Lois Sprengnether Keel

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Location: Clarkston, MI
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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 • 2 months ago
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"I agree with @paul-rappell about " the possibility of the dog flying around the car in the event of a crash."  Unfortunately my Mouthymutt..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Who Made Swan-shaped Dulcimer?":
"@robin-thompson"> @robin-thompson  said: Lois, there is an element or two of this instrument which I've seen before-- the swan head being the more..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Who Made Swan-shaped Dulcimer?":
"Hmmm.  Wonder who is knowledgeable about wood?  We recently lost our local Native American flute maker, Don Hayes.  He really knew his woods.  I'll ask his..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Intro... Hello!":
"My husband started banjo at 60 & now plays it in my Civil War programs.  He doesn't care for tenor banjo, so for my new program about Prohibition I've..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago
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@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @ferrator: Kantele?
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Kantele?":
"A computer search on Kantele was eye-opening.  It reminds me of the zithers and toys that had diagrams you insert under the strings to play a song.  Being..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"Mine thinks "come" means stand there & wait for me to come to him!  I tend to use it when walking on our dirt roads & know a car is coming.  I've..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How do I post in the Photos section of my page?":
"P.S. I find that "+" symbol step that I need to remember."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How do I post in the Photos section of my page?":
"Thank you both!  I posted this unsuccessfully on the former site and thought it was worth trying again.  (It also gave me a procedure for a fellow member who..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Who Made Swan-shaped Dulcimer?":
"I posted these 6 photos on my page of an unusual dulcimer possibly made by a builder in Indiana.  It was suggested I also post them here.  The builder's..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
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@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "How do I post in the Photos section of my page?":
"I have 1 photo in my photos section that I somehow acquired from the Berea Gathering.  I have 6 photos I would like to post and ask if anybody recognizes who..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mystery Solved!!! (comment walls not indexed in site searches)":
"The search feature here can be a bit wonky, turning up a widely scattered approach.  For giggles & grins try a search such as a hunt for Dulcimer U...."
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@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @vivian-hays: Try these sites for free tab
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @sheryl-st-clare: Modern Songs for Guitar and Dulcimer
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Liked a forum discussions item created by @patriotic: Opinion on the best beginner books to start with
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Liked a forum discussions item created by @nigelbleddfa: Nice Resource For Beginners
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Liked a forum discussions item created by @jim-at-gcreek: Classic Country and Old Country Tab Books
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Liked a forum discussions item created by @ken-hulme: Great Lyric/Chord Find
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Chords "with a slash":
"Thank you both.  Probably that very principle of ignoring it is why I never learned it in the past.  It gives a hint to the melody & I might just need..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Great Lyric/Chord Find":
"Using the earliest Wayback Machine capture , however, produced this great resource &, yes, @ruth-lawrence , I was able to click & find "Cats in..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Sheet music collection":
"Scratch that if you are hoping for the actual sheet music.  I went to the "Browse the Collection" tab.  Scrolled down & clicked on Box 75 - Victor..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Sheet music collection":
"Lovers of old-time sheet music can still find the Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music online even though it's no longer online at the Sheridan Libraries..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Classic Country and Old Country Tab Books":
"https://johnsackenheim.com is more "traditional" than "country music."  I almost didn't look at it, then decided to peek."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Looking for tabs/books devoted to old style drone & noter playing":
"This discussion brought up the dreaded "404 page not found", so I did my own finding via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine (a tool I highly recommend)...."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Randy Wilkinson tab book for Elizabethan Music":
"Hey everybody, especially @dusty-turtle who said he'd "been looking for this book for years", I thought I'd check to see if anybody was selling it, &..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Chords "with a slash":
"Thanks, Ken , I knew it was something like that but had it in mind the opposite! As I work up an arrangement of the song I may be able to take those..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on New to arranging:
"Back in 2016 @hugssandi started a discussion titled "New to Arranging."  In 2017 I asked for any books to work on arranging.  This may be an August..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 4
Created a new Group discussion "Chords "with a slash"":
"We've all seen chords like these: F/C, G/C, C/E.  A song I want to play has no SMN given, only the chords & those appear in it.  I believe it means the..."
The Music Theory Corner
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FOTMD's 10th Birthday Pickled Dulcimer Contest!! (contest CLOSED)":
"Wow!  I just squeaked in there! Thank you & I hope none of us qualify as being Picklepusses"
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Tennessee Music Box just about completed.:
"I wanted to know more about the Tennessee Music Box & found the link to " the definitive articles on TMBs - history, dimensions, tunings, etc.", but..."

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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 3 months ago - Comments: 4
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3 Ravens


Back on Old Style Drone & Noter Players 2 inter-related discussions...
@Lois Sprengnether Keel last year - Comments: 13
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Types of baritones (not talking brands)


Someday I hope to add to my dulcimer zoo a baritone, because I love...
@Lois Sprengnether Keel last year - Comments: 0
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Piano as 1st Language


It's said your first language colors your thinking. (Trust me, thiswill...
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 4 years ago - Comments: 18
Lois Sprengnether Keel

Finger dancing basics?


Have been away from FOTMD a bunch lately, but notice Finger Dancing...
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 4 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 5 years ago - Comments: 10
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Isaac Woodbury & dulcimer 1850?


Tracing the dulcimer history is tricky, but Wikipedia says Isaac B....
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 5 years ago - Comments: 6
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 6 years ago - Comments: 18
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Wooden pegs lose pitch


An acquaintance wants to play her grandmother's dulcimer, but says the...
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 6 years ago - Comments: 14
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Combining Noter/Drone with Chords?


I've seen some mention playing a piece first with Noter and Drone style...
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 6 years ago - Comments: 21
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 6 years ago - Comments: 19
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Starting the New Year Right


I'd put this on "My Page", but don't see how to start something there....
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 7 years ago - Comments: 6

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

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

Who Made Swan-shaped Dulcimer?

Posted: Friday August 16 2019, 1:33 PM
By: @Banjimer

Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles, but never Ukeleles!

Posted: Monday June 4 2018, 5:19 PM
By: @Bob

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

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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:

https://connect.xfinity.com/appsuite/api/mail/Lake%20ODESSA%20b%26w.JPG?action=attachment&folder=default0%2FINBOX&id=342723&attachment=2&user=2&context=4019260&decrypt=&sequence=1&delivery=view

 


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.

Tom


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.

Gary


Joyce Hibbard
05/08/14 09:10:42PM @joyce-hibbard:

Hi Lois, myself and five other ladies from the Mt. Echos troupe in Ortonville are plannng to attend the Interlochen Immersive workshop. Are you planning on going? Have you learn how to play the dulcimer. or you still with your guitar?Grin.gif


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!


Joyce Hibbard
09/17/12 10:00:08AM @joyce-hibbard:

Hi Lois, Now I remember who you are, from that jam event...You and your husband were there together...I gave him the tab for Keel Row, thought it was neat because of your name being Keel.. Please come to Ortonville soon..Joyce


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!