Laurel K Scott

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Location: Richmond, VA
Country: United States

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Julia Gabriele Bob Reinsel Bob hugssandi Cristian Huet Ken Hulme whocindylou John C. Knopf Patty from Virginia Dan robert schuler Jerry C Rockwell Strumelia Rob N Lackey Marsha Harris Cynthia Wigington

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I am a veteran journalist, horsewoman and dog lover who enjoys interpreting different time periods as a living historian and spinning on my 1866 Great Wheel. Traditional arts are my passion, and there is still so much I want to learn -- including how to play this amazing instrument!

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Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Folding Tripod Stand:
"Here's a photo of Faith (the beautiful Neff-inspired dulcimer) on her new fold-up stand tonight. (Please forgive the crammed-full bookcase in he background;..."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I am SO in over my head!!!":
"Thank you. Yes, that's exactly what I expect will happen with time and practice. My fingers were quite used to chording and playing melody on a piano, but..."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I am SO in over my head!!!":
"Thanks, Skip. Hopefully that will come, too, as I relax more. For now, my fingers still cramp if I use them for fretting ... and the melody doesn't sound..."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I am SO in over my head!!!":
"I have the exact same problems -- fingers tensing up and trying to wrap my head around the concept of strumming! And for me, being a pianist, the whole idea..."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 5 days ago
@laurel-k-scott is now following @jgabsalot
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I am SO in over my head!!!":
"Hi there! No need to despair. You have come to the right place!I am a beginner, too -- my prior musical experience being limited to high school chorus and..."
Laurel K Scott
 
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Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • one week ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Folding Tripod Stand:
"I think that's a fantastic design, Dan. Looks sturdier, too, than most I've seen. :)"
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • one week ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Folding Tripod Stand:
"I think it's a fantastic innovation, Dan. And how wonderful that you can stand 3 dulcimers on it! :)   Will it fit most Virginia and Kentucky styles?..."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I am SO in over my head!!!":
"Yes indeedy! "
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 2 weeks ago
@laurel-k-scott is now following @bob-reinsel
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on @ronda:
"Hi, Ronda -- and welcome from a fellow Virginian! I enjoy Celtic music, too.   Laurel"
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I am SO in over my head!!!":
"Sandi, I'm just starting out in noter/drone and am even more lost than you when it comes to chords and such! Though I played piano for many years, I think..."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 3 weeks ago
@laurel-k-scott is now following @bob
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 3 weeks ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on "Un" tuning?:
"Thanks, Joe. I like that advice. In other words, treat it as you would your laptop or phone when it comes to no extremes of temp. :)"
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 3 weeks ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on "Un" tuning?:
"Thanks, Ken. Not to throw a wrench into this conversation, but how does finish play into this, if at all? Would wood treated with a plain oil/wax finish..."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 3 weeks ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on "Un" tuning?:
" Thank you -- and what a precious dulcimer you have there! Here in the South, I suspect it is probably wise to slacken the strings during periods of extreme..."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 3 weeks ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on "Un" tuning?:
"Thank you, Lisa! That makes perfect sense. I am so.used to dealing with antiques of all sorts that I kind of assumed one would have to slacken the strings..."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Civil War era music:
"Has anyone ever tried to play The Cumberland Crew noter/drone style (or any other style, for that matter)? It's one of my favorite Civil War ballads, and..."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 3 weeks ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on "Un" tuning?:
"That IS interesting, Steven!"
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 3 weeks ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on "Un" tuning?:
"Yes, I would only worry about it with my vintage dulcimer's old wood friction tuners, which do slip when tight. The geared tuners on my new Dan Cox dulcimer..."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 3 weeks ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on "Un" tuning?:
"Sounds good, Rob. Thanks!!"
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 3 weeks ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on "Un" tuning?:
"I can certainly see that point, Dan. Just curious!"
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 3 weeks ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on "Un" tuning?:
"Thanks, Dan. But I guess my question really is -- is it GOOD to leave them in tune, or can it cause tension/slippage or other problems over time?..."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 3 weeks ago • comments: 21
Liked @strumelia's group discussions:
"Un" tuning?
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 3 weeks ago • comments: 21
Created a new Group discussion ""Un" tuning?":
"Dumb question here ... I've heard various opinions as to whether an instrument's strings should be slackened when the instrument is put away, or left in tune..."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 3 weeks ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Neff Dulcimore:
"She's here! And she's absolutely *breathtaking* in person! I'd better let her acclimate before I put her through her paces, but after a few strums, she..."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 3 weeks ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on @hugssandi:
"You're not bugging me at all Sandi -- so thrilled to meet a fellow Richmonder who likes dulcimers! My mother's ancestors were out in SW VA (New River..."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 3 weeks ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on @hugssandi:
"Oh, I love Church Hill (I'm a history fanatic) and your gaggle of children sounds delightful! I live in a small apartment just over the river in Forest..."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 3 weeks ago • comments: 26
Posted a new Comment on Take Time to Be Holy:
"This is beautiful, Sandi! And I love your little dulcimer!  "
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 3 weeks ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on @hugssandi:
"Sandi, I'm so excited to find you! I was despairing of finding anyone in my area who played, though I know of some folks in Louisa and Charlottesville.Alas,..."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 3 weeks ago
@laurel-k-scott is now following @hugssandi
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 4 weeks ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Neff Dulcimore:
"LOL, please forgive that looooooong post, but there was a story to tell! :) Lisa, after I've had a few lessons at the Crooked Road festival, maybe I'll be..."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 4 weeks ago • comments: 16
Liked @dan's photos:
Neff Dulcimore

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Laurel K Scott

"Un" tuning?


Dumb question here ... I've heard various opinions as to whether an...
@Laurel K Scott 3 weeks ago - Comments: 21
Laurel K Scott

Tuner/Tuning Question


Another newbie question! :)So I sat down tonight and tuned my vintage...
@Laurel K Scott one month ago - Comments: 5
Laurel K Scott

Stringing Mystery on Vintage Dulcimer


Hi! Not sure where to post this, but as I am new to dulcimers in...
@Laurel K Scott 2 months ago - Comments: 19

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hugssandi
03/31/17 12:38:06PM @hugssandi:

Okay, I will try to stop bugging you after this post!  I just read about your newest dulcimer~AMAZING~and a little of your history.  I have family history in the Appalachias, and My Very Favorite Aunt, Linda Goodman, is an Appalachian storyteller.  We have LOTS to chat about!!!!


hugssandi
03/31/17 12:24:59PM @hugssandi:

Laurel, I am so excited to learn from you!  I've never taken a dulcimer lesson and dream of doing so...  I love to play hymns best, but I will try playing just about anything.  I like to sing when I play, even when it doesn't sound great, which is why I'd love to learn to chord and expand the number and style of songs available to me.  

My first dulcimer is a Walnut Creek by T.K. O'Brien/Craggy Mountain Music.  I bought it sight unseen, because Beverly was so amazing to talk to on the phone.  inlove  Recently I got my little Wren (thank you for your comment!) and am over the moon!!!  I am in Church Hill and come with a gaggle of kids, but I'd be open to meeting/playing sometime.  dulcimer


hugssandi
03/31/17 10:39:08AM @hugssandi:

Laurel!  We both live in Richmond~WOW!!!!  That's pretty exciting...  We'll have to share all we know with one another!!!


Laurel K Scott
03/01/17 10:47:33PM @laurel-k-scott:

And you do your own photography, too? Awesome. I used to do that when I was first starting out, in the old b/w 35mm days. Processed and printed my own film, too. I continued to photograph horse sports for many different equestrian publications for 20-plus years after that, but hung up my cameras around the time everyone switched to digital. :)


Laurel K Scott
03/01/17 10:44:27PM @laurel-k-scott:

Ben, that sounds wonderful. I used to have beats like those in my "general" reporting days for a weekly newspaper in Fauquier County, Virginia, and I miss it sometimes. Sure got to meet a lot of interesting people and learn a lot about the area in which I grew up. I also feel like at that level, you can really make a difference with your writing ... you can really help folks. I miss that, too. :)


Benjamin W Barr Jr
03/01/17 10:13:14PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Laurel, I have a variety of articles that I write as a small town news reporter/photographer.  I do the sometimes interesting/sometimes not so interesting school boards and town council.  Once in a while, I may get to do a sports feature, but other writers usually cover that circuit unless something happens on the school board side, then I might get one of those.  I will also cover business openings and business profiles.  What I enjoy most is writing articles on positive news such as festivals and events that are taking place where I might write a feature on a individual.  Once in a while, I might interview a Veteran or someone who has hiked the Appalachian trail or write on an author releasing/signing a book.  Ben


Benjamin W Barr Jr
02/28/17 10:10:07PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Laurel, I noticed on your description that you are a journalist.  Do you work for a major paper, daily, or weekly?  I work for a small town weekly as a freelance journalist.  


Strumelia
02/28/17 09:56:30PM @strumelia:

Laurel, the dulcimer you have pictured looks like a really wonderful vintage instrument- you are lucky to have found it I'd say!  Does it have the makers' name anywhere inside or outside?- it looks like a highly skilled dulcimer maker made it long ago.


Ken Longfield
02/26/17 09:53:06PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD, Laurel. It's good to have you aboard.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


Benjamin W Barr Jr
02/26/17 09:06:26PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Laurel, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer, and to meet some good people.

Ben


Jim Fawcett
02/26/17 07:57:31PM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Laurel, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.


Cynthia Wigington
02/26/17 07:05:54PM @cynthia-wigington:

Excellent - no 6.5. High action is good for N/D. There is a noter/drone blog on here. Have fun.


Rob N Lackey
02/26/17 07:04:13PM @rob-n-lackey:

Welcome, Laurel, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven.  Looks like a really nice instrument you got there.  I like it that it has no "extra" frets.  I'd love to hear her sing!  Hope you enjoy it here.

Rob

 


Cynthia Wigington
02/26/17 05:17:48PM @cynthia-wigington:

Greetings from Vermont Laurel and welcome to the site. Noter/drone - yes! If you have to get a ready-to-play dulcimer on the cheap until yours is ready, go to Backyard Music and order his 3 string, no 6.5 fret tuned DAA that will even come tuned. They are cardboard, and you will have a blast with it. I play mine out in full sun, or cold, makes a great banger for when you need one to just toss in the car too. They were $75 inc. shipping last I looked. Then at least you could get going. He'll send you everything you need too to get going, tab and all. Have fun whatever you do. Best, Cynthia