Strumelia

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Location: Germantown, NY
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youtube videos: 33
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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 • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "John Molineux box dulcimer":
"@wally-venable - in the patent world, that is called 'making a broad claim'.  However, anyone can create something that has a few slight differences and..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 6 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Jock Stuart:
"This is so beautiful. Such a lovely dulcimer, you should be very proud of it. And wonderful playing!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @robert-schuler: My 40 year old box of harmonicas
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @charles-thomas: Thoughts on Harmonicas
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 6
Liked a music item created by @robin-thompson: Lost Doggie - in honor of Billy Boy
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Lost Doggie - in honor of Billy Boy:
"Billy Boy is so lucky to be staying with your family.   What a creative bluesy tune, Robin and Mark!  Has a touch of 'Western/tipsy/weary' to it, with..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @nate: Ergonomics and Wrist Strain
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @jack-ferguson: The Southwind on 8-string Scheitholt
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Shady Grove - demo of my latest build. :
"I notice that this dulcimer has a very long tail section between the bridge and the string endpins. That certainly extends the body and soundbox length... i..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Shady Grove - demo of my latest build. :
"Lovely dulcimer, and fine playing, Bob. Shady Grove is my favorite go-to tune when tuning to aeolian mode. I never get tired of Shady Grove for some reason...."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Liked a youtube item created by @bob-reinsel: Shady Grove - demo of my latest build.
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ergonomics and Wrist Strain":
"I must agree with KenL. From watching your video here , your wrists are lower than your fretting fingers. It's actually the very same advice for computer..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Liked a group discussions item created by @jan-potts: Call the Tune "Songs for Lent"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "general instrument question":
"@Randy I like Dwight Diller's story and tune version. He called it Dead Man's Piece i think. At least i think it was the same piece, a very old banjo tune,..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @rachel:
"@Rachel, thank you so much for supporting FOTMD!  🥰"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on In the Kitchen, In the Garden:
"This is just so lovely, Anne and John. Very creative. I especially love the repeated musical phrase at the end of each verse, which allows the words to sink..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: In the Kitchen, In the Garden
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Wow, the weird weather- mid february and it was a gorgeous 55F and sunny in NY here today. I went down into town and sat out at a sidewalk table at my..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "general instrument question":
"Often when I'm watching a YT tutorial video on some subject, it drives me nuts when the person is talking slooooowly and I wish they'd just get to the point...."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Richard Krueger Psaltery":
"@motormike - are you bowing your bowed psaltery, or plucking the notes like a plucked psaltery? (do you have a bow for it?) Yours is intended to be bowed (it..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How precisely do you tune up?":
"So true, Robin!  -and if the noter tends to sharpen your notes too much for your liking, I find that changing the gauge of the string can help lessen the..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "general instrument question":
"I just stumbled on a 14yr old video of our own @randy-adams playing that old banjer tune on one of his cigar box instruments   :"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "general instrument question":
"Lilley, Dusty is correct as far as I know. I think you'd have to work it out on the dulcimer for yourself (either making a simple tab or learning it by ear),..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How precisely do you tune up?":
"So many interesting aspects to this subject. Culture is definitely a big one. But so is age, for me at least.  I have a very precise ear for tuning. Not..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Wartz-N-All Spring Fling -(WV):
"I'm so glad to hear you guys are continuing this wonderful event!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 1
Liked an events item created by @bob-snyder: Wartz-N-All Spring Fling -(WV)
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 weeks ago • comments: 8
Liked a group discussions item created by @kristi-keller: little dulcimer playing in hospital
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How do I create a new forum discussion?":
"Hi Sandra. You can read this here discussion to leanr how to create a new discussion thread. Then, go to our For Sale/Wanted forum:..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Is there an option to order replies from oldest to newest ?":
"Nicolas, on almost any device- a phone, laptop, desktop, or tablet... there are quick keyboard or 'tap' commands that allow one to zip right to the top or..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Intonation Problems":
"Can you specify when placing the dimes or nickels- the coins should be placed on top of the fret, right? (not on the wood of the fretboard surface between or..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "John Molineux box dulcimer":
"ok so it's the fret pattern, not technically the 'pegbox' or tuning mechanisms that are opposite mirrored for duet playing. I was just assuming the peghead..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "John Molineux box dulcimer":
"KenL- but... are those also having the frets going in the same direction? I suspect the fret pattern will be 'mirrored' if intended for couple playing on..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "John Molineux box dulcimer":
"NateBuildsToys: It's hard to imagine what aspect of that dulcimer would be patented.   As a professional patent illustrator for a living over the past 25..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "John Molineux box dulcimer":
"I think that in general, older dulcimers with double fretboards were meant to be played by a couple sitting facing each other knee to knee, playing it on..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 weeks ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on First "real-ish" Dulcimer:
"Wow, that is lovely and very impressive! NateBuildsToys: It was my first attempt at making a scroll. Here are a couple pictures of it incompleted  "

Latest Group Discussions

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Strumelia

Antiques Roadshow 1800s dulcimer appraisal


Nice old 1800s dulcimer.  I think one would be very hard pressed to...
@Strumelia one month 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
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 15 years ago - Comments: 3
Strumelia

earliest known written melody- Syria 1400 BC


Brian turned me on to this- The Oldest known musical melody...
@Strumelia 8 years ago - Comments: 9

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

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Do Johnny Booker, Do ...with banjo

Do Johnny Booker, Do ...with banjo


@Strumelia
one month ago - Comments: 6
Clyde the limberjack

Clyde the limberjack


@Strumelia
3 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

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Latest Forum Discussions

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What Are You Working On?

Posted: Wednesday February 28 2024, 4:28 AM
By: @shanonmilan

The Drifting Thread...

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

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Monday January 22 2024, 9:15 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Friday January 12 2024, 8:19 AM
By: @John C. Knopf

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

PLEASE Click to READ THIS before posting...

Posted: Friday November 10 2023, 1:07 PM
By: @Strumelia

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

Posted: Thursday November 2 2023, 9:10 AM
By: @Strumelia

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

Frame Drums

Posted: Sunday January 2 2022, 4:15 PM
By: @Scott Callow

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.

Dancing!...(feet as instrument)

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

Comments

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 +


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