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  2. The schedule for the 2021 Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering has now been added to TheTraditionalAppalachianDulcimer.com In the Gathering Thread. Registration Deadline 15 May 2021 THURSDAY Registration 8-5 on the Porch. Impromptu porch jamming and discussions. Dinner 6:30 General Gathering Welcome and Introductions. Also Grand Dulcimer Display 7:30 until... Mini-Concert/Open Mic – Open to anyone who wants to perform. FRIDAY Breakfast 9-10:30 Traditional Playing Foundations 10:30-12 Open Jam Lunch 1:30-3:00 Making and Installing Staple Frets 3:00-4:30 - Sawn Frame Dulcimers Dinne
  3. Yes, it is a Hughes Church dulcimer. It has a good sound. I was young and dumb around 1980 and obtained it as a kit with the intention of making a dulcimer that could play chords in multiple keys. The strings were arranged in 3 courses. Later, I decided I liked it with the strings according to Virgil's original design. One of my to do projects is to redo the fretboard by converting it back to something closer to the original diatonic design. Dave
  4. Botany Bay.pdf Botany Bay.MID
  5. Very nice work. Those are good looking dulcimers. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.'
  6. When I play it, the thumb is on the first string, ring finger on the middle string, and my index finger on the bass. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  7. Here is a link to a news report on the Hindman Dulcimer Gathering: https://www.wymt.com/2021/04/10/2021-dulcimer-homecoming-held-at-hindman-settlement-school/ I wasn't able to attend the whole festival, but enjoyed the parts I was able to get to. I hope some of you will plan to attend next year; either online or in person. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  8. Can anyone explain the fingering on the 565 chord? Is it M-T-R? Thanks.
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  10. Probably best to post this in the Classified section... not here in the Playing section.
  11. New Flatwater Chromatic Dulcimer for sale. Walnut body, Ebony Fretboard, 26" VSL, Under Bridge Pick Up, Strap Buttons & Gig Bag.
  12. I've built a couple hundred over the years, and have half a dozen around the house just now. And... I have a new/old build in progress -- my interpretation of a Pre-Revival dulcimer from Ohio. It's addictive, I tell ya!
  13. N-I-C-E! Great job. You've got "the bug" now!
  14. Hi everyone, I really enjoyed building my first dulcimer, a walnut hourglass shaped, as well as all the help I received from this forum doing it! So I went right to a second build, a Cherry teardrop. Still getting the hang of side bending. And cutting the f-holes was a challenge but worth it.
  15. Rest are put into a song to create momentary silence. In practical application what needs to happen is the dampening or silencing of the note/chord right before the rest. Using a finger or the edge of your hand as a barr to silence the sound works well. The attached song, Kazachok is both a song and a dance from the Ukraine, written in the 16th century. Pay attention to measure 12-13 and 20-21. After playing the 3rd note of measure 12, you silence that string, count your rest and then play the 4-4-6 chord. When played, it sounds like a hesitation. Do the same for measures
  16. Dave, The translation of the song that is on your learn list is translated from French as: Pavane(processional dance) for orchestra with choir. You can do an Internet search with the words: Pavane songs, Pavane music, Pavane MIDI, etc. for other Pavane music.
  17. So now we know.... Dwayne builds arched fretboards.
  18. Thanks - very helpful. Digging some more I found this FWIW: https://www.bearmeadow.com/build/methods/fretboard/html/fretboard-design.html Should have looked there earlier. A
  19. I thought some folks might enjoy reading this article: Article Ken, "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  20. Not sure what Dwayne at Bear Meadows does with openings in the top; like KWL I've never looked that close. I can't think of anyone who builds arched or scalloped fretboards who also opens the top under the arches. I've built both, and as far as I can tell the acoustic effect of one technique over the other is negligible. IMHO the primary reason to hollow or scallop a fretboard is to reduce the mass of that huge block of wood, so that it can physically vibrate better and send those vibrations into the body where they become sound. For simplicity of construction I prefer the hollowed fr
  21. I can't answer your question on the Bear Meadow. I have never looked that closely. As tow which way is better, I see little difference between them. The dulcimer I play most often is a Folkcraft that has a scalloped fret board like the Bear Meadows. It is the only dulcimer I have like that. All my other dulcimers and the ones I build have non-scalloped fret boards. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  22. I'm making a dulcimer from a 1980s plan that shows the fretboard hollowed out and sitting on top of a slot in the soundboard. The fretboard is glued to the soundboard along the whole of the long edges of the fretboard. I've also seen an design used by Bear Meadow shown below. Here the fretboard is cut away on the sides and glued periodically as though it rests on feet. Does anyone know whether the Bear Meadow design also has a slot in the soundboard below the fretboard? And just as important, are there any views on which is the better way in terms of acoustics to fix the fretb
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