Phroedrick

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Location: Belmont, CA
Country: USA

My Latest Followers:

Ken Longfield Geckostar97 Dusty Turtle Jessica Comeau

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I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. When I hit high school and college, music was taking all sorts of new directions, or reinvigorating older genres. The Avalon Ball Room and Filmore West were in full swing with performers like Hendrix, Joplin, Cream, Country Joe, Albert King and BB King, The Band, Crosby, Stills and the rest.

I came to music when forced to learn Piano. It felt like torture at the time, yet everything I learned was, and remains of value, with the exception of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. I tried clarinet, the trumpet, and finally guitar, the instrument that’s been with me most of my life.

Career? Yep, had two. I was a broadcast engineer, directed commercials, was a cameraman, err... person, and later ended up in time sales. When computers crept out of the dark and into the light, I got into IT and started my own firm—one office in San Francisco and another in Los Angeles. The work took me all over the world, and gave me the chance to write a couple books for Microsoft Press (outdated now, just like me 😂). Degrees? Yep, a couple, electronics engineering and business. I have a wife, a daughter, a grandson and a cat. My life is, therefore, complete. I retired early, and don’t recommend it.

As for the dulcimer, I’m new to it and loving it. Ever have one of those experiences where you pick something up, or decide to do something unfamiliar and you feel some sort of inner affinity for it? That’s how it felt when I picked up a dulcimer, and here I am.

Anyway, I find writing about myself tedious, so this is all I have to offer up. Music has been really important to me, and, I think at times has kept me focused—where I go to let everything else drift away for awhile.

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Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 3 hours ago
@phroedrick is now following @ken-longfield
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bone nut and saddle":
"I do pieces of scrimshaw art from time-to-time and have been able to find large and small pieces of bone on eBay. However, I like ivory best of all and legal..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Skye Boat Song:
"I’m currently working on this piece and it’s great to hear it played so nicely."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 days ago
@phroedrick is now following @dusty-turtle
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Thumb Surgery Anyone?":
"Just a quick update—I did get a paraffin wax bath and am finding it really does help with wrist pain. Thanks for that suggestion. This site is one of the..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Changing String Sets":
"I once thought the thing I loathed most in the world was a root canal. That is now in second place, behind putting a new set of strings on my MD...."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"After you spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on cat toys, which becomes the cat’s favorite? Yep, right, the box they came in!"
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Solved The Problem Of Finding An Inexpensive Gig Bag":
"Finding a gig bag for my dulcimer was a frustrating adventure. I found soft, padded ones starting around $80 and going up from there. That was more than I..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Thumb Surgery Anyone?":
"Thanks to all for the response. Think it sounds like homeopathy and physical therapy is a good choice, so I’ll try that. Did talk to my orthopedic guy today..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • one week ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Thumb Surgery Anyone?":
"I’ve developed arthritis at the base of my thumbs on both wrists. This doesn’t affect my playing a dulcimer as much as it does my guitar playing There is a..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cigar Box Guitars":
"Okay, I admit I have a love affair with making cigar box guitars and, especially, cigar box ukuleles. I make them and usually give them away to kids in the..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Song of the Sea Anne and Ed Damm Dulcimer Tuner Question":
"Happy 4th Susan--I agree with Ken that the higher gear ratios that require lots of turns of the knob is a good thing. I recommend you pick up a string..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer for Sale":
"Have to say I am really, really tempted by your dulcimer. It's a beautiful instrument."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 weeks ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on BEWARE of internet ad sites of "the BEST dulcimers" to buy.:
"tautwire: Interesting stuff. I have to admit, I have picked these things up in guitar stores here in the UK and they are difficult to put down: it’s so..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 weeks ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on BEWARE of internet ad sites of "the BEST dulcimers" to buy.:
"I went to Am***n and searched for Mountain Dulcimer. Sure enough, the Merlin turned up several times. I clicked on a Merlin listing and posted this..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 weeks ago • comments: 67
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"Dusty Turtle: @Phroedrick, that means you put a capo on the first fret. Thanks. That should make all the difference."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 weeks ago • comments: 67
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"Question—Something doesn't sound right when I'm tuned CGC and trying to play this. Any help appreciated."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 weeks ago
@phroedrick is now following @jessica-comeau
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on The Masochism Tango, on chromatic dulcimer:
"God! One of my all time favorite pieces of whimsy from Tom Lehrer. Think it was on the album, “An Evening Wasted  With...” Thanks for the link."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 weeks ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Pick Thickness:
"Instead of thinking in terms of thickness, think about flexibility. I’ve found, across guitars, banjos and other stringed instruments that the stiffer the..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 weeks ago • comments: 67
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"Eaglenest61: So, I'm a newbie with my first question. Are there some simplified instructions on how to understand and use the Circle of Fifths and the..."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 weeks ago • comments: 30
Posted a new Comment on Jessica Comeau- Saltarello, 14th Cent. (Pensacola Mountain Dulcimer Wildflowers):
"Love that when it all went sideways at the end you let the video stand. Really enjoyed the piece and that you have a sense of humor."
Phroedrick
@phroedrick • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Out of tune bass string:
"Did you solve this problem? If not, I do some light Luthier work and may be able to help you figure out what needs fixing and how to go about it. No, I am..."

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Richard Streib
06/30/19 09:49:54PM @richard-streib:

Welcome Phroedrick to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. This is a wonderful community of people who love the dulcimer and its sweet song. Looking forward to your comments and questions. Best wishes on your dulcimer journey.


Benjamin W Barr Jr
06/29/19 06:59:00AM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Phroedrick, 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 to meet some good people.

Ben


Ken Longfield
06/28/19 10:28:22AM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD Phroedrick. It is good to have you aboard.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song"


Jim Fawcett
06/27/19 08:58:15PM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Phroedrick, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.