Strumelia

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Location: Germantown, NY
Country: US

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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 • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"I'm sure I'm not alone in this 'problem': Being over 60, I grew up with old fashioned rotary-dial telephones and old fashioned address/phone books.  You..."
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@strumelia • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"Oh man, once tomato season winds down, I lose all interest in working in my veggie garden, and the weeds always get the best of me.  Dang!  I love gardening..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Compensated Bridges?":
"I deleted my post too, so now everyone will be even more confused!    (just kidding... no problems!) This IS a confusing kind of subject, especially since..."
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@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dave Lynch/Harpmaker in hospital":
"I wish a smooth recovery to David.  And to you as well, Brian!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"I was wondering how your little favorite friend was doing, Lexie.  I'll never forget how my younger daughter started crying in happiness when she saw her..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Compensated Bridges?":
"Hi Randy.  Angling or slanting the bridge will in effect lengthen the lower strings and shorten the higher strings.  Banjo players often slant their bridge..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Compensated Bridges?":
"Mountain dulcimers have less of a need for a compensated bridge than instruments like guitars, mandolins, and banjos... because the dulcimer has fewer..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 5 days ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on POLL: How long ago did you start playing dulcimer?:
"Of the 38 members who voted in this poll, it surprised me how many folks have played for a long time... more than a third of the folks who voted have played..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 5 days ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube by @marc-mathieu:
End of Summer (c)2004
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube by @charles-thomas:
Equinox
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on DAA and/or DAD:
"It's a rather confusing explanation, I have to say. Confusing even to me.  "
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on DAA and/or DAD:
"Skip:     To play strictly N/D in the keys of G/D, on the melody string only, you must have a 6+.  Not sure what you mean, Skip... can you explain?..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on DAA and/or DAD:
"And I'd like to add another thing-  everyone you encounter will want to be helpful and they'll all have suggestions on how you should tune, what style you..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on DAA and/or DAD:
"Is there an all-dulcimer club that you are planning to play with regularly?  If so, you should ask them this question in order to make things easier for you..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 23
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@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on John Com Kisse Me Now:
"Wow.  Amazing fingerwork!  Great playing, Brian."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Liked a photos by @selah:
Selah's Photos
Strumelia
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@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 23
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@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Liked a photos by @daniel-crommie:
Saturnalia Trio
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on POLL: How long ago did you start playing dulcimer?:
"Great to see you posting again, Lexie.  "
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 23
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@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 99
Posted a new Comment on @lexie-r-oakley:
"Oh my gosh Lexie, you've logged in successfully and are back!!   Yaaaaayyy!!!  "
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Blondie's jig, "Call Me":
" "...from the last century."     Now I feel old! Great job on a challenging tune, Sam."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tinwhistle / penny whistles":
"I have a Dixon Trad brass in D too, Jennifer.  I really like the 'temple bell'-like tone it has, don't you?  It sounds prettier to me than for example the..."
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@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 23
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@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "etiquette with dulcimers ":
"Any sales transaction should have return terms made clear before the purchase.  That's true for online purchases, retail stores, and yes even between..."
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Latest Group Discussions

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Strumelia

Clothes & gear when playing for historical settings


Thought I'd post this here to chatter about what we bring/use/wear when...
@Strumelia 4 months ago - Comments: 14
Strumelia

"Elizabethan Garden" Epinette des Vosges in pear wood


An epinette des Vosges made of all pear wood, custom made for me by...
@Strumelia 5 months 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 6 months ago - Comments: 4
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 6 months 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: 23
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

Latest Audio

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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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The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Friday November 17 2017, 11:04 PM
By: @Strumelia

Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise,...

Posted: Friday November 17 2017, 9:16 PM
By: @Strumelia

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Tuesday November 14 2017, 8:05 PM
By: @Strumelia

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

Posted: Monday November 13 2017, 4:59 PM
By: @Marc Mathieu

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Sunday November 5 2017, 7:46 AM
By: @Sam

What Are You Working On?

Posted: Monday October 23 2017, 8:23 PM
By: @HEWalker

Showing support for FOTMD ?

Posted: Thursday September 21 2017, 10:05 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

a few Chat software improvements

Posted: Monday August 28 2017, 8:31 AM
By: @Strumelia

Tell us about your VERY FIRST dulcimer

Posted: Thursday August 24 2017, 6:30 PM
By: @gaelicgirl

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

Posted: Monday July 31 2017, 9:21 AM
By: @marg

Show us your sound holes!

Posted: Sunday July 9 2017, 8:54 PM
By: @Susie

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

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

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

Discussions on Tablets/Apps have been...

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

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

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 photo or event etc...?

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

earliest known written melody- Syria 1400 BC

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

Comments

Lexie R Oakley
11/04/17 04:26:03PM @lexie-r-oakley:

Yep Hi my friend, I missed you all.

Just had too much going on and time dealing with my hands.

Doing fine now, going to listen to some tunes and catch up with folks.


Lexie R Oakley
11/04/17 04:18:11PM @lexie-r-oakley:

Hi Lisa, I am back! Yay!!!! 

Thank you for your help. Hope things are well for you and Brian! banjo


Tillmanator
09/30/17 06:51:52PM @tillmanator:

Hello back!  I'm posting a profile pic with a mandolin.  Oops!  As soon as I get a dulcimer I will change it.


The member
07/28/17 09:39:21PM @the-member:

Hi there this is a test!


Phil Myers
07/25/17 07:51:33AM @phil-myers:

Hi Strumelia, I am having trouble with audio files not loading. Get an error message about problem loading media URL.


Martin Oesterle
07/14/17 07:03:37PM @martin-oesterle:

Hi Strumelia,
sorry but i have only some "normal" sheets / note for the song "Tourdion" ( see attach):

I play the song with capo on 1st fret. I have a youtubechannal. It´s called www.dulcimer-online.de. In this channel you see me playing and teaching the song.
Here is the link to the youtube video. In german this song called: hey der gute kühle Wein


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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.