Ken Longfield

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Location: Reedsville, PA
Country: US

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I am retired and live in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania. I built my first mountain dulcimer in 1974.  I continue to build mountain dulcimers, hammered dulcimers and do repair work on them as well as guitars and banjos. I enjoy old time music, bluegrass, and folk music from before and after the folk scare of the 1950s and 1960s.

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Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 9 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @brianab:
"Welcome to FOTMD BrianAB. Sorry to hear that you are leaving the dulcimer community. I am sure someone here will benefit from the sale of your Blue Lion..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Kevin Roth interviews Howard Rugg":
"Thanks Robin. That was a delightful interview. Six years ago I had the good fortune to visit Howard in Felton. It was rather serendipitous as my wife made a..."
Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @wolfspirit:
"Welcome to FOTMD Wolfspirit. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on The Two That Started It All:
"Very nice. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @mike-charveaux:
"Welcome to FOTMD Mike. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @tonyg:
"Welcome to FOTMD Tonyg. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming:
"Those homecomings in Hindman were fun. I miss Mike. I, too, have participated in the online homecomings. I thought of Mike every time they mentioned the..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Recommended settings for mic and/or video editing software?:
"Like Dusty I use the Focusrite 2i2 audio interface. If I don't plug a dulcimer directly in to the instrument input I use an MXL990 condenser microphone. The..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @dulcimaniac:
"Welcome to FOTMD Dulcimaniac. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @cajunjam:
"Welcome to FOTMD Cajunjam. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @mac:
"Welcome to FOTMD Mac. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on @eblack:
"Welcome to FOTMD Black. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @theresasc:
"Welcome to FOTMD TheresaSC. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Liked a music item created by @dan: Simple Gifts
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Hold Fast to the Right:
"Good job Randy. I'll never be able to keep up with, but I'll have fun trying. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 8
Liked a youtube item created by @randy-adams: Whistling Rufus
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @bing-futch: Dulcimerica Episode 595 - "Get Rhythm: Beginners"
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @andrew:
"Welcome to FOTMD Andrew. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Praetorius scheitholt:
"Thanks Steve. No problem with the delay. Looking forward to seeing it in Berea in two weeks. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @jima:
"Welcome to FOTMD JimA. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on "My Own Home Waltz" Dulcimer & Bowed Psaltery:
"Very nice Gregg. You and Leo did a wonderful job with that tune. I, too, like Leo's Sunhearth dulcimer. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Teddy, I thought of you at worship this morning. Psalm 30 was the appointed Psalm. I particularly liked verses 2 & 3: "O Lord, my God, I cried out to you..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Good luck Teddy on your dulcimer journey. Playing a mountain dulcimer is very therapeutic. There are serveral styles of playing, but as a piper you may like..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @tanager:
"Welcome to FOTMD Tanager. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Praetorius scheitholt:
"I am eager to see it Steve.  Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Stanley Hicks / David Love dulcimer":
"Greg, thanks for the information on the Hicks/Love connection. I appreciate you sharing your knowledge of the Watauga County dulcimer community. Ken "The..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Unknown:
"I agree with the previous responses. I am curious as to why the builder made such a long strum hollow and has only thirteen frets. It would be very..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one month ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Red Hills Polka:
"Nice playing Randy. Good tune. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fret addition?":
"Lois, I'm not really a bum ditty player. I'm more like Don Pedi describes as syllable player fitting the strums to the words of songs. As I understand bum..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fret addition?":
"Not much to add that hasn't already been said. Like, Dan, I hope you are not planning to add a fret to a hundred year old dulcimer or one from on of the..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Teaching Advice":
"Lorilee, my oldest grandson is also on the autism spectrum. He is 13 and in junior high school (8th grade). Early on I tried to interest him in dulcimer, but..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one month ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @dulcimershelly:
"Welcome to FOTMD DulcimerShelly. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one month ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @mcgee:
"Welcome to FOTMD McGee. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. If you need a good instructor look up..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one month ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @pelmelliott:
"Welcome to FOTMD Pelmelliott. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet..."

Latest Group Discussions

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Ken Longfield

T - 6


This is my sixth teardrop dulcimer. The shape comes from plans by Scott...
@Ken Longfield 8 months ago - Comments: 12
Ken Longfield

Latest project - Prichard


I started to build a C.N. Prichard reproduction, but made a mistake...
@Ken Longfield 2 years ago - Comments: 9
Ken Longfield

Making wood tuning pegs


For those of us who make wood tuning pegs, what finish do you put on...
@Ken Longfield 2 years ago - Comments: 3
Ken Longfield

Current build


Here are some photos as I near the completion of this project. The...
@Ken Longfield 2 years ago - Comments: 15
Ken Longfield

Tuning peg knobs


I have a customer who is having the tuning pegs replaced on two of his...
@Ken Longfield 3 years ago - Comments: 23
Ken Longfield

Wood Choice - Food For Thought


I came across this experiment for classical guitars and found it...
@Ken Longfield 6 years ago - Comments: 13
Ken Longfield

The Ugly Dulcimer - A Story


Somewhere and at sometime someone decided to build a mountain dulcimer...
@Ken Longfield 4 years ago - Comments: 8
Ken Longfield

Repairing a Diamond Dulcimer


While this is not a build, we do not have a specific area to show...
@Ken Longfield 8 years ago - Comments: 17
Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter


Here are some photos of PA German zitter reproduction I'm making. There...
@Ken Longfield 5 years ago - Comments: 17
Ken Longfield

Not a Mountain Dulcimer


A few folks here at FOTMD know that I was working on a hammered...
@Ken Longfield 9 years ago - Comments: 9
Ken Longfield

A New "Old" Project


Back maybe 20 to 25 years ago, my sister was wandering through a yard...
@Ken Longfield 5 years ago - Comments: 2
Ken Longfield

Stanley Hicks article


Although not dulcimer specific, Stanley Hicks played a significant...
@Ken Longfield 6 years ago - Comments: 8
Ken Longfield

The Story of the Dulcimer, Second Edition


This is just a notice that it is available for pre-ordering on Amazon.
@Ken Longfield 7 years ago - Comments: 14
Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter


As I understand it, Jean Ritchie saw a PA German Zitter in the...
@Ken Longfield 7 years ago - Comments: 0
Ken Longfield

Old-time West Virginia bands


County Sales currently has these two CDs on sale for $7.00 each if...
@Ken Longfield 7 years ago - Comments: 1
Ken Longfield

Wartz Tab Book Corrections


In the Wartz tab book for the DAA "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms,"...
@Ken Longfield 8 years ago - Comments: 2
Ken Longfield

My First Prichard


It is not quite finished, but I thought I would share a photo of my...
@Ken Longfield 8 years ago - Comments: 14
Ken Longfield

J. E. Thomas Dulcimer #1465 played by Joe Collins


Here is a link to a video of Joe Collins playing my James E. "Uncle...
@Ken Longfield 8 years ago - Comments: 6
Ken Longfield

String tension calculations


Over at the Banjo Hangout I saw a posting for a string tension...
@Ken Longfield 8 years ago - Comments: 5

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Landis Valley Zitter

Landis Valley Zitter


@Ken Longfield
4 years ago - Comments: 17

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Mike Clemmer

Posted: Friday December 17 2021, 9:41 AM
By: @Skip

Don Pedi honored

Posted: Thursday September 16 2021, 6:11 AM
By: @Susie

Joni Mitchell and Mountain Dulcimers

Posted: Thursday August 26 2021, 8:38 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Zoom group invitation

Posted: Sunday May 23 2021, 6:24 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

An Interesting News Story from West Virginia

Posted: Thursday April 15 2021, 8:15 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Bonnie Carol

Posted: Saturday April 3 2021, 6:54 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Newspaper Article

Posted: Saturday March 13 2021, 10:38 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Jon Pickow's last performance

Posted: Saturday January 23 2021, 10:07 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Sad News -- RIP Ralph Lee Smith

Posted: Thursday December 31 2020, 3:05 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Dr. George Orthey, Mountain dulcimer and...

Posted: Thursday November 26 2020, 12:07 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Anyone bidding"

Posted: Thursday September 17 2020, 5:49 AM
By: @Susie

The New ED

Posted: Sunday April 19 2020, 10:50 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Guitar project

Posted: Tuesday January 28 2020, 9:13 PM
By: @Susie

Just For Fun - sayings regarding the...

Posted: Monday April 8 2019, 5:54 PM
By: @Strumelia

Sad News

Posted: Tuesday January 15 2019, 8:16 PM
By: @jeffrey charles foster

Capritaurus Dulcimer - Oh My!

Posted: Thursday November 22 2018, 7:56 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming

Posted: Monday February 26 2018, 12:56 PM
By: @Jan Potts

Ukulele construction

Posted: Thursday September 14 2017, 9:42 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Hindman, Kentucky

Posted: Saturday November 26 2016, 9:14 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Wayfaring Strangers

Posted: Thursday February 4 2016, 1:05 PM
By: @Ron Larson2

Clifford Glenn

Posted: Sunday July 26 2015, 10:17 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

For Old Time Music Fans

Posted: Friday April 3 2015, 1:07 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Folk Music Resources

Posted: Wednesday February 11 2015, 1:18 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

A photo for Patty from Virginia

Posted: Thursday January 15 2015, 8:28 PM
By: @Patty from Virginia

The Dulcimer in Eastern Kentucky Videos

Posted: Thursday December 11 2014, 5:41 AM
By: @Rob N Lackey

2014 National Mountain Dulcimer Champions

Posted: Sunday September 21 2014, 7:35 AM
By: @John Keane

Encyclopedia of Appalachia

Posted: Friday October 19 2012, 10:17 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Comments

TheresaSC
05/10/22 08:24:18AM @theresasc:

Thanks for the welcome.  I am now waiting for a Ron Gibson cherry MD, I am really looking forward to exploring music with it.


greggep
04/01/22 03:23:21PM @greggep:

Thank you very much for the warm welcome!


Thomfuleri
03/31/22 10:19:03PM @thomfuleri:

Thank you, sir!


Jeff Reynolds
03/19/22 05:09:54PM @jeff-reynolds:

Thank you for the warm welcome Ken!


Cindy Funk
03/01/22 11:33:00PM @dulcimer-radio:

Thanks so much for the warm welcome, and the kind comments on Dulcimer Radio and Sweetwater.  Though it's pretty new, I think you many have just made my year! xox


Walt
02/28/22 10:03:38AM @walt:

Thank you Ken


Teddy Hart
02/22/22 10:00:16AM @teddy-hart:

Thank you so much for the welcome, Ken.  I very much appreciate it!


Waegn
02/19/22 12:14:41AM @waegn:

Thanks, Ken! Glad to be here.


WoodswomanWrites
02/13/22 11:58:59PM @woodswomanwrites:

Ken, thank you for your welcoming note. I appreciate it!


Ken
02/04/22 02:57:45AM @ken:

Many thanks fo the welcome, Ken. I very much look forward to participating in the forum.


Kenneth Woolley III
02/03/22 09:38:53AM @kenneth-woolley-iii:

Thanks Ken! It is nice to have a fellow Pennsylvanian. I'm further east from you in Allentown, Pa.. My wife has family out your way in Allensville/Big Valley. We go to a family reunion every summer at the family farm. Brown and Metz are their names. Her grandfather married a Brown and his name was Ralston. He was a Presbyterian church planter. 

I'm a Reference librarian and I have 9 kids so the dulcimer gives me an opportunity to unwind from the craziness. My wife gave me a Cedar Creek kit for Christmas and it turned out great. I can actually play a few tunes that to my ears sound great. Amazing Grace, Wild Mountain Thyme, Creag Ghuanach, She'll be coming Around the Mountain so far. I've found I really like the noter and drone so I'm sticking with that as I have no interest in trying to chord like guitar. It's interesting that just fretting the melody strings isn't popular or considered "beginner". I think from what I can tell that it is easy in the beginning  or basic songs but getting the timing and nuance is really difficult since everything is dependent on that 1 or 2 strings. Once you progress and the songs are more complicated it becomes harder in a certain way. I still need to use little numbered stickers to help me find the frets and I'm a little slow since I still need to look at the sheet for the numbers. It's only been since early January but for someone with zero musical talent I'm very happy with how it's going. Tuning the dulcimer has proved to be the most confusing part. My instruction told me to push the 4th fret on bass string to tune to D or a sound you like. I have a tuner so the whole thing was confusing. So now I hope it's correct in that I didn't fret any strings but strummed them open to DAA on the electronic tuner. It sounds good. I had a 2nd melody string but took it off since I was having trouble keeping the noter flat on both. Now to work on my strumming since I can strum out well but back is difficult in rhythm. I also like to keep the noter depressed most of the time making that slide sound (it's some Italian name). That's probably not correct and in order to play certain songs I'll need to learn to pick up the noter off the string more aggressively. Since I have no musical knowledge when I see a song with a number and an underscore I have no idea what to do. If it says 5_5 I just assume that means to strum that number 5 twice very close and fast. Well you can probably tell I'm just starting out this journey.

Sorry for the long winded post but I appreciate the welcome and I'll probably have loads of questions for the members here. Take care!


Aska
12/28/21 06:57:57PM @aska:

Thank you for welcoming me here ! I'm looking forward to learning from you all.


MarionW
12/17/21 10:05:17AM @marionw:

Thanks, looking forward to learning


Frank Grimm
11/28/21 05:12:43PM @frank-grimm:

Thank you Ken. I am looking forward to being a member of FOTMD and participating in the discussions. I am a beginner so it is quite interesting.        Frank


Ron Curry
11/23/21 08:12:00PM @ron-curry:

Thanks for the warm welcome!


Ken Longfield
10/29/21 08:24:46AM @ken-longfield:

I had one of those beasts in my shop for repair. The owner's brother broke the peg head off when they were teenagers. Thirty some years later he decided to have it fixed. I re-attached the peg head and he has been playing it ever since (about 7 or 8 years now). He bought a very nice shotgun case to keep it in.

You could have made it a 3 string by removing one string from each pair.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


CarylP
10/29/21 12:03:16AM @carylp:

Not only is the Diamond dulcimer long, all the strings are doubled.  I don't know what I was thinking when I purchased it.  It is a beautifully finished instrument and I do enjoy the rich bright sound.  That is what sold me on it, but I truly didn't know what I was doing when I bought it.   Hopefully with conversations with folks like you and a few lessons and festivals, I should learn some things.  Because of the doubled strings, the callouses on my left hand are coming right along.


CarylP
10/28/21 04:29:24PM @carylp:

Thank you, Ken.  I just dusted off my 1976 Lucky Diamond dulcimer and am having fun.  It's been hanging on the wall for a long time and I was surprised when I took it down that it was almost in tune.  The tuners are wooden pegs and my arthritic hands can't handle them. My husband has to turn the pegs and push them in.  So I am in the market for a more modern one with geared tuners that I can handle and more frets. 

I had to put away my banjos which I have been playing for years because of--well--arthritis everywhere.  But after multiple surgeries and joint replacements, I am back to music again.  I have found the dulcimer  easier to fret because of the angle of the fretboard.  

I look forward to some good posts and conversations.

Caryl


Suilven
10/25/21 09:24:54PM @suilven:

Thanks for the warm welcome, Ken.  I'm taking up the MD later in life and am just now awaiting delivery of my first instrument.  Having played drums and percussion for a long time now, rhythm and timing is not an issue for me, but learning melodic theory is quite new to me (although I've played a bit of guitar and piano), so that's where I'm putting my attention while I await the dulcimer's arrival.  Looking forward to learning from you folks.


Melody1
10/08/21 07:39:42PM @melody1:

Thank you, Ken.