Pondoro

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Location: INDIAN SPGS
Country: United States

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Married 39 years. I play ukulele, bodhran and harmonica. Starting the dulcimer in 2018 at age 61.

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Pondoro
@pondoro • 3 days ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Strings - brands and gauges?:
"Great point about that zero fret! I'd heard of them but never seen one! I'll set the action at the bridge. "
Pondoro
@pondoro • 3 days ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Strings - brands and gauges?:
"By Ken's recommendation my nut is about .015 too high and the bridge is waaay high! The string is .025 or more too high at the 7th fret, but my high school..."
Pondoro
@pondoro • 3 days ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Strings - brands and gauges?:
"Dusty: I'm also interested in action height. Could you state some general guidelines? Thanks! I've built ukes and have fine tuned the action on many store..."
Pondoro
@pondoro • 4 days ago
@pondoro is now following @forums
Pondoro
@pondoro • one week ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Strum all strings all the time, or...?:
"Thank you all! This is all very helpful! "
Pondoro
@pondoro • one week ago • comments: 8
Created a new Group discussion "Strum all strings all the time, or...?":
"I found tabs for "I'll Fly Away" and "Go Tell Aunt Rhodie" - both in D for a DAa tuned dulcimer. They only show the melody.  Should I only strum the melody..."
Beginner players
Pondoro
@pondoro • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Newbie questions - noter size, string gauges, Berea tunings":
"I have retuned to DAa. Trying that out."
Pondoro
@pondoro • 2 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Strings - brands and gauges?:
"So I just go and buy 15 or 20 0.010" or 0.012" strings? Mine are loop end, by the way. And probably 1/4 as many wound strings? I've never looked for single..."
Pondoro
@pondoro • 2 weeks ago • comments: 15
Created a new Group discussion "Strings - brands and gauges?":
"So my used dulcimer came with strings as follow: 0.020", 0.010", 0.010" and 0.010" The strings are rusty and I should probably buy a couple of sets to keep..."
Beginner players
Pondoro
@pondoro • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Newbie questions - noter size, string gauges, Berea tunings":
"OK, got my dulcimer.  Rearranged the strings because the prior owner had gotten them switched up. Tuned it DAd. I'm leaning towards noter and a pick, versus..."
Pondoro
@pondoro • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Got my dulcimer!":
"Thanks Ken, these are useful!"
Pondoro
@pondoro • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Got my dulcimer!":
"Or A3. The A is higher than the bass D string and lower than the double D3 strings."
Pondoro
@pondoro • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Got my dulcimer!":
"I cannot type not count! It is currently tuned D3, A4, D4,D4. Sorry for the confusion."
Pondoro
@pondoro • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Got my dulcimer!":
"Home. Strings are swapped. D3 is farthest from me. A3 in the middle. D3 D3 closest. Strings measure 0.020, 0.010, 0.010, 0.010”. None broke during the process"
Pondoro
@pondoro • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Got my dulcimer!":
"Ok. I'm at my inlaws now but as soon as I get home I'll swap strings around and probably order a couple of new sets, these look a bit rusty. Then I'll have..."
Pondoro
@pondoro • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Got my dulcimer!":
"Thanks! I've already learned that Joy to the World needs the 6-1/2 fret. So to drop below the bottom note on my melody strings I can jump to the middle..."
Pondoro
@pondoro • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Got my dulcimer!":
"I will switch the strings. The story I heard is that an old man bought it, never played it, and died. My wife and sister-in-law bought it for far less than..."
Pondoro
@pondoro • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Got my dulcimer!":
"Dulcimer is flat on my lap. Tuners to my left. The farthest string from me is not the bass string. It appears to be the same diameter as the two melody..."
Pondoro
@pondoro • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Got my dulcimer!":
"Whoa! I'm tuned DAd. Just realized that the melody strings are the same note (d) as the fourth string of my Chicago tuned tenor banjo. After playing Oh..."
Pondoro
@pondoro • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Got my dulcimer!":
"By the way it has 19 frets, not counting the zero fret. 1-10 are labeled and there is an unlabeled 6-1/2 fret. After 10 you tell me. I'll figure them out..."
Pondoro
@pondoro • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Got my dulcimer!":
"A few months ago I joined this site. My wife and her sister had bought me a dulcimer for Christmas. I just got it. It is a Cedar Creek, plywood top, looks..."
Pondoro
@pondoro • 3 months ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on The Battle of Aughrim:
"That is nice! I've heard it played on traditional Irish instruments but never a dulcimer. I guess they're all rebel instruments!"
Pondoro
@pondoro • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Using Metronome apps":
"I use two. Both free. MetroTimer and Pro Metronome. Why two? Because I am lazy. The MetroTimer is always left in 4/4, Pro Metronome is always left in 6/8. I..."
Pondoro
@pondoro • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cigar Box Guitars":
"So these are cigar box ukuleles. Both boxes are more than 40 years old. All wood was cut in America (I cannot vouch for the boxes). The larger one has..."
Pondoro
@pondoro • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Hi, I've played the harmonica for 45 years or so, the ukulele for twelve, and the bodhrán for three. I've actually taken lessons for three years on the..."

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Pondoro

Strum all strings all the time, or...?


I found tabs for "I'll Fly Away" and "Go Tell Aunt Rhodie" - both in D...
@Pondoro one week ago - Comments: 8
Pondoro

Strings - brands and gauges?


So my used dulcimer came with strings as follow: 0.020", 0.010", 0.010"...
@Pondoro 2 weeks ago - Comments: 15

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Comments

Jim Fawcett
10/30/18 07:03:44AM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Pondoro, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.


Richard Streib
10/29/18 08:47:25PM @richard-streib:

Welcome Pondoro to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. This is a great forum of wonderful dulcimer friends who are so welcoming. Glad you joined. There is a lot of experience and knowledge represented among the members who are always willing to answer questions and offer advice. Enjoy your membership here.


Ken Longfield
10/29/18 07:04:49PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD Pondoro. It's good to have you aboard.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


Benjamin W Barr Jr
10/29/18 10:28:36AM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Pondoro, and welcome ot 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