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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
Ken Babb replied to Guy Babusek's discussion 'Traditional vs. early or classical music.' in the group Early & Classical Music
"One way to get a little purist cred would be to play even older music, something that did not originate as a lute song. The Cantiguas de Santa Maria are tunes that would have originally played with only drones as harmony. Also that music sounds like…"
Oct 9
Ken Babb replied to Guy Babusek's discussion 'Traditional vs. early or classical music.' in the group Early & Classical Music
"I agree with you there.  I used to sing in a madrigal group that would sing at a Renfaire 2 to 4 weekends a year.  I would do a few duets on dulcimer or recorder with our regular recorder player.  Much fun but I am sure not the most…"
Oct 8
Ken Babb replied to Guy Babusek's discussion 'Traditional vs. early or classical music.' in the group Early & Classical Music
"I agree Guy that shape-note is not necessarily considered part of early music.  But I do think it is often considered sort of next-of-kin, or if you like this you may also like that kind of thing.  My proof would be the number of…"
Oct 7
Ken Babb commented on Strumelia's group 'Early & Classical Music'
"I think that there at least used to be a musical tradition that existed between "folk" and classical.  This music consisted largely of composed tunes by people outside of the learned "classical" music circles.  They…"
Oct 7
Ken Babb replied to Ivan Bradley's discussion 'Internet Sources for Old Music' in the group Early & Classical Music
"For me, when I work with a melody line that all I want to do is a melody drone arrangement, the first thing I do is try to determine the mode, keeping in mind that the mode may change in different parts of the tune.  That analysis then…"
Oct 7
Ken Babb commented on Strumelia's group 'Early & Classical Music'
"Actually there is support for considering shape note as "early" music.  As noted above the composers and arrangers were mostly amateurs from rural areas.  In other words they were isolated from the new trends in classical music…"
Oct 7
Ken Babb replied to Ellen Rice's discussion 'The dreaded dotted note - Ashogan Farewell' in the group Beginner players
"Are you maintaining a steady strum?  By that I mean are you strumming every quarter note or every eighth note or whatever?  Or to use your counting approach: are you strumming on the numbers or are you strumming on the numbers and the…"
Sep 25
Ken Babb replied to Ellen Rice's discussion 'The dreaded dotted note - Ashogan Farewell' in the group Beginner players
Sep 24
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."
Sep 19
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…"
Sep 19
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."
Sep 19
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…"
Sep 19
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
Sep 19
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 "
Sep 17
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."
Sep 17

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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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