Newbie n00b

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Newbie n00b

Postby spearcarrier » Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:17 pm

Hello! Yep, new here.

I heard a mountain dulcimer for the first time on youtube a few weeks ago when doing some research for an autoharp I'm trying to restore (read: I have no idea what I'm doing.). It was like the sound made me melt, and my Appalachian breeding (grandfolks) kind of reared up and screamed at me for not knowing how to play this magical thing. I was thunderstruck and, well, there are also not polite ways to describe what this did to me.

So I saved up and found a luthier who struck me a bargain for a student's dulcimer - currently unnamed. It'll get it's name. I've been considering "Kapow" or "Thunderstruck".

I found this forum while searching for music. I do have a book with my dulcimer but I don't know most of the songs or have no interest in them. (Tee hee... I'm a bad person I know.) So I joined, although I'm a little worried I may lose this forum address and disappear. There are a lot of forums out there I'm a member of but can not remember how to find.

That being said, hello there! Thank you to the kind folks who share tabs for folks like myself, especially easy tabs.

And if anyone wants to put out tabs for O Death I'd be much obliged - someone requested I learn that one a long time ago. In the meantime, THANK YOU FOR THE TABS TO GROUNDHOG!!!! That song is one my Grandmother and I loved and sang together when I was growing up, owing to a recording by the Browns of course. So many good memories have come with this instrument, I sore wish I'd found it when I was young and schmexy.
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Re: Newbie n00b

Postby kwl » Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:37 pm

Welcome to ED! It's good to have you aboard. If we can help you along on your dulcimer journey, please let us know. We are happy to answer questions and give advice. It we don't know the answer, we'll make something up. Our advise is always good.

Ken
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
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Re: Newbie n00b

Postby spearcarrier » Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:21 pm

IF you make something up that includes dragons and thunder beings, you'll have my full attention. LOL
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Re: Newbie n00b

Postby KenH » Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:09 am

What key would you like The Ballad of Thor and Faffnir composed in?
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Re: Newbie n00b

Postby spearcarrier » Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:17 am

Why the key of D of course....
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Re: Newbie n00b

Postby Strum-Numb » Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:55 pm

Welcome!

Hey man, DO NOT lose the way to here!

The folks here are wonderful and this is the friendliest, coolest, happiest, and most informed bunch of enthusiasts you'll ever find. Personally, I have learned tons and tons of stuff here. THIS community has had an effect on me that will influence me forever. The History, building, playing... all facets of Dulcimerisms can be found in these pages.

Ken, Ken, Robin, Richard, Mr. E and so many others here... I just cannot express the inspiration, help, and influence that I have experienced since beginning to read and post here. Just really good stuff.

So... Welcome and best wishes to you and yours,
- Tony
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Re: Newbie n00b

Postby spearcarrier » Sat Apr 01, 2017 6:09 pm

Okay I admit it. I lost the way. I didn't mean to....
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Re: Newbie n00b

Postby Strum-Numb » Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:40 pm

Have the URL tattooed, worked for me.
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Re: Newbie n00b

Postby spearcarrier » Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:31 pm

Would a temporary tattoo be enough?
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Re: Newbie n00b

Postby Strum-Numb » Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:47 pm

Temporarily, yes.
I had mine done in reverse on my forehead, so I could read it when looking at a mirror.
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Re: Newbie n00b

Postby spearcarrier » Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:37 pm

LOL That might work. Until I forget to look in the mirror. You know what I need is to write a "to do" note. Some forums have settings that give you announcements of all activity. If this forum has that setting I could simply turn it on.
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Re: Newbie n00b

Postby Strum-Numb » Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:18 pm

Sounds too hi-tech and complicated for me.
You could write it on your computer screen with a Sharpie pen... like I do with my password(s).
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