Strumelia

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Location: Germantown, NY
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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 • an hour ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"Ohh George, my heart goes out to you.  We love our little furry 'children' so very much.  What a long and happy life you gave to her!"
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"That's a touching story, User.  I remember playing the dulcimer for my mother when she was in the nursing home.  She just loved it.  I'm so glad for you that..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"Fer dinner i had a biiiig bowl of Greek yogurt with dried cranberries, golden raisins, flaxseed meal, and chopped walnuts.  Mighty refreshing! Got the other..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Uncle Henry - dulcimer & fiddle:
"Wow, this sounds terrific this pairing Mark-  and what a great tune you chose too...with that beautiful held note.  Love your fiddle and dulcimer together!"
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Here's hoping your MRI scan does/helps as it was intended, Robert!"
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "We are experiencing Chat program issues":
"Hi everyone, Well, Cometchat people refuse to help update their chat program to our site's new secure SSL/https status, without forcing me to buy another..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on The Early American Songbook:
"Looks like a heart-shaped framed something in a sliding leather case."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"I don't have arthritis.  At least I know I'm not (yet) allergic to bee venom.   Yes, a few bees did perish... they died defending their colony against the..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"Turns out I got more like about 22 stings yesterday.  Some were kind of blending together.  Yikes, lots of itching and swelling today but still on aspirin..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"We're going to watch some episodes of "The Borgias" at home tonight.  Lots of medieval intrigue, passion, treachery, and mayhem!  "
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Groups Tab on my profile page????":
"Hi Dulcidude,  let me try to explain what you are seeing... 1) to see the list of Groups that you are a member of, as Dan said hover over your link name at..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on John Riley the Shepard:
"I'm exhausted.       ;)"
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"It's 7pm, just getting dark.  I just finished practically killing myself in moving a beehive with 32 frames/4 boxes from a friend's house to my backyard and..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 8
Liked @dulcidude's group discussions:
Help! Best built-in pickup?
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 4 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Folding Tripod Stand:
"Laurel K Scott: ....the platform on the top makes a perfect spot to keep a noter and a pick! Obviously you are not a cat owner.   lolol... Laurel, your..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "We are experiencing Chat program issues":
"I have activated the Jamroom version of chat while I'm waiting for Cometchat to tell me whether they will fix up our old chat to be https compliant, without..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "We are experiencing Chat program issues":
"Update and more info-  our chat for the past two years has been provided not by Jamroom, but by a 3rd party outfit, CometChat. (2 years ago Jamroom did not..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "We are experiencing Chat program issues":
"Sorry folks, we are having a problem with our FOTMD chat program. It's not your computer's fault !   We'll try to get this fixed as soon as possible.  Very..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 5 days ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Nonsuch:
"Yeah, I bet Jim is sneaking about trying to learn a few "Aulde Englishe" tunes so he can fit in...  "
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 5 days ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Nonsuch:
"I think I vaguely recall it always having cut off at 1:53, even many years ago.  JH- you could upload the original video to Youtube now if you still have..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on John Riley the Shepard:
"Robin...lolol, couldn't resist.  iphones are too expensive for my budget, so i have Android- but it works great for me.   "
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on John Riley the Shepard:
"Robin, you still using that Windows phone to access videos? "
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on New 6 String Dd Aa dd:
"I'm thinking your low A and low D strings at a 23" scale are going to have to be really heavy gauge in order to not be floppy. Are you going to be playing..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on John Riley the Shepard:
"The main melody of the Stamper tune is in A but the second part modulates to G. The Steph Coleman tune main melody part is in G but the second part..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 51
Posted a new Comment on Kantele, Supplication (Sacred Harp):
"You've got a real talent with this lovely instrument, Cynthia.  I love what you did with this hymn. I can tell that Greta was as divinely mesmerized as I..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on John Riley the Shepard:
"Taken to the other end of the spectrum, a fully chromatic dulcimer can play a tune in any mode from any position without re-tuning.  The whole purpose of the..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Down by the salley gardens:
"I love your playing and the dulcimer.  Love the lighting, ...and love asparagus too.  "
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 19
Liked @jan-potts's soundcloud:
O Sacred Head Now Wounded
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on O Sacred Head Now Wounded:
"Jan, I think it's time for an album.  Could not be more beautiful!"
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 51
Posted a new Comment on Kantele, Supplication (Sacred Harp):
"Cynthia this is gorgeous.  I wish you would do some more!  "
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on John Riley the Shepard:
"oops, sorry you're right- I meant key of G, 4th fret home, not A.   Ten lashes with a wet gut string.  "
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 28
Liked @randy-adams's youtube:
John Riley the Shepard
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on John Riley the Shepard:
"UPDATE:  oops- you guys are right, I meant to write key of G (not A)... dorian on the 4th fret home fret of g.  D'oh! The home fret is the A, on the fourth..."
Strumelia
 
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Leaning on the Everlasting Arms - Mountain Dulcimer:
"(Boy, who can forget Robert Mitchum in that movie!) Nice playing here Marc, sounds great!"

Latest Group Discussions

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Strumelia

Don Neuhauser TMB video


Here's a youtube video of Don playing a reproduction Tennessee music...
@Strumelia 11 months ago - 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 11 months ago - 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
Strumelia

A recommendation for the Gaskins Galax book method...


As posted by fotmd member Anita Franklin-Snyder: I've had Phyllis...
@Strumelia 4 years ago - Comments: 7
Strumelia

Christmas carols....


Not sure about the copyright status of your favorite carols? Maybe you...
@Strumelia 5 years ago - Comments: 2
Strumelia

I'll Fly Away and other copyrighted hymns....


Just posting a link here to another member's helpful discussion about...
@Strumelia 5 years ago - Comments: 2

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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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Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Tuesday April 25 2017, 8:29 PM
By: @Strumelia

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Tuesday April 25 2017, 3:18 PM
By: @Lexie R Oakley

We are experiencing Chat program issues

Posted: Monday April 24 2017, 1:39 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

What Are You Working On?

Posted: Sunday March 26 2017, 4:51 PM
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

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

Posted: Friday March 10 2017, 7:08 PM
By: @Strumelia

Tell us about your VERY FIRST dulcimer

Posted: Wednesday March 8 2017, 7:41 PM
By: @D. Chitwood

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

Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise,...

Posted: Sunday September 18 2016, 2:29 PM
By: @hugssandi

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

Showing support for FOTMD ?

Posted: Friday July 1 2016, 9:29 AM
By: @Strumelia

TIP- changing string on old 'single peg...

Posted: Monday June 13 2016, 9:20 PM
By: @Lexie R Oakley

Comments

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!


RavenMadd Garcia
10/12/16 07:54:49PM @ravenmadd-garcia:

hi Strum .....miss all of you ......hopefully will be back more ,,,,,I had to take a break off the net ,,,,hope your well


SheltieLover
10/08/16 10:11:29PM @sheltielover:

Hi,  I really don't understand how to use this web site for questions and answers.  Regarding modes, I was trying to find out how to change from one mode to another and where to start the tonic note.  Ken Hulme gave me some information which I need to read.  I also want to know how to determine what mode a song should be played in.  Thanks.


PonderThis
09/14/16 08:08:27PM @ponderthis:

Thank you for welcoming me to fotmd.  Still learning site navigation but happy to be with great people who have  a similar interests... All things dulcimer (and all stringed instruments)!