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Julie Semones
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  • Auburn Hills, MI
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When all strings have the same number
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Ok hopefully this comes out right; I have been trying to play a couple of songs, but in the songs there is a note when all three (or four) strings need to be depressed on the same fret.  For…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dusty Turtle Feb 26.

Strumming so frustrated
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I LOVE my dulcimer, let me say that first, and I've learned a few tunes, and they sound pretty decent...however my issue is, I can't strum!  Its gotta be a left brain/right brain issue, but anytime I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Julie Semones Jun 28.

 

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Sharon Setzer replied to Julie Semones's discussion '"Let it Go" Tab??'
"My harp arrangement has one in the "horrible" key and one in the key of C.....the one in C doesn't sound quite right on harp, so I don't have high hopes for it on dulcimer. Sorry I couldn't help and I hope you find it!"
Jun 30
Julie Semones replied to John Lee Wilson's discussion 'Sweet Woods Beginner's Dulcimer' in the group Beginner players
"I got my MD from David too and love it when I play!!  It has a sweet sound - cannot imagine how a nicer dulcimer must sound compared to this student one!  Would love to see pics of the one you bought to restore!  "
Jun 30
Julie Semones replied to Julie Semones's discussion 'Strumming so frustrated'
"Thanks Richard and Helen - unfortunately I've been away from my dulcimer for MUCH too long.  I had taken on a job caring for an elderly lady and that took most of my time.  Unfortunately she passed away on Wednesday...so I am hoping…"
Jun 28
Helen Seiler replied to Julie Semones's discussion 'Strumming so frustrated'
"Julie, I struggled like you are at first. I found that sitting in front of the tv and muting the strings with my left hand (just lay hand flat over strings ) and just letting my right hand strum back and forward for as long as was comfy helped. I…"
Jun 26
Richard Pardue replied to Julie Semones's discussion 'Strumming so frustrated'
"Think of patting ur hand on ur leg. The down pat is one direction and coming up from ur leg is the other. Now try that keeping rhythm to a song you know. Then try to apply that same thought to ur strum instead of thinking just down beat direction.…"
Jun 26
Julie Semones joined Bill Lewis's group
Jun 25
Dusty Turtle replied to Julie Semones's discussion 'When all strings have the same number'
"I know of four different methods to playing that barre chord.  Two involve an individual finger and two involve three fingers. Stephen Seifert uses his ring finger to lay across all strings.  Aaron O'Rourke uses his pinky in the same…"
Feb 26
robert schuler replied to Julie Semones's discussion 'When all strings have the same number'
"You might try light gauge strings they are easier to barr... Bob"
Feb 26
Ken Longfield replied to Julie Semones's discussion 'When all strings have the same number'
"As Rob mentioned, I use both techniques. It all depends upon the song. Some I find myself using a one finger barre and on others I use my pinky, ring and middle fingers to hold down each string. My thumb can then move up and down the fret board. It…"
Feb 26
Rob N Lackey and Julie Semones are now friends
Feb 26
Julie Semones replied to Julie Semones's discussion 'When all strings have the same number'
"Thanks Rob, it is a quandry for sure!"
Feb 26
Rob N Lackey replied to Julie Semones's discussion 'When all strings have the same number'
"Julie, you're using a technique that requires a lot of practice to get right. I barre with a finger across the fretboard since, as a guitarist, I have used to doing it that way. Sometimes I use my little finger, other times I use my ring…"
Feb 26
Julie Semones posted a discussion

When all strings have the same number

Ok hopefully this comes out right; I have been trying to play a couple of songs, but in the songs there is a note when all three (or four) strings need to be depressed on the same fret.  For instance, it would be 3 3 3 My problem is, when I put my finger down, the strings fall where the crease in my finger is, so I get a dead sound, or something that sounds very off key.  I'm not sure how to compensate for this issue.  Any ideas?See More
Feb 26
teri awbrey replied to Julie Semones's discussion 'Strumming so frustrated'
"I too had trouble with timing on my strumming and holding the pick correct.  If you still feel you need to get help from someone in person don't count out guitar players.  its a different instrument but remember its the strum and pick…"
Feb 12
Dusty Turtle replied to Julie Semones's discussion 'Strumming so frustrated'
"Marg and others, forgive me for adding a little music theory, but there are different types of notes: I would suggest forgetting about sixteenth notes for a while.  You will be playing awfully fast to get those in dulcimer music, and most of…"
Feb 5
marg replied to Julie Semones's discussion 'Strumming so frustrated'
"Are we to practice what we see? When a note has a bar it goes out in? So 3 notes would be out in out? and 4 out in out in? were we to click on the photo or just use it as a guide? Thanks Carrie, everyone is very helpful but sometimes it still…"
Feb 5

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My interests in music and in mountain dulcimers:
My dream is to learn to a play a mountain dulcimer...since I was a child.
Where and how I first saw or heard a mountain dulcimer...
I was in 4th or 5th grade when our music teacher brought one in.
Why I want to join Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer
I want to learn all I can about a mountain dulcimer before I purchase one.

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At 6:12pm on May 21, 2013, Helen Seiler said…
I know how u feel. I thought I would simply burst if mine didn't get here soon. Dave will sort it out.
At 5:54pm on May 21, 2013, Helen Seiler said…
G'day Julie, welcome to this wonderful dulcimer site. My first dulcimer was a Dave Lynch Student Model. Its a great instrument, very easy on the fingers and a nice tone. I think you will be very happy with it. I ordered direct from Dave and he is just now finishing off a beautiful bass dulcimer for me. He is a great guy to deal with. Be warned...you are unlikely to stop at one dulcimer. Someone on here described a condition that hits most dulcimer players...DAD...Dulcimer Acquisition Disease. Enjoy your new dulcimer and let us all know how you go. Its a great journey.
At 7:05pm on April 21, 2013, Karen Keane said…
Hello and welcome to the site. This is a great place to share ideas and listen to music. I hope you enjoy!
At 8:55am on April 21, 2013, John E. Wood said…

Welcome Julie. Good to see you here on FOTMD. There is a world of information here for you. You might also want to check out Lisa's (Strumelia's) site "Mountain Dulcimer Noter-drone Blog" (there is a link at the bottom of the right column here). We look forward to your participation. Best wishes.

At 10:18pm on April 20, 2013, Carrie Barnes said…

You're very welcome Julie!  FOTMD has a ton of info, and help is only a question away.  We'll all be happy to help you in anyway we can!  

At 8:59pm on April 20, 2013, Rob N Lackey said…

Welcome, Julie, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven.  Hope you enjoy it here.

Rob

At 8:38pm on April 20, 2013, Carrie Barnes said…

Hey Julie, and Welcome to FOTMD!  Great site, even greater folks here, hope you enjoy!

At 6:14pm on April 20, 2013, Jim Fawcett said…

Hey Julie, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.

At 6:09pm on April 20, 2013, John Keane said…

Howdy and welcome to the FOTMD family!

At 6:07pm on April 20, 2013, Benjamin W Barr Jr said…

Hi Julie, and welcome to the world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer, and to meet some good people.

Ben 

 
 
 

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