Guidance with fingerpicking.

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Re: Guidance with fingerpicking.

Postby Jellybean » Thu Feb 18, 2016 6:27 pm

Jono, IMHO, your posts contain the same "sins" that you accuse KenH of. This was a nice, peaceful, exchange of ideas until your posts. :roll:
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Re: Guidance with fingerpicking.

Postby philips » Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:23 pm

Jellybean, IMHO, the post of KenH contains the same "sins" that you accuse Jono of. The opening post was a nice, peaceful, exchange of ideas post, then KenH replied with his rude post. :roll:
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Re: Guidance with fingerpicking.

Postby philips » Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:35 pm

Hi macaul. If you really want to go the extra yard I'd suggest you try getting a chromatic dulcimer when you can afford to do it. It opens up many musical possibilities that are not possible on a dulcimer with missing frets. This is especially applicable for advanced finger picking because of all the harmonies involved. So maybe in a year or two as you progress, you could eventually try chromatic. Good luck.
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Re: Guidance with fingerpicking.

Postby strumelia » Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:43 pm

Wow, people shouldn't be making all these personal attacks on various threads. Feels like some personal vendettas raging. Not a good look.

Back to positive learning material suggestions...or maybe Macaul can tell us if he/she needs more suggestions?
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Re: Guidance with fingerpicking.

Postby philips » Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:52 pm

strumelia wrote: Feels like some personal vendettas raging. Not a good look.

That's a 'personal attack' from you. Lets stick to 'Guidance with fingerpicking' from now on.
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Re: Guidance with fingerpicking.

Postby strumelia » Thu Feb 18, 2016 11:00 pm

No I'm afraid not my friend. I'm not naming names or describing another person in nasty terms. I'm simply saying that people (and that includes all people) shouldn't be making personal attacks here... and that's certainly true. Goodness!
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Re: Guidance with fingerpicking.

Postby philips » Thu Feb 18, 2016 11:15 pm

philips wrote:
Lets stick to 'Guidance with fingerpicking' from now on.

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Re: Guidance with fingerpicking.

Postby Judy K » Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:32 am

macaulj, I have Sue Carpenter's book "Patterns and Patchwork" somewhere in a stack. I'd be glad to mail it to you if you're interested.(free) PM your address and I'll send it as soon as I dig it out. Great book -- my fingers just couldn't grasp the concept.
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Re: Guidance with fingerpicking.

Postby philips » Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:55 am

Wow, good on you Judy for doing that. You've restored my faith in mank.. oops I mean womankind. I just checked with Amazon and that book is selling secondhand for $39, so I hope macaul appreciates and takes up your generous offer.

Here's what an Amazon review says of the Sue Carpenter finger picking book "This is a very good book to learn the mountain dulcimer. You don't even have to read musical notes! If you do know how to read musical notes this book is for you too. Songs are taught using both tablature and musical notes. I could play 2 songs the first day i got this book, and have never played a dulcimer before."

Seems like a pretty good recommendation.
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Re: Guidance with fingerpicking.

Postby strumelia » Fri Feb 19, 2016 11:11 am

Hard to believe that book is now selling used for $39... :shock:

Yes, when I worked through the first couple of chapters, I wound up playing Sue's fingerpicking arrangement of Amazing Grace, and I couldn't believe that I was able to do it and actually sound pretty! What a beautiful arrangement she made of that tune. It's a great fingerpicking book, and works into the method slowly enough for even the most beginner level dulcimer player...which I certainly was myself at the time.
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Re: Guidance with fingerpicking.

Postby Judy K » Sun Feb 21, 2016 8:17 pm

Thanks, philips.

I hope people look at Sue Carpenter's website first. The book is listed there for $22. $39 for used is quite a markup!
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