1968 Ritchie Dulcimer

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Re: 1968 Ritchie Dulcimer

Postby strumelia » Fri Feb 22, 2013 2:05 pm

I could listen to Jean's voice just reading the phone book out loud, all day long. Even her speaking voice is as lovely as a nightingale.
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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 strumelia » Sun Aug 30, 2015 4:43 pm

Ok, thanks. So the instructions are given in C, but it doesn't say to tune to C.
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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 strumelia » Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:49 pm

Robin the Busker wrote:Hi Lisa....
I was reading this interview of Jean Ritchie today:

http://www.arts.gov/honors/heritage/fel ... 3&type=int

There are some interesting comments about her father's playing of the Ed Thomas he bought (only played fast square dance tunes (set running tunes) and only in a major tuning). And about her playing harmony notes against the tune when she sang because she couldn't hear the strings if she played the tune itself.

There is also a little piece in the interview about the 6+ that I think you'll enjoy...


Sorry to bump up this old thread, but I found today that the link that Robin Clark posted above to the Jean Ritchie interview no longer works, so I searched a bit and found the working link is now here:
https://www.arts.gov/honors/heritage/fe ... an-ritchie
The audio and the written interview is included there.
It's a good interview and shouldn't be 'mislaid'. :)
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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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