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.

Latest Activity

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Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Your "Dream Dulcimer?":
"I would like to own Gary Gallier's personal "go to"  dulcimer.  I have played it for about 6 hrs. total, so I know how "dreamy" it is! It's not for sale...."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on In the Garden-A Tribute to my Sister-in-Law and Friend:
"What a lovely "In Remembrance" video you have made and shared!  Fay's love of nature shines through the many photographs and your rendition of "In the..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"You had me at "crisply fried hash browns"!  This would be good for breakfast, lunch or dinner!"
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on The Early American Songbook:
"Hmmm....not very clear....the best I can come up with is "a pair of castanets in a fancy carrying case"....but that doesn't seem very "early American" to..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 3 days ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on O Sacred Head Now Wounded:
"It's interesting to see what memories are evoked by a hymn which we normally only hear once or twice a year.  Thank you, John Henry and Benjamin for sharing..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 4 days ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on O Sacred Head Now Wounded:
"Thank you, David, Jennifer and Cindy!  I like the sound of the baritone, too--partly because I have a low singing voice.  But I also think the baritone range..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 4 days ago • comments: 94
Posted a new Comment on The Little Dulcimers Little List:
"For anyone interested in Jim Fox's "Little Mule" dulcimer, here's a video I made recently:..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Untabbed songs/tunes you'd like to learn":
"Guess I should have been more specific....I was thinking about familiar tunes that you've just never seen tabbed for dulcimer--something like a children's..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Untabbed songs/tunes you'd like to learn":
"Are there songs or tunes that you would really like to play, but you can't find any tabbed arrangements?  An instructor has asked us to bring one to an..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dana McCall ?":
"Dana's a good friend of mine and she's still playing, but has gotten busy with some other projects.  I'll let her know she's missed!"
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 5 days ago • comments: 63
Posted a new Comment on Cold Frosty Morning. This for James, who sorta remined me that I had this instrument sitting under a bed in its case !:
"Love this! You play with great ease that makes listening a real pleasure. Jan"
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 5 days ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Nonsuch:
"I'm not sure how Jim Fawcett found this in order to "like it", but I'm glad he did--and glad his liking it showed up on the Home page--because I wanted to..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 5 days ago • comments: 22
Liked @john-henry's video:
Nonsuch
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 6 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Pretty Betty Martin, my arrangement:
"This sounds so good, Mark!  I love the free spirit vibe that's coming across in your playing, too!  You have come quite far since you started this dulcimer..."
Jan Potts
 
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one week ago • comments: 1
Liked @mark-gilston's youtube:
Mear
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one week ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on O Sacred Head Now Wounded:
"Thanks, Gail and Annie!  I probably have an extra baritone around, Annie, if you decide you really want one someday...it has a 1.5 fret, however...."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one week ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on O Sacred Head Now Wounded:
"Steven, thank you so much for sharing that info!  I'm a huge Paul Simon fan, but I don't remember ever hearing him sing this (even though he's been singing..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one week ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on O Sacred Head Now Wounded:
"Thank you.....but no album in the works, yet! "
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one week ago • comments: 2
Is attending an Event:
KENTUCKY MUSIC WEEK -(KY)
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one week ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on KENTUCKY MUSIC WEEK -(KY):
"So glad I finally got around to signing up!  It was hard to choose my classes, but I'm looking forward to the ones I finally picked: 2 with standard..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one week ago • comments: 19
Posted a new SoundCloud track:
O Sacred Head Now Wounded
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Offering sympathy to our dear John Henry":
"John Henry and Paul, there's a quiet strengthening that happens as you grieve, even as it seems the death of your dear Mary has left a hole that can never..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one week ago
@jan-potts is now following @deborahmce
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Rest in peace, Brian Beach":
"I am sad to report the death of our member, Brian Beach, who lived in the small community of Vasser, Michigan.  Brian had been interested in the mountain..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 weeks ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Loch Lomond on a Soprano Dulcimer:
"Mary MacGowan: p.s. Did you notice what it says under your video? About explaining how to post...?    Yes...some people have wondered why this is so..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on @deborahmce:
"Deborah--I haven't been on here much, lately, and just noticed you had joined!  Welcome!  I think it's great that our dulcimer paths have crossed and I'm..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 weeks ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Loch Lomond on a Soprano Dulcimer:
"Many thanks, Cindy, Caleb-Dan, and J-Andy!  Some people had been wanting to see the "little Mule" soprano dulcimer that Jim Fox makes.  I'm not sure why he..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 weeks ago
@jan-potts is now following @jessica-comeau
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Irene, I loved reading your post!  It means that we may actually meet some day, because even though I've never been to the dulcimer festival in Palestine,..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What are you reading right now?":
"I'm reading Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger.  Pretty good so far."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 4 weeks ago • comments: 2
Liked @mark-gilston's youtube:
Calvary by Daniel Read
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 4 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Calvary by Daniel Read:
"This is so nice, Mark! Skillfully played and well-paced!"
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Winston Salem Dulcimer Festival - May 6th":
"Would love to see you both--plus all the other great dulcimer players who will be attending and/or teaching and performing, but my plans are to come the next..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • one month ago
@jan-potts is now following @steve-battarbee

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 8 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
one week ago - Comments: 19
Loch Lomond, played on a Dulciborn

Loch Lomond, played on a...


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

Away in a Manger (alternate...


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

Deck the Halls--Mountain...


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

I Heard the Bells on...


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

This Is My Father's World


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

Celebrate This Happy Day!


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

Greet the Morn


@Jan Potts
6 months ago - Comments: 8
Processional

Processional


@Jan Potts
6 months ago - Comments: 2
Hard Times, 1854, composed by Stephen Foster

Hard Times, 1854, composed by...


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

John Stinson #2 in A, Upping...


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

Donkey Riding


@Jan Potts
8 months ago - Comments: 8
Healing

Healing


@Jan Potts
11 months ago - Comments: 9
Jabez

Jabez


@Jan Potts
11 months ago - 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
2 months ago - Comments: 23
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

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


Estes George
08/18/15 12:20:36PM @george-desjardins:

Thanks for the feedback on your Maxwell, I also had to do some rescue work on the case too, one hinge the screws had plled right throuh the hinge, so replacing them with new ones and adding another in the center for more support, the paddle tuners are really cool, nice, distinct and different look, I think they make tuning the old school way a lot easier!


Deborah Hinz
08/17/15 10:11:55AM @debbie-hinz:

Thanks Jan, we will have to plan on a trip over. This will give me a whole year to play my dulcimer and at least be able to comfortably sit in on some jams. I hope to meet you there. Is the festival is usually on Labor day weekend?

I'm a history buff so I'd like to visit Fort Boonesborough also, looks like we'll plan for a week to get everything innod


Deborah Hinz
08/15/15 04:35:31PM @debbie-hinz:

Darn, I have family coming in that weekend but I will have to definitely put that on my calendar for next year. Thanks for the informationsmile