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Ken Babb
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  • College Station, TX
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Ken Babb replied to Terry Wilson's discussion 'First paying gig' in the group Beginner players
"That sounds like a fun gig and not a bad renumeration.  One thing to keep in mind when, even as a beginner, you are negotiating a performance price is that there usually some people in your area that depending on gigs to put food on the…"
Wednesday
Jennifer Wren replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Anyone else do Taize?' in the group Hymn and Worship Song Players
"I love Taize, and was thinking the other day about learning some songs on dulcimer...the link you posted is great.  I like being able to hear all the parts separately and together."
Mar 31
Guy Babusek replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Chords in DAc' in the group Modern/Chord style Players
"Whatever works for you is great, Ken!  I just was answering your question as to what works for me...  "
Feb 21
Strumelia replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Chords in DAc' in the group Modern/Chord style Players
"Hmm...that explains a lot.  In my line of work, I have lots of experience with engineers...    (just teasing you)  "
Feb 21
Mark Richardson replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Chords in DAc' in the group Modern/Chord style Players
"Sounds good to me.... I can't remember my name, let alone the notes on my fret board's, but I do get used to patterns.. and each finger... both hands, get used to those patterns... pretty soon you can mix up the patterns and make music,…"
Feb 21
Ken Babb replied to Strumelia's discussion 'The Drifting Thread....'
"Until recently I had an easy fix for grey hair.  No sooner would grey hairs begin to appear in a section of my hair than my recedding hairline would receed right past that section.  Voila!! No grey hair.  The receeding has finally…"
Feb 21
Guy Babusek replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Chords in DAc' in the group Modern/Chord style Players
"I didn't mean to imply anything was "necessary". Just what I find I need for myself. Not "memorization" per se either, just learning each tuning as its own entity rather than relating to another. But that's just me."
Feb 21
Ken Babb joined Strumelia's group
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Composing and Songwriting

Do you like composing original songs?  Are you writing a song and running into problems? Are you unsure about how to present or publish your songs?Here's a great place to discuss your songwriting with other dulcimer musicians!See More
Feb 21
Ken Babb joined Sally Pena's group
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North Carolinians Plus

The Three Sides of North Carolina: Mountains / Piedmont / Coastal
Feb 21
Ken Babb replied to John W. McKinstry's discussion 'New Hymn: "In The Morning. Very Early"' in the group Hymn and Worship Song Players
"Tull Glazener currently has a 2-part, melody/harmony, arrangement of Beach Spring up on his website."
Feb 21
Ken Babb replied to Jennifer Dillon's discussion 'Playing quietly?' in the group Beginner players
"Yes I have a solid body electric and despite all my other plans for it, my primary use is still as a quiet time dulcimer."
Feb 21
Ken Babb replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Chords in DAc' in the group Modern/Chord style Players
"I would disagree that memorization is necessary for "fluency."  Again for me playing from sheet music, unless a very large jump is involved, I don't usually read the actual note after the first measure or so.  Instead I read…"
Feb 21
Guy Babusek replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Chords in DAc' in the group Modern/Chord style Players
"Great points Strumelia!"
Feb 21
Strumelia replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Chords in DAc' in the group Modern/Chord style Players
"I see Guy posted a helpful response while I was typing....   Guy, I take a similar approach on my banjo.  5-string Banjos are similar to dulcimers in that they are tuned to a specific key that utilizes open strings very well for that…"
Feb 21
Strumelia replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Chords in DAc' in the group Modern/Chord style Players
"I understand what you are saying Ken.  I used to face this same block when I used to play mandolin years ago.  If your dulcimer were chromatic it would be ideal with your desired approach, especially if you also used capos.  But the…"
Feb 21
Guy Babusek replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Chords in DAc' in the group Modern/Chord style Players
"I think of each tuning uniquely rather than in relation to other tunings. I experience each tuning I use as having its own personality so to speak. I think in terms of shapes when I play chords so it just works more easily for me to have a…"
Feb 21

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My interests in music and in mountain dulcimers:
folk, singer-songwriter, classical music, medieval renaissance music, taize, rock - the sound or a dulcimer is more like a lute than a guitar's sound is
Where and how I first saw or heard a mountain dulcimer...
ruth Barett and Cyntia smith Aeolus
Why I want to join Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer
share thughts and ideas with other players

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At 6:18pm on February 18, 2014, John W. McKinstry said…

Thanks Ken for sharing that information.on Beach Spring

At 8:24am on August 11, 2013, John E. Wood said…

Welcome Ken. Good to see you here on FOTMD. We look forward to your participation , Best wishes.

At 6:08pm on August 10, 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 6:28am on August 10, 2013, Ken Babb said…

Thanks for all the welcomes. I have been in on-line dulcimer communities since the mid-90's.  I started on the old sweet music list serve and since about 2002 I have been dulciken on ED.  I just decided to expand my horizons a bit.

At 6:24am on August 10, 2013, Rob N Lackey said…

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

Rob

At 10:18pm on August 9, 2013, John Keane said…

Howdy and welcome to FOTMD!

At 9:44pm on August 9, 2013, Louis J. Stivali said…

Hi  Ken and welcome to FOTMD

At 9:25pm on August 9, 2013, Jim Fawcett said…

Hey Ken, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.

At 8:44pm on August 9, 2013, Benjamin W Barr Jr said…

Hi Ken, and welcome to the wonderful 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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Karen Keane

 

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R N Lacky

 

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Kenneth Longfield

 

Benjamin Barr

John Keane
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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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