traildad

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Location: Vacaville CA
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fordferguson Strumelia

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I played Bluegrass music as a child/young adult. Playing the guitar hurt my fingers so much I gave up playing. I’m over 60 now so it might be a little late to learn a new instrument but I hope that using a noter will allow me to play without pain. 

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traildad
@traildad • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I ordered my own dulcimer ":
"@silverstrings: Yes, the deluxe with the package deal. I played the model 56 at his shop and it compared well to the McSpadden dulcimers I played in LA."
traildad
@traildad • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I ordered my own dulcimer ":
"@strumelia: that's what I'm counting on. All the McSpadden dulcimers had a nice tone but I think maybe I hear too much pick/string noise. I'm hoping it will..."
traildad
@traildad • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I ordered my own dulcimer ":
"Yes I agree. The standard one I looked at was very nice. In a perfect situation I'd be picking from a bunch of them that I could play first. I think it's the..."
traildad
@traildad • one week ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "I ordered my own dulcimer ":
"I've ordered my dulcimer! It was really difficult to choose without being able to listen to a lot of instruments. I visited Black Mountain Instruments in..."
traildad
@traildad • 2 weeks ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Do I need that fourth string?:
"Having a more even sound when picking makes sense to me. Seeing how that seems to be the most common style of playing these days it makes sense that 3..."
traildad
@traildad • 2 weeks ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Do I need that fourth string?:
"Any guesses as to why they would recommend a 3 string setup? I can imagine the benefits of having 3/4 strings options. I'm curious why they prefer the 3..."
traildad
@traildad • 2 weeks ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Do I need that fourth string?:
"I was looking at the Folkcraft design your own dulcimer site and it lists the 3 string version as recommended. Would leaving one of the strings off be the..."
traildad
@traildad • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Using TEFpad app to help learn new songs:
"Dusty Turtle: According to the website, TEFpad is the "lite" version made for iOS and Android. I’ve never used the computer version. My iPad app has a..."
traildad
@traildad • 2 weeks ago • comments: 3
Created a new Group discussion "Using TEFpad app to help learn new songs":
"I wasn’t sure if I should post this here or in the technology group. I want it to be seen by beginners that might not see the other groups right away so I..."
Beginner players
traildad
@traildad • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Does anyone use tabledit/TEFpad:
"Yes you were right. Now I see the replies. "
traildad
@traildad • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Does anyone use tabledit/TEFpad:
"Ok, I’ll look again. In all my years of online activity I’ve never used this style of forum software before so I am still trying to figure things out. Thanks"
traildad
@traildad • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Created a new Group discussion "Does anyone use tabledit/TEFpad":
"I searched for posts on tabledit and all that I looked at had no responses. I downloaded the app TEFpad onto my iPad because it works for dulcimer tab. I..."
Arranging/composing for Dulcimers
traildad
@traildad • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Loaner Dulcimer":
"I notice it has capital letters and lower case. What does that signify?"
traildad
@traildad • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Loaner Dulcimer":
"Ken Hulme: Not necessarily "one size down".  The Strothers string gauge calculator shows that for a 29" VSL tuned DAA/DAd or CGG/CGc, you want .010 for the..."
traildad
@traildad • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Loaner Dulcimer":
"Strumelia: It looks totally great!  It has the 6.5 extra fret, btw. I think you'll find that comes in handy.  Don't put too heavy a set of strings on it,..."
traildad
@traildad • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Loaner Dulcimer":
"I borrowed a dulcimer from my sister. I think it’s a kit dulcimer with a 29” VSL. It’s missing strings so I don’t know how it plays yet. It will give me..."
traildad
@traildad • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Assessing Tone":
"I was thinking that a different tuning was involved, which is why I asked. Thanks."
traildad
@traildad • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "McSpadden Dulcimer with 1+ and 8+ Frets":
"I don't have a dulcimer. I hope to find one that will not be too expensive as a beginner instrument. At the same time with enough quality that I will enjoy..."
traildad
@traildad • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Assessing Tone":
"I am a newbie looking to get my first dulcimer. I have made a point to listen to some differrent recordings to get a  better understanding of different..."
traildad
@traildad • 4 weeks ago
@traildad is now following @forums
traildad
@traildad • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "McSpadden Dulcimer with 1+ and 8+ Frets":
"I assumed a standard dulcimer didn't have any extra frets. The topic title had me thinking the dulcimer had the 1 1/2 and the 8 1/2 but not the 6 1/2 or the..."
traildad
@traildad • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "McSpadden Dulcimer with 1+ and 8+ Frets":
"I want to apologize to Parker for threadjacking this topic. "
traildad
@traildad • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "McSpadden Dulcimer with 1+ and 8+ Frets":
"Strumelia: Ken i think it all depends on what tunes you tend to play. Anyone who plays a lot of modern music, or blues, would certainly find a few extra..."
traildad
@traildad • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "McSpadden Dulcimer with 1+ and 8+ Frets":
"Dusty Turtle: For a demonstration of a dulcimer's intonation and tone, I don't think you need a great player.  In fact, a great player can make a crappy..."
traildad
@traildad • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "McSpadden Dulcimer with 1+ and 8+ Frets":
"Ken Hulme: @traildad said "I would love to learn to fingerpick and chord but I expect noter drone might be the limit of my ability. "Please don't ever..."
traildad
@traildad • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "McSpadden Dulcimer with 1+ and 8+ Frets":
"Strumelia: @traildad, I have a video on here where I'm using a dulcimer with 1.5 and 8.5 frets and am playing in noter style.  In fact, you can see me..."
traildad
@traildad • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "McSpadden Dulcimer with 1+ and 8+ Frets":
"I of course don’t know. I don’t think I have anything generally against extra frets if they don’t cause problems using the noter. "
traildad
@traildad • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "McSpadden Dulcimer with 1+ and 8+ Frets":
"I get the sense that the extra frets can be a plus and a minus. I think I heard the 1 1/2 and 8 1/2 are useful for modern music. Do they create a problem for..."
traildad
@traildad • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "McSpadden Dulcimer with 1+ and 8+ Frets":
"I'm sure I could figure out zoom or something. Simply strumming, plucking strings and playing some chords would help. No fast changes are necessary. I'd like..."
traildad
@traildad • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "McSpadden Dulcimer with 1+ and 8+ Frets":
"Could you post an audio file of it? Thanks. "
traildad
@traildad • one month ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Choosing a dulcimer:
"I have been listening to Jessica Comeau playing her McSpadden Redwood Walnut (I think) dulcimer. What talent. Beautiful songs, beautiful playing and a..."
traildad
@traildad • one month ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Choosing a dulcimer:
"For what it’s worth I found a faq at the North Georgia Foothills Dulcimer Association on choosing a dulcimer. I hope it’s ok to share the link...."
traildad
@traildad • one month ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Choosing a dulcimer:
"I understand the idea of not really knowing what I will want until I learn to play awhile. Of course if you are buying sight unseen it is harder to pick one..."
traildad
@traildad • one month ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Choosing a dulcimer:
"I know Instruments can vary by maker, material and moment. I don’t expect anyone to be able to tell me what will be best. On the other hand these makers..."
traildad
@traildad • one month ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Choosing a dulcimer:
"Thanks for all the feedback. Clipping a tuner on a peg doesn’t sound quite as convenient, but as long as it works. I guess I’ll have to wait a while. I heard..."

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traildad

Using TEFpad app to help learn new songs


I wasn’t sure if I should post this here or in the technology group. I...
@traildad 2 weeks ago - Comments: 3
traildad

Does anyone use tabledit/TEFpad


I searched for posts on tabledit and all that I looked at had no...
@traildad 2 weeks ago - Comments: 6
traildad

Choosing a dulcimer


I’m looking for a quality mid-range beginner dulcimer. I’m currently...
@traildad one month ago - Comments: 18

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Jim Fawcett
08/23/20 08:52:12PM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Traildad, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.


Ken Longfield
08/22/20 08:30:18PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD Traildad. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


Benjamin W Barr Jr
08/22/20 03:56:38PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Dad, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer, and to meet some good people.

Ben


Richard Streib
08/22/20 03:20:36PM @richard-streib:

Welcome Traildad to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. This is a wonderful place to learn and to meet many new dulcimer friends. Best wishes on your dulcimer journey. Ask your questions. We are here to help.