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Old 12-04-2012, 02:48 PM   #15
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I'd never heard of a mountain Dulcimer until I read it here. Then the same night they used one in the movie I watched. "Safety not guaranteed" Very interesting concept for a film but I'd give 6.5/10. Probably not worth the watch just see the dulcimer.
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:25 PM   #16
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I'd never heard of a mountain Dulcimer until I read it here. Then the same night they used one in the movie I watched. "Safety not guaranteed" Very interesting concept for a film but I'd give 6.5/10. Probably not worth the watch just see the dulcimer.
I really common in south east US. A lot less so in North West, but use is growing. It's a fairly easy instrument to learn how to play, hence the gaining popularity. They're also relatively inexpensive as compared to other instruments. Maybe sometime I'll make a video and upload it.
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At the last Fall NOG I heard one playing from a couple of sites away. The sounds was soft and really pretty. I went over and met the owner and found out what it was. He liked it because it was small and he could take it in his 13' scamp easily. He gave me a couple of sites to research and I ended up getting one a month ago. I tried a ukulele, but my wrist couldn't handle the more complicated chords. With the mountain Dulcimer, I'm in a much better position and can play for an hour without pain.

Because I want to take this out in the trailer next year, I just purchased a hard case. I bought a break down shotgun hard case and modified it to fit. Below is a photo of it. I had enough room to put in a small box to fix strings, pics and a tuner. I figure this should keep it out of harms way while camping.
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At the last Fall NOG I heard one playing from a couple of sites away. The sounds was soft and really pretty. I went over and met the owner and found out what it was. He liked it because it was small and he could take it in his 13' scamp easily. He gave me a couple of sites to research and I ended up getting one a month ago. I tried a ukulele, but my wrist couldn't handle the more complicated chords. With the mountain Dulcimer, I'm in a much better position and can play for an hour without pain.

Because I want to take this out in the trailer next year, I just purchased a hard case. I bought a break down shotgun hard case and modified it to fit. Below is a photo of it. I had enough room to put in a small box to fix strings, pics and a tuner. I figure this should keep it out of harms way while camping.
Danny,
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. It was nice to talk to you the NOG. Maybe sometime we can attempt to play together.
FYI.. If any of you get a chance to look at Danny's trailer, it's really a nice renovation.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:18 PM   #19
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Thanks Byron. I'm terrible at remembering names. Thanks for the reminder. I ended up with a Black Mountain brand, which as I remember is what you have. I just had a friend over for lunch and he was surprised how nice a sound it can make. All I can play now is some easy tunes, but I did get a Celtic song book that I'm going to get to in a couple of weeks. It's so nice to listen to, it makes you want to practice.
Next time we meet we'll play a nice duet.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:53 PM   #20
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I've had dulcimers a lot longer than I have had my Burro. I wish I had owned the Burro back in the early '90s when I would make my annual pilgrimage to Galax, VA for the Old Time Fiddlers' Convention! You would see a lot of dulcimers (and every other kind of acoustic stringed instrument) there. I haven't been in 15+ years but just the title of this thread stirred up some great memories. Thanks!

BTW, my first dulcimer was made for me by a friend from my caving days. He used a couple of old black walnut boards we had cut from my grandfather's farm about 20 years before. Now that, my friends, is a mellow sounding instrument! I later bought a couple more, but that is still my favorite mountain dulcimer.

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lol well I never heard of a mountain dulcimer before either but after spending a few hours of reading about it online and listening to them on youtube, I just ordered one today.

Gardners Dulcimer Shop - Grafton Ohio

I got the black walnut teardrop shape with shamrock's. I found a store about 45 minutes away that does lessons, an hour to an hour and a half for $25! I have friends who do irish folk music and I thought it would be great to be able to play with them, well the couple who run the store/give lessons are big into irish music too, so i think this is gonna be fun.

A friend was teasing me what am I going to do with my time since the endless work on my boat is gone, and Im contemplateing a new scamp, or relatively newer one and I didnt really just want to play world of warcraft all winter I will have something to do!

I cant wait to get it! Hopefully by the end of the week. Its my xmas present to myself!

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lol well I never heard of a mountain dulcimer before either but after spending a few hours of reading about it online and listening to them on youtube, I just ordered one today.

Gardners Dulcimer Shop - Grafton Ohio

I got the black walnut teardrop shape with shamrock's. I found a store about 45 minutes away that does lessons, an hour to an hour and a half for $25! I have friends who do irish folk music and I thought it would be great to be able to play with them, well the couple who run the store/give lessons are big into irish music too, so i think this is gonna be fun.

A friend was teasing me what am I going to do with my time since the endless work on my boat is gone, and Im contemplateing a new scamp, or relatively newer one and I didnt really just want to play world of warcraft all winter I will have something to do!

I cant wait to get it! Hopefully by the end of the week. Its my xmas present to myself!

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Great.
Some internet sites for you to check out. Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer, is a lot like this site, lots of videos of people playing. Everything Dulcimer is another one. My favorite learning tool YouTube, which is great for a tune I've really that familiar with. I listen to many versions and get the general tune in my head and the cadence.
I've only be at it a year and feel I'm just beginning on great musical journey.
Keep on strumming.
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Thanks Byron! Looking forward to starting.

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Don't need strings on them dulcimores. Just bounce that music off them mountains. Now banjers irritate some which leads them to tell jokes like this. What do you call a banjo at the bottom of the river? Ans: A start.

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I love banjo music. Well, maybe except when I am canoeing.
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My first dulcimer, the one made by my old caving buddy, is made in the teardrop shape and has some special sound holes. Since we both like old Kentucky/Pennsylvania type rifles, he took my suggestion and used the "weeping heart" design for them. Then he started doing abalone inlays, so in the octave spot he put a little toadstool. and in the "valley" under the strings where strumming is done, he inlaid my trademark frog. I've since bought another teardrop with a lighter, spruce top, and an hourglass shaped one. I really ought to get them out and do some strumming.

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I'd like to see a photo of the inlay and sound holes if you have one.
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I've got a mountain dulcimer, which I play horribly, but play it anyway. Love it. I've always wanted to take hammer dulcimer lessons... maybe when I retire.
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