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Welcome to the new EverythingDulcimer forums.  Feel free to post and help build the community.  The site is still being built, so if you run into any issues, please let me know! 

 

Enjoy! 😊

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I'm glad to see the new Everything Dulcimer site. How do we add festivals to the list?

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5 hours ago, KWL said:

I'm glad to see the new Everything Dulcimer site. How do we add festivals to the list?

Welcome!  I'm going add the ability for users to add to the list directly, but at the moment I have to manually update it.  I've created a post that I'll monitor for adding festival info.  If you have the details, post them there and I'll get them added for you: 

 

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5 hours ago, KWL said:

I'm glad to see the new Everything Dulcimer site. How do we add festivals to the list?

I saw your other post in the events section and I've added the festival to the list 🙂

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Thanks again for creating this site.  I belong to the sites on Facebook but the comments just roll along and there's not a good way to search history.  On the old Everything Dulcimer site I would go back to review discussions from previous years and it helped me re-remember what I forgot.  It was also useful if a new player joined and asked the same question that had been answered many times before.  We could just direct them to the old discussion.

I probably won't spend much time on Facebook anymore.

Dave

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So glad this site is up and running! I am just beginning to learn the dulcimer and have fallen in love with it.

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6 hours ago, dholeton said:

 It was also useful if a new player joined and asked the same question that had been answered many times before.  We could just direct them to the old discussion.

Someone with sufficient interest and time could draw excepts from those discussions and arrange them as FAQs (or do something similar).

 

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That's a great idea JohnR.  I'll start a thread and add a few common mountain dulcimer questions and I'll count on others to add more FAQ and answers as time goes by.

Dave

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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

 

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13 hours ago, dholeton said:

It looks like the tablature section is getting close to being ready. 

It's coming along. 😃  The page is usable, though there's still some work to do.  The  format of the tab page was just something quick I put together to be able to test.  I'm working on something a little better.  There are also some tabs that only exist as a jpg or gif instead of a pdf and those aren't displayed yet, but that info is already in the site database.

13 hours ago, dholeton said:

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!!!!).

Thanks!  You are correct, it is the files from the zip archive from the old site.  The csv file lacks a header, so what the columns mean is a bit of guess work.  There are a few columns that I'm still uncertain what they mean.  The 7th column is always empty.  There are also three columns that sometimes contain "yes" and I haven't figured out what those might correlate with.

13 hours ago, dholeton said:

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.

The site is building the page with the audio file that was there.  I had assumed (incorrectly) that they were all midi files, which is why they're labeled that way.  I'll change the header to something more generic and have the script note where something is MIDI, MP3 or otherwise.  I just did something similar for the Lyrics column.  I originally thought they were all ABC files, but there are some plain text files scattered in there as well.

Overall the csv file was rough around the edges and required some effort to turn into a working database.  There's a lot of mangled Unicode characters in later lines that needed to be fixed.  There's also a good number of unescaped line breaks, commas and quotation marks sprinkled in throughout the file.  

I'm glad you looked at it and were able to verify some of the files lined up.  I spot checked some as I added blocks to the database.  For the ones I checked, the files were all in the right place and were linked to the right song entry.

13 hours ago, dholeton said:

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.

I think the idea for MP3 files is great.  It definitely would be nice to hear how a tab would sound on a dulcimer.  It wouldn't be difficult to have both a MIDI version and an MP3 version of songs in the list.  MIDI can be good to have for listening to how different instruments would sound.

I'll give everyone a heads up when it's ready for new uploads. Updates will definitely be welcome. It's still a little ways off, but I have been testing account logins and file uploads in the background.

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