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  1. I'm catching up on this topic and this time I noticed I probably typed 1/12 fret when I intended to type either 1 1/2 (1.5) or 1/2. Oh well. Dave
  2. The Fishin' Hole is a song that is still in copyright status but here is a copy on Pinterest where it is played mostly on the bass string and middle string. The melody can also be played on the melody string(s) except where intervals require either an extra fret or the middle string. Dave Pinterest
  3. I forgot to mention that if you look through the tablature list here on Everything Dulcimer, many of the tab files made by Steve Smith have the songs in DAA and DAD tuning in the same file. Dave
  4. Another note on finding tablature for a given tuning, there are many tunes in DAA tuning in the tablature section here on Everything Dulcimer. Also, songs written in DAC or DAG tablature seldom require any extra frets. I also have several tablature files with mp3 files to accompany the tablature on my OneDrive. Dave's OneDrive Also, Mapes has been expanding there string sets and now they offer custom sets for mountain dulcimers. They also offer string on reels for people who want to make their own string sets. For your dulcimer lighter strings might be easier on the tuning pegs, but you may need to try different string gauges along with learn how well the peg dope works. Here is a link to Mapes and maybe the .011 .011 .020W set might be a good place to start in 80/20 Bronze or Phosphor Bronze. Mapes Good Luck with your dulcimer Dave
  5. Thank You. I think it was part of many people sharing music yesterday. My computer is still slow today. I wonder if we clogged the internet. Dave
  6. While you're working on your bandsaw, maybe you'll find this video and link to sawblades.com helpful. Previously I have struggled with trying to cut thin slices of wood from a log on my bandsaw. The information in this video gave me some really good information for picking the right blade for such a task. I really like the blades I got from sawblades.com. Dave
  7. I guess I forgot to post Mike Seeger's version of John Hardy. Here's the version that inspired to find a dulcimer version. Dave
  8. I have a CD player that will allow me to load 6 CD's, so I load it with CD's while I'm working in the garage/work shop. One of the CD's I had loaded was the Classic Folk Music CD from Smithsonian Folkways. A song came on and as I listened to it I stopped working on whatever I was working. I went to the CD player and examined the CD insert and found the song to be "John Hardy" by Mike Seeger. I knew I had to learn the song. I found many versions had been recorded in a major key but Mike and Pete Seeger recorded versions in a minor key. I found I liked both versions and worked to learn both versions. Attached are PDF files and MP3 files for the versions that I learned. The DAC/CGC version has a CGC tuned dulcimer playing chords where the melody is played on the DAC dulcimer. I hope some of you will add one or both versions to your songbook. Dave P. S. You can listen to Paul Clayton's version of John Hardy on YouTube at this link. John_Hardy_DAC_CGC_20200211.mp3 John_Hardy_DAD_20200211.mp3 John_Hardy_DAG_20200413.mp3 John_Hardy_DAC.pdf John_Hardy_DAG.pdf John_Hardy_DAD.pdf
  9. Thanks PJ I know we're getting more and more tablature and audio files available on the internet, I just decided to add my files to what's available. It's better than just leaving them sit on my hard drive. Dave
  10. A person contacted me through my YouTube video "Muss I Denn" and a discussion started about constructing a scheitholt/zither/zitter type of instrument. To facilitate sharing the information, I moved a lot of my Zither construction pictures and notes to my OneDrive. While I was there, I reorganized my dulcimer files into PDF files and MP3 files. If I have a PDF file I might have an MP3 file to support it, and vice versa. If anyone sees a PDF without a matching MP3 and vice versa, I can create an appropriate file on request. The PDF files include multiple tunings and usually the file name includes the tuning (CGBb, DAG, DAC, etc.). Dave https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=!APZ7kXyURRnmQ9s&id=4E95DE6FFA7B2AEA!548&cid=4E95DE6FFA7B2AEA
  11. Thanks Burt My friend and I sing this with guitar and mandolin accompaniment in G. I'll have to try it with my dulcimer. Dave
  12. Thanks for all of your "How to ..." posts. This one strikes a chord because when I've been in some jam sessions we don't always have intros for the next song. The person who called the next tune often doesn't have an intro. If it's a 4/4 song, often "4 potatoes" is the intro (strumming while saying 1, 2, 3, 4,). Some songs we have played together enough to where we have intros and outros (and everyone is playing the same outro!). Dave
  13. Folkcraft also sells fretboards if the cardboard dulcimer maker doesn't sell them. Folkcraft I rigged a temporary method for attaching an old Lawrence guitar sound hole pickup in the strum hollow of one of my dulcimers and I liked it better than a Dean Markley "stick on" acoustic pickup. I am one of the few who strums in the strum hollow. I actually made a dulcimer with less frets so the strum hollow would be closer to where many other people strum. Lawrence Pickup Dave
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