Strumelia

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I love playing lap dulcimer, banjo, Cretan Lyra, limberjacks....mostly play old-time tunes, minstrel era tunes, and medieval tunes..

Love my fiddling husband and playing with our cats.  And my honeybees, and my two pet ratties too.  :)

 

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My Blog on playing traditional style Noter/Drone style mountain dulcimer, including over 30 FREE noter style TABS and video instructions:
Strumelia's Noter Drone dulcimer BLOG

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Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked @strumelia's forum discussions:
Show us your sound holes!
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Removing a melody string":
"Great advice from everyone.  Trevor mentions he will be fingerpicking, so yes, good to have equidistant strings!  Id like to mention though that for Noter..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Thumb pick":
"When i used to play chord/melody style (about 100 years ago it seems, lol) I built up a really hard and durable callus on the side of my thumb right next to..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 5
Liked @matthew-andrew's group discussions:
My return to the noter!
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on My return to the noter!:
"Matthew I love it when I 'rediscover' something musically that I have not visited for a long time.  Like 'old chestnut' tunes, when you get back to them..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Looking for a pick":
"Marg, your thread was accidentally deleted- very sorry!  I've retrieved it and reposted it for you- please continue your thread there as you intended.  Sorry..."
Strumelia
 
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@strumelia • 5 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on "Elizabethan Garden" Epinette des Vosges in pear wood:
"Mark Nelson:Actually, there is a tendency around the Northwest to pitch cross A down to G. One night I stumbled across a session where'd they all tuned..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 5 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on "Elizabethan Garden" Epinette des Vosges in pear wood:
"I think he just got different string gauges and tuned differently. As to why... well we've always played in the usual old-time keys of D, A, and sometimes..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 6 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on "Elizabethan Garden" Epinette des Vosges in pear wood:
"Someone asked me about the tunings I plan to use. Because my husband really enjoys playing the fiddle that he specially set up to play in the key of Bb, I..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 6 days ago • comments: 5
Created a new Group discussion ""Elizabethan Garden" Epinette des Vosges in pear wood":
"An epinette des Vosges made of all pear wood, custom made for me by Michael King in the UK.  I created the 'garden' vignette designs based on Elizabethan..."
Dulcimer Ancestors
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 6 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Strumelia:
"Thanks Marg!     I started typing but realized it's probably too much info to stick in a photo comment section, so I've started a new thread in the..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 6 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Strumelia:
"Thank you  I just finished washing a couple of snails off a head of Boston lettuce I brought in from the garden... snails can be pretty cute ...as long as..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mel Bay's "Dulcimer Sessions" articles have all disappeared?":
"Thanks for doing that Dusty!  "
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What Are You Working On?":
"Oooh... had fun today playing music with Brian.  Made him sit with me and my new pear wood epinette and Brian on fiddle, tried out a couple of very simple..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mel Bay's "Dulcimer Sessions" articles have all disappeared?":
"Apparently so.  Maybe someone could contact MelBay about it- they likely have copies they'd be willing to give us so we could post them here?"
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 6 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Strumelia:
"An epinette des Vosges made of all pear wood, custom made by  Michael King in the UK.  I created the 'garden' vignette designs based on Elizabethan era..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 6 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Strumelia:
"An epinette des Vosges made of all pear wood, custom made by  Michael King in the UK.  I created the 'garden' vignette designs based on Elizabethan era..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 6 days ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Strumelia:
"An epinette des Vosges made of all pear wood, custom made by  Michael King in the UK.  I created the 'garden' vignette designs based on Elizabethan era..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Strumelia:
"Dusty, I just realized both your and my new instruments have crescent moon sound holes... so yes, maybe family relatives!  "
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • one week ago
@strumelia is now following @mark-nelson
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Strumming:
"Anna, youve designed an excellent plan for getting through the humps that have caused you to give up in the past. i think you will likely be successful by..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Dynamic Dulcimer -- 1986 Instruction Vid!:
"Mark, your timing in posting this video was perfect, since I just got a new epinette and hummel!  This is a wonderful video- thanks for making the effort to..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to ""What was that bell sound I heard at 5pm yesterday" says you":
"What a great feeling when your new instrument is even nicer than you hoped! I did hear that bell tone you mention, and wondered about it.  It made my cats..."
Strumelia
 
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Almeda Riddle":
"Oh wow Ken, I love envisioning the handkerchief now when i think of Almeda! (nowadays, people constantly have their cell phone in hand instead... what a pity)"
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bowing":
"Jane, there are quite a few various bowed videos here on fotmd of bowed dulcimers, also of people bowing box dulcimers.  Try a search in the videos for "bow"..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Almeda Riddle":
"Ken, you lucky fellow!   Many are the hours I have listened to Almeda's wonderful recordings.  The more one listens, the more rich and skilled her singing..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Strolling dulcimer for learning?:
"MB, Unless you plan to play in a lot of jams with other instruments, or play blues, jazz, and various complex modern music, you probably won't really need..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Planxty Fanny Power:
"Beautiful instrument, Dusty!! What a full smooth rich tone, and well played.  Love your pauses and expressiveness- they really 'make' this recording."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 28
Liked @dusty-turtle's youtube:
Planxty Fanny Power
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Can any one tell me what these are called?":
"Yes Dusty is right- just go to the little display stand for balsa wood and dowels in any good hardware store- find a thin flexible 1/8" thick flexible balsa..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on @hank:
"Hi Hank, I hope you enjoy FOTMD!  "
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Where you playing next?":
"Hi all, this fun ongoing thread will be better located in our GigTalk! group, so I've transferred it to the following location, where everyone can continue..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 11
Liked @sean-belt's group discussions:
Where you playing next?

Latest Group Discussions

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Strumelia

"Elizabethan Garden" Epinette des Vosges in pear wood


An epinette des Vosges made of all pear wood, custom made for me by...
@Strumelia 6 days ago - Comments: 5
Strumelia

Playing a regular mtn dulcimer with a bow


Here are a couple of old photos showing people playing regular mtn...
@Strumelia one month ago - Comments: 2
Strumelia

How Music can stay with us til the end...


This is a beautiful article about this woman's life and how in the end...
@Strumelia one month ago - Comments: 0
Strumelia

Don Neuhauser TMB video


Here's a youtube video of Don playing a reproduction Tennessee music...
@Strumelia last year - Comments: 1
Strumelia

The Joel Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence, Appomattox VA


I enjoyed playing the banjo and the bones at this event this past...
@Strumelia last year - Comments: 8
Strumelia

Great book with sheet music for REAL Civil War era songs


John and Elaine Masciale put together a book with a huge collection of...
@Strumelia last year - Comments: 3
Robin Thompson

resource for field recordings made of Jean Ritchie


Though I've not got the chance to spend much time with this site, I...
@Robin Thompson last year - Comments: 5
Robin Thompson

review of Bill Graves's cd Sugar in the Coffee


Bill Graves's cd Sugar in the Coffee is one of my very favorite...
@Robin Thompson 2 years ago - Comments: 6
Jan Potts

Antique Crate Dulcimer


 Here for your viewing pleasure is a box dulcimer I own that's made out...
@Jan Potts 2 years ago - Comments: 3
Dusty Turtle

music heals, say the scientists


Every now and then experts come around and tell us what we already...
@Dusty Turtle 2 years ago - Comments: 5
Strumelia

Your memories of Jean Ritchie


A sad day to learn of Jean's passing. Yet, we are all so grateful for...
@Strumelia 2 years ago - Comments: 22
Strumelia

Article on Jean Ritchie


Here's a nice little article on Jean and how she influenced American...
@Strumelia 3 years ago - Comments: 8
Strumelia

Labels inside a very old lute...


I just had to share this great photo: You can read more about this...
@Strumelia 3 years ago - Comments: 3
Strumelia

Common Christmas carols- are they copyrighted or public Domain?


Many holiday carols are listed here:...
@Strumelia 4 years ago - Comments: 1
Strumelia

Looking GRUMPY while playing in public...


I think this is something a lot of musicians struggle with. Not...
@Strumelia 4 years ago - Comments: 17
Strumelia

Antietam Early Banjo Gathering 2013


Of interest perhaps to those in this group who like music and history...
@Strumelia 4 years ago - Comments: 20
Strumelia

DVD of traditional WV dulcimer players available


DVD film: The West Virginia Hills: A Tribute to the Dulcimer From...
@Strumelia 4 years ago - Comments: 2
Strumelia

Augusta Heritage music courses in Elkins WV


I attended a week-long "Vocal Week" a while back, and it is a really...
@Strumelia 4 years ago - Comments: 0

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Mary Blane

Mary Blane


@Strumelia
2 years ago - Comments: 8
Param & strumelia, yoga w/harmonium_1

Param & strumelia, yoga...


@Strumelia
4 years ago - Comments: 3
Callahan

Callahan


@Strumelia
8 years ago - Comments: 4
Goodbye_Girls,_I'm_Going_to_Boston

Goodbye_Girls,_I'm_Going_to_B...


@Strumelia
8 years ago - Comments: 3
Sally's_Got_Mud_Between_Her_Toes

Sally's_Got_Mud_Between_Her_Toes


@Strumelia
8 years ago - Comments: 0
Lady_of_the_Lake

Lady_of_the_Lake


@Strumelia
8 years ago - Comments: 0
Rattler Treed a Possum-Lisa on banjo

Rattler Treed a Possum-Lisa...


@Strumelia
8 years ago - Comments: 0

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Latest Forum Discussions

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What Are You Working On?

Posted: Tuesday June 20 2017, 1:26 PM
By: @Sean Ruprecht-Belt

Mel Bay's "Dulcimer Sessions" articles...

Posted: Monday June 19 2017, 5:44 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Most inspiring live workshop/lesson you've...

Posted: Tuesday June 6 2017, 4:45 PM
By: @IRENE

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Tuesday June 6 2017, 9:51 AM
By: @John W. McKinstry

Tell us about your VERY FIRST dulcimer

Posted: Sunday May 28 2017, 11:46 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Updating links on my noter/drone blog

Posted: Friday May 19 2017, 10:38 AM
By: @Strumelia

contact info for Pete Ellertson?

Posted: Friday May 19 2017, 8:22 AM
By: @Strumelia

Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise,...

Posted: Thursday May 18 2017, 8:42 AM
By: @Strumelia

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Monday May 15 2017, 11:50 AM
By: @Lexie R Oakley

Discussions on Tablets/Apps have been...

Posted: Monday March 20 2017, 1:59 PM
By: @Strumelia

Blizzard in Northeast/March 14th 2017

Posted: Thursday March 16 2017, 11:29 AM
By: @Lexie R Oakley

Have you met other FOTMD's in real life...

Posted: Tuesday March 14 2017, 9:35 PM
By: @john warren

What songs were you taught in...

Posted: Saturday March 4 2017, 9:56 AM
By: @Kathyb53

How did you first discover the mountain...

Posted: Tuesday February 14 2017, 7:11 PM
By: @Mary

Private messaging system questions...?

Posted: Saturday January 28 2017, 9:14 AM
By: @Strumelia

Software updates of Jan 2 - report bugs...

Posted: Saturday January 21 2017, 11:22 AM
By: @Strumelia

The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Sunday January 15 2017, 6:19 PM
By: @marg

Playing Music improves brain power more...

Posted: Saturday January 14 2017, 9:07 PM
By: @jeffrey charles foster

Never too old to pick up a musical...

Posted: Wednesday January 11 2017, 9:48 PM
By: @Strumelia

Mummers Making a Comeback

Posted: Saturday December 24 2016, 8:37 AM
By: @Val Hughes

Happy Solstice!

Posted: Friday December 23 2016, 11:09 AM
By: @Lexie R Oakley

PLEASE Click to READ THIS before posting...

Posted: Thursday November 10 2016, 11:33 AM
By: @Strumelia

Ocarinas

Posted: Monday November 7 2016, 6:18 PM
By: @hugssandi

How do I add my new...

Posted: Monday November 7 2016, 6:48 AM
By: @Strumelia

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Sunday October 23 2016, 6:45 PM
By: @hugssandi

the "Millennia Whoop" saturating current...

Posted: Wednesday September 28 2016, 4:53 PM
By: @Annie Deeley

DPN ad in old 1984 Whole Earth...

Posted: Monday September 26 2016, 4:10 AM
By: @Jan Potts

What's a Noter-Drone dulcimer?....

Posted: Tuesday September 6 2016, 12:21 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

earliest known written melody- Syria 1400 BC

Posted: Monday July 11 2016, 9:32 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Dancing!...(feet as instrument)

Posted: Tuesday July 5 2016, 8:17 PM
By: @Foggers

Comments

Mr. Phil Mcdaniel
06/07/17 12:58:37PM @mr-phil:

Thanks. Yes, the link to reset came through... I went to the AOL whitelist request page, but it looked like it was a VERY involved ordeal. So I skipped it. However, when at home last night I noticed it came through and had a successful reset. They (AOL) mentioned some Federal Spam Act requirement for Canada and America while I was there. Perhaps this is affecting many others as well. However, thanks for your advice and it all worked out fine afterall. I have a secondary (work) email that could be used if your system will support it; just a thought for the future.

PM


Matthew Andrew
05/28/17 09:14:49PM @matthew-andrew:

Is it possible to start a group for Illinois dulcimer players? I would like to see one started.


Martha Campbell
05/17/17 06:01:30PM @martha-campbell:

Hi, thanks for helping with my question!


Tennessee Jed
03/22/17 04:48:33PM @tennessee-jed:

Hello, and Thank You for the warm welcome.   I guess I like the old "Lonesome" Drone type songs.  I am currently talking with "Songs of the Wood " in Black Mountain NC about purchasing a Dulcimer. I like the Hourglass type with Scrollhead tuner.  I do not know which is better though, that type or a flathead.  Which style and maker do You recommend ? I don't want to buy one on Ebay, since I would rather give my business to a Luthier in order to support the community.  I wish to buy the right one firstly , instead of buying something that I'll want to replace.  I would rather pay for quality than getting something cheap for starters , so to speak. This is a wonderful site and I am glad to have found it.  Thanks to whoever started this and keeps it going.


Laurel K Scott
02/28/17 11:02:15PM @laurel-k-scott:

Thank you -- I am pretty tickled with it! I don't normally go into that little antique store unless I have something specific I'm looking for, but in the middle of a storm last Saturday, I must have heard that dulcimer calling to me, LOL. 

No maker's name or date that I can see, inside or out. Sent some photos around and the consensus seems to be that it is walnut and handmade.

Evidently it was played by a gentleman here in the Richmond, VA area who passed away a couple of years ago. A lady bought it and had our local violin shop recut the grooves, replace a string screw and restring the dulcimer lefthanded,, thinking her daughter would like to play it. But she had no interest! 

The price was good, so I took a chance ...

 


dshombert
02/28/17 06:01:42PM @dshombert:

Not sure if this is the place to post this, but I placed an ad on your Classifieds board and the instrument sold (through another site) so I sent a PayPal $5 donation, as requested.  I could not figure out how to edit the title of my ad, so I just posted a Reply that "the dulcimer has been sold". Thanks.


alan kolman
02/07/17 12:05:53PM @alan-kolman:

thanks - i'll look for the new thread. and also thanks for all the work you do to keep this happening.


alan kolman
02/07/17 04:37:03AM @alan-kolman:

good morning. may i ask what happened to d.chitwood's ad for a starsong? like so many others, i've wanted one since hearing gary gallier for the first time, and would be very interested in following up on this instrument.

thank you.   alan


Strumelia
01/10/17 11:45:09AM @strumelia:

 Hi Nina, please ask your site question in this forum so that others may benefit from the questions & answers:

http://fotmd.com/forums/forum/site-questions-how-do-i

 


dulcinina
01/10/17 11:15:53AM @dulcinina:

Hi. I'm trying to follow the discussion on How to Practice More Efficiently.  I clicked the follow button and I have gotten a couple emails with responses.  But I can't get on the thread to comment or see all the replies at once.  What am I doing wrong?  Otherwise, I love this site.  Thanks, Nina


Maryam
01/10/17 02:40:31AM @maryam:

Thank you for welcoming me Strumelia! :-)


David Pedersen
01/04/17 10:21:16AM @david-pedersen:

Strumelia, I did find Robins lessons under The Drone group, go figure.  Sorry for all the confusion on my part, but I am reading his info now.  Thanks for all the comments and help.


jeffrey charles foster
12/12/16 05:50:21PM @jeffrey-charles-foster:

So dont know how to contact you I would like to know how to shrink video files to put on FOTMD cause I dont know how

                                                                                                                            Jeff

 


sng4prt
12/11/16 07:53:23PM @sng4prt:

Strumelia, I was probably wearing thimbles.

 


dianapalmer
11/27/16 10:39:17AM @dianapalmer:

Thank you. I guess I was having trouble logging in for a while, and didn't have the new website address. Glad I found this again.


Rock-wyre
10/27/16 06:33:46AM @rock-wyre-cathy:

Thanks so much for the welcome looking forward to enjoying all the content.


Bill Henry
10/24/16 09:06:52AM @bill-henry:

Thanks so much. I am very glad to be here and am enjoying the content on the history and the older playing styles. Thanks for facilitating such a great site!

Cheers,

Bill


LisaJr
10/24/16 07:23:12AM @lisajr:

Thank you for the welcome message.


Sandy K
10/23/16 04:31:00PM @sandy-k:

Thanks for the welcome.  I'm still trying to learn how this site works.  Looking forward to learning & meeting more folks.

 

Sandy

 


copadoh
10/23/16 12:20:50AM @copadoh:

Thank you for the warm welcome!