Guy Babusek

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Location: Santa Ana, CA
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I first heard the dulcimer played in 1981. I took my first dulcimer lesson around 1987 and have been at it ever since. It's an instrument that is easy to play but very challenging to master (I haven't come close to any sort of mastery of this instrument yet). I play mainly with a classical fingerpicking technique, but I enjoy all styles of dulcimer playing.

FOTMD is a wonderful place to learn and discuss this beautiful instrument! I'm so happy to be here.

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Guy Babusek
 
@guy-babusek • 2 months ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Come Back, Come Back, My Love:
"MattS: Great to find your videos, Guy. You arrange so well and play with such precision and grace. Enjoyed this so much.   Matt  Thank you so much,..."
Guy Babusek
 
@guy-babusek • 3 months ago • comments: 60
Posted a new Comment on @guy-babusek:
"marybery: I love your style of playing. I'm am now venturing into the finger picking technique. My dulcimer group only used the pick to strum or flat..."

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A Quick String Change



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Cleaning Your Fretboard



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Harmonizing a melody


This group hasn't been too active lately... but I did record a couple...
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Green Stubble Fields of Autumn


Here's a a little finger picking for you.  Working on a lot of new...
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Sean O'Dwyer of the Glen


Hi all! It's been too long since I've been on here. Life has been...
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Fernando Sor pieces


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Coinleach Glas an Fhomhair


Finally got around to rearrangingCoinleach Glas an Fhomhair. I did 3...
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Traditional vs. early or classical music.


Thought I'd move this discussion to its own topic rather than leaving it...
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Fernando Sor Andante


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Basic Fingerpicking Techniques


I did a little video with some real basic concepts on how I fingerpick....
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Music Therapy Books


There are some wonderful books on music therapy that are usually geared...
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Donal Agus Morag


Just finished arranging this one. Now I just need to get it up to speed....
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O'Carolan's The Fairy Queen


Working on arranging this for MD. It's quite a challenge!!
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She Moves Through The Fair



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A Pretty Maid Milking Her Cow

A Pretty Maid Milking Her Cow


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Come Back, Come Back, My Love

Come Back, Come Back, My Love


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Fil fil a run o

Fil fil a run o


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Coinleach Glas An Fhómhair

Coinleach Glas An Fhómhair


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Molly of the Ringlets (Molly na gCuach Ní Chuilleanáin)
The Blackbird and His Mate

The Blackbird and His Mate


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Green Stubble Fields Of Autumn (Coinleach Glas An Fhómhair)

Green Stubble Fields Of...


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Sean O'Dwyer of the Glenn

Sean O'Dwyer of the Glenn


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The Ash Grove (Llwyn Onn)

The Ash Grove (Llwyn Onn)


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Skye Boat Song

Skye Boat Song


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She Moved Through the Fair

She Moved Through the Fair


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Ned of the Hill (Éamonn an Chnoic)

Ned of the Hill (Éamonn an...


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My Lagan Love

My Lagan Love


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Loch Tay Boat Song - Fingerpicked Mountain Dulcimer

Loch Tay Boat Song -...


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Loch Lovan Castle

Loch Lovan Castle


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Inis Oírr (Inisheer)

Posted: Monday July 4 2016, 9:42 PM
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Dulcibard Page

Posted: Wednesday December 31 2014, 2:55 PM
By: @Becky Jennings

New Cyntia Smith Album!

Posted: Wednesday October 15 2014, 11:05 PM
By: @Cyntia Smith

Nice to see everyone again!!

Posted: Tuesday December 17 2013, 6:29 AM
By: @Cheryl Johnson

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Guy Babusek
06/21/17 12:14:11PM @guy-babusek:

marybery:

I love your style of playing. I'm am now venturing into the finger picking technique. My dulcimer group only used the pick to strum or flat pick, so I'm kind of on my own with this technique.  I do have a question about the left hand chording etc... how hard do you press down on the strings? I'm thinking I am probably using too much pressure most of the time.

Thank you so much for your very kind comments.  Yes, the fretting is done with as little pressure as possible.  I only use enough pressure to avoid buzz and no more.  My action is set pretty low so that I can use light pressure, but that also requires that the fretting be done fairly accurately.  


marybery
06/21/17 10:44:46AM @marybery:

I love your style of playing. I'm am now venturing into the finger picking technique. My dulcimer group only used the pick to strum or flat pick, so I'm kind of on my own with this technique.  I do have a question about the left hand chording etc... how hard do you press down on the strings? I'm thinking I am probably using too much pressure most of the time.


marg
04/21/17 02:19:43AM @marg:

Harmonizing A Melody

I watch your video lesson but could respond on the group posting. I didn't understand much of it but did catch on to some, well done & thanks


Larry Conger
01/02/16 12:29:26AM @larry-conger:

You asked:

How do you get that split screen for your overdubs?

Guy,  That is done with PowerDirector video editing software. I record the first part, then listen to it on my laptop while I record the second part. I then import the two videos into PowerDirector and use the split screen feature to combine them. The trick is syncing the sound, which takes several tweaks.


Anne Bowman
11/27/15 08:40:17PM @anne-bowman:

Hey Guy,

Thanks for that ... Thought you'd say that ... Hmmm, that will take a lot of saving considering the state of the Aussie dollar at the moment ... and the fact that I'm an illustrator... I wonder what it is that Aeolous do ....

Anyway, please keep posting...

Cheers,

Anne


Anne Bowman
11/20/15 07:38:55AM @anne-bowman:

Hi Guy,

 

Hope all's well. I was hoping I could pick your brains, if you don't mind... I have a couple of dulcimers, and love them both for different types of music, but neither instrument sounds quite right for that Early Music genre, to me. I wondered what you recommend?

 

Cheers,

Anne

 


Anne Bowman
08/22/15 08:02:11PM @anne-bowman:

Hey Guy,

Love your playing. A friend recently sent me Randy Wilkinson's Elizabethan Music for dulcimer CD... Does anyone know if it's possible to get music or tablature for these gorgeous arrangements? I've been trawling the internet looking, but no luck with the book...

 

Cheers.


Chuck in CT
07/08/15 06:30:32PM @chuck-in-ct:

Hello Guy- this new site requires that we "follow" each other in order to be able to send messages to each other.  I've followed you, can you pls follow me.  Thx.  Chuck


Stephanie Muschlitz
12/13/14 01:58:55PM @stephanie-muschlitz:

Hi Guy,

I got some wonderfulresponse from members. It puts me in the right direction. I really needed some guidance where to move with some new material formoving forward with learningfingerpicking skills.

I am going to make some time to listen to your playing. I will try your website as well.The musical genres you mention are all very appealing to me and I need to do some exploring.

Have a great day!

Stephanie


Cynthia Wigington
10/07/14 07:24:43PM @cynthia-wigington:

I'm honored nobel player of the Molly of the Ringlets. You have my attention. I just want to say that I feel a million miles away from the classical guitar life I lived. It's been a long illness, and I'm just in awe that I can sit in this chair and play ukes and dulcimer songs - such relaxing fun music after working like a dog at the classical all my life.


Cindy Stammich
10/05/14 04:12:17PM @cindy-stammich:

Thank you for the wonderful words - thank you for the encouragement! It is truly appreciated!


Kevin Lahue
09/25/14 09:30:20PM @kevin-lahue:

Absolutely, the lessons are such a treat. I really feel blessed to be learning from one of my favorite players.


Gary McNaughton
09/23/14 05:27:42PM @gary-mcnaughton:
Thank you Guy! A lovely day to day baby went home today we got lots of photos from our daughter through the net its amazing ps did lI see you have a dachshund? We have a dachshun/Chihuahua cross she is 6 months old
Gary McNaughton
09/21/14 05:11:39PM @gary-mcnaughton:
Hello Guy we have a brand new Grandson today his name is Malachi and he is a brand new Scotsman.
Kevin Lahue
09/17/14 09:29:32AM @kevin-lahue:

Yes, Ive been a fan of hers for a long time. Her left hand technique really makes sense, as a guitar player I was all over the place on dulcimer now I feel more in control and at ease when playing.


Maxspop
09/09/14 02:20:45AM @bobby-maxspop-bingham:

One can get very attached to them. They are very loyal, but as you know, can be very stubborn--sorta like some people I know (me!)!

We've had several and at my age, I've decided not to go thru the stress again, but still get tempted once in a while! Thank you for updating me on yours.


Maxspop
09/08/14 09:04:45PM @bobby-maxspop-bingham:

Thank you, Guy, for your friend request. Indeed my pleasure. We love Dachshunds, but probably won't get another since Max died. I have taken up MD playing and that provides me an avenue of peace. I have really enjoyed your playing and your comments regarding MD playing. You are an excellent resource for FOTMD. I look forward to hearing more of your excellent music.

Mike Clemmer did an excellent job on my Max Memorial!


Karel Votanek
08/24/14 01:45:17PM @karel-votanek:

Hallo Guy,vielen Dank fr Deinen Kommentar.Es freut mich sehr,dass Dir meine Version gefllt,weil Du ein Profispieler bist.

Danke,Karel


Cyntia Smith
08/20/14 01:50:50PM @cyntia-smith:

Hi Guy,

Thanks for the warm welcome and your help!

Cyntia


marg
02/25/14 08:31:53PM @marg:

Yes, thank you Guy. I think I found them on your page but did find them and have them. In class today I was fussed at for not strumming correctly, I do have a hard time understanding the sister sister's or up - up - down - up or what ever I should be doing.

Much to learn, so thank you for your help