Jan Potts

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Location: Lexington, KY
Country: US

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I started playing the piano by ear while in kindergarten and have since then had a few years of piano instruction, Flutofone in 4th grade, 5 years of clarinet, took up folk guitar in college, and have owned a dulcimer since I made a cardboard one in 1991.  About 6.5 years ago, I finally had some sort of mental breakthrough (helped along, I'm convinced, by some choice nuggets of info in a music theory class I had with Steve Eulburg at KY Music Week (KMW) and I can now play the dulcimer by ear, as well.  Other instruments I play with varying degrees of success include the pennywhistle, recorder, ukulele, harmonica, djembe, steel drum, and hammered dulcimer.  The instrument I would most like to play, however, is the cello--but I think that involves the use of a magic wand!  smile 

One of the things I struggle with is playing from tab, because that involves lines and numbers and my brain doesn't process that very well (hence the problem with piano instruction!)  I'm more of a spatial learner, so hearing and seeing intervals in music makes a lot of sense to me.  And I'm better with linear instruments (piano, whistle) than ones that have you moving in a circular manner (steel drum) to produce the music.  I think of low notes as being either left or "down" and higher notes being to the right or "up".  Tone progressions that move in circles or boxes on an instrument require a lot of extra brain power.

I love informal jams with others, especially with folks who enjoy rounds, playing in parts, and adding harmonies and counter-melodies. 

Some of my recent challenges include songwriting and composing for the dulcimer, performance, learning the technology involved in making and posting audio and video clips, and being a mentor and providing instruction in mountain dulcimer to others.

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Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "1978 Homer Ledford ":
"$50?  The case itself is worth that! You got quite a deal, indeed!  If you keep it, you've got quite a bit of interesting musical history there.  When old..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on DAA to DAD to DAA--how often?:
"Here are some different answers:      How often do I return my dulcimer from DAA to DAd?     Never.      How many dulcimers do I take?   One.  Tuned DAd...."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tune You've Had The Most Fun Playing?":
"Another one that I really enjoy playing--if people will play it with a lively tempo--is "Boatmen".  After all, they're dancing but I imagine it's a jig sort..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tune You've Had The Most Fun Playing?":
"Do you want to learn Sarasponda next Saturday at the library?"
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Original Dulcimer Players Club FunFest :
"I'm already here...taking Rick Thum's 3-Day Intensive on the Hammered Dulcimer.  I'm staying at the Osceola Grand Hotel, but will be checking out Wednesday..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 weeks ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Hatmaker Lane-guitar & lap dulcimer CAUTION: loud dog:
"I really like this, Robin!  It's the kind of music that "pulls up" a lot for the listener..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 3 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on KENTUCKY MUSIC WEEK -(KY):
"KMW 2017 is over and, even as tired as we all are, we're sad to say good-by to the KMW staff, all the fine instructors, and our music friends from around..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 4 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on KENTUCKY MUSIC WEEK -(KY):
"Looks like the Bardstown area is getting the worst of this tropical storm now, so it should be much better by sunday evening.  still watching out for..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one month ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @hewalker:
"Welcome to FOTMD!  That's a really nice dulcimer display you have photographed!  Is that a length of slat wall with sliding hangers?  Looks like a good way..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one month ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on My Dulcimer Photos:
"Shelly, that is one bee-you-ti-ful dulcimer!"
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one month ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss:
"What a great rendition of Fly Around!  It would be good music play while working on something that requires a lot of energy.  I think I'll get up and go do..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one month ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Original Dulcimer Players Club FunFest :
"John, it will be good to see you and Karen again!"
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one month ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Original Dulcimer Players Club FunFest :
"Hey--guess what?!!  I just joined ODPC and for the FIRST TIME will be heading to Evart to join in the FUN on Sunday, July 9th.  Why so early?  'Cause I'm..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one month ago • comments: 33
Posted a new Comment on Planxty Fanny Power:
"How pretty!  Both your playing AND your new McCafferty dulcimer! Those are interesting fret marker positions.....comment?"
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Yay, Gail Webber! ":
"You'll probably find that how much you like camping increases with the increase in the amount of "comfort" camping stuff you take.  A tent you can stand up..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "1978 Homer Ledford ":
"What's the number?"
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tune You've Had The Most Fun Playing?":
"Spotted Pony is one I like to play--but there are so many!"
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "1978 Homer Ledford ":
"Fair value of an instrument like this is very difficult to determine...sorry!  Condition is always a consideration--but that doesn't mean the dulcimer needs..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one month ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Gavotte 2 - Michael Praetorius - Duo Dulcimus:
"Thank you so much for posting these videos!  When I watch them, I feel like I'm right there in Germany with you!  My great grandmother was from this part of..."
Jan Potts
 
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Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one month ago • comments: 0
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Yay, Gail Webber! ":
"Gail's rendition on dulcimer of "Wayfaring Stranger" at the Fiddlers' Convention in Mount Airy, NC, last weekend netted her First Place over a field of..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 months ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Courting Dulcimer:
"I love this!  If you find out more, let us know!"
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Most inspiring live workshop/lesson you've ever had?":
"In 2009 I had a class with Steve Eulberg -- music theory, something I was very afraid of at the time.  I was at about the high-novice/ maybe low intermediate..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on KENTUCKY MUSIC WEEK -(KY):
"Kandee, John, and others--look for the FOTMD lunch table(s) in the cafeteria again this year...stop by and say hi and meet some of the folks you may only..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Awesome Dulcimer Camaraderie":
"Doesn't the Berea group play at the Visitor Center (depot) certain days all summer long?  If someone had that info and shared it, maybe a bunch of us would..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Awesome Dulcimer Camaraderie":
"Love to hear my dulcimer buddies chatting it up!  Yes, I do think you two were paired up for the "Finding Do" (as in "Do Re Mi") activity we did awhile back...."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Wanted: Dulciborn":
"John Hawk (a member here, although he hasn't been active for about 3 years) is a Gold Tone Dulciborn dealer that I highly recommend. He goes to the factory..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "":
"That happened to me once and the person was very apologetic and offered a refund immediately.  I was told that the job of packing and shipping it had been..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 months ago
@jan-potts is now following @janet-craigmiles
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on @janet-craigmiles:
"Oh--forgot to mention...Cavaliers'73! One of the first girls to invade Johnson East!"
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on @janet-craigmiles:
"Janet, you need to go to my page and click my "Follow" button.  The answer is that, yes, what you are looking for already exists, and exactly when and where..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does size really matter? 28.5 vs 26 ":
"I'm very fond of dulcimers with a shorter VSL (no longer than 26.5 if possible).  The ease of making the chords has really improved my playing over the past..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on @janet-craigmiles:
"If you go to my page and click the Follow button, I can perhaps help you with this question."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bill Taylor":
"Mark, I'm so glad you saw this question and responded to it, knowing what a great friend Bill is to you.  I was waiting to see if anyone was going to respond..."

Latest Group Discussions

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Jan Potts

Make a video challenge! This is My Father's World!


Here's the challenge: learn to play--or SING and play--the public...
@Jan Potts 11 months ago - Comments: 9
Jan Potts

Funeral music


Don't need this, yet, but I was wondering if anyone in here has played...
@Jan Potts 3 years ago - Comments: 46
Jan Potts

A WEEK of the Songs of Jean Ritchie at John Campbell Folk School


I just want to make sure that the Fans of Jean Ritchie are informed...
@Jan Potts 3 years ago - Comments: 6
Jan Potts

Illustrated guide: How to Change Your Strings


Joe Collins' excellent guide shows step-by-step how to change the...
@Jan Potts 3 years ago - Comments: 1
Jan Potts

What's up with the 3.5 fret?!


So....I'm getting a new-to-me dulcimer and it has a 3.5 fret. I'm not...
@Jan Potts 5 years ago - Comments: 1

Latest Audio

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O Sacred Head Now Wounded

O Sacred Head Now Wounded


@Jan Potts
3 months ago - Comments: 20
Loch Lomond, played on a Dulciborn

Loch Lomond, played on a...


@Jan Potts
5 months ago - Comments: 10
Away in a Manger (alternate tune in a minor key)

Away in a Manger (alternate...


@Jan Potts
7 months ago - Comments: 8
Deck the Halls--Mountain Dulcimer

Deck the Halls--Mountain...


@Jan Potts
7 months ago - Comments: 9
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

I Heard the Bells on...


@Jan Potts
9 months ago - Comments: 5
This Is My Father's World

This Is My Father's World


@Jan Potts
9 months ago - Comments: 14
Celebrate This Happy Day!

Celebrate This Happy Day!


@Jan Potts
9 months ago - Comments: 2
Greet the Morn

Greet the Morn


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9 months ago - Comments: 8
Processional

Processional


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9 months ago - Comments: 2
Hard Times, 1854, composed by Stephen Foster

Hard Times, 1854, composed by...


@Jan Potts
11 months ago - Comments: 18
John Stinson #2 in A, Upping Tempo

John Stinson #2 in A, Upping...


@Jan Potts
11 months ago - Comments: 10
Donkey Riding

Donkey Riding


@Jan Potts
11 months ago - Comments: 8
Healing

Healing


@Jan Potts
last year - Comments: 9
Jabez

Jabez


@Jan Potts
last year - Comments: 7
Mary Murphy, Take 1

Mary Murphy, Take 1


@Jan Potts
last year - Comments: 6

Latest Videos

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Loch Lomond on a Soprano Dulcimer

Loch Lomond on a Soprano Dulcimer


@Jan Potts
5 months ago - Comments: 24
Oh Susannah

Oh Susannah


@Jan Potts
3 years ago - Comments: 97

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Untabbed songs/tunes you'd like to learn

Posted: Friday April 21 2017, 2:04 AM
By: @marg

Rest in peace, Brian Beach

Posted: Friday April 14 2017, 8:28 PM
By: @Jim Fawcett

New Airlines' Rules Affect Those Traveling...

Posted: Monday February 20 2017, 1:54 AM
By: @Jill Geary

Favorite picks made from unusual materials

Posted: Monday January 16 2017, 8:46 AM
By: @Jan Potts

Has anyone used a string cleaner product...

Posted: Sunday January 8 2017, 7:53 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

John E. Wood 1930-2015

Posted: Friday June 10 2016, 12:58 PM
By: @John Shaw

Creative song mix-ups (NOT mistakes!)

Posted: Sunday October 4 2015, 8:13 PM
By: @Jan Potts

Positive game-changers in your progress

Posted: Monday September 14 2015, 3:32 AM
By: @Jan Potts

Edsel Martin dulcimer on eBay -questions

Posted: Friday August 21 2015, 6:41 AM
By: @Rob N Lackey

Carts for hauling your stuff around at a...

Posted: Tuesday August 11 2015, 7:09 PM
By: @Paul Certo

"Appalachian Journey" with Alan Lomax (1991)

Posted: Wednesday December 10 2014, 1:19 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

eBay shipping gone wrong? Too bad! NOT...

Posted: Tuesday August 19 2014, 5:43 PM
By: @Jan Potts

Post-shoulder surgery suggestions needed

Posted: Monday November 12 2012, 10:22 PM
By: @folkfan

Comments

HEWalker
06/19/17 05:26:13AM @hewalker:

Thank you for the welcome-yes that is slate wall!  We use the same for our guitars and assorted woodwinds as well!  We will be installing another section for more dulcimers soon-my addiction has grown!


Joyce Hughes
05/01/17 10:28:34PM @joyce-hughes:

Thanks for the welcome, Jan. My husband gave me a Warren May Special for my birthday 15 years ago. I could not figure how to learn from tablature until I found a group 2 years ago. I am finally getting to really enjoy this beautiful dulcimer and have fun playing with a group. My husband's sister lives in Berea. He saw my interest in the dulcimers in Warren May's beautiful store and wanted me to have one.


Helen Seiler
05/01/17 01:24:15AM @helen-seiler:

Thanks so much Jan. H x


Ann Wells
04/21/17 05:10:15PM @ann-wells:

Hello Jan

My goodness you  have been busy with music...I am proud and envious at the same time.   You are doing great id you can play by ear, especially when picking.  I have to follow the notes.   I play Guitar and ukulele and teach both, mostly to seniors but I do have a 9 year old for ukulele.  One of these days I will get up enough nerve to do a video, but not right now.  Jane Williams is the one who taught me so much as I was struggling alone with an old book and not getting too far.   We have played together when they were in Nova Scotia where I live. Keep strumming and take care.

Ann Wells 


Strumelia
01/10/17 10:47:06AM @strumelia:

Hi Jan, I sent you a PM...  howdy


Estes George
12/13/16 08:53:17PM @george-desjardins:

Sorry it's been awhile about the Edsel Martin and brothers dulcimers. Will be putting up some pictures and what I've found out, Very nice piece.Finally got some time. In forums? 


Estes George
12/05/16 03:36:49PM @george-desjardins:

Hi Jan, I had sent you a follow request, because I stumbled upon an old post of yours from about a year ago regarding Edsel Martin Dulcimers. I actually just purchased one myself, off Ebay a few days back, supposed to arrive Thursday, but had done a fair amount of research on how to tell if it's the real deal, and the way it was signed as genuine Martin, and whether it was built by Edsel, Fred or Wade.

 Was just going to share what I found out.


Estes George
10/13/16 09:12:40PM @george-desjardins:

i also play dulcimer when watching TV, Never get much TV in,,


Erin Mae
09/01/16 02:33:12PM @erin-mae:

Hi Jan, 
This will be my first year at Unicoi as well.  I'm also very excited to finally experience it!  I'm sure we're going to have a jolly good time, and I look forward to seeing you then!

-Erin Mae


VTMama
03/07/16 12:35:39PM @nicole-bartlett:

Hi Jan!  Thank you for the warm welcome!  I am very excited to be here.  There's actually a workshop coming up in April in my area.  I'm not sure if it's geared toward beginners, but I will surely find out!  :)


marg
01/21/16 06:59:28PM @marg:

  take care with the snow storm.


Kandee
01/11/16 11:36:05AM @kandee:

Jan, it was nice to meet you at KWMW.  Maybe next time we can spend more time together.


Alice Chumbley Lora
01/02/16 05:06:48PM @alice-chumbley-lora:

Jan, will you be at KMW next weekend?


Helen Seiler
12/18/15 07:47:20PM @helen-seiler:

A have a happy holiday season Jan, try not to worry about your health (not easy, I know). And may 2016 be a far better year for you. Hugs Helen


kencas
09/18/15 06:47:14AM @kencas:

G'Day Jan!

Thank you very much for the warm welcome. Brisbane certainly grew up from the big country town when Expo 88 was here, and yet since then it really hasn't grown too greatly which is a good thing! Probably the biggest thing since then was holding the G8 meeting last year with President Obama in town - that really got the excitement up for Brisbane!!! And should you ever travel "downunda" again I'm sure you will have many friends willing to offer up a bed for you both again!

Hooroo, Ken.


Dulcie
09/07/15 10:53:30AM @dulcie:

Thank you for writing me, I didn't know I wasn't getting back to the ones who wrote me. 

Pi grew up in estes, live about 45 minutes away now. Yes, Colorado is beautiful!


Jimi45
09/06/15 01:59:40AM @jimi45:

Indeed, I've enjoyed a great deal of the music I've heard so far while combing through YouTube and other sources looking for tunes to play.


Adrian Stanton
09/04/15 02:37:49AM @adrian-stanton:

Hello,

Thank you for your greeting. According to tracking information, my instrument should arrive to day.

Regards

Adrian


Kathy V
09/03/15 07:24:23PM @kathy-v:

Thank you jan. Much to learn. Pray The Lord gives me lots more years! Lol

 


Helen Seiler
08/29/15 05:06:28PM @helen-seiler:

He there Jan, pardon my awful selfie pic, just a temporary one. I see you have  been welcoming on here.. great going,! Sorry i have been so out of touch, i got caught up in the non musical world (eeek!). How have  you been? Any festivals of late? I hope you have had a lovely summer. H x