Lesley Lewis


Location: NSW
Country: AU

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Anne Bowman
02/21/15 12:58:27AM @anne-bowman:

Hi Lesley,

Just letting any Australians know that we now have out own FOTMD group - Aussie Talk! So hope you join Grin.gif... Just go to Groups and type in the name.

I'm on a recruiting drive, so may have asked you before, so sorry if it's a repeat...Smile.gif

Anne from NSW

I'm on a re

Cindy Stammich
04/20/14 10:40:07PM @cindy-stammich:

Hi Lesley,

Thank you for the kind words! This was certainly a blessing to me as well as my mom, and will be shared with the family!Smile.gif

Cindy Stammich
03/19/14 02:10:38PM @cindy-stammich:
Hi Lesley!Just checking on you! Miss seeing you around here!I hope you have had a little time for strumming and smiling!Until next time.....Cindy
Cindy Stammich
03/09/14 11:04:17PM @cindy-stammich:

Hi again - I meant to thank you for the suggestion of aloe. Unfortunately I do not have any, but based on the blisters I see tonight, Imay get some tomorrow!

Also, I keep thinking about your funny story......I am thinking we might be sisters from different moms.....it sounds like something I would have done - which makes it even funnier!!!!!Grin.gif

Cindy Stammich
03/09/14 10:39:29PM @cindy-stammich:

Hi again! I am glad to see you on here. I need to get ready for Monday morning, but I am sooooo excited to hear your sound clip! Unfortunately, I haven't figured out exactly where it is......

And thank you for your kind words! I must tell you that the videos I have posted took a lot of effort (and I can't tell you how many times I recorded each song before getting a take that I thought was acceptable)!

Another thing that you should know - since I started fingerpicking - I truly feel like a beginner - trying to follow the book I have! If we are to keep growing, there is always a beginner in us somewhere Smile.gif

I will message you my email.

Until next time.....

Keep strumming and Smile.gif!


03/09/14 09:18:58PM @strumelia:

Hi Leslie, it might be easier for you to try posting it as an attachment in a discussion post here on FOTMD...try that!

Cindy Stammich
03/09/14 08:49:45PM @cindy-stammich:

Hi Lesley!

I hope you had a great weekemd with your Jenny Lind!

I want to thank you sooo much for the information on the wild cherry and walnut woods!113.gif I find it so interesting! I have started a scrapbook with information about my instruments, so I will print this off and put in the scrapbook! I wish I had done this a long time ago, as I am not sure where some of the receipts etc are at. Better late than never I guess. We haven't figured where my dad's dulcimer kit came from. It seemed at first that it might be a Folkcraft, but the tail is different, so it cant be that. I will keep searching.

What kind of strings are on your Jenny Lind? It's funny but I get Blue Lion strings for the Blue Lion but I seem to migrate to McSpadden strings for everything else. I even put them on the banjammer this last time and I am pretty pleased with them.

I wanted to mention about the Dr Ducks Ax Wax - you only need a couple of drops on a rag for the strings. I have an old wash rag that I keep in a plastic bag along with the bottle of Ax Wax. The rag gets pretty crummy looking but I think it's fine as it has the oil in it. Then once in a while I rub the whole instrument down with it. It is a wonderful treat for the strings and you can feel the difference.

I was going to work on my fingerpicking today but ended up burning 2 fingers (not bad but I do have a couple if blisters)so I have spent the day icing themFrown.gifinstead of doing what I was going to. I have to laugh as I sit here hunting and pecking to type as I normally type much faster!

Sunday is my only day off until after tax season which ends April 15. So I am pretty lazy on Sunday!

Do you have those long days on a regular basis? just wondering.

Are you on the same time as Sydney? If so, you are 15 hours ahead of me. I looked on the world clock. We are on the same time as New York here.

Ok, I guess that's enough for now as you are well into Monday.

Have a great week and I hope you have a little time to strum alittle!

Until next time....

Keep strumming and smiling!


03/09/14 11:40:40AM @strumelia:

Lesley, th eproblem might be that you are trying to upload it from your phone. Can you try adding it from a regular computer?

Cindy Stammich
03/09/14 12:42:03AM @cindy-stammich:
Hi Lesley!I did read your messages!!!!! Thank you sooooo much!!!!!I am sorry this is so short but it's late and it was a long day at work.Finally a day off tomorrow.I will write more then.I am sooooo happy you are finally .....strumming and smiling!!!!Until tomorrow.........Cindy
Cindy Stammich
03/07/14 10:53:39PM @cindy-stammich:
Hi Lesley!Have you got to do a little strumming yet???I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Cindy Stammich
03/03/14 10:33:33PM @cindy-stammich:


She is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

David Falk
03/03/14 01:31:01PM @david-falk:


Please see if this path will take you to my album.


David Falk
03/02/14 07:44:31PM @david-falk:

If you need a custom made instrument then I can provide a service. Baritone is not an issue. Willow tops are something else. The willow I know of is soft and pulpy with poor plasticity. Natural finishes are not look upon kindly. But you may have other experiences I could learn. Wish I could pos images on the FOMD comments but must limit them to the album on FOMD. Tops are best from spruce or cedar as in guitars though I have heard some walnut tops and mahogany tops that sound well. Maple backs and sides are available too. Please contact me if you have any questions I can answer. Email is falkguitars@gmail.com Phone is 816-678-3255 I think the country code is 01.

Later my friend.

David Falk
03/02/14 07:06:09PM @david-falk:
Hello friend. You sound like very tall anted person. Glad to have on the friend list . I build dulcimers guitars and mandolin. Currently I have some floating bridge dulcimers ready and a fixed bridge coming up. If you would like to discuss them call me at 816-678-3255 all are walnut sides / back and cedar tops . Solid woods no laminates . Nice full tone form all. Natural finish . Labeled on the inside with Falk Guitars label. Guaranteed for materials and craftsmanship.Hope to hear from you.Dave
Bing Futch
03/02/14 07:26:26AM @bing-futch:

Hi, Lesley -

What a wonderful message, thank you so much for sharing it with me! The people that you work with are very fortunate to have someone so light-filled as a guide and as a friend. The mountain dulcimer will be a perfect fit for you and I imagine that your study sessions bracketed by a little recreational strumming will carry you far. I'm blessed to have found the instrument and that's one of the main reasons that I smile so much when it's on my lap; it's a true lifesaver!

Enjoy your journey in the music and I hope that we can meet face to face one of these days soon.

All the best,


Maryann Lang
03/01/14 03:16:04PM @maryann-lang:

Hi Lesley:

I purchased my dulcimer bag from Molly McCurdy www.dulcimersbymolly.com.

Her specialty is dulcimers (she makes beautiful dulcimers with intricate wood burned designs and interesting sound holes) but she also offers cloth bags.

Her bags are cloth and provide minimal protection (no padding) but are good if you just want a dust cover or to carry it around at festivals etc. She has a picture of the bag on her site.You would have to email her or call to order a bag. I found them to be very long for the Barbara Allen model.

If you are looking for something with more protection,

I ordered a very good quality protective bag from Prussia Valley Dulcimers www.prussiavalley.com

TK Obrien 39" soft sidewall mtn, dulcimer padded bag

Almost the same price as Molly's and I am very happy with the quality -- I love the lining - it is a black plush fur-like material.

Hope you get your Jenny Lind soon!! I am absolutely in love with my Barbara Allen dulcimer --better than I dreamed it would be! Smile.gif

Ken Hulme
02/24/14 09:54:46AM @ken-hulme:

It will be interesting to see how many people recognize Tibetan singing bowls. I own one modern one. I have studied and taught T'ai-chi Ch'uan for over 25 years and found singing bowls an interesting adjunct to meditation.

Tortie's really are spectacular in their variability.

The journey of the dulcimer is as important as being an accomplished player. I can teach someone to play traditional style "fingerdancing" in about an hour; then its up to them to develop their own personal style -- and that takes a lifetime.

Marion Seaman
02/24/14 08:26:45AM @marion-seaman:
you are very welcome! hope u like the book. its got some nice tunes at the back (and a cd) and the arrangement of the tunes relate to the exercises at the front end. i certainly found it a very useful dulcimer companion.Marion
Cindy Stammich
02/23/14 08:50:49PM @cindy-stammich:

Hi Lesley!

As far as recording - Amazing Grace and the Tribute to Maddie were both recorded on a camcorder and then my husband did whatever magic needed to be to make a file that could be uploaded to YouTube. My Jesus I Thee and Jesus Loves Me (with my grandson Dylan) were both recorded using my little Canon SX 280 and then uploaded to YouTube. I don't know if you have a small camera that takes video, butmy littleCanon does a great job with both pictures and video.



Ken Hulme
02/23/14 05:53:56PM @ken-hulme:

Bonnie could be Salem's twin!!

"Call me old fashioned, call me over the hill" as the song says.... I just can't warm up to a chromatic dulcimer. Mine don't even have the 6+ fret!

Part of the charm of the dulcimer, to me, is the more or less medieval diatonic nature of the scales (Modes) played on just the melody string with the two drones. No reason you can't sing with drones and Modes, people have been doing it for centuries. If you want to sing modern songs from the 70s-90s, then a chromatic dulcimer might be useful.

Personally I wouldn't even look at a chromatic dulcimer until you've learned the ins and outs of the traditional diatonic instrument. And that's going to take a couple years....