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Bowed Dulcimer Basics

Postby Ken Bloom » Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:42 pm

Hi guys,

For those of you just getting started on the bowed dulcimer, I have uploaded a video to Youtube which goes through all the very beginning information. How to hold the instrument and the bow, finger a scale etc. You can find it be searching for Bowed Dulcimer Basics. I hope you guys find this helpful.

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Re: Bowed Dulcimer Basics

Postby Judy K » Fri Oct 01, 2010 4:53 am

Ken, I looked for this and didn't find it. Found lots of other BD youtubes -- enough to really regret being on a slow dial-up connection.

The search did yield a couple of surprises. Came across a BD video labeled "Judy's Bowed Dulcimer" by Nic Hambas. I didn't realize he put sound tests on youtube. It is my BD & he had another one featuring my baritone MD he made. 8)
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Re: Bowed Dulcimer Basics

Postby Ken Bloom » Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:40 am

Hi Judy,

As soon as I get home Ill post the link for the video here. Sorry that you couldn't find it. It was just posted so who knows what the problem might be.

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Re: Bowed Dulcimer Basics

Postby southernmiss » Fri Oct 01, 2010 12:28 pm

Here's the link, folks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_NbcIKNyCE

Enjoy!

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Re: Bowed Dulcimer Basics

Postby strumelia » Fri Oct 01, 2010 3:33 pm

Ken, that is wonderful. :D
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Re: Bowed Dulcimer Basics

Postby Judy K » Mon Oct 04, 2010 7:27 pm

Thanks for doing this video, Ken! (I packed up my laptop and went looking for a WiFi hotspot -- at home it was loading 1 minute of video per hour.) This makes several things a bit clearer. The video is saved for future study, too. A picture truly is worth a thousand words! :)

The problem in finding it originally may have been searching for it too soon after it was posted. Does YouTube have a delay before videos show up in a search?
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Re: Bowed Dulcimer Basics

Postby Ken Bloom » Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:18 pm

Hi Judy,

This is my first experience being involved in this and my friend Harry did most of it. It did take a while to upload the video and then get the title and search words down etc. I think there is a delay. This is all very new territory for me. I'm glad that this is out there to help folks get started. I am actively working on a book right now that will have graded tunes for musical and technical development. More on that later.

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Re: Bowed Dulcimer Basics

Postby southernmiss » Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:38 pm

Ken Bloom wrote:
I am actively working on a book right now that will have graded tunes for musical and technical development.

Ken


Hooray! Good news!

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Re: Bowed Dulcimer Basics

Postby dulcimer52 » Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:45 am

Love the you-tube intro video. Sitting here with my laptop on my lap, watching the video, my fingers on the tv remote control practicing fingering in first position. (Hey, we're snowed in. Time on my hands, and I'm so-o-o-o looking forward to the arrival of my b.d.) Ordered that bow on Amazon, which was on backorder, figuring I'd be paying for it sometime after the holidays.... Wrong, it arrived yesterday. So now I have a bow.... Pardon my rambling, but you all know how it was, anticipating the arrival of your instrument!!!
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Re: Bowed Dulcimer Basics

Postby southernmiss » Thu Dec 16, 2010 1:34 pm

We share your anticipation, dulcimer52. Keep us posted on the arrival of your BD. Hope it won't be too much longer, but it'll be worth the wait.

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Re: Bowed Dulcimer Basics

Postby Judy K » Fri Dec 17, 2010 4:55 am

Welcome to BD madness, dulcimer52! Which bow did you order through Amazon? Which bowed dulcimer do you have ordered? We can try to help with your anticipation pangs with our curiosity. :D
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Re: Bowed Dulcimer Basics

Postby dulcimer52 » Fri Dec 17, 2010 2:15 pm

Glasser x series carbon fibre cello bow. Ken said it would be fine for a starter bow. The b.d..... Hmmm I don't know what I ordered.... His basic, darker stained, half frets only on the 1 1/2 and 6 1/2.
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