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 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FUNNY songs you sing & play on your dulcimer":
"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_Tack_Come_Again_No_More Has the lyrics & "facts" as best they're known. "
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Who Made Swan-shaped Dulcimer?":
"I'm so glad I opened a message yesterday.  I was finally able to know what had puzzled me for years.   Hello Lois, my name is Troy Price and I reside in..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Whatever happened to singing? ":
"Thank you, @terry-wilson , for bringing this up & thank you for tracking this down from back ten years ago, @strumelia .  It's still true.  I..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FUNNY songs you sing & play on your dulcimer":
"Steven Berger: "Hard Crackers Come Again No More", is a Civil War parody of Stephen Foster's "Hard Times Come Again No More". Attributed to the 1st Iowa..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 4 days ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on Tablets for Storing Sheet Music and Tablature:
"Applause for two members here putting up with my questions.  @lisa-golladay"> @lisa-golladay gave me some great tips she's going to post here.  Please..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 5 days ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on Tablets for Storing Sheet Music and Tablature:
"SUCCESS!  Or at least very hopeful signs!  My tablet had enough charge to let me prowl & see I had input 2 songs.  Then became the mad hunt for what..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 5 days ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on Tablets for Storing Sheet Music and Tablature:
"Strumelia: Lois Sprengnether Keel: BTW, @Strumelia, the Search feature doesn't find anything if you search MobileSheets, but prowling a few..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 5 days ago
@lois-sprengnether-keel is now following @skip
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 5 days ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on Tablets for Storing Sheet Music and Tablature:
"Now's the perfect time for projects that had to be shelved earlier.  HELP, MobileSheets Users!  So far I just have the freebie version, but am uncertain how..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 5 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on @dulcimerjones:
"Back in a discussion on tech. you talked about loving MobileSheets for your large music collection.  Could you talk me through getting started with it?..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"This started out as a response to what @dusty turtle said, but then the floodgates opened and much more spilled out, some of it even musical!  Since that's..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on A bit of humor for builders & Aussies:
"The Emu popped into my head as I've told more stories from Australia about them than the Ostrich."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Created a new Group discussion "A bit of humor for builders & Aussies":
"The caption on this was "I just can't cut this board.  It keeps staring at me."  Don't ever plan to build a dulcimer, but builders & Aussies here might..."
Dulcimer Making
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@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Rest in peace, Maddie MacNeil":
"Like Robin, I never had the pleasure of meeting her, but her books deserve to continue her legacy.  Just went to her website & see the self-published..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Italy's singing from windows has inspired people on our local NextDoor neighborhood site to begin singing from porches at 6 p.m.  I posted that our..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Transition from standard to baritone dulcimer :
"Gary Loren McCallister: I have started playing baritone also because the key of d (and similar) is to high for my singing voice. I have switched to nylon..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FUNNY songs you sing & play on your dulcimer":
"We all can use a bit of fun, especially now, but I had already decided I needed to play "The Sloop John A" after hearing it on the syndicated "Folk with Matt..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 weeks ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Finale anybody?:
"I am sorry nobody wrote back on using Finale.  My late aunt was a composer & arranger, so when I helped clear out her house I took her keyboard &..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Any banjo players out there?":
"Ken Hulme: I got my banjo playing buddy a new tuner for Christmas --  Acme Wirecutters!!~! I had to read your comment to my "loud & raucous" banjo..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Where to Purchase Tablature Music for the Dulcimer":
"So sorry for your reason to especially want Farewell, Angelina.  I'm glad Dylan used " "Farewell to Tarwathie" and that Brian was able to point you to the..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Idle time. What to do.":
"Hi Terry, I just reached out to a library where I'm scheduled for a program later this month.  The program I do is 100% public domain -- the joys of..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 3 months 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..."

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Lois Sprengnether Keel

A bit of humor for builders & Aussies


The caption on this was "I just can't cut this board.  It keeps staring...
@Lois Sprengnether Keel 2 weeks ago - Comments: 4
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 8 months ago - Comments: 4
Lois Sprengnether Keel

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
Lois Sprengnether Keel

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
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 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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Who Made Swan-shaped Dulcimer?

Posted: Tuesday April 7 2020, 6:00 PM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

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

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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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:

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


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!


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!


Benjamin W Barr Jr
09/08/12 07:37:21AM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Lois, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn and exchange ideas about the dulcimer, and to meet some good people.

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