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

NateBuildsToys
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys
3 weeks ago
19 posts

Have been practicing on Ashokan Farewell trying to get fluid on it. Very fond of Dusty's performance and have watched it a few times for study!

Favorite Dulcimer to play right now is my 30" long dulcimer. Keep it between us, but i never bothered to finish trimming the frets downblinders

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IRENE
IRENE
@irene
3 weeks ago
154 posts

yep, Steven, I'm with you on that.   However, during this Plandemic, I've loved the hymns most of all and Tomasi, my husband, playing the autoharp with me.   There's one I've been working on...........COME HOME.  although I'm already muchly at home............I love playing my newest dulcimer that is all cherry wood and I'd sent the peg head to a carving son that lives in Maui, he carved a beautiful scroll head for me and this is a bright sounding dulcimer.  Still, I love my big Box dulcimer that is so very mellow.....aloha, irene

Steven Berger
Steven Berger
@steven-berger
4 weeks ago
136 posts

My favorite dulcimer and tune are the ones I'm playing at the time I'm playing.

Susie
Susie
@susie
4 weeks ago
364 posts

Robin Thompson:

Playing mountain dulcimer is a comfort in these days.  

You bet it is, Robin!

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
4 weeks ago
1,035 posts

@Ken-Hulme & @Dan Those instruments look great!  It'd be fun to have a go at playing them.  

I've been working on a yet unnamed original tune and am playing it mostly on my Blue Lion Jean Ritchie model instrument.  Playing mountain dulcimer is a comfort in these days.  




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Susie
Susie
@susie
4 weeks ago
364 posts

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
Bob
Bob
@bob
4 weeks ago
96 posts

Though I don't have a particular favorite dulcimer to play, somehow I found myself really enjoying the simple melody of a hymn called "Oh God Almighty Father". It brings to mind many fond memories of my seminary years and indeed makes me feel quite peaceful. It's kind of like meditative prayer when I am playing it.

Banjimer
Banjimer
@greg-gunner
4 weeks ago
110 posts
I've been playing some old ballads on my just intonation hogfiddle built by our very own Bobby Ratliff. There's something special about just intonation and 1-5-5 tunings. And Bobby knows how to fret them just right.
Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
4 weeks ago
1,255 posts

I've been concentrating recently not on a single song but a whole bunch of songs from the American west around the mid-19th century: Strawberry Roan, Lorena, Billy the Kid, Green Grow the Lilacs, and The Maid of Monterey.




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Hobbyhorse
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse
4 weeks ago
12 posts

That is impressive. A couple of years ago I did build a hurdy gurdy and I think I enjoyed the challenge of building of it more than anything else.

Dan
Dan
@dan
4 weeks ago
110 posts

Hobbyhorse:

The wheel fiddle looks really nice Dan .... was it built to a specific plan?

No, just my own design, "keep it simple" two string, ten key.

Hobbyhorse
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse
4 weeks ago
12 posts

The wheel fiddle looks really nice Dan .... was it built to a specific plan?

Dan
Dan
@dan
4 weeks ago
110 posts

Wheel fiddle I made out in the shop a short time ago, been working on an embellished Go Tell Aunt Rhody because it is an easy tune.

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updated by @dan: 05/02/20 04:14:57PM
Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
4 weeks ago
1,736 posts

Sorry, I don't have a sound clip.  I need to sit down and make some, one of these days...

Ozark Coffin specs:

26" VSL
Strung for Bagpipe Ddd or Ccc tuning
5" wide
33" overall length
1-3/4" deep; 3 wood button feet for playing on possum board or table

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
4 weeks ago
1,767 posts

Brian and I once stayed in Burnsville for a couple days.

Ken what's the VSL on that little stick?  Do you have a clip of it being played?  It looks small like an epinette?  How do you like to keep it tuned?




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updated by @strumelia: 05/02/20 10:00:23AM
Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
4 weeks ago
1,736 posts

Thankee Ma'am!  

I had intended to take it to the Berea Gathering this year, and our friends had intended to come home (bringing my dulcimer) after a week in NC, not five.  All's well that ends well

Since our friends' house is just 'up the hill' from Burnsville, NC, I'm going to build one of my Burnsville Holly Leaf dulcimers to send back up there the next time we go.  Seems appropriate, anyway!

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
4 weeks ago
1,767 posts

@ken-hulme that's a very purty walking stick!




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Rob N Lackey
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
4 weeks ago
445 posts

Right now it's "Star of Bethlehem," not the carol, but the fiddle tune from Alabama (I think.)  I've been playing my Jeremy Seeger, cherry top, mahogany body, no extra frets, tuned DAA for now.

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
4 weeks ago
1,255 posts

@Richard-Streib, I don't know where I heard this, but supposedly the "Buffalo" in "Buffalo Gals" was originally whatever town the band was playing in, so it might be "Albany Gals" or "Charlotte Gals" or "Montpelier Gals" or whatever.  The song was often sung as the last song of the night and was an invitation to the ladies in the audience to hang out with the band after the show.




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Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
4 weeks ago
1,736 posts

Been playing Hard Times Come Again No More.  Can't imagine why?  Also the wonderful tune Don't Let Us Get Sick by the late Warren Zevon.  I've been saying for a year or more that that tune should be the theme song for anyone over 50!   Imagine -- me playing a modern tune!!!

A couple friends have been isolating in the North Carolina mountains but came back to town the other day.  They brought with them a dulcimer I made several years ago and had left at their house so I would have a dulcimer to play when we stayed there without having to fly one in.   

This is a small Ozark Walking Stick or Coffin style.  26" VSL.  Tuned Ccc Bagpipe.  Top and back are wormy Chestnut, sides are Eastern Red Cedar.  Head and tail are 300 year old Southern Yellow Pine.  Arched Walnut fretboard.  Notice that the arch widths mirror the wide and narrow spacings between the diatonic staple frets!

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updated by @ken-hulme: 05/01/20 10:33:54PM
Richard Streib
Richard Streib
@richard-streib
4 weeks ago
127 posts

Just had to jump in on this question. Currently working on Buffalo Gals as a challenge from some traditional dulcimore playing friends.

My favorite instrument is an UltraLite model made by Dan Cox and specifically set up for playing in Cgg. If I play a CD player I don't make nearly as many mistakes, but it is not the fun of playing the dulcimore.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
4 weeks ago
1,767 posts

Tell us what your current favorite song or tune is right now, and why it's your current favorite.

also... Tell us what your current favorite instrument to play right now is, and why.

Let's hear it, friends!  jive




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