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  1. It could be the slots for the strings in either the nut or bridge or both. A way to check this to place your finger on the string on the peg head side of the nut and strum the string. If it doesn't buzz (reverb) that is where the problem is. You do the same with the bridge placing the finger on the endpin side of the nut. The buzzing is caused by the string slot being to large for the string. If that is the case there are a couple of ways to fix it. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  2. Enjoy your new McSpadden when you receive it. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  3. I also prefer 3 strings for much of the same reasons Admin gave. I have tried 4 equidistant strings, but don't care for that style of playing. While I play a lot of noter/drone style and finger dancing, I also play some chord/melody style and like 3 strings for both. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  4. I've been away without the internet for three weeks. What a pleasant surprise to return to your completed dulcimer and the sound files. Very nice. You did well. Thanks for sharing your work and music. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  5. Here you go: https://dulcimerdownloads.com/products/neal-walters-and-heidi-cerrigione-30-old-time-tunes https://www.folkcraft.com/products/favorite-american-songs-dulcimer-1302425 Both of these are $30.00. I couldn't find the website for the $25 one today. Sorry. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  6. Marvin, I have not been able to find Drunken Hiccups, but I did fine several versions of Jack of Diamonds or Jack o' Diamonds. Two of them were in books you can purchase. I did find this free tab: http://www.gulfweb.net/rlwalker/jamnfolk/book099/Jack%20Of%20Diamonds(Dulcimer).pdf It says it is in DAd tuning, but since it is played on the middle string (A), I think it would make more sense to play it in DAA. I hope this is helpful. Let me know if you want links to the books. One is $25 and the other is $30. The are Jack o' Diamond tab. As far as I can tell, Drunken Hiccups, Jack of (o') Diamonds, and Rye Whiskey basically are the same tune. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  7. I agree. You did a good job on this dulcimer. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  8. Nice first dulcimer build. I agree with the comments Noterman made. I look forward to hearing the sound of the instrument when it is completed. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  9. Enjoy your new dulcimer.
  10. For about a year now a group of folks have been getting together Tuesday evenings on Zoom to play mountain dulcimer together. We invite you join us. We play noter or finger dancing style mostly in DAA but also in DAC, DAG, and DAd. The format is one person leads a song/tune while everyone else is muted and plays along. While Dave Holeton usually leads, others have led as well. You are welcome to join us. We meet on Tuesday evenings at 8:30 p.m. (EDT), 7:30 p.m. (CDT), 6:30 p.m. (MDT), and 5:30 p.m. PDT. A link for each week's meeting is available on The Traditional Mountain Dulcimore website. Here is a link to the thread where meetings are posted: https://thetraditionalappalachiandulcimore.com/board/47/ttad-zoom-group The meeting lasts for 40 minutes and we usually work on four songs. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  11. Just a heads up for those attending. Berea College is requiring that all participants be either fully vaccinated for Covid19 or have a negative Covid test 72 hours before checkin. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  12. Very nice work. Those are good looking dulcimers. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.'
  13. When I play it, the thumb is on the first string, ring finger on the middle string, and my index finger on the bass. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  14. Here is a link to a news report on the Hindman Dulcimer Gathering: https://www.wymt.com/2021/04/10/2021-dulcimer-homecoming-held-at-hindman-settlement-school/ I wasn't able to attend the whole festival, but enjoyed the parts I was able to get to. I hope some of you will plan to attend next year; either online or in person. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  15. I thought some folks might enjoy reading this article: Article Ken, "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  16. I can't answer your question on the Bear Meadow. I have never looked that closely. As tow which way is better, I see little difference between them. The dulcimer I play most often is a Folkcraft that has a scalloped fret board like the Bear Meadows. It is the only dulcimer I have like that. All my other dulcimers and the ones I build have non-scalloped fret boards. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  17. You can sign up for free at: https://troublesomecreekguitars.com/shop/hindman-dulcimer-homecoming-virtual-ticket/ Celebrate 150 years of Dulcimer History Uncle Ed Thomas built dulcimers from 1871 thru 1931. He lived around Hindman. (Big Doubles) Uncle Ed is credited with creating the hourglass shape for the dulcimer. He influenced many dulcimer builders. At this festival, we will celebrate Uncle Ed's contributions to the development of the Mountain Dulcimer. We dedicate this event to two Friends who have left this world way too soon. Mike Slone, who was a co-founder of the Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming, and a champion of the traditional mountain dulcimer. We also honor our friend Jon Pickow, who was scheduled to be on staff. Jon was the son of Jean Ritchie. He carried on his family's traditions with skill, humor and humility. Join us for three days of online fun, fellowship and music.
  18. Wow, Andy, I am so sorry to hear of Larkin's brain tumor. You sound like all of you are handling this well. Although I built my first dulcimer in 1974, I purchased Larkin's book after it came out. I think I wore out the cassette. Please keep us posted as things progress and know that Larkin holds a special place in our hearts. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  19. Welcome Woodchuck. Glad to hear that you are beginning your dulcimer journey. I started playing back in 1974 and turned 74 three months ago. Just let us know if you we can answer any questions for you. Best wishes for your learning progress. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  20. Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering 2021When: June 3 – June 6Where: Berea College, Berea, KYCost: $20 Pre-Registration feeapplied to your total lodging bill, otherwise Free Because of the events of the past year we must insist on a few conditions this year:1. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIREDWe, and Berea College, need to know IN ADVANCE how many people will be attending. Do not just show up and expect to attend. Even if you live in Berea you MUST Pre-Register to attend any of our activities. The Registration goes towards your On-Campus lodging bill. Not staying on Campus? Your Registration goes into our Coffee & Snacks kitty. REGISTRATION DEADLINE MAY 15th. The easiest way to Register is to send $20 via Paypal to me, and include your name and contact info -- email and phone.kenhulme@gmail.com If you must send a check, make it payable to Ken Hulme and include your phone and email and send it toKen Hulme 2448 Ivy Ave Fort Myers, FL 33907 2. MASKS WILL BE WORN CORRECTLY DURING ALL ACTIVITIES In order to insure that people feel safe during this event, masks are required at all activities. No one without a mask will be allowed to participate in the activities of the Gathering.We do not yet know which dormitory we will be using.COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES To Be Announced. When we have it sorted out, we'll tell you.AS ALWAYS – THE EMPHASIS IS ON THE TRADITON. The tuning used by participants is DAA or similar 1 – 5 -5 tuning.. Some tunes may be played in the Aeolian or Dorian modes We are all about traditional dulcimores and dulcimore playing in noter/drone or fingerdancing styles. Contemporary dulcimers are allowed as long as you play them in a traditional manner. This is a great opportunity to learn about the Traditional Appalachian Dulcimore through presentations, instruction, jam sessions, etc. We hope to see you in Berea.The 10 Jam Tunes to know are posted with words and tab on The Traditional Appalachian Dulcimore website: https:thetraditionalappalachiandulcimore.comQuestions?? Post them on the website, in the Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering thread. One of the Gathering organizers will respond to your question.Please check this website for updates: thetraditionalappalachiandulcimore.com in the 2021 Gathering thread.
  21. I think a 16/15 or larger is a good choice. For fiddle tunes you probably want a dulcimer with less sustain so that you don't muddy the sound. I think this will work well for the melodic pieces as well. A longer sustain is good for ballads and contemplative tunes. I can't suggest a specific instrument, but as you look ask about sustain and listen to the instruments. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  22. It looks very nice. You did a good job. I'm sure this dulcimer will provide you with many more hours of enjoyment as you play it. Have fun with it. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  23. There are advantages and disadvantages to both tunings. With the DAA tuning you seldom have to play any melody notes on the middle string as the "D" scale begins on the third fret. With the DAD tuning you can play chord/melody style in a more interesting manor than in DAA. You can play noter/drone style in both tunings but in the DAD you sometimes need to get your noter on to the middle string to get the melody note you want. Chords are not as rich and full as you find on guitar since they are often only two notes; sometimes you will get three notes in the chord. Have fun with you dulcimer. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
  24. That's great. Enjoy! Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
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