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Author:  Judy K [ Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:08 am ]
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... I've ever lost, I miss my mind the most. :?

Last night I loaned a dulcimer bag to my nephew ... an empty (I thought) dulcimer bag. Not so empty after all. It contained a lovely mountain dulcimer with 4 dragonfly insets as sound holes ... that I have absolutely no memory of ever seeing before. :shock:

Old age is wonderful .... now there is a "no" cost, "new" dulcimer to play around on.

8-[

:wave:

Author:  jrc [ Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:21 am ]
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:shock: :thumbsup: Cool!

Author:  ConnieS [ Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:29 pm ]
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Whoah! My old age forgetting stuff stories never end that well!

Author:  Judy K [ Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:25 pm ]
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My niece says she has a vague memory of the dulcimer. It is a very nice instrument, but I know why it was in 'hiding'. It has a 27" VSL (vibrating string length or nut to bridge for any non-string players); my favorite standard dulcimers have a 25" VSL. Since my shoulder surgery I have mainly been playing a couple of smaller MDs with 22" & 19" VSL. That extra 5 inches of stretch makes it real easy to miss notes until the fingers adjust a bit.

It was strung up as a baritone and does have a nice sound, in spite of fumbling fingers. :D

Author:  Randy [ Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:23 pm ]
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too funny!

and of course, i can relate. on occasion i've found an extra whistle hiding in a drawer.....kinda like finding a quarter in the crease of the couch!

have fun with your "new" dulcimer!

Author:  jrc [ Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:21 pm ]
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Would love to hear a clip ... ummm hmmmmm.... ahem ...... just an idea?

:-' :mrgreen: =D>

Author:  Judy K [ Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:17 pm ]
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jrc wrote:
Would love to hear a clip ... ummm hmmmmm.... ahem ...... just an idea?

:-' :mrgreen: =D>


I was expecting that! Give me a day or three. :mrgreen:

First I have to remember how. There has been very little recording since the Praise Exchange ceased to function.

Author:  jrc [ Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:54 am ]
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Judy K wrote:
jrc wrote:
Would love to hear a clip ... ummm hmmmmm.... ahem ...... just an idea?

:-' :mrgreen: =D>


I was expecting that!


:laughing: yup. looking forward to hearing it! :thumbsup:

Author:  Judy K [ Tue Aug 22, 2017 4:22 am ]
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Okay, listen at your own risk. I cut out some of the goofs but not all. This is only to serve as a sound test of the dulcimer. You have been warned!

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Thought I had the sound (or lack thereof) of breathing figured out with a different mike placement ... but I was wrong. :roll: Oh well, maybe a barrier between my mouth and the microphone ... :-k :idea: (next time!)

The dulcimer and I had to wrestle a bit for proper positioning and finding the sweet spot on the dang thing, which, unfortunately, was NOT in the strum hollow but 4" higher up the fret board. That meant no pick for me because I haven't conquered pick clack over the fretboard. I ALWAYS use the strum hollow - not problem with the pick hitting where it shouldn't. This dulcimer is right choosy on where the best sound hides. :?

Author:  jrc [ Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:21 am ]
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:thumbsup: =D> Very well done! really like the tone!

and a well-chosen tune to boot - very cool, thanks!

Author:  ConnieS [ Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:39 pm ]
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I have very much missed those sweet dulcimer sounds! Very nice, Judy.

Author:  Judy K [ Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:43 pm ]
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This dulcimer does have a very nice voice as a baritone. If I can get use to the extra length it may be a keeper.

jrc, I love this tune and freely admit to changing a few chords on the tab to ones that fit my ear. It will take quite a bit more practice to get the finger-picked part down.

Author:  jrc [ Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:44 am ]
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Quote:
I love this tune and freely admit to changing a few chords on the tab to ones that fit my ear.


:thumbsup: =D> absolutely! That's completely fine in my book! well done.

Author:  Randy [ Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:28 am ]
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Lovely! The harmony is beautiful. Thank you for sharing. So glad you found it.....

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