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  1. Many of the software programs are available with the expectation that a person can "self-teach" themselves on how to create sheet music and tablature files. Maybe some experience required would be knowledge of sheet music notation and general experience with software tools. There may be some people who are providing classes for Tabledit instruction related to creating dulcimer tablature files and maybe they will provide some input on this thread. I use Musedit (and have too many Musedit files to count), which is no longer supported but the software still more or less works on Windows 10. When Musedit stops working, I'm thinking I will go to ABC notation, which seems to be impervious to operating system software changes. But, in the meantime, I can offer some suggestions based on my Musedit experience and what an equivalent function might be in Tabledit. I have the trial or demo version of Tabledit on my computer and might be able to answer some very basic for getting started questions. So, if you can find the place in Tabledit where it allows you to set the instrument (on my version it is under the Score tab and Instrument), set the instrument to Dulcimer DAD. You can import this midi file or you can open this tef file and we can use it to discuss what you want to accomplish. It's a learning process, so don't try to learn everything at once. Start with a little and build on it. Dave Boil_Them_Cabbage.tef Boil_Them_Cabbage.mid
  2. That's a nice recording and though the recording is a little fast, I could still sing the lyrics to it. I refer to songs as being played in "singing speed" when the song has vocals. We play/sing Rosin The Beau at singing speed. Dave
  3. For people who are looking for simple arrangements, most of the Irish songs with lyrics are usually played slower and might be easier to learn in a short time. There are some other tunes that are played slow that might also be good ones to learn. "Southwind" is usually played as an instrumental but I learned today that some claim it has lyrics. It is usually not played very fast. If you remember the old Bugs Bunny cartoon where Yosemite Sam rigged the piano to explode when Bugs played a certain note in the melody (which Bugs always played the wrong note), that song is "Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms". There are a couple of versions of "Southwind in the Tablature section here. Lyrics to Southwind There isn't a copy of "Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms" yet, so I'll leave a pdf file and a video link here. Dave Believe_Me_If_All_Those_Endearing_Young_Charms.pdf
  4. Will you be playing any Irish songs around March 17th? There are several Irish songs in the Tablature section here. I'll be polishing up "Catherine Martin", "Down By The Salley Gardens", and "Saint Patrick's Day In the Morning". Dave
  5. Thanks I remember Ken's article from years ago. David Bennett worked with many of us (including Ken) on the Traditional Appalachian Dulcimore site and he placed the information on this dulcimer site in Alabama. Dave North Alabama Heritage Dulcimer Association
  6. Question: Where can I find information on modes and modal tunings? Answer: A great place to start learning about modes and modal tunings is Roger Nicholson's article in the 1996 Dulcimer Players News. The link to the archived DPN issues is below. In an effort to keep it simple, here are some notes about modes on a dulcimer with "D" tunings with no extra frets. D Mixolydian DAD tuning Frets and notes in mode: 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 D E F# G A B C# D --------------------------------------------------------------- D Aeolian DAC tuning Frets and notes in the mode: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 D E F G A Bb C D ---------------------------------------------------------------- D Locrian D A# A# (seldom used and tunings vary among players) Frets and notes in the mode: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 D D# F G G# A# C D ----------------------------------------------------------------------- D Ionian DAA tuning Frets and notes in the mode: 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 D E F# G A B C# D ----------------------------------------------------------------------- D Dorian DAG tuning Frets and notes in the mode: 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 D E F G A B C D -------------------------------------------------------------------------- D Phrygian DAF tuning Frets and notes in the mode: 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 D D# F G A A# C D ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- D Lydian DAE Tuning Frets and notes in the mode: 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 D E F# G# A B C# D ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dave 1996 Dulcimer Players News
  7. The sheet music/tablature file and an mp3 file for "Arran Boat Song" are in the tablature section here on Everything Dulcimer. Dave
  8. I forgot to mention that the tablature for "Hold On" is in the tablature section here on Everything Dulcimer. Dave
  9. An old melody "Creag Guanach" was used for the song "Mingulay Boat Song". The sheet music and tablature is in the tablature section here on Everything Dulcimer. Dave
  10. I forgot to mention that the tablature for "Hold On" is in the tablature section here on Everything Dulcimer. Dave
  11. Thanks. It's really looking good. Dave
  12. It looks like the tablature section is getting close to being ready. Since all of the tablature looks like everything that was saved in a zip file from the previous Everything Dulcimer site, I decided to check on the tablature I had previously provided. In reviewing the csv file in the data from the previous site, I wasn't able to find where the names of the contributors were saved for all entries in the file (column Q on my import). I also found 1443 files listed in the csv file and using copy and paste of the file names on the tablature page I also counted 1443 files. So I had to go from memory to find my tablature files I found 31 files by title that I think I had uploaded (there might be one or two I missed). When I clicked on the PDF I could tell all 31 files were my contributions from the past (which doubles as another partial audit on the files being uploaded correctly; GREAT JOB!!!!). I was happy to experience clicking on "midi" provided an mp3 file if an mp3 file had been previously loaded. Clicking on "midi" also provided a way to listen to the midi file if a midi file had previously been loaded. All of my mp3 files or midi files matched my 31 tablature files where an audio file had been previously loaded. So, before the previous Everything Dulcimer site went off line, I had made a list of my files and noted that some of them needed editing. I also wanted to add mp3 files where my original upload either didn't have an mp3 or I wanted to replace my midi files with mp3 files. One of the things I decided along the way of providing tablature was that I'd prefer to provide mp3 files since it provides what the song sounds like on a dulcimer. Mp3 files might also prove that the tablature can actually be played on a dulcimer! I couldn't find that previous list, so I made a new one. Please let us know when and how we can start uploading new tablature and/or corrections to our existing tablature. THANKS Dave
  13. So, do you have a sweetheart song for your Valentine? Attached is one I'll try to play tomorrow. If you remember the movie "It's A Wonderful Life", Ward Bond (Bert, the policeman) and Frank Faylen (Ernie,the taxi driver) sang it in harmony in the rain outside the broken down old mansion that became the home of James Stewart (George Bailey) and Donna Reed (Mary Hatch). The song is a treasure for me and I play it often. It works great in DAA tuning. The mp3 file includes my singing partner Dean Williams. Dave It's A Wonderful Life information I_Love_You_Truly_DAA.pdf I_Love_You_Truly.mp3
  14. We learned "Wellyn" when I belonged to the dulcimer club in Denver in the mid 1990's. At the time, I considered it equivalent to learning how to play "Classical Gas" on a guitar. Dave
  15. Well, I'm a member of the local club, but life has been very busy and I didn't make it to a single monthly meeting last year. I'm hoping it slows down this year and I can attend more often. I have been able to make some dulcimer arrangements and play some music at home, which lends itself to interruptions and a busy schedule more than meetings. Dave
  16. The sound of several dulcimers playing together is truly wonderful, isn't it? Dave
  17. 14 days seems reasonable for making edits. Thanks Dave
  18. Well done Adrian You're getting a lot of sound out of that dulcimer in between the lyrics. It's a great story song. Excellent Dave
  19. Good job on Spotted Pony. It's okay to play a song slow, speed will come in time. I like to play some songs at what I call "singing speed". Arkansas Traveler is an example of a song I play but it is still a little fast for beginners even at singing speed (search YouTube for dholeton Arkansas Traveler on dulcimer if you want to view my version). Looking at Stephen's Join The Jam, I'll suggest some tunes that might be the next level for beginner players. Angelina Baker Boatman Buffalo Gals (I don't here this one played often at the club, but I play it often) Cherokee Shuffle Grey Cat On A Tennessee Farm June Apple Rosin THe Beau Sandy Boys Southwind Sugar Hill Westfalia Waltz Wildwood Flower Many of these are tunes that are often played in the Monday morning jam at the Appalachian Museum. Dave
  20. Well done Everyone. I can't tell you how many times I have had a lot of fun teaching this song with beginners at the club meetings. In one session and after they had learned the tune, I passed out little pieces of paper and challenged them to write their own lyrics for a verse. It took 3 to 5 minutes for them to write their verse. Then, we started the song and each of us sang our verse, sang the Boil Dem verse, then played an instrumental verse, then go to the next person. I think they had so much fun after we completed the first round, we may have sung again. Maybe they felt they could improve on their lyrics the second time. I think we spent a full hour on the song and it was probably the most fun I've had with a beginner session. Dave
  21. Well done Everyone. Singing along while playing is one of the things I always try to encourage. Too many people just say "I can't sing". Maybe some of them are just too shy to let anyone see them singing. Dave
  22. Well done everyone. If you enjoy playing June Apple, you can imagine how much a beginner would love to get to where he/she could play it as well as you play it. Dave
  23. 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
  24. I think there is a time limit here on being able to edit our own posts. Dave
  25. The strumstick fills in the tune in the absence of a banjo. It works well with the fiddle. Dave
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