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marg
 
@marg • 3 days ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on The Water Is Wide - a demo of my electric dulcimer:
"Dan, Reading your BLOG:  (Bowling Green where I performed at the first concert. They took me in their Ford Econoline van south along the Interstate 65..."
marg
 
@marg • 4 days ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on The Water Is Wide - a demo of my electric dulcimer:
"Dan,     I have been playing around with my GT-1 for about 3 weeks now and I can get some nice sounds but mostly by hit & miss, hopefully learning as I..."
marg
 
@marg • 5 days ago • comments: 27
Posted a new Comment on Irish Washerwoman duet:
"the two of you were great, fun time playing. Thanks for sharing"
marg
 
@marg • one week ago • comments: 0
Updated a Group discussion "":
"I have started using the GT-1 Guitar Effects Processor with one of my dulcimers. The sounds are different on the dulcimer vs. the guitar but there are so..."
Technology/Software/Amplifying
marg
 
@marg • one week ago • comments: 0
Created a new Group discussion "GT-1 Guitar Effects Processor":
"I have started using the GT-1 Guitar Effects Processor with one of my dulcimers. The sounds are different on the dulcimer vs. the guitar but there are so..."
Technology/Software/Amplifying
marg
 
@marg • one week ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Down on the Farm:
"Good to see you back on, hope you have been well"
marg
 
@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"My granddaughter just adopted a Harvey rescue pup today. I sure hope she isn't like your cat!"
marg
 
@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Florida friends":
"Thank you for the up-date on Tampa. Harvey aftereffects are both sad & heartwarming. So many people helping out each other, an army of 'good' neighbors..."
marg
 
@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Number 1 - 16:
"Very nice, enjoy your new 'Betty'"
marg
 
@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on "Possum Board" - false bottom:
"What do you hope the holes on the bottom will do for the sound or volume? Just help to make it not as heavy?"
marg
 
@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ukulele construction":
"WOW, working on 6!! Can't wait to see them. All the best."
marg
 
@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Florida friends":
"salt springs, Have you hear how tampa is doing with their power, my sister is there & have not hear from her since the morning after the storm past, she..."
marg
 
@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @cacofonix:
"RobinClark  is from Location: Tywyn, Gwynedd, Wales   Country: GB Not by you but maybe not too far. He might be able to help you with your first dulcimer..."
marg
 
@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @botany-bill:
" Nice instruments, enjoy your adventure - lot of info here. Welcome"
marg
 
@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Florida friends":
"So good to hear, have a nice time till your return Thanks for letting us know"
marg
 
@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Florida friends":
"I think ken is down in Fort Myers, FL. I posted before the storm but no replies yet. All our members from Fla. I hope you were safe & not too much damage."
marg
 
@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 33
Posted a new Comment on @dan-evans:
"Ok, thanks. Talking with Roland/Boss yesterday, I did set the amp to just mic & that may help.  Thanks for your video that started a whole new adventure."
marg
 
@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 82
Posted a new Comment on @ken-hulme:
"Worry about you & all of Fla. Could you move your boat & go to Ala or someplace? Be safe & let us know how you are.  "
marg
 
@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 33
Posted a new Comment on @dan-evans:
"A dulcimer with a pick up, how different is that from electric dulcimer or guitar & is that why I am having trouble getting the sounds from the GT-1"
marg
 
@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Getting the first dulcimer:
"Well done, each time we try something new it can be challenging  . I am also not a tech & I am trying to produce different sounds using  the GT-1 &..."
marg
 
@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 33
Posted a new Comment on @dan-evans:
"(rather than use preset patches ) Have you played around with the patches just to see how they sound & do they really sound like they should or does a..."
marg
 
@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 33
Posted a new Comment on @dan-evans:
"Do you have your GT-1 hooked up to Boss Tone Central by way of laptop? Have you tried any of the free sets & will they work with a dulcimer? If I can't..."
marg
 
@marg • 2 weeks ago • comments: 82
Posted a new Comment on @ken-hulme:
"Do you have plans for yourself & your boat? Let us know how you are & how you make out after the hurricane comes through"
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on @ryan-carrell:
"(What year did he make yours?) August '84.  I also think the sound is so nice. Who ever had the one I got must have not played it since it looks new, no..."
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Using old radios as Amps:
"old radio :  (plug right in to ones with Phono or Aux.imputs.) This is an old post but was wondering if you or anyone has done this & how does it work?"
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Timeline Comment: https://fotmd.com/ryan-carrell/timeline/52671:
"( Made by Sam Carrell, Clearwater, FL, 1985") Looks like Sam made a few dulcimers even after he moved to Fla. Maybe just finishing up some but nice to see..."
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Nocturne:
"Such an interesting instrument, thanks for sharing."
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Timeline Comment: https://fotmd.com/ryan-carrell/timeline/52671:
"I see their are designs on the pegs, did your grandpa make the dulcimer for you or did he have one he wanted to give you? Thank you for sharing, they are..."
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Billy and Me - an original tune:
"Trying to watch your fingers, are you tune DAA? nicel sounding dulcimer, like the finger picking.    "
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on still life:
"Is this one of the songs you have written,  nice tones. Do you have any other dulcimer players where you are?   "
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on misty morning waltz:
"Do you have a fiddleside? I picked up one, a sam carroll one about a month ago, love the tone to mine."
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Nocturne:
"Is this a baritone? I checked out your photos, did you make all you dulcimers? The are beautiful.  "
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 82
Posted a new Comment on @ken-hulme:
"Not knowing where this next hurricane is going, along the coast or right up the middle - do be safe & let us know how you make out if it comes your way."
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on @ryan-carrell:
"(What kind of wood did he use for the top on yours? ) American Black Walnut with Sassafras top. What is the one you have like?"
marg
 
@marg • 3 weeks ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on @stephen-yale:
"Hi, how did you make out in Katy? Passed by many areas cleaning out their homes today as I was on my way to bring boxes to the Bush library.  "

Latest Group Discussions

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GT-1 Guitar Effects Processor


I have started using the GT-1 Guitar Effects Processor with one of my...
@marg one week ago - Comments: 0
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Elevator bridge


Has anyone thought of making a bridge that could be raised or lowered so...
@marg 9 months ago - Comments: 5
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What's best for turning pages from iPad?


i have my music on an iPad and was wondering if there was an app that...
@marg 9 months ago - Comments: 10
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Jean Ritchie Original 1967 # 170 Appalachian Dulcimer Excellent Cond


Just saw this on ebay if anyone is interested:...
@marg 2 years ago - Comments: 2
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Driving by, Passing through


 As we are traveling, give a shot when you are passing by. Let us know...
@marg 2 years ago - Comments: 7
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action height


I have been having problems with a new dulcimer (dulciborn) since it...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 9
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Transducer Pickup under saddle


Have you ever had a Transducer Pickup - under the saddle not work when...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 19
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Strum Strum Strum


I am having a very hard timestrumming, would anyone like to post...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 25
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picks


If you use your fingers or thumb to strum the tone is mellow but if you...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 15
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Does painting a dulcimer alter the sound or tone?


I am going through the many photos of FOTMD members, there are so...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 14
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Playing DAA in DAD


I am tuned to DAD and need to play some DAA songs in a class I am...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 19
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Dulcimer Books


I received such a sweet gift today, several dulcimer books. I have...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 24
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How to find: .....


Members from a certain area, how would we find out who they are? I was...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 5
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Strap Button or Not


I have seen discussions on lap cloths and straps. My dulcimer; aJohn...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 12
marg

First Festival


Ok, now that I have my dulcimer and beginning to learn it, next up is...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 69
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capo's


I have a wide fret and the capo I have does not fit it. If it was...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 17
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6&1/2 buzzes


I have an older dulcimer I just picked up. It's very nice except the...
@marg 3 years ago - Comments: 6

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Latest Videos

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Christmas Eve Fun  "Jingle Bells"

Christmas Eve Fun "Jingle Bells"


@marg
9 months ago - Comments: 4
When the Saints Go Marching In

When the Saints Go Marching In


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last year - Comments: 3
Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace


@marg
last year - Comments: 7
The Gift of Love

The Gift of Love


@marg
last year - Comments: 3
The Gift of Love

The Gift of Love


@marg
last year - Comments: 3
'Amazing Grace'

'Amazing Grace'


@marg
2 years ago - Comments: 3
'Ode To Joy'

'Ode To Joy'


@marg
2 years ago - Comments: 3
'This Land Is Your Land'

'This Land Is Your Land'


@marg
2 years ago - Comments: 5
'Over There'

'Over There'


@marg
2 years ago - Comments: 6
America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful


@marg
2 years ago - Comments: 4
Danny Boy

Danny Boy


@marg
3 years ago - Comments: 5
1:25 Ode to Joy

1:25 Ode to Joy


@marg
3 years ago - Comments: 21

Latest Photos

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Cardboard Dulcimer

Posted: Monday August 21 2017, 6:56 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Hitting the strings

Posted: Saturday August 12 2017, 10:48 PM
By: @marg

bridge compensation

Posted: Wednesday August 2 2017, 12:28 AM
By: @John Gribble

seagull soundholes

Posted: Friday July 28 2017, 7:00 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

scalloped fretboard

Posted: Wednesday July 26 2017, 9:59 PM
By: @Brian G.

Robert LeFever

Posted: Monday July 24 2017, 7:17 PM
By: @marg

Fret Markers

Posted: Monday July 24 2017, 6:27 PM
By: @Matt Berg

Tabs, Straps, & Cords

Posted: Saturday July 1 2017, 3:55 PM
By: @marg

Sam Carrell dulcimer

Posted: Thursday June 29 2017, 4:18 PM
By: @marg

'weeping hearts', 'trailing hearts' or...

Posted: Saturday June 24 2017, 2:39 PM
By: @marg

Thumb pick

Posted: Saturday June 24 2017, 10:17 AM
By: @marg

Jack Whitworth of Capote Hills

Posted: Sunday June 11 2017, 10:03 PM
By: @marg

Action/ nickel under the 7th

Posted: Thursday June 1 2017, 4:53 PM
By: @marg

Dean Markley 3001 XM Transducer pickup

Posted: Saturday April 29 2017, 5:52 PM
By: @marg

Roland, MICRO CUBE GX

Posted: Tuesday April 25 2017, 10:55 AM
By: @Skip

A 'beginner dulcimer'

Posted: Monday April 10 2017, 12:54 PM
By: @marg

Can I lessen a pluckier tone

Posted: Sunday February 19 2017, 12:31 AM
By: @Bet.M

Thoughts: Folk Roots by Rugg & Jackel,...

Posted: Tuesday January 17 2017, 8:09 PM
By: @marg

Dulcimer Weight

Posted: Monday January 16 2017, 8:33 PM
By: @Bee Lick Farm

5 string dulcimer

Posted: Wednesday January 4 2017, 4:58 PM
By: @Lisa Golladay

String that rings

Posted: Thursday September 22 2016, 10:09 AM
By: @marg

Hanging a dulcimer

Posted: Tuesday June 21 2016, 1:12 AM
By: @marg

TK O'Brien Walnut Creek Dulcimers

Posted: Sunday May 15 2016, 5:29 AM
By: @Anne Bowman

Does a dulcimer get a fuller tone when...

Posted: Thursday May 12 2016, 9:35 PM
By: @CD

need or not need 6.5 fret

Posted: Friday April 8 2016, 7:04 PM
By: @Paul Certo

new orleans area, used dulcimers

Posted: Wednesday April 6 2016, 6:25 PM
By: @Lexie R Oakley

How to tune wooden pegs

Posted: Saturday January 23 2016, 5:01 PM
By: @marg

Leo Rodder, KY dulcimer

Posted: Saturday January 2 2016, 2:50 PM
By: @marg

strap button

Posted: Wednesday December 16 2015, 3:44 PM
By: @Joe Robison

Number of dulcimers

Posted: Friday October 2 2015, 4:32 PM
By: @Tom Taggart

Comments

Botany Bill
09/13/17 06:26:18AM @botany-bill:

Hi Marg.,

Greetings from Scotland and many thanks for your warm welcome. RE. your message to cacofonix, I got my McSpadden via Robin Clark in Wales. He is most kind and helpful. A few music shops in the U.K. are starting to stock mountain dulcimers - mostly of Rumanian origin.

Bill

 


Geoff Black
06/27/17 05:56:59AM @geoff-black:

...And in answer to your more recent post, you can see I do have the two Carrells still, although I've sold a third.  I deal in dulcimers, so have tried/owned over 330 and counting.... Not quite sure how many I've kept now, perhaps 40 or so.

Yes, I think he usually signed his dulcimers and my two also have a customer's name inside ("Made for....").  I've not seen model numbers, mainly because I believe he only made two models, the teardrop of his own design and the "hourglass" whose design he inherited from his mentor Bill Davis.

The weeping heart soundholes I'm pretty sure I've seen on other Carrells.  My three all had an f-hole in the lower bout, but the upper bout patterns were all different, so he seems to have varied them regularly...or perhaps changed to order.

Yes, the intonation on all seems to be "good"...i.e. modern and setup for mixolydian tuning with a 6+fret... although opinions differ as to whether the older dulcimers were "bad", or just set up beautifully for a different scale, in different tunings and played in a different style (often noter/drone)....!  Incidentally, you were lucky to find one with the floating bridge still attached.  Most of my Davis or Carrell dulcimer had lost bridge - and sometimes nut too.  The wooden triangular section bridges have their limitations.  I've replaced quite a few in bone or horn.

Finally, I have a lot more about Carrell, including some correspondence with the man himself a few years back.  Let me know if you want anything more.

 

Geoff

 


Geoff Black
06/27/17 05:37:44AM @geoff-black:

Hi Marge

I don't get on FOTMD as much as I'd like these days, so sorry if I've not kept up to date with replies to your interesting posts.

Do you have a teardrop or Davis-style hourglass Carrell?  I've always fancied the former but never succeeded in buying one.  

I have two "hourglass" ones.  One is tuned "conventionally" as a four string equidistant, basically in DAdd.  I play it as you would a conventional DAdd dulcimer with twin melody strings, but I don't always fret the second "d" string - which gives chords an interestingly richer tone is some instances and discords in others!  You can also use four string chords of course.  If I were adventurous (and had the time to learn properly) I would tune the four strings so that I could get more chromatic notes....

The other hourglass is tuned as Carrell himself advised, which is essentially as a baritone. It has strings as follows:  26w, 22w, 13, 13/13, tuned respectively A', E, A, A/A.  It sounds glorious but the heavier strings do put extra tension on the wooden pegs of course.

...And so to the pegs.  I'm not an expert, but this is what works for me.  Take all the pegs off, but keeping them clearly associated with the hole they came from - in other words be careful to put them back in the exact hole/taper they came from.  I use very fine wire wool or similar to get off any residue from peg paste or any gloss.  Then put on peg dope or peg paste, lightly - just on the areas where the pegs bear on the pegbox.  You should be able to see the two rings on each peg clearly.  Put the peg in the hole and turn it both ways a number of times to distribute the paste evenly.  Try putting on an old string of the right dimensions, get it up to pitch and see if it slips.  If it slips, try some chalk on the same bearing surfaces.  That will make it stick more.  If the opposite - it turns notchily - try more paste to make it turn more smoothly.

BUT, there is a technique to tightening the pegs before you attempt the fine tuning of paste/chalk as above.  You have to use a screwdriver-type action, pushing in hard as you tighten.  And the bass strings, with their higher tension, are usually more susceptible to poor turning technique than the treble strings.

....Well that's quite enough for now.  Let us know how you get on and do ask more questions!

Geoff


Alamaine
06/08/17 12:27:06PM @alamaine:

Thanks!  Happy to be here.


jddahl
04/13/17 06:46:00AM @jddahl:

Thanks Marg for your message !

One of these days, I'll have time to play it again !

Jean-Dag


Helen Seiler
01/11/17 05:26:45PM @helen-seiler:

G'day Marg, SMN is Standard Music Notation. I can now read a little but mainly rely on Tab. I got my electric blues box guitar the other day and put it together with a bit of fiddling. For US$30 i am very impressed (if it doesnt fall apart). I have started on the lessons in the book and on the cd and am already feeling quite bluesy. I was surprised how well it plays thru my little Roland Microcube amp. Have you put yours together yet. I found the rivet holes were a little narrow... i just ran a metal skewer thru them and they widened out enough to tap the rivets in with a hammer.  i hope you are enjoying yours and thanks again for showing it to me. H x


marg
01/11/17 12:55:53AM @marg:

Helen,

that is so funny, I got one myself. Have not started putting it together yet, so much easier to dream of the finish piece. You have to up-date me on your progress. I hope it will be fun for you


Helen Seiler
12/25/16 06:07:06PM @helen-seiler:

G'day Marg... well it got the better of me. I received some Christmas money from my brother and he said on the card 'Buy something fun'. So I ordered the little blues box guitar kit. An online book store down here had the same one on sale down here with free postage. Thanks for showing it to me.. i think it will be fun... if i can put it together. Happy holidays and thanks again. Helen x


Helen Seiler
09/12/16 06:27:40PM @helen-seiler:

Hi Marg, it was so kind of you to contact me. Yes i have been missing in action on here for a while... my health has been a bit rough.. with a hand tremor that was affecting a few things including typing and playing... but it has finally improved over this last week.. so i will be back on board soon. How are you travelling Marg?


Geoff Black
09/08/16 09:44:34AM @geoff-black:

Hi Marg

You ask about epinette tuning....and unfortunately it's rather like asking how long is a piece of string!  The longer scale modern epinettes have a melody string tuned to D, but play in G - think DAA tuning and the root of the scale being on the 3rd fret.  The smaller ones are in G, but play in C (ditto).  The drones are tuned a fifth apart to match the G or C tuning respectively.  Using a 0.010 or 0.011 string as a reference on the melody string, try each tuning and see whether it is too slack or too tight.  Or just send me the scale length and I'll hazard a guess....!

Best of luck.

Geoff


Jan Potts
08/26/16 01:28:12AM @jan-potts:

Hi, Marg!  You were asking about members of our dulcimer family affected by the flooding in Louisiana...I don't know who, specifically, but the Lagniappe Festival is held in Port Allen, LA each year and I know that area was flooded. 


MaxUtil
06/14/16 05:12:38PM @maxutil:

Hi Marg,

Good eye! Yes it is a TK O'Brien! Walnut Creek model. Found it used though basically in perfect condition. I've had it for almost two months now and so far very happy. Just starting to learn my way around the frets, but coming along nicely. I'm thinking the action is a little high on it. But I've decided to play for a while longer before I get tempted to do anything "drastic".


Helen Seiler
06/11/16 04:54:13AM @helen-seiler:

Gee thanks Marg, that is so very kind of you. I have a dream of getting over .... but is a few years away yet. If i do I would probably fly into Fort Worth International with Qantas  But Aussies get terrible jet lag flying in your direction cos of the time difference so i wouldnt make a very good house guest...tired n grumpy. But if i do get over i'd love to catch up with u for a strum. What tune are you working on at the moment?


Cynthia Wigington
05/05/16 08:01:12AM @cynthia-wigington:

Hi Marg, thanks for the note. So it sounds like maybe you want to get back into painting? Watercolors? Oils? I would really like to put a few of my painting up here if I could figure out how to do it. I am mostly painting in watercolor these days, but recently did an acrylic painting much larger that I had fun with. Paint with oils too, or have done quite a bit. Would like to see your paintings too. I'm a primitive painter I guess, but not just abstract. There are certain archetypes that keep showing up in my work. It's very relaxing. Follow me back and we can communicate better.


Estes George
04/08/16 09:15:03PM @george-desjardins:

I measured both of them, they don't sit in the same place exactly, but it was where they were when I got them. Measured fromthe edge of the strumming well closest to bridge, and they sit a bit between 1/2 and just shy of 3/4 inch and tune just fine. Hope that helps. 


Estes George
04/08/16 06:45:33PM @george-desjardins:

Hi, just saw your message, I'll measure the distance when I get home and let you know, they are movable bridges.

 As you said, buying used can be an adventure, and actually, my Warren Mays were a surprise because of all my

other dulcimers had fixed bridges, so when I went to restring the Mays as I always do when I get a "new" used one, the bridge came off and I thought I had broken it!

My other big surprise was buying an older John Maxwell and wondering why no matter how i tried tuning it, it just sounded wrong, That's how I learned about Just Intonation, as opposed to the more modern Equal Temperament.

 Glad to say though, so far I've not been disappointed with any of them, just caught off guard every now and then.


Charles Thomas
03/29/16 09:18:30PM @charles-thomas:

Thanks , Marg for your kind comment on "Night Snow". I'll try to make a video. I have a few technical problems to work out first.


Gordon Hardy
02/13/16 10:44:02AM @gordon-hardy:

Marg, i sent the tab in a personal message, should get notification of same. You can probably copy and paste the tab to a word document. If not I can send it to you through regular email.


Gordon Hardy
02/10/16 10:51:06AM @gordon-hardy:

Hello Marg, I have tab for "On Eagle Wings" for noter and drone style playing tuned DAA. If you wish to follow my profile, I can send it to you in a personal message. I don't really good internet service here, seems slow this morning, please bear with me. Gordon.


Charles Thomas
01/11/16 07:16:28PM @charles-thomas:

Thanks, Marg!!!