Lois Sprengnether Keel


Location: Clarkston, MI
Country: US

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Ferrator Ballad Gal tndulcimer Laurel K Scott Mary hugssandi Garret IRENE dulcinina Jim Soltis Slate Creek Dulcimers Dan Lisa Golladay charlene carrie roberts Cat Brown Rick Garrett Christine Shoemaker Tom Hoy Steven Berger Helen Seiler Skip Susie Jan Potts David Bennett Richard Streib Deborah Hinz John C. Knopf Larry Conger Dusty Turtle Tull Glazener Robin Clark Ken Longfield Banjimer Doug Berch Gary Sager Jeannie in Paradise Ken Hulme Robin Thompson Strumelia


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As a professional storyteller, Lois often enriches her performance with folk music.  The mountain dulcimer has become her favorite instrument, but she confesses she has a veritable "petting zoo" of instruments and sometimes uses them, too. 


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Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 weeks ago • comments: 34
Posted a new Comment on @lois-sprengnether-keel:
"Even quarantined and in Rehab, my husband found a way to give me a birthday surprise!  He called before they took him away for therapy and directed me to the..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Copyright law and dulcimer music:
"Last I knew "Kumbaya" is Public Domain.  The way to consider the intent of the Public Domain is it's keeping alive our cultural heritages, so that would be..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Copyright law and dulcimer music:
"Be warned by the experiences of both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.  The Boy Scouts were given the rights to "God Bless America" by Irving Berlin yet must..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"I've been letting my hair grow (it's actually easier when long in the summer), but now that it's time to do like @susie"> @Susie and go back to..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Virtual Dulcimer Festival Site":
"I'm still eager to know of festivals/workshops for other instruments, but if you're interested in creating one this might help.  The Story Crossroads blog..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on One Wife is Enough for Me:
"With a title like that I wonder if there are lyrics?  Nicely played.  BTW you might want to look at the site now as there's an addition to it from naked..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"I'm a Talking Book on the road if my husband is driving.  Thanks, @Jan-Potts, for your noting in this day of eBooks how it helps (now if I can just stop..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Virtual Dulcimer Festival Site":
"Hope for more as their registration is only until Monday 3 p.m. CDT.  I sent as URGENT FWD to our president & suggested folks prowl online for networking..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Virtual Dulcimer Festival Site":
"Thanks, Dusty!  I know you cover a variety of instruments.  I'll send that & welcome any others.  To paraphrase a popular saying, "A musician is a..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Virtual Dulcimer Festival Site":
"Quick Dumb Question: Is there a site for online music festivals beyond exclusively dulcimers?  Last night our local folklore society had our 1st gathering..."

Latest Group Discussions

Lois Sprengnether Keel

A bit of humor for builders & Aussies

The caption on this was "I just can't cut this board.  It keeps...
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 8 months ago - Comments: 4
Lois Sprengnether Keel

Chords "with a slash"

We've all seen chords like these: F/C, G/C, C/E.  A song I want to play...
@Lois Sprengnether Keel last year - Comments: 4
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3 Ravens

Back on Old Style Drone & Noter Players 2 inter-related discussions...
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 2 years ago - Comments: 13
Lois Sprengnether Keel

Types of baritones (not talking brands)

Someday I hope to add to my dulcimer zoo a baritone, because I love...
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 2 years ago - Comments: 0
Lois Sprengnether Keel

Piano as 1st Language

It's said your first language colors your thinking. (Trust me, thiswill...
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 5 years ago - Comments: 12
Lois Sprengnether Keel

Finger dancing basics?

Have been away from FOTMD a bunch lately, but notice Finger Dancing...
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 5 years ago - Comments: 17
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Playing the non-melody strings

I love Shakespearian and other Early music, so I suspect this is a...
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 6 years ago - Comments: 10
Lois Sprengnether Keel

Isaac Woodbury & dulcimer 1850?

Tracing the dulcimer history is tricky, but Wikipedia says Isaac B....
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 6 years ago - Comments: 5
Lois Sprengnether Keel

Strum Direction Consistency

I really need to ask this, but am not sure if it's relevant to all...
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 7 years ago - Comments: 15
Lois Sprengnether Keel

Wooden pegs lose pitch

An acquaintance wants to play her grandmother's dulcimer, but says the...
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 7 years ago - Comments: 12
Lois Sprengnether Keel

Combining Noter/Drone with Chords?

I've seen some mention playing a piece first with Noter and Drone style...
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 7 years ago - Comments: 15
Lois Sprengnether Keel

Strums and also practicing without a dulcimer

This may be two separate topics. I've seen Strumelia's Bump Ditty...
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 7 years ago - Comments: 15
Lois Sprengnether Keel

Starting the New Year Right

I'd put this on "My Page", but don't see how to start something there....
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 8 years ago - Comments: 6

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Virtual Dulcimer Festival Site

Posted: Friday September 11 2020, 3:50 PM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

A bit of "our" humor

Posted: Saturday June 27 2020, 9:41 PM
By: @Steven Berger

Who Made Swan-shaped Dulcimer?

Posted: Tuesday April 7 2020, 6:00 PM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles, but never Ukeleles!

Posted: Thursday November 14 2019, 7:55 AM
By: @Terry Wilson

How do I post in the Photos section of my...

Posted: Sunday September 8 2019, 11:53 AM
By: @Strumelia

Possible Source of Wood for Instruments

Posted: Tuesday April 10 2018, 3:45 PM
By: @notsothoreau

Bridge for key change?

Posted: Wednesday December 13 2017, 7:44 PM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

Protecting skin

Posted: Monday January 23 2017, 10:41 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Chord books

Posted: Monday May 4 2015, 3:23 AM
By: @Wout Blommers

Book of "Hokey" Songs?

Posted: Thursday September 11 2014, 11:35 PM
By: @Paul Certo


Lois Sprengnether Keel
11/02/20 09:54:13AM @lois-sprengnether-keel:

Even quarantined and in Rehab, my husband found a way to give me a birthday surprise!  He called before they took him away for therapy and directed me to the chaos of his closet.  Found the big envelope tucked away.  He had heard me mention a book, Playing Dulcimer in the Chord-Melody Style and got it!  Great songs in it, but most important was him sitting in his hospital bed figuring out a way to start today with a thoughtful surprise.  That is SOOOOO my Roadie and I hope we can get him back to that job.  Of course we all would find getting back to our jobs a great Christmas present.  In the meantime this book will encourage me to take time out for music.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
11/12/19 08:28:05PM @lois-sprengnether-keel:

Here's an unpaid shout out for Folkcraft.  I'm overdue in showing my beautiful Tennessee Music Box made by @Irene"> @Irene .  I just reviewed online the custom case for it Folkcraft made.  Five star & wish I had the option for higher.  Excellent customer service & quality.  Check their upcoming-events   page.  Shows their involvement beyond IN (about an hour out of Fort Wayne) + 2d Saturday workshops April - September for only $35 with 4 hour clinic, jam before & concert after.  I may try to avoid working on those Saturdays.

Laurel K Scott
06/02/18 02:19:34PM @laurel-k-scott:

Thank you, Lois -- I will take a look! (oh, and I'm a Jeff Furman fan, too -- really enjoyed my class with him at the Crooked Road festival last week).

Interestingly, it was my other instructor, Nancy Galumbush, who observed that pianists often have trouble learning things like back-fretting, since we're so conditioned to pick those fingers up after most keys are hit.

Jim Soltis
04/23/18 01:13:43PM @jim-soltis:

This was in the email I rec'd about the one-day Ridgeway event:

"The morning workshops are geared to mountain dulcimers, but afternoon is Everybody Welcome....hammered dulcimers, banjos, fiddle, guitar, what have you so please come on over and enjoy the day!  Lunch is a Bring Your Own affair, though I will likely be ordering pizza if anyone wants to do that."

A flyer was attached that you can access here:



Jim Soltis
04/20/18 01:22:33PM @jim-soltis:

Looking forward to meeting you too, Lois.  I haven't had all that much workshop experience.  I was lucky enough to get three days of instruction with Bing Futch,  Dave Haas and Richard Ash at the Indiana Dulcimer Festival in the days right after I got my dulcimer in September 2015.  It was a great intro.  I've also done a three-day immersive with Steven Seifert and Bing a couple of years ago in Evart. Very helpful.  I'm attending a one-day workshop with Brett Ridgeway in Lake Odessa MI in May and now this one in Interlochen in June with Tull Glazener, DeeDee Tibbets and Wanda Degen.  I'm glad about the last two workshops because, apart from Evart, we don't get access to many workshops here in Michigan. 

Lois Sprengnether Keel
10/25/17 12:31:40AM @lois-sprengnether-keel:

Back in August I posted about today's Jeff Furman workshop.  Lots to absorb and I'M IN LOVE!!!  No, not Jeff, although he's good.  Love the sound of a baritone dulcimer!  With my deeper voice it's a natural.  Today's workshop included capo usage and I will, but the sound of a baritone is true love for my ears.

I told my husband.  He foolishly wondered if I would be getting rid of any of my dulcimers.  Fortunately he has even less reason for all his banjos, so I'm safe.

Just yesterday I was talking about Carole King's song, "Anticipation" and now I get to live it!  Time to learn more.


Lois Sprengnether Keel
08/02/17 09:06:33PM @lois-sprengnether-keel:

FOTMD member, Jeff Furman, is coming to Marine City, October 24 to do a workshop.  For registration information contact Tom Hoy at Tom's email.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
03/18/17 10:11:36PM @lois-sprengnether-keel:

The cast is finally off my hand & wrist!!! Will definitely need to work on flexibility & strength, but I can play againjoyjoy -- o.k. need to work on endurance, too, but am sooooooo happy.

Tom Hoy
11/05/14 07:57:57AM @tom-hoy:

Hi Lois, I'll need your email address.


Gary Major
08/04/14 04:53:00PM @gary-major:

LOL We have a Smile competition going here Lois. lol 103.gif

Gary Major
07/22/14 07:45:41PM @gary-major:

Hi there: Thank you for being my friend. Hope to chat soon.


Robin Clark
02/06/14 03:24:51AM @robin-clark:

Hi Lois - thanks for the friends invite. Send your question over and I'll do my best to answer.

Jim Damico
10/11/13 01:19:40PM @jim-bagsh:

Thanks for the friend request Lois. Looking forward to learning a lot with everyone on FOTMD. :)

Helen Seiler
10/10/13 11:08:10PM @helen-seiler:
Hello there young Lois. Thank u for your doggy message and for sharing your thoughts. I had some good news yesterday on my hand problem. I saw a great physio who checked and found I had tightness andin pressure on my ulnar nerve in both arms and he followed it right up to my thoracic outlet near the clavical on each side (tight there also). He is pretty confident he can free it up with a couple of appointments and with special exercises for home. He certainly stirred it up yesterday. Great news is it wont require surgery. It is caused by a combination of how I bend my arms when sleeping, my poor posture and slightly weird physiology. Such a relief. I go to a balance clinic next week to see if we can sort that out as well. How is your body treating you now? Are u back to your old self? What's happennjng musically and with the story telling? Sorry, lots of questions, but I have been a bit flat and am trying to get my finger out and become part of the world again. I am going to a local folk music group tonight. I dont feel up to playing this week but there is a Blues festival near here on the weekend and it is rumoured we may have some of the musicians in town for that dropping in to our group tonight. Fingers crossed. H x
Robin Thompson
02/16/13 09:39:24AM @robin-thompson:

Hi, Lois! The closest thing I can think of to noter play without droning is when Randy Adams plays across the strings with a noter; when played on one of his fretless dulcimers, it has a really blues-y sound. Very cool.

Ken Longfield
12/31/12 08:01:52PM @ken-longfield:

Lois, sorry I confused you about Folkcraft/Folkroots dulcimers. Both are made in the same facility in Woodburn, IN. Do you do your storytelling relatively quiet settings? If not you might want an instrument you can plug in to an amplifier or one with a double back. The bigger bodies of the Folkroots dulcimers give them a deeper sound than the standard Folkcraft and McSpaddens. McSpaddens have a slightly longer fret board than the standard Folkroots. You can order the Folkroots with different vibrating string lengths (VSL). The smaller the length the shorter the distance between frets. You can check out Folkroots dulcimers at the www.folkcraft.com . Send me a message if you have any questions about Folkroots. Ken

B. Ross Ashley
12/06/12 11:01:58PM @b-ross-ashley:

Thanks for the friend request, Lois. Michiganders might count as honourary Canadians!

Jim Fawcett
09/14/12 01:11:10PM @jim-fawcett:

Lois, thanks for the friend request...Come visit us in the chat room...just jump right in.

Karen Keane
09/08/12 11:55:39AM @karen-keane:

Hello and welcome to the site. This is a great place to share ideas and listen to music. I hope you enjoy!

John Keane
09/08/12 09:29:00AM @john-keane:

Howdy and welcome to the FOTMD family!