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  1. I poked around Youtube for a bit and found this tutorial on using TablEdit. I haven't watched through the whole thing, but it seems like a good intro.
  2. I haven't played a MaxDAD myself, but I have seen a couple videos on them. Bing Futch has a good video on Youtube, and there's a couple of Dave Haas playing linked on Folkcraft's site. As you say, it's essentially a Bass and Standard dulcimer combined. A bass dulcimer is usually tuned an octave below a standard dulcimer as D'A'D. Where a standard dulcimer would be DAd. Putting those together you'd have D'A'DAd. Or put another way, the two additional strings on the MaxDAD are an octave lower than the low D and A on a standard dulcimer. I'm sure some other tunings are possible.
  3. It sounds like you're looking at Folkcraft's dulcimers. I have an FSH and D series and look at their store occasionally. The FSH is their thinner traditional style body. The D series is their deeper body dulcimer under the Folkroots brand. The H seems to be pretty much the same as a D series with a few upgrades - namely an ebony fretboard. I think the H series also use to be distinguished by a flat guitar style peg head instead of a scroll, but I've noticed a lot of their new inventory has switched to Flat heads pretty much across the board. Not sure if that's a new standard for them or
  4. Oil based paint should provide good protection for wood. If some type of clear finish wasn't available or too expensive, paint's a good option. Ed Thomas could have done it for aesthetic reasons, or maybe just due to cost/availability of material. Through some twist of fate, the few Thomas dulcimers I've encountered in person were all unpainted ones.
  5. Hi Irma, I just noticed this. For some reason I didn't get a notification about your post. No worries - your festival is already on the list!
  6. Great timing, I was just looking around for festival updates as a lot of the ones in April are being cancelled or postponed. Glad to hear it will still take place this year and that you're able to reschedule! Hope you are well, stay safe!
  7. I'll try to outline to basics of getting started: select File->New to bring up the New Tablature dialog Click only one of the checkboxes for a single instrument and in the drop down next to the checkbox select "Dulcimer DAD" or "Dulcimer DAA" as appropriate Choose the number of measures you'd like in your song, the timing (default is 4/4), and the scale (probably D Major unless you know you're using a different scale) Press OK Click on greyed out full rest symbol in the tab area of the music staff. You can click any of the 3 strings. The full rest is shown on
  8. My most recent attempt at Rosin the Beau is attached. I saw it was labeled "Irish wake song" in the tab database, but it felt like a faster fiddle tune to me so I played it in a more lively style. Audio recording 2020-03-10 21-14-02.aac
  9. I started working on Rosin the Bow/Beau yesterday. It's just coincidence on the timing, but we'll say it's for St. Patrick's day 😃 I'll take a look at some of the other songs mentioned and see if there's some simple arrangements that would be easy to pick up.
  10. Hi Stephen, I think you're spot on. My first dulcimer had a scale length over 29 inches. Even with large hands I find it a stretch to play some chords and there is a lot of movement going up and down the fret board. It does have a really nice tone though. The instruments I play the most are 25-26 inch VSL and it's much more comfortable and easier to get around the fretboard. I've only dabbled in chromatic briefly (I'm still learning diatonic), but I think you're on to something with slides producing a diatonic scale. I've recently started playing a dulcimer with a 1+ fret m
  11. It's coming along. 😃 The page is usable, though there's still some work to do. The format of the tab page was just something quick I put together to be able to test. I'm working on something a little better. There are also some tabs that only exist as a jpg or gif instead of a pdf and those aren't displayed yet, but that info is already in the site database. Thanks! You are correct, it is the files from the zip archive from the old site. The csv file lacks a header, so what the columns mean is a bit of guess work. There are a few columns that I'm still uncertain what they mean.
  12. @Carla Maxwell I saw the article about you and Adrian hosting the event in the new Dulcimer Players news. Look's like a great venue 😃 You've got a great set of performers and instructors there. I'm sure it's going to be a great event!
  13. @Nancy I've added it to the list. Do you have a website link for the workshop? I don't have a good way to add an email contact to the database currently.
  14. Ken's referring to the large screw in the middle of the gear. It's not an adjustment screw, but it can be too tight and prevent the gear from turning.
  15. A good next step might be taking the tuner off and seeing if you can learn any more about why it's not turning. For that style of tuner, they're just held in by the two Philips screws. If you end up needing a replacement, I found these on Amazon, which look close, though they may not be an exact match: https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Gate-F-2000-Acoustic-Guitar/dp/B005N61EZG
  16. If you can post a photo of the tuner that would be helpful. There are a couple different types of tuning machines used on dulcimers. I searched for photos of Hughes Dulcimers and it looks like they use tuners designed for classical guitars, but it would be good to see your specific ones. As NoterMan said, I've also haven't come across wood contracting and causing a tuner to lock up on an instrument with geared tuners. I'd think it would more likely be the tuner being bent or something stopping the gears from turning.
  17. Speed is definitely something I have to work on. Especially with chord-melody style 🙂 I still have a lot of practice to put in. I mainly join the slow jams or beginner jams at the festivals I go to. There is a local dulcimer club in my area and I would like to join them some time. I've attached a recording of my attempt at Spotted Pony in chord-melody style. I recorded it this morning on a dulcimer that I built last year. It's such a fun tune to play! Audio recording 2020-02-09 10-34-00.aac
  18. These are great resources! I have Steve Seifert and Dave Haas' jam books that I picked up at Kentucky Music Week last year. They definitely help a lot. I think it's a great idea to compile a list of these as references so people can know what's out there. I wasn't aware of them until I saw them at the festival. They're definitely great to have at jams and cover a lot of the tunes. What I think would be a good supplement for someone starting out would be a list of songs that are likely to be played in slower jams. I find I enjoy the jams more when I know a couple of the songs and can p
  19. Thanks for these suggestions, I'll give these a shot😃 I've been working on Spotted Pony lately. I heard it at the first jam I went to and loved the tune. I was able to learn it drone-melody style in DAA a few months ago. The last week or so I've gone back to learn it in DAD (melody across strings at speed can be tough) and also learning to play it with chord-melody now. It's definitely pushing the edge of what I'm ready for.
  20. That's a beautiful venue you have and it's a great opportunity for combining international travel with playing dulcimer. 😃 I would love to go if I can make everything come together. I haven't visited Australia before and it would an exciting place to visit. Have you lined instructors and classes up? I remember seeing an event last year hosted in the UK (Nonesuch dulcimer club, I think?) that has instructors from the US. I can imagine some might enjoy doing lessons in Australia as well! Are there many local dulcimer clubs there?
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