Greg Gunner

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Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Clara Callahan Weave Shop Dulcimer Player 1930:
"Harry Callahan was Clara Callahan's brother.  According to the preliminary information I have on the family, he would have been 13 years old at the time of..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Clara Callahan Weave Shop Dulcimer Player 1930:
"My interest in researching Clara Callahan was inspired by the repertoire revealed in Scarborough's book, A Song Catcher in the Southern Mountains.  The fact..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 days ago • comments: 8
Created a new Group discussion "Clara Callahan Weave Shop Dulcimer Player 1930":
"I've been doing some research on Clara Louise Callahan, the dulcimer player mentioned in Dorothy Scarborough's 1937 book, Song Catcher in the Southern..."
Mountain Dulcimer History & Traditions
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 5 days ago • comments: 92
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"Welcome to FOTMD and congratulations on your new dulcimer.  You will find this forum to be friendly and helpful.  If you have any questions on your journey..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: October & November:
"Very interesting reading, David.  By the way, Corena Lucinda "Rena" Hicks was a ballad singer.  She collected her ballads in a "ballit box", which contained..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fair price for a 2003 McSpadden ":
"Depending on how the string slots have been cut and whether or not you can get the nut and bridge out cleanly without damage, you may be able to reuse the..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Sneak peek at a walnut Thomas with Possum Board":
"Happy Birthday, John.  I can't imagine a better birthday for you than building something you love to build.  That sure looks like the makings of another very..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 weeks ago • comments: 92
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"Major chords are constructed from the 1st-3rd-5th notes of that particular major scale.  "D Chord" = D-F#-A or 0-0-2 Bass String 0 fret = D Middle String..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "A litle confused on string gauges ":
".011, .011, .014, .024 will probably work just fine, but if you want to get the recommended gauges I suggest you contact juststrings.com  They sell single..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Timing/length of notes, and also foot tapping:
"Okay, if I understand your question, let's compare a quarter note followed by two paired eighth notes with a dotted quarter note followed by a single eighth..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Timing/length of notes, and also foot tapping:
"If you are using a metronome and playing in 4/4 time, each tick of the metronome is equal to one quarter note of music.  In other words, four metronome..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 4 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Another string-related question:
"It doesn't really matter.  You can leave it in D-A-d if you wish.  Or you can leave your dulcimer tuned to C-G-c, and tune up when you need to do so.  Both..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 4 weeks ago • comments: 44
Posted a new Comment on Dulcerinian Law:
"Ken and Kendra,   You better add the word "dulcimore" to your proclamation.  It, too, should never be used in combination with the word "chromatic". Sir..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 4 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on A new Tennessee music box that looks OLD...:
"@Strumelia: "Hey Greg you could make sure the checkers are a tiny bit smaller than the round sound holes...then you could store the checkers inside the box...."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 4 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on A new Tennessee music box that looks OLD...:
"Here are some links to further information on the Tennessee Music Box.  First, everyone should be aware that there is a group on FOTMD specifically geared..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 4 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on A new Tennessee music box that looks OLD...:
"As the new owner of this instrument, I can attest to its wonderful resonant sound. John is one of those builders you can count on to make you an accurate..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fair price for a 2003 McSpadden ":
"If you intend to sell it at an estate sale, you can expect to sell it at a price below the $250-$300 range.  This forum will bring your dulcimer to the..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fair price for a 2003 McSpadden ":
"Used McSpadden dulcimers are not all that rare, but there is a regular market.  The obvious answer is that it is worth what someone is willing to pay.  I..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Harmie Griffie:
"James, the original post was placed here by dulcimer maker Dax Cox.  He was seeking information on your father.  Did your father make and/or play mountain..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on William Duke Tester - Beech Mountain Dulcimer Maker:
"David, thanks for the obituary and the photograph links.  I hadn't seen either of those.  I've added those to my research data. For anyone else that might..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 6
Updated a Group discussion "":
"According to Lucy Long in her dissertation on the dulcimer traditions of Beech Mountain, North Carolina in the early years of the 20th century there were..."
Mountain Dulcimer History & Traditions
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 6
Created a new Group discussion "William Duke Tester - Beech Mountain Dulcimer Maker":
"According to Lucy Long in her dissertation on the dulcimer traditions of Beech Mountain, North Carolina in the early years of the 20th century there were..."
Mountain Dulcimer History & Traditions
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players:
"KenH has this one covered.  You are free to use any tuning that works for you.  The most common tunings are D-A-A and D-A-d, but unless you are playing with..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Two mode/tuning/notation questions.":
"I'm bringing back this old thread, because I have a similar question regarding the bass and middle drone strings and the D Locrian mode.  The fifth note of..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Randy Wilkinson tab book for Elizabethan Music":
"Divergent Luthier, don't let your first post be your last..  You are doing some interesting work making Randy Wilkinson's work available again.  There are..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Rhythm strumming and fills:
"1. Work on your strumming separately from practicing tunes..  2. For the time being forget about playing the melody with your left hand.  Just rest your..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Lillie’s Lullaby ":
"Kendra, thank you for sharing the tab of "Lillie's Lullaby" and for sharing your family's connection to dulcimer history.  Most of us came to the dulcimer..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Each mode consists of notes found in a major scale, but only the Ionian mode is a major scale.  Using only the notes of the D major scale for example, you..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Noter drone play list for nursing home?:
"Jill, Do you plan to sing along with your playing?  In my experience playing at nursing homes, we received the most positive response when we both played..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"There aren't many mountain dulcimer books written specifically for the Child Ballads.  Ralph Lee Smith's books are probably the closest thing to what you are..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Anyone know who this is?":
"Geoffrey Johnson worked for the Hughes Dulcimer Company in Colorado.  Here's a link to a picture of him and someone else with a dulcimer and another under..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ukulele Tuners":
"Before sanding, you might want to try some Hill Peg Compound, which is a substance used by fiddle players to make the pegs turn more freely.  I have used it..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Standard, Baritone, or Bass Dulcimer Tuning :
"Dusty, thanks for your insight.  I asked the question for a reason.  I have a McSpadden Bass dulcimer that I have restrung to play as a 3-string baritone..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Created a new Group discussion "Standard, Baritone, or Bass Dulcimer Tuning ":
"I know the tuning of the standard dulcimer is usually D-A-A or D-A-d, but at what point does the standard dulcimer become a baritone dulcimer?  I think most..."
Baritone Dulcimer Players
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on How to Tune a Baritone to Play with Others :
"I have assumed you want to play along in the Key of D If you use the reverse Ionian tuning A-D-A, you would have to learn new chord positions because of..."

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Banjimer

Clara Callahan Weave Shop Dulcimer Player 1930


I've been doing some research on Clara Louise Callahan, the dulcimer...
@Banjimer 3 days ago - Comments: 8
Banjimer

William Duke Tester - Beech Mountain Dulcimer Maker


According to Lucy Long in her dissertation on the dulcimer traditions...
@Banjimer one month ago - Comments: 6
Banjimer

Standard, Baritone, or Bass Dulcimer Tuning


I know the tuning of the standard dulcimer is usually D-A-A or D-A-d,...
@Banjimer 2 months ago - Comments: 5
Banjimer

Two Zitters in Lititz Moravian Collection


I ran across this article while searching the internet today and...
@Banjimer 11 months ago - Comments: 6
Banjimer

1930s Kentucky Dulcimer Recordings Free Online


The Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress has made...
@Banjimer last year - Comments: 2
Banjimer

Beech Mountain Dulcimers Millard and Smith Oliver?


What do we know about Millard Oliver and his brother, Smith Oliver?...
@Banjimer last year - Comments: 6
Banjimer

Ralph Lee Smith Interview Podcast


I've attached a link to a podcast interview someone did with Ralph Lee...
@Banjimer last year - Comments: 2
Banjimer

Frank Proffitt at Pinewoods Music Camp in 1961


Here is a link to a 1985 article in the Country Dance and Song...
@Banjimer 2 years ago - Comments: 2
Banjimer

Great Resource for Music Theory Group


I came across this resource while browsing in the Chiff and Fipple, an...
@Banjimer 5 years ago - Comments: 8
Banjimer

Nathan Hicks and the Dulcimer He Sold to Maurice Matteson - Where is it now?


In 1933 Maurice Matteson and Mellinger Henry collected ballads on...
@Banjimer 6 years ago - Comments: 2
Banjimer

Frank Proffitt's Grandfather and Civil War Tunes


Frank Proffitt's grandfather, John Wesley Proffitt, was a southerner...
@Banjimer 6 years ago - Comments: 3
Banjimer

Phyllis Gaskins New Book Is Out


A couple of months ago, I pre-ordered a copy of Phyllis Gaskins' new...
@Banjimer 7 years ago - Comments: 7
Banjimer

Schnauffer Tennessee Music Box DVD Available - A Few Copies Left


I can't remember if I saw this mentioned on ED or FOTMD, but Middle...
@Banjimer 8 years ago - Comments: 8
Banjimer

1764 Moravian Zitters or Not?


For those of you that may not be following the history discussions on...
@Banjimer 10 years ago - Comments: 4

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Banjimer
11/15/17 07:49:34PM @greg-gunner:

I have a June Apple dulcimer.  It doesn't have the light silvery sound of the J.E. Thomas  reproductions that I own.  Nor does it have the resonant sound of the larger bodied dulcimers.  The sound falls somewhere in between.  You could probably describe it as a balance between the two.  Keep in mind that Carl and his staff at June Apple Dulcimers manufacture several different models of dulcimers and dulcimer ancestors.  The June Apple model has a somewhat smaller size than other models made by June Apple, so it's not surprising that the sound is somewhat closer to traditional than it is to guitar-like.  June Apple also makes a larger-bodied dulcimer.  I don't have personal experience with the larger model, but I would assume that its sound is more resonant and similar to other dulcimers with wider, deeper soundboxes.  In short, the difference in sound is more  a combination of volume and resonance.  Everything else being equal, smaller-bodied dulcimers have less volume and less resonance.  Larger-bodied dulcimers have more volume and more resonance.  Other factors to consider are the type of wood used, particularly the soundboard (top), and the thickness of the top, back, and sides.  I'm not a builder.  A builder would be more qualified than I to describe the various factors affecting the sound of any given dulcimer.


Richard Streib
11/15/17 06:23:59PM @richard-streib:

Greg,

I saw a post almost a year old about your June Apple dulcimer. How do you like it?

What is the sound like? I tend to prefer more traditional rather than guitar like.

Thanks.


Ralph Lee Smith
08/01/13 08:01:16AM @ralph-lee-smith:

Greg,

Thanks so much for your two messages regarding the Mattesons and the Nathan Hicks Dulcimer. I have just returned from a couple of weeks of teaching, at Western Carolina University and John C. Campbell Folk School, and am busy catching up! I'll take a look at the You Tube segment soon.


Kevin Messenger
07/27/13 04:29:07PM @kevin-messenger:

Greg thanks for the interest. The Prichard is 350.00, plus shipping. I ask for a third down to cover costs and the balance is due when ready to ship. I look forward to talking with you more about the possibility of building you a Prichard , they are great sounding instruments, and are exact copies of the originals. Thanks Kevin.


mary e frantz
07/22/12 05:20:43PM @mary-e-frantz:

Thanks GregI will check them out do you by any chance know a an intermediate instructor around here thanks again mary


Bill Lewis
08/31/09 10:48:58AM @bill-lewis:
Welcome Greg
razyn
08/31/09 10:21:33AM @razyn:
Glad you made it over -- now join us in the Dulcimer Ancestors group, and we'll solve the mysteries of the universe. Or something.Dick
Strumelia
08/30/09 05:12:39PM @strumelia:
Welcome Greg!! :D