John W. McKinstry

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Location: Lee, MA
Country: US

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sparrowbirdy giddykitty hugssandi sleepingangel Karen B Charles Thomas Lexie R Oakley Cynthia Wigington Sam Searls jeffrey charles foster Greg Patterson Ken Backer Gordon Hardy Helen Seiler Patty from Virginia Joy W. Benjamin W Barr Jr Jan Potts John Keane Richard Streib Steven Deckard Dusty Turtle folkfan Ken Longfield Guy Babusek Jim Fawcett Robin Thompson Strumelia

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John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on 'We Gather Together':
"Thanks Marg for sharing this on this Thanksgiving Day. It is nice to know that we gather together at this site and share our common interest in this..."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Now Thank We All Our God":
"Thanks Richard for playing this hymn for these difficult times of Covid.   Pastor Martin Rinkart's  city of Eilenberg, Germany  had suffered from plague,..."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • one week ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on November 18, 2020:
"This picture reminds me of the words of a song which originally was about Thanksgiving Day here in the states:  "over the river and through the woods to..."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • one week ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Bring Us, O Savior :
"The hymn in this video is based on one of the prayers of John Donne (1571-1631). After much struggling to find his faith he eventually became the Dean of St...."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • one week ago • comments: 9
Posted a new YouTube video:
Bring Us, O Savior
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 weeks ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on Sweet Hour of Prayer:
"Ariane, Thank you for your playing of this beautiful hymn. In these trying times it  has become a source of peace for me to hear it."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on O Valiant Hearts:
"Thank you Gordon for singing this beautiful hymn. On this Veteran's Day here in the states, it helped me to the "valiant"."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 4 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies:
"Thanks Ariane, and all whose responses have cheered me on."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 4 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Old Joe Clark:
"Great toe tapping tune and playing. Thanks, John"
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Spotted Pony (Mountain Dulcimer):
"Thank you Peter for sharing this delightful tune. You really made it come to life."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 months ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on HMS Folk Strings: Spotted Pony:
"Thanks John. Very enjoyable.  I am just learning this song and so it was doubly fun to watch."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 months ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Be Thou a Light:
""Be Thou a Light" is an edited version of a prayer by the Rev. John Cosin (1594-1672).  He was the Anglican Bishop of Durham, England. I love the way that..."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 months ago • comments: 3
Posted a new YouTube video:
Be Thou a Light
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What Are You Working On?":
""A Taste of Jam" Recently I rediscovered the "Athens Dulcimers" website. They offer: "Beginner Tunes", and "Basic Jam Tunes".  They play by ear in these..."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 months ago • comments: 38
Posted a new Comment on Amazing Grace:
"Hi Cindy, Nice job on Amazing Grace. I particularly liked the way you were able to introduce some arpeggio into the noter style.  I had never thought of that..."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 months ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on strumming and picking technique:
"Hi Diane, Following up on what Strumelia said about videos on FOTMD and remembering that you were working with Madeline MacNeil's book "YOu  Can Teach..."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 months ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Harvest Home:
"Hi Brian, Thanks for bringing this song to life for me. It was fun to watch you finger-dance too!"
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 months ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on strumming and picking technique:
"Hi Diane,  With the instructional- videos on FOTMD and You-Tube I have discovered that now you can both hear and see left and right hand techniques. By..."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 months ago • comments: 39
Posted a new Comment on more DAd than DAA instruction available?:
"Hi Eric,  Getting back to your original question of DAa tutor material, I have found the following helpful: "Welcome To The Mountain Dulcimer" by Anne..."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 months ago • comments: 39
Posted a new Comment on more DAd than DAA instruction available?:
"Hi Eric, I love DAa. It is very tradional and beautiful.  Dan Evans, a noted player from the U.K, has written an article "My Approach to the Dulcimer" or..."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 months ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Be Patient and Be Gentle:
"The following is a response to a request for the words to the hymn: Be  Patient & Be Gentle by Anne McKinstry. These lyrics are based on the writings of..."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @strumelia: Noter style beginner #4 SugarHill-part one
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new YouTube video:
Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 3 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Coleman's March:
"I loved the authentic folk sound  in your piece played in the noter-style. Thanks for sharing."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 3 months ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Shenandoah - international online music project:
"Listening to these musicians joined in song was truly uplifting. Thanks you Ariane and all who participated. Good Job!!!..."

Latest Group Discussions

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John W. McKinstry

A simple chord accompaniment in D A A


In D A A, using the finger- chord style method, I have found that a...
@John W. McKinstry 2 years ago - Comments: 0
John W. McKinstry

Ways of getting people interested in the dulcimer


Here are some ways that I have tried to get people interested in the...
@John W. McKinstry 2 years ago - Comments: 0
John W. McKinstry

Some gimmicks that might be helpful for beginners


In giving a workshop for beginners I found three gimmicks that I would...
@John W. McKinstry 2 years ago - Comments: 3
John W. McKinstry

A recent opportunity to play the dulcimer and sing in church


Well the big day came for me to do some solos in church.  For the...
@John W. McKinstry 2 years ago - Comments: 1
John W. McKinstry

Mt. Dulcimer for loan at library


Hi everyone, Our local library loans out a Ukulele and has had a lot of...
@John W. McKinstry 2 years ago - Comments: 5
John W. McKinstry

Massachusetts Mt. Dulcimer players?


Hi, live in Lee. Western Ma. and I wondered if there are any dulcimer...
@John W. McKinstry 3 years ago - Comments: 0
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 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years ago - 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...
@John W. McKinstry 5 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...
@John W. McKinstry 5 years ago - Comments: 13
John W. McKinstry

Soundboard for a Sweetsong Dulcimer?


I just purchased a walnut Sweet Song Dulcimer kit and was thinking of...
@John W. McKinstry 5 years ago - Comments: 9
John W. McKinstry

Videos on FOTMD lead to gig!


After posting three videos on FOTMD and telling our choir director about...
@John W. McKinstry 5 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...
@John W. McKinstry 5 years ago - Comments: 10
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 5 years ago - Comments: 25
John W. McKinstry

What's happening in "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen"?


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

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How to be sure about a copywrite?

Posted: Saturday November 3 2018, 2:12 PM
By: @Strumelia

New password?

Posted: Thursday June 28 2018, 11:37 AM
By: @John W. McKinstry

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

Looking for clarification on D A d

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

Comments

Strumelia
10/08/20 12:58:46PM @strumelia:

John, you generous site donation is very much appreciated. Thank you!  sun


Richard Streib
02/10/18 07:19:11PM @richard-streib:

John, What a great idea to offer a loaner at the library. I hope the library will become an avenue of introducing the dulcimer to others.


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.


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.