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  1. Modern Mountain Bass Dulcimer made by David McKenney. Wood: Top: Walnut Sides: Walnut Back: Walnut Fret Board: Walnut with Ebony overlay. Length: Overall: 37½ inches Lower bout: 8 1/8 inches Upper bout: 6 ¾ inches Thickness:2 ¼ inches Fret board: 31 inches Tuners: Planet Wave self-trimming machine Tuners(These tuners added $100. to the initial cost of the dulcimer) There is a non-functioning pickup inside the dulcimer. It does not affect the sound. This dulcimer has excellent volume and sustain. The cost of a new bare bones bass dulcimer from David is $850. What is included: The pictured bass dulcimer Embroidered adjustable lap strap from Lee Felt. The dulcimer stand is not included. No case/bag. Costs: Dulcimer: $400. Shipping: via UPS - Shipping fee $120.00. Box and bubble wrap and Styrofoam peanuts - $30.. Insurance: $15. Grand total shipping: $165. Total cost with shipping: $565. Dulcimer can picked up in Bradenton, FL. No shipping costs that way.
  2. Baritone Dulcimer For Sale $400. Modern Mountain Baritone Dulcimer made by David McKenney. Wood: Top: Western Cedar Sides: Rosewood Back: Rosewood Fret Board: Rosewood with Ebony overlay. Length: Overall: 37½ inches Lower bout: 8 1/8 inches Upper bout: 6 1/8 inches Thickness:2 ¼ inches Fret board: 31 ½ inches This dulcimer has excellent volume and sustain. This dulcimer is tuned to ADA to play in the keys of D and G. Retuning the dulcimer to AEA will allow you to play in the key of A. The cost of a new bare bones baritone dulcimer from David is $850. + shipping. What is included: The pictured baritone dulcimer Embroidered adjustable lap strap from Lee Felt. The dulcimer stand is not included. No case/bag. Costs: Dulcimer: $400. Shipping: via UPS - Shipping fee $120.00. Box and bubble wrap and Styrofoam peanuts - $30.. Insurance: $15. Grand total shipping: $165. Total cost with shipping: $565. Dulcimer can picked up in Bradenton, FL. No shipping costs that way.
  3. Custom Wormy Chestnut Mountain Dulcimer $400.00 . This dulcimer was custom built using Wormy Chestnut for the sound board (top). I have never seen another dulcimer with this wood. Its original cost was $650. The soft case (by Lee Felt) cost $125. The fret board is 31 1/8 inches Overall length is 38¼ inches. Depth is 1 ¾ inches. Sound holes: S - Shaped The fret board shows no wear. Top: Wormy Chestnut Sides: Walnut Fret Board: Walnut Back: Walnut Scroll Head: Walnut Four tuners - strung in DAD. What is included: Dulcimer Soft Green Dulcimer Bag with hand strap and shoulder strap by Lee Felt Adjustable lap strap by Lee Felt. The dulcimer stand is NOT INCLUDED! This dulcimer can be seen in Bradenton, FL Pickup is the least expensive option. Shipping, which is beyond my control is as follows: USPS Shipping Charge - $120. Cardboard box, bubble wrap, and Styrofoam peanuts - $20. Postal Insurance - $15. If this seems high, UPS and FedEx charge almost double. I originally paid $715. total for this dulcimer. It is in excellent condition. It is worth a lot more than $400.; however, I have reduced the price to offset the shipping charges.
  4. Custom McSpadden Mountain Dulcimer $200.00 . This dulcimer was custom built by McSpadden. . The skeleton scroll head (walnut) was added. Its original cost was $450. The hard case cost $65. The fret board is 29¾ inches. Overall length is 36¼ inches. Depth is 1 ¾ inches. Sound holes: Heart Shaped The fret board shows some wear right above the strum hollow. Top: Western Cedar Sides : Walnut Fret Board: Walnut Back : Bookend matched Walnut Scroll Head: Dark Walnut Four tuners - strung in DAD. This dulcimer had a hairline crack on the soundboard (top). It was repaired by McSpadden and is not visible. It was located above, looking straight on, one of the heart sound holes. Photo #5 was taken to show the location. The repair did not affect the sound. What is included: Dulcimer Hard Black Dulcimer Case Adjustable lap strap by Lee Felt. The dulcimer stand is NOT INCLUDED! This dulcimer can be seen in Bradenton, FL Pickup is the least expensive option. Shipping, which is beyond my control is as follows: USPS Shipping Charge - $130. Cardboard box, bubble wrap, and Styrofoam peanuts - $20. Postal Insurance - $15. If this seems high, UPS and FedEx charge almost double. I originally paid $515. total for this dulcimer. It is in excellent condition. It is worth a lot more than $200.; however, I have reduced the price to offset the shipping charges.
  5. Bill Taylor Chromatic Double Back Mountain Dulcimer $600.00 There are so many songs that we would like to play, especially those in contemporary music, which is beyond the capabilities of our diatonic instruments. Yes, we can play in D-G-Bm-and Em. If we have a 1½ fret we can also play in Am-Dm and some songs in the key of C. With a chromatic dulcimer we can play in every key. We now have all of the notes in every key. I know that seeing all those frets seems daunting; however, the distance between notes is still the same. What has been added is half-notes (sharps and flats). This Bill Taylor classic chromatic mountain dulcimer was made by Bill, roughly around 2004. Of all the dulcimers that Bill made over the years (1500+), this was his first chromatic one. I chose every piece of wood for this custom dulcimer, including the rare South American Canary Wood, which is a hardwood. It is a member of the Tulip Tree family of woods. . The wood used by Bill is as follows: Sides and 2nd back - rare South American Canary Wood. Fret Board - East Indian Rosewood over Canary Wood. Top - Western Cedar 1st Back - Western Cedar Scroll Head - Canary Wood - Walnut - Canary Wood End Cap - Rosewood Four tuners - Only three strung in DAD. The fourth string is on the lap-side of the dulcimer, held by a brass pins. In case of the melody string breaking, the fourth string can be moved up quickly for replacement. The pin can be seen in a vertical photo. What is included: Dulcimer Black Soft Dulcimer Bag made by Lee Felt (The Bag Lady). The bag has a handle for hand carry and a shoulder strap. Adjustable lab strap by Lee Felt. The dulcimer stand is NOT INCLUDED! • This instrument has excellent volume and excellent sustain. This dulcimer can be seen in Bradenton, FL Shipping, which is beyond my control is as follows: USPS Shipping Charge - $120. Cardboard box, bubble wrap, and Styrofoam peanuts - $20. Postal Insurance - $15. If this seems high, UPS and FedEx charge almost double. I originally paid $1200. For this dulcimer. It is in prime condition. It is worth more than $600.; however, I have reduced the price to offset the shipping charges.
  6. Dulcimer sold wxithin hours. Thank you for looking. I will have a Bill Taylor Chromatic dulcimer for sale soon.
  7. Bill Taylor Resonator Double Back Wood Spirit Mountain Dulcimer $850.00 This Bill Taylor classic mountain dulcimer was made by Bill, roughly around 2004. Of all the dulcimers that Bill made over the years (1500+), he made very few with this hand-carved Wood Spirit strum hollow. This addition added $100. to the cost of the dulcimer. It is priced at $850. Free shipping! The wood used by Bill is as follows: Back and sides - Curly Cherry 1st Back and Sound board - Western Cedar Scroll head -Cherry-Maple-Cherry Fret Board - Vertical Grain Cherry with an Ebony overlay Back - Curly Maple Four tuners - Only three strung in DAD. The fourth string is on the lab-side of the dulcimer, held by two brass pins. In case of melody string breaking, the fourth string can be moved up quickly for replacement. One of the pins can be seen in a vertical photo. What is included: Dulcimer Gray Soft Dulcimer Bag made by Lee Felt (The Bag Lady). The bag has a handle for hand carry, a shoulder strap, and two back-packer straps. The dulcimer stand is NOT INCLUDED! • This instrument has excellent volume and excellent sustain.
  8. I believe that the song was originally written in the Key of Bb. My arrangement is in the Key of Bm in order for us to be able to play it. Ukranian National Anthem - D.pdf Ukranian National Anthem - D.mid
  9. How To Become A Better Dulcimer Player - 25 Timing One of the most neglected skills in playing the dulcimer is proper timing. A typical scenario is that you are in a jam session/club meeting, etc. The song is mostly composed of ¼ notes. All of a sudden, there is a bunch of 1/8th notes. Someone starts speeding up, thinking that the 1/8th notes should be played a lot faster. The players to the left and right of the offender start playing faster too. Everyone joins in the race. We have all experienced this. Just think what happens when there some 16th notes thrown into the song. We mostly play in 4/4 timing. That is four beats or a combination of notes to equal four beats per measure. If you are playing at 70 beats per minutes (BPM), however many notes are within each measure are played for the same duration of time. This could be one or more notes or no notes (rests). Here is where a metronome comes in handy. It keeps us on target by its click/sounds. Timing skills don’t just happen. It takes a lot of effort and practice to gain this skill. My personal belief is that we all should have a metronome available to us when we practice. If you cannot afford one, there are a number of them available as software for free on the Internet. A search on the Internet using the words: “Free Metronome” should bring up a number of choices. I have written a practice piece of 25 measures in the Key of D, using D-G-A chords. The practice sheet is by no means complete or intended to be so. It will get you started on proper timing. Play the MIDI file when using the PDF Practice Sheet. Always have fun on your journey to becoming a better dulcimer player. TimingPractice.pdf TimingPractice.mid
  10. How To Become A Better Dulcimer Player - 23 How can you join the Jam if you don’t know the song? Aside from the wonderful classes that we attend at a dulcimer festival or workshop are the numerous jams at all levels of skill. All of us have attended jams where either we did not know the song or we knew it but could not play it from memory. Rare is the jam where the participants use written tab. Normally, one person calls the song and before you could get to your written tab, everyone is five measures into the song. We can either sit out that song or somehow participate as a player. How do we do that? One of the ways is the subject of this article. Most of the songs that we play are in the Key of D. What follows is applicable to all keys; however, we are only concerned with the Key of D for right now. Each musical key has a pentatonic scale. A pentatonic scale contains only five notes. In the Key of D, those notes are D-E-F#-A-B. Numerically, this translates to your fret board on the melody and bass strings as 0(Open)-1-2-4-5. You may ask, “How can these notes help me to participate in a jam? The best way to show you is for you to show yourself. Pick a song in the Key of D, any song. If you have an audio version of that song in the Key of D, whether MP3, MIDI, Tabledit, etc. you will be playing along with that song. To begin with, you should keep the same timing as in the song. You can match the song note for note or play anywhere from one to four notes per measure (if in 4/4 time) or three notes per measure (in ¾ time), etc. Yes, you can even add a note or two (as eighth notes, sixteenths, etc.). What notes are they? They will be any of the pentatonic scale notes just mentioned: D-E-F#-A-B. Tabs: 0-1-2-4-5. You can play these notes in any order. They will harmonize with the melody notes. Doesn’t sound possible? Give it a try. You will be pleasantly surprised. When you are comfortable doing this, here is another suggestion. Pinch/pluck the melody and bass strings at the same time for notes an octave apart. Remember to stay within the pentatonic scale. Is this cool or what? A third method in this brief article is playing barre chords within the pentatonic scale of D (or any other scale). I normally play my dulcimer using the following fingering: Index finger on the bass string. Middle finger on the middle strings. Ring finger on the melody string. This will work for about 80% of the songs that we play. It gives your thumb a lot of latitude to fret other strings. You use whatever fingering that is comfortable. Especially when playing barre chords, it is very easy to slide up and down your fret board using the suggested fingering. Lastly, when you are comfortable doing all of the above, try mixing all of the above methods. People will think that you are a musical genius. In a future article, I will discuss playing on the middle string using the pentatonic scale. Hopefully, this article about joining the jam using the pentatonic scale will help you in How To Become A Better Dulcimer Player.
  11. Do You Need Tabledit Do you need the Tabledit program? The answer is: “It depends.” If you are just wanting to be able to read other people’s songs and arrangements, you do not need Tabledit. You can download a free program called “TEFVIEW” and it will permit you to download, view, and hear any particular file in the TEF format. You cannot change anything. If it is your desire to document your original songs, make your own arrangements of other songs, create conductor’s scores, etc., Tabledit is a good way to go. What the program will not do is to magically create a score for you. My personal opinion is that at the very least, you should be able to read music and have a good grasp on musical timing when beginning Tabledit.. I have, in the past, used other music notation software, including Finale. I have found that the Tabledit program the easiest to work with. Cost wise, you cannot beat the price. The program takes a lot of effort and time on your behalf to become proficient with it. Realistically it will take many months to become comfortable with it. The program was originally written for the guitar. Other stringed instruments were gradually add and then other than stringed instruments were also added. The dulcimer module is actually not that old. Using it will permit you to work in multiple tunings, i.e DAD, DAA, ADA, GDG, CGC, etc. As a matter of fact, you can work in about any key or tuning. You can also work with three or four strings. There is also a Chromatic Module. If you do have the Tabledit program, I would definitely download the user manual. It is quite lengthy with lots of good information. It is in no way complete and I personally feel that it could be more user friendly. With that said, it is a big help. The originator and owner of the software lives in France. He as well as his U.S. representative have been very helpful to me over the years. If at all possible, I would suggest that you take a course or two about Tabledit via one of the dulcimer festivals or on-line offerings. Hands-on is always the best way. Steve Seifert, Tull Glazener, and Terry Lewis have taught Tabledit in the past. You might do a Google search for “Tabledit Instruction”.
  12. Hopefully these will work for you. On your opening screen, first line, directly below the words "MIDI" and "Score" you will see a "checkmark". Left click on it. It will open your options menu. The attached PDF files should correspond with that menu. I would print out the attached PDF files to work with. In your "Options" menu the headings should correspond to your PDF files. Those are the settings that I currently use. Once you are familiar with using Tabledit, you can change any of those settings to suit your preferences. Advanced.pdf Display.pdf Fonts.pdf General.pdf Multitrack.pdf Page Layout.pdf Preferences.pdf Printing.pdf Screen.pdf Setup Master file.pdf
  13. A good practice song that can be used in the discussion, How to Become A Better Dulcimer Player - 22 "Don't Look" Arkansas Traveler - Low Melody only.pdf
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