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 • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Intermediates":
"I hope Lisa's blog is read.  Her call for respect is needed.  Possibly those trained classically are at a disadvantage because we have been trained to start..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Intermediates":
"At the risk of turning this into a different topic, I agree with the practice part even though I never could get the hang of getting a harmonica to play just..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Intermediates":
"Terry, ages ago I gave away my harmonica and the book I bought as I just couldn't get it.  Wish I could as it's a small very portable instrument."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Intermediates":
"I once wrote here about "First language", meaning in this case instrument training, influencing you.  In my case it was piano and I am indeed chained to..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Intermediates":
"Marsha, I saw this happen recently with my husband at our folklore group.  I do understand as I've felt intimidated by them because there's some darned good..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Intermediates":
"Regarding the discussion of "when you can consider yourself a musician", I sometimes think I play like an Oriental Rug...there's always a mistake somewhere..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on I, IV, V chords:
"Dusty Turtle: Stephen Seifert has posted a good DAd chord sheet on his website. You can find it here and download it as a pdf if you wish. Guess..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on I, IV, V chords:
"Don Grundy: I  don’t know if you can see this    The DAd Chords from the Prairie Dulcimer Club  Sorry, Don, I can't.  Don't know if it is because I am..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on I, IV, V chords:
"Dunno if I should post my request here or in that earlier discussion.  After years of fingering chords I have loved Noter/Drone style of playing the..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's your favorite soundhole shape?":
"Robin Thompson: @lois-sprengnether-keel  Was your baritone built by Gary Sager?     Yes!  Do you know more about it?  I am its 2d home.  "
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's your favorite soundhole shape?":
"My new baritone has what I think is called a Weeping Heart?  Robin 8 years ago posted a photo with the same type of sound hole.  I never heard of this type,..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"Awwww!  Wish there was a way to get someone in the future related to my present malamutt (husky/malamute mix) as he's got the best of both sets of genes...."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 41
Posted a new Comment on I have a Baritone Crush:
"Just as birth announcements are sent out, so are adoption announcements & I've got one!  I'm the 3d home for a Gary Sager baritone.  It's most recent..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles, but never Ukeleles!":
"Bob: All this Ukulele talk- I can't get Tiny Tim out of my head; "Tip-toe thru the tulips..."        "
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles, but never Ukeleles!":
"Definitely Laughing Out Loud over your dulcimer-playing KY moonshiner, Lisa.  My best market for gigs is here in Michigan which has a doozie of rum-running..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on @laurel-k-scott:
"Laurel, in reading last year's discussion of  I Am SO in Over My Head, I was so taken by your comments about how initial piano background affects how you..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Strumming...AGAIN....":
"Thanks, Ken, for reminding me it's perfectly acceptable to strum to the rhythm of your words.  Those of us singing while playing an instrument often talk..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles, but never Ukeleles!":
"Thanks, Ken, Susie, & Terry.  I was wondering if this and my earlier trying to get started was worth posting.  Just figured it would be worthwhile for..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles, but never Ukeleles!":
"Susie: . . . So NEVER tell a mandolin player his instrument sounds like a ukulele! >   I can just picture it!  We have some pretty dedicated mandolin..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "PLEASE Click to READ THIS before posting items for sale here. New requested small fee for sellers.":
"Consider this a P.S. addressed to other members: Lisa/Strumelia keeps this site running with her own time and her own money beyond any money we don't..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles, but never Ukeleles!":
"This discussion started on another location here, A Fretter Box , but I promised to post eventually the story of it here.  There are some resources included..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on A 'Fretter Box':
"Lisa, I am embarrassed.  I am generally a good speller and, yes, I knew that.  I have always said you can proofread somebody else's writing better than your..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on A 'Fretter Box':
"Hi Bob, I, too, "hope I am not diverting from the scope of FOTMD by posting this", but figure it might help others interested in the uke now or on some..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on A 'Fretter Box':
"Bob: I   Hi Lois, I did a quick Google search and found "Ukulele Underground Forums" here https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/   (I hope I am not..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Favorite noter?":
"Sandi, I never tried glass, but bet it would really zip along.  I stay with wood when I don't "finger dance", but had such a hard time at first placing it..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on A 'Fretter Box':
"Bob: Lois, thanks and maybe the instrument your friend has is a type of German Hummel (not the figurine, haha) or Scheitholt? Ken Longfield, one of out..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on A 'Fretter Box':
"Bob: Folk art? A friend of mine has on her wall an instrument she doesn't know how to play, but looks a lot like this.  I'd love to tinker with it and..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Everything Dulcimer - Closing Down.":
"nigelbleddfa: Glad it worked for you, Lois.  Thank you, Nigel.  You, Dusty, and Brian helped get me there.  I felt a wee bit guilty taking over the..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Everything Dulcimer - Closing Down.":
"Oh my heavens!  I have it!  I do...I was just about to start all over and found something that sent me to my C drive (I thought I had bypassed that to save..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Everything Dulcimer - Closing Down.":
"Thank heavens their site stays up until June! I really think something didn't work.  Tried to send a screenshot, but the file attachment says it failed...."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Everything Dulcimer - Closing Down.":
"That produced a Notepad of computer language for Carbonite and a few things from Website Ripper, related to old searches I did about the Evart festival on..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Everything Dulcimer - Closing Down.":
"I just sent off a question to the HTTrack Forum and certainly agree I'm inexperienced in using their software.  If I hadn't seen it downloading over all..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 40
Posted a new Comment on @brian-g:
"Brian, I imagine you haven't been following the Everything Dulcimer discussion since you succeeded in your download.  I've used the same HTTrack program to..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Everything Dulcimer - Closing Down.":
"WIN HTTrack.  I can see the flashdrive and find the copy, but opening it is still a mystery.  Right now I could say the attached jpg pretty well describes my..."

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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 6 months ago - Comments: 0
Lois Sprengnether Keel

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
Lois Sprengnether Keel

Piano as 1st Language


It's said your first language colors your thinking. (Trust me, thiswill...
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 3 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 3 years ago - Comments: 17
Lois Sprengnether Keel

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
Lois Sprengnether Keel

Isaac Woodbury & dulcimer 1850?


Tracing the dulcimer history is tricky, butWikipedia says Isaac B....
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 4 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 5 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 5 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 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
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 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-damico:

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!