This group is dedicated to those that visit, or have a desire to visit, Nursing Homes, Retirement Homes, Hospice Care facilities, Hospitals, or other such care facilities.These type facilities are great venues to share your music. We all know how good music makes us feel. So it's only logical that our music would be great therapy for those that can't leave the facility they're at to attend a venue.It's also a great way for beginners to get their feet wet at performing in front of others.Please…See More
"Wait for the Lord works great, particularly if you have a 1.5 fret. I do it out of DAd and pick my chord voicings to make it easy to get the melody notes. The music is at the site I gave above and I play the soprano line with fills.…"
"Ken, I love to sing bass for "Wait for the Lord." And on a number of other Taize pieces, including "Eat this bread." I never thought about playing the dulcimer for Taize. I might start to work on this!
"I have attended multiple Taize services, but the bulk of my experience with the music is with one or two chants integrated into a more conventional worship service. One major part of the Taize tradition that is not as easily adapted into a…"
"A few years ago I participated in Taize service at the Presbyterian church down the street from our home. After the pastor who was there at that time retired, the service was no longer continued. Unfortunately it was never a service of Holy…"
"Thank you for the link to Rabbi Carlebach.
I suspect every religion has some tradition of chanting, whether Psalms, Gregorian or Native American. The priest who leads my local Taize says "we sing the chants until the chants sing us.""
"Ken, Although I'm from outside of the Christian tradition, I found the Taize information interesting. The idea of song leading to prayer, or a higher state, is, I think, rather universal. When you described the Taize chanting and…"
"I attend an evening Taize service at an Episcopal church near my home. They sing/play multiple chants over the hour, with scripture reading, prayers, communion and the long silence placed in between
I've been flirting with playing the chants on…"
If so I would love to swap ideas about how you do it and how it goes.If you are not familiar with it the name refers to a non-denominational Christian worship community that was begun just after WWII near Taize France. There are many wonderful things about this community but one of the most interesting to me is there music. Over more than 60 years they have developed multiple books of chants (in English, Latin and other languages), most in SATB harmony, meant to be sung over and over by the…See More
"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."
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.
Hello Ken; welcome to Friends Of The Mountain Dulcimer (FOTMD) am pleased you found your way here to this great website. As you explore you will soon discover what makes this place so wonderful and welcoming, the information, the photos, the streaming music, the fun and interesting videos, but more than all of that, the friendly and helpful people that make up our membership. This is a great place to get questions answered and/or make a new friend. Again, Welcome and I hope you enjoy your visits and will visit often.
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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.