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 "What's fer dinner?":
"Lulu: I actually made popcorn for my dinner.  Ate a big bowl while watching some episodes of "Victoria" season 3.    I'm a popcorn addict.  My earliest..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"It sounds like Angus left you with many wonderful memories.  Sorry he had to go, but know he'll be waiting for you with all 4 legs on the other side."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • one week ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on (another) Berea Traditional Gathering Video - 2019:
"Great counterpoint to our session in town, Ann.  I think your ending with John Jacob Niles' poem about "When I am just a whisper in the wind" leaves whispers..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 4 weeks ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering 2019: THE MOVIE:
"My hearing impaired daughter has made me a believer in Closed Captions.  The video David made is indeed an excellent production.  A great review for those..."
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@lois-sprengnether-keel • 4 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on My Dan Cox Dulcimore!:
"Dan does some great workmanship for this style.  The KY traditional style was an eye opener.  I know about Dulcimer Acquisition Disease and am battling it...."
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@lois-sprengnether-keel • 4 weeks ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering:
"Ann Finley, a.k.a. @Ballad-Gal">@ballad-gal, from St. Louis.  Thanks for identifying Shelly and Mary Elizabeth, #s 5 & 6.  They were lots of fun &..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "So if Jesus came to dinner, what would you play?":
"Knowing the way I play, I'd be making all kinds of excuses & apologies, but Let Us Break Bread Together comes to mind."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering:
"This means we're still lacking our "Will play dulcimer for food" shirt wearers, #5 & 6 who were such fun.  (Like in church, they tended to sit regularly..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago • comments: 49
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering 2019.:
"Flickr was down for maintenance over the last few days, so if you tried to see the photos Bobby took & couldn't get through, it's now available!  You..."
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@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago • comments: 49
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering 2019.:
"Oh my!  Just realized the importance of going to the bottom of this page & clicking Load More Comments!  BTW Flicker is currently down for maintenance...."
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@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on The Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering Piglet :
"Hope Ann finds a way to join us here.  Tried to give her encouragement, but she's online hardly ever.  She was the perfect one to get this as she really..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago • comments: 49
Liked a group discussions item created by @slate-creek-dulcimers: Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering 2019.
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @paula-brawdy: Larry Conger - Lake Odessa Michigan, May 23, 2019
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on @larry-conger:
"Had to interrupt my playing "Catch Up" after Berea.  Wanted to post this recommendation before Larry did his Lake Odessa workshop today.  <sigh!>..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Larry Conger - Lake Odessa Michigan, May 23, 2019 ":
"On Tuesday Larry did a great workshop in Marine City.  Signed up for it a year ago.  After Berea I was really dragging, but VERY glad I went.  Dunno if he'll..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago
@lois-sprengnether-keel is now following @bob
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering!! 2019:
"I second the thanks to the organizers.  Don't want to sound like jamming was a problem.  If folks want to do that enough, it will happen.  I suppose the..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago • comments: 10
Liked a group discussions item created by @ken-hulme: Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering!! 2019
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@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago • comments: 1
Liked a photos item created by @tndulcimer: Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago • comments: 22
Liked a photos item created by @tndulcimer: Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Using a collar stay as a plectrum:
"Back in October @salt-springs said, "Amazon  sells them in packs of 50 and 200 for $10.00 or so.  They claim they are triple the thickness of the ones that..."
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@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago
@lois-sprengnether-keel is now following @irene
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@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago
@lois-sprengnether-keel is now following @dan
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@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago • comments: 49
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering 2019.:
"David Bennett: The organizers/staff would like to thank all the attendees. Everyone was great and felt like family. Dunno If I'm doing this correctly, but..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • one month ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering:
"Agreed Steven.  Dunno how to stay in touch with friends made there.  As my wonderful roommate pointed out, some of us are listed by nicknames & icons..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Sounds like we're really on the same wavelength (although I confess I learned how to fingerpick when I gotta).  Jan Potts: Actually, Lois, I played..."
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3 Ravens


Back on Old Style Drone & Noter Players 2 inter-related discussions...
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 8 months 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 last year - 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 4 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 4 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 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, butWikipedia says Isaac B....
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 5 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 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
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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 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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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!