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Old 12-09-2012, 08:10 PM   #29
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As Im sitting around home tonight its cold and dreary outside, wish I had it to play right now lol


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Old 12-10-2012, 08:17 AM   #30
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very cool. i decided last winter i wanted to play the mountain dulcimer, so i bought a kit and built my own and began playing it.
a great source of information and music is "friends of the mountain dulcimer" web site.

i have played ukulele since 1963, and you won;t believe how i learned to play it.
my stepfather grew up with a guy named fred bear, you may know him from bear archery. in 1963 fred bear went to africa to hunt with his bow and my brother, stepfather and i went along. it was the year fred took an elephant with his bow. pretty heady stuff for a 12 year old lad, bow hunting with a icon like fred bear. no how does this get us to the ukulele? well who should happen to be along as a fellow aveid hunter? aurthur godfrey! so sitting around a campfire in africa with fred bear,,,, aurthur godfrey taught me my first basic cords on the ukulele.
and ukuleles have traveled and collected themselves around me every since. always one in the scamp.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:24 AM   #31
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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.
i will have mine with me nest sept.n algonac
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:25 AM   #32
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anyone in michigan , every spring they hold the dulcimer festival in evart. great camping,,,great music...silly to miss it.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:47 AM   #33
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Very cool story John! Also just the fact of goin to Africa on safari is impresessive enough lol!

I might eventually buy a kit and build one since a friend of mine is a carpenter/cabinetmaker and has all the clamps and a router table which would help a whole lot for trimming the top and bottom.

I saw the carving link and would love to have a figure head of a dragon on one one day! I do a medieval reinactment and yes the mountain dulcimer is certainly not a "period" instrument but my carpenter friend and his band does irish folk music and would be nice to be able to sit among them and play a few songs around the fire!

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Very cool story John! Also just the fact of goin to Africa on safari is impresessive enough lol!

I might eventually buy a kit and build one since a friend of mine is a carpenter/cabinetmaker and has all the clamps and a router table which would help a whole lot for trimming the top and bottom.

I saw the carving link and would love to have a figure head of a dragon on one one day! I do a medieval reinactment and yes the mountain dulcimer is certainly not a "period" instrument but my carpenter friend and his band does irish folk music and would be nice to be able to sit among them and play a few songs around the fire!

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if you buy a kit you really don't need much as far as tools. i made mine using a coping saw, my pocket knife, a couple handfulls of spring paper clamps, (those black flat clamps with chrome handles)a stack of books for weight and a lot of sandpaper.
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:07 PM   #35
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Which kit did you get and how did it turn out?
Up here there aren't many and shipping is another thing.
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:25 AM   #36
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i got my kit from cedar creek. i ordered a dove and vine precut soundhole design with sasafras top and walnut body. i reworked the head to a pretty design i came up with. over all the whole thing went together easily and darn fast. finish is where yyou really want to take your time, mine is in a tung oil varnish.
these folks were easy to work with and the whole thing was a pleasant experiance. i cam away with a very reasonable price on a beautiful sounding dulcimer with a lot of custom touches i added.
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Cedar Creek Dulcimers, Handmade in the Ozarks
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Thanks John, Great link! I ordered ateardrop style, maybe I will build the next one an hourglass...Mine should be here wednesday or thursday! Im gonna call for a lesson on sunday If I can.... can't wait
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Well it just arrived! I have my first lesson on sunday!
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Well it just arrived! I have my first lesson on sunday!
Congratulations. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do mine. When you're out in your trailer be prepared for lots of interest.
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Well it just arrived! I have my first lesson on sunday!
How are you liking your dulcimer? I just bought one and am having a wonderful time learning how to play.
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Its alot of fun! just 2 lessons You can figure out im playin love me tender and danny boy, and with the noter I can play loch loden(very badly lol) gonna take a while but enjoying it!

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Its alot of fun! just 2 lessons You can figure out im playin love me tender and danny boy, and with the noter I can play loch loden(very badly lol) gonna take a while but enjoying it!

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Glad you're enjoying it! I'm heading for a Dulcimer festival in May in Winchester, VA. taking the Snoozy as well. Great way to combine fun & fun!
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