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Ken Babb
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  • College Station, TX
  • United States

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Ken Babb and ed jameson are now friends
Feb 23
ed jameson left a comment for Ken Babb
"just thanks  edleejameson@gmail.com"
Feb 20
Ken Babb replied to Babs Greene's discussion '1-3-5 Tuning'
"I have played around with D F# A but never used it a lot.  I have a 1.5 fret which gives me a lot of the chromaticism I ever need.  Anyway I never had any problems taking my middle string down to F#.  Re-tune your middle string,…"
Feb 16
Ken Babb replied to Richard Streib's discussion 'Seek Ye First'
"You are right about the transposition, Nicholas, but there are a few points of emphasis that I would highlight differently. 1.  Particularly when you are playing hymns there can be two reasons to play the key as written.  You mentioned one…"
Feb 14
Ken Babb replied to Richard Streib's discussion 'Seek Ye First'
"Uh-Oh.  Have I shut down a thread again.  If so please let me know if I (a) answered all the questions and there is nothing left to say, (b) overwhelmed everyone with way too much information and you are still trying to process it all,…"
Feb 13
Ken Babb replied to Richard Streib's discussion 'Seek Ye First'
"Technically, if you want to actually play as written in the music (if for example you were going to play with a piano) you would need to tune to EflatBflatBflat.  That would then give you the Eflat you would want at the 3rd fret.  Your…"
Feb 11
Mark Gilston replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Books of Arrangements of early music for Dulcimer' in the group Early & Classical Music
"I have published two books of dances from Playford each with accompanying CDs.  The first contains 24 dances from the original 1651 volume of the English Dancing Master.  The second has 23 dances from later additions. (plus a 24th on the…"
Feb 9
Charley W replied to Ken Babb's discussion 'Books of Arrangements of early music for Dulcimer' in the group Early & Classical Music
Feb 9
Ken Babb replied to Gale A Barr's discussion 'Dulcimer Duet or Dulcimer/Fiddle Duet songbooks?'
"If you are looking for books of duets with other instruments your best bet is probably to look for guitar plus fiddle (flute, recorder, fiddle, etc.) and then adapt the guitar part to dulcimer."
Feb 2
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

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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 11:32am on February 20, 2015, ed jameson said…
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

 
 
 

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