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  2. @NoterMan thanks for the information. Here's the completed instrument, 630mm scale length, alongside my first dulcimer. I used classical guitar construction techniques to design and build it.
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  4. Hi Dennis. How do I go about registering for Mt Dora? I was a part of the festival in 2020 and I am excited to do it again. NoraCrouch Hertford NC Hammered Dulcimer
  5. Enjoy your new McSpadden when you receive it. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
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  7. The Central Florida Dulcimer Festival is happening next February 10 -12 2022. We have taken over the festival from the Acoustic Winter Gathering (2020) and the Central Florida Dulcimer and Autoharp Festival from 2006 - 2019. The festival is held in Mount Dora Florida and we are excited to be hosting the festival. I want everyone to know we have Scholorships available for anyone who may want to attend but could use a little help with the registration fee. Send us an email, let us know something about yourself, why you would like to attend and how you came to the dulcimer. Send to Centralflorida
  8. In appreciation of all the advice above, as well as several articles and a video by Mandy Tyner (banjolemonade), I have requested leaving the second melody string off my soon-to-be new McSpadden. I told Tim to just coil it up and throw it in the case; as we all know, it’s a bear trying to put a string back on, once removed. As always, thanks to you who have taken the time to help out this semi-newbie with your advice and experience. Marvin
  9. Another 3-stringer here. I played with 4 strings for many years. But one time I broke a doubled melody string, and noticed virtually no difference in sound volume.
  10. I also prefer 3 strings for much of the same reasons Admin gave. I have tried 4 equidistant strings, but don't care for that style of playing. While I play a lot of noter/drone style and finger dancing, I also play some chord/melody style and like 3 strings for both. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  11. I tend to prefer playing 3 string instruments. On a 4 string instrument, I find the double string has a few downsides. It's hard to press down as it's double the force needed to press down one string. They also tend to bunch up together when fretting with fingers, especially if you're using a lot of slides. It's claimed a double string is louder, but I haven't heard a lot of difference in volume going between a single and doubled melody string. It's nearly impossible to tune them perfectly in unison, so I think what would be heard more is the slight dissonance between them, which might
  12. If given a choice between 3 and 4 strings when ordering a new dulcimer, which would you choose? I don’t use a noter, and have my sights set on flat picking and finger picking. I wonder what difference a second melody string would make.
  13. I've been away without the internet for three weeks. What a pleasant surprise to return to your completed dulcimer and the sound files. Very nice. You did well. Thanks for sharing your work and music. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  14. Glad to hear you're keeping Mount Dora alive, Dennis. If you would like a Traditional Dulcimer Techniques class for the Festival next year, drop me a note. You may remember a couple years ago when George Haggerty was scheduled to do a Trad workshop but had to cancel for emergency heart surgery -- I filled in for him...
  15. The festival in Mount Dora has been around for 15 years. We have taken over the festival and renamed it the Central Florida Dulcimer Festival. We will be live in 2022 from February 10th to 12th. We have a fb page (same name) to keep up with festival news. We are excited to host the festival next year. We will have 3 days of classes for MD, HD, and other instruments, plus 2 jams and a concert.
  16. Looks like you've got another nice build underway. FWIW, these are technically NOT a dulcimer. These have a neck (fretboard) which extends beyond the body -- as do guitars, mandolins, banjos, etc. By internationally accepted definitions of musical instruments, a dulcimer has NO Neck -- no fretboard extending beyond the body. What you're making is best called a Diatonic Stick.
  17. Hi Winks. I play both cello and dulcimer a d have just found out that there is a bowed dulcimer. I’d love to buy yours. I’m based in Fremantle Australia bit am happy to pay postage.
  18. Trying my hand in building a stick dulcimer this time round. Top spruce, bottom Sapele, maple sides, beech neck, 630mm scale length
  19. I've uploaded a link to my Dropbox account of the more than 200 songs that I've written over the years. You have permission to play, share, and enjoy them--but do not violate copyright laws. If you need help or have questions, just message me. Several songs are capo songs as well as hammered dulcimer tunes. Many have lyrics as well. There is an accompanying MP3 file for each song of sheet music. Most are easy to play--but some are very challenging. I accept no liabilities for those that have problems playing these songs. They are there for your personal enjoyment and knowledge. I hop
  20. "Yankee Doodle" is a well-known American song and a nursery rhyme, the early versions of which predate the Seven Years War and The American Revolution. It is often sung patriotically in the United States today and is the state anthem of Connecticut The melody is thought to be much older than both the lyrics and the subject, going back to folk songs of Medieval Europe. Yankee Doodle.pdf Yankee Doodle.mid
  21. Lucy Long.pdf Lucy Long.mid
  22. Christian -- that's great -- we don't often see a 6 string dulcimer set up as a bass instrument. Who made it? The inlay is certainly striking at the head. Do you have full length pictures. I'll bet your standard 6 string has some serious bass/baritone depth of it's own with the doubled Middle and Bass Drone courses. FWIW, we don't normally refer to dulcimer strings as having "upper" or "lower" courses -- the dulcimer isn't held vertically like a guitar, so there is no up or down. The usual terminology is Melody/Middle Drone/Bass Drone.
  23. Jean and Lee Schilling's capo let you choose which strings to capo by rotating a rubber disk either down to the string, or up to leave the string free. This design was inspired by the "extra hand" guitar capo. This is a capo that I use a lot, instead of retuning. I play a four-course instrument tuned CGBc. The B-string gives me the missing chromatic notes, and with the Shillings' capo I can capo the open B to c while still keeping all those chromatic B-string notes (this trick requires an extra fret to play the half-step between the nut and the traditional first fret). Here's a photo
  24. I have two 6-string dulcimers that I play as 4-course instruments: The first is basically a standard dulcimer for the top two single-string courses. The two low courses are 2-string courses, each adding a low octave: C3/C2 G3/G2 B3 C4 The second is a bass dulcimer, and the top two courses are 2-string courses, each adding a high octave: C2 G2 B2/B3 C4/C3
  25. DAd and DAA are so very close that hardly anyone ever tries to build specifically for either of those tunings; and then they aren't using Mean Tone intonation and they are among a handful of those building traditional olde tyme replicas and similar instruments of the Pre-Revival era -- not modern dulcimers like McSpad, FolkCraft, etc.. Generally speaking you need two pieces of information and a tool to figure out which strings to use for the tuning you want: You need to know the VSL (Vibrating String Length) between the Nut and Bridge, and the Open tuning you want to use primarily -
  26. I have read somewhere in a forum that Mountain Dulcimers are made for certain strings whether for D-A-A or D-A-D. There was something about measurements of a particular part. If this is true, how can I determine what strings I should use? Larry
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