Mary Z. Cox

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Location: Tallahassee, FL
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MaryZ Cox is a Florida Mountain Dulcimer Champion as well as well as a 4 time champion (2011, 2009, 2007, & 2006) at the Brevard, North Carolina Old Time Music Competition.  She's placed 1st & 2nd in mountain dulcimer at the Uncle Dave Macon Days in Tennessee & 2nd at the Tennessee Valley Fiddlers Convention in Alabama. 

MaryZ has taught mountain dulcimer workshops @ the Lagniappe Dulcimer Fete, Suwannee Dulcimer Retreat, Fall NGFDA Festival at Unicoi, Georgia Florida Folk Festival, Will McLean Festival, and in Charlotte, NC & Charleston, South Carolina..

Her dulcimer articles, photos, tabs, and mp3's have been published in Dulcimer Player News.

"Easy String Band Method for the Mountain Dulcimer" (instruction book/cd) is still in print & folks from all over the world have been learning this fun & easy method from it for almost a decade. 

Although Mary Z is known best for her clawhammer banjos, recordings,& tab books -- several of her cd's include mountain dulcimers.

Chickens Crowin at Midnight is a dulcimercerntric string band style collection of traditional tunes.

There are also banjo/dulcimer duets on Florida Banjo, Drumming On the Edge Of Banjo & Girl With the Banjo Tattoo.

All are available on her website.

maryzcox.com

 

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Sick with dulcimers:)

Posted: Saturday September 29 2012, 2:07 PM
By: @Mary Z. Cox

New Timber Hill Butterfly dulcimer arrived...

Posted: Wednesday November 16 2011, 11:45 AM
By: @BethH

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Helen Seiler
03/12/13 04:18:55PM @helen-seiler:
Mary, if you do rerelease it I would love to buy a copy. H
Helen Seiler
03/11/13 09:20:19PM @helen-seiler:
G'day again Mary. Just a quick note to say how much I am enjoying your Easy String Band Method book and cd. I will be recommending it on the beginners page. Any chance of a second volume sometime soon?
Helen Seiler
02/13/13 01:34:46AM @helen-seiler:
Thanks for your honesty and thoughts Mary. Helen
Helen Seiler
02/12/13 08:14:17PM @helen-seiler:
Hi again Mary. I just looked at the tracklist for your Easy String band book/cd. Lots of tracks I have been chasing tab and cd for. Before I order I just wanted to ask a really dumb question. Now I know a banjimer is a dulcimer with a banjo-ish sound, not a banjo. The luthier (Dave Lynch) who built her mentioned that once I get used to it I can change strings and tuning to banjo tuning. Question is, even with 4 equidistant strings it is still short a stringing or two compared to a banjo. I saw a clip of Stephen Seifert playing clawhammer on a Clemmer Banjammer. I realise Stephen is a remarkable musician. So my question is - Can I use any of your banjo tab books on my banjimer. .. if so what strings/tuning would I need ...and is clawhammer possible on a banjimer? Sorry, thats about three questions. Just thought I'd check before putting another order in. Thanks Helen.
Helen Seiler
02/04/13 10:23:10PM @helen-seiler:
Wow, I love your TimbreHill dulcimer Mary. I am finally getting my act together to buy some great cds for enjoyment and inspiration. The problem I am striking is getting the money to the US without paying an arm and a leg in feesfor the privilege. I have a Paypal account I can pay with but understandably, not everyone has one. Fee's for exchanging amounts less than $100 are awful. The post office here will do it via Western Union for a considerable fee. The bank tells me there is no point me sending an aussie check. There are two cds u recommended to me after I let u know how much I enjoyed Cold Frosty Morning and Going to Boston. I recently got a banjimer so extra keen now. So I will keep at it. There must be a way. Helen.
Bill Calhoun
01/27/13 09:18:35AM @bill-calhoun:

Good morning Mary...I wish you a day filled with joy and music. bill


Susie
11/14/12 09:09:41AM @susie:

Hey Mary. I ordered a Clemmer TN Sweetie Church-style from Mike and Connie a little over a week ago. Connie said Mike has so many orders that he won't get to start mine until Jan. That's fine, I understand that these great builders are in demand. I had never heard of sassafras on a dulcimer, but after a little checking and talking to Connie, I think it will be a good choice. Mike is going to personalize it with a Maple Leaf on the headstock, since we are producers of pure maple syrup Grin.gif. Your dulcimer sounds like it's going to be beautiful. I bet yours will be coming very soon. I hope you post pictures of it. BTW, your videos are great. I looked up your books on Elderly, which is my local music store. You are very talented.


Helen Seiler
10/25/12 05:46:33PM @helen-seiler:
Gadday again Mary. I really love the style of playing on Cold Frosty Morning. I am looking at ordering some of your music. Are there any particular cds that feature this gentle style of playing? Thanks, Helen.
Helen Seiler
09/10/12 05:35:34PM @helen-seiler:
Thank you for the friend request Mary. Great photos and videos. Just off to look at your web page.
John Henry
08/22/12 09:43:15AM @john-henry:

Mary, 59 yrs just about equals two life sentences without remission, lol ! Thanks for friend request, John


RavenMadd Garcia
08/22/12 06:02:49AM @ravenmadd-garcia:

Mary thanks and have a good day ....dig the dulcimer pics


Dana R. McCall
08/21/12 06:02:03PM @dana-r-mccall:

Love the CD cover.


Dana R. McCall
08/21/12 06:01:10PM @dana-r-mccall:

Thanks for the friends request Mary, I love your timbe hills dulcimers BEAUTIFUL Paul is a geat guy.


Mary Z. Cox
01/07/12 01:11:27PM @mary-z-cox:

Good news--Just got the January issue of Banjo Newsletter and the editor, Don Nitchie, listed his dozen favorite banjo cds of 2011--and whoah--Girl With the Banjo Tattoo was one of the 12! He even mentioned that there were a couple good dulcimer/banjo duets on it--and it isn't often that banjo players will even mention dulcimers--let alone recommend them :)

Thanks Don for listening and appreciating (he listens to several hundred new cds a year)?width=530


Robin Thompson
12/28/11 11:44:40PM @robin-thompson:

Mary,

Mark and I were heading to the big city today (Columbus OH) and he put a DPN sampler cd in the player-- he heard your Tam Lin and liked it a lot. I ordered your cd earlier this eve-- I may not be able to keep it wrapped until Valentine's Day. Smile.gif


Stephanie Stuckwisch
02/05/11 02:33:04PM @stephanie-stuckwisch:
I had to chuckle when I read you article in DPN. My oldest dulcimer has friction pegs. Like your Checkered Lady, mine will not be played in anything but Ionian. It took a number of snapped strings before I accepted it.
Scotty Lee Shuffield
07/13/10 07:53:00PM @scotty-lee-shuffield:
Great Picture Mary...you were already well represented with your gallery anyway. I only thought it was good to have pix that helped show people's personalities. So many members don't have any pix and there is no way to get to "know" someone, without those or without blogs, etc. BTW, I love your pix of Elvis playing the dulcimer! Thanks for joining in the fun and I hope that we can get together at a jam someday! Keep on keepin' on, girl!
John Shaw
02/15/10 07:48:29AM @john-shaw:
Hello Mary. I'm delighted to be your friend - thanks for asking!Re my Paul Conrad dulcimer: I was so bowled over by the strong dramatic appearance of the red elm dulcimer which was the first photo to come up on his website in early 2008, that I got into discussions with him about making one for me. It was dulcimer lust at first sight rather than sound, as I hadn't heard one at that time! (But I knew from ED that he was gathering a strong reputation very quickly.) My dulcimer has a strong bright sound with a lot of "oomph" about it. I've only recorded once with it so far - you can hear it on the "Oyster Girl" sound file on my page on this site. It's the dulcimer I am playing to accompany the song. (Other multitracked instruments kick in for the tune that closes the song.) This recording demonstrated to me that it has a good hefty bass end too, which I hadn't really been so aware of while playing.It's his Form A type of MD that I went for, with 27" VSL. Paul's movable pedestal bridge set-up works really well and is very stable. You can see a picture of my MD on his website - it's the 3-string red elm dulcimer with double-diamond soundholes and planetary tuners. I marvel at Paul's more complex intarsia wood creations, but it's the simpler, less ornate dulcimers that I really like.
Randy S. Bretz
02/13/10 09:21:30AM @randy-s-bretz:
Hello Mary, have you ever heard of a female banjo player for back in the day- Ola Belle Reed. I have an old Kevin Roth lp album from back in 1977 and he`s pictured with her. Says alot of his traditional songs he learned from her.
Michael Vickey
01/08/10 06:01:01PM @michael-vickey:
No - stillat home - unable to get on to the roads - snow and ice. Maybe Sunday or Monday.Thanks for asking. Keep warm.