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 • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Picks on hammered dulcimers":
"There are European and Latin American styles of HD play that use fingerpicks.  The Mexican instrument is called the Salterio."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on What If Exercise: The Un-festival:
"I agree wholeheartedly with @david-bennett.   It would be fantastic to have a Noter&Drone only gathering for a day or a weekend. I favor the idea of a..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Wanted: Bonnie Carol dulcimer ":
"Dave shattuck: Dave shattuck: She only makes a 25.25" VSL. Her builders have changed then.  Of course it was 30-odd years ago when I knew her in..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one week ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on What If Exercise: The Un-festival:
"I did that a couple years ago here on the Gulf Coast -- up in Venice, FL actually.  It was advertised as a Noter & Drone Gathering.  About 25 people..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Wanted: Bonnie Carol dulcimer ":
"Almost every Bonnie Carol that I've seen had longer VSLs-- 28" or thereabouts!"
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dennis Dorogi":
"I saw that yesterday.   Another one of the good ones has passed..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Possum board options":
"I play with both possum board and a stand-up stand.  If you play with a stand acoustically (not amped) you will want a board underneath, as the greater sound..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"A couple months ago we joined a year-round food co-op that offers a veggie box or produce box for $20 or a combo box for $25; plus lots of individual veggies..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Info about John ans Shirley Naylor Mountain Dulcimer":
"Did it break?  Do you need to raise/lower the action?  Black & white is probably some sort of phenolic/plastic."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on Stringing Mystery on Vintage Dulcimer:
"Recording yourself, even just using your phone or tablet, is IMHO a great way to judge your improvement as a player, even over the short run of a few..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on noter playing for people with special needs:
"Welcome Matthew!   Over the years I've made special-needs noters for several players of my acquaintance; from Strumelia's "noter dog" to noters with finger..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tell us about your VERY FIRST dulcimer":
"It's pretty easy to adjust that string height by sanding a tiny bit off the bottom of the bridge (and maybe the nut)  Start a new General thread about that,..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer records":
"The only one I own is the Pacific Rim Project; I was gifted a copy by Robert Force a couple years back when he came to the Mount Dora festival here in FL.  "
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Bending Wood:
"If yer wife sez it's OK then go ahead.... otherwise spend $20 on a Harbor Freight heat gun.  I have one for building archers' bows out of PVC pipe as well as..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Do you have any dulcimer art/photos I might use?":
"Not necessarily dulcimer, but I've got some interesting shots you are welcome to borrow."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on parts for a resonator?:
"@N9lo -- he's looking for parts for a resonator dulcimer --  like a Dobro guitar miniaturized and added to the top of a dulcimer.  Cripple Creek (Bud &..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does size really matter? 28.5 vs 26 ":
"VSL only affects the distance between the frets, not the sound   Dist from Nut28” VSL..............26” VSL1. 1-19/32........1-29/642...."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on parts for a resonator?:
"I don't know anyone making dulcimer-specific resonator parts, but you can probably adapt those made for cigar-box guitars -- check things out at CBGitty:..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hollows in a dulcimer top and fretboard?":
"Structurally the hollowed fretboard is certainly "better" -- for values of "better"!  I like the arched fretboard for the cosmetics.  In fact my last..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "More than one building group?":
"There's a Building Group -- under Groups.  And there is a Building Discussion under Discussion Forums.  I guess you could say the Discussion is more "public"..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"OY! I've been following the fires -- fought my share of them up there, 40 odd years back.  Be careful out there!  "
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "So is a new baritone going to be giving me fits, or joy?":
"Annie- You don't need a high action for noter & drone; I've played high and low actions N&D for forty years.  A taller fretboard is nice, for finger..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Back to the Luthier you go":
"We all slip once in awhile -- a reputable dealer will take it back and give you your money back."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"Don't buy some sort of highly processed monk fruit sweetener, but just the juice without additives, or the dried melon itself."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "So is a new baritone going to be giving me fits, or joy?":
"D Chitwoood -- I hope you're not confusing a deep mellow sound with a baritone instrument.  Baritones have completely different strings and are intended to..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "So is a new baritone going to be giving me fits, or joy?":
"Matthew -- why would you need a new capo -- unless the new fretboard is much wider???"
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Glued In Frets?":
"I don't glue frets either -- find the right saw blade to make the proper size slot.  Fr a number of years I was able to find a scroll saw blade that was just..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Your "Dream Dulcimer?":
"Got my dream dulcimer -- a Bobbie Ratliff Virginia Hogfiddle with Holly back and sides, Butternut top, and 1" wide unbleached Walnut fretboard.   Three..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"Hmmmmm.  If you fried up the hash browns and arranged them in a round shape, then poured beaten egg overall, things would stick together like a crepe.  Then..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "6 String "No-Body" Electric":
"OK  -- you guys keep n9lo busy and I'll call the guys with the white coats....."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"Sounds good FF;  I may have to work that up as a dish."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to " Tabs, Straps, & Cords":
"Nice!  Really nice!"
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Inexpensive Fretboard Miterbox":
"Nice job Kusani!  "
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Untabbed songs/tunes you'd like to learn":
"There's a 17th century German cavalry song I've wanted to learn called Morgen Rot (Red Morning) referring to charging into battle in the 30 Years War"
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Leonard Glenn Dulcimer, 1972":
"Sounds good to me!  Jump!  Jump!"

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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
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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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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

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


Lesley Lewis
02/23/14 01:51:46AM @lesley-lewis:

Hi again, Ken,

I have jusy posted a photo of Bonnie to show her beautiful mahogany colour swirls! and another of Sweet Bella which shows better her norwegian forest cat face shape.

By the way, ( and this question seems a bit premature, seeing that I have not yet even set my hands on my first dulcimer ... just something I'm wondering) ... as a craftsman, dulcimer maker and player ... what do you think about chromatic dulcimers? I am very content to learn on a beautiful mountain dulcimer, and that's going to take its own time ... however, eventuallyI will be wanting to do more singing with dulcimer, and wonder if the chromatic versions are best for this intention?

I'll have plenty of time to think about this ... but would value your opinion.

bye for now,

Lesley


Lesley Lewis
02/22/14 11:07:26PM @lesley-lewis:

Hi ken,

Your life aboard your beautiful sailboat sounds wonderful ... the solar panels make you more self-sufficient ... and the ambience of the marina and the surrounding places sound like a great place to live! I woonder what the Jazz man's story is ... such a lovely image of him playing out into the night breezes...

Ah ha ... that's why your instructions are so clear, you're a professional science and technical writer ... I had a feeling that you were someone gifted in teaching and communications, asyour instructionblogs are informative, clear and fun ...that takes special skills. I had a laugh at your description of the review of the ability phone by that guy those years ago ... in my years of private practiceI've developed a huge admiration for the ingenuity, adaptability and pragmatism of people who deal with that sort of physical disability.

Like you, it was the haunting strains of a dulcimer back in the 70s that caught my attention. I was at a Uni Fair, and heard a renaissance group playing. In those days I was a singer, and so the dulcimers were part of the background, until I heard someone play their mountain dulcimer in the great hall, solo, it took my breath away and I've always had a yearning to be able to make that sort of music... I wish I had followed it up then ... life and other parts of my journey took me in other directions but here I am now, anyway, starting out with my first dulcimer ... never too late Smile.gif. And so interesting that you built your own dulcimers ...do you still make them ?

Give my best wishes to Lady Sally, Robin and Salem...I'll see if I can post another photo of Bonnie, whose coat may be a bit like Salem's (?)... she has patches of mahogany colour in the midst of the black and rust tortie colours. They are great company!

bye for now,

Lesley