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OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players


OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players

If you are an avid fan of the older traditional mountain dulcimer playing styles and music, declare your old fashion passion here amongst kindred souls similarly addicted! ;D

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Jean Ritchie playing Shady Grove

Discussion Forum

The Wild Colonial Boy - Walnut McSpadden staple fret 3 string 28 Replies

This evening I finally finished…Continue

Started by Robin Clark. Last reply by Ken Backer 6 hours ago.

Dance of the Little Dog - for OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players 12 Replies

Friends,Mark and I put this little tune together several weeks ago-- it is named to honor our old & goofy little dog.   NOTES:  I am strumming with a plastic pick cut from the lid of a can of…Continue

Tags: original, tune, guitar, duet, drone

Started by Robin Thompson. Last reply by Robin Thompson 13 hours ago.

My first song- Hot Cross Buns 6 Replies kind! Outside tonight taking advantage of the unseasonably mild weather here is Mississippi. Hope everyone is having a great…Continue

Started by Lana Pugh. Last reply by Lana Pugh 14 hours ago.

Can you help me find my keys? 10 Replies

I was lucky enough to join a session with a band called The Whiskey Dogs recentlyWhen I asked about the key in which a number of tracks on their CD were played in the reply was as follows:-"Keys –…Continue

Tags: Keys

Started by Steve Battarbee. Last reply by Strumelia on Thursday.

Finally got my new to me dulcimer! 10 Replies

I finally got my dulcimer in the mail yesterday!  It took me a little bit to tune it last night, thank goodness I finally sprung for a nice tuner because I don't know if I would have ever gotten it…Continue

Started by Lana Pugh. Last reply by Lana Pugh Jul 16.

West Virginia Hills - A W Jeffreys Dulcimer 13 Replies

I was looking for a tune to…Continue

Started by Robin Clark. Last reply by Jim Strickland Jul 15.

Staple Fret Design 24 Replies

I'm really curious about the width of the staple frets in pre-revival dulcimers and what that might imply, if anything, about how these early instruments were played.  L. Allen Smith often described…Continue

Started by Parker Buckley. Last reply by Bobby Ratliff Jul 13.

When we go marching through Georga 3 Replies

I would like to find tabs for this old tune that can be played D&N. When I was young it was a very popular tune at the local dance halls. The verses were altered to make it a square dance tune,…Continue

Started by David Temple. Last reply by john p Jul 8.

Why Homer Ledford Placed his Frets where he did (And he was Right!!!!) 71 Replies

I got an…Continue

Started by Robin Clark. Last reply by pristine2 Jul 7.

MawHee Walking Cane: sound clips, first impressions 7 Replies

I thought I'd give my…Continue

Started by Tim Shortt. Last reply by Tim Shortt Jul 6.

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Comment by Robin Thompson on July 15, 2014 at 10:32am
Wow, parrots!?! I never would've thought. . .
Comment by john p on July 15, 2014 at 10:29am

Found a parrot feather yesterday, very pretty. but not thick enough for dulcimer use.

The sparrow was always the typical London bird, but they've all packed up and left for the country nowadays. Seems they're being replaced by more exotic spicies, flocks of parrots are becoming a common sight.

Comment by Robin Clark on July 14, 2014 at 12:49pm

I use seagull feathers that I collect from my local beach - usually the flight feathers from black-backed gulls.  The larger ones will work for both Galax style and vertical quill techniques.

Comment by Christine Loff on July 14, 2014 at 12:35pm

I live near a large lake and I've found seagull feathers there that are almost as good as goose feathers, at least from the larger gulls. Another idea to try?

Comment by Barbara Patterson on July 14, 2014 at 11:33am

My beach is full of geese, but I never seem to be able to find decent feathers. I think the tides wash them out to the Sound before I can find them. I do have a couple, though, but haven't used them yet.

Comment by Christine Loff on July 14, 2014 at 1:13am
I believe Charles Double Reed is the place I dealt with. If so, they will definitely ship to Canada but it will cost you. A craft supplier is probably more economical so that is why I was looking at another place. I don't think it is that you are prohibited from sending turkey feathers here because I've done it. But rather that a lot of companies in the US won't ship internationally for whatever reason.
Comment by folkfan on July 13, 2014 at 11:40pm

You usually can buy turkey and goose feathers at a well stocked hobby shop.  They are cleaned and sterilized for your protection.  Check your local phone book for a hobby shop near you.  

Comment by B. Ross Ashley on July 13, 2014 at 11:34pm

Jud, I have found other suppliers who may ship over the border.

Comment by Jud Barry on July 13, 2014 at 9:26pm

So Canada is protecting its turkey farmers? Try They're also reputable and maybe they bootleg 

Comment by Christine Loff on July 13, 2014 at 3:41pm

Bummer, eh?


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I have a main blog for Traditional style mountain dulcimer playing here: Mountain Dulcimer Noter-drone Blog This is an old style of playing where you only fret your notes on the melody string, while letting the drones strings ring open. In my blog, I express my personal views about playing, I offer free TAB and free beginner videos, and I try to help beginners understand in a very basic simple way the 'mysteries' of playing the mountain dulcimer in traditional modal noter/drone style.

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