"I think classification can be very useful in analyzing music: how much dissonance is allowed, what is the pathway to resolving (or not resolving) the dissonance, or what is the feeling the composer was trying to evoke by doing that. When it…"
"I would also say Anne that it can be argued that certain groups somewhat on the fringes of the cultural scene, such as shape note singers or country dance players, maintained and even developed many of the attributes of "early music" long…"
"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,…"
"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…"
"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,…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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."
"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."
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.
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.