John W. McKinstry

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Location: Lee, MA
Country: US

Latest Followers:

folkfan Charles Thomas Jan Potts Dusty Turtle Benjamin W Barr Jr hugssandi Helen Seiler Greg Patterson Sam Searls Robin Thompson Jim Fawcett Guy Babusek Patty from Virginia Cynthia Wigington Gordon Hardy Ken Backer Joy W. Steven Deckard Lexie R Oakley Ken Longfield

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youtube videos: 9
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John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 3 days ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on Scarborough Fair:
"Thanks for this beautiful song. It seems so well matched with the dulcimer."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 6 days ago
@john-w-mckinstry is now following @folkfan
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • one week ago
@john-w-mckinstry is now following @giddykitty
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Big Footed Man in the Sandy Lot:
"Fancy picking. Enjoyed it a lot."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Over The River To Feed My Sheep:
"Lovely and haunting. it helped me to appreciate the noting effect on the dulcimer again."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Meditation:
" Well done, Charles. I love the way you integrated scenes of nature and the meditative mood of the dulcimer."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Signed @folkfan's Guestbook:
"Dear Folkfan, I just heard that you are Dave's sister and I just want to say that I do hope he is all right. I will keep him in my prayers. John"
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Poetry celebrating the beautiful music of the Mt. Dulcimer":
"Thanks everyone for your kind responses. Your are wonderful and supportive community.   John"
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Poetry celebrating the beautiful music of the Mt. Dulcimer":
"The poem should read as follows: "Dulcimer Days"   There is no storm When the dulcimer sings. Hatred and hurricanes Wait in the wings. The gentle song..."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Poetry celebrating the beautiful music of the Mt. Dulcimer":
"A friend of mine, Val Coleman, of Sandisfield, MA. wrote a beautiful poem after listening to our "Sweet Strings" dulcimer group.          I wish to share..."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 4 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on In The Morning, Very Early:
"We are thankful for Friends of The Mountain Dulcimer which encourages beginners, like ourselves, to share their new found love of this music. Thanks..."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • one month ago • comments: 31
Posted a new Comment on Three-Legged Skunk -- original composition:
"Hi Dusty, We really enjoyed "Three Legged Skunk". Two weeks ago Anne saw one in the morning, it also seemed to have three legs."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • one month ago • comments: 7
Posted a new YouTube video:
In The Morning, Very Early
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • one month ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on @david-lynch:
"Hi David, I would love to hear from you concerning a Drophour Dulcimer that I am interested in and that you make.         I have had trouble getting through..."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Playing in other keys":
"I have found that a good way to get into the key of F for playing and singing hymns with a wide range is to first: tune the dulcimer to the key of C= C,' G,..."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Recently I came across the song: "A-Hunting We Will Go" in Carol Walker's Dulcimer Ditties Book 2. I like the chorus where she helps one to play  the old..."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 months ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Jesus Won't You Come By Here?:
"Thank you Mary for your  comments. "
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 months ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Jesus Won't You Come By Here?:
"Thank you Jennifer.  I found your group's video " Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss" to be very entertaining and delightful!"
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 months ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Amazing Grace:
"Bautiful. My wife who is a hymn writer, loves Wm. Cowper and as a pastor and a dulcimer player I loved your video and playing too.  Thanks, John"
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 months ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on @val-coleman:
" Hi Val,  Welcome to the Friends of The Mt. Dulcimer.  I think if you press the button on your home page that "Says" Pending, that this will mean that you..."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 months ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on "The Sally Garden" GC016 :
"Beautiful sound and a good looking dulcimer. Thanks also for you kind comments on my latest video."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Signed @stephen-addison's Guestbook:
"Hi Stephen, I noticed your name among the Hymn and Worship Song Players on Friends of the Mt. Dulcimer. Your interests in the guitar,mt.dulcimer, and..."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Signed @benjamin-w-barr-jr's Guestbook:
"Hi Benjamin, I would like to add you to my friends list. I enjoy hearing your videos and think you would like my latest which is: "Jesus, Won't You Come by..."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 months ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Jesus Won't You Come By Here?:
"Thanks to all who have given a listen and for your kind comments.  I do have a correction and some additional comments to make.  It is Maureen Sellers book..."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 months ago • comments: 48
Posted a new Comment on John Henry (the American steel-driving man, not the English dulcimer player):
"Dusty, that was fantastic. Your playing of that song,"John Henry" really stretched my mind as what is possible playing the dulcimer. I loved the sound..."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 months ago • comments: 14
Posted a new YouTube video:
Jesus Won't You Come By Here?
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 3 months ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Sally in the Garden:
"Loved your noting and picking. Well done."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 3 months ago • comments: 26
Posted a new Comment on Careless Love, Kala Waterman Uke:
"Cynthia, I just loved it. Thanks so much. I just did an arrangement of this song for the Mt. Dulcimer, but I'm going to revise it with some of your words you..."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What Are You Working On?":
"I'm working on some arrangements for Ash Wednesday, March 1st. Our Sweet Strings dulcimer group will play: "Jesus, Won't You Come By Here?", "Jesus, Walked..."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 3 months ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Greensleeves/What Child Is This:
"Thanks Ben for this haunting melody in the minor key."

Latest Group Discussions

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John W. McKinstry

Placement of position marker at 6 1/2 fret?


I play a lot in D A A, and I was thinking of putting position markers at...
@John W. McKinstry 5 months ago - Comments: 11
John W. McKinstry

Inexpensive items to help beginners?


For young players whose feet don't reach the floor I have made lap...
@John W. McKinstry 9 months ago - Comments: 5
John W. McKinstry

Substitute for a turkey quill?


Hi everyone. Recently on Fotmd videos i watched John Henry play Pretty...
@John W. McKinstry 10 months ago - Comments: 3
John W. McKinstry

Dulcimer Discovery Workshop Experiment


Hi everyone,  A dulcimer student of mine is a children's librarian and...
@John W. McKinstry 11 months ago - Comments: 0
John W. McKinstry

Rediscovering Ionian while in D A d' tuning


I have just rediscovered that you can play Ionian tunes while in the D A...
@John W. McKinstry 11 months ago - Comments: 2
John W. McKinstry

Mozart's Trilogy


I have just formed a Mt. Dulcimer group with three of my students.  We...
@John W. McKinstry last year - Comments: 3
John W. McKinstry

An adjusted music stand for the dulcimer


I have a cheap metal collapsible music stand that I bought for a dollar...
@John W. McKinstry 2 years ago - Comments: 1
John W. McKinstry

A place for my pick!


I pass this tip on to others who like myself have had a problem losing...
@John W. McKinstry 2 years ago - Comments: 14
John W. McKinstry

Soundboard for a Sweetsong Dulcimer?


I just purchased a walnut Sweet Song Dulcimer kit and was thinking of...
@John W. McKinstry 2 years ago - Comments: 13
John W. McKinstry

Videos on FOTMD lead to gig!


After posting three videos on FOTMD and telling our choir director about...
@John W. McKinstry 2 years ago - Comments: 1
John W. McKinstry

A hollow possum board?


I was wondering if anyone has made a possum board out of an old hollow...
@John W. McKinstry 2 years ago - Comments: 11
John W. McKinstry

Noter attached to dulcimer?


Hi friends, I am new to this group. I have made a few dulcimers from...
@John W. McKinstry 2 years ago - Comments: 26
John W. McKinstry

What's happening here?


Hi everyone, glad to be a part of this group. Recently I was singing...
@John W. McKinstry 2 years ago - Comments: 5
John W. McKinstry

Singing With the dulcimer can be fun.


A beginning student of mine wants to play the dulcimer while she sings...
@John W. McKinstry 2 years ago - Comments: 5
John W. McKinstry

Finding a comfortable key to sing in and accompanying dulcimer chords


Hi fellow Singing with the dulcimer people. Since joining FOTMD a month...
@John W. McKinstry 3 years ago - Comments: 2

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Three or Doubled Melody Dulcimer?

Posted: Tuesday April 4 2017, 5:07 PM
By: @Strumelia

Poetry celebrating the beautiful music of...

Posted: Monday April 3 2017, 10:43 AM
By: @John W. McKinstry

How to be sure about a copywrite?

Posted: Monday August 29 2016, 2:14 PM
By: @John W. McKinstry

Looking for clarification on D A d

Posted: Saturday August 9 2014, 10:36 PM
By: @John W. McKinstry

Comments

Benjamin W Barr Jr
02/14/17 01:12:57PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi John, it would be a pleasure.  I would love hearing your latest songs and the ones that i have heard thus far are very good.  Yeah, we got quite a bit of snow...maybe better than two feet (not including the drifts) and another storm to begin on Wednesday.  Thanks for stopping by.  Ben


Strumelia
06/09/16 04:52:58PM @strumelia:

Hi John,

I received your kind site donation today, and I was very touched by it.  Thank you so much for helping FOTMD in honor of your late friend Steve Deckard.   flower


Robin Thompson
04/23/16 09:40:10AM @robin-thompson:

John, thank you for your kind, generous comment!  It is my privilege to call you a friend.  


Lexie R Oakley
03/04/16 01:02:16PM @lexie-r-oakley:

Thank you John for letting me know about your beautiful song "When I shelter my sheep".

I really enjoy listening to you sing and play. By the way that is a beautiful dulcimer you play.

I been recovering at my Mom's after breaking my knee cap 6 wks ago, oh that darn ice.

Everything is healing fine and I am now walking pretty well. I think I have 3 weeks till I can do strengthening physical therapy, but for now it is just wait and heal.

Thanks John, you are sweet to think of me....Lexie


John Keane
02/02/16 07:16:35AM @john-keane:

Thank you, and I did enjoy your video very much.


Strumelia
01/26/16 08:48:41PM @strumelia:

Hi John,

You can ask site questions on how to use the site right here:

http://fotmd.com/forums/forum/new-site-questions-how-do-i

-click on the Plus sign Button (+) to add your new question/discussionthread.

There is already a discussion there outlining how to send private messages:

There is also a thread there about how to add an audio music file, etc.

Look through the threads in that Site Questions Forum and you'll get lots of answers to questions you haven't even asked yet!  ;)

 


Gordon Hardy
01/26/16 06:00:45PM @gordon-hardy:

Hello John, re Where will I shelter my sheep tonight, I sent you a personal message for you to reply to or you can contact me on my home email gjhardy@abnorth.com Thank you.


Gordon Hardy
01/26/16 12:49:55PM @gordon-hardy:

Hey John, sure glad we're following each other, is there a chance that you might share your tab for: Where Will I Shelter My Sheep Tonight. It is a fine song. Thank you.


Joy W.
01/09/16 11:36:14PM @joy-w:

Sounds like your guitar is right on track. I was playing on a three-string baritone dulcimer tuned AEa when I recorded "I Never Will Marry."


Ken Longfield
08/04/15 11:11:10AM @ken-longfield:

Hello John. The only way to do this that I know of in this new system is to place a comment on someone's page asking them to follow you. People need to follow each other in order to send private messages. Yes, I still assemble kits for folks. The cost depends on the time I spend and what type of finish people want on their dulcimer. For a McSpadden Sweet Song the cost starts at $75 plus finishing material and shipping.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


Steven Deckard
06/17/15 10:57:09PM @steven-deckard:

Glad to hear from you John.  I really feel good about you continuing your ministry with children.  I still get a kick out our your dulcimer story telling at the library.  I'm not famialiar with the songs you played for the children in church.  I'll have to see if I can find them.  Hope things are well with you all.  My older brother passed a week ago today from myxofibro sarcoma.  There is no cure.  He said he was prepared to meet Jesus.  I'm glad we are too.

This new web site is going to take some getting use to.   

 


Lexie R Oakley
05/06/15 03:32:43PM @lexie-r-oakley:

Sorry John, I checked my friends list and you are not listed, but you are when I am on your page. Well no worries, just a ning glitch, I know you are a friend huh!....Lexie


Lexie R Oakley
05/06/15 03:28:56PM @lexie-r-oakley:

Thank you for the friend request John. I enjoy your songs and smile when I see your posts.

I took a look at you A.W. Jefferies Dulcimer, what a beautiful treasure. Do you play it very often? I would love to hear how it sounds to compare it to the Jefferies prototype Robert Schuler made in which I bought, it has a very sweet sound.

I play with a noter and love the history of our dulcimer and the ole' style sound.

Blessings to you....LexieSmile.gif


Tumbleweed
05/06/15 10:27:19AM @tumbleweed:

Hi John, thank you for your comment on my video. It is so nice to see so many brethren on this sight. Your wife and you are very talented and gifted3.gif

TW


Ken Longfield
04/21/15 11:35:25AM @ken-longfield:

Thank you John. I appreciate your comments.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


Saul Chapnick
04/10/15 11:15:27PM @saul-chapnick:
Thank you for your welcoming words, John. Glad to come on board! Lee is one of my favorite places on earth. I visited the berkshires twice a year for nearly thirty years. It is beautiful as well as cultural. Saul
Stephanie Stuckwisch
04/05/15 10:51:40PM @stephanie-stuckwisch:

Please let me know when you post the videos.

I do have a love of Taize music. Simple chord accompaniment on the dulcimer fits it nicely.


Marie Warren
03/29/15 06:10:02PM @marie-warren:

Thank you!


Cynthia Wigington
03/19/15 05:59:10PM @cynthia-wigington:

John, funny I thought you looked familiar. I have done serious time at Hitchcock, and probably saw you about. The only church I know in Wilder is St Paul's. I will learn the melody to Beach Spring, so hopefully I can teach that one to the folks at the litte church here in West Fairlee. I sure love hearing the shape note tunes and am working on a number of them.


Ken Backer
03/18/15 08:54:17AM @ken-backer:

Hi John, I humbly pleased that my singing with the dulcimer has inspired you to do the same. I would like to see more members singing with their playing.