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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 weeks ago
1,875 posts

Welcome Lisa!

For determining whether your instrument is playable or needs work, I'd suggest you create a new discussion in the following Forum:

https://fotmd.com/forums/forum/instruments-discuss-specific-features-luthiers-instrument-problems-questions

-use the Plus (+) button to create a new discussion.

I also suggest you look over our site Groups and join any that interest you- that makes it even more FUN to be on the site!   :)

https://fotmd.com/group

Be sure to explore the various links along the TOP navigation bar to get familiar with the site layout.

And here's a forum for asking questions when you can't figure out the site settings or how to post something: 

https://fotmd.com/forums/forum/site-questions-how-do-i

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Lisa Summey
Lisa Summey
@lisa-summey
2 weeks ago
4 posts
Hello, I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this site. I am an absolute beginner and am a little overwhelmed. I purchased a used dulcimer that I found at a thrift store last week. I came home and started listening to some dulcimer music and became enthralled with the idea of learning to play. As a mother of five, with ages ranging from 22 to 7, I am at a point in my life where I feel that I need to do something for myself. I stumbled across Strumelia’s YouTube videos and was hooked. I am fearful that the instrument is not a very good quality one though. My oldest played violin for many years and we learned early on that for the best chance of success, you need a decent instrument. Which is the best forum for me to post a couple of pictures and ask some questions about the dulcimer I have? I need to determine if I can proceed with this one or start looking for a new one. Thanks in advance.
Lois Sprengnether Keel
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
2 weeks ago
122 posts

Welcome, Pondoro.  Sounds like you may play several folk instruments in depth before adding to your Instrument Zoo.  I  think you will enjoy the  dulcimer. 

As Strumelia mentioned, there are so many instruments I yearn to play well but it would take several lifetimes.  I haven't been able to restrain myself  enough to fit that playing well requirement.  Fortunately the dulcimer is forgiving of my dabbling.   I sometimes say this is what happens when you give a Girl Scout the Dabbler badge.  I still am one.  Several of us here are.  I think you will feel right at home, there's even a forum about Adventures with 'Other's Instruments.  Enjoy!

Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
2 weeks ago
1,791 posts

Welcome Pondoro!   I've been playing old time American and Anglo-Scottish folk tunes on the dulcimer for forty years (one of these days I'll get it right!)

Here's an article I wrote a number of years back called I Just Got A Dulcimer, Now What?  It's an illustrated glossary of dulcimer terms (so we all speak the same lingo); plus answers to many beginner questions about tuning, playing, care and feeding of your new acquisition.

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Cindy Stammich
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich
2 weeks ago
61 posts

Hi Pondoro!  What a wonderful Christmas present!  The dulcimer (in my book) is the best instrument in the world for Christmas songs and folk music!  Enjoydulcimer

Terry Wilson
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson
2 weeks ago
254 posts

Welcome Pondoro. You will find many new friends here. While this is a dulcimer forum, there are many who play ukulele and harmonica. Bodhran? Now you lost me. I'll have to Google it.

5 min later:  Now I know.  A one sided shallow drum.  Interesting. 


updated by @terry-wilson: 10/29/18 07:31:31PM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 weeks ago
1,875 posts

Hi Pondoro. I envy your years of bodhran lessons!  There are several instruments I yearn to play well... but alas I'd need three lifetimes to do so. sigh

How sweet that your wife is encouraging your music adventures!  I hope you enjoy it here on FOTMD.




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Pondoro
Pondoro
@pondoro
2 weeks ago
3 posts

Hi, I've played the harmonica for 45 years or so, the ukulele for twelve, and the bodhrán for three. I've actually taken lessons for three years on the bodhrán. Anyway I want to play an old time American instrument and my wife is funding a mountain dulcimer for Christmas. So I'll soon be trying my hand on that. I like pretty much all music, but I'm looking forward to old time folk tunes and Christmas songs on my dulcimer. 

Cindy Stammich
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich
3 weeks ago
61 posts

Welcome to FOTMD @fredr

There are a lot of great people here that will help you!

You are beginning a wonderful journey!  Have fun!

Susie
Susie
@susie
3 weeks ago
275 posts
Welcome @fredr, you will enjoy this forum.
Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
3 weeks ago
1,003 posts

@fredr Welcome!  There's lots to see and hear-- enjoy exploring FOTMD! 




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one of the Moderators here :)
Keep a song in your heart!
Fredr
Fredr
@fredr
3 weeks ago
1 posts

Hi Everyone I am new to the group and also to the Mountain Dulcimer. Saw and heard my first one in July last year, the memory stuck. So a year later I Found a new to me McSpadden and here we go! I have never played an instrament before and there isn't a Dulcimer teacher near me.

That being said, I am thankful to join your group and look forward to learning from you all.

Thank you again

 

Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
one month ago
1,791 posts

Welcome Atilwi!  Glad you found us.  You're in for a fabulous experience!  Always ask questions -- we're here to help.  There are no stupid or inappropriate questions, just ones that don't get answered.  

I've attached an article I wrote a few years back called I Just Got A Dulcimer, Now What?.  It's an illustrated glossary of dulcimer terms, so we all speak the same lingo when asking and answering questions.  Plus it has answers to many beginner questions about tuning, playing, care and feeding of your new friend.

 

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Atilwi
Atilwi
@atilwi
one month ago
3 posts

Hello!

I teach elementary music in Kansas and just ordered my first Dulcimer. Found this place when I was researching what to look for so I could choose a good one!

hooahmedic
@hooahmedic
one month ago
9 posts

Howdy y'all!
Hooahmedic here!  Its Army lingo for a really good medic!  ;)
E. TN boy transplanted to Texas and still holding on to my mountain roots!

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
2 months ago
1,003 posts

Hey, @Nanners -- welcome and happy strumming on your new dulcimer! 




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Keep a song in your heart!
Nanners
Nanners
@nanners
2 months ago
1 posts

Hi y'all! I'm Nanners, a newb from Austin. I just love the sweet, sweet sound of a dulcimer! I saw one for the first time in Mountainview, Arkansas when hubby and I were there for a bluegrass festival a couple of years ago. (We lead a bluegrass/folk jam on Tuesdays, him on guitar, me on fiddle). Time passed, and a couple of months ago I was in a local music store with a friend looking to upgrade her Mandolin... there were some dulcimers hanging on the wall! I picked one up and decided it was time to finally do this dulcimer thing. So here I am trying to learn a new instrument. Wish me luck!

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 months ago
1,875 posts

Hey Jools, jump right in, the water's fine.  poolparty  howdy




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Joolsy
Joolsy
@joolsy
2 months ago
1 posts
Hi everyone, I'm Jools from Kent in the UK.
I'd been thinking about learning the dulcimer for a while & decided to go for it. I've just bought a lovely 30yr old 'Green River' walnut 3 string. It arrived on Saturday. It sounds beautiful & I'm really enjoying playing it.
I'm learning some slow ballads to start with, but when I get more fluid on it I'd like to learn some bluegrass tunes.
Thanks for the welcome messages I've received, I appreciate them, & I look forward to chatting with you guys & hopefully picking up some ideas.
Cheers
Jools
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 months ago
1,875 posts

Welcome Helena!
How very lovely that you found your dulcimer over Christmas in Berea Kentucky!

I suggest that you JOIN our Canadian Group here on FOTMD:

https://fotmd.com/b-ross-ashley/group/15/north-of-the-lakes

and then make a new discussion asking about anyone perhaps nearby you.  That group has not had any NEW discussions in a while, and I'm sure if you post there the Canadian group members will see it and jump in to greet you!

(note that you will only see the replies to discussions in a group after you JOIN the group and are a member there.  Use the JOIN button on the group's main page)




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hstulips
@hstulips
3 months ago
1 posts

Hi I am Helena and I am a newbie. I found my dulcimer in Berea Kentucky at Christmas dance school week. I had been looking for an instrument to play and I saw this one in the window. It was love at first sight and sound. I have just completed Dulcimer University in North Carolina so at least now I can play a little. But I need help. Anybody now of some Canadian players and how I can reach them? Thanks

 

Noah Cline
Noah Cline
@noah-cline
3 months ago
6 posts

Hello to all. I'm Noah. Though I'm better known for my banjo playing and building on Banjo Hangout and YouTube (I've been playing for about ten years and building gourd and mountain style banjos for about five), I've had much interest in the mountain dulcimer. I started playing dulcimer in 2015 on the first one I made, after deciding that instead of buying one I could probably make a decent one, since I had about 20 banjos under my belt at the time. To date, I've made four. My first was a 4-string (double melody) walnut/cherry hourglass, and after playing it for some time and deciding what I liked/didn't like, I made my second, a 3-string walnut teardrop, which is the style I've favored the most and built since. I have a few pics of these on my profile. 

I was aware that this site existed, but I completely forgot about it until stumbling upon it again and decided to join. 

Links to my BHO profile and YouTube channel:

BHO:http://www.banjohangout.org/my/Noah+Cline 

YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4zlsglpLMap5XSaUPaQ7QA?view_as=subscriber

 


updated by @noah-cline: 08/10/18 04:53:39PM
Susie
Susie
@susie
3 months ago
275 posts
Welcome John! That Kinniard dulcimer is beautiful and quite the find. Guitar is my first instrument, since 1973. I'm well aware of Kinniard guitars.....works of art and beautiful voices. I bet that dulcimer is truly special.
John C
John C
@john-c
3 months ago
4 posts

Thank You Ken. The links are very much appreciated.

 

 

Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
3 months ago
1,791 posts

Hi John-c  Welcome to our wacky and wonderful world.  I've added links to a couple of articles I wrote years ago, which you may find useful as you start your dulcimer journey. 

I Just Got A Dulcimer, Now What? is an illustrated glossary of dulcimer terms (so we all speak the same lingo), plus answers to many beginner questions about tuning, playing, care and feeding of your new instrument.

Get Noterized is a beginner's guide to playing the dulcimer in a traditional (non-3-finger chord) style.

Uncontrite Modal Folker is a discussion of musical Modes and Modal Tunings and how they apply to the mountain dulcimer.


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John C
John C
@john-c
3 months ago
4 posts

Hello everyone. I'm John from Lawrenceburg, KY. I had a dulcimer back in the 80s. Not sure who it was made by, but learned how to play with a noter a little. I don't think at the time I really understood or appreciated the instrument so I traded it off, and my interests turned towards the guitar. About 3 years ago I purchased a Psaltery at the Gatlinburg craftsman fair and have enjoyed learning it. Just recently I came across a John Kinniard Dulcimer (pics attached). I sent John an email and did get a response. He was very surprised that I found one of his, but as I understand it he only makes very high end guitars now. I have a renewed interest in the Dulcimer now, and basically lost my mind over them. Purchased a McSpadden off ebay and anxiously waiting it's arrival. BTW if anyone has any info or experience with the John Kinniard Dulcimer please share.

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Elvensong
Elvensong
@elvensong
4 months ago
27 posts

Craig:

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...but I like to play and I find that different instruments make me think differently. On guitar, mandolin, or dulcimer, I come up with different things. The modal nature of the dulcimer, in particular, forces me away from my natural tendency toward chromaticism.

 

Hey Craig good to meet you!

Wow - a Capritaurus AND a D-00. What a great pair.

I played guitar for many years before I started the dulcimer. The main draw for me was exactly as you say: diatonic forced me to rethink composing and experimenting with different tuning and string configurations.

As a result, I've now gone back to playing guitar again and started noodling in CGCFCD - what an amazing find courtesy of Martin Simpson! 

 

Craig
Craig
@craig
4 months ago
1 posts

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Hi, I'm Craig and I'm new around here. I discovered the site the other day while searching for info about my dulcimers.

I first got interested in the mountain dulcimer in the 1980s; I forget why, exactly, but Dave Cousins' use of the instrument on "Witchwood" by the Strawbs may have had something to do with it. I was already a guitar player at that point who could also find his way around a piano. I bought a Rugg & Jackel (the teardrop-shaped one in the photo) along with an LP by Michael Rugg (Rugg's Celtic Collection for Dulcimer -- charming album) and a couple of instructional books and started playing. The D-00 is quite small (22" VSL), so it's easy to play, though the tone is a bit boxy. More recently, I bought a vintage 1973 Capritaurus (the hourglass-shaped one), which at 29" VSL is the opposite -- great tone, but kind of hard to reach chords, and easier to play when tuned down to C. I may have to split the difference and buy a 26" model...

I'm not really a great dulcimer player; I'm better at guitar, but I like to play and I find that different instruments make me think differently. On guitar, mandolin, or dulcimer, I come up with different things. The modal nature of the dulcimer, in particular, forces me away from my natural tendency toward chromaticism.

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
last year
1,003 posts

R&C, enjoy that cool mountain dulcimer.  Happy strumming! 




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rocksncactus
@rocksncactus
last year
10 posts

Thanks!  I was very pleased to learn its history and to manage to acquire it.  Marsha gave me some good advice about not changing anything about it.  I like playing noter style.  I love the tradition and history of this instrument. 

My sister-in-law started lessons in Florida this year, although I suspect she's playing chord style.  But we're going to see what we can do together to entertain the family over Christmas. 

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
last year
1,875 posts

Oh my, what a great find, Rocks!  Whatever you do, don't change this perfect and wonderful old dulcimer- that's a collector's instrument and is in mint condition!  I see the frets are only under the melody string..so enjoy playing it in drone style, as it was intended to be played.  (you can always later get a nice second dulcimer for chord style playing, with extra frets too if you want to explore that style)  winker   You're a lucky lady to now be the Amburgey's new player!




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rocksncactus
@rocksncactus
last year
10 posts
I took these photos the day I found the dulcimer. It's a miracle that I managed to get it. I didn't buy it until my third trip there over about a week. Nice finds don't EVER stay that long without being snapped up.
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rocksncactus
@rocksncactus
last year
10 posts

Hi, I'm Lizabeth.  I posted to the First Dulcimer thread before I saw this, so I've got an intro on there.  But, briefly, I've wanted a dulcimer since high school, when a friend learned to play during a summer working in the Appalachians.  I looked at them a lot but never pulled the trigger until a couple of weeks ago when I found a mountain dulcimer in a flea market.  I eventually bought it.  It's a Morris Jethro Amburgey (son of Jethro) built in 1978, and it's in perfect condition.  I'm teaching myself noter and drone playing.  I've been playing native American flute for four years.  My family is pretty musical, so I pick things up pretty quickly.  I love being here.  I think forums are an excellent way to connect folks and disseminate information. 

I hope these photos are right-side up!  The first one is of Marsha Harris.  She put a new string on for me, tuned the dulcimer, and gave me some pointers. 

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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
last year
1,875 posts

Any members who would like to tell us a little something about themselves?  We love to welcome new FOTMD family members, especially during the holiday season!  grphug dulcimerdulcimerdulcimerdulcimerdulcimer




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Those irritated by grain of sand best avoid beach.
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hugssandi
@hugssandi
2 years ago
248 posts

*WELCOME SHERRI!*

Nytngale
Nytngale
@nytngale
2 years ago
1 posts

Hi! My name is Sherri and I am new to fotmd.  I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my new dulcimer from Blue Lion this coming week. I placed acoustic guitar many years ago and originally heard my first dulcimer music at a folk art show about 25 years ago. I always wanted to play and just never could find the time as I spent much of my younger adult life working and completing my education. I'm now at a point in my life where I have a bit more time. My mother and brother are both musicians - brother plays guitar and mother played lap and pedal steel. Mom passed in March at the age of 92 and I decided there was no better way to keep her memory alive than through music and I chose to use a bit of my inheritance to launch my interest in playing dulcimer. I look forward to learning from those with experience on the forum!


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Lynne Gill
Lynne Gill
@lynne-gill
2 years ago
7 posts

paulscottrobson:

I'm new as well, have just bought my first MD after thinking about it for ages, having tinkered with a Strumstick type device. At the moment still at the "Go and tell Aunt Nancy" (what you folks across the water call "Go tell Aunt Rhody" ... we have an extra half-beat on you there ....)

It's a small world, I'm from Norfolk, England as well. I'm semi retired now ; I used to teach children with Special Needs (of varying types .....) and I now write Computer Software occasionally, contract work. 

I'm currently working on a (free definitely open source probably) visual TAB player for Dulcimers to help me learn, basically you feed TAB and/or Chords into it plus some timing data and it plays it back at you showing the TAB,  you can change the speed etc. If you've ever used Yousician, a bit like that, except there's no audio detection of what you're playing. 

 

 

I think we have definitely got to arrange a Meet in …if not Norfolk, then East Anglia, that's 4 of us I know learning mountain dulcimer from these parts (One from Cambridge.) I joined Nonsuch so we could contact through the club.

paulscottrobson
@paulscottrobson
2 years ago
1 posts

I'm new as well, have just bought my first MD after thinking about it for ages, having tinkered with a Strumstick type device. At the moment still at the "Go and tell Aunt Nancy" (what you folks across the water call "Go tell Aunt Rhody" ... we have an extra half-beat on you there ....)

It's a small world, I'm from Norfolk, England as well. I'm semi retired now ; I used to teach children with Special Needs (of varying types .....) and I now write Computer Software occasionally, contract work. 

I'm currently working on a (free definitely open source probably) visual TAB player for Dulcimers to help me learn, basically you feed TAB and/or Chords into it plus some timing data and it plays it back at you showing the TAB,  you can change the speed etc. If you've ever used Yousician, a bit like that, except there's no audio detection of what you're playing. 

 

 

Alison
Alison
@alison
2 years ago
4 posts

Thank you Strumelia, I hadn't noticed that group so have now requested access thumbsup

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 years ago
1,875 posts

We also have a dedicated Group here on FOTMD where UK members can stay updated on local events and make new friend and local jamming connections! :  http://fotmd.com/john-henry/group/41/uk-and-european-mountain-dulcimers   dancetomato  fiddle  jive




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Alison
Alison
@alison
2 years ago
4 posts

Lynne Gill:Hi Alison - see my introductory post above! I'm new too and live in Norfolk UK - there ARE quite a few dulcimer players in England bit they are few and far between. I joined the Nonsuch club - google them - and they seem a very friendly bunch, many of them on this forum also. I'm a raw beginner myself but love the sound of the mountain dulcimer.

Hiya Lynne, I'm up the top end of Cheshire so a fair way from you but it's nice to know there are a few of us about.  A friend of mine who lives near Norwich went to the workshops with me and is interested in getting a dulcimer at some point so maybe Norfolk will be the UK hub!  She currently plays a lot of ukulele so is at least more used to strings than me.  I've joined the Nonsuch Facebook forum but not looked about much, it's all very new.  Have seen they seem to do meet ups though which could be good and the northern ones look based in my region.  Fun isn't it?

Alison
Alison
@alison
2 years ago
4 posts

Ken Hulme:

Alison -- being on that side of The Pond, you'll want to get to know Robin Clark, who is a member here. He lives up in Snowdonia, Wales, and has a company called Bird Rock Dulcimers.  Robin is extremely knowledgeable about dulcimers as well as guitars.   He is importing dulcimers made here, some built specifically to his design.  His website is

 

http://www.dulcimers.co.uk  or you can call him on   +44 (0)1654 712671

Yes, I've met Robin as he was one of the guys doing the workshops.  I didn't buy the dulcimer off him but have looked at his site as I picked up his card.  He's not actually that far from me as I can drive into North Wales in just over half an hour so it's worth remembering gor the future.  At the moment I'm mainly practising basic technique using 2 or 3 simple songs I know but am hoping to build on this and am already seeing some progress.  Finding it good stress relief after a long day at work.

Lynne Gill
Lynne Gill
@lynne-gill
2 years ago
7 posts

Alison:

Hello, I'm very new to all this.  Did an introductory workshop last weekend and ended up buying a second hand Cedar Creek hourglass dulcimer.  Not played any instruments since my parents sold the family piano when I was about 17 so well over half a life time ago!  Although I'd love to play the piano again I don't have the space and it's not portable.  Have friends who play a variety of instruments but haven't been able to join in.  Wasn't sure what to try and have toyed with a number of instruments but felt the dulcimer would be a great option.  It has a reputation for being easy to pick up basic playing, highly portable and here in England is rare enough that it'll always be a conversation point as hardly anybody has heard of them.  On the down side, their rarity also means that there aren't many places that deal with them either.

 

Hi Alison - see my introductory post above! I'm new too and live in Norfolk UK - there ARE quite a few dulcimer players in England bit they are few and far between. I joined the Nonsuch club - google them - and they seem a very friendly bunch, many of them on this forum also. I'm a raw beginner myself but love the sound of the mountain dulcimer.

Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
2 years ago
1,791 posts

Alison -- being on that side of The Pond, you'll want to get to know Robin Clark, who is a member here. He lives up in Snowdonia, Wales, and has a company called Bird Rock Dulcimers.  Robin is extremely knowledgeable about dulcimers as well as guitars.   He is importing dulcimers made here, some built specifically to his design.  His website is

http://www.dulcimers.co.uk  or you can call him on   +44 (0)1654 712671

Txsckb
Txsckb
@txsckb
2 years ago
2 posts

Welcome!  This a very helpful community and a good place to get your questions answered.  I also have a Cedar Creek dulcimer that looks just like yours but I built it from a CC kit.  I live in Branson Missouri not far from the CC retail store.  They were very enthusiastic about helping me during the build process and will be happy to help you as well.  Just drop them an e-mail and I think you will find them very responsive.  Enjoy your dulcimer!!

Linda Boies
Linda Boies
@linda-boies
2 years ago
19 posts

Welcome Alison! Your dulcimer is beautiful! I used to play piano too. I've been learning the dulcimer for about a year. It really is great to have a more portable instrument. So many resources too for us to learn. Have fun!

Alison
Alison
@alison
2 years ago
4 posts

Hello, I'm very new to all this.  Did an introductory workshop last weekend and ended up buying a second hand Cedar Creek hourglass dulcimer.  Not played any instruments since my parents sold the family piano when I was about 17 so well over half a life time ago!  Although I'd love to play the piano again I don't have the space and it's not portable.  Have friends who play a variety of instruments but haven't been able to join in.  Wasn't sure what to try and have toyed with a number of instruments but felt the dulcimer would be a great option.  It has a reputation for being easy to pick up basic playing, highly portable and here in England is rare enough that it'll always be a conversation point as hardly anybody has heard of them.  On the down side, their rarity also means that there aren't many places that deal with them either.

 

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Lynne Gill
Lynne Gill
@lynne-gill
2 years ago
7 posts

Hello Everyone! I'm Lynne, a retired Paediatric Nurse and Health Visitor. I'm from England, and I bought a very cheap dulcimer about 3 years ago which I never touched (Domestic stuff, elderly mum, 2 successive broken hips, Alzheimers and into a Care Home, not much time for learning a new instrument!) I play fiddle and D/G melodeon, but am so taken with the sound of the mountain dulcimer I'm determined now to set off on the journey in earnest. 

I signed up to join the UK dulcimer group Nonsuch and hope to be joining them for their weekend retreat in October; until then I am flinging myself upon the charity of an acquaintance (soon to become a friend I'm sure) to get me started. However, I really do need a decent dulcimer so need to explore the how-to-go-about-sourcing one in this country.

I think I'll probably start by learning with the noter, but really want to play chords and 'finger dancing'. It all looks so easy, doesn't it, watching those videos! Deceptively so! 

Wish me luck as I dive in.

hugssandi
@hugssandi
2 years ago
248 posts

HI y'all!  I am sandi, and I was very active on dulcimer sites while learning after I first got my dulcimer in 2003.  The help and companionship of dulcimer friends online has always been AMAZING.  I have a Walnut Creek from Craggy Mountain Music that I bought sight unseen after learning about the mountain dulcimer, all because of the very kind Beverly who was so wonderful on the phone when I called.  :)  My goal was to have hymn sings with visitors to my home, as I so loved our Pastor's wife getting us around the piano whenever we visited her.  :)

I am a homeschooling mama with six children, so I had some years in there where my dulcimer was tucked away.  I have always wanted to play more but didn't know how to fit it in.  Now maybe I'm needing it?  LOL!  My current plan is to purchase a custom (Wren?) from Feather Dulcimers, and I am very excited.  I always wanted BIGGER and LOUDER to play in groups, but the practicality of a small instrument to store and pull out and travel with is now very, very appealing.  

That's it, I think!  I'm so happy to be back among you!

 

ETA that I'm dying to master this instrument.  It's simplicity has always appealed to me, but there is also much to master and grow with for the rest of your life should you want to.

 


updated by @hugssandi: 08/04/16 09:03:03AM
Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
2 years ago
1,791 posts

Welcome to our corner of musical Paradise.  You may be interested in the article I wrote several years ago and recently updated, called I Just Got A Dulcimer, Now What?  It's an illustrated glossary of dulcimer terms plus answers to many of the beginner questions about tuning, playing, care and feeding of your new friend.  Here's the revised edition.

kb9jlo
@kb9jlo
2 years ago
11 posts

Txsckb:

Hello everyone and thanks for the warm Welcome!  I recently moved from San Antonio TX to Branson MO and have been looking for a way to meet people and make new friends.   Out of curiosity and because I love music I signed up for a dulcimer class.  Oh my gosh--I found a new passion--the mountain dulcimer!!!  I promptly bought a dulcimer kit from Cedar Creek Dulcimer Shop here in Branson and am almost finished with it.  Going to the shop tomorrow to get help with stringing and tuning.  Since I love to work with my hands, it has been a great experience to build the kit.  I hope to meet some of you at a music festival in the not too distant future.

I too have a Cedar Creek Dulcimer kit. I love it. It was so much fun building it. I wish I could build them all the time.

Txsckb
Txsckb
@txsckb
2 years ago
2 posts

Hello everyone and thanks for the warm Welcome!  I recently moved from San Antonio TX to Branson MO and have been looking for a way to meet people and make new friends.   Out of curiosity and because I love music I signed up for a dulcimer class.  Oh my gosh--I found a new passion--the mountain dulcimer!!!  I promptly bought a dulcimer kit from Cedar Creek Dulcimer Shop here in Branson and am almost finished with it.  Going to the shop tomorrow to get help with stringing and tuning.  Since I love to work with my hands, it has been a great experience to build the kit.  I hope to meet some of you at a music festival in the not too distant future.

Jan Potts
Jan Potts
@jan-potts
2 years ago
444 posts

Hey, Boo!  (Sorry....I couldn't resist).  It's great having you join us and I hope you'll find us a fun, helpful bunch.  I have a Ginger that I really like. It was especially helpful when I was first learning chords.  I've never been to Mountain View, but I hope I can go some day.




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Boo
Boo
@boo
2 years ago
1 posts

Aloha everyone!  Nice to be here on fotmd... I am VERY new to this instrument; was vacationing in Arkansas one month ago and visited Mountain View. Wandered into The Dulcimer Shop - and you can guess what happened.  Fell in LOVE with the sound! Of course bought one.  Just to let you know how new I am to the dulcimer -- I had no idea the "ginger" dulcimer I picked up was not the 'standard' size!  lol... oh well :)  Haven't had too much time to settle in and "learn" with my chord book and the different learning materials I picked up, but have had my hands on the instrument every day, noodling around, getting comfortable.  I'm actually a singer-songwriter,  play acoustic guitar and lean toward pop/rock. The helpful woman at the DS suggested that I would like Bing Futch -- and yup, just my cup of tea!  Let's see, what else... I live in Naperville, IL and am originally from Hawaii.  Looking forward to learning and growing with this instrument, and being part of this online community! Hugs, Kim-Char (aka Boo)


updated by @boo: 06/24/16 07:14:19PM
Rob N Lackey
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
2 years ago
473 posts

 Well, Linda, I used to live in Salisbury, and if I still did I'd volunteer to re-string it for you.  Pegs aren't as bad as some folks make 'em out to be.  I wouldn't change a thing on the Tignor.  In his later period he used store-bought violin pegs, but he still carved pegs for some of them.  I've never used peg dope on a dulcimer.  I either spit on 'em or use chalk  ROFL.  Moistening them lightly will make them swell a little and stop most slipping; chalk is a great lubricant if they are sticky.  

 

Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
2 years ago
1,791 posts

There are  number of Youtube vids on how to use wooden tuners that you can follow.  IIRC DanC has posted one or more.  There are products called Peg Drops which will help with slipping tuners.  Old time remedies included a few strokes with a piece of chalk or a bar of soap on the shaft.

My article I Just Got A Dulcimer, Now What?  has a section on stringing/re-stringing.  You want to remove/replace one string at a time.

Linda Boies
Linda Boies
@linda-boies
2 years ago
19 posts

Rob N Lackey:

Yeah, Linda, get than Tignor down and re-string her.  As the proud owner of 2 Tignor's I think they are really underrated by a lot of folks.  They are great players, at least mine are, for whatever style you like to play.  

I would like to hear what it sounds like! I've been putting it off because those wooden pegs and restringing is intimidating the newbie in me. I've thought about taking it somewhere to have them look at it. I tried messing with the old strings and it seems like the pegs are slipping. I don't know if it is because of the pegs or the old old strings. I really don't want someone changing the tuners just because it's easier.  

Rob N Lackey
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
2 years ago
473 posts

Yeah, Linda, get than Tignor down and re-string her.  As the proud owner of 2 Tignor's I think they are really underrated by a lot of folks.  They are great players, at least mine are, for whatever style you like to play.  

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 years ago
1,875 posts

Hi Linda, welcome!

Hey you might want to re-evaluate that Tignor- some folks collect them and if it's in decent shape it could be a good player!

I hear you about the too-many-hobbies/interests thing.  krazyhair




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Linda Boies
Linda Boies
@linda-boies
2 years ago
19 posts

Hi everyone! I just joined the site and am excited to have been welcomed so warmly. There seems to be a lot of good stuff and nice folks on the site.

My name is Linda Boies. I live in Maryland. I just bought my first dulcimer November 2015. Going through a midlife awakening and wanting to do something different.

When I was young, I played piano. Always loved music. But physical limitations over the past few years with shoulder issues made some instruments impossible for me. I knew of the mountain dulcimer because my parents bought one in the 1970s. I clearly remember my dad introducing us to it. I was allowed a few strums. Having no experience with strumming before, I can imagine it was horrible. Neither of my parents had experience, nor did they ever try to learn. After those couple strums, the dulcimer was taken away to be put on a wall and never played again. That dulcimer is a John Tignor, still on the wall, with the original strings disintegrated on it. Such a shame.

So, I bought my first dulcimer from a Virginia luthier. Absolutely beautiful and from the first strum I fell in love. Since then, I've gotten a baritone from the same luthier and a tiny travel dulcimer from a luthier in Florida.

There are not very many teachers in Maryland. I have attended two workshops and am supplementing by online classes. Looking forward to my first weekend workshop in July!

I think I will eventually gravitate to fingerpicking.  Strumming still seems very foreign to me.  Not sure if it's because of so many years of piano, but the strum just doesn't feel "right". 😁

Looking forward to making some dulcimer loving friends. My other interests are knitting, reading,  and travel (mostly local now). I used to love to geocache and dance (middle eastern), but had to put those on hold for a while due to medical issues. Getting older sucks!  Hopefully I'll get back to those hobbies after replacement parts and body overhauls are complete. LOL! 😁


updated by @linda-boies: 06/02/16 09:59:50PM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 years ago
1,875 posts

 

Say howdy here to us all, and tell us a little about yourself!

 




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updated by @strumelia: 06/11/18 02:53:47PM