1968 Ritchie Dulcimer

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Re: 1968 Ritchie Dulcimer

Postby rtroughear » Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:17 am

It worried me that the list of note errors in the chart above looked OK on the first three frets when in fact the first fret spacing is clearly shorter than the second fret on this instrument. I had another look at the spreadsheet and I must have had a bit of a brain freeze when entering the open string error. All the errors were just eyeballed from a note chart listing intra-note cents in blocks of 20cents. The open string is not zero error as initially listed, but is sharp by about 13cents, which is consistent with the string being tuned accurately at the third fret and the nut essentially being moved closer to the bridge, accounting for the shorter nut-1st fret distance.

I've titied up the chart and replaced it.

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Re: 1968 Ritchie Dulcimer

Postby Robin the Busker » Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:42 am

You are going to have to scroll back to pages 4,5 and 6 to get the relevance of this post.

I have found a short recording from a teching tape of Jean Ritchie's that gives some explanation why she writes her teaching books in the key of C but likes to play in the key of D. Also, you can hear that she is using D,A,A,A 4 string equidistant in this case for ionian tuning. I have also heard her in D,A,d,A for ionian tuning. Finally, who needs an electronic tuner when you can sing the pitch you are tuning too :lol:

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Re: 1968 Ritchie Dulcimer

Postby dorothymay » Sat Aug 29, 2015 12:47 am

Strumelia wrote:
Dorothy May's "Dulcimer Songbag" - a sweet little 1978 instruction and noter style tab song book also instructs to tune the bass string to low C for ionian tuning.:D


Nope. On page 5 it says to "Tune the bass string to a good note..." Then I go on to use C for those familiar with piano terminology.
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Re: 1968 Ritchie Dulcimer

Postby dorothymay » Sun Aug 30, 2015 9:14 pm

All instructions are given by fret number. The only time C is mentioned is as a hypothetical case on pages 5 and 45. I used it because C major is the "natural" scale on the piano.
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Re: 1968 Ritchie Dulcimer

Postby danc9 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:51 am

Wonderful interview, I keep a copy in my study file of Ritchie.

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Re: 1968 Ritchie Dulcimer

Postby Robin T » Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:00 pm

The interview was a delight to see on this cold day here in Ohio!
PS- Someday, I'd like to know details from Janita Baker about the evolution of the JRitchie model Blue Lion.
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