Greg Gunner

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Location: Riga, MI
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Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 6 days 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 • 6 days 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 • one week 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..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What’s your favourite playing style and why?":
"Most of my playing these days is a combination of finger-dancing the melody with my left hand and fingerpicking with my right hand, although I can, and do,..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Using a strap":
"I second Dusty's advice regarding the quick release straps.  As he stated Folkcraft makes a quick-release strap specifically for the dulcimer.  With this..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Question about A string loudness on DAD tuning:
"@Marlene-Powell:  "I see in videos that people use tuners that have D4 or D3 or at least some number beside the note." The numbers refer to octaves.  In..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Question about A string loudness on DAD tuning:
"@Marlene-Powell: "If I find that it works better in DGD, where do I find tabs for that tuning?  Almost all the tabs I've seen so far are for DAD." As long..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 weeks ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Questions about buying a dulcimer.:
"Sometimes, interests can change as you develop more skill on your dulcimer.  You may begin with a traditional diatonically fretted dulcimer (No 1 1/2 fret,..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Out of tune bass string:
"Another possibility that hasn't been mentioned is inadvertently pushing the bass string sideways when you fret.  This is a technique called "bending" that..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Who Made Swan-shaped Dulcimer?":
"I have no idea who might have made your dulcimer, but the signature looks like it could either be "N. Mills" or "Neville".  Are there any dulcimer makers who..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer tuning problem":
"Two possibilities given your new information.  1. (Less Likely) This would have been early in Warren May's dulcimer building career.  He may have been in..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Relationship of strings to one another:
"To add to the confusion and to move even further from the original question, my post listed the numbers 1 to 8 and matched each number with a note of the D..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: August:
"David, I don't know where you find all this information, but I'm thankful you are willing to share it with all of us.  Great stuff."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Buzzing with pull offs- me or the dulcimer":
"Silverstrings, I'm glad I could be of help.  I and everyone else on this forum was once at the same place you are at in learning the dulcimer. Continue to..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer tuning problem":
"Is Your Dulcimer Just-Tempered or Equal-Tempered? Another possibility is the type of scale.  Back in 1973 many dulcimer builders were still making..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer tuning problem":
"The frets haven't moved since they are placed securely in the fretboard.  However, the bridge may have moved which would explain some frets being in tune and..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Buzzing with pull offs- me or the dulcimer":
"When plucked, the string will vibrate to produce sound.  I'm certainly no expert, but I suspect the buzzing is related to two factors: 1.) the direction in..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Favorite tunes for comfort & relaxation :
"I use to belong to a group that performed on a semi-regular basis at local rest homes and assisted living facilities.  The most well-received songs were..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Richard and Denise Wilson dulcimer - needs a bridge":
"Like KenH I searched Google Images for pictures of Richard Wilson dulcimers.  This is the only link I could find with a close-up of the tail end of the..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 84
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"Where you go after the beginning stages is related to why you want to play the dulcimer in the first place.  I got into dulcimer playing because of its..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Blue Lion IW Style 1 Red Cedar & Walnut question":
"If you've got the opportunity to purchase a Blue Lion at a good price, don't pass it up.  Blue Lion is not currently accepting orders.  When they do accept..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Maintenance on Five Star planetary pegs:
"Since you've already responded to my previous post.  Here's the link I added to Reverb to order Schaller Planetary tuners individually should Blue Lion..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Maintenance on Five Star planetary pegs:
"Blue Lion may use the Schaller Planetary Tuning Pegs.  They have the wide-head screw.  You can check them out at Elderly instruments using the link below...."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Maintenance on Five Star planetary pegs:
"I took a look at my Blue Lion, and you are right.  The Planetary pegs do not appear to be 5-Star tuners.   They are the type with the wide screw head.  I'm..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Maintenance on Five Star planetary pegs:
"Ken L., that was an interesting article diagramming the various parts of the Planetary tuning peg.  I learned something new today.  The interior of the..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Maintenance on Five Star planetary pegs:
"In the grand scheme of things, even 5-Star Planetary pegs are not that expensive and can be replaced with the simplest of tools (The Right Size Wrench).  A..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Instruction books for DAA Noter playing":
"Another DAA instruction book that is very good for someone starting out is Traditional Playing of the Mountain Dulcimer by Lorinda Jones.  Although not..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Paul Clayton on Folkways Records":
"Folk musician, Paul Clayton, was one of the early trailblazers of the dulcimer revival in the 1950s and 1960s.  If I have my facts correct and don't have him..."

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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 6 days ago - Comments: 5
Banjimer

Two Zitters in Lititz Moravian Collection


I ran across this article while searching the internet today and...
@Banjimer 9 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 magazine...
@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 Beech...
@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