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David Beede
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  • Melrose, FL
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Rubber String Bass Dulcimers
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Hey fellow dulcimaniacs...     I finally have a [rudimentary] page on my site on my bass dulcimers.They have polyurethane (rubber) strings and actually play in the range of a stand up double…Continue

Tags: Beede, strings, rubber, dulcimer, bass

Started this discussion. Last reply by marymacgowan Apr 17.

 

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David Beede and Joan Janowich are now friends
Apr 30
marymacgowan replied to David Beede's discussion 'Rubber String Bass Dulcimers'
"beautiful website and instruments!"
Apr 17
ellen horn replied to David Beede's discussion 'Rubber String Bass Dulcimers'
"Hi. I really liked your bass.  I have a bass ukulele with those tubular strings and they're outrageous.  What I'm looking for right now, though, is a travel dulcimer.  I like the style of this bass.  Would you consider…"
Apr 15
David Beede commented on David Beede's photo
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Quilted Cherry hourglass Beede

"Hey Terry, I got that stand from Bill Rich of Paw Paw dulcimers in partial trade for an octave dulcimer. I went to his site and see one of his dulcimers displayed on one, but I don't see them…"
Nov 27, 2013
Terry Evans commented on David Beede's photo
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Quilted Cherry hourglass Beede

"David, Where can I get one of those dulcimer stands? It's beautiful. Do you build them? Terry "
Nov 27, 2013
David Beede is now friends with William David Tumpowsky, Carolyn Fleming, Paul D. and 2
Nov 21, 2013
Val Hughes replied to David Beede's discussion 'Rubber String Bass Dulcimers'
"Mighty stuff David, that is the making and the playing."
Nov 18, 2013
David Beede replied to David Beede's discussion 'Rubber String Bass Dulcimers'
"That's such a great pic Ed! And shows what you'd have to do to support those low notes acoustically. As for strings Patty, I made my first prototype in 2008 and the strings are still fine. The polyurethane I use was created by industry and…"
Nov 17, 2013
John C. Knopf replied to David Beede's discussion 'Rubber String Bass Dulcimers'
"David: My bass dulcimer looks a little different than yours: http://mountaindulcimer.ning.com/xn/detail/3745489:Comment:517987 I have a large lap, but not nearly big enough to play this!   Your designs are intriguing and modern-looking, and are…"
Nov 17, 2013
phil replied to David Beede's discussion 'Rubber String Bass Dulcimers'
"This is Sweet. I have been looking to getting a bass. been sometime since I last played one.would love to getmy greedy hands on this."
Nov 17, 2013
Patty from Virginia replied to David Beede's discussion 'Rubber String Bass Dulcimers'
"How much are extra strings? Just curious"
Nov 16, 2013
B. Ross Ashley replied to David Beede's discussion 'Rubber String Bass Dulcimers'
"Sounds good, David!"
Nov 16, 2013
Patty from Virginia replied to David Beede's discussion 'Rubber String Bass Dulcimers'
"Wow!!! A bass dulcimer. That is awesome!!!"
Nov 16, 2013
Dusty Turtle replied to David Beede's discussion 'Rubber String Bass Dulcimers'
"Wow, that sounds great, David. And I love the idea of the inlaid fret markers.    I'm not quite ready yet, but that one's going on my wish list (one of your standard dulcimers is still ahead in line, though).   Still…"
Nov 16, 2013
folkfan replied to David Beede's discussion 'Rubber String Bass Dulcimers'
"Neat sound!!!!!!!!!!!!  How low can you go? springs to mind.  A real bass."
Nov 16, 2013
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Rubber String Bass Dulcimers

Hey fellow dulcimaniacs...     I finally have a [rudimentary] page on my site on my bass dulcimers.They have polyurethane (rubber) strings and actually play in the range of a stand up double bass.[Some dulcimers labeled as "bass" are really voiced an octave below standard tuning, equivalent to "drop D" on a guitar.]These really play as low as a concert double bass - actually one note lower, since double bass' lowest note is E and ours D.They are mahogany with turquoise inlay, 25" string…See More
Nov 16, 2013

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My interests in music and in mountain dulcimers:
I'm a musician, singer/songwriter, luthier [instrument builder] and writer. I live on a lake in North Central Florida with my wife Julie Johnson and our dog Mocha [the blunder dog] and spend most of my time either "making sawdust" or making music.
My website (if I have one):
http://www.davidbeede.com

Links to octave dulcimer clips by Aaron O'Rourke

Here's a link to a page with four clips played on one of my "Eedie Beede" octave dulcimers.
http://www.davidbeede.com/octavedulcimers.htm


About two thirds of the way down you'll find MP3s of Aaron playing a couple of traditional tunes and a couple of originals.

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Aaron O'Rourke demos a new fretless bass dulcimer prototype

Here's a clip of Aaron playing the new bass dulcimer I'm creating. It is a solid mahogany body, fretless, with diatonic turqoise fret lines inlaid in it. Polyurethane strings from Owen at Road Toad music, it's tuned DAD with the low D being a note lower than a concert stand up double bass. Though it needs to be plugged in, it sounds more accoustic than electric. In this demo it was being played through a $50 Bheringer bass amp. Aaron's first bass solo comes in at 2 min if you'd like to skip…

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Posted on June 26, 2011 at 1:51pm — 3 Comments

Congratulation Aaron!

Aaron O'Rourke just won first place at the national dulcimer competition at Winfield Kansas. [Playing his Beede dulcimer of course.] Congratulations Aaron!

Posted on September 18, 2010 at 10:53am — 4 Comments

Stephen Seifert demos a chromatic dulci I just made him...

http://davidbeede.com/BigBDdulcis.htm#seifertvideo

Indian Rosewood, bearclaw sitka spruce and ebony.

Posted on February 17, 2010 at 9:25pm — 5 Comments

Cover tunes on dulcimers...

I mostly play traditional and original music on dulcimer, but I do a few cover tunes. One I've loved for years is a Michael Peter Smith song called "Spoon River." I do it on one of my octave dulcimers.

I've had requests for tab of it, but making tabs is a tedious task for me as I rarely play tunes the same way twice. I find videos a little closer to teaching one on one.



Here's a YouTube clip of it. First I play it, then I teach it.…



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Posted on December 1, 2009 at 5:26pm

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At 1:37pm on October 31, 2009, Dennis Waldrop said…
David I thought your idea of an events page was a great idea. Unfortunately it took me all morning to figure out how to add a calendar to my website. I now have a calendar posted and I included the information for Stephen Foster. This will also help me when I start booking activities for promoting my book. Thanks for the encouragment.
At 5:50am on October 30, 2009, nik o'sullivan said…
l'orientale and les trois canards are two bourees from the central region of France where there is a great tradition of hurdy-gurdy and bagpipe playing ~ thus ideal for dulcimer.

the chromatic dulcimer is very interesting to work with it allows for some very nice chords and harmony. The tombeau de turlough has some examples of these.
At 7:49pm on October 29, 2009, rimal nolan berry said…
I've played a couple of indian flutes, and a high d, and low d Irish whistle. But I have never been able to play A recorder. I guess you can play just about anything....
At 6:49pm on October 29, 2009, nik o'sullivan said…
Hey David,

Good to hear from you. Things going pretty good here. I've some new tunes on my page. Check out l'orientale and tombeau de turlough, both played on my ken bloom 5 string chromatic.
At 11:02am on October 29, 2009, rimal nolan berry said…
Did you play the whistle on your" Castle tune"? I Know you play. So was it a Irish low whistle or an Indian? Also did you build the whistle?
Oh by the way, that was beautifully done!
At 10:57am on October 29, 2009, Dennis Waldrop said…
Thanks David for asking me to be your friend. I hope everything is going well. I do not know if you are aware but I am in the middle of writing a children's book. I have a website www.homerthedulcimer.com. I hope you do not mind but on one of my pages I have dulcimer related sites and I have your site listed?
At 11:09am on October 28, 2009, Strumelia said…
Hi David,
Is your wife's middle name Anne?- then she would be like the old fiddle tune 'Julie Anne Johnson'! :) I am a 'johnson gal' too, you know! :D
At 7:47am on October 28, 2009, Wray said…
Hello David, You make some beautiful instruments,very cool, Wray
At 9:23pm on October 27, 2009, Randy S. Bretz said…
hey david, I just joined here. Now this is my kind of place, glad to be here.
At 9:59am on September 17, 2009, David Beede said…
Working hard to finish a chromatic dulcimer for Stephen Seifert. It's rosewood, ebony, and bear claw sitka spruce. Can't wait to hear it.
 
 
 

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