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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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 more often and it does make it a little more difficult to play tunes with slides across 1 to 2 and I find myself hopping the 1+ to avoid the out of scale note. What are some of your tips for getting started with playing chromatic? It feels like a bit of a jump from diatonic where a lot of the music theory is built right into the fretboard 🙂
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    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. The 7th column is always empty. There are also three columns that sometimes contain "yes" and I haven't figured out what those might correlate with. The site is building the page with the audio file that was there. I had assumed (incorrectly) that they were all midi files, which is why they're labeled that way. I'll change the header to something more generic and have the script note where something is MIDI, MP3 or otherwise. I just did something similar for the Lyrics column. I originally thought they were all ABC files, but there are some plain text files scattered in there as well. Overall the csv file was rough around the edges and required some effort to turn into a working database. There's a lot of mangled Unicode characters in later lines that needed to be fixed. There's also a good number of unescaped line breaks, commas and quotation marks sprinkled in throughout the file. I'm glad you looked at it and were able to verify some of the files lined up. I spot checked some as I added blocks to the database. For the ones I checked, the files were all in the right place and were linked to the right song entry. I think the idea for MP3 files is great. It definitely would be nice to hear how a tab would sound on a dulcimer. It wouldn't be difficult to have both a MIDI version and an MP3 version of songs in the list. MIDI can be good to have for listening to how different instruments would sound. I'll give everyone a heads up when it's ready for new uploads. Updates will definitely be welcome. It's still a little ways off, but I have been testing account logins and file uploads in the background.
  5. @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!
  6. @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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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 play along without trying to learn everything on the spot. I do enjoy learning new songs and there's definitely something to be said for being able to read hands and play along. I'm still working on those skills 🙂 I'm going to try to make a list of songs this year at the jams I go to as I'll still be doing slower/beginner jams and maybe that can help others who are just getting started.
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. The time limit for editing posts was 5 minutes by default. I've changed it to 14 days to make it more flexible. You should be able to edit your posts now by clicking on "Edit" at the bottom next to the Quote button. Let me know if it doesn't show up for some reason.
  15. I've only ever heard it as a very basic version with everyone playing the same part on dulcimers. This is a great version of the song, especially with someone singing and different instruments. Great job!
  16. Thanks for posting these videos Carla! They're great examples of what I;d like to be able to play. I recognize the song from jams, but didn't know the name. I'll have to put this one on my list to learn!
  17. Thanks Dave, these are definitely some good ones. They're some of the first ones I learned and are definitely great starting points. What would be some that would be a "next step" that would be played at a jam, but still not too difficult?
  18. Thanks for these Carla! Fly Around and June Apple are about the level I was thinking of. Boil Them Cabbage was the first song I learned at a dulcimer workshop and it's definitely a great first song to get started with. The kind of songs I'd like to know more of are "jam staples." - songs that get played at jams often, but not too difficult. Maybe whatever the next step after beginner is 😃
  19. Thanks for posting these. Definitely a good next step for someone to learn the layout of the fretboard and note locations. One quick thing I noted: You wrote "As you know, our dulcimers are tuned to DAD. The middle and bass strings are the same notes with an octave difference." Did you mean the melody and bass strings? Looking forward to part 3 🙂
  20. Hi Linda, Do you mean the ones that have music cards that show which strings to play like the image below? If so, these show up on eBay frequently for $10-$20. I've never owned one, but I've frequently seen them listed as dulcimers. Searching for "lap harp" will find a bunch of them.
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