Strumelia

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Location: Germantown, NY
Country: US

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Blogs: 7
youtube videos: 33
images: 86
Groups: 34
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I love playing lap dulcimer, banjo, epinette, pennywhistle, Cretan Lyra, bones, limberjacks....mostly play old-time tunes, minstrel era tunes, and medieval tunes..

Love my fiddling husband, contra dancing, and playing with our cats.  And my honeybees.  :)

 

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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

I also run a site for selling music-themed t-shirts:  Harmonia'sBigB t-shirts

And a site for penny whistle players:  https://pennywhistleclub.com/

Need professional patent illustration? Contact  ptiserviceco.com

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Latest Activity

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Strumelia
@strumelia • an hour ago • comments: 3
Created a new Group discussion "Suggestions please for buying a first dulcimer":
"This has not been discussed in a while so I thought I'd bring it back up. For a total beginner who maybe doesn't want to spend a lot, but who wants a..."
Beginner players
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 days ago • comments: 6
Liked a photos item created by @dusty: remodeled wall 2019
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on A life in Dulcimers:
"What a wonderful wall!  💗"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Groundhog:
"Wow I just love this version John!  One of my favorite oldtime songs.  "
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 days ago • comments: 6
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: Groundhog
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Something Old with a new surprise":
"Very creative and cool, Ken! "
Strumelia
@strumelia • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hanging some dulcimers as a wall display":
"One thought occurs to me in all this that you may want to consider. Hanging these dulcimers so high up on the wall (8 feet?) would present some risk both to..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hanging some dulcimers as a wall display":
"I understand now, Razyn. Indeed I remember the delight of examining your beautiful old dulcimers at that Antietam gathering in the wonderful old barn.  :)"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hanging some dulcimers as a wall display":
"I like Wally's thought of angled bookshelves. Like say at a 20 degree angle. That way, it would also slightly reduce dust from settling on the instruments...."
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cherry Jethro Amburgey-style dulcimore":
"Really looks like a pristine old Amburgey!  Lovely work."
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mutual acknowledgement":
"Great suggestions. Giving a brief comment or compliment, both online or in real life, takes so little effort but can have a profound effect on others, more..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Pelargir:
"Wow, i really like this- incredibly creative and magical. Feels like being lost in an ancient forest. You made great use of all those unusual instruments."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Easiest or Best way to play in Key of C:
"I may be way off here, but is there any reason you can't just tune down one step on all your strings to CGG and play 'as though' you were in DAA... but you'd..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Makes of chromatic dulcimers:
"Wow Mary, that is one beautiful dulcimer!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 1
Liked a photos item created by @dan: 01crop
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Walnut Raffele:
"Another lovely creation, Dan!  Is it all walnut?  Looks both medieval and modern at the same time.  "
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "John (Jolm?) Dubroff dulcimer":
"@dallas , I do apologize that we have veered a bit off track from your main subject. But your Dubroff dulcimer does have some very nice fine tuning beads!..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "John (Jolm?) Dubroff dulcimer":
"It 'shouldn't' be hard to slide the bead, and it 'shouldn't' drastically change the break angle. The tuning leeway it gives is usually less than 1/2 half..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "John (Jolm?) Dubroff dulcimer":
"My Keith Young dulcimer has the wood bead fine tuners as well.Because the string sits high above the soundboard next to the bridge and very low as the string..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Makes of chromatic dulcimers:
"Mary, how great!  I have a fondness for maple instruments. You should post a photo, I bet it's a beauty!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Ooh, that is exciting Nate, you are a winemaker now!we have blueberries coming soon on our backyard bushes. We already put the netting over them to keep the..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 weeks ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Midnight Serenade :
"Randy I've never been a fan of discipline.. for example my idea of musical 'practice' is to play a tune, not play scales. That said, I admire people who..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • one month ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Midnight Serenade :
"I went to a big contra dance last night. The band was three young men- two fiddlers and a guitar player. They were creative and original and wonderful! You..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • one month ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on To What Extent Do You Plan Your Builds:
"John C. Knopf: Sometimes the results I get are not quite to-plan, though.   The mark of a true artist!  😂"
Strumelia
@strumelia • one month ago • comments: 6
Liked a music item created by @robin-thompson: On East Mill Street (a work-in-progress)
Strumelia
@strumelia • one month ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Midnight Serenade :
"That was great Randy. I really enjoyed what you had to say about all this as well. Makes a whole lotta sense to me. "
Strumelia
@strumelia • one month ago • comments: 10
Liked a youtube item created by @randy-adams: Midnight Serenade
Strumelia
@strumelia • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"John I'm so glad you are on the mend. That sounds like it was no fun at all. Big hugs to you..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hammered Dulcimer Forums":
"@john-petry , from your wording I'm not quite sure whether you are looking to get a hammered dulcimer, or looking to sell one...?"
Strumelia
@strumelia • one month ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Brown Eyed Janie:
"Lovely, Dan. I like the title and the photo as well. "
Strumelia
@strumelia • one month ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Amazing Grace:
"Cindy, my heart goes out to you and your family. Thank you for sharing with us just a small part of your wonderful bond with your grandson. This video is a..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • one month ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Throw the Wood Laddie - Orpheus Caledonius (1733):
"Just beautiful.   🤗"
Strumelia
@strumelia • one month ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @dulcidom: Throw the Wood Laddie - Orpheus Caledonius (1733)
Strumelia
@strumelia • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Shifting bridge and nut":
"I think you should just take the strings off, put 1 tiny drop of superglue at the bottom of the bridge and nut and hold them down a couple of minutes. Leave..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Use Descriptive thread titles":
"You're welcome to use more descriptive song titles if you think it would help people, Randy. "

Latest Group Discussions

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Strumelia

Suggestions please for buying a first dulcimer


This has not been discussed in a while so I thought I'd bring it back...
@Strumelia an hour ago - Comments: 3
Strumelia

The Country Dance Society 1963 newsletter... fascinating!


I found this newsletter online somewhere years ago, and just stumbled on...
@Strumelia 2 months ago - Comments: 2
Strumelia

Antiques Roadshow 1800s dulcimer appraisal


Nice old 1800s dulcimer.  I think one would be very hard pressed to...
@Strumelia 6 months ago - Comments: 1
Strumelia

Jean's phone interview with Jean Metcalfe


Not sure if this has been mentioned before, but I had not seen it....
@Strumelia last year - Comments: 2
Strumelia

Article from Kentucky Educational Television


I'm sure this may have been posted here before, but KET website has a...
@Strumelia 2 years ago - Comments: 2
Strumelia

youtube tv episode on Edd Presnell...


I got the following note from Andy Johnston today: "In the 1970s I...
@Strumelia 3 years ago - Comments: 3
Strumelia

Just ordered a bunch of new strings...


I own two mtn dulcimers, two epinettes, a hummel and a langspil, about...
@Strumelia 4 years ago - Comments: 9
Strumelia

A little bit of Phyllis Gaskins...yum!


I normally don't post Facebook links here, but Phyllis just posted a...
@Strumelia 4 years ago - Comments: 5
Strumelia

Ritchie Family Christmas reunion video, 1955


What a treasure this film clip is. Wishing all FOTMD members a...
@Strumelia 4 years ago - Comments: 1
Strumelia

What is a "luthier" ?


The word luthier always seems to imply a skilled artist who makes...
@Strumelia 4 years ago - Comments: 21
Strumelia

Hindman Luthiery school giving people a second chance


An uplifting story, includes dulcimers:...
@Strumelia 4 years ago - Comments: 4
Strumelia

guitars built from a lynching tree


I thought this was a fascinating article about this man who seems to...
@Strumelia 4 years ago - Comments: 2
Strumelia

2013 article in Antiques Magazine - Virginia dulcimer


Not sure if anyone had posted about this 2013 article, but here it is-...
@Strumelia 4 years ago - Comments: 3
Strumelia

ZOOM: online group playing via online video


Please share helpful links on how to use Zoom, Google Meet, Group...
@Strumelia 4 years ago - Comments: 1
Strumelia

The Rockin' LIVESTREAM thread- for all members!


Greetings FOTMD members, and esteemed members of the Rockin' In The...
@Strumelia 4 years ago - Comments: 18
Strumelia

Tell us your reason for choosing a chromatic dulcimer!


At first glance it might seem an obvious question, but I bet there are...
@Strumelia 5 years ago - Comments: 12
Strumelia

Stroke victims use music to help them regain speech


I loved this!  SO inspiring:...
@Strumelia 5 years ago - Comments: 1
Strumelia

Test


This is a test discussion- I'm checking something to make sure it...
@Strumelia 5 years ago - Comments: 10
Strumelia

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


A member wrote to me and asked this question:What's a Noter-Drone...
@Strumelia 15 years ago - Comments: 33
Strumelia

contact info for Pete Ellertson?


I've noticed that Pete's webpages and also his article on ED are all...
@Strumelia 7 years ago - Comments: 2

Latest Audio

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Mary Blane

Mary Blane


@Strumelia
9 years ago - Comments: 9
Param & strumelia, yoga w/harmonium_1

Param & strumelia, yoga...


@Strumelia
11 years ago - Comments: 3
Callahan

Callahan


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

Goodbye_Girls,_I'm_Going_to_B...


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

Sally's_Got_Mud_Between_Her_Toes


@Strumelia
15 years ago - Comments: 0
Lady_of_the_Lake

Lady_of_the_Lake


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

Rattler Treed a Possum-Lisa...


@Strumelia
15 years ago - Comments: 0

Latest Videos

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Do Johnny Booker, Do ...with banjo

Do Johnny Booker, Do ...with banjo


@Strumelia
6 months ago - Comments: 6
Clyde the limberjack

Clyde the limberjack


@Strumelia
7 months ago - Comments: 6
Handsome Molly (2009, short clip)

Handsome Molly (2009, short clip)


@Strumelia
5 years ago - Comments: 13
Three Ravens on Langspil

Three Ravens on Langspil


@Strumelia
5 years ago - Comments: 29
Nicaea hymn tune on penny whistle

Nicaea hymn tune on penny whistle


@Strumelia
6 years ago - Comments: 21
Silver Lake Waltz

Silver Lake Waltz


@Strumelia
7 years ago - Comments: 7
Carve That Possum

Carve That Possum


@Strumelia
7 years ago - Comments: 19
The Cuckoo - penny whistle

The Cuckoo - penny whistle


@Strumelia
7 years ago - Comments: 14
Pretty Saro - penny whistle

Pretty Saro - penny whistle


@Strumelia
8 years ago - Comments: 16
Limberjack dancing

Limberjack dancing


@Strumelia
12 years ago - Comments: 27

Latest Photos

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Latest Forum Discussions

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Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Saturday June 29 2024, 10:07 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Saturday June 22 2024, 6:45 PM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Use Descriptive thread titles

Posted: Sunday June 2 2024, 7:55 PM
By: @Strumelia

FOTMD one year anniversary on July 29th,...

Posted: Wednesday May 22 2024, 10:29 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Frame Drums

Posted: Tuesday May 7 2024, 4:55 AM
By: @shanonmilan

PLEASE Click to READ THIS before posting...

Posted: Tuesday April 23 2024, 3:39 PM
By: @Strumelia

What Are You Working On?

Posted: Friday March 1 2024, 2:25 AM
By: @shanonmilan

The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Friday February 9 2024, 8:03 PM
By: @Wildcat

FOTMD needs your support

Posted: Wednesday January 3 2024, 10:27 AM
By: @Strumelia

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL FOMTD MEMBERS!

Posted: Monday December 25 2023, 9:42 AM
By: @John C. Knopf

April Come She Will (Simon & Garfunkel)

Posted: Sunday November 19 2023, 7:12 PM
By: @ocean-daughter

Contra dancing :)

Posted: Sunday November 19 2023, 1:09 PM
By: @ocean-daughter

Kurt Vonnegut quote...

Posted: Monday October 23 2023, 5:49 AM
By: @shanonmilan

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Monday October 16 2023, 10:50 AM
By: @dtortorich

Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise,...

Posted: Wednesday September 13 2023, 7:28 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

FANS OF NATE

Posted: Tuesday August 29 2023, 1:27 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

R.I.P. George Haggerty

Posted: Thursday June 8 2023, 4:12 PM
By: @Strumelia

FOTMD Advisory...

Posted: Wednesday April 19 2023, 8:36 AM
By: @Strumelia

FOTMD Chat Room!

Posted: Friday November 18 2022, 5:50 AM
By: @Strumelia

Indoor House Plants

Posted: Sunday October 30 2022, 6:42 PM
By: @Strumelia

Thanks to our FOTMD welcoming "Greeters"!

Posted: Tuesday October 25 2022, 9:53 AM
By: @marg

RIP Bill Taylor

Posted: Wednesday May 11 2022, 4:36 PM
By: @Leny-Sue

Joni Mitchell's song "River"...

Posted: Friday March 11 2022, 7:20 AM
By: @Alegre1

Remembering "Deputy Mo" / The Friendly Beasts

Posted: Sunday December 26 2021, 11:17 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Terry Hennessy

Posted: Sunday November 28 2021, 7:21 PM
By: @John Dunn

Show us your sound holes!

Posted: Monday March 29 2021, 8:37 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Tell us about your VERY FIRST dulcimer

Posted: Thursday February 4 2021, 12:09 AM
By: @ocean-daughter

4 ways to promote your events & items on...

Posted: Friday January 29 2021, 9:05 PM
By: @Strumelia

A moment of reflection

Posted: Friday January 8 2021, 12:39 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

What makes Christmas music sound...

Posted: Thursday December 17 2020, 2:30 PM
By: @Kevin R.

Comments

John Petry
04/03/24 01:21:32AM @john-petry:

Hi there your Most High Moderator!

  I did sell the Hughes style I had for sale....Could you please drop the listing for me? I did make a "donation" of $5 via paypal....but the e-mail I use there is different than my FOTMD account. It probably came across as mannaacres@frontiernet.net.

  Thanks for doing all that you do,

Shalom,

john


Jerry Posner
03/28/24 11:02:32AM @jerry-posner:

I do live near Dewey Hall ... but I don't dance! smiler


john thorp
01/04/24 11:55:42AM @john-thorp:

Thank you so much. I found the link and I was able to find the article. This  is a great site and I look forward to more interaction.


dtortorich
10/15/23 07:02:07PM @dtortorich:

Thanks!  Sorry for the delay.  I have been busy with other things.  


MacAodha
07/28/23 05:56:23AM @macaodha:

I think I play that as Roger and Lorraine Lee Hammond, maybe not note for note, have a listen to their version. I was partly aware of the story related to the dance tune. Thank you for comment and information.


DJMalus
05/21/23 01:03:12PM @djmalus:

Thanks! It's a Warren May I picked up at an estate sale about 10 years ago. I was late to the sale and shocked it was still there. My music teacher at the time thought it was probably because of the 0.5 fret. From what I read recently in the Folkcraft newsletter the 0.5 fret is getting popular. I had to put the dots on the fretboard because it was really confusing me. krazy


colindaguthrie
02/18/23 11:46:07AM @colindaguthrie:

Mrs. Strumelia,
Greetings from Green Country! Thank you. It is truly incredible, the amount of time and work gone into this website. I first heard John Barleycorn when my husband’s group, Bear Creek Troupe, added it to their set list. After your mention this morning I cruised on over to YouTube to listen to Traffic. It’s great and so are they. Thanks again and have a great weekend.
Kind regards 
Colinda Guthrie


Beth T
09/01/22 03:02:18AM @beth-t:

You’re welcome Strumelia. I know how much time and effort goes in to maintaining a supportive forum such as this. You and your colleagues do a splendid job of it.


shawsg
01/23/22 04:52:24PM @shawsg:

Hi Strumelia, 
I'm not sure where the best place to post this is.  

I'm going to be buying my first Dulcimer soon and am looking around. I'm a trained musician but new to Dulcimer.  I think I want to get a baritone as I plan mostly singer/songwriter stuff.   Do you have any recommendations on models, and beginning?
Also, I have a particular limitation - I don't have a ring finger anymore - do you think I could adapt with my other fingers?  I tried a dulcimer yesterday and wasn't sure if there would be too much strain on my wrist to adjust to other fingers, l leading to carpal tunnel Thoughts?

thanks!


dtortorich
01/13/22 07:48:23PM @dtortorich:

Thanks!  Sorry for the delay in responding.  I need to get online more often.  There is so much on this site. 


Susan Ann
02/18/21 03:16:07PM @susan-ann:

Thank you Strumelia!  I'm excited to be part of the Mountain Dulcimer family.  I found the links you sent me very informative.   I'm learning my way around FOTMD and will try to post some pictures.  Looking forward to staying in touch!


Holly Tannen
11/20/20 10:28:19PM @holly-tannen:

Hi Strumelia!

I've enjoyed your posts during my time lurking.

I'm a pretty good dulcimer player, but I've come to computers late and get confused easily. Please accept my apologies in advance if I don't answer or make mistakes.


Wendell G
08/01/20 12:19:53PM @wendell-g:

Thank you very much. This feels like coming home again after having been gone a while. 


Mary Barnsdale
09/10/19 02:26:59PM @mary-barnsdale:

It's not much, Lisa, but I so appreciate you hosting this forum, your helpful comments and responses, and your great teaching videos.


marg
09/06/19 12:39:51PM @marg:

thanks, 

for it to resurface again, I was hoping maybe there was a way - maybe someone at that time had downloaded it.

no worries,

m.

 


marg
09/05/19 08:03:12PM @marg:

Hi

On the Home page, right below your posting today was an oder download  from a new member  @tatts  -  but from '14

( ( Liked a group discussions item created by @john-astor Free Fingerpicking Album to download for all!)

Can I still download this, I get an error. Any clues or any other way that you know of?

Hope you are well, I did have a few players come play music on my porch last Saturday.

thanks for all you do,

marg

 


farmrust
07/03/19 11:40:33AM @farmrust:

My email address hasn't changed for 20 years.  Must be working because I got a notification today in my email!


hugssandi
06/14/19 04:20:12PM @hugssandi:

THANK YOU for your kindness and making Hazel's day!!!  inlove


John Gribble
01/22/19 07:26:04PM @john-gribble:

Entirely my pleasure. 


Karel Votanek
01/20/19 03:39:07PM @karel-votanek:

Hallo Strumelia,

es freut mich sehr,dass Du mein Clip angeschaut hast.

Vielen Dank für Dein +