Lois Sprengnether Keel

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Location: Clarkston, MI
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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 Babs Greene 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. 

 

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@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on California Dulcimer Dreamin':
"Jeannie, even more impossible to replace than the dulcimers must be the music.  I drag my feet about putting things "on the cloud", but that is a caution to..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bowed Psalteries":
"Mine does, too, it's just in and out in temperature changes and my own ear tends to be more "forgiving" ( a.k.a. lazy) than some with perfect pitch."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Singing with Noter Drone Dulcimer - Old Styles:
"I love the comment by @robin-clark about his play-sing-play method letting him "look up from the instrument and engage with the audience."  That's the..."
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@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bowed Psalteries":
"Years ago I bought a very nice 2 octave +1 psaltery made by Harbor Town Dulcimer Shoppe.  The tag says P.O. Box 48, Rockaway Beach, MO 65740 with a phone..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What do we call it?":
"This is SO FOTMD!  I'm not quite sure when I started here (I found something dating back about 6 years ago), but at the time I was taking instruction from a..."
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@lois-sprengnether-keel • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What do we call it?":
"Hmmmm.  I was going to suggest we vote, but this is going to be hard to choose.  A choir?  I also find myself liking Exaltation, Embarrassment, and Medley...."
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@lois-sprengnether-keel • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Comprehensive List of Dulcimer Festivals":
"I plan to check back from time to time to see what's listed for MI, OH, IN."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on 3 Ravens :
"I've scanned my tab, giving up on anybody following my attempts at description.  To get a clean version I unsuccessfully checked all my dulcimer books.  The..."
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@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on 3 Ravens :
"Accidentally may have clarified this by talking about strumming across all strings. I feel comfortable with barred chords of 111 at fret 1 on "were" in 1st..."
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@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on How to Improve the Sound or your Drones:
"That advice on tuning makes so much sense!  I never thought about it before, but can understand why it would be true.  Not sure I feel comfortable changing..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on 3 Ravens :
"My apologies @Gordon-hardy & @Dusty-turtle for my slowness in reply.  I  normally have to be sporadic in my activity here, but I looked at your tabs on..."
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@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Welcome, Pondoro.  Sounds like you may play several folk instruments in depth before adding to your Instrument Zoo.  I  think you will enjoy the  dulcimer...."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Created a new Group discussion "3 Ravens ":
"Back on Old Style Drone & Noter Players 2 inter-related discussions in the last few days lead me to posting this.  It was "Finding Harmonies  - In..."
Help Me Learn this Song
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Finding Harmonies- in a different mode, or in same mode?:
"Dusty-Claiming-to-Get-Modal-Headaches and Robin (with a C, but Robin with a T was helpful, too), Thank you.  This discussion and the general group..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players:
"I am so-o-o overdue to finally get this learned.  Struggled with it on guitar, but so much was already figured out I rarely needed to bother.  Dulcimer..."
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@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Finding Harmonies- in a different mode, or in same mode?:
"This discussion is hitting close to some arranging decisions I'm currently mulling.  I have two pieces I'm working on that seemed to be somewhat similar...."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New books":
"Sorry, no sarcasm  intended.  Your advice was well-intended.   My sole reason for writing again was in the hope somebody here knew the books and could give..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New books":
"Hoped Anne Dodson's "Field Guide To The Mountain Dulcimer" Book 1 and Book 2, published earlier this year were familiar to someone here.  YepSureOK, your..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New books":
"I did indeed Google her & have questions after looking at her 2 books pdfs.  I'm uncertain if I should buy Book 1 or can start on 2 &, from her..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Comprehensive List of Dulcimer Festivals":
"As Steve says on his home page:The only way this works is if you spread the word. So, please, yell it from the mountain tops. Talk about it in your..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Comprehensive List of Dulcimer Festivals":
"Linda, I agree completely with your "festival  stalking."  My own schedule -- or more  accurately lack of one -- makes this my own way of considering..."
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@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "complete list of possible DAd chords?":
"Ken Hulme: A complete list of chords is called a Chord Chart.  Go to the Strother's Chord Wizard, plug in the chord you want to play, and it will show you..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 27
Posted a new Comment on POLL: Do you play alone, or with others?:
"I sometimes use it in my storytelling programs (although when I make a mistake I can always say "Now you know why I'm a storyteller and not a musician!"  My..."

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3 Ravens


Back on Old Style Drone & Noter Players 2 inter-related discussions...
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 2 months ago - Comments: 6
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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 10 months ago - Comments: 0
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Unfest in Hastings


Held off posting here and in the North of the Lakes group until after...
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 3 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 3 years ago - Comments: 18
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Finger dancing basics?


Have been away from FOTMD a bunch lately, but notice Finger Dancing...
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 3 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 4 years ago - Comments: 10
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Isaac Woodbury & dulcimer 1850?


Tracing the dulcimer history is tricky, butWikipedia says Isaac B....
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 video...
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 5 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 6 years ago - Comments: 6

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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.


Dave Anderson
01/01/13 02:09:29PM @dave-anderson:

Hey Lois..welcome to the site. I've had my Black Mountain 58 MD for about a year now and the serious musicians who have played it are very impressed, but it is a beginner instrument..for the money it's hard to beat. I myself haven't played it as much as I'd like because I'm too busy playing acoustic guitar and several jam sessions. Since I started into music at an advanced age and am not particularly gifted in music I have to concentrate on one thing at a time.

All the best with the MD

ps: Just ignore all of this mode stuff from the "experts";just tune in up in whatever your instruction book has and make music!

Dave


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!