My article in the current issue of DPN

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My article in the current issue of DPN

Postby dbennett » Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:37 am

The issue of Dulcimer Players News (DPN) with the article I submitted last summer is out: BACK TO THE FUTURE: Modern Encounters with Traditional Playing Styles and Instruments.

The goal of the article was to stimulate interest and discussion on noter/drone and other traditional styles of dulcimer playing. Just to be clear for those who have not read it, I did not say traditional or noter/drone style of playing was preferable to contemporary styles, but rather that it is often over looked and more versatile than many people realize.

In writing the article I approached the topic from the novice that I am and had a lot of input from many on this forum: Strumelia, Dulcimore Dan, Robin Thompson, Robin Clark, Bobby Ratliff, Kevin Messinger, John Knopf, Greg Gunner, John Huron, and Don Pedi. As I wrote in the article, "There were others that I would have liked to have consulted with, but time and space compelled me to limit my data gathering." It was a challenge to keep my little article from becoming a book. So, my apologies to those I did not specifically use as a resource that are more knowledgeable than me (though no one has complained). Just know that your regular postings were of much help too, even if subliminally...

There are others better suited to write on this topic and I encourage you to submit similar articles to DPN.

If anyone wants to order a copy of this issue without subscribing you can order single issues. Go to http://www.dpnews.com/subscribe/ and select "Purchase Single Issue" then select: Vol. 43 No. 4 2017
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Re: My article in the current issue of DPN

Postby kwl » Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:53 am

Anyone with even a passing interest in noter playing should read this article. David did an excellent job.

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Re: My article in the current issue of DPN

Postby danc9 » Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:45 pm

Agreed!

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kwl wrote:Anyone with even a passing interest in noter playing should read this article. David did an excellent job.

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Re: My article in the current issue of DPN

Postby asterhunter » Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:03 pm

I read your article and loved it. In fact, the entire issue is fantastic and a real keeper. I'm glad to see Dan Landrum making a contribution as well.

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Re: My article in the current issue of DPN

Postby KenH » Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:26 pm

Nice work, David!
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Re: My article in the current issue of DPN

Postby JohnH » Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:07 am

Good to see some prominence being given to a method of play that some of us have been using for a very long time, not one of choice for everyone because of perceived 'limitations'. Hopefully such articles will encourage exploration of the different possibilities offered by 'noter/drone' type play ?

good on you David....JohnHenry
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Re: My article in the current issue of DPN

Postby KenH » Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:46 am

Good to "see" you again, John. Hope the New Year finds you well...
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Re: My article in the current issue of DPN

Postby JohnH » Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:32 am

Thank you Ken.....have been having some fun on the health front, that, coupled with the problems I experienced while looking after Mary before she died 'quieted me down' a bit on the dulcimer front, but I have very fond memories of our exchanges (about food as well as dulcimers, lol) in the beginning days of FOTMD. As I remember things there were indeed very few of us prepared to stick our heads above the parapet regarding use of noter, and even fewer prepared to admit to making specific 'old style' instruments with peculiar tunings.......still have print outs of some of the remarks offered to me when I first mentioned 'mean tone' in connection with our instrument, not all good...... but I like to think that in some small way I helped get us to the current situation where noter play can be seen as offering something of a 'different colour' ?

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Re: My article in the current issue of DPN

Postby Frimp » Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:13 am

Kudos to you, John, from another John across the pond! You've had a tough round these past few years. Thank you for your support of old-time noter/drone dulcimer making and playing. We appreciate you! I hope 2018 brings good things your way.
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Re: My article in the current issue of DPN

Postby JohnH » Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:46 am

Frimp ! Not so long back I was thinking I might approach you for a quote......and not for a dulcimer either, chuckle, things a mite better now thank you.

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Re: My article in the current issue of DPN

Postby dbennett » Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:26 pm

In case anyone is interested here's the web addresses for the luthiers I interviewed in my article:

Dulcimore Dan http://www.dulcimore.com
Dan's Soundcloud recordings https://soundcloud.com/dulcimore-dan

John Knopf http://knopfdulcimer.webs.com
John's old site has good info too http://johnkluthier.webs.com/

Kevin Messenger http://www.kmdulcimers.com

Bobby Ratliff http://slatecreekhobbies.blogspot.com/p/slate-creek-dulcimers-info.html
Bobby's Soundcloud recordings https://soundcloud.com/virginiahogfiddler

Ben Seymour http://www.kudzupatch.net/antecedents.htm

Robin Clark (actually Robin isn't a luthier but his on-line store out of the UK offers traditional instrument from various makers)
http://www.dulcimers.co.uk/14.html

Hopefully I haven't missed anyone
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Re: My article in the current issue of DPN

Postby Don Grundy » Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:10 pm

It’s a terrific article! I have an old style diatonic dulcimer. I’d appreciate more discussion of how to explore playing it.
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