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 • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Oberflacht Lyre Finished":
"Irene -- of course I play it!  It's tuned "pentatonic+"  -- do, re, me, sol, la, do'.  The instrument is from the 8th century -- back when there really were..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Oberflacht Lyre Finished":
"Just a followup to my previous "getting started with this Lyre" post.  The Myrtle wood turned out to have some fabulous 'tiger stripe' effect in it.  The..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What Are You Working On?":
"Robin -- you can, of course, play 1-3-5 tunings in Noter & Drone, for an interesting sound from the 1-3 drones instead of the usual 1-5 drones."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Yep -- that's the PR way -- separate beans and sauce, then served alongside, not on top of the rice.  I do "beans and rice" from 8 or 9 cultures -- Puerto..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Lisa -- I get occasional emails from this guy's food blog.  His Arroz con Gandules is about as authentic as the recipe I learned from "de island".  I grow my..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Help with a twang/buzz?":
"Move the string back again to the other set of notches.  It may be that you just didn't have the string seated properly the first time."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Private Noter & Drone Workshop Experiences Available":
"There's no such thing as too far away, Richard!  We've had guests from Vanuatu, Hawai'i, former Soviet Republics, Europe, Africa, you name it.  North..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming":
"I'm reasonably sure there will be a good bit of N&D things.  There was a pretty vociferous chain of posts on FB concerning that very subject.  Some of us..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Private Noter & Drone Workshop Experiences Available":
"Tired of the snow and cold?  Want some quality time with another noter & drone player? As some of you may know, Lady Sally and I host an AirBnb rental..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What is this?":
"Should be a great noter, that's for sure!  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"I'm doing grilled mahi-mahi with a broccoli & purple cauliflower and quinoa casserole as the side dish, with leftovers for Lady Sally's lunch next week."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Recommendations for Galax Dulcimer :
"By George, I think she's got it!  *  Any dulcimer can be tuned and strummed "Galax style" (all strings tuning high unison, fast whipped strumming, N&D..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Love the Sandys.  We don't get them here in Fort Myers, but see lots of them in Loveland/Sarasota."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Drone playing in DAD?":
"You and me, Robert, you and me both!  Except these days I'm "arrogant" enough to say "Oh yeah?  Watch me!"   And then prove them oh, so wrong!!"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Drone playing in DAD?":
"You can play Noter & Drone style using ANY tuning, Don -- DAA, DAd, DAC, Ddd, etc. etc.   You strum all the strings but only fret the melody strings..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Need pointers for playing witha quill:
"David;  we'll certainly work on your technique at Hindman!    Like everything else with the dulcimer, much of Noter & Drone is what works best for you...."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Recommendations for Galax Dulcimer :
"I'm another who can vouch for John's craftsman ship and willingness to work with clients.  I own one of his Thomas replicas, and it's outstanding.  I'm not a..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on down draft table:
"I wonder if you couldn't use well supported "pegboard" for the top, to let the dust through... or to the holes need to be bigger?"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"what I do is poke a hole into the seed pocket, using a chop stick.   That way the squash won't explode in the next step.   Now microwave the whole squash for..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Ahlooooooooooooha!"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Recent glitch of missing 'reply/post' textboxes":
"I'm running Windows 10+ and MS Edge for a browser and have seen absolutely no problems..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Clemmer Dulcimers":
"Mike makes a heckuva dulcimer.  I particularly like the looks of his "fiddle sided" instruments.  I've met him as a couple of festivals, and had the..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "External Pickup for Mountain Dulcimer - Kala amp? ":
"Dusty has a good point.  I was recently introduced to the condenser microphone, which isn't like the usual hand-held stick mic.  It's a sort of Omni-pickup..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "External Pickup for Mountain Dulcimer - Kala amp? ":
"I use simple contact piezo pickups that I get off the Net; cost about $3-$5 each.  The sticky tape does not bother the dulcimer's finish.  Sometimes I..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"Well, we have two holiday dinners: First is a traditional British dinner for Lady Sally, her daughter Holly, her Mum, and me (or I).  This is the only meal..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Cosy?   Cosy?  It's 80F out there!  We're doing good, more or less.  Lady Sally picked out a nice tree at Thanksgiving when Holly was down.  Holly does all..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "3 or 4 strings?":
"IMHO the sound that double melody strings is "richer" (for values of richness) than the sound of a single string.  No matter how hard you try, two strings..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on POLL: Single or Doubled melody string ?:
"Played doubled melody strings for over 20 years, then for some reason started in on single melody string and haven't looked back!"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming":
"Yeah -- sorry to hear you won't make it Robin; I was looking forward to meeting you also..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming":
"Hopefully they'll list the sessions soon.  Here are some sessions offered last year: Old Time Music for BeginnersKey of ABalladsBeginning DulcimerSinging..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Shoulder Cramping When Playing:
"You're probably doing the "white knuckle" thing...  grabbing the pick so it won't fly away.  And you're probably gritting your teeth and tensing that whole..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "3 or 4 strings?":
"How many strings you use in any tuning does not matter -- 3, 4, 5, or 6.  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "3D printed capo and Noter":
"Irene -- try a 1" diameter guard with the peg at 3/8" diameter.  I have seen turned wooden noters in this shape."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Play with ukulele and guitar ":
"Tune as you always do.  Tell them, with their chromatic instruments, that you play in the key of D (or C if you tune CGG or CGc).  They can play to your..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "3D printed capo and Noter":
"We've seen Lego dulcimers;  the next thing will be a printed one!!"

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 4 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 Forum Discussions

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Oberflacht Lyre Finished

Posted: Wednesday January 17 2018, 2:58 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

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

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

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