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  1. 4 hours ago, KWL said:

    That is a bummer because when we make mistakes like I did above people will get frustrated if they try the link. Oh, well, nothing is perfect including this site.

    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.

  2. 9 hours ago, dholeton said:

    Go Tell Aunt Rhody, Frere Jacques, and Hush Little Baby are good songs for beginners.  If a beginner plays another instrument, then these might be too simple.  But if a beginner has never played an instrument before, I don't think any simple song is too simple.

    Dave

    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?

  3. 19 hours ago, Carla Maxwell said:

    I think a great "beginner jam tune" is Boil Them Cabbage Down. It's also good as a sort of "icebreaker" for confident players who have never before played together. Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss is another great beginner tune for jamming. I'll post a few video links in the video-links forum. 

    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 😃

  4. 3 hours ago, NoterMan said:

    Common jam tunes vary greatly depending on what part of the country you're in.  I've lived places where half of your list are complete unknowns

    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.

    3 hours ago, NoterMan said:

    and Old Joe and Liza Jane are looked down upon as too simplistic...

    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 😄

    I'll change the title of the post to reflect it's aimed at beginner tunes. 

  5. 14 hours ago, KWL said:

     I would he assume he was familiar with the scheitholt. My point is that he used that name and because he did Mercer assumed all instruments that looked like the one drawn for the Syntagma Musicum were called scheitholts.

    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.

    14 hours ago, KWL said:

    Ralph Lee Smith does as well. I think this gives a somewhat false ancestry for the mountain dulcimer. Ralph and I have discussed this.

    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. 

  6. 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 😄

    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!

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  7. 7 hours ago, KWL said:

    Before the mountain dulcimer there were a group of instruments from Northern Europe that had diatonic fretting, mostly directly on the sound board (top). Because of a mistake made by Henry Mercer these are erroneously called "scheitholts."  A more accurate term for the American version is "zitter." Most often I modify that to "Pennsylvania German zitter." In Germany these instruments are called "Hummels."  Attached is a photo of a reproduction I made of an instrument in the Landis Valley Farm and Museum collection in Lancaster, PA.

    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:

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    PMLP138176-PraetoriusSyntagmaMusicumB2_0296.thumb.jpg.254522608b706889029a24f9f94b83da.jpg

     

  8. On 1/29/2020 at 4:40 PM, Carla Maxwell said:

    There aren't too many videos of us out there, but here's one from a recent gig in Clarksdale at the Bluesberry Cafe. A friend recorded this live and posted it on Facebook. This was filmed during the Blues & Breakfast that is offered every weekend.

    Midnight Special at Bluesberry Cafe

    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. 😁

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  14. On 1/24/2020 at 3:02 PM, Marc Mathieu said:

    I have a plan for an easy-to-build MD display stand that William Wright had shared a few years ago.

    Please e-mail me at:   dulcimarc - at - gmail - dot - com    and I'd be more than happy to share it.

    Marc M.

     

     

    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. 🙂 

    For this time around, I've got to go for one that's already built.

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