Wally Venable

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Location: Morgantown WV
Country: USA

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Homer Ross Ken Longfield Strumelia

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My wife, Norma plays dulcimers. I make musical instruments as a creative activity, and play ukulele and U-Bass.

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Wally Venable
@wally-venable • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ergonomics and Wrist Strain":
"As to seating position, I'm only about 5' 6" tall, with short legs. My lap is horizontal when I sit in a 1950s vintage wooden folding chair, but on more..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ergonomics and Wrist Strain":
"Given the wide variety of playing styles used on the dulcimer, I don't think there is any "proper form." Noter-drone playing puts a very different stress on..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 2 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Gardner Winter Music Festival:
"Lap Dulcimer Workshops at the 2024 Gardner Winter Music Festival The Gardner Winter Music Festival will be in Morgantown, WV on February 23rd and 24th..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 3 weeks ago • comments: 1
Is attending an Event:
Wartz-N-All Spring Fling -(WV)
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 4 weeks ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on History of Cigar Box Dulcimers:
"I hadn't thought about using recycled furniture wood. Fifty year old furniture wood will be well seasoned with about 48 years of air exposure on top of the..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • one month ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on History of Cigar Box Dulcimers:
"Historically, most cigar boxes were wooden boxes. A website says "Between 1800 and 1960 around 80% of all cigar boxes were made of wood" and another says..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • one month ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on History of Cigar Box Dulcimers:
"In discussing Cigar Box Musical Instrument History we should differentiate between those who make "cigar box" instruments because they can not afford a..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • one month ago • comments: 31
Posted a new Comment on Peg tuners:
"Slipping pegs are a different issue. Violinists/fiddlers often use a bit of chalk or "peg dope" to fix this. Sandpaper used very lightly is also a common..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • one month ago • comments: 31
Posted a new Comment on Peg tuners:
"It's probably been posted before in this thread, but .... There is a standard taper to violin pegs. Both reamers for shaping the holes and shavers for the..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "String suggestions":
"One basic point in looking for strings. Until about 10 or 15 years ago, there were no "dulcimer strings." Ball end strings were part of the guitar string..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Robert N. Lackey, rest in peace":
"Norma and I attended a good many sessions by or with Bob in the Morgantown-Fairmont-Fort New Salem, WV over the past eight or ten years. He was always good..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Traditional role of the mountain dulcimer.":
"Ken said:....  There probably were no Euro-trained luthiers among the Moravians, the builders to follow were trying to replicate instruments that had come..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 2 months ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Gardner Winter Music Festival -(WV):
"Gardner Winter Music Festival on February 23rd and 24th 2024 This event has been scheduled, although no details are available yet. There is always a..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 2 months ago • comments: 26
Posted a new Comment on false bottoms = added mass?:
"I cut my fret slots with an oldish AMT Scroll Saw. I use a hand-held sharpening stone to remove the set (flare) from the saw blade to reduce the width of the..."

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Liquid Electrical Tape

Posted: Saturday November 25 2023, 9:30 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Looking for a Small Dulcimer

Posted: Wednesday October 26 2022, 11:06 AM
By: @Tom McShane

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Strumelia
01/15/22 11:49:34AM @strumelia:

Wally, thank you SO much for your very thoughtful donation to FOTMD!  It is deeply appreciated.    sun       -Strumelia


Wally Venable
11/25/19 02:27:14PM @wally-venable:

The photo shows my first dulcimer project and my third.

The design of the first was based on a cardboard body instrument Norma borrowed for her first dulcimer class.

The third is an octave dulcimer tuned DAA, but an octave above the usual set of notes. It is short enough to fit in an airline carry-on bag.

Both have fingerboards made from 1x2 lumber, with most of the body constructed from 1/8" and 3/32" birch plywood.


Richard Streib
02/19/19 08:26:15PM @richard-streib:

Welcome Wallyvenable to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. Sounds like a great event you will be attending. Best wishes on your musical journey.


Wally Venable
02/18/19 02:08:20PM @wally-venable:

I'll be at the Gardner Winter Music Fest this Saturday. http://www.gwmf.org

I'm playing with the DAA Strummers and OLLI Orchestra.

The GWMF has a lot of room for mountain dulcimer player or wanna be's. We enjoyed it last year. You can't beat the registration fee - FREE if you bring an instrument.

 


Ben Barr Jr
02/18/19 05:43:39AM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Wally, 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


Jim Fawcett
02/17/19 08:54:20PM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Wally, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.


Ken Longfield
02/17/19 07:37:53PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD, Wally Venable. It is good to have you aboard. Look for West Virginia players under Groups and join that group.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."