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  1. That's what's neat about starting something like this. It's not fully designed yet and the melody can go anywhere. Your version works good, too. Dave
  2. Thanks Ken I never liked watching the Stones live on TV (Ed Sullivan, etc.), but we had one of their early albums and I liked some of the songs on that album. I decided I didn't like them after they were associated with a concert that resulted in a lot of violence. Other bands were present, but it seemed like the Stones got blamed the most for the things that went wrong at the concert. Later, they recorded Wild Horses and I kinda' liked that song. Today, they play too many of their songs (and usually the same ones) on the oldies radio stations and I switch the channel when Satisfaction comes on because I never cared for that song and it is played way too often (in my opinion). There are lots of other good old songs from that period that don't seem to get played. Thanks also for suggesting I develop a tune anyway. I worked it a little bit and it took a while to forget the Rainbow, but attached is what came to me. For now I'll call it Dorian Meditation, because I just found myself wandering around with three different sequences. Two of the sequences land on nine (maybe land on nine should be the title), and one sequence lands on four. I found I might like to play any sequence any number of times and in any order, but landing on four seemed to provide a final meditative thought. 4 5 6 7 8 10 9 (land on nine #1) 7 8 6 6 7 5 5 6 4 (land on 4) 11 12 13 12 11 10 9 (land on 9 #2) Dave Dorian_Meditation.mp3
  3. She's a Rainbow by the Rolling Stones.
  4. In my waking moments a snippet of a tune was stuck in my head. I was thinking I had heard it before. Play all of the following frets (without playing the middle or drone strings) and see if you know the song where this interval was used. 4 5 6 7 8 10 9 (all notes are the same except 9 is twice as long) I was thinking I would like to make a tune including this interval, but as the day progressed I found where I had heard this before and it is a copyright song. I'll provide the tune after I've let everyone here try to determine the song for a while. Dave
  5. Thanks Ken I think there is a time interval for editing. I see the edit button on my post from Tuesday, but no edit button on the original post. Yes, a 1/12 fret would be for mature audiences only! Dave
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. I don't think the back brace locations are critical. I constructed a dulcimer from a kit and didn't like that the braces were directly under the sound holes. I built another kit (same model) and I moved the braces so they were not so visible. Dave
  20. Any music editing software that we can obtain has its own learning curve. It will take some effort to learn on our own, watch any available tutorials, or gather other information to learn how to use any music editing software (not just TablEdit). Music editing software is also a great learning tool. I've learned a lot about sheet music in using my software, so I think obtaining music editing software is the start of a new learning path. Dave
  21. Jack is probably the only person of whom I know who has made a dulcimer out of dogwood other than myself. Dogwood is a very hard wood (harder than oak, hickory, black walnut, some rosewood varieties, and other hardwoods). Check to see if he has any dogwood dulcimers. (I'm not a person who makes dulcimers for sale like Jack). Dave
  22. I can hardly wait. First of all, I want to fix some of the tab files I have uploaded since I see errors in some of them. I would like to replace the ones with errors. Also, I have some files I submitted that either don't have and audio sample or the audio sample is just a midi file. I would like all of my audio files to be mp3 files with recordings of a real dulcimer playing the tablature. Thanks Dave
  23. Years ago there was a site for sharing audio. I can't remember the site but a group for dulcimer players was started. The site allowed people to put up their hand if they had a song to play. So, when it came time for a person to play something, that person would click their mic "on" and play or sing their song. It was such a lot of fun because it seemed to me like playing live on the radio. We had some fairly large groups from anywhere in the country on some nights. Some people would share more than one song each night and some people just joined the session to listen. There was a space for chatting while each person was playing. Zoom might be a good way to organize such a session today and I also recommend one person with mic on and the rest of the players just listening or playing along with their mic on mute. The added benefit of Zoom is that video of each player would be possible. Dave
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