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 • 12 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @angelinacat:
"Welcome to FOTMD AngelinaCat. 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 • 12 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @garyinwyoming:
"Welcome to FOTMD Gary. 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 • 12 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @chrislonit:
"Welcome to FOTMD Chrislonit. 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 • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on A new dulcimer player with a 10 year “old” new dulcimer:
"Glad to hear that you are getting your music back. We'll be happy to answer any questions you have. Enjoy your "new" old dulcimer and your Yamaha keyboard...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 6 days ago • comments: 221
Posted a new Comment on @john-henry:
"John, I enjoyed your playing Veni, Veni, Emmanuel for the Advent calendar. Thank you for sharing it with us. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @dana-karuza-tulp:
"Welcome to FOTMD Dana. 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 @silver-chords:
"Welcome to FOTMD Silver Chords. 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 week ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @oldetyme:
"Welcome to FOTMD Oldetyme 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: 3
Posted a new Comment on @neville220:
"Welcome to FOTMD Neville220. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in our discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @robin-thompson: John Molineux uses a striker on a mountain dulcimer
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @skrb3:
"Welcome to FOTMD Skr!B3. 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: 0
Posted a response to "Give thanks to our FOTMD Welcome Wagon! Plus- Chatroom!":
"Aw, shucks. You're welcome. I enjoy talking with all the folks here at FOTMD; especially the new ones. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @weave2sew:
"Welcome to FOTMD Weave2sew. 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: 3
Posted a new Comment on @tmarlin:
"Welcome to FOTMD T. Marlin. 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: 0
Posted a response to "Giving Thanks":
"Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • one week ago • comments: 16
Is attending an Event:
Musical Advent Calendar -(online)
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @katemariah:
"Welcome to FOTMD Katemariah. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @robinnc:
"Welcome to FOTMD Robin. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @sal-monella:
"Welcome to FOTMD Sal. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @emeraldcity:
"Welcome to FOTMD EmeraldCity. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Project: Folk Strings! November Update:
"You're doing well with your students, John. What a great job they are doing. Keep up the good work. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Liked a photos item created by @irene: Tomasi and Irene
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on BOX DULCIMER #3:
"Very nice Irene. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @dulcat:
"Welcome to FOTMD Dulcat. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on @ariane:
"Ariane, I was not sure where to post my Advent hymn link so I am doing it here. Let me know if you need to have it sent another way. Ken "The dulcimer..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 9
Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Have you met other FOTMD's in real life and become friends?":
"As many have mentioned the Hindman and Berea gatherings have brought many of us together. It is a festivals that I met many of the folks from FOTMD or the..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @reneer:
"Welcome to FOTMD ReneeR. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 9
Liked a soundcloud item created by @robin-thompson: Mourning for Young Ernest WIP
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Clara Callahan Weave Shop Dulcimer Player 1930:
"Thanks for posting this Greg. It is an interesting story. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Purpose of DAA tuning":
"In DAA you have three notes below the starting note of the scale. In DAd you have to grab those notes on the middle string. Although no one know who..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @kathydulcimerfl:
"Welcome to FOTMD Kathy. It is good to have you aboard. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "tuning my guitar into a three string dulcimer":
"I forgot to answer your other questions. I am not sure to which of Mel Bays books your are referring to in you question. Some of the Mel Bay books offer both..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "tuning my guitar into a three string dulcimer":
"As I think was mentioned before you started this thread, you will not have a doubled melody string unless you want to rework the nut and bridge on your..."

Latest Group Discussions

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Ken Longfield

Tuning peg knobs


I have a customer who is having the tuning pegs replaced on two of his...
@Ken Longfield 3 months ago - Comments: 21
Ken Longfield

The Ugly Dulcimer - A Story


Somewhere and at sometime someone decided to build a mountain dulcimer...
@Ken Longfield last year - Comments: 8
Ken Longfield

A New "Old" Project


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

PA German Zitter


Here are some photos of PA German zitter reproduction I'm making. There...
@Ken Longfield 2 years ago - Comments: 17
Ken Longfield

Stanley Hicks article


Although not dulcimer specific, Stanley Hicks played a significant...
@Ken Longfield 3 years ago - Comments: 8
Ken Longfield

Wood Choice - Food For Thought


I came across this experiment for classical guitars and found it...
@Ken Longfield 3 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 4 years ago - Comments: 14
Ken Longfield

PA German Zitter


As I understand it, Jean Ritchie saw a PA German Zitter in the...
@Ken Longfield 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 years ago - Comments: 15
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 5 years ago - Comments: 6
Ken Longfield

Repairing a Diamond Dulcimer


While this is not a build, we do not have a specific area to show...
@Ken Longfield 5 years ago - Comments: 17
Ken Longfield

String tension calculations


Over at the Banjo Hangout I saw a posting for a string tension...
@Ken Longfield 5 years ago - Comments: 7
Ken Longfield

Not a Mountain Dulcimer


A few folks here at FOTMD know that I was working on a hammered...
@Ken Longfield 6 years ago - Comments: 9

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Landis Valley Zitter

Landis Valley Zitter


@Ken Longfield
last year - Comments: 17

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Latest Forum Discussions

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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

RobinNC
11/25/19 09:38:32AM @robinnc:

Thanks for your welcome. I'm looking forward to all the knowledge I can gain from the community.


Dave54
11/11/19 11:12:50AM @dave54:

And how sweet it is, thanks for the welcome


Harmony51
11/10/19 08:24:28AM @harmony51:

Thank you for your Welcome.  I look forward in learning from this group. and meeting more of you all. 


slowpicker1950
11/10/19 07:12:22AM @slowpicker1950:

thank you for the welcome.


Diane Mayfield
11/10/19 02:07:42AM @diane-mayfield:

Thank you, Ken!  Looking forward to more sweet music!


milkweed_pod
10/06/19 06:25:09PM @jackie:

Thanks for the welcome and event info. I hope to make it to Wartz 'n All this month. It sounds like fun.


Redwolf
09/01/19 10:56:45AM @redwolf:

Thank you for the welcome!


gil.appalpick
08/31/19 02:20:40PM @gilappalpick:

Thanks Ken. Nice to hear from you. Best wishes.


whateversusan
08/31/19 12:12:49AM @susan-bigelow:

Thank you, Ken! I'm very glad to have found this place.


Marlene Powell
08/29/19 08:16:13PM @marlene-powell:

Thanks Ken,  I'm really excited to start learning.  I, too, love the song: How Can I Keep From Singing.  I have a beautiful version by Eva Cassidy that I play frequently.  I would be overjoyed to learn to play it on the dulcimer.  


daman2610
08/28/19 07:19:58AM @daman2610:

Thanks Ken. 


John R Hensley Sr
08/23/19 12:33:54PM @john-r-hensley-sr:

Thanks for the welcome! Am really looking forward to this group. Am a beginner dulcimer player and have a lor to learn.


Ferrator
08/15/19 12:52:23PM @ferrator:

Thank you Ken! Still looking about. I have a lot of time with my dulcimer, but that is 20+ years past now :(

FOTMD looks like the perfect place for me! I am loving it so far! :)


SuzeStrums
08/14/19 09:07:55PM @suzestrums:

Thanks so much for the welcome!


JulieAnn
08/10/19 11:36:31AM @julieann:

Thank you Ken for the welcome... so far I'm loving this site... Dulcimer friends are the best... Have a wonderful day.... Happy Strumming


Ken Longfield
08/08/19 10:18:14AM @ken-longfield:

Yes, I have a copy of the CD, if I can locate it among my CDs. If you would like it, I'll make a copy and send it to you.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


Robin Thompson
08/07/19 10:10:53PM @robin-thompson:

Ken, do you have a copy of the Everything Dulcimer cd project?  I'm trying to recall such a venture yet it may have been done before I joined in '05.  Did you participate?  


LD
08/06/19 09:19:02AM @ld:

Thank you Ken!  I will be exploring...and learning...and looking forward to getting to know the fine folks!  

Thanks again for the warm greeting!  LD


Will Adams
08/01/19 09:21:18PM @will-adams:

Thank you for the welcome, Ken!


AAbboud
07/26/19 06:45:47PM @aabboud:

Hi, Ken,

Thank you for the welcome. Learning to play a new instrument without formal instruction can be intimidating. Communities like this one help a lot and that's because of people like you.

All the best,

Anastasia