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What's your ability?

Postby Mistydawn » Sun Aug 14, 2005 9:48 am

Feel free to add comments! Also, tips for posting polls would be appreciated. How can I make a description longer? Can I have more than one question per poll?
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Postby missy » Sun Aug 14, 2005 11:58 am

I voted the last choice, although the "receive money" is somewhat subjective.........LOL!
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Postby pondsidemusic » Sun Aug 14, 2005 12:41 pm

We perform and I'm switching all my repetoire from guitar to MD. I chord, pulling out the melody where possible while finger picking. The thing I love about MD is that I can noodle without worrying about "doing it wrong". That opened up a whole new world of music to me 'cause even though I've played the guitar since the sabre tooth tigers were roaming the world... I've never noodled on it.
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Postby woods » Sun Aug 14, 2005 2:20 pm

I voted the 4th level only because I'm not really recorded (just one dulcitune). But I used to receive $ for playing now-and-then (until I moved down here), and I do instruct. If I had someone to play back-up and if I knew how to go about being recorded, I would. But those ifs are show-stoppers for now. I don't want to just make a solo HD CD, and I wouldn't know how to go about it anyway, yet.
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Postby Mistydawn » Sun Aug 14, 2005 2:51 pm

The slashes / mean "and/or" so you don't have to do all of them, i.e. receive money & instruct & record, to fall into a category. The poll format would only let me add a certain number of words. So Woods, you sound like a pro to me!
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Postby modulcimer » Sun Aug 14, 2005 4:14 pm

I think the word professional, scares people. Rod
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ability?

Postby Posgroup » Sun Aug 14, 2005 6:27 pm

I have been paid to play, and have recorded also, mostly because I have been playing since 1968 ... not so much because of talent ;-) So, I guess that makes me a professional! regards, Jerry
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Postby folkfan » Sun Aug 14, 2005 7:48 pm

I don't really fit in anyone of them. I'm certainly beyond the beginner stage, but not to the professional and never will be. I'm not interested in performing for anybody but myself. I have a lot of tunes that I can play, but not from memory, and never will play from memory. I don't memorize things very well. And I don't really embellish. Generally speaking I don't care for a great deal of embellishment and ornamentation. I do a simple straight back and forth strum, with never a bum-ditty. And I don't chord, ever. So where do I fit? I don't know. I'll just have to squeeze in where I can. Play on, FF
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Postby RedBandanaGal » Sun Aug 14, 2005 7:54 pm

FF. amen, girl! *hug* Phyllis
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Postby CD » Sun Aug 14, 2005 8:33 pm

Tongue Ability-----Nonexistant!!!! CD
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Becoming Accomplished!

Postby Carla Maxwell » Sun Aug 14, 2005 9:00 pm

Great thread! I wondered about the ability of others on the list. For years I played alone, and I have just recently felt comfortable playing for others. Having monthly club meetings has helped a lot! The Memphis Area Mountain Dulcimer Club has been meeting for about three years. Smile Before that, my only chance to play with other mountain dulcimer players was during the summer at Swananoa and Cullowhee. Recently, my friend, Lee Cagle, and I have been "booked" for two heritage day festivals nearby, so I guess I'm becoming accomplished! Wink
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Postby kwl » Mon Aug 15, 2005 1:15 pm

While I have received money for playing, I chose Intermediate which is about my level of playing. I'm no star on the dulcimer.
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