Ken Hulme

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Location: Fort Myers, FL
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A retired Technical Writer, I live aboard a 26 ft sailboat (called ManCave)  in Fort Myers, Florida.  I'm a working Personal Chef and writer (these days) of historical fiction and general non-fiction.  

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Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 13 hours ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on DAA to DAD to DAA--how often?:
"Don -- conventionally we use DAd rather than DAD because the lower case d indicates immediately that the melody string is an octave higher than the bass..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Build #9":
"REALLY Nicely Done!   Love the soundhole array.  Inlaid stone is great too!"
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Robert LeFever":
"The answers to your questions are  Maybe Probably  "
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "1985 Green River Dulcimer":
"You don't need "saw slots" like those already in place.  You can use a triangular needle file to make "slots" just a bit deeper than the diameter of the..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "1985 Green River Dulcimer":
"Action height is an easy fix -- a nickel, a dime and sandpaper will do the trick. Never see string spacing quite like that...  Almost a 4 string with..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Chinese Dulcimer Or Yangqin In Question And Setup":
"Your "chessmen" are Floating Bridges..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"When I lived in Oregon, back in the 90s I had a near perfect job.  I got paid full time as a technical writer for a company in Portland (I lived in Salem, 60..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hollows in a dulcimer top and fretboard?":
"Yep, the non-standard standard width is 1-1/2" simply because it's a standard board width"
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tune You've Had The Most Fun Playing?":
"I'll see what I can do about recording Lay The Bend...   and post it here.  I got the tune from Mark Gilston, who posted it on YouTube a few months ago; it's..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 5 days ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on DAA to DAD to DAA--how often?:
"I retune quite often -- DAA to Ddd to DAG to CGG to Ccc and back and around  -- even though I have several dulcimers and each has its key and modal..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tune You've Had The Most Fun Playing?":
"Getting ready for my "opening" concert on August 5th, and I'm having a blast playing the 17th century version of Child Ballad #1 -- Lay The Bend To The..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "My first custom build":
"Lookin' really good there, Bob!  Keep up the good work!"
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"I'm positively happy that I'm making Lobster Tail Bisque this morning!  Last week we were gifted with 4 nice Florida Spiny Lobster tails.  Last week I made..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Gauges of the Strings":
"Sean -- it's a "sound" thing.  To me an un-wound string is a crisper sound than a fat wound string flopping back and forth."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Happy Anniversary!!":
"Eight years ago today, FOTMD opened its virtual doors for the first time.   Thank you Lisa..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "1978 Homer Ledford ":
"Just use the Strothers String Gauge calculator -- plug in the VSL and the notes of the open tuning you want to use (DAd, DAA, etc)..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "My first custom build":
"STOP OVERTHINKING!!!   You will always see "imperfections"; others won't (unless you don't patch that 6" crack in the back!!) The instruments I've seen here..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "WANTED: Gila Mountain Dulcimer":
"Good luck, CD!  Since Kerry passed away I think I've only seen two of her dulcimers for sale..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Gauges of the Strings":
"I play mostly old-style traditional instruments with 27-28" VSL, three strings, fretting only the melody string.  I normally buy bulk 12s for the melody and..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Where you playing next?:
"Thanx Rob;  It sure came as a surprise when they told me what they were going to do, and that it wasn't going to cost me a dime!   I have to go back on..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Where you playing next?:
"My upcoming performance for the ACMA is going to take some serious additional practice!  Last Saturday, at the Aspen Dental Service Day, I was 'gifted' with..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Question about tab:
"Both -- Bagpipe is really a Noter&Drone tuning, IMHO, so it's only the melody line that counts.  That's one thing I like about that tuning -- it lets..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show us your sound holes!":
"IIRC "trailing hearts" is what the Ford's called their "vine with multiple heart shaped leaves" soundhole design."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show us your sound holes!":
"Kerry passed away in 2014; her passing was a great loss to the dulcimer world.  "
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show us your sound holes!":
"Bleeding or Weeping Hearts are also found on many tomahawk blades, as well as Pennsylvania/Kentucky longrifles.  As someone said there are as many folk tales..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on My return to the noter!:
"One of my favorite "old hymns" is the tune Banks of the Bann/Slane/Be Thou My Vision.  It was played at a niece's wedding and I suddenly made the connection..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Thumb pick":
"Marge -- try a large, deep thimble -- plastic or leather. Or a short section of thin plastic tubing  I make archer's Thumb Rings out of wood (they are also..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Si Bheag Si Mohr dulcimer duet":
"Kathy -- if you look one post below your post you will see that Paul already listed his address and price of the arrangement package"
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Looking for a pick":
"I made a pick like the elongated Schilling, cut from an old credit card."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Looking for a pick":
"Search on"Jean Schilling vintage guitar picks", you'll find them sold here and there at pick collecting sites, on Ebay, etc. D'Andrea -- dandreausa.com --..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Strumming:
" Anna - since you're in Tacoma, there should be a ton of dulcimer players closer than an hour away, no matter which side of Puget Sound you travel!  I know..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Removing fret curve:
"The one time I somehow got curved frets, I cursed every one of them until they were gone!  Now a days I buy straight sticks -- most places carry straight..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Soundboard identification!":
"Just do the "scratch n sniff" test!  Slip a piece if coarse sandpaper inside where that deer is, and sand around in underside. If is does not smell of 'root..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on My Fret Saw Jig:
"Looks like a good start!  Best setup I had was a scroll saw with the blade set backwards so I could slide the fretboard and watch it walk the marked line..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Strolling dulcimer for learning?:
"To some of us pedantics, if it has a neck sticking out beyond the body, it's not a dulcimer (no matter what frets you have or don't have).  Real dulcimers..."

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Ken Hulme

Size of Music Wire?


What number of "music wire" are you buying to make strings the...
@Ken Hulme 2 years ago - Comments: 5
Ken Hulme

Sherrie's Broken Dulcimer


On the Care & Maintenance Wall, Sherrie H wrote: I purchased a...
@Ken Hulme 2 years ago - Comments: 17
Ken Hulme

Tribute Album Announcement


Got this from the Compass Records website. To be released in...
@Ken Hulme 3 years ago - Comments: 7
Ken Hulme

Effects of Fretboard Arches


Anyone interested in the effects of various kinds and sizes of arches...
@Ken Hulme 4 years ago - Comments: 1
Ken Hulme

Beginner Instrument?


byRoger Goode Hi all.. I am starting the methodical process of...
@Ken Hulme 4 years ago - Comments: 10
Ken Hulme

O, I'm A Good Old Rebel


...well, not me personally, although I do live in The South. This tune...
@Ken Hulme 4 years ago - Comments: 10
Ken Hulme

Recycled Dresser Drawer


Here's a "scrap" dulcimer I built when I lived on Kwajalein Atoll from...
@Ken Hulme 6 years ago - Comments: 3
Ken Hulme

$25 Box Dulcimer For First Time Builders


Here's a link to an article written by Dave-M from Phoenix, AZ several...
@Ken Hulme 6 years ago - Comments: 31
Ken Hulme

Achieving that Olde Tyme Sounde


So you're looking for that traditional "high silvery" sound. Your...
@Ken Hulme 6 years ago - Comments: 23
Ken Hulme

Reverse Tunings - theory


Someone please explain - in words of one syllable - how it is possible...
@Ken Hulme 7 years ago - Comments: 26

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Happy Anniversary!!

Posted: Saturday July 8 2017, 9:25 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Stand-Up Stands

Posted: Thursday March 16 2017, 8:51 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Visit With Kusani

Posted: Monday January 16 2017, 9:42 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Thanksgiving Menu

Posted: Wednesday December 7 2016, 10:28 AM
By: @hugssandi

Rabel & Gusli

Posted: Thursday August 11 2016, 2:50 PM
By: @Strumelia

Dr. Ralph Stanley Passes

Posted: Friday June 24 2016, 12:25 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

First Build in Years....

Posted: Wednesday April 13 2016, 10:24 PM
By: @Stan Pope

Grace Notes

Posted: Friday March 4 2016, 4:54 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Latest JI Calculator?

Posted: Monday January 4 2016, 7:38 AM
By: @john p

Seeing a group's new discussions? (SOLVED)

Posted: Saturday October 24 2015, 8:55 AM
By: @Strumelia

I Just Got A Dulcimer, Now What?

Posted: Wednesday August 19 2015, 10:05 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

New Noters Coming

Posted: Wednesday August 19 2015, 9:44 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Get Noterized

Posted: Thursday June 25 2015, 10:56 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Florida Old Time Music Championship

Posted: Thursday June 18 2015, 8:15 PM
By: @Don Moores

Reading DA AD Tab

Posted: Sunday September 28 2014, 5:53 PM
By: @Steve Smith

American Folk Song Collection

Posted: Wednesday September 24 2014, 10:46 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Rebec

Posted: Sunday June 22 2014, 12:38 AM
By: @Eileen

Dulcimer Challenge

Posted: Thursday February 6 2014, 5:58 PM
By: @John Henry

Get Noterized Blog Post

Posted: Wednesday September 25 2013, 9:51 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Great Lyric/Chord Find

Posted: Saturday April 20 2013, 8:33 PM
By: @john p

This Little Piggy (Sow model by Bobby...

Posted: Tuesday April 9 2013, 12:55 AM
By: @Strumelia

Beginner? Intermediate? Expert?

Posted: Thursday March 21 2013, 10:01 PM
By: @Kristi Keller

He's baaaackkk!

Posted: Friday October 19 2012, 1:08 PM
By: @john p

Hughes Mountain Dulcimers

Posted: Tuesday May 29 2012, 4:58 PM
By: @Randall McKinnon

Howie Mitchell Dulcimer Building Book and...

Posted: Friday April 13 2012, 1:52 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Dorian Mode

Posted: Saturday March 24 2012, 8:35 PM
By: @Paul Certo

Tuner Displaying Octave?

Posted: Thursday March 22 2012, 12:01 PM
By: @Sam

The Kitchen Sink - talk about food

Posted: Tuesday February 1 2011, 10:23 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

800!?!!

Posted: Wednesday June 9 2010, 12:25 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Comments

marg
06/28/17 06:27:05PM @marg:

Well ' I just start adding '3' to my DAd tabs' & some songs worked out better than others. Mostly I ran into trouble when trying to figure the middle string, even with it already an A - I started thinking maybe I should just keep it as is & pick it. 

Do you think something like this could be a discussion some of the members could used - learning how to tab from/to DAd to/from DAA & the other way around?


marg
06/28/17 12:38:23PM @marg:

ken,

Since I have the Carrell dulcimer tuned to DAA but most of my tabs are in DAdd, what is the best site to find many DAA tabs or should I just start adding '3' to my DAd tabs? I get a little confused (trying to update) when a DAd tab has some #'s on the middle string.

thanks


hugssandi
05/11/17 09:45:31AM @hugssandi:

YOUR PICTURES ARE AMAZING!  They make me 1.) Hungry, 2.) Want to live a FULL day, and 3.)  Visit Florida!!!!!


Laurel K Scott
03/01/17 02:02:39PM @laurel-k-scott:

Thank you, Ken --  I already know it's currently strung left handed because of the position of the bass string. What I *meant* to ask was whether the wrapping on the tuning pegs looks correct in that photo.

My inclination would be to wrap the strings in either ascending or descending order from left to right, but as you can tell, I have no knowledge of stringed instruments! This dulcimer came to me with the bass string (which is currently on the bottom rather than the top) strung on the lowest peg, the middle string strung on the highest peg and the end melody string (this is only a 3-stringer) wrapped on the middle peg. All are wrapped overhand rather than underhand.


Bee Lick Farm
12/23/16 11:30:20PM @bee-lick-farm:

Indeed. Ken... see my private message in your INBOX too please, thanks.

Well, you know, because like I was approved and stuff.

Oh wait... I didn't send anything to yer inbox...

I guess yer just OK and stuff.

So like, thanks for approving me and stuff.

And if ya get a chance... this winter... do a dijon mustard, beer batter snook filet cut like a steak from the filet... and the next day leftovers on a bun sammich. And lemme know if ya approve of that. Because like man, aint much better that that, eh? Can't even tell ya fish tales 'bout how many times I've skinned me out a soapfish, racing mullet, and beer batter, dijon-ed his ass into some bodacious breakfast sammich goodness and stuff. Toast a cubano bun and treat it much as a hot-pressed with some dilly-ishiousness, and some good balsamic. But no need to hot or press. Just make snook goodness on a bun. Mustard. dill, warm, good. m'k.

Cause like, damn that sounds good.


Strumelia
09/09/16 12:48:20PM @strumelia:

Hi Ken, please see my private message in your INBOX.  Thanks


Sheryl St. Clare
04/19/16 12:03:19PM @sheryl-st-clare:

Hi Ken, 

Your document I Just Got A Dulcimer, Now What??? -- A Beginner’s Guide -- by Ken Hulme shows a John Stockard adjustable dulcimer stand. I searched for it on the "Interweb" eyeroll but can't find it anywhere. 

 

I had a class with Joe Collins Saturday. He used one, and I really liked the setup better than the laptop desk I currently play my dulcimer on, which allows me to play while standing. 

 

Can you point me in a direction where I might find this stand?

 

Thanks,

Sheryl


Sheryl St. Clare
01/25/16 06:47:33PM @sheryl-st-clare:

Ken, I recently picked up a BD built by Ken Bloom. I have restrung it, and I am trying to tune it. I recall you had a link to a piano tune site, but can't find the discussion. Please let me know what that site was. 

Sheryl St. Clare

 


Salt Springs
01/17/16 09:28:26AM @salt-springs:

Mancave fared OK during last nights nasty weather, I presume?


Annie Deeley
09/29/15 08:35:49PM @annie-deeley:

Hi again, Ken. Thanks again, I just realized that the string guages you listed did say the G's would be 15's. The penny finally dropped, duh. Found some 15's in a drawer, just haven't worked up the courage t switch 'em yet...

I am a writer, too, but a poet.


marg
08/01/15 04:50:33PM @marg:

Seems attached files don't get posted with the comments. The image was just the site you sent for the banjo pegs, just checking that these are the ones I need to order. Non of the guitar stores carry anything like banjo pegs or buttons.

marg.


marg
08/01/15 04:45:40PM @marg:

Ken,

       Since you have gotten some knobs before, many years ago  -  are we sure these are the right ones to fit the red dulcimer I have?    I  would need 4 to replace all now, should I also have 4 as a back up? Elderly also makes banjo tuner buttons, are they the same or just go with the ones you sent the site for?

 

Thanks for your help, see photos

marg.

ps: Thinking, I should just go with your site, just tell me they seem right or the ones you would order. I can not delete the attached file of the one from elderly. Is there a way to delete files once they're attached? No worries.

 


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Ken Longfield
06/10/15 08:51:38PM @ken-longfield:

Hi Ken. Retirement is treating me well. How about you. You working on another book? I enjoyed the first one. I'm working on rebuilding my workshop after a water leak back in March. Haven't had much time with all the yard work and some work at our daughter's house.


Cecilia Schermaul
05/31/15 10:47:06PM @cecilia-schermaul:

Hello to you Ken, Celia here... After the remarks on my dulcimer last year I put it away until I could see a Luthier. The Luthier lowered the frets and told me everything was fine. Started back on the dulcimer around Oct. 2014.

I am back at beginner lessons and improving all the time but, a long way to go. One song I love to play is Carolina Waltz. Thank you for the encourgement.

All the Best to you and yours, Celia S.Grin.gif


Strumelia
02/25/15 10:11:28PM @strumelia:

Ken i posted the answer to your blog image problem, but you'll need to 'approve' it before it appears.


Cindy Stammich
10/06/14 04:31:32PM @cindy-stammich:
I like the plan Ken!Let's see if I can stick to it!
Geoff Black
03/31/14 09:28:19AM @geoff-black:

Hi Ken

If you're coming over to Sussex in June, you must look us all up (or have I misinterpreted your recent post?). The vintage dulcimer players club (is it the instruments or players which are vintage?) would welcome you as a temporary member!.

Geoff


Helen Seiler
03/25/14 06:33:43PM @helen-seiler:
Hi Ken, thanks so much for your advice. The Mullet Tossing Championships sounds like a real hoot. No sabbatical for me. Thanks for being there. H
Lesley Lewis
02/24/14 08:55:40PM @lesley-lewis:

Hi Ken,

Great that you've been studying and teaching T'ai Chi for many years ... it is a wonderful meditation path.

I'm also a meditation teacher (for 20 or so years), combining this with other modalities in my private practice and also running workshops and occasional retreat weekends.

I am very fortunate to have studied with the Dalai Lama, and completed the Kalachakra Training and Initiation in 1996. I have a lovely collection of antique Tibetan singing bowls and will be happy to share their voice with friends at FOTMD who are interested - that is, as soon as I have made a start on making music with the dulcimer, and have worked out howto record and share videos ... something I'll need to learn in a while Smile.gif

I think I might have told you thatIam working ona small but expanding collection of poetry that I am writing in a volume that I will entitle "Heart Spaces" ... and I have the intention to set my words to music, with dulcimer and Tibetan singing bowls. So, right now the first step isto 'meet' my dulcimer and invite her to sing for me ...

Thankyou for your message, always lovely to chat with you,

Lesley


Lesley Lewis
02/23/14 08:37:59PM @lesley-lewis:

Hi Ken,

Thank you so muchfor your guidance and for sharing your opinion - that's what I was thinking, but wanted to ask for your thoughts.

I am really happy to be about to start the journey of learning the traditional diatonic instrument, and it may take me a while longer than the couple of years you mention, asI'm making time to learn to make music in the context of a full time job and research project Smile.gifOn the other hand ... I am a patient person, and happy to enjoy each day of the journey, so it will take as long as it takes ... andI didn't want to 'wait' to start learning the dulcimer until I have 'more time' .... also, I think it will be refreshing for me to have a space each day where I put work etc to one side, and focus on learning this beautiful instrument.

The markings on tortie cats can be spectacular. Whenyou mentioned Salem's beautiful coat, it came to me to send you that photo of Bonnie taken on my desk in the glow of a lamp ... brings out the mahogany tones in her coat.

I've changed my Avatar photo, to share with FOTMD a glimpse of a few of my antique Tibetan singing bowl collection. I stared out with atiny singing bowl in 1996, when I studied with the Dalai Lama ... and the collection grew from there.

I appreciate your advice re the diatonic dulcimer - many thanks,

Lesley