Wally Venable

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Location: Morgantown WV
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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 • 4 days ago
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Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Table for Mt. Dulcimer":
"I have short lower legs (28 inch inseam), although I'm about 5' 6" in overall height. Chairs from the 1930-1950 period fit me fine, bur chairs have grown..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tull66":
">>> get an electronic tuner. I agree, although many now like to use a cell phone APP. >>> Use the tuner to verify that the frets are..."
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@wally-venable • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tull66":
"I would absolutely tell anyone with no dulcimer experience or first hand technical advisor NOT to buy a dulcimer kit from anyone. If you don't really know..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tull66":
"... Or to be lent to a complete stranger with no experience who wants to explore playing music."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tull66":
"That has not been my experience."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tull66":
"If the cardboard dulcimer kits were less than $50, I'd support the suggestion that they are a good first instrument. My wife started on a borrowed one. Given..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Looking for a Small Dulcimer":
"Thanks for pointing out the CAPRITAURUS DULCIMER. At over $600, it is well above my friend's price range. After my telling her about the available options..."

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Looking for a Small Dulcimer

Posted: Wednesday March 30 2022, 8:40 AM
By: @Wally Venable

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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."