Greetings Sandy! Welcome to our friendly musical neighborhood
Sandy, since you know the melody to Elk River Blues you should trying dropping the middle string 1 step to G (tune DGd) and try it. It's really nice with the low D drone in the G majors.
My parents went to Mt View quite a bit after I left home and moved to Maryland. I've tried to get there twice in recent years but haven't made it yet. lol
That's nice, Sandy; I'd love to go to Mt View for that Gathering sometime. My grandfather was born in Stone Co. but I haven't been there in years. I wouldn't mind having a McSpadden, too. However, I really want one signed by George Looney since he was a distant cousin of mine. Are you retuning, using a capo or using a lot of chords to play Elk River Blues? BTW, Alan Freeman plays Elk River Blues then sings "Twisted Laurel." They go together really well and I've started doing the same medley as a tribute to Alan since he's now retired.
Greetings from Vermont Sandy and welcome to the site. I too like Elk River Blues - it was the first song I played on my McSpadden walnut dulcimer I built from their kit. Enjoy.
Welcome, Sandy, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven. Elk River Blues is a great West Virginia tune with a fairly sad story. It's one of my favorites, too. Hope you enjoy it here.
Hey Sandy, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.
Hi Sandy, 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.