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  1. ...and easier to build that cigar-box guitars! Welcome. You got questions? We make up pretty good answers.
  2. Since there is so much YouTube and teacher specific video these days, I suspect that learning without a teacher beside you will be reasonably easy. You'll learn techniques and then have to perfect them on you own anyway. Sheet music and tabulature is readily available. Steve Eulberg of Dulcimer Crossing has some good intros to tabulature and how to play videos on YouTube. Buying one on-line is feasible, but the chances of it arriving in-tune and are probably not good. There are a LOT of strings! Your first lesson will be "how to tune my new Hammered Dulcimer".
  3. "Concerned about...lack of music and songs I recognize..." What kind(s) of music do you know and love? There are TONS of Celtic music for the HD -- virtually all of O'Carolan's compositions and the Chieftain's just to mention a few hundred pieces. There are thousands of other tunes and songs arranged for HD, plus many more original compositions. There are both diatonic and chromatic Hammered Dulcimers. The chromatic HD's range is limited only by your ability to play. The music may not be quite as 'rich' as that of a piano because of the 2 hammers vs 10 fingers thing, but I don't think you'll find that a 'lack' for a dozen or twenty years. Go to YouTube and search on "Hammered Dulcimer Music". Chris Foss, Joshua Messic, Tim Seamans, Mark Alan Wade and Ted Yoder just to name a couple accomplished players. Those same players, and others offer a variety of YouTube lessons and tutorials.
  4. Nice recording. I've heard Rosin played at that speed a lot, and play it nearly that fast myself. An Irish "wake song" isn't a dirge. But it's not a fast fiddle tune, either! The Parting Glass, on the other hand is nearly a dirge, and best sung a capella rather than being accompanied by anything.
  5. I play Irish and other Celtic music all year around. Have more than a dozen Celtic tunes in my repertoire, including on the Irish side: Foggy Dew, Black Velvet Band, Wind That Shakes The Barley, Roddy McCorley, Banks of the Ban, and Risin' of the Moon. I'll be playing at a local Irish pub on the 17th.
  6. Ken Hulme wrote an article several years ago called The Uncontrite Modal Folker that was a good overview of Modes, Modal Tunings, and how they apply to the dulcimer. It was on the original Everything Dulcimer. You can find him on Facebook. If you ask, he'll probably give you a copy.
  7. Those are the really inexpensive tuners, not the ones KenL was talking about with the adjustment screw... First step is to find new tuners. Second step is to slack all the strings and remove them being sure to mark exactly where the bridge goes so it can be replaced correctly. If you have to, cut the string on the tuner which isn't working properly. Then check again to see if there's any way to get the tuner moving. Third step would be order a new set of four tuners; best to replace all of them at the same time.
  8. Virtually all tuner shaft are the same size. The shaft of the tuner is the part that goes through the wood, and around which the string is wound. Guitar tuners often have a plastic sleeve over the tuner shaft, but thiose can be removed. I don't think I've ever seen the wood contract around a shaft hole, let alone so tightly that the tuner won't work. Wood just doesn't do that; the holes are drilled sufficiently oversize. However the shaft might be bent and not turning. The screws which hold the tuner in place -- a photo posted here would be worth a thousand words, easily, BTW... Even money says that new tuners will require new screw holes, if that's what you're asking. The shaft holes can be re-used without any issues. You can get tuners in many places -- a local acoustic music shop, Ebay, Stewart MacDonald, and CBGitty the cigar box guitar supplier shop to name a few. You need to make sure that your new tuners are the same orientation -- intended for a flat 'guitar type' tuning head, not a scroll head (the shafts are at different angles to the tuning keys. You can expect to pay anything from $10 - $30 for a set of 4 depending on the brand and style. Tuners intended for ukuleles work well for instruments like a Hughes dulcimer.
  9. One of the best tunes ever written for dulcimer, by the Master -- Robert Force.
  10. I fully agree that both beginners and experienced players alike are holding themselves back by not understanding where the notes are on their fretboard. I do hope that somewhere in your article series you will address the fact that there are many, equally valid, tunings for the mountain dulcimer besides DAd, and that there are several other ways to play the instrument besides Chord-Melody. We don't want beginners to think that DAd and Chord-Melody are the only ways a dulcimer can be used! If you write the tuning as DAd, instead of DAD, I've found -- over 40 years of dulcimer playing -- that beginners will tend not to try and tune the bass and melody strings to the same note in the same octave; and then wonder why it sounds bad....
  11. What KIND of lap harps are you for? True harps, or Psalteries? Pentatonic? Diatonic? Hollow body? Plank Body? I build a variety of those instruments for pretty reasonable costs. The photo labeled SingingTree1 is a plank or solid body pentatonic Psaltery. Winged1 shows a hollow body pentatonic Psaltery. The large display shows some plank psalteries and in the center two replica Lithuanian Kankles -- relatives of the Finnish Kantele. I can also build these as 8 stringed diatonic instruments. Send me a PM
  12. hat looks great Ken! That Paduak is really nice, and that peghead is outstanding. Nice work!. Padauk can be hard to bend when thin because it is often brittle. What is the top? Cherry?
  13. Common jam tunes vary greatly depending on what part of the country you're in. I've lived places where half of your list are complete unknowns and Old Joe and Liza Jane are looked down upon as too simplistic...
  14. Welcome Pete!! You will want to keep Robin Clark of Birdrock Dulcimers in mind. He's up in Snowdonia, Wales -- which luckily for you, closer than Appalachia! www.dulcimers.co.uk. He imports several models of instruments from the States, accessories, and more. Fabulous Noter & Drone style player as well! Button accordion! Now that's different by American standards...
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