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Nuthin Nu

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  1. I've used both Ron Ewing's and Terry McCafferty's capos. I actually prefer a brass one, The Walworth Mountain Dulcimer Capo, I found at The Dulcimer Shoppe (which sells McSpadden dulcimers). (Don't think the Bradley is available any longer.) Here's the link: https://www.mcspaddendulcimers.com/product/walworth-mountain-dulcimer-capo/ It costs a bit more but it stays tight and snug without any wrestling or fiddling with its adjustment.
  2. Those are interesting! Looked at Ebay and didn't see most of them for sale (have another book by Lorraine Lee Hammond (formerly Lorraine Lee)) but will keep looking. Maybe you'd like Steven K. Smith's sheet music, too? His books are available here: https://sksmithmusic.com/books
  3. Who published those books of Elizabethan tunes? How did you get them? For my tuning regimen (DAdb), with .014 for the A and .012 for the d and b, I'd just tune up or down a few. I'm very curious myself about these tunes, if you wouldn't mind sharing more information about them. Would you be playing on a Blue Lion? To me, some dulcimers seem better for lute type music than others.
  4. Hi! I'm unfortunately not sure what brand of fingerpicks those are. They're a pretty standard design, though. White plastic, with a pointed edge. Hm. Dunlop? (Don't think so.) Maybe D'Andrea? I've usually found soft plastic finger picks, like in the picture above, producing too dull a sound for me, but perhaps since those are very pointed, they'd be nice. If you find out what brand they are, I'd be curious.
  5. I am a classical pianist by training (since the tender age of 7) but find myself overseeing with my wife her family's farm in the middle of the Ozarks. I wanted to find an instrument I could play alone or with others but was not that drawn to the standard ones, e.g., guitar, banjo or violin/fiddle. My wife was acquainted with the mountain dulcimer through the Ozark festivals in town she had attended. Its similarity to the lute, to my ear, was very attractive! I could play so much: Elizabethan tunes, hymns, Bach, traditional folk tunes, etc. AND the instrument has untapped potentials, can
  6. I've never seen Aubrey Atwater's workshop; I'd be curious what picks she used. Yes, using your finger pads would produce a softer sound. The sharper the point, the sharper, brighter the sound. (Of course, the thickness of the material, the type of material used for the pick, and the angle the pick hits the string impact the sound.) Of the three I mentioned, the ProPik FingerTone might be the most satisfying, on the whole, for fit and sound. Their edges, like most people's fingernails, aren't pointed, and you can't frail, as I mentioned, but they won't fall off or wear out. They're also a
  7. Hello, All, I'm always trying to maximize the sonic potentials of my dulcimers (or just of the dulcimer in general), and have been trying out and using various finger picks, since I can't keep my fingernails long. Furthermore, the picks produce a greater variety of sounds than I could make with my fingernails. I wanted to share that I've figured out a way to get a sharp point with nail clippers and a nail file on the Fred Kelly Delrin finger picks (which by themselves, worn the correct way, produce too dull a sound for me). Having the sharp point on the Fred Kelly allows for a sou
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