Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

Appalachian mountain dulcimer players- make friends, share, learn to play- Free!

Jesse Kucinski
  • Female
  • Castle Rock, CO
  • United States

Jesse Kucinski's Friends

  • Joy W.
  • Garey McAnally
  • Mark Gilston
  • Doug Berch

Jesse Kucinski's Groups


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What everyone's up to!...

Jesse Kucinski replied to Brian G.'s discussion 'Here Comes the Sun (Beatles)' in the group Rockin' in the Free World
"one of my faves. Ive tried to play this on my Bonnie Carol. Now I will w/capo. Are u playing in G? great pickin! Thank for the post!"
Oct 10, 2013
Jesse Kucinski joined Jim Edwards's group

Rockin' in the Free World

A group for those of you who like to play music not normally associated with the mountain dulcimer (e.g. Rock, Celtic, Bluegrass, etc.) Share your TABs, experiences, MD sightings, etc. here.See More
Oct 10, 2013
Dewey Parker left a comment for Jesse Kucinski
"Jesse, are you still interested in picking up some "student" dulcimers? Dewey"
Jun 18, 2012
Jesse Kucinski commented on Dave Johnson's album

Things I've built

"Pink Panther gave me paws ...LOL  What are the others? I count 6 strings.  Gosh, what talent and wit! "
Mar 16, 2012
Jesse Kucinski replied to Susie's discussion 'Little Dulcimer List...What Type Do You Like and Why?' in the group Little Dulcimers
"I have a small teardrop from Apple Creek.  Was inexpensive, on the lite side, quiet, but so handy to jam in the car and not risky to travel with since it is under $100  Thought it would be a good student loaner, but I hate to send it…"
Mar 16, 2012
Jesse Kucinski joined Dusty Turtle's group

Little Dulcimers

Do you play an octave, mini, or traveling dulcimer? See More
Mar 16, 2012
Doug Berch and Jesse Kucinski are now friends
Mar 4, 2012
Ken Hulme replied to Jesse Kucinski's discussion 'Wanted- student dulcimers for workshops'
"The other reason it could be off (when tuned perfectly open) is that the action is far too high, and if you've got sensitive hearing or a tuner the notes will go sharp, especially as you go up the scale.  There should be no more than the…"
Feb 17, 2012
john p replied to Jesse Kucinski's discussion 'Wanted- student dulcimers for workshops'
"Does it have a moveable bridge Jesse ? This could cause your problem if it's slipped a bit. Another thing could be old stretched out strings. john p"
Feb 17, 2012
Ken Hulme replied to Jesse Kucinski's discussion 'Wanted- student dulcimers for workshops'
"Autoharp pins are installed by drilling an appropriate side hole.  In a pre-fretted fretboard the holes can be into the end of the fretboard, or into the top of an angled block glued at the head of the fretboard, or into the sides of that…"
Feb 17, 2012
Jesse Kucinski replied to Dennis F. Lowe's discussion 'Student Model from Sweet Waters Instruments'
"BTW It is "Sweet Woods""
Feb 15, 2012
Jesse Kucinski replied to Dennis F. Lowe's discussion 'Student Model from Sweet Waters Instruments'
"good post!  From some nice folks, I HAVE RECEIVED THE DAVID LYNCH student dulcimer recommendation.  I am so happy to know about this item.  I do find that hourglass dulcimers are more stable ---and beginners need that the most. …"
Feb 15, 2012
Ken Hulme replied to Jesse Kucinski's discussion 'For Sale/ Wanted'
"Ayup.  You could make cigar box/other box dulcimers by buying simple inexpensive fretboards from Folkcraft and cheap geared tuners or even cheaper autoharp pins.  Less than $25 that way."
Feb 14, 2012
Strumelia replied to Jesse Kucinski's discussion 'For Sale/ Wanted'
"And if your budget is under $50, you could always look into making a cigar box dulcimer I think!  "
Feb 14, 2012
Robin Thompson replied to Jesse Kucinski's discussion 'For Sale/ Wanted'
"Jesse, I've heard rave reviews of Dave Lynch's student dulcimers.  If memory serves correctly, they are $125 and Dave offers a generous trade-up policy if or when one wishes to buy a higher cost dulcimer from him.   If your…"
Feb 13, 2012
Kristi Keller replied to Jesse Kucinski's discussion 'For Sale/ Wanted'
"David Lynch makes great student dulcimers so check his Sweet Woods site."
Feb 13, 2012

Profile Information

My interests in music and in mountain dulcimers:
I have had a lap dulcimer since the 60's, my kids too! I vibrate to the sound. I belong to a club in Colorado Springs (Serendipity) but have moved an hour away and am working on forming a group here thru church or community.
Where and how I first saw or heard a mountain dulcimer...
I have no idea. Perhaps Bud Ford's store in Manitou Colo., on the edge of Colo Springs. My kids had them, Now I teach my grandkids and always have a few lap dulcimers around to encourage new players. My living room always looks like a jam just happened.
Why I want to join Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer
I first found Ben's hymnal when looking for an arrangement of some hymn, dont remember which, but I was thrilled and immediately ordered the hymnal. I was so blessed by the free arrangements there. I am always searching the web for traditional songs that I dont know. What a blessing cyberspace is! I have many virtual buddies. It is amazing to me that I can play along with other dulcimer players. I have learned so much.

Jesse Kucinski's Blog

So long Christmas Carols; On to the Irish

For me, Dulcimer is the sound of Christmas. ...also the sound of the Irish. So, today, I did a search for Minstrel Boy dulcimer tab, never imagining that I would turn up a teacher, actually going slowly over the entire tune and providing free tab as well!  Then, after tackling the lesson right away, a whole page of additional Irish tunes pops up from the same instructor.  Thank you, Mark Gilston!!! I've looked for Celtic arrangements before and didnt find much. What a gift is Mr. Gilston. I…


Posted on January 27, 2012 at 10:46pm — 13 Comments

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At 2:19pm on June 18, 2012, Dewey Parker said…

Jesse, are you still interested in picking up some "student" dulcimers?


At 7:13pm on January 30, 2012, Garey McAnally said…

So glad to meet someone who has been playing dulcimer longer than me.  Love to hear how you learned the dulcimer.  I started off with noter and learned how to hear a tune, but it seemed limited.  Luckily I found the N. Ga. Foothils Dulcimer Assoc.  Their annual festivals grew and I had an opportunity to learn from people like Stephen Seifert.  Love Irish aires and O'Carolan and am learning some Scottish tunes.

Enjoy making the dulcimer sound more harp-like by playing with fingers.  Keep in touch.

At 4:39pm on January 29, 2012, Gary "Pop" Miller said…
Welcome to FOTMD, Jesse. Glad to have you here.

BTW, I play Amazing Grace a little upbeat too.
At 5:13am on January 28, 2012, Dusty Collings said…

Hi Jesse,  Glad you located us.  I hope you enjoy it here.  There are really helpful dulcimer players hanging around these parts.  Yours, Dusty

At 7:30pm on January 27, 2012, Karen Keane said…

Hey Jesse and welcome to the site.  This is a great place to share ideas and listen to music.

At 6:46pm on January 27, 2012, Benjamin W Barr Jr said…

Hi Jesse and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to spend some time, exchange ideas and meet some good people.


At 5:47pm on January 27, 2012, John Keane said…

Howdy and welcome to the FOTMD gang!

At 3:07pm on January 27, 2012, Jim Fawcett said…

Hey Jesse, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.


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