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Ken Babb
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Guy Babusek replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Books of Arrangements of early music for Dulcimer' in the group Early & Classical Music
"I'm very fortunate.  We have known each other for well over 20 years now.  She's an excellent musician, teacher and a wonderful friend."
Jan 14
Ken Babb replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Books of Arrangements of early music for Dulcimer' in the group Early & Classical Music
"I had Cyntia as my main morning Instructor (2.5 hr/day) at the old weeklong workshop at Appalachian State in Boone NC. It was probably the summer of 1989. I envy you the opportunity to study with her on an on-going basis."
Jan 14
Guy Babusek replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Books of Arrangements of early music for Dulcimer' in the group Early & Classical Music
"Did you study with Cyntia Ken?  I have studied with her for many years now."
Jan 14
Ken Babb replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Books of Arrangements of early music for Dulcimer' in the group Early & Classical Music
"Guy, I have a fairly large collection of hand written tab from of Randy's foremost students Cyntia Smith (including some which just lists Randy as the arranger). Perhaps we should compare note's sometime."
Jan 13
Guy Babusek replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Books of Arrangements of early music for Dulcimer' in the group Early & Classical Music
"Brian, That easier version of Bonnie sweet robin, is actually an arrangement by Randy that was done prior to the book being printed.... my case in point.  LOL "
Jan 12
Brian G. replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Books of Arrangements of early music for Dulcimer' in the group Early & Classical Music
"I believe it (that the book tab is harder than previous handwritten tab).  I have the book and I've compared his book version of Sweet Bonnie Robin to the one you've performed on this site, Guy.  Yours is beautiful, no doubt, but…"
Jan 12
Guy Babusek replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Books of Arrangements of early music for Dulcimer' in the group Early & Classical Music
"I have a fairly large collection of Randy's handwritten tab, much of which was written before he published it in the book.  He definitely made things MUCH harder in the book than other versions of the pieces I have from him."
Jan 12
Dusty Turtle replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Books of Arrangements of early music for Dulcimer' in the group Early & Classical Music
"Thanks, Guy. I don't mind a challenge; I've been working on Pig Ankle Rag for a full year now!"
Jan 12
Guy Babusek replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Books of Arrangements of early music for Dulcimer' in the group Early & Classical Music
"The arrangements in the Elizabethan book are HARD!  But really pretty.  I'll keep a look out for you!"
Jan 12
Dusty Turtle replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Books of Arrangements of early music for Dulcimer' in the group Early & Classical Music
"Yes, Guy.  Ideally I'd like either book, but I would probably have an easier time learning the tunes in the Elizabethan book since I have the CD to guide my ears.  I hadn't thought of Ebay, but I do check Amazon from time to time."
Jan 12
Guy Babusek replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Books of Arrangements of early music for Dulcimer' in the group Early & Classical Music
"You are looking for the Elizabethan book, Dusty?  I see it on Ebay and on Amazon from time to time.  It's easier to find than book of guitar etudes for dulcimer."
Jan 12
Dusty Turtle replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Books of Arrangements of early music for Dulcimer' in the group Early & Classical Music
"Ken, I love Randy's CD as well, but have been looking in vain for the book of arrangements. Do you happen to know where I might find a copy? "
Jan 12
Ken Babb replied to Michael Ebersohl's discussion 'One and One Half Fret'
"I fully understand where you are coming from Rob but here is why I love the extra frets.  Frequently at church I will use my dulcimer to accompany myself on a song and then later the pianist will start off leading the congregation and then I…"
Nov 14, 2014
Ken Babb replied to Michael Ebersohl's discussion 'One and One Half Fret'
"The middle string C is very useful when you are playing key of G out of DAd tuning.  You can even do key of C out of DAd using the C and F.  The extra frets are very useful for major keys if you frequently play in situations where retuning…"
Nov 14, 2014
Ken Babb replied to 10ashus's discussion 'Guitar tab to dulcimer tab?'
"My approach to the conversion does not require reading standard music notation, but it does require knowing the guitar tuning, being able to convert the guitar tab to musical notes, and enough musical theory to decipher a group of notes into a…"
Nov 6, 2014
Ken Babb replied to Guy Babusek's discussion 'Traditional vs. early or classical music.' in the group Early & Classical Music
"I completely agree with the idea of playing what you like how you like to play it.  I certainly play a lot of lute tunes finger-picked chord/melody almost as if I were playing a guitar.  I do believe in one sense though that a dulcimer is…"
Oct 10, 2014

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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 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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