Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer

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Strumelia replied to Kimberly Anne Schultz's discussion 'What Type of Wood for Warmth from a 25" VSL?'
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Dulcimer teachers

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Strumelia replied to Joanne Bois's discussion 'Ben Symore Short Standard Mountain Dulcimer For Sale'
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Lexie R Oakley replied to Strumelia's discussion 'Your beginner progress this week- I'm working on...' in the group Beginner players
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OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players

If you are an avid fan of the older traditional mountain dulcimer playing styles and music, declare…See More
Strumelia replied to Christine Beal's discussion 'Selling my dulcimer - (within UK/Ireland only)' in the group UK and European Mountain Dulcimers
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Dave Payton replied to Strumelia's discussion 'What is it ??' in the group Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks
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My interests in music and in mountain dulcimers:
I love playing lap dulcimer, banjo, tagelharpa, limberjacks....mostly play along with old-time fiddlers and friends.
Where and how I first saw or heard a mountain dulcimer...
at a folk music jam about 15 years ago.
My website (if I have one):
Why I want to join Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer
Stumbled into it. :)

A little about myself...

I like playing old-time music with my husband and our friends. Fiddle, banjo, old ballads, mountain dulcimer, and traditional international tunes are my favorites to listen to. I play mountain dulcimer, both old-time and minstrel era banjo, and love 'playing' limberjacks as well.
I like bicycling, vegetable gardening, beekeeping, my cats, yoga, snowshoeing, contra & square dancing, and having breakfast in my favorite cafe in our little town. :)

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At 1:44pm on November 17, 2014, Gina Fiddes said…
I was able to find Dave v. In the Las Vegas area but not the second person. I have searched all your suggestions. With only Dave coming up. Also I have tried to use his website to contact him but the site comes up on Google looking like a scam. Just thought you might want to know. Thanks again
At 10:09pm on November 10, 2014, Cheryl E. Forget said…
Strumelia, I had advertised my Folkcraft Hickory dulcimer and someone from here asked me if I would accept a lower price. I did go to Everything Dulcimer website, not knowing he had just become a member and continued to ask me about my dulcimer. It took several e-mails before we reached a mutual decision and he purchased the dulcimer. I feel horrible because I did out it here on this board, although It went on ED first. How do I send you the money even tho it did not really consummate here? I feel terrible because I gave bought and sold here before. Please accept my deepest apologies.

Cheryl Forget
At 9:35pm on November 7, 2014, Sue Kap said…
Thanks so much for your reply. I will check out the email settings.
At 4:21pm on November 7, 2014, Sue Kap said…
Hi there. I started receiving multiple emails from each posting someone makes. I am being bombarded with emails. How do I stop this without quitting friend of the dulcimer group?
At 10:55am on November 7, 2014, John Henry said…
Thanks Lisa, I tries to delete as well ? I was also unable to reply to a pm sent to me?
At 7:20am on November 7, 2014, John Henry said…
Lisa ! I seem to have excelled myself this time, something wrong at my end, or have we started a changeover ?

Can you help delete, 'cos I can't !!!
At 5:55pm on November 1, 2014, Merilyn Hartwell said…

Bowed psaltery with 24 strings  and a bow with broken hair.  The maker, Horsebottom Ridge Instruments, Archie Smith, sent me instructions to restring the bow, but I don't want to take a chance on doing it wrong.  Donna can probably tell me if I can sell it as is or if I should have it repaired.  What a lovely group of people in this club. I wish I had gotten into these instruments when I was younger! 

At 5:32pm on November 1, 2014, Merilyn Hartwell said…

Thanks so much for the info.  I'll take some pictures and contact Donna Malus.  This beautiful psaltery has to go to someone who will love it.  It's got a butterfly and 4 half black walnut shells on the top butternut surface. What a lot of work!!                        Merilyn Hartwell

At 4:34pm on October 10, 2014, Edward I Ball said…
Forgot to add, her and kids were fascinated when they heard a different one I had on fishing trip this summer.
At 4:32pm on October 10, 2014, Edward I Ball said…
Thank you for the information, yes I see it could be a little hard to do through FOTMD, I have looked at his sight before, please send me his contact information and will talk to him. Also my brother called me today and said my niece, who works as a midwife and RN, told him she might be interested in playing, her and husband have three kids and money has been tight, I will have to look at everything and decide what to do, thank you for your interest, will so how it works out. Ed Ball

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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.

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