Garret Olberding

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Location: Norman, Oklahoma
Country: USA

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D. chitwood Janene Millen Jessica Comeau Lois Sprengnether Keel Brian G.

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I am a professor of early Chinese history with a love of the Ozarks and classical music (I was raised learning classical piano) who found his way to the mountain dulcimer at the recommendation of his wife, after considering a number of other stringed instruments.  I very much enjoy the plaintive sound of the dulcimer and am hoping to learn and create complex arrangements of classical music, Elizabethan music, and old country hymns.  

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Garret
@garret-olberding • one month ago
@garret-olberding is now following @d-chitwood
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@garret-olberding • one month ago
Garret
@garret-olberding • one month ago • comments: 6
Liked a music item created by @nick-osullivan: une jeune pucelle
Garret
@garret-olberding • one month ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer makers with longer VSLs:
"I stand corrected.  There are a variety who do.  (But there also seem to be some, perhaps for economic reasons, who do not.  Bonnie Carol and David Beede..."
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@garret-olberding • one month ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer makers with longer VSLs:
"Oh, yes, and Doug Berch does.  But many others don't, from what I remember."
Garret
@garret-olberding • one month ago • comments: 11
Created a new Group discussion "Dulcimer makers with longer VSLs":
"Hi, All,      Out of curiosity, what makers still produce dulcimers with VSLs of 27" and up?  I know of Bear Meadow, Ron Ewing, and McSpadden.  Any others?..."
Dulcimer Making
Garret
@garret-olberding • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Great Resource for Music Theory Group:
"Thank you for posting these!  A great service to the community!"
Garret
@garret-olberding • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Liked a group discussions item created by @greg-gunner: Great Resource for Music Theory Group
Garret
@garret-olberding • 2 months ago
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@garret-olberding • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Bear Meadow dulcimers":
"Hello, All,      I am curious about the Bear Meadow hourglass dulcimers, those with a 27 5/8" vibrating string length.  Can anyone tell me how their timbre,..."
Garret
@garret-olberding • 3 months ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Schubert, Hüttenbrenner theme, for chromatic dulcimer:
"Sorry, this time it'll hopefully work.  Not sure if it can be seen properly.  "
Garret
@garret-olberding • 3 months ago • comments: 1
Created a new Group discussion "Schubert, Hüttenbrenner theme, for chromatic dulcimer":
"Hi, All,      A while ago I wanted to see how I could translate a classical piece to dulcimer.  This was my first attempt, using a chromatic dulcimer tuned..."
Early & Classical Music
Garret
@garret-olberding • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "4-string dulcimer DADB tuning (5th and a 3rd)":
"Yes, I am aware of Janita Baker's DAA#d tuning.  What I was trying to achieve with the DADb tuning is to allow my fretting hand to add more complex chordal..."
Garret
@garret-olberding • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Online dulcimer schools":
"Thank you, Dusty!!  Garret"
Garret
@garret-olberding • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Online dulcimer schools":
"Hi!  My wife is wanting to find a birthday present for me and I suggested an online dulcimer school (I think I might be categorized as intermediate to..."
Garret
@garret-olberding • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "4-string dulcimer DADB tuning (5th and a 3rd)":
"Thanks, Ken!  I've joined quite a few, including some of the ones you recommended.  Hopefully I'll find some with similar bents.  "
Garret
@garret-olberding • 3 months ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Early & Classical Music:
"Anne,     I should have mentioned that I had in past corresponded with Steven K. Smith about this very issue.  He gave me some sheet music that he said was..."
Garret
@garret-olberding • 3 months ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Early & Classical Music:
"Anne Bowman: A friend just sent me Randy Wilkinson's Elizabethan Music for dulcimer CD... Does anyone know if it's possible to get music or tablature for..."
Garret
@garret-olberding • 3 months ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Makes of chromatic dulcimers:
"I have a McSpadden chromatic.  David Beede also makes chromatic instruments.  I'm sure others do as well."
Garret
@garret-olberding • 3 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Exotic Chords:
"This lack of "exotic chords", as you put it, is one of the reasons why I'm trying a 4-string arrangement of DADB, a 5th and a 3rd.    With the DADB, I can..."
Garret
@garret-olberding • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "4-string dulcimer DADB tuning (5th and a 3rd)":
"Hello, All!  After a very long absence, I have returned!  I am a classically trained pianist and am very drawn to the harmonic (or even inharmonic)..."
Garret
@garret-olberding • 3 months ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Impressionist and Romantic era classical music:
"Mark Gilston: I occasionally will play classical and Romantic pieces on dulcimer. I have played Fur Elise and various other later compositions as the mood..."

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Garret

Dulcimer makers with longer VSLs


Hi, All,      Out of curiosity, what makers still produce dulcimers...
@Garret one month ago - Comments: 11
Garret

Schubert, Hüttenbrenner theme, for chromatic dulcimer


Hi, All,      A while ago I wanted to see how I could translate a...
@Garret 3 months ago - Comments: 1

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Strumelia
05/17/16 11:25:37AM @strumelia:

Hi there Garret, I hope you'll enjoy it on FOTMD.   hi


Ken Longfield
05/16/16 11:01:30PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD Garret. It's good to have you aboard.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


Garret
05/16/16 07:41:48AM @garret-olberding:

Thank y'all for the very friendly welcome!  Garret


Benjamin W Barr Jr
05/15/16 10:03:47PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Garret, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn  about the dulcimer, and to meet some good people.

Ben


Jim Fawcett
05/15/16 06:10:50PM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Garret, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.


Rob N Lackey
05/15/16 05:54:33PM @rob-n-lackey:

Welcome, Garret, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven.  I'm an expatriate Okie from Sequoyah County and play 4 independent strings most of the time.  I too play stuff that's not usually considered dulcimer tunes.  Maybe we can get together next time I go west.  Hope you enjoy it here.

Rob