majajog

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Location: Gold Canyon, AZ
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majajog
 
@majajog • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Untabbed songs/tunes you'd like to learn":
"I wold suggest Roseville Fair by Bill Staines, I think.  There is no dulcimer tab out there because is not in the public domain.  A lovely song and maybe..."
majajog
 
@majajog • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
majajog
 
@majajog • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Right thumb killing me":
"It sounds like you have the same problem I do.  If it is the same problem, you have arthritis in the joint at the base off the thumb.  Not curable.  Playing..."
majajog
 
@majajog • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fret Material":
"I agree that two fret dressings in five years sounds extreme which is why I started this discussion about fret materials.  I wasn't having trouble with..."
majajog
 
@majajog • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How does humidity affect a mahogany dulcimer?":
"We spend the winters in AZ where the humidity gets to 6%.  We keep what was sold to us as guitar humidifier in the case to keep the instrument from drying..."
majajog
 
@majajog • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How does humidity affect a mahogany dulcimer?":
"We spend the winters in AZ where the humidity gets to 6%.  We keep what was sold to us as guitar humidifier in the case to keep the instrument from drying..."
majajog
 
@majajog • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fret Material":
"Robert/John, its was great to hear that you both have experience with the fret materials I was interested in.  Interesting to hear the problem with coiled..."
majajog
 
@majajog • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fret Material":
"Ken, I agree that many people might not be able to hear the difference beteeen frets made of different materials.  A lot depends on the person, their..."
majajog
 
@majajog • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fret Material":
"Dusty, thanks for the suggestion to check the action but I don't think that is the problem since there isn't very much room to lower the action on the nut..."
majajog
 
@majajog • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fret Material":
"Thanks for the comment Matt.  I guess I assumed a fret was a fret was a fret and the only difference the material made was in how long the fret would last...."
majajog
 
@majajog • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fret Material":
"I try to practice a lot since I am not a very good player. Still improving but it is very slow going. i will look around for a luthier.  I only mentioned..."
majajog
 
@majajog • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fret Material":
"Thanks Ken.  I guess I do press hard, will try to lighten up.  Play an Hour or two a day, 4-6 days a week.  I am thinking to have the frets, replaced just..."
majajog
 
@majajog • one month ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Fret Material":
"My dulcimer is 5 years old and I have had to have the frets dressed the last two years.  I am guessing that I am a sloppy chorder, pushing the chord down..."
majajog
 
@majajog • one month ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on @majajog:
"My dulcimer is 5 years old and I have had to have the frets dressed the last two years.  I am guessing that I am a sloppy chorder, pushing the chord down..."
majajog
 
@majajog • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Which bridge compensation for A ginger":
"Gingers tuned to DAdd work great for beginners just starting out.  Same tuning as most other players and most of the tab.  My spouse who plays the ginger..."
majajog
 
@majajog • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Recommendations for new strings and new a bridge?":
"I am not going to be much help since I'm not really a musician.  But, I will note that all the 4 string McSpaddens I own or have seen have 3 different size..."
majajog
 
@majajog • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tell us about your VERY FIRST dulcimer":
"Our first dulcimers were a ginger for my spouse and a standard for me, both bought from McSpadden.  We sort ended up in Mountain View five years ago,..."
majajog
 
@majajog • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Single or Double Melody Strings?":
"Played with double melody strings for 4 years.  Changed recently to single string which I find considerably easier for finger picking, hammer ons and pull..."
majajog
 
@majajog • 2 months ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on @majajog:
"Thanks for the welcome.  Dulcimer players seem to be great folks.  A little thin on the ground in Wisconsin where we are from, but at least we found some..."
majajog
 
@majajog • 2 months ago • comments: 333
Posted a new Comment on @rob-n-lackey:
"Thanks for the kid words.  So far, I have found the musicians in general and dulcimer players in particular are very nice looks and I wouldn't have met..."
majajog
 
@majajog • 2 months ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Timeline Comment: https://fotmd.com/majajog/timeline/44224:
"Just read your favorite songs.  Play both of them  The Riddle Song was one of the first I learned.  Now if I could only find playable (by me) tab for..."
majajog
 
@majajog • 2 months ago • comments: 311
Posted a new Comment on @cynthia-wigington:
"Thanks for the welcome.  Looking forward to seeing the songs.  Whether I can play them or not depends on how hard they.  I don't have a lick of talent so..."
majajog
 
@majajog • 2 months ago • comments: 312
Posted a new Comment on @benjamin-w-barr-jr:
"Thanks for the welcome.  Looking forward to following along more closely than I have in the past."
majajog
 
@majajog • 2 months ago • comments: 108
Posted a new Comment on @ken-longfield:
"We always stay in that campground. We go to every show at the Folk Center.  We go to McSpaddens to lust after the pretty dulcimers but cannot justify buying..."
majajog
 
@majajog • 2 months ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on @majajog:
"I have been lurking for awhile and occasionally I see something I can respond to so I decided to join up.  Love the dulcimer, just not much of a player...."

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majajog
03/18/17 03:14:24PM @majajog:

My dulcimer is 5 years old and I have had to have the frets dressed the last two years.  I am guessing that I am a sloppy chorder, pushing the chord down and sideways rather than just down.  I am trying to correct this but not sure how much success I am achieving.

It might be easier to replace the frets with a harder material.  McSpadden uses German Silver but also offers EVO which is 25% harder.  EVO is sort of gold colored which I am not sure i like but could accept if I wanted to change to it.

Blue Lion offers stainless steel frets which are 50% harder than German Silver.  McSpadden does not offer stainless steel.  Does anyone have any comments, suggestions or preferences about fret materials or suggestions about how to reduce the wear and tear on the frets?


majajog
02/20/17 05:37:50PM @majajog:

Thanks for the welcome.  Dulcimer players seem to be great folks.  A little thin on the ground in Wisconsin where we are from, but at least we found some here and n Arizona.  Looking forward to see what goes on at this site.


hugssandi
02/20/17 04:50:32PM @hugssandi:

*WELCOME TO FOTMD!*  ~we're so glad you're here~  :)


Rob N Lackey
02/20/17 06:26:15AM @rob-n-lackey:

Welcome, Majajog, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven.  Hope you enjoy it here.

Rob

 


Cynthia Wigington
02/19/17 07:53:05PM @cynthia-wigington:

Greetings from Vermont Maja and welcome to the site. Hope you enjoy all the awesome songs that are posted here all the time and the good folks too.


Benjamin W Barr Jr
02/19/17 07:47:41PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

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

Ben


Ken Longfield
02/19/17 06:21:02PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD, Majajog. It's good to have you aboard. My wife and I visited Mtn. View back in October. Stayed a campground next to the Ozark Folk Center. Enjoyed a good concert by the local folks.  Our previous visit to Mtn. View was in 1974. We also enjoyed our visit at the Dulcimer Shoppe.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


majajog
02/19/17 05:44:37PM @majajog:

I have been lurking for awhile and occasionally I see something I can respond to so I decided to join up.  Love the dulcimer, just not much of a player.  Spend the winters in AZ where we play weekly with a small group of like minded individuals.  Spend the spring in Mtn View AR where pig out on traditional music and barbecue from Kin Folks Restaurant.  Mtn View is where we got our dulcimers in a fit of either madness or wild optimism that we could become acceptable players.  Would have preferred doing this 40 years earlier when both our hands and mind were nimbler but figured starting at age 65 was better than not starting at all.


Jim Fawcett
02/19/17 05:21:40PM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Majajog, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.