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Ken Babb replied to Timothy's discussion 'Irish Chunes in the Song Circle' in the group Traditional Irish music & Song
"The other way to go then is to just slap a capo on the first fret, play all of the Em with "open" drones and whatever fingering you want for whatever chords you want to stand out from the EB drones."
2 hours ago
Ken Babb replied to Timothy's discussion 'Irish Chunes in the Song Circle' in the group Traditional Irish music & Song
"There are several voicings of the "drone" strings that I would recommend changing in this TAB.  In my discussion to follow I will not count the pick-up measure so measure 1 will be the first full measure, the measure with an Em above…"
2 hours ago
Ken Babb replied to Pamela Rossetti's discussion 'Cold frosty morning'
"Is your fingerpick tab for DAd?  If so you may be able to get all the notes on the melody string if you switch to DAA."
3 hours ago
Ken Babb replied to Timothy's discussion 'Irish Chunes in the Song Circle' in the group Traditional Irish music & Song
"I notice you said that when you played Star you used "some" chording.  I am wondering if that may have been part of the fiddler's problem.  Unless you only left the drone strings unfretted when the music specifically called…"
6 hours ago
Ken Babb joined Val Hughes's group
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Traditional Irish music & Song

The playing of Traditional Irish music and Song on Mountain Dulcimer
6 hours ago
John Henry replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Lute or drone?' in the group Early & Classical Music
"Recently a new group for me, feeling at home already !!!    thanks for that Guy JohnH "
yesterday
Guy Babusek replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Lute or drone?' in the group Early & Classical Music
"I'm sorry, I meant that last post to be in a new thread.  Doesn't really make sense in the context of this discussion LOL!  That's the danger of multi-tasking I think."
yesterday
Cyntia Smith left a comment for Ken Babb
"I'll check it out. It looks very interesting! Thanks! Cyntia"
Wednesday
Ken Babb replied to Shawn McCurdy's discussion 'Impressionist and Romantic era classical music' in the group Early & Classical Music
"I do enjoy music from those periods as well but I have never pursued your angle.  I do own a chromatic but it mostly collects dust.  Shelly Stevens in her two books (The Three String Orchestra, volumes I and II) does include some…"
Wednesday
Guy Babusek replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Lute or drone?' in the group Early & Classical Music
"I studied early music at University.  By the time I came to play it on the dulcimer, I had all but abandoned any scholarly approach whatsoever to the music.   I find that these days I tend towards playing what sounds good to my ear…"
Wednesday
Cyntia Smith left a comment for Ken Babb
"Hi Ken, I'm not familiar with "Lulu", but I do offer copies of my tab/music sheets for sale. If you don't mind, perhaps you can tell me what "Lulu" is, and/or email my record label Aeolus Music with specific…"
Tuesday
Ken Babb replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Books of Arrangements of early music for Dulcimer' in the group Early & Classical Music
"Thanks Ivan.  I have thought about buying the Elizabeth's Dream book but when I compared tables of contents most of the early music tunes were already in Steven's English Country Garden book. I decided to stay away from celtic…"
Tuesday
Ivan Bradley replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Books of Arrangements of early music for Dulcimer' in the group Early & Classical Music
"Stephen K. Smith : Elizabeth's Dream   21 tunes, mostly Elizabethan but a few reminiscent of the period and a few new compositions inspired by the period.  CD available as well. Neal Hellman : Celtic Songs and Low Airs for…"
Tuesday
Strumelia replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Lute or drone?' in the group Early & Classical Music
"Some great and helpful information in this discussion!"
Tuesday
Mark Gilston replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Books of Arrangements of early music for Dulcimer' in the group Early & Classical Music
"I should add that each of my books has 24 tunes from John Playford's famous collection.  The first volume is from Playford's original 1651 collection and the second is mostly tunes from subsequent editions.  When I researched the…"
Tuesday
Mark Gilston replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Books of Arrangements of early music for Dulcimer' in the group Early & Classical Music
"I have two books of Elizabethan music (English country dances) on dulcimer available.  Each comes with a CD of all the tunes.  I also play many of the pieces on YouTube videos so you can watch them being…"
Tuesday

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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
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At 12:06pm on September 17, 2014, Cyntia Smith said…

I'll check it out. It looks very interesting! Thanks!

Cyntia

At 6:09pm on September 16, 2014, Cyntia Smith said…

Hi Ken,

I'm not familiar with "Lulu", but I do offer copies of my tab/music sheets for sale. If you don't mind, perhaps you can tell me what "Lulu" is, and/or email my record label Aeolus Music with specific requests--as I'm not sure this site is appropriate for that. Still, thank you for your interest. I appreciate it very much.

Cyntia 

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.

 
 
 

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