts

2021 Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering Details


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I'll be there with my mask on as well. I'll have some dulcimores to exhibit and maybe some other stuff to show. I'll have a video projector with me if anyone has something they want to show that way.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
05/12/21 08:14:33PM
792 posts

Making a dulcimer humidity resistant?


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I really don't think this a big issue. People along the Pacific coast have played stringed instruments for many years. People buy and play lots of acoustic guitars from inexpensive Asian models to high end Taylors and Martins. These instruments receive no extra treatment for humidity control. The outsides are finished and the insides are not. Build her a dulcimer. The general rule of thumb is that if you are comfortable, the dulcimer will be comfortable.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
05/12/21 10:11:17AM
792 posts

George Orthey Dulcimer


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I think Dusty is correct. In 1982 Orthey dulcimers came tuned DAA if I remember correctly. The string gauges would be as Dusty mentioned. When people moved to DAd playing, the middle string probably changed to 0.014.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
05/11/21 10:42:42PM
792 posts

Rosin the Beau and recycling melodies for new songs


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This is an interesting question. I thought of the "The Ship that Never Returned" which is the basis for "The Wreck Old 97" which is the basis of "The Municipal Train Protest Song" (MTA), which is the basis of "Super Skier." Not quite as many as Rosin the Beau.

With regard to Rosin the Beau, the Limeliters did a parody called "Acres of Limeliters." Randy Sparks and the New Christy Minstrels did  a song entitled "Denver" to that tune. I believe it was also the basis for a campaign song,"The Hero of Tippecanoe," for William Henry Harrison. I'm sure there are others, but those are ones that come to mind.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
05/07/21 09:49:00AM
792 posts

New McSpadden Flatwater Dulcimers


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

It sounds like you are really enjoying your new dulcimer. Have fun playing it.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
05/03/21 10:21:27AM
792 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Thanks for sharing the video of Nora Brown, Dusty. Very encouraging.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
05/02/21 06:37:52PM
792 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Since folks are adding to their instrument inventory, I'll add a few since my original response only included mountain dulcimers, zitters, and other instruments I made. So in addition to all of that I have two more open back banjos, three acoustic guitars, a soprano ukulele, a D tin whistle, a recorder, a jaw harp, a couple of harmonicas. an assortment of rhythm instruments (spoons, Catspaws, limber jack, etc.), a small tambourine, and bag of kazoos. Oh, an electronic keyboard which I don't play, but my wife does. There might be a few more instruments around the house that I've forgotten about.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/27/21 01:25:37PM
792 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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I just saw (again) the well wishes for my open heart surgery 3 months ago. While some of you may have seen my updates elsewhere there are a few here that may not have seen them. Those of you who already know this, just go on to another thread. My surgery to repair a broken mitral valve in my heart occurred on January 28. While I was scheduled for surgery at 11 a.m., it wasn't until later in the day (around 4 p.m.) that surgery began. The surgeon told me it was a textbook operation. Everything well and according to plan. A 28 mm titanium ring was implanted around the valve and a mitral clip was installed to reinforce the cord. (I think that is what they told me.) I expected to be in the hospital for 4 days, but my body decided otherwise. In about 25 percent of mitral valve operations patients go in to atrial fibrillation following surgery. I was one of them. I couldn't go home until the afib was under control, so I spent an additional week in the hospital. After eleven days I returned home with renewed energy and no pain. I continued all of the exercises I did while hospitalized. After 6 weeks (my post-surgical appointment with the surgeon), I was told that I could start driving again. A few weeks later cardiac rehab reopened at the local hospital. I am now in the middle of 10 weeks of rehab which is going well. Thank you to all who expressed concern. I appreciate our dulcimer community.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/23/21 07:37:55PM
792 posts

Rest in Peace, Larkin Bryant


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thank you for sharing this, Robin. This is sad news. Many people learned to play using her instruction book and cassette tape. I still have mine. My sympathy goes out to her husband, her family, and friends.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/22/21 08:04:13PM
792 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Dusty Turtle:

Do you have a machine that tunes your dulcimers, too?

 

Not yet, but someday someone will invent one. I've been tempted to try one of the automatic guitar tuners, but it would just be something else to clutter the accessory pocket in my guitar case.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/22/21 12:34:21PM
792 posts

The Positive Thread...


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My self-propelled mower lasts a little over an hour on a fully charged battery. Mine is a Kobalt from Lowe's. My robotic mover also lasts around an hour on a full charge. It docks itself when it needs to be recharged. It is a Husqvarna. I saw these in action when I attended the A.S.I.A. Symposium in East Stroudsburg, PA in 2018. I was impressed by how they worked. My wife wanted me to get someone to cut the lawn. The robot was a compromise. It cuts the largest part of the year and I use the walk behind, self-propelled mower to do parts of the yard that the robot is not programmed to do. These are areas out near the street and outside of fenced in year and along the fence as the robot does not cut all the way to fence.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/22/21 08:59:09AM
792 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Robin, I am guessing that you are talking about a plug-in mower with an extension cord. My sister and her former husband used one for many years. My sister still does.

Last year I switched over to  battery powered lawn mower, string trimmer, and hedge trimmer. Most of my lawn is done by a robot, but I need the mower for places the robot doesn't reach. No more messing with gas and oil.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/21/21 08:01:02PM
792 posts

Warren May Maple Dulcimer


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I think you are making a good decision. I would have passed on the May dulcimer for the same reason. Are you sure the VSL on the McSpadden is correct? Most McSpadden's fo that period were 28.5 inches. Also, McSpadden dulcimers were not built by one person. The craftsperson whose responsibility of gluing on the back was the person who signed the label. Someone else may have bent the sides, installed the frets, tuners, strings, done the glue ups, etc.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/21/21 07:45:42PM
792 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Robin, it has been getting colder all day. Tomorrow is not going to be a day to be outside doing yard work. Maybe I'll be able to get some of dulcimer projects worked on. You stay warm as well.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/21/21 07:35:58PM
792 posts

Warren May Maple Dulcimer


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I agree that the dark spot looks to be in the wood.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/21/21 07:27:42PM
792 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Venni, glad to hear the you made it through. Best wishes for continued improvement in your health.

Robin, you can keep the snow in Ohio, thank you.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/15/21 08:15:15PM
792 posts

An Interesting News Story from West Virginia


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

You're welcome, Richard.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/15/21 04:33:56PM
792 posts

An Interesting News Story from West Virginia


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You're welcome, Robin.I like finding these dulcimer related articles in my Google News Feed. I enjoyed it too.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/11/21 05:47:50PM
792 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Yes, Susie, I've had more at one time. They come and go. It's the ebb and flow of dulcimer ownership.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/08/21 08:37:05PM
792 posts

How Many Dulcimers Do You Own?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

At the moment I only have 15: the first one I made which is based on a plan by Joseph Wallo, rosewood and spruce; a teardrop from Scott Antes plans, rosewood and spruce; the same model but made of marine grade mahogany plywood and spruce; the same model made of chestnut and spruce; a Blue Lion hourglass, rosewood, red cedar, and mahogany; a Folkcraft all walnut hourglass (the last two have have built in pickups), a David Lynch travel dulcimer; Musical Traditions hourglass of walnut; an walnut hourglass made by Warren May; an original James Edward Thomas all walnut hourglass; a cardboard Backyard dulcimer painted navy blue; a Sunhearth teardrop made by Walt Martin made of walnut and spruce; a C.N. Prichard hourglass reproduction made of all poplar painted black; a teardrop dulcimer based on Scott Antes plan made of paduk and spruce; and one based on the C.N. Prichard dulcimer made of walnut and butternut. In addition I have  four Pennsylvania German zitters, two of which I made. One is based on an instrument in the Mercer Museum and the other is based on an instrument in the Landis Valley Museum. I also have a 16/15 hammered dulcimer and an open back banjo which I made. I made a Fender "S" style electric guitar and am currently working on an acoustic guitar.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/03/21 06:54:40PM
792 posts

Bonnie Carol


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

You're welcome, Dusty. And it will be a great loss for the dulcimer community.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/02/21 05:38:41PM
792 posts

Bonnie Carol


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You're welcome, Susie. I thought it was.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
04/02/21 05:26:13PM
792 posts

Bonnie Carol


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I thought some folks would enjoy this article: https://themtnear.com/2021/04/award-winning-dulcimer-maker-and-musician-bonnie-carol/

Ken,

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
03/31/21 10:12:41AM
792 posts

music and the pleasure center of the brain


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Thanks for sharing that article, Dusty. I found it informative and interesting.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
03/29/21 08:37:58AM
792 posts

Show us your sound holes!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

What Rojo said and elegant.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
03/27/21 06:28:26PM
792 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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For a long time our grocery stores would not allow us to bring our own bags in to the store. I think that restriction has ease now, although the last two times I went to the grocery store, it was only to pick up prescriptions.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
03/26/21 12:00:38PM
792 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Well, the second shot is in the arm. Two weeks from today I should be good to go although I will keep wearing a mask out in public. In two weeks our daughter, son-in-law, and two grandsons will be here to visit. Can't wait for them to visit. We have a lot of planning to do for our trip out to Yellowstone N.P. in late June and early July.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

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