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Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/16/18 08:19:37PM
552 posts

Oberflacht Lyre Finished


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Nice work, Ken.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/11/18 09:07:11PM
552 posts

Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

You're welcome, Robin. I remember you being there. This will be my fourth. Haven't missed one yet.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/11/18 05:12:08PM
552 posts

Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks. Lisa. I found a few minutes to sit, so I worked on it. grin

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/11/18 04:08:59PM
552 posts

Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I created an event notice for the Homecoming. Once Lisa approves it, it will appear in the Events listings. I supplied the date, place, and link to the Homecoming website. Let me know if you think there should be more there.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/10/18 10:41:47PM
552 posts

Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

That's a good question John. My guess is that none of the organizers are members here. If I had time I would do it, but I'm really busy tomorrow and heading out of town for a few days and will have spotty internet connections. Maybe I'll do it when I get home, if someone doesn't do it before me.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/10/18 02:53:51PM
552 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Well, we just received a new playlist for 2018 at our club meeting last night. There are 16 songs on the list. We've played some of them before, but there are a couple of new ones as far as the group goes: Golden Slippers, Mississippi Sawyer, Red Wing, Beach Spring, The King of Love My Shepherd Is, This Is My Father's World, and Wonderful Words of Life. Some of us have played those songs, but not together.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/08/18 04:09:57PM
552 posts

Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Richard, as fas I know, the workshop offerings have not been posted yet. I know a couple of people made the suggestion to Lorinda Jones that she offer such a workshop. There will be a few noter drone players there.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/06/18 06:31:16PM
552 posts

What is this?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Yes, that is a bobbin. A spool of thread would have been put on that and then then run through the loom.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
01/04/18 10:01:42AM
552 posts

Drone playing in DAD?


Traditional style playing- drone and/or noter discussions

How many are a lot, Don? I play some tunes in DAd with a noter, but I usually choose ones that don't require me to fret the middle string. I'm not very good at doing that. Randy Adams plays in many different tunings (noter style) and has not trouble grabbing the middle string when needed. He is a delight to watch as he plays. For most noter style playing I stick with a 1 5 5 tuning.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/29/17 01:07:34PM
552 posts

Herdim picks


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Your welcome, Don. I figured it was easier to post the link rather than try to summarize all the information here.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/29/17 10:34:20AM
552 posts

Herdim picks


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Here is a link to a discussion of this very topic at Everything Dulcimer: 

http://everythingdulcimer.com/discuss/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=33782&p=377292&hilit=Herdim#p377292

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/23/17 07:53:01PM
552 posts

What's fer dinner?


Off Topic discussions

On Christmas Day we are having dinner at a friend's home. I think it will be ham with various side dishes. The day after Christmas (Boxing Day) we have family coming in for fried oysters, mashed potatoes, green beans, and various other sides like pickled beets and eggs. 

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/22/17 04:05:40PM
552 posts

Look how kewl!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Nice.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/20/17 09:07:48PM
552 posts

Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Sorry to hear that the senior housing fell through. I'll miss you. I took care of my mother and father at different times. Cherish your time with them.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/18/17 08:37:46PM
552 posts

3 or 4 strings?


Chord/melody modern style playing discussions

If you are taking a survey, I prefer to play three string dulcimer rather than four or six.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/16/17 04:19:26PM
552 posts

Found some books today


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

These days there are many online and print resources for mountain dulcimer. It was not like that back in 1974 when I started out in the dulcimer world. Bing Futch, Stephen Seifert, Maddie MacNeil, Joyce Ochs, and others have teaching materials available. Here is what is available from Folkcraft. Other dealers, Prussia Valley, McSpadden, etc., also offer books, DVDs, and other resources.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

 

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/15/17 01:34:28PM
552 posts

Folks, do you have pending 'Followers' left hanging...!?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Wow, I didn't know I had so many folks waiting to be approved. They are all now approved and I unchecked the box.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/13/17 10:06:26AM
552 posts

Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I just received information on registration for the 2018 Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming. Here is the link: https://www.hindmansettlement.org/programs/cultural-heritage-programs/dulcimer-homecoming/ This is the first year that the homecoming will be under the direction of the Hindman Settlement School rather than the Appalachian Artisan Center. I am registered and look forward to seeing other mountain dulcimer enthusiasts there.

 

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/10/17 11:28:11AM
552 posts

My "New" Folkcraft


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Nice, I'm partial to walnut instruments. Enjoy.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
12/04/17 11:17:37AM
552 posts

The Drifting Thread...


Off Topic discussions

Ralph is really moving along. He recently celebrated another revolution around the sun. He looks good. Glad you got to meet him. He is definitely a treasure.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
11/26/17 05:59:18PM
552 posts

Painted Poplar Dulcimer?


Building dulcimers

Thanks, John. You can get ready mixed milk paint now from places like Woodcraft.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
11/26/17 05:50:24PM
552 posts

What did you do on 'Black Friday' (day after thanksgiving)


Off Topic discussions

On Black Friday we went to the science museum at USC to see the space shuttle Endeavor.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
11/25/17 07:45:15PM
552 posts

Painted Poplar Dulcimer?


Building dulcimers

So far, all but one of the poplar instruments I've made have been painted. I think they all sound good. I used black milk paint. Here is a photo of one of them.


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updated by @ken-longfield: 11/25/17 07:45:55PM
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
11/19/17 07:31:48PM
552 posts

Build a Dulcimer - In an hour from scratch


Building dulcimers

Nice sounding instrument for an hour's work. Thanks for sharing it Robin.

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
11/14/17 09:36:40PM
552 posts

Dave Lynch/Harpmaker in hospital


Off Topic discussions

Thank you for the update, Keigh. 

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
11/12/17 09:19:07PM
552 posts

Fretboard Crack!!


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

I would put some super glue in the crack and use a clamp to see if the crack closes up and glues together. Actually I'd try the clamp first and if the wood moved with the clamp then I would remove the clamp, put glue in the crack, and then clamp it. A little accelerator sprayed on the crack after it is glued and clamp will harden it up quickly.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
10/30/17 06:27:28PM
552 posts

Removing a fret


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

Removing a fret is not as easy as it sounds. You need to be very careful. Frets have tangs which hold them in place and when the frets are pulled the tangs have a tendency to pull some of the wood out of the fret board. Once the fret is removed, you need to fill that empty space. There are special tools designed to pull frets with minimal damage. Various types of wood used for fret boards react differently to having frets pulled. If the builder of your dulcimer glued the frets in, you have another whole set of problems. I am not suggesting it can't be done, but it is not a job for the faint-of-heart.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
10/24/17 01:22:39PM
552 posts

Dave Lynch/Harpmaker in hospital


Off Topic discussions

I'm keeping Dave in prayer as well. Trust the surgery goes well and he has a speedy recovery. You're a good sister.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
10/09/17 05:35:40PM
552 posts

The Positive Thread...


Off Topic discussions

Our dulcimer group, Shade Mountain Strings, had a wonderful Saturday with Joe Collins. Joe presented four workshops and a late afternoon concert. Our group started the concert with Blessed Assurance and then a medley of Softly and Tenderly/There is A Balm in Gilead. We had 19 participants. There were going to be 23, but four canceled out at the last minute. Usually our capacity is 22 for the facility we use, so we didn't have squeeze together this year.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
10/09/17 05:29:54PM
552 posts

The Positive Thread...


Off Topic discussions

Congratulations, Mary! Grandchildren are wonderful.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
09/17/17 08:57:20PM
552 posts

Thomas completed


Building dulcimers

Very nice work, Kevin. And I agree, beautiful wood.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
09/14/17 09:31:56PM
552 posts

Friends effected by Hurricane Harvey


Off Topic discussions

Welcome back, Dan. It's good to have you on board again.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
09/14/17 09:42:53AM
552 posts

Ukulele construction


Off Topic discussions

Caleb, I do not use a heating blanket for bending the uke sides. It was just too much for me to invest in for this project. I steam the sides and then place them in the bender. I use a heat gun to heat the sides as I bend them. I make a sandwich of galvanized steel, wet paper towel, side, wet paper towel, and galvanized steel. The first bend went well. I'll see how the rest do; especially when I change from mahogany to rosewood.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
09/13/17 06:24:20PM
552 posts

Ukulele construction


Off Topic discussions

Work on my 00 size guitar is stalled as my friend who is helping me with it is renovating his home. The renovation is taking most of his time, so we do not find time to get together. So I looked through my shop and discovered that I have lots of scraps waiting to be used on other projects. When my son was here from California in June, I asked him if he would be interested in a soprano size ukulele for himself and one for his son. He replied in the affirmative, so I decided to go ahead with the project. I am now making six ukuleles; three from mahogany and spruce and three from rosewood, spruce, and mahogany. I spent the last few weeks thickness sanding wood, making forms, and other prep work. Today I bent the first set of mahogany sides. I have one neck roughed out. Here are a couple of photos of the bending.


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Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
09/12/17 08:34:27AM
552 posts

Florida friends


Off Topic discussions

Bing Futch reported that he and Jae made it through the storm with no major damage. Mostly just some water behind the house and lots of branches down. He's on his way to Winfield, Kansas.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
08/26/17 08:31:46PM
552 posts

Lucky find, needs some work, 6 string Edd Presnell


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

George, that is a very nice find. If you can close the crack by squeezing the sides, a little CA glue in the crack and clamp across the body should do the trick.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
08/19/17 09:46:15PM
552 posts

The Positive Thread...


Off Topic discussions

Sounds like a good idea.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
08/19/17 05:00:07PM
552 posts

The Positive Thread...


Off Topic discussions

What great news Lisa. No stings. I like that. I spent yesterday in a lathe tuning class and made this. Just the thing to go with your honey.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


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Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
08/18/17 09:19:28PM
552 posts

Neat little story...


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

That's an interesting story. I met Audrey's father, Albert Hash, when I interviewed for a position at their church. I never met Audrey. Her father made some really nice fiddles. My guess is that "Scottish" is a model name. It would be interesting to know how she arrived at that name. The Hashes, being of German descent (I think), probably would not have identified the dulcimer as a "Scottish" instrument.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
08/17/17 08:19:08PM
552 posts

Newish Ginger tuned to "Gee, what exactly does that mean?"


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Dana, sorry, I'm getting in to this discussion late. Dusty really covered everything in his posts. Here is the information on the Ginger from the McSpadden website: 4 String Ginger, Flat Peghead, Hourglass with Cherry top, back and sides.  Comes with a padded Teal nylon case.


McSpadden Ginger Models are smaller dulcimers with a 23 3/16” fretboard that can provide a high (Key of G) clear voice similar to that of a mandolin.  On request they can be set up in the Key of D to be used as a smaller standard dulcimer for players who have difficulty reaching positions on a standard size fretboard.  The voice remains bright and clear whichever key is chosen.  The standard setup is G-d-gg.  Optional setups are G-d-dd, D-A-dd, and D-A-AA.  Included are 6 ½ and 13 ½ frets, Teal nylon padded case, pick & noter and warranty.  When set up in Key of D a beginner instruction book is provided and for Key of G setups an extra set of strings is substituted for the book.  No case upgrade is available for the Ginger.  Other options available include:  Strap Buttons (Chrome, Black or Gold); Upgrade to Black or Gold Tuning Pegs; Squeakless Strings.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

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