Lois Sprengnether Keel


Location: Clarkston, MI
Country: US

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


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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. 


Latest Activity

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Pick noise":
"This won't help with any "bad habit", but if you're playing a piece where you don't want that percussive sound I strongly recommend felt picks.  I also find..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on strumming and picking technique:
"@Dusty-turtle opens up this discussion further with "Some people use picks on their fingers and pick in the style of fingerpicking folk guitarists.  Others..."
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Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Intros and bridges":
"The 2 versions of Morning Has Broken that I plan to use together are by Steve Smith  and then the flat-picked version by Tull Glazener was what I considered..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Intros and bridges":
"Dusty, thank you!  I've been envying people who can sing a verse or 2, then throw in something that's not just playing the same thing without the words, and..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on 1923 material to enter public domain in 2019!:
"I do so much with historical storytelling (including music when possible) & Public Domain stories are often on my blog,  Storytelling + research = Lois..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Intros and bridges":
"Dusty Turtle: @Ferrator, first, bridges and intros are different. Bridges are usually part of the composed song.  It might be considered the "B" part that..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "John Molineux uses a striker on a mountain dulcimer":
"Thank heavens this site offers a way to review as I'm in only intermittently lately.  Saw this about strikers & wanted to show a simple one I was given..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on BOX DULCIMER #3:
"That's my TMB!  Beware when admiring the work of a builder!   BTW Irene, that table looks suspiciously like the fold-up antique sewing table I use with it!..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles, but never Ukeleles!":
"Terry Wilson: 😀👍☀️. Lisa, I say this often. “If God is watching us, the least we can do, is be..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Who made this dulcimer?:
"Not only does it look lovely yet very homemade, but it has a beautiful tone.  It's been my go-to for my historic storytelling because it definitely doesn't..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 33
Posted a new Comment on @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..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Noter drone play list for nursing home?:
"@jill-geary : Thanks Lois. I'm still compiling my list of "noter drone nursing home songs." Definitely a work in progress! And so it should be,..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Noter drone play list for nursing home?:
"Off FOTMD for approx. 2 1/2 months & less than 3 months so I could scroll back for threads of interest. Blame too many years in libraries, but my battle..."
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Latest Group Discussions

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 6 months ago - 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
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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 2 years ago - 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 5 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 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: 6
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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: 18
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: 14
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: 21
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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: 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 8 years ago - Comments: 6

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Latest Forum Discussions


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

Who Made Swan-shaped Dulcimer?

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

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
11/12/19 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.


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!