Ken Hulme

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Location: Fort Myers, FL
Country: US

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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 • 20 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Strings!":
"Odd  twang . .. I suspect  the  notch  in  the  bridge ...too  wide  at the  bottom, not  angled correctly  .. something . How did  you  cut  them?  Triangle..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Shoulder Cramping When Playing:
"Shoulder soreness is probably caused by two things:  1. You're tensing up because you're gripping that pick with 'white knuckles' and you're trying really..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Pick paranoia!":
"The harder the wood the better.  Harder wood can be sanded much thinner and played longer before the tin edge at the tip wears away.  Maple is good, myrtle..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Pick paranoia!":
"Wooden "picks"  called 'strummers' were fairly common in the Olde Dayes of dulcimer and well into mid-20th century.  Robin Clark in Wales uses one..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Pets and Dulcimers":
"She's a sweetie, David!  Congrats!  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Song choices for transcribing":
"I'm with Rob -- the tune of any song can be made into an interesting instrumental piece.  You as the arranger must like the tune or you won't do it the..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Restringing a scroll head?":
"If you know which goes where, it's pretty evident what the channel is 1.  Put on the Bass drone, go to nearest tuner far side 2.  Put on the Middle Drone;..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 34
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Drones too loud:
"I strum out --- and up.  Angle the sweep of your pick so that at the start of the stroke it's full-on melody string; then at the end of your stroke you're..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Is This Common":
"Yep -- sorta "performance anxiety""
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "4 equidistant strings/McCarty tulip dulcimer":
"Could it had had the frets set by ear, rather than tuner -- say Just Intonated?  I've seen several "tulip" dulcimers from that era.  I think Wilfred in..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Group sync":
"Someone whom all can see, blatantly tapping a foot to follow!  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on DAda or CGcG tuning string gauges and intonation:
"Same string gauges will work for both C and D tunings.  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Too Young To Marry lyrics":
"There's another Too Young To Marry  a.k.a. My Love Is But A Lassie Yet, which predates Robert Burns, but for which he wrote lyrics under that title...ABC:..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "bagpipe drone.":
"Aye, well, I didn't understand that from your first post, it's true.  As Skip says, tune the Middle Drone A string UP to the same d as your melody string(s)...."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "bagpipe drone.":
"You may be looking at the tuning "backwards".  Dulcimer tunings these days are specified from the Bass to the Melody string and we only ever mention the..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I'll Fly Away - David Durrence":
"If you need more help, drop me a PM and I can send you a melody line tab -- and let me know if you're ever on my coast -- I'm over in Fort Myers, FL."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Post order":
"Everyone else complained about having to scroll down to the bottom to find the newest posts in a thread..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Singing dulcimists":
"Bobby Ratliff does a fine job singing/playing in the old time Appalachian style.  Try his YouTube.  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bonnie Carrol dulcimers vs Ron Gibson dulcimers?":
"I do not believe shape has any impact on sound.  Interior volume, definitely.  But shape, no.  Not in any meaningful way that doesn't involve a lot of..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bonnie Carrol dulcimers vs Ron Gibson dulcimers?":
"I've played both instruments.  And I know Bonnie Carrol personally, from "the old days".  No, Bonnie's dulcimers do not sound 4x as good as a Ron Gibson, or..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "rebuilding a MD":
"No need to remove/clean/oil those tuners; just tighten them up say a quarter or half turn to start.  Then try things to see if they hold the tuning better...."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Pick paranoia!":
"1.  Regular flat picks; with the exception of the Herdim "Thumb-Flat Pick" -- basically an ordinary sized flat pick with a thumb-sized loop. IMHO the best of..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Finding Dulcimer Luthiers":
"What  Dusty said  but  also  on  the  Everything  Dulcimer  Facebook  page  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "In a jam about a jam session with ukuleles, guitars & banjos":
"A Capo and a Reverse Capo can help you attain other tunings.  Personally don't play chords, I play N&D or Fingerdance, and I re-tune, so others will..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Everything Dulcimer - Closing Down.":
"Yep -- back when a chip was a real chip!"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ledford dulcimer notice":
"David Bennett, is in Huntsville, not too far -- I'm 600 miles away.  I just sent him an email..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Everything Dulcimer - Closing Down.":
"When I got involved with computers, a Megabyte was phenomenally large!!   "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tell us about your VERY FIRST dulcimer":
"Look inside the rear soundholes; there may be a maker's label visible.  Beautiful instrument, as Dusty says it is build for more traditional playing since it..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Possible Source of Wood for Instruments":
"Most piano keys were never solid ebony or ivory, but rather maple or another hard wood with thin ebony or ivory overlays, and later phenolic and other early..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Boys of Wexford and Banish Misfortune":
"Banish Misfortune is in the Everything Dulcimer Tab collection:http://www.everythingdulcimer.com/files/tab/banish_misfortune.pdf Hopefully we will somehow..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Charity Case Pt.2: Side Crack and High Action":
"Personally, I'd play it for a year before investing even the small amount in a new nut and bridge and installation.  Learn what it sounds like and plays like..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Charity Case Pt.2: Side Crack and High Action":
"I agree with Matt -- please start another discussion topic about "other tuning"..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Thumb Pick And Strumming":
"Some wound strings (phosphor bronze, flat wound, etc.) may be easier on your fingers if you are finger picking, but the unwound strings are like unwound..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hoping for donated beginner dulcimer for elderly lady...":
"Terry -- if you don't get a donation, a cardboard dulcimer, for around $50-75 is a good choice,  The fretboards and actions are good, and the sound is pretty..."

Latest Group Discussions

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Ken Hulme

New Wood Seller with Gorgeous Wood


Early this month, I received a blind e-mail from a pre-cut wood seller...
@Ken Hulme 8 months ago - Comments: 2
Ken Hulme

Size of Music Wire?


What number of "music wire" are you buying to make strings the...
@Ken Hulme 3 years ago - Comments: 5
Ken Hulme

Sherrie's Broken Dulcimer


On the Care & Maintenance Wall, Sherrie H wrote: I purchased a...
@Ken Hulme 3 years ago - Comments: 17
Ken Hulme

Tribute Album Announcement


Got this from the Compass Records website. To be released in...
@Ken Hulme 4 years ago - Comments: 7
Ken Hulme

Effects of Fretboard Arches


Anyone interested in the effects of various kinds and sizes of arches...
@Ken Hulme 5 years ago - Comments: 1
Ken Hulme

Beginner Instrument?


byRoger Goode Hi all.. I am starting the methodical process of...
@Ken Hulme 5 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 5 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 7 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 7 years ago - Comments: 31
Ken Hulme

Achieving that Olde Tyme Sounde


So you're looking for that traditional "high silvery" sound. Your...
@Ken Hulme 7 years ago - Comments: 23
Ken Hulme

Reverse Tunings - theory


Someone please explain - in words of one syllable - how it is possible...
@Ken Hulme 8 years ago - Comments: 26

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Latest Videos

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Hindman Exiles Playing Together

Hindman Exiles Playing Together


@Ken Hulme
2 months ago - Comments: 7
RosintheBeau

RosintheBeau


@Ken Hulme
7 years ago - Comments: 12
BanksoftheBann

BanksoftheBann


@Ken Hulme
7 years ago - Comments: 12

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering

Posted: Thursday March 22 2018, 5:13 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Hindman in Exile Gathering

Posted: Wednesday March 14 2018, 5:04 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Oberflacht Lyre Finished

Posted: Thursday January 18 2018, 12:37 PM
By: @IRENE

Private Noter & Drone Workshop Experiences...

Posted: Monday January 8 2018, 4:16 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Capo? False Nuts?

Posted: Tuesday November 28 2017, 8:55 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Dulcimer Players News 1975-2012 Searchable...

Posted: Saturday November 11 2017, 7:09 AM
By: @Rob N Lackey

Oberflacht Lyre started

Posted: Thursday October 26 2017, 3:39 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

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

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.


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