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 short, and the simple answer is that I made it to use as the example on how to post a video for someone on here, so I wasn't doing a production. Then I just decided to leave it because some other people wanted to see the Little Mule.
And thank you, Mary and Lisa...
Jan this is so beautifully played!
So charming and so gently and beautifully played!
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 calls them little mules, but they are very sturdy! I keep mine out all the time and it falls off tables and gets knocked into things, etc. and it never seems to hurt it any! I like the bell-like tone, too.
That was soooo sweet!
Love that song! Very nicely played. Wish I could finger pick like that lol.
Very nice. I'm going to have to learn to play it like that on my standard dulcimer with a capo on the 4th fret.
Thanks for listening!
really cute instrument...and very sweet sounding too!!
That was so nice!
Many thanks to you, Monica, Cynthia, Gail, Lexie, Sam, Benjamin, Dusty! Reading your comments, it feels like playing before a crowd of people--like I'm "cyber busking" except that there's no money in the case!
This "million bucks" instrument is less than $200. I bought mine from Gary and Toni Sager of Prussia Valley Music Shop and had Gary add the 1.5 fret for about $20 more. I like the sound holes...the ones by the strum hollow (that you can't see) are white oak leaves and acorns and the ones higher up are squirrels (you can see that better if you look at the picture upside down). I figured that since I'm a little nuts, this suits me well!
I have some regret, now, that I didn't take the time to retune before I made the demo, but if folks like it anyway then I guess it really doesn't matter all that much!
pretty song and playing!
Like sweet little chimes. Nice playing, Jan. You take a well-worn tune and make it thoroughly enjoyable.
Beautifully played Jan. Your dulcimer sounds so sweet and looks like a million bucks !
Very nice, Jan!
Nice, but a bit short. Want more!
Very nice Jan, love hearing you finger pick your soprano dulcimer.
Another beauty from you Jan
Thanks Steve, Patty, and Caleb! Sorry I couldn't get a better view of my plucking fingers...I was only half dressed and still wearing pj's, so I was trying to just focus on the instrument as much as possible, with the greater emphasis on my fingering.
This is a "Little Mule" dulcimer made by Jim Fox in Indiana and the VSL is 18". The whole dulcimer is just under 25 inches. He makes these very sturdy, so they take some rough handling OK--they would be great for traveling, camping, or children, etc,
When my right hand was severely injured 5 years ago--just after I'd learned a bit of fingerpicking--I thought it was a disaster, but what it did was teach me alternative ways to accomplish what I wanted to do. It took 3 years for my hand to heal and I have since made some changes in my technique and I enjoy what I am now doing--which is the important thing! Some songs just seem to need fingerpicking when I start to play. I've even been known to fingerpick "John Stinson #2", even--which is really weird!