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Comment by Brian G. on January 13, 2012 at 7:55pm

Thank you Mark!  I appreciate you taking the time to look and to comment.  :)

Comment by Mark Gilston on January 13, 2012 at 6:57pm

Very nice job on this one.  Slow and stately (-:

Comment by Brian G. on January 10, 2012 at 4:06pm

Hello all and thank you for your comments. They are always appreciated. 

Robin - I don't know if I'm the only player who uses his/her right hand the way I do; I can only tell you that I haven't consciously copied anyone's technique there.  I know there are other people, though, who also prefer an "in" strum for emphasis rather than an "out" strum. I like it because it gives you what little bass dulcimers have right up front (because you hit that string first), and it carries for a bit while you are then picking out melody lines on the other two strings.  I think it contributes to the mellow sound I personally enjoy.

John - I'm embarrassed to say that I have not been playing my HD much.  It's a shame because it's such a pretty instrument and I really enjoy it. But I look at it, and the prospect of having to tune 50+ strings, and then I look at my fretted dulcimers with their 3 little strings, and you can see which I end up playing.  :)

Comment by Dana R. McCall on January 10, 2012 at 2:00pm

Brian I love the song but I really enjoy the way you play.

Comment by Patty from Virginia on January 10, 2012 at 10:04am

Pretty!!!

Comment by John Henry on January 10, 2012 at 8:04am

Precise and uncluttered, nothing like the way I play, lol, thanks Brian !     Have meant to ask for a while, do you still play your HD as much as the MD?    I really have to make a big effort to run thro' some of the old repertoire these days, I think it must be down to the influence of this site.   (don't tell S.......a I said that)

John

Comment by Robin Clark on January 10, 2012 at 7:42am

That's a lovely tune beautifully played Brian.  I think that you are the only player I have seen who works their right hand the way you do?  That individual note flatpicking with an in-strum lead looks really natural and absolutely "right" for your sound.  When I try to copy it I find it actually develops a slightly richer, mellower tone than the more usually seen flatpicking from an out-strum lead.

Comment by Brian G. on January 10, 2012 at 7:33am

Thanks Rocky! I'm glad you liked it. I started playing in the mid 1990s, but then by 2000 or so I had stopped as I became very busy with graduate school, work, life, etc.  Picked it up again sometime last year or possibly the year before.

Comment by Rocky LaRochelle on January 10, 2012 at 2:24am

Very enjoyable.  How long have you been playing the MD?

Comment by Brian G. on January 9, 2012 at 10:53pm

Thanks Randy!  I appreciate it.  Please post your performance also. I'd love to see/hear it.  :)

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