Peter Watson

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John Dunn
07/04/15 07:16:09AM @john-dunn:

G'Day Peter. I have been off line for six months now, that explains my failure to answer your inquiry. I have been experiencing problems with my dominant hand, and now find I have major problems with osteo arthrytis, thus explaining my inactivity.  Quite a few years back I became interested in m/dulcimer and I made three or four, now I realise mine were really wall hangers. I purchased a lovely dulcimer from a lovely who introduced me to fotmd site.  I must confess it has just been sitting waiting for me to start up again.  I live in a villa and think the lovely sound will fit in well with my surroundings - loud instruments are not the flavour of the month for some of my neighbours.  

Tonight I read my mail and decided to get logged in to the new fotmd site, and am glad I did, I found your unanswered inquiry. I really do owe you an apology.   

I know Taree well, spent some of my working life in the area but always based in Sydney.  In fact back in 1990 we bought 5 acres intending to build a retirement home just off the road to Tinonee.  Then we saw a better spot at Laurieton so we gravitated there.  Notwithstanding I still have a soft spot for Taree.

I have a few chores to do now, I will send this off to you, looking forward to catching up.  Cheers John.  

 


Anne Bowman
02/19/15 03:14:33AM @anne-bowman:

Hello Peter,

We now have an "Aussie Talk" group for those of us Down-Under FOTMD members! Thought you might like to join ....

Cheers,

Anne


Robert D. Ketterlinus
02/12/15 07:42:22AM @robert-d-ketterlinus:

Hi Peter! I play guitar (acoustic and electric), mandolin and UKE and have dabbled in lap slide. I also am playing with Kalimbas (tuned in G Major) and getting my first dulcimer today in the mail. I like all sorts of musical genres so open to ideas of collaborations. I have been into bluegrass and fiddle tunes in particular (also Bach!). I also like country and rock, blues, some folk. I have recording equipment and some special effects pedals and devices. Hope that gives you better idea about me. How about you!


Glenn Robinson
08/29/14 08:45:36AM @glenn-robinson:
Hi Peter, thanks for the greeting. I play brass instruments and teach music in a school although mostly I do paperwork. I teach one son the Cornet and his twin brother learns violin at primary school. The youngest is going to become the dulcimer star. He loves it, possibly because he gets me to himself when he practices, and when he is in a patient mood he plays well. I chose the dulcimer as I had seen cardboard ones being used in classrooms in the US and was impressed. I bought a cardboard one and my son and I built it earlier this year. We started with DAA tuning and a couple of weeks ago re tuned to DAD and now he and I are working through a tutor book and loving it. His main frustration is that when we go to see concerts there are people playing his brother's instruments, but not a dulcimer to be seen.How did you get started with the dulcimer?
MaryAnn Kok
03/13/14 05:36:49AM @maryann-kok:

Peter, I'm sure if you ask Robin Clarke the same question he'll be able to give you the info you seek. He knows alot moreabout dulcimers, tunings and he also plays guitar and banjo. Hope this is helpful.


MaryAnn Kok
03/13/14 05:15:26AM @maryann-kok:

Hi Peter - I play guitar, clawhammer banjo and mandolin (just chords Smile.gif) in a group, but to tell you the truth I haven't ever played dulcimer with other musiciansso I don't have the experience. Also, the other musicians in my group don't play guitar in open tuning. I'm sorry I can't help you.


Ken Backer
12/17/13 08:17:40AM @ken-backer:

Hi Peter

Never got to climb Mt. Warning when we were there. We did do a full days hike in the rain forest canyons in the Blue Mts. west of Sydney. At the end of the day I was ready to sit down and wait for the rescue chopper! Wasn't sure I would make it back up the canyon. I don't think I would have much luck with Mt. Warning.


Ken Backer
12/15/13 08:58:54AM @ken-backer:

I have often said there is nothing wrong with today's pop music that can't be cured with some good melodies, harmonys, and lyrics ....


Ken Backer
12/14/13 11:08:01PM @ken-backer:

Peter, Paul, and Mary are my overall all time favorite music group. Have seen them in concert as well as at a peace march in the sixtys. Also, I have most of their albums, two videos, and four songbooks. I guess you could say I am a devoted fan. So sad when Mary died.

Cheers Ken


Helen Seiler
12/14/13 04:47:06AM @helen-seiler:
Hi Peter. Creswick is 2 hours west of Melbourne, near Ballarat.
Julian Moore
10/30/13 08:00:13PM @julian-moore:
PeterSounds great. Leo Kottke meets Appalachian hillbillies. Good luck with it all.Julian
Benjamin W Barr Jr
10/26/13 12:11:54PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Peter, there are areas of the country where the dulcimer is well known and a popular instrument. However, where I live in Maine it is still much of an anomaly as people constantly come up to me when I am playing and ask what it is...most have not seen nor heard of the instrument in this neck of the woods.

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Benjamin W Barr Jr
10/23/13 08:42:59AM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Peter. While I do not know the answer to this particular question quite as definitively as your prior question, I concur with your assessment. What I think that it can further do is to perhaps make some more complex tunings depending on the artist and the needs for certain songs. It can create the extra melody or chime as you called it with the extra double strings; or it could be for a tuning such as DD A# A in say an arrangement for Yesterday by the Beatles, or whatever maybe the call or need.

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Benjamin W Barr Jr
10/20/13 10:42:32PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Peter,

Thanks for asking the questions. I will try to help with what I can. I do play at jams and I think that the dulcimer can be successfully played with other instruments. What is often key, is the key that a song is being played in. Hence, if a guitar is playing a song in say the key of G, then playing or transposing the song to the key of G on the dulcimer is something that can (at least in my understanding) be done. If, for example, I am playing in the key of D and suppose that I am tuned to DAD, then if the strings allow, I could change my tuning to DAG and play the song the same way, only now, I would be in the key of G. (That may or may not be totally accurate, but it should provide some guidance.)

For example, I was wanting to play simple gifts with a lady. She played it in the key of C on her guitar, so I changed my tuning from DAD to DAC and played the same pattern as before, only this time in C. She appreciated that.

There are many examples of dulcimers playing with other instruments, so that should not be a deterrent.

Hope you get your new dulcimer soon.

Hope that helps...any more questions, just ask.

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Karen Keane
10/19/13 06:23:09PM @karen-keane:
Hello and welcome to the site. This is a great place to listen to music and share ideas. I hope you enjoy!