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  1. I can definitely understand there being different traditions in different places. I didn't know any of them on that list when I started playing a couple years ago. I was thinking mainly for beginners starting out. Or do you mean they're too simplistic even for beginners? If so, I've got a long ways to go πŸ˜„ I'll change the title of the post to reflect it's aimed at beginner tunes.
  2. When I started looking into dulcimer and antecedent instrument history, it was surprising how little was written about them over the years. I can see it being the case that many writers just referred to Praetorius' work and assumed the name was correct (even if it's not) as there aren't many other references. I have the 2nd edition Smith's book "The Story of the Dulcimer" and that's where a lot of my information came from. Do you know of other books or references? I couldn't find many when I was looking for books last year. I'm definitely interested to learn more from other sources.
  3. As a newer player, one of the challenges I had going to jams at festivals last year was simply not knowing tunes that were being played and having to muddle my way through learning them while playing in a group. They were beginner jams and it was encouraged for everyone to participate and play the bits they could figure out, try to read hands, learn by ear, strum an open D chord, or mute the strings and be percussion otherwise πŸ˜„ I wrote down a few tunes that came up repeatedly: Old Joe Clark Liza Jane Spotted Pony Wildwood Flower June Apple Forked Deer Whiskey Before Breakfast Cherokee Waltz Southwind I think it would be helpful to have a list of common tunes that come up often for beginners. If others can add to this with more that would be great!
  4. That's a beautiful instrument!
  5. I think there may be some conflicting information out there. From what I've read, Scheitholt is the German name of the instrument that's the ancestor of the Appalachian/Mountain Dulcimer. Michael Praetorius (a German composer and organologist) recorded the Scheitholt in the second volume of his work Syntagma Musicum, called De Organographia, where he attempted to catalog and classify known instruments at the time (1614-1620). The name supposedly comes from its resemblance to a split piece of firewood (Low German: sheit - piece, holt - wood). Scheitholz is the modern German word for firewood. Hummel is another name used for the same instrument, but also the name of a similar/related Swedish decedent. So I wouldn't say that Mercer is in error by calling these "Scheitholts." I think both words were used in German for the instrument. I've seen "zitter" as a name for the Scheitholt that was used in America by the Pennsylvania Dutch (German settlers) and possibly other places as the instrument spread. I've attached scans from De Organographia showing the reference to it being known as "Scheitholt" in 1600s Germany:
  6. That was great, thanks for sharing it. You guys sound awesome! I'm curious - what's the instrument your husband's playing? It's got a plucky sound like a banjo. I actually thought there was someone off screen playing a banjo until I realized it was him. 😁
  7. I like Stephen's version of this song, and I needed something to test embedding videos 😁
  8. Sounds like a fun time! Would love to see some videos of you guys πŸ˜ƒ
  9. This Classifieds section is offered as a place to connect with other members of the community interested in buying or selling items they personally own. It's a place for you to make contact with folks that have things or services they want to buy or sell. EverythingDulcimer doesn't get involved in any way with deals and transactions that result from these contacts. Trades are between individuals and at your own risk. In light of this, feedback, whether positive or negative, is not welcome in the Classifieds. Please be cautious as you negotiate a sale or trade. 1. Classifieds are for the sale or trade of personally owned items or services only. Selling items or services for others is not permitted. 2. The asking price or trade value must be included in your post. 3. Pictures or links to pictures are recommended, but they're not required. 4. All negotiation should be private. Don't debate or haggle in the Classifieds. 5. You place your classified by clicking "Start New Topic" button in the appropriate section for the kind of item you want to sell. For example if you want to sell your mountain dulcimer it would go in the Mountain Dulcimer Instruments section. A pair of hammers would go in the Hammered Dulcimer Accessories section, etc. 6. Dealers and commercial resellers are asked to please not use the Classifieds to sell their wares.
  10. This Classifieds section is offered as a place to connect with other members of the community interested in buying or selling items they personally own. It's a place for you to make contact with folks that have things or services they want to buy or sell. EverythingDulcimer doesn't get involved in any way with deals and transactions that result from these contacts. Trades are between individuals and at your own risk. In light of this, feedback, whether positive or negative, is not welcome in the Classifieds. Please be cautious as you negotiate a sale or trade. 1. Classifieds are for the sale or trade of personally owned items or services only. Selling items or services for others is not permitted. 2. The asking price or trade value must be included in your post. 3. Pictures or links to pictures are recommended, but they're not required. 4. All negotiation should be private. Don't debate or haggle in the Classifieds. 5. You place your classified by clicking "Start New Topic" button in the appropriate section for the kind of item you want to sell. For example if you want to sell your mountain dulcimer it would go in the Mountain Dulcimer Instruments section. A pair of hammers would go in the Hammered Dulcimer Accessories section, etc. 6. Dealers and commercial resellers are asked to please not use the Classifieds to sell their wares.
  11. This Classifieds section is offered as a place to connect with other members of the community interested in buying or selling items they personally own. It's a place for you to make contact with folks that have things or services they want to buy or sell. EverythingDulcimer doesn't get involved in any way with deals and transactions that result from these contacts. Trades are between individuals and at your own risk. In light of this, feedback, whether positive or negative, is not welcome in the Classifieds. Please be cautious as you negotiate a sale or trade. 1. Classifieds are for the sale or trade of personally owned items or services only. Selling items or services for others is not permitted. 2. The asking price or trade value must be included in your post. 3. Pictures or links to pictures are recommended, but they're not required. 4. All negotiation should be private. Don't debate or haggle in the Classifieds. 5. You place your classified by clicking "Start New Topic" button in the appropriate section for the kind of item you want to sell. For example if you want to sell your mountain dulcimer it would go in the Mountain Dulcimer Instruments section. A pair of hammers would go in the Hammered Dulcimer Accessories section, etc. 6. Dealers and commercial resellers are asked to please not use the Classifieds to sell their wares.
  12. This Classifieds section is offered as a place to connect with other members of the community interested in buying or selling items they personally own. It's a place for you to make contact with folks that have things or services they want to buy or sell. EverythingDulcimer doesn't get involved in any way with deals and transactions that result from these contacts. Trades are between individuals and at your own risk. In light of this, feedback, whether positive or negative, is not welcome in the Classifieds. Please be cautious as you negotiate a sale or trade. 1. Classifieds are for the sale or trade of personally owned items or services only. Selling items or services for others is not permitted. 2. The asking price or trade value must be included in your post. 3. Pictures or links to pictures are recommended, but they're not required. 4. All negotiation should be private. Don't debate or haggle in the Classifieds. 5. You place your classified by clicking "Start New Topic" button in the appropriate section for the kind of item you want to sell. For example if you want to sell your mountain dulcimer it would go in the Mountain Dulcimer Instruments section. A pair of hammers would go in the Hammered Dulcimer Accessories section, etc. 6. Dealers and commercial resellers are asked to please not use the Classifieds to sell their wares.
  13. This Classifieds section is offered as a place to connect with other members of the community interested in buying or selling items they personally own. It's a place for you to make contact with folks that have things or services they want to buy or sell. EverythingDulcimer doesn't get involved in any way with deals and transactions that result from these contacts. Trades are between individuals and at your own risk. In light of this, feedback, whether positive or negative, is not welcome in the Classifieds. Please be cautious as you negotiate a sale or trade. 1. Classifieds are for the sale or trade of personally owned items or services only. Selling items or services for others is not permitted. 2. The asking price or trade value must be included in your post. 3. Pictures or links to pictures are recommended, but they're not required. 4. All negotiation should be private. Don't debate or haggle in the Classifieds. 5. You place your classified by clicking "Start New Topic" button in the appropriate section for the kind of item you want to sell. For example if you want to sell your mountain dulcimer it would go in the Mountain Dulcimer Instruments section. A pair of hammers would go in the Hammered Dulcimer Accessories section, etc. 6. Dealers and commercial resellers are asked to please not use the Classifieds to sell their wares.
  14. Thanks Marc! I'd take you up on it, but I'm not in a position to do much in the way of woodworking at home currently. Hopefully in a year or two. πŸ™‚ For this time around, I've got to go for one that's already built.
  15. Thanks - that looks great! And reasonably priced too.
  16. Right now I put my dulcimers back in their case when I'm done playing, but I'd like to have get a stand for them. My main motivation is ease of access, so I can just grab one and play when I sit down in the living room. I'd also like to display them, like folks do with guitars. Does anyone have recommendations for a good stand? I did some searching, but most of what I came up with were either hammered dulcimer stands or generic instrument stands that looked like they may not work well for a dulcimer.
  17. I think my journey with the dulcimer is best summed up in a description I heard at a workshop: "The mountain dulcimer is the last best hope to play a musical instrument." πŸ˜‚ I'd tried to learn a few instruments over the years including violin, ukulele, and guitar. With guitar and ukulele I felt like I was doing contortions to get chord shapes and never became comfortable with them. Violin was a little better in that it was only one note at a time, but I had a lot of trouble hearing if I was on pitch. My teacher was always having me move my finger a little bit and I couldn't hear the difference. I learned some songs and a bit of music theory, but I never felt comfortable playing the instrument or that I was doing well. One day, a friend asked me if I'd heard of the dulcimer. I hadn't. She told me it was easy to play and I could probably do it. I was skeptical to say the least, but I watched some Youtube videos. I wasn't familiar with a lot of the songs, but I liked listening to them and they reminded me of my grandparents and their country roots. I searched for some workshops and found one not too far from me in September 2017. In a couple hours the instructor took a class of complete beginners who'd never touched the instrument from Boil 'em Cabbage to Ode to Joy and Southwind. Playing on one string, with drones? I can do this! I had to get a dulcimer. Someone at the workshop mentioned the old EverythingDulcimer. I joined, got some great advice and ended up buying my first dulcimer. There aren't too many instructors / workshops near me, but I was able to teach myself drone melody style from tabs and videos. Eventually I got a little adventurous an played a few chords. 😁 I found I enjoyed learning songs and finally felt some success in learning to play an instrument. I took a bit of a break for the second half of 2018 to move and focus on some other things, but I still enjoyed sitting and playing. In 2019 I decided to go to a festival and signed up for Kentucky Music week. I didn't really know any of the instructors so I signed up for classes based on descriptions alone. As it was a few months before KMW, I looked for other festivals and found the Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival that was not too far from me in Virginia, so i signed up for that too. Crooked Road was great! I met a lot of great people and dulcimer players are a very welcoming community. Everyone was just there to learn, participate, and enjoy themselves. Don Pedi gave a history class one morning on his journey with the dulcimer and playing in the drone-melody style. That really spoke to me and just by chance I'd signed up for one of his classes at KMW. That class was the first time I left DAD tuning, and things like major and minor scales suddenly clicked. I was hooked and I loved the old songs, especially fiddle tunes. I took some other classes for flat picking, rhythm, and chord-melody and enjoyed learning about them, but I still need a lot of practice. 😁 At the end of the day it's a lot of fun and very relaxing to sit down and be able to play a couple songs. If it weren't for the mountain dulcimer (and the amazing diatonic fretboard) I don't think I would ever have learned an instrument. Now I can't imagine not playing one! I would love to hear how others got started!
  18. I was asking the same question a couple years ago. It's hard to find good info on all the different builders. There's a lot out there and the price range varies by builder, features, and how fancy the instrument is. Prussia Valley's store page can give you an idea of some of the different makers/prices. This is just a starting point for you to browse and get some information: http://prussiavalley.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=21 I'd spend some time searching and looking at different shops/builders to see what suits you. In general, features like ebony fret boards or fancy/exotic woods are options that will tend to push the price of an instrument up. You might also take a look at the builder's page. It's in development and the info on the page is incomplete/just for testing, but the ones on there currently are actual shops and builders: https://everythingdulcimer.com/builders.php
  19. Admin

    Welcome!

    I saw your other post in the events section and I've added the festival to the list πŸ™‚
  20. Admin

    Welcome!

    Welcome! I'm going add the ability for users to add to the list directly, but at the moment I have to manually update it. I've created a post that I'll monitor for adding festival info. If you have the details, post them there and I'll get them added for you:
  21. I'm glad to see folks are finding their way here and I hope to make the site as useful to community as possible. I've had a couple requests to add events to the festivals page, and I'm happy to. My plan for the festival list (and other lists) is to have the ability for everyone to add directly to it. That's still a work in progress and may be a few months off. In the mean time, I can update the list manually. The ones on the list are just events I'm familiar with, but I want to add as many possible. Reply below with: Festival Name Location (city, state) (and country if outside the US) Dates A link to the website and I'll get them added to the list πŸ™‚
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