Laurel K Scott

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Location: Richmond, VA
Country: United States

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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 • one month ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on The World Turned Upside Down:
"I love this! Thanks for the tab. :)"
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 2 months ago
@laurel-k-scott is now following @ken-bloom
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 2 months ago
@laurel-k-scott is now following @ken-bloom
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Walnut Neff:
"So lovely! It does sound brighter than my poplar Neff replica. How is it strung?"
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on @laurel-k-scott:
"Just back from an amazing four days at the Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival. So many special memories, including viewing another original Neff dulcimer that..."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 2 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on @laurel-k-scott:
"Off to the Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival ... looking forward to revisiting one of Virginia's most beautiful regions and taking my first dulcimer lessons...."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 2 months ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Playing a regular mtn dulcimer with a bow:
"Thank you for posting this! As it happens, thst looks like the Jacob Neff dulcimer on which my custom dulcimer is built in the third photo -- the original is..."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 2 months ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on Stringing Mystery on Vintage Dulcimer:
"Thanks for the tip, Ken. I haven't even attempted full songs just yet -- got a lot going on right now -- but have devoted the end of this month to getting..."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 3 months ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on Stringing Mystery on Vintage Dulcimer:
"LOL, Rob -- I've been fooling around with tunings and picking out melodies in spare moments, but I'm nowhere near ready for prime time yet. Hoping to get..."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 3 months ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on Stringing Mystery on Vintage Dulcimer:
"I wanted to post an update on my vintage (probably kit made) walnut dulcimer, the one with the strange stringing arrangement (above) and the one that got me..."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 3 months 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 • 3 months 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 • 3 months 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 • 3 months 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 • 3 months ago
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@laurel-k-scott • 3 months 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
 
@laurel-k-scott • 3 months ago • comments: 7
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Down by the salley gardens
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 3 months 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 • 3 months 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 • 4 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I am SO in over my head!!!":
"Yes indeedy! "
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 4 months ago
@laurel-k-scott is now following @bob-reinsel
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@laurel-k-scott • 4 months 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 • 4 months 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 • 4 months ago
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@laurel-k-scott • 4 months 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 • 4 months 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 • 4 months 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 • 4 months 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 • 4 months 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 • 4 months ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on "Un" tuning?:
"That IS interesting, Steven!"
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 4 months 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 • 4 months ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on "Un" tuning?:
"Sounds good, Rob. Thanks!!"
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 4 months 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 • 4 months 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 • 4 months ago • comments: 21
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"Un" tuning?

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"Un" tuning?


Dumb question here ... I've heard various opinions as to whether an...
@Laurel K Scott 4 months ago - Comments: 21
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Tuner/Tuning Question


Another newbie question! :)So I sat down tonight and tuned my vintage...
@Laurel K Scott 5 months ago - Comments: 5
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Stringing Mystery on Vintage Dulcimer


Hi! Not sure where to post this, but as I am new to dulcimers in...
@Laurel K Scott 5 months ago - Comments: 24

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Laurel K Scott
05/28/17 08:52:46PM @laurel-k-scott:

Just back from an amazing four days at the Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival. So many special memories, including viewing another original Neff dulcimer that looks a lot like my replica!

Special thanks to Jon Pickow for some truly special classes and presentations on traditional dulcimer playing styles and his Ritchie family history, both important American legacies (I even got to play one of his mother's dulcimers -- what a treat!). Thanks also to beginner instructor Nancy Galumbush, for getting me off to a great start. She was so very patient with all of us. :)


Laurel K Scott
05/25/17 09:37:46AM @laurel-k-scott:

Off to the Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival ... looking forward to revisiting one of Virginia's most beautiful regions and taking my first dulcimer lessons. Prayers for safe travels would be much appreciated! :)


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