Leo Kretzner

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Location: Lytle Creek, CA
Country: US

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NateBuildsToys dforrest Joyoussinger John W Gregg Schneeman Tumbleweed Wayne Jiang Patricia Delich Marc Mathieu Rob N Lackey Paula Brawdy Mark Gilston Dusty Turtle Steve Eulberg Robin Thompson Strumelia

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I grew up in Detroit, MI, and started playing mtn dulcimer in 1975 after having played drums and guitar. The first dulcimer I ever saw was when Brian Jones played one at a Rolling Stones concert, on "Ruby Tuesday." I subsequently saw one here or there at folk music events and finally had to get one after having a chance to play one and staying up till the wee hours doing so. 

I took a few lessons with Margaret MacArthur who was very influential on me in left-hand technique such as hammer-ons and pull-offs. But instead of finger picking with right hand as she did I've always used a pick and done a strum + picking out single strings combination. I try to give pieces a strong beat, especially on the upbeat. I listen to almost anything under the sun. 

I play four equal strings, D-A-D-D, low to high. I wouldn't be without it - along with a 1.5 fret. Four equidistant is most common in the greater Boston area due to Lorraine Lee's longtime teaching around there, and it's otherwise a bit rare, I find.  Lorraine and I met a year after I'd spent time with Margaret MacArthur. We both played three-string dulcimers, mine D-A-D and hers the uncommon A-D-D. It was a "worlds collide" experience for both of us. I had bass notes for chords and little bass runs, she had beautiful treble triads - and neither of us could play the others arrangements. I saw Lorraine about a year later, and we had both gone to four equidistant strings - the best of both worlds! The rest is histerical (sic).  

What I'd love to find is a six-equidistant (or at least 5), to get REAL bass notes - down to the 'drop D' bass string of a guitar. Sam Rizetta built one, a prototype that I played in a happy daze and I'd suffer much to have. But I can't pay him enough to build another - he has too many back orders for his hammered dulcimers! 

Besides here, I can be reached by email at leokretz@gmail.com or by phone/text at 909-896-2483.

Best regards to all,

Leo K

PS - I've even figured out how to change the little comments under picture. I'm a bit slow, but persistent. 

 

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Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner • 3 days ago • comments: 1
Posted a new YouTube video:
O’Carolan’s Draught
Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring: :
"I'm excited about my new 'hybrid' dulcimer tunings, with low G's (as here) and A's, as described in more detail in 'Description.' Two full octaves in first..."
Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new YouTube video:
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring:
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@leo-kretzner • 5 days ago • comments: 2
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@leo-kretzner • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Wide World of MD Variety, Ch 4: Sound Holes! Pg B:
"Yes, among others, and these can be seen on many west coast dulcimers. Thanks for mentioning that. "
Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Wide World of MD Variety, Ch 4: Sound Holes! Pg B:
"It's by James A Tranthum of Canton, NC, who I know nothing further on. Almost all of these were taken back in the 80's. Especially at that time, a lot of..."
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Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Wide World of MD Variety, Ch 4: Sound Holes! Pg A:
"Love the grammatical analysis! 'compound modifier preceding a noun...' YEAH, ROCK THAT GRAMMAR NITTY-GRITTY! A general observation is that I see people..."
Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on My first Mountain Dulcimer.:
"Very nice looking, and the perfling seems very nice esp from a kit! "
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Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I am a study in inconsistancy":
"What a great title for a thread! (poem, article, etcetera) I feel that way about many things, certainly wrt consistency of practicing - frequency and time..."
Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner • one month ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Saratoga Hornpipe:
"Hey Mark, that's really nice! The B part sounds dang challenging!! : - )  Leo "
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Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner • 2 months ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Wide World Mtn Dulc Variations, Ch 3: Pegheads 2:
"Great tip, Strumelia!! I have a few pictures from visiting with Keith in Annandale way back when, so it's entirely possible. Will attach one pic from then...."
Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner • 2 months ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Wide World Mtn Dulc Variations, Ch 3: Pegheads 2:
"Yes, or perhaps the Vikings! "
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Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner • 2 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on 26th Annual Harvest Fest of Dulcimers -(ONLINE!):
"Thanks for recounting that story, Dusty! I don't remember it per se but it sounds about right, the kind of thing we try to do to keep things going in a fun..."
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@leo-kretzner • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dr. George Orthey, Mountain dulcimer and Autoharp maker":
"1,500 dulcimers AND 1,500 autoharps?!? I only really knew of the former. Amazing productivity!  Think of just how many strings that represents! "
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@leo-kretzner • 2 months ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Wide World of Mountain Dulcimer Variations:
"Hi Nate and thanks! I've seen hundreds of dulcimers beyond the few hundred I photographed, and this dulcimer and its design is absolutely unique. I'm not a..."
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Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What happened to 6 photos I tried to upload yesterday?":
"Hi Strumelia and Dusty, Thanks for your responses! I trust it will prove to be a one time glitch. I didn't know there was a limit of 6/day until I tried to..."
Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What happened to 6 photos I tried to upload yesterday?":
"Thanks. Yeah I can imagine there being too much of a good thing (all at once).  Maybe I'll do something like that and just post a few now and then on FotMD,..."
Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "What happened to 6 photos I tried to upload yesterday?":
"Hi All, Perhaps this is more of a tech question than a forum discussion, but this seems the only way to ask a question. If there's a way to contact..."
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Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner • 3 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on 26th Annual Harvest Fest of Dulcimers -(CA):
"Hi Dusty, Yep, it's Brave New Festivals time, isn't it?  And if they can ever figure out how to beat the lag time, the virtual jams would be even better! Leo "
Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner • 3 months ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Mes Parents Veulent Plus Me Voir:
"Nice! And Dr. Bubba's OK  Bayou Dance Band sounds like something to track down..."
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'wheat' sound holes, no other notes.jpg
f-holes and hearts, 8 string by DavidField, Glassboro NJ.jpg
heart f-hole sort of, by AlanDarveaux.jpg
f-style, maybe d14 by Bill Davis.jpg
f-holes, by Steve Smith, Phila PA (d68).jpg
f holes w mottled top, by RevMaxGilmore....jpg
heart f-holes, by James A Tranthum, Canton NC.jpg
heart-embellished f-holes Romey Pittman.jpg
trailing hearts, by Bill Keay, ElkNeckD's, ElkNck, MD.jpg
trailing hearts by Peter Cooney, KY Mar'82.JPG
embellished hearts by Romey Pittman, NEDS'83.jpg
big trailing hrts, by Bill Keay, Elk Neck (MD) dulcimers, Jul'82.jpg
hearts & hearts, by JeffFeltman, Hickory Rdg D's, Pomoa IL '83.jpg
slanted hearts, by Paul Beagle '83.jpg
long hearts, partial frets, cedar, by BillBirmingham, May'83.jpg
hearts & stenciling, by DavidField.jpg
trad hearts, by Jeremy Seeger, VT.jpg
trad hr-glass n hearts, by Jerry Rockwell.jpg

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What happened to 6 photos I tried to...

Posted: Wednesday August 5 2020, 9:02 PM
By: @Leo Kretzner

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Leo Kretzner
08/05/17 05:43:39PM @leo-kretzner:

How do I change the generic dulcimer photo that appear with any of my posts?


John E. Wood
05/29/15 11:10:44AM @john-e-wood:

Welcome back Leo. Best wishes.


Ken Longfield
05/29/15 10:17:08AM @ken-longfield:

Hi Leo. I've had the same problem at other places. Glad you signed up again.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


John Keane
05/29/15 06:36:33AM @john-keane:

Howdy and welcome back to fotmd!


Benjamin W Barr Jr
05/28/15 07:25:00PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Leo, and welcome once again 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 Smile.gif


Rob N Lackey
05/28/15 07:20:16PM @rob-n-lackey:

Welcome back, Leo, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven. I've been enjoying your cds, but sure would like to get some more. When are you going in the studio again?

Rob


Karen Keane
05/28/15 07:16:44PM @karen-keane:
Hello and welcome to the site. This is a great place to share ideas and listen to music. I hope you enjoy!
Jim Fawcett
05/28/15 05:30:38PM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Leo, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.


Cynthia Wigington
05/28/15 09:56:29AM @cynthia-wigington:

WB Leo. Guess you know the drill. Greetings from Vermont - we just had torrential rainstorms and power outage yesterday. Wish I could mail you some.