RoyB

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Location: Swarthmore, PA
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I've played folk guitar for 50 years, and have added ukulele and Native American flute to my collection.  Wanted to try dulcimer, next.

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RoyB
@royb • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a noter":
"[quote="Banjimer"] Search on E-Bay for "turkey call striker dowels".  They are available in a variety of hardwoods, can be purchased pre-rounded, and cost..."
RoyB
@royb • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a noter":
"I'm more of a folkie.  Never really into heavy metal :) Yes, I think I'll stick with wooden noters, at this point.  It would be interesting to see a bolt..."
RoyB
@royb • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a noter":
"I pretty much mastered that on guitar, but the noter is completely different, of course."
RoyB
@royb • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a noter":
"That is something I've been working on, Strumelia. Trying to see how much pressure is really needed to get a clear sound."
RoyB
@royb • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a noter":
"Ok. I think you mean I don't push the string down onto the actual fret, but just to the left of it? That I know from playing guitar."
RoyB
@royb • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a noter":
"Skip, you lost me with that one."
RoyB
@royb • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a noter":
"[quote="Ken Longfield"] My current favorite noter is the handle of a foam brush. I cut the foam off the handle after the paint hardened. It works very well..."
RoyB
@royb • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a noter":
"[quote="Skip"] Last nite I happened to think that anything you can cut to size and hold onto would work, screwdriver, chunk of a broom/mop/garden tool,..."
RoyB
@royb • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a noter":
"[quote="Ken Longfield"] Roy, I don't know if you ever go over to Downingtown, but if you do there is a Woodcraft store there. It carries maple dowels. If I..."
RoyB
@royb • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a noter":
"[quote="Banjimer"] Search on E-Bay for "turkey call striker dowels".  They are available in a variety of hardwoods, can be purchased pre-rounded, and cost..."
RoyB
@royb • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a noter":
"That's very kind of you, Ken. Neither Home Depot nor Lowes near me have dowels of maple. I'm actually ok with what I have, for now. Enjoy your trip!"
RoyB
@royb • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a noter":
"Rob, I actually tried a chopstick.  Too small for my liking.  Sorry about your river cane noter and lanyard.  Sounded like it was just the thing! Skip, I..."
RoyB
@royb • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a noter":
"Skip, I had read about that when making my bamboo flutes.  Problem is I'd probably fire harden my apartment in the process!"
RoyB
@royb • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a noter":
"Thanks Ken. Yes I have your booklet. One of my standard go to references. I'll look into tung oil. Hardest wood that was readily available was oak."
RoyB
@royb • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a noter":
"Robin, I've also created a noter out of a slice of bamboo, a la Strumelia's video, showing how your thumb or finger can fit into the hollow of it.  I have..."
RoyB
@royb • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making a noter":
"Dan, I have two river cane Native American flutes made by an excellent maker in Alabama, so I'm familiar with the material.  My bamboo noter slides well but..."
RoyB
@royb • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Making a noter":
"I've been trying out different size and material noters, mostly handmade.  I have a 1/4", 4.5" long noter than came with my Apple Creek dulcimer, and I've..."
RoyB
@royb • one week ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on From Ionian to Mixolydian:
"[quote="Ken Hulme"] The only problem with a toothpick as a temp fret is that it because it is soft, it will alter slightly, the tone of the fretted note.Did..."
RoyB
@royb • 2 weeks ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on From Ionian to Mixolydian:
"Also, my frets are staples, only under the melody string."
RoyB
@royb • 2 weeks ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on From Ionian to Mixolydian:
"Well I have a very old (1969) dulcimer that people on this board have encouraged me not to alter, so I may try the temporary method, if need be. Thanks Skip"
RoyB
@royb • 2 weeks ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on From Ionian to Mixolydian:
"Almost afraid to ask, but how can a fret be temporary?"
RoyB
@royb • 2 weeks ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on From Ionian to Mixolydian:
"Ah, Greg, if only I could. My bridge sits on top of the tailpiece, is not moveable, and is as low as it can be"
RoyB
@royb • 2 weeks ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on From Ionian to Mixolydian:
"Actually Strumelia, anticipating that, I tried Cgg. Same issue. It's actually a bit less noticeable in Daa."
RoyB
@royb • 2 weeks ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on From Ionian to Mixolydian:
"strumelia, VSL is 28.5", strings are 12, 12, wound 20."
RoyB
@royb • 2 weeks ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on From Ionian to Mixolydian:
"Ken, I did try Ccc, but because I still have a problem with the melody string being slightly sharp up the fret board, that tuning just accentuates the issue...."
RoyB
@royb • 2 weeks ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on From Ionian to Mixolydian:
"Thanks Dusty and jost. That's what I suspected. I also saw that the tunes mentioned are possible in both. I do have a 24" Apple Creek model with a 6+ fret...."
RoyB
@royb • 2 weeks ago • comments: 20
Updated a Group discussion "":
"I'm trying out Mixolydian (going from CGG to CGC).  However, this of course causes a flat note at the 6th fret.  I don't have a 6+ fret.  I know the scale..."
RoyB
@royb • 2 weeks ago • comments: 20
Created a new Group discussion "From Ionian to Mixolydian":
"I'm trying out Mixolydian (going from CGG to CGC).  However, this of course causes a flat note at the 6th fret.  I don't have a 6+ fret.  I know the scale..."
RoyB
@royb • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ionian tuning question":
"Thanks for ALL of that, jost.  I have been playing more (my wife finally noticed, so that's a telltale sign right there).  The disadvantage I have with..."
RoyB
@royb • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "String action is too high?":
"Related to my original question, I've been trying different tunings, and especially different combinations of notes, high or low, to see how the instrument..."
RoyB
@royb • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ionian tuning question":
"[quote="Strumelia"] Of course, if you can't sing either of those songs, you're in trouble. lolol Well then bim-bim-BOM wouldn't help either!"
RoyB
@royb • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ionian tuning question":
"John W. McKinstry: Responding to Royb and others looking for a simple way to tune to DAa or DAd, I found the suggestion of Joe Collins, a noted dulcimer..."
RoyB
@royb • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ionian tuning question":
"Thanks Robin. Interesting. I have Kevin Roth's two record instructional but not the booklet that would have come with it."
RoyB
@royb • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ionian tuning question":
"Robin, Homespun Instruction? Are you talking about a book or recording?"
RoyB
@royb • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ionian tuning question":
"Thanks Lisa. I agree with everything you wrote!"

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RoyB

From Ionian to Mixolydian


I'm trying out Mixolydian (going from CGG to CGC).  However, this of...
@RoyB 2 weeks ago - Comments: 20
RoyB

Wooden Tuning Pegs - Grrrrrrr


I've played guitar and changed strings successfully for well over 50...
@RoyB 9 months ago - Comments: 10
RoyB

Pick Advice Needed


I am a folk guitar player who uses bare fingers or thumb and finger pick...
@RoyB 9 months ago - Comments: 23
RoyB

Two issues with a handmade dulcimer from 1969


I was lucky enough to have found an old hand made dulcimer at a guitar...
@RoyB 9 months ago - Comments: 4

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Ben Barr Jr
11/18/21 08:44:50AM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Roy, 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
11/15/21 10:48:21AM @ken-longfield:

Roy, my daughter lives in Wallingford and I will be at her home next Monday. If you would like we can set up a time for me to look at your dulcimer and offer face-to-face advice or repair it for you. I don't think we will be at our daughter's home until late afternoon and we are flying out of the Philly airport on Tuesday morning. Email me at klongfield69 at gmail dot com if you are interested. I think you know to replace at and dot with the appropriate symbols.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


Ken Longfield
11/15/21 10:43:29AM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD, RoyB. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if we can help you in any way along your dulcimer journey.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


RoyB
11/14/21 08:42:31PM @royb:

Thanks for the warm welcomes.  I have plenty of questions about my dulcimer for this group!


Jim Fawcett
11/14/21 07:27:24PM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Roy, welcome abod. From one PA'er to another. Glad ya found us.


Richard Streib
11/14/21 07:23:28PM @richard-streib:

Welcome RoyB to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. So glad you joined. This is a wonderful community of friendly folks who love the mountain dulcimer. How exciting you are work on the restoration. Best wishes on your project.