And my previous posting about the tuning kind of sounds like i'm telling you something you don't already know. Didn't mean it that way.
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Randy, I've been playing around with it some and it works with the highest string tuned to B, but it works better with it tuned to C# (you did say B or thereabouts), which after listening to the first few seconds of your video where you pluck the individual strings before starting the actual song, is what you are tuned to in the video. I also found a video of the composer Greg Ganote talking about the tuning he used on his fiddle, and it too is AEAC#. I'm taking what you're playing, doing some improv and trying to play off some of the licks Canote plays on his fiddle. It's really a terrific tune and once again, I thank you for putting it out there on the dulcimer. One question, though, with it tuned so low, the strings I'd use for DAdd are really loose and floppy. [.24, .14, .12] What gauges do you use in this A tuning?
Thanks so much for the tuning info. I had tried AEaa, but something was not quite right and now I see that you're using four equidistant. I've never tried that before though my nut is set up to allow it. I really enjoyed your terrific version and am determined to add it to my repertoire, which now that I know the tuning, I think I can learn by watching where you place your noter in the video. [As I'm sure you know, YouTube setting can be set to allow a song to be played at 3/4 or half speed without a change in pitch.] So, thanks for the inspiration for me to stretch out into something new.
Marcia, try asking your string question here:
-that way, others looking for similar help might benefit from your thread for a good time to come.
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Whatever is the tune, I like it on the fretless dulcimer (and your play of it on fretless mt banjo, too), Randy. And that lady who posted it on banjohangout played a sweet version.
PS- Since there are three of you in your first selfie, I think it counts as your first three selfies. :)
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updated by @robin-thompson: 05/08/17 11:47:07AM
I like the way this lady plays it. This tune is the tune of the week at Banjo Hangout and I liked it!
updated by @randy-adams: 05/06/17 09:24:11PM