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 Post subject: Zoukie plays the mountain dulcimer!!!
PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 7:01 am 
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So, yesterday I bought a mountain dulcimer! Very nice instrument, and quite easy to play. I've learned to play Old Joe Clark, here's my recording.

http://www.svalefelt.com/music/old%20joe%20clark.mp3


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WOW! After 24 hours of playing? :shock:

That is so good!!

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Well (blushing), don't forget that I'm used to playing the mandolin, bouzouki, guitar etc. This is a lot of fun!! I just LOOOVE open tunings!!


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Your talent with string things shines! I like some of the chord choices you made in Old Joe Clark.

Give me an another 10-12 years on the dulcimer and I might get close to your level. :lol:


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Welcome to the world of stringed instruments that lie on their bottoms. ;)

So what's next? Nyckelharpa? Hurdy-Gurdy?

Sounds great! 8)

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Zoukie, that's awesome!!!!!

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Great Job Zoukie! :D Thanks for sharing it with us.

Kathy :)

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Nice tune.

which reminds me I would really like to take up the hammered dulcimer hehe and the mountian, and the banjo and a few others hehe


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I refuse to take up any more new instruments until I get in more practice on the harmonica, dulcimer and bass guitar I'm wasting. Actually, Zoukie inspires me to pull out that dulcimer and have some fun. :D

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Judy K wrote:
Your talent with string things shines! I like some of the chord choices you made in Old Joe Clark.

Give me an another 10-12 years on the dulcimer and I might get close to your level. :lol:



Well, Judy, it's not at all difficult and if you can just strum the strings forward and back (I use a normal but soft pick) you can play it too, I got the tab from here: http://www.folkofthewood.com/page4319.htm and I have the dulcimer tuned DAAA (or DAA if you have only three strings, D on the string furthest away from you), and strum all the strings all the time to get the drones and chordal stuff. The chords are sort of "built in" in this tuning, that's why I love open tunings.

Thanks for your kind words, everyone!!!!! :wave: The dulcimer is indeed a cool instrument!


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Every time I try DAA tuning, I'm unhappy with the sound I get. The DAd tuning is what my dulcimer is tuned to. The rhythm of your strumming is wonderful, zoukie. That's something I haven't developed a good feel for yet -- but it's only been 9 months since I started. Maybe that can be my excuse ... poor though it is. ;)


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I just tried that DAAA tuning, and it opened up a whole new world. I have the opposite problem, Judy. I can't seem to get the DADD tuning. Or at least, it requires more work than I'm willing to put in. So now I'm going offline to go play every tune I know on dulcimer.

Thanks, Zoukie!!!!! :D

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That's good dulcimering! An old Oklahoma singing party tune!


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Very nice! =D>


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Wow Zoukie, that is AMAZING! Now you're making me interested in trying the mountain dulcimer! :P

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Look into my eyes, Sara.

You need a dulcimer...

You need a dulcimer...

You need a dulcimer...

:P ;)

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Sara, try it! It's a wonderful instrument and if you live in the US, it is easy to find too!


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Ren-Tin-10 wrote:
Welcome to the world of stringed instruments that lie on their bottoms. ;)

So what's next? Nyckelharpa? Hurdy-Gurdy?

Sounds great! 8)


Actually, my husband has a nyckelharpa, but I really didn't like to play it! I tried once, and it was just too much new things for me to learn!! The hurdy gurdy is TOO cool!!! Would love to try it!


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I just got the September EverythingDulcimer.com Newsletter and they gave a link to a free download of The Offramps album, The Dirt Roads of Nations CD.

Now I need to find my dulcimer and try out that DAA tuning.


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I hadn't read my issue of the newsletter yet ... silly me!

ConnieS wrote:
I just tried that DAAA tuning, and it opened up a whole new world. I have the opposite problem, Judy. I can't seem to get the DADD tuning. Or at least, it requires more work than I'm willing to put in. So now I'm going offline to go play every tune I know on dulcimer.


I wonder if the tuning works better for you & zoukie because you both know what you're doing with stringed instruments -- being guitarists and such? Ren uses so many different tunings I doubt even he can keep track of them.

Like I said ... maybe in 10-12 years ... :roll:


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Judy K wrote:
Ren uses so many different tunings I doubt even he can keep track of them.


You're right. I can't. At least when someone asks me, "What tuning did you do [insert tune name here] in?" ;)

Maybe I should write a few TAB books, become independently wealthy from the proceeds, and hit the workshop circuit. :idea:

(Yeah, like that's gonna happen.)

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Ren-Tin-10 wrote:
Maybe I should write a few TAB books, become independently wealthy from the proceeds, and hit the workshop circuit. :idea:

(Yeah, like that's gonna happen.)

I don't think anyone's ever become wealthy from publishing dulcimer tabs. Well... nobody whose last name wasn't Bay, anyhow.


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I just got the September EverythingDulcimer.com Newsletter and they gave a link to a free download of The Offramps album, The Dirt Roads of Nations CD.

Now I need to find my dulcimer and try out that DAA tuning.


I'm not normally into jam band music, but I really enjoy this album. 8)

Next chance I get, I'll have to attempt a little play-along to Prairie Dog Town. :mrgreen:

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