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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. I use a wooden stand made for mountain dulcimers. Here is a link with more information. Dave
  10. I tried a thumb pick and finger picks years ago when I was first learning to play dulcimer. I got them to fit but I didn't work with them long enough to determine if they were beneficial. Dave
  11. Folkcraft might have brass strings similar to what you are trying to find. Dave https://www.folkcraft.com/collections/string-wire-and-string-sets?page=5
  12. The only other suggestion I have might be if building one from scratch doesn't work, there are several companies that sell kits. It would still be something you assembled and maybe added some of your own personal design. I have built McSpadden kits successfully, but FolkCraft and StewMac and maybe other kits are also available. Dave
  13. Question: Has anyone ever taped on a temporary 1/12 fret with a paperclip or guitar string? Someone recommended this to me and I think it's a great idea. Do you have a photo of how you did this? and where you put the tape? And how did you get the clip to work on all 3 strings? Suggested Answer Number 1 (I'm thinking others will share their ideas too): I wanted a fret under just the melody strings for one song. I filed a finish nail to the size of a fret and applied Scotch tape under the middle string. I removed the nail soon after so the tape didn't damage the finish on the fretboard.
  14. I'm sorry to hear about the cancellation but it is probably the safest decision. Dave
  15. This song was released in 1971. I was just getting out of high school and mustaches and long hair were the way many of us managed our appearance. John's songs tell wonderful stories. If he would have made it through, I wonder if he would have composed a virus song. It would be a great story song to add to his long list. Dave
  16. Thanks for the Bandcamp link Mark Yes, your old login didn't work here because this is a new website with the tablature files from the old website. Everything else is new. Dave
  17. That's pretty good on Rosin The Beau. It fits nicely in traditional playing style, too. Dave
  18. Many songs for church were written in keys that could be easily moved to a key that is "singable" by many people in the congregation. Some songs have a range of notes that probably are not reachable by many in the congregation regardless of the key. When I played music for church I tried to keep songs in a key that supported the mostly lower voices in the congregation. Maybe my sheet music was written in the key of F, but capo 3 on a guitar meant I could play and sing the song as if it was written in the key of D. If I didn't have a piano player who relied on the music as written, I would remove the capo and we would sing the song in the key of D instead of F and I was able to get more of the congregation to sing along. Lower is often better if you are going to try to accomplish congregational singing. If you're playing a meditational instrumental piece, it can be in any key that fits your instrument. So, I would recommend reviewing the musical pieces you need to play and examine if you are going to play them with other instruments like a piano. Guitars and mandolins can add or remove capos where piano players need to use the sheet music in front of them and often piano players will not be able to transpose to another key on the fly. If you find that you will need to play songs in E flat, F, G, A flat, and D (among others) in a single service, you will need extra frets or the ability to retune to play melody parts or chords in those respective keys. If most of the music can be played in D, Bm, G, Em, or A, you can probably find most of the chords you need without a lot of extra frets. If you see that you will need extra notes, especially some notes not in the diatonic scale even if your dulcimer has a 6+ fret (6+ is not considered diatonic on dulcimers) and you're not able to play some chords that represent some of the notes of a song, you'll need extra frets. Dave
  19. Oops, I was playing this song this morning and found an error in the sheet music. I got the key signature correct on one of the Cm lines but the notes were for the Dm version. I probably should rework the harmony versions to display the harmony notes and I can do that if there is an interest. Attached is a corrected copy and I'll replace the one in the tablature section when adding/removing/replacing files is possible. Dave Hold_On_DAC_CGBb.pdf
  20. Those terms are new to me. Are these terms used by a given luthier/manufacturer? Dave
  21. Welcome Jay D. Dulcimers are easier to learn to play than guitars. Dave
  22. Question: How are you able to play songs without tab in front of you? When I want to play outside I take sheet music/tablature and a stand and if it is windy the pages flip and i am lost etc. Answer: Is playing from tablature causing just playing the right notes without any awareness of the sound? For example, a person named Dorothy needs to have a letter typed but Dorothy does not have a typewriter. Dorothy knows the content of the letter. She has a friend named Mary who has a typewriter and she asks Mary to type the letter for her. Mary begins typing the letter and she can type the letter without knowing the content of the letter. As Mary types, words in the letter are recognized and maybe Mary goes a little faster on some of the words. After typing the letter, Mary might proof read the letter to make sure all of the words are spelled correctly and the spaces, commas, and other punctuation are correct. Maybe Mary compares the typed letter to the original for accuracy. During the proof reading, the typist learns the content and meaning of the letter. While typing the letter, the typist is just like a machine looking at the letters and words and punctuation and reacting with the correct fingers on the keyboard. So, something to consider is if you know the melody of a song in your head, you can try finding the notes on the melody or middle strings without tablature. You've started to write the letter. Listen for the sound of the song, maybe even hum along. Once you've found the melody of the song, maybe you can start playing chords at times. If your dulcimer is tuned DAD and the melody lands on the melody string 4th fret, the song likely will need one of three chords, a D (432), an F#m (422), or an A (401 or 421 or 444). Find the chord that sounds correct for the song and for you. Learning what the song should sound like has helped me play many songs without tablature. Dave
  23. If you're inside the house and looking for something new, there are 1400+ songs in the tablature section here and maybe you'll find one that you would like to learn. Also, my OneDrive link above is still valid and has some tablature/mp3 files that aren't in the tablature section here yet. Dave
  24. Painted dulcimers: why? Was it because the wood was nothing special, maybe? (I’m obsessed at the moment with this black Ed Thomas replica ...) A dulcimer maker many years ago told me that wood grain wasn't attractive to some people in certain areas. He said: "Many old dulcimers were crudely cut and finished. Paint was a favorite finish. To understand the reason for this, we must place ourselves in the mental frame of the Appalachian mountaineer. He regarded the grain of wood as ugly, since it was so commonplace. Almost everything that he owned was made of wood. The dulcimer was so much work to build that he didn't want this ordinary, ugly wood grain to show, so he would paint it with any available paint." I think the Thomas dulcimers were more refined than the example mentioned above, so I don't know if Uncle Ed's motivation for using paint was because his customers wanted paint or if it was just his choice by design. Dave
  25. I only met her once and she left a wonderful impression on me. Dave
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