Thursday, September 16, 2010

dulcimer players!

Leave a comment and let me know when you're showing up at the farm! I was planning on 10-2 with extended playing if anyone wants to? Quite the crowd should be showing up for the workshop, some driving all the way from Atlanta! I'll get us ready with cider and apple cake, and we'll have the whole farm to practice on. The leaves are out, the goat's still here, and I look forward to hosting the day!

The mountain dulcimer is an instrument I fell in love with when I lived in Tennessee. It's a great intro to music because it's so easy to play. How easy you might ask? Well, here is my friend Sara (grant it, a music teacher) with her new dulcimer. She recorded this the first few days of owning one!Click here to see a video of Sara, one of the folks coming to the farm this weekend (from PA!) and her rendition of Fleet Foxes on her new dulcimer!

14 Comments:

Blogger sara amber said...

yep, there i am in my flamingo pj pants glory!

this instrument is so satisfying to play, it's kind of ridiculous. all i want to do sit around strumming it. i've been a bit of a slave to grad school work this week, so i can't wait to get up there this weekend and do some more serious playing (and hang out with YOU).

see you tomorrow!

September 16, 2010 at 6:45 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Lovely song! Do you know who made Sara's dulcimer? Looks like there is a hummingbird and vines.

September 16, 2010 at 6:52 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Walnut Creek! Same dude that made my deer version:

http://craggymtnmusic.com/walcrmtndulc.php

September 16, 2010 at 7:02 AM  
Blogger daisy said...

Makes me want to learn it! daisy

September 16, 2010 at 7:41 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

Loved It! What a great instrument, it's next on my list. 3 years ago I learned guitar, last year fiddle, maybe next year dulcimer. And I'm in my mid 50's folks, never too late!

September 16, 2010 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger Siberian said...

Hoping you all have an amazing time! I am a complete and total newbie regarding music - I think I'll start with the strumsticks (yup, I'm that bad at this stuff!).

On a side note - that is a beautiful photo of the dulcimer by the creek. Is that on your property, Jenna? If so I envy you, I want running water on my property!

September 16, 2010 at 9:12 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

That's my first dulcimer, and I bought it in Tennessee. That photo was taken in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, by a streamside where my roommate heather and I could escape to play mountain music after a hike.

September 16, 2010 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Maggie in Tally said...

I was given a hammered dulcimer kit, and I've been thinking about putting it together this winter. I know it's a completely different creature than the lap version, but it is also a mountain instrument I've loved listening to for a long time. You ever tried playing one Jenna? Is it easy?

September 16, 2010 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Stargazer 2 said...

JENNA,
HOW ABSOLUTELY COOL!! AND THAT GOES FOR SARA AMBER ALSO!!!
I"m going to have to purchase one of these DULCIMER'S to give to
my son with "A GIFT FROM COLD ANTLER FARM" put on it someplace
because the inspiration to purchase
one came from, you guessed it, COLD
ANTLER FARM!!!
I think he would really enjoy
it, & if not I know i will!!!
Thanks, & CHEERS with a health drink!!!

Ronnie

P. S. WILL GIVE CAF A PLUG ON MY
BLOG @ http:..wwwchaircaningdirectory.com
WHICH I HAVE ALREADY BEEN DOING BE
CAUSE IT'S THE BEST AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED ON THE NET!!!

September 16, 2010 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Stargazer 2 said...

JENNA,
HOW ABSOLUTELY COOL!! AND THAT GOES FOR SARA AMBER ALSO!!!
I"m going to have to purchase one of these DULCIMER'S to give to
my son with "A GIFT FROM COLD ANTLER FARM" put on it someplace
because the inspiration to purchase
one came from, you guessed it, COLD
ANTLER FARM!!!
I think he would really enjoy
it, & if not I know i will!!!
Thanks, & CHEERS with a health drink!!!

Ronnie

P. S. WILL GIVE CAF A PLUG ON MY
BLOG @ http:..wwwchaircaningdirectory.com
WHICH I HAVE ALREADY BEEN DOING BE
CAUSE IT'S THE BEST AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED ON THE NET!!!

September 16, 2010 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

I love hammered dulcimers- haven't heard one in a while though. Very old fashioned sound....

September 16, 2010 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

I love Dulcimers. We used to have gatherings in Bar Harbor when the Song of the Sea was in business.
I saw Finn on Craigs List yesterday. I understand totally why you need/want him rehomed. Hope you get a good buyer.

September 16, 2010 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Jenna, I just want you to know that it was your postings about your dulcimer that inspired me to buy one and to learn to play. I bought a McSpadden online last fall, had them ship it out here with NO idea if I'd like playing it or not, and it's been WONDERFUL being able to sit outdoors and play some music! It's such an easy instrument to play and it doesn't take long to become proficient. I'm out here in CA, but will be strumming along with you all (in DAA) in spirit this weekend.

September 16, 2010 at 9:02 PM  
Blogger The Beers said...

Oh dear, I think I love the Mountain Dulcimer! I've been looking for an easy stringed instrument to learn. I think this may be it. It's amazing to hear the subtle difference between each type of wood, too. Very cool. I really like the cedar (even though it isn't available) and the sassafras.

Now, which of the books to choose? Any suggestions?

September 20, 2010 at 7:05 PM  

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