Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

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David Beede
  • Male
  • Melrose, FL
  • United States

David Beede's Friends

  • Gregg Schneeman
  • Paul D.
  • Carolyn Fleming
  • William David Tumpowsky
  • Joan Janowich
  • Patricia Delich
  • Aaron O'Rourke
  • Glynda Willis
  • Dan DeBruler
  • brian romero
  • Carla Maxwell
  • Mark Gilston
  • Dusty Turtle
  • Lois Hornbostel

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What everyone's up to!...

David Beede and Gregg Schneeman are now friends
Sep 29, 2014
David Beede commented on David Beede's photo

EDBD turqoiseinlay loop

"Hey John,      It's deceptive isn't it. You'd think a smaller instrument might be easier, but often it's more work. They sure are fun though. Thanks for the comments. The string termination, or variations on it,…"
Sep 16, 2014
John D Hedrick commented on David Beede's photo

EDBD turqoiseinlay loop

"A very clean string termination and I like the inlay. Just finished one today and it was more work than a full-size instrument."
Sep 16, 2014
Val Hughes left a comment for David Beede
"Beautiful playing David, beautiful instruments."
Aug 8, 2014
David Beede and Joan Janowich are now friends
Apr 30, 2014
David Beede commented on David Beede's photo

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

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
John C. Knopf replied to David Beede's discussion 'Rubber String Bass Dulcimers'
"David: My bass dulcimer looks a little different than yours: 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
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
A video by David Beede was featured

"Two Seeds" gourd banjo song by David Beede

This is a project I did with Julie Johnson's (my wife's) first grade class. They sing on the chorus and illustrated it with masterful drawings. I call it a "metaphor wrapped in a riddle."
Sep 14, 2012

Profile Information

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):

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.

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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David Beede's Blog

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…


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 — 3 Comments

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

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.…


Posted on December 1, 2009 at 5:26pm

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At 9:32am on August 8, 2014, Val Hughes said…

Beautiful playing David, beautiful instruments.

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, nick 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, nick 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 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 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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