Ken Hulme

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Location: Fort Myers, FL
Country: US

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Lois Sprengnether Keel Linda2 jcurtis55 Billy T Kevin R. Laurel K Scott Bob Bee Lick Farm jeffrey charles foster John W. McKinstry Bert Bennett hugssandi Linda Boies Kathy Jedrzejewicz Anne Bowman Kusani Sandi McHugh Repp Rick Probst Salt Springs Estes George Peggy M Stewart McCormick James Phillips Annie Deeley JGD marie Jeff Joseph Besse Richard Streib Sheryl St. Clare Babs Greene Deborah Hinz Kandee Charles Thomas Stephen Addison Carla Maxwell Helen Seiler Mark Runge Patricia Delich Volha Patty from Virginia Jim Fawcett David E.Hall Dusty Turtle John C. Knopf Lexie R Oakley Geoff Black Steve Eulberg Ken Longfield

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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 • 23 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on "Possum Board" - false bottom:
"Quite a bit of sound comes from the bottom... but holes in the possum board probably aren't going to increase what you hear."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Stand for playing while standing":
"No, but I've seen them; better for sittin  I use a waiter's tray table"
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on "Possum Board" - false bottom:
"Yep! Half inch or  3/8" plank about  8" wide,with  3/8" square  battens to hold the  instrument  up . No felt or other  padding, "
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Florida friends":
"I spent  the storm  hunkered  down  in a pub in Findoch Scotland with  Sally and  our  Border friends . Neighbors  tell  us  no damage  at home, just  wind..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How do I tune this Bass Dulcimer?":
"Glenda -- your dulcimer sounds as if it were set up to be a Galax style instrument without having the double back.  It would be tuned ddd (not DDD).    To..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Student Dulcimers - Lots of them!!!!:
"Well done, you!   And your mates, of course.  Your Little Birds are simple, elegant, and great sounding instruments."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Teardrop Dulcimer Question":
"I would think that at that width you'll get adequate 'bass/baritone response'. Personally, I'd go for 2" depth and as long of body as you can, to get the..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Teardrop Dulcimer Question":
"Bass/baritone -- I mean a deeper, as John Henry says "more sonorous" sound;  2" or a hair more depth would b good"
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Teardrop Dulcimer Question":
"A lot depends on the sound the buyer wants -- I've built them as wide as 9-1/2" on a 3" deep body (serious baritone response!), and as narrow as 5" on a 1"..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 27
Posted a new Comment on Bowed Psalteries:
"You need a chromatic electronic tuner, preferably one that tells you which octave you are in; I paid about $20 for my Seiko brand model SAT501.  Another..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Optimum chair:
"I'm in Florida too, and play both in and outdoors daytime or night, without any problem.  But then I don't keep any AC down in the mid-low 70s, or leave the..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Jean Ritchie Tab ":
"Children's songs aren't a particularly popular topic for Tab writers, for some reason.  Try this site:http://dulcimermusic.org/category/childrens/   I..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Getting the first dulcimer:
"As a brand new player, I say experiment with them all.  Eventually you'll create your own style based on something that appeals to you  -- the high silvery..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 27
Posted a new Comment on Bowed Psalteries:
"Took my BP over to a local music shop and picked up a block of rosin.   Makes a heckuva difference in the sound!!   Then, since he didn't carry bow hair, I..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 27
Posted a new Comment on Bowed Psalteries:
"Well, the bowed psaltery arrived today.  Heckuva deal!  Shipping was $22!  Maple top, cherry sides and back, deeply recessed unicorn sound hole cover, no..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cardboard Dulcimer":
"If it were me, I'd cut BIG holes in the sides that will be joined together, and then glue them up;  That way the sound can travel from end to end of the body..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Looking GRUMPY while playing in public...:
"I did a LOT of theatre in my middle years -- several hundred plays.  One of the things we were always cautioned was to never look at the audience, but to..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Milford Blevins Bass dulcimer. How do I tune this thing":
"FWIW, in 40 years of dulcimers I've seldom seen a good dulcimer where the fretboard extended beyond the body, regardless of how many instruments the builder..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"So sorry for your loss, Gail!  "
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Milford Blevins Bass dulcimer. How do I tune this thing":
"linda2 -- a little research shows that Milford Blevins was quite a prolific regional instrument maker from Tennessee who passed away in early 2016.  Given..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Neat little story...":
"stewart -- the Galax dulcimer is a "special case" of dulcimers  designed and built in Virginia.   Most of the VA dulcimers were elliptical or slightly..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on How often do you play/practice?:
"Sometimes several times a day; other times I'll go a week or more without.  "
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 27
Posted a new Comment on Bowed Psalteries:
"Thanx; I'll post pix when I get the BP, and when I get the bows finished.  "
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Newish Ginger tuned to "Gee, what exactly does that mean?"":
"When we say "a dulcimer is tuned to G (or D or C)"  what we are most commonly referring to is not the key of the song being played (as Dusty so well..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Neat little story...":
"Interesting.  Especially the folklore of the "Scottish" instrument which we know is not accurate -- the British Isles never had a dulcimer-relative..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 27
Posted a new Comment on Bowed Psalteries:
"Not much traffic in this Bowed Group, and even less in this Bowed Psaltery thread.  However... I just acquired a Bowed Psaltery for the price of shipping..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Where you playing next?:
"Well, my "concert opener" went off really well!  Got lots of good comments on my voice, my playing, and the 'history lesson' on Child Ballads #1 and #2..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Which builder for a brighter more traditional voice?":
"John Knopf, Dan C and Kevin Messenger, all members here, make outstanding replicas of the old "high silvery' sounding dulcimers of Prichard, Uncle Ed Thomas,..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Favorite chair/seat for playing?":
"I use a triangular folding camp stool with a back when playing sitting.  "
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Recognize this?":
"A friend just picked up this instrument.  The fret markers and soundholes are unique.  No label inside, but "P.L. Purser Wareham, Mass" is on the..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cardboard Dulcimer":
"They are your cigar boxes, do with them as you please.  I think most builders keep them right side up to show off the cigar makers labels and such.   Either..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hitting the strings":
"Technique works really well for Little Drummer Boy and a couple other tunes I know.  You do have to keep the 'hammer' over the strum hollow for good clean..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fingerpicking a dulcimer - buzzing problem":
"Here's the Strothers String Gauge calculator:http://www.strothers.com/string_choice.html Plug in your VSL and the open notes of your tuning, and your string..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Singing with my dulcimer...":
"Good on you!   I don't play-and-sing; it's a multi-tasking issue and 'teaching-old-dogs' thing.  But I do play-sing-play in the old Appalachian way.  I had..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cardboard Dulcimer":
"Marg -- just as with a regular dulcimer body, the larger the total interior volume, the more bass/baritone response you get, as well as more volume"

Latest Group Discussions

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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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Recognize this?

Posted: Saturday August 12 2017, 9:21 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

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
09/08/17 10:42:40PM @marg:

Worry about you & all of Fla. Could you move your boat & go to Ala or someplace? Be safe & let us know how you are.

 


marg
09/07/17 07:39:57PM @marg:

Do you have plans for yourself & your boat? Let us know how you are & how you make out after the hurricane comes through


marg
09/05/17 12:31:11AM @marg:

Not knowing where this next hurricane is going, along the coast or right up the middle - do be safe & let us know how you make out if it comes your way.


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