John W. McKinstry

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Location: Lee, MA
Country: US

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sleepingangel John Keane 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: 10
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John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 days ago
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 days ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on "Star of the County Down" played on "Yam" Dulcimer:
"Hi Maria, I have listened to you several times and really enjoy your ways with the dulcimer and your artistic creativity. Always a joy to watch your videos."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 weeks ago • comments: 35
Posted a new Comment on What A Friend We Have In Jesus:
" Hi Christine, I just listened again to your playing of "What a Friend We Have in Jesus". Thank you for sharing your rendition of this hymn. To me it is  a..."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 weeks ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Courage to play publicly:
"Hi Dulcinina, I just just joined this groups "Dulcimer Therapy" and wasn't aware of all the replies. Congratulations on finding a group and finding the..."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 weeks ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Courage to play publicly:
"Hi Dulcinina,  I happen to have formed a Mt. Dulcimer group called Sweet Stings. I hadn't given it much thought but I know that some of the group said they..."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child:
"Thanks Christine for you comments. I know that you put a lot of feeling into your playing and enjoy your videos too."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 3 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child:
"Thanks Gordon, Dusty, and Steven, for your insightful and thoughtful comments about "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child""
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 3 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new YouTube video:
Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 3 weeks ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Down in the Valley to Pray:
"Really liked this! 'I'm going to share this with my dulcimer group "Sweet Strings". Loved the harmony."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 3 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Ground Hog:
"Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed it. I actually had never heard it sung before,but had some tabs for it."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 3 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Kitchen girl:
"Beautiful instrument. The Possum Board is a good match too."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does size really matter? 28.5 vs 26 ":
"Hi D, I am glad you asked that question for I have wondered about this myself. I understand the total size of the dulcimers is the same. I think the..."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Thanks for sharing my joy, Robin and Strumelia.  Through this experience I learned that  just as dulcimer's need bridges so too do dulcimer players and..."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Here' a positive thread: I heard from David Lynch through the help of Folkfan of FOTMD. My new dulcimer is on its way."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 3 weeks ago
@john-w-mckinstry is now following @john-keane
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • one month ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on In the Garden-A Tribute to my Sister-in-Law and Friend:
"Very moving. Thank you."
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • one month 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 • one month ago
@john-w-mckinstry is now following @folkfan
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • one month ago
@john-w-mckinstry is now following @giddykitty
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • one month 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 months 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 • 2 months 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 • 2 months 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 • 2 months 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 • 2 months 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 • 2 months 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 • 2 months 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 • 2 months 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 • 2 months ago • comments: 7
Posted a new YouTube video:
In The Morning, Very Early
John W. McKinstry
 
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 months 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 • 2 months 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 • 2 months 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 • 3 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 • 3 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 • 3 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"

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 6 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 10 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 last year - 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 last year - 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 last year - 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
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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

Latest Photos

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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.