Strumelia

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Location: Germantown, NY
Country: US

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Pages: 1
Blogs: 7
youtube videos: 31
images: 86
Groups: 34
videos: 1

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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:  https://harmonias.com/

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

Need professional patent illustration? Contact  ptiserviceco.com

Latest Activity

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Strumelia
@strumelia • an hour ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "basic music advice from Chick Corea":
"Some great points made, Robin!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 16 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on New Mountain Dulcimer:
"Venni, when you start looking at any learning materials, you should keep in mind that your dulcimer has a few 'additional frets'-  it has the 6.5 and the..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 20 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Strings":
"Leny-sue, that's what is called "decay" of the note, and is normal. It tends to be more noticeable on strings at looser tension and also wound strings, and..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 23 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on New Mountain Dulcimer:
"That's nice with the butterflies. Do you know what maker it is?"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 23 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Pictures and Poetry:
"A lovely painting John! "
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Venni that's good news for sure. I hope you've been looking in the Beginner Group here to learn about how to tune it for example... lots of good starting out..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"A couple times every winter, I make a big pot of (mostly root) vegetable soup and freeze half of it for later.  In the winter i like to use a few root..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Where have all the beginners gone, long time passing?":
"Great post from @Lisa-Golladay. I particularly agree with her thoughts of: "I suspect that newbies are overwhelmed by the usual festival offerings. It's one..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on 1880's Dulcimer:
"Ken Longfield: It could be Lisa. I know there are a lot different patterns on the known Prichard dulcimers. No two are the same. Ken is Prichard..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on 1880's Dulcimer:
"It's good that you are capable of taking such detailed closeup photos. There are several knowledgeable members of this site who are experienced about antique..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on 1880's Dulcimer:
"I wonder if that odd painted decorative finish was a crude folk art attempt at creating a painted 'tortoiseshell' finish."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 days ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on 19th Century Pritchard Dulcimer?:
"If it says the files are too large, then you need to downsize the .jpg files in size a little bit. Do you know how many kb or MB one of those 'too big'..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Texas-bound J. E. Thomas replica dulcimore":
"This is exciting! Steven I remember pix of that checkerboard TMB too. How great to have a choice of three historic repros to bring to events. You are indeed..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Where have all the beginners gone, long time passing?":
"I seem to recall that for a couple of years before the pandemic hit, there were various in-person dulcimer festivals that folded due to not enough attendees...."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 5 days ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on 19th Century Pritchard Dulcimer:
"I can't believe the delicate wooden points of the hearts are all still perfectly intact! This is definitely a dulcimer of historical value, in beautiful..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 6 days ago • comments: 15
Liked a photos item created by @susan-ann: 1880s Dulcimer
Strumelia
@strumelia • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"The tropical plant in my office is unfurling a new leaf. It looks so fresh and full of promise, especially now in front of the window pane with freezing..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Texas-bound J. E. Thomas replica dulcimore":
"Another beauty!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 6 days ago • comments: 17
Liked a youtube item created by @j-andy-crandall: Beech Spring on Mountain Dulcimer
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: I Want Jesus to Walk With Me
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on I Want Jesus to Walk With Me:
"Really nicely played and sung John. I have not heard this one before."
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on @susan-ann:
"Welcome Susan Ann! There is a LOT of content here on FOTMD concerning Prichard dulcimers. The result of a general search here for "Prichard" yields lots..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Wonderful news about how you are healing well, Ken L! I'm glad to have it clarified about the two different giant dulcimers- the Mawhee-ish by Dan Cox, and..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Dusty that's great! That huge black dulcimer is a sort of Thomas model, isn't it?"
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"I hope you like your new dulcimer when it arrives!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @martin-oesterle: Rock the Cradle Fun with Shaker and Clicker
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"@ken-longfield that's a shame about your vaccine delay. It must be frustrating. On the bright side, the delay is 'only' 12 days, so I'll keep my fingers..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on A question concerning extra frets on diatonic dulcimer:
"There's another solution no one has mentioned yet-  Sometimes these 'missing' notes in a melody are not crucial for playing a tune successfully. I find there..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Choosing Your String Gauge":
"Great answers to a great question! The calculator will help you avoid putting on strings that would be either too slack or so tight that they might break...."
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"@kusani I'm very sorry to hear about your brother in law passing away from covid. How awful this virus is."
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"We'll be doing some snow blowing and shoveling here tomorrow too, Bill! I'm pretty excited- tomorrow I am getting my first covid vaccine! Will be driving to..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on A question concerning extra frets on diatonic dulcimer:
"John K already mentioned bending the string by pushing it towards or away from you to get in-between notes. That can be easier to do with a finger than..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on A question concerning extra frets on diatonic dulcimer:
"So, you do not have fret 6.5, but you are trying to get that note by fretting between fret 6 and 7. That won't work because the whole purpose of frets is to..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring: :
"Hi Leo, Unlike on FB, on FOTMD the "latest Activity" feed simply reflects what's been posted all over the site- for example new Comments on videos,..."

Latest Group Discussions

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Strumelia

Just ordered a bunch of new strings...


I own two mtn dulcimers, two epinettes, a hummel and a langspil, about...
@Strumelia 2 months ago - Comments: 4
Strumelia

A little bit of Phyllis Gaskins...yum!


I normally don't post Facebook links here, but Phyllis just posted a...
@Strumelia 2 months ago - Comments: 5
Strumelia

Ritchie Family Christmas reunion video, 1955


What a treasure this film clip is. Wishing all FOTMD members a...
@Strumelia 2 months ago - Comments: 1
Strumelia

What is a "luthier" ?


The word luthier always seems to imply a skilled artist who makes...
@Strumelia 2 months ago - Comments: 14
Strumelia

Hindman Luthiery school giving people a second chance


An uplifting story, includes dulcimers:...
@Strumelia 5 months ago - Comments: 1
Strumelia

guitars built from a lynching tree


I thought this was a fascinating article about this man who seems to...
@Strumelia 5 months 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 5 months ago - Comments: 3
Strumelia

ZOOM: online group playing via online video


Please share helpful links on how to use Zoom, Google Meet, Group...
@Strumelia 5 months ago - Comments: 1
Strumelia

The Rockin' LIVESTREAM thread- for all members!


Greetings FOTMD members, and esteemed members of the Rockin' In The...
@Strumelia 11 months 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 2 years ago - Comments: 6
Strumelia

Stroke victims use music to help them regain speech


I loved this!  SO inspiring:...
@Strumelia 2 years ago - Comments: 1
Strumelia

Test


This is a test discussion- I'm checking something to make sure it...
@Strumelia 2 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 12 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 4 years ago - Comments: 2
Strumelia

Anyone want to start a modern/chording style players group?


I started a group for old style noter/drone players this past week and...
@Strumelia 12 years ago - Comments: 3
Strumelia

earliest known written melody- Syria 1400 BC


Brian turned me on to this- The Oldest known musical melody...
@Strumelia 5 years ago - Comments: 9
Strumelia

Strumelia's Traditional noter player's instructional Blog


If you're just starting out and want to play in traditional noter...
@Strumelia 2 years ago - Comments: 1
Strumelia

Strumelia's Noter Drone beginner's Blog -free tabs, videos


If you're just starting out and want to play in traditional noter...
@Strumelia 2 years ago - Comments: 0
Strumelia

BEWARE of internet ad sites of "the BEST dulcimers" to buy.


It has recently come to my attention that A**zon has started paying...
@Strumelia 3 years ago - Comments: 26
Strumelia

Ken Hulme's "Get Noterized!" article


Member @ken-hulme wrote this helpful article about noter playing...
@Strumelia 3 years ago - Comments: 4

Latest Audio

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Mary Blane

Mary Blane


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

Param & strumelia, yoga...


@Strumelia
8 years ago - Comments: 3
Callahan

Callahan


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

Goodbye_Girls,_I'm_Going_to_B...


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

Sally's_Got_Mud_Between_Her_Toes


@Strumelia
12 years ago - Comments: 0
Lady_of_the_Lake

Lady_of_the_Lake


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

Rattler Treed a Possum-Lisa...


@Strumelia
12 years ago - Comments: 0

Latest Videos

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Handsome Molly (2009, short clip)

Handsome Molly (2009, short clip)


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

Three Ravens on Langspil


@Strumelia
2 years ago - Comments: 24
Nicaea hymn tune on penny whistle

Nicaea hymn tune on penny whistle


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

Silver Lake Waltz


@Strumelia
4 years ago - Comments: 6
Carve That Possum

Carve That Possum


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

The Cuckoo - penny whistle


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

Pretty Saro - penny whistle


@Strumelia
5 years ago - Comments: 16
Limberjack dancing

Limberjack dancing


@Strumelia
9 years ago - Comments: 27

Latest Photos

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pear peghead block.jpg
langspil-tail.JPG
langspil-head.JPG
strumelia-langpsil.JPG
Langspil strumelia.jpg
langspil_5.jpg
langspil_4.jpg
langspil_3.jpg
langspil_2.jpg
langspil_1.jpg
rogue-whistles.jpg
carvethatpossum2017_s.jpg
silverlakewaltz2017_s.jpg

Latest Forum Discussions

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The Positive Thread...

Posted: Tuesday February 23 2021, 9:27 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Monday February 8 2021, 11:11 AM
By: @Winks

Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise,...

Posted: Friday February 5 2021, 9:46 PM
By: @Don Grundy

FOTMD Chat Room!

Posted: Friday February 5 2021, 12:25 PM
By: @Strumelia

The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Thursday February 4 2021, 12:00 PM
By: @Venni aka Adrianne

What Are You Working On?

Posted: Thursday February 4 2021, 11:34 AM
By: @Ariane

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

Show us your sound holes!

Posted: Saturday January 23 2021, 10:51 AM
By: @Susie

A moment of reflection

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

Remembering "Deputy Mo" / The Friendly Beasts

Posted: Saturday December 19 2020, 8:03 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

What makes Christmas music sound...

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

Dancing!...(feet as instrument)

Posted: Wednesday December 2 2020, 5:18 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

NEW!- Fotmd rotating slideshow Banner Ads!

Posted: Saturday November 7 2020, 3:38 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Contra dancing :)

Posted: Sunday September 13 2020, 1:20 PM
By: @Strumelia

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Sunday July 26 2020, 9:11 PM
By: @dulcinina

FUNNY songs you sing & play on your dulcimer

Posted: Friday May 29 2020, 7:59 PM
By: @Susie

What's your favorite tune or dulcimer to...

Posted: Monday May 4 2020, 10:00 AM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Give thanks to our FOTMD Welcome Wagon!...

Posted: Wednesday November 27 2019, 10:09 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

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

Posted: Thursday November 14 2019, 6:57 PM
By: @Richard Streib

PLEASE Click to READ THIS before posting...

Posted: Tuesday November 5 2019, 7:32 PM
By: @Uker

What's your favorite mournful, spooky, or...

Posted: Tuesday October 8 2019, 11:10 AM
By: @tpatts

FOTMD's 10th Birthday Pickled Dulcimer...

Posted: Sunday August 4 2019, 6:34 AM
By: @Susie

NEW!- Fotmd Main Page slideshow banner ads!

Posted: Sunday July 21 2019, 4:08 PM
By: @Strumelia

Showing support for FOTMD ?

Posted: Saturday July 20 2019, 1:45 PM
By: @Strumelia

Choose just ONE song for all eternity...

Posted: Sunday June 9 2019, 8:16 AM
By: @hugssandi

What songs were you taught in...

Posted: Wednesday January 9 2019, 8:57 AM
By: @Jim Yates

MEET THE MODERATORS...

Posted: Tuesday December 25 2018, 11:48 AM
By: @Strumelia

How to add an Audio MP3 or Soundcloud clip...

Posted: Saturday November 3 2018, 1:25 PM
By: @Strumelia

Frame Drums

Posted: Thursday August 9 2018, 6:24 PM
By: @Eileen

Comments

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. 


Gary Loren McCallister
02/16/20 03:41:04PM @gary-loren-mccallister:

I want to comment back to Strumella  but I am not sure whether to do it here or on her page. Anyway, thanks for the comment. It sounds pretty good also but I haven't figured out how to post audio here yet. (I decided to post my comment in both places._ 

BY the way, play guitar banjo, mandolin and mountain dulcimer. And I keep bees also. Sweet.


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 +


dulcinina
10/24/18 01:41:28PM @dulcinina:

Hi Strumelia, Ithink I upgraded my email.  Please re-send your comments to see if they come through.  Thanks, Delcinina


Nigel Caddick
09/02/18 12:01:00PM @nigel-caddick:

I hope this is the right box to comment in? Yes Strumelia I saw your comment, thanks. It just seems that when I want to ask a question in the dulcimer builders group, there's no comment box or 'Post new question' type box.

Nige


Noah Cline
08/11/18 02:55:23AM @noah-cline:

Thanks for the welcome!


marg
06/09/18 09:19:52AM @marg:

Morning,

Listening to some of the recent videos & audio recordings this morning before I get ready to go preform at a Senior Tea, I was thinking how beautiful some are.

Had you ever thought of putting some on a CD as a fund raiser? The members already have them recorded, with permission there could be a good number ready to go. 

I'm sure many with FOTMD would love to have a collection of dulcimer music from people they know, our members. 

Just a thought, something we all would enjoy & a way to help $$ toward FOTMD


KLKD
05/24/18 08:01:18PM @klkd:

Thank you, Strumelia!


Gerald
05/15/18 08:16:13AM @gerald:

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll maybe tweak the review a bit and then post it to that group.

CHeers


Gerald
05/15/18 07:46:40AM @gerald:

As the app is not mine, and I have no way of knowing what revenues are generated, I have deleted the post. Thanks for your quick response.

Cheers


Dan Evans
05/11/18 08:57:28AM @dan-evans:

thnx Strumelia

 


Dan Evans
05/10/18 01:54:35AM @dan-evans:

Hi Strumelia - where and how can I post info about my forthcoming US tour - I have posters and flyers and hyperlinks to blog posts ... ? thnx  - Dan