Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Win a Brand New Strumstick!

I have been playing the Strumstick since I first encountered one, back in college. That was over a decade ago and these little instruments have followed me through five states and my entire homesteading adventure. McNally has supported CAF since this blog started and I am proud to say how much they mean to me and this farm.

The first time I pucked one I loved the ease, I loved the sound, and I loved that the whole thing was flawless for beginners. Set up like a dulcimer the strings are tuned to match each other and make simple chords. It is made for fireside, hammocks, sunsets and I am giving away one of their beautiful instruments in the key of G (with a soft case)!

Strumsticks are as simple as the dulcimer, but with the feeling and twang of a banjo. It is set up so that the entire instrument is in tune with itself, making wrong notes impossible. My Strumstick is always in my pickup truck, at the ready for lunchbreaks at the office, campfires, or any place that needs a little music. My favorite tune to play on it is Wild Mountain Thyme.



To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment in this post sharing what instrument moves you, and you wish you could play. Or, tell the story of how you started playing the instrument you now consider a loyal friend. Inspire those who are toying with the idea of a mandolin or banjo to grab those beauties and start pickin!

Now, for those of you unfamiliar with these guys, check out the site and their videos, because their instrument is the perfect way for the non-musical homesteading-lovin' persons to pluck out some simple mountain tunes without any experience with stringed instruments.

Everyone can only enter once via comment, but if you are willing to share the link to this blog on Facebook, then you may enter a second time posting, "SHARED!" and you'll be in the running again, doubling your chances for one of these amazing little beasties. Winner will be picked Saturday night!

170 Comments:

Blogger Gunmetal Glitter said...

I still need to save up for fiddle class... and another one of your books.

June 8, 2016 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Always wish I could play the mandoline

June 8, 2016 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

shared

June 8, 2016 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

I have wanted to play violin, piano, and guitar. Between working full time, and running the kids around, my time and money seems to disappear!

June 8, 2016 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger FACSAP Schulz said...

I've always wanted to learn to play the mandolin, but struggle learning strings because I have trained on brass instruments. I can't apply the same thoughts about how to produce music to strings as I do a french horn. It is very frustrating.

June 8, 2016 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger christinalmiles said...

I have always to learn this. It would be great for taking to a cabin or camping. My electric guitar doesn't work there! I have an Irish whistle or my Navajo flute that I usually use. I think it would be calm and meditative to play!

June 8, 2016 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger emmalemma said...

Looks cool! I've had many years of piano lessons, but guitar would be much easier to travel with! Guitar is difficult though, so a simpler version like this would be right up my alley! ;-)

June 8, 2016 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger the fortress said...

I've been struggling with learning the mandolin for a couple years. I end up getting a bit discouraged and put it down for months at a time. Time to dust it off and try again!

June 8, 2016 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger the fortress said...

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June 8, 2016 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger Brandy said...

Bagpipes, hands down. The sound of bagpipes moves me in a way no other instrument does. I wish I could learn, I even have a practice chanter somewhere. I just don't have the self discipline to teach myself something like that. Piano is much easier.

June 8, 2016 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger feathers217 said...

When i was in the 4th grade in rural N.C. ...back in the rock age.... Mrs Rayburn was a very petite very southern lady with pokadot navy blue dresses with little white lace collars all of about 90lbs. Every Thursday and on rainy days as well she would have us put our heads down for quiet time and she would play her Lap Harp. Mostly hymns but on rare occasion she would breakout a little Bluegrass to get our juices flowing to get back to our book learning. I was always mesmerized watching her hands as she played.... So many years later I can still hear & see her doing something that was so pure & generous of her to share with us. Have always wanted to learn to play a Lap Harp , Dulcimer or some like instrument... life always trumped my wants and here I am still dreaming.

June 8, 2016 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger Matt Stern said...

I've played guitar on and off since I was about 15. My dad gave me one at that time, which I still have to this day. It's definitely a loyal friend!

As far as an instrument I'd like to learn, it'd be the banjo. Love me some Pete Seeger.

June 8, 2016 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Angie Dellinger said...

I'd love to learn how to play the cello. Something about the sound of one just moves me!

June 8, 2016 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Angie Dellinger said...

Shared

June 8, 2016 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Amber Ashmoore said...

I play the violin.....I even got a scholarship to college! I would love the chance to learn how to play one of these! So neat!

June 8, 2016 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I am slowly learning to play the acoustic guitar. My aunt plays and I dream of being able to play with her. A Strumstick would be fun!

June 8, 2016 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Shared!

June 8, 2016 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger London Nock said...

I adore the sound of fiddles. I am currently learning the mountain dulcimer, which was inspired by you (more specifically, "Made From Scratch"). :)

June 8, 2016 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger London Nock said...

SHARED!

June 8, 2016 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger Heather Knoll said...

I have always wanted to play the fiddle! I recently inherited one and your encouragement & love of the instrument has made me feel less intimidated to start learning. Thanks Jenna!

June 8, 2016 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Melanie J. said...

I grew up in symphonic bands, so I want to own a French horn and a clarinet someday. I already have two trumpets and a guitar, but I've fallen out of practice teaching myself the guitar, so a strumstick would hopefully get me back in the groove!

June 8, 2016 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Melanie J. said...

PS. SHARED! :)

June 8, 2016 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Amanda Weber said...

For me, it's the violin/fiddle. When I was a kid, I was OBSESSED with the band Alabama, and I wanted to play fiddle like they did in their songs. So my parents got me violin lessons when I was 5 years old. Unfortunately, my teacher only taught classical violin and I got bored and didn't stick with it. In later years, I grew to love classical violin as well (SO haunting!). Not to mention Mark Wood, Lindsey Stirling, etc. *Sigh* I wish I had stuck with it as a kid!

June 8, 2016 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Fiddle had my heart

June 8, 2016 at 1:40 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I keep trying to learn to play the ukulele, but my inability to practice keeps getting in the way. :)

June 8, 2016 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger Karen Wright said...

I've loved the sound of the dulcimer since working at an educational historic village where a fellow interpreter played, the Strumstick sounds awesome!

June 8, 2016 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger Dayana said...

I have always wanted to play the piano and the guitar. I played the clarinet for a few years before leaving band in order to take musical theater and shop class. But, my instrument of choice is certainly my voice.

June 8, 2016 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger theminifarmer said...

I would love to play the bagpipes or the fiddle, their is something about sound that move me

June 8, 2016 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger EZ said...

I wish I had stuck with the cello and actually put the effort into learning it. I miss the feel of it and the sound of it. I'm thinking about trying to pick up an acoustic bass too, because I really need to get into jazz and blues some more and I love the deep end. Piano makes the most sense to me, but there's no room for it. I do love my voice, too, I can take it anywhere and do just about anything with it.

June 8, 2016 at 2:07 PM  
Blogger EZ said...

PS, shared.

June 8, 2016 at 2:07 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I would love to learn the banjo! Songs with a banjo in them feed my soul!

June 8, 2016 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Shared!!!!

June 8, 2016 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger Emily Brown said...

OH, I had never heard of a strum stick until this post right now... and I'm smitten! I have played the piano, flute, xylophone, marimbas, guitar and ukulele in my lifetime. I've always said that if I could, I'd learn to play all the instruments at least once!

June 8, 2016 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I've been wanting to the play guitar for a few years now. Having lived alone for a long time, I got used to walking around the house singing in defiance of the silence (note: I am NOT a good singer) and from there grew a desire to be able to accompany myself. I bought a used guitar from a friend last summer, but haven't done much with it. I'm pretty intimidated by it, perhaps mostly because I've always identified myself as "musically challenged" (it's a part of my identity I'm realizing I can work to change if I put my mind to it).

June 8, 2016 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger Jaclynne T said...

I love music! It's tough to choose a particular instrument, but I am fond of the strings. I have a mountain dulcimer that I am attempting to learn. I'd love to have a go at a strum stick!
Thank you for making the offer available.

June 8, 2016 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger Amy Marchetti said...

I played guitar when I was younger, and now that my kids are getting older they are showing interest in playing an instrument. This would be perfect!

June 8, 2016 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger Lora Duarte said...

This would be amazing to learn! I learned to play the guitar when I was a kid! I still have my dad's old guitar that I need to tune and play. He just passed away this Sunday June 5, 2016 and he always inspired me to love music. He loved playing the guitar too.

June 8, 2016 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger Lora Duarte said...

Shared. :)

June 8, 2016 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Quinn said...

I already play the ukulele and piano but I'm always looking for new interesting instruments. My family is full of musicians but I've never seen one of these! Very cool!

June 8, 2016 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger Meg Turley said...

Would love to try my hand at playing!! :)

June 8, 2016 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger Joy said...

I have a strumstck, and its great. I would, however, enjpy being able to give one to our son.
Thank you jenna.

June 8, 2016 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger Joy said...

Shared

June 8, 2016 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger GingerBorgeson said...

I used to play the very basic of piano and guitar when I was a child, but didn't have the time to become proficient. Now I am older, i would make the time. Thanks

June 8, 2016 at 3:41 PM  
Blogger Max Kat said...

I've always wanted to play a strings instrument but I've never had the money to buy any instrument, I used to ply the trumpet in 5grade and I miss it so much , it really helped me and made me fell worth something during that hard part in my life. Music is just the best and it saved me .

June 8, 2016 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger Sean Epperson said...

I prefer drums, been working on a hank drum for a little while now. Never tried strings, might be fun!

June 8, 2016 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wow! This would be so awesome!
A friend taught me to play a handful of chords on the guitar a few years ago. I love it and will be teaching my kids till they find the instrument of their choice.
Would love one of these, They sounds like banjos!

June 8, 2016 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger bee*in*the*balm said...

I've always wanted a piano just to play around on.

June 8, 2016 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger hart said...

I recently got a hand-me-down guitar from my daughter and very much want to learn to play it. This strum stick seems like a great beginning step.

June 8, 2016 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger Pam Peoples said...

I had never seen a strum stick until a few years ago. We were in Black Mt. NC at a shop called Song of the Wood. I purchased a hammer dulcimer but it has proven more difficult than I thought it would be. I love the sound of the strum stick.

June 8, 2016 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger Black Cat Gardening said...

I've always enjoyed the sound of the hammered dulcimer, but haven't had the patience to learn how to play it.

June 8, 2016 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger Lilbitbrit said...

Granddad played a banjo this would be great.
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June 8, 2016 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger princesadegreyskull said...

Awesome contest, Jenna. I play piano and guitar. I've written around 30 songs for my guitar, and used to play at coffee houses when I was younger and raising my kids (the human ones, not the fuzzy barnyard type). I recently moved to a small mountaintop village in Eastern Pennsylvania. I think a strumstick would be quite at home here when I play my backporch music.

June 8, 2016 at 4:22 PM  
Blogger JT Monserrat said...

I really would love to get my hands on a hurdygurdy. If I had the money I would definitlh collect well made wooden instruments and one day I will make my own cigar box guitar

June 8, 2016 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger las6560 said...

Sorry to hear about you laptop. That is always a bummer!! So excited about the strumstick giveaway. I would really enjoy teaching myself to play it. Good luck to all who enter!!
Leigh Ann.

June 8, 2016 at 4:30 PM  
Blogger HopelesslyRetarded said...

This is awesome!!! I have always wanted to learn the banjo this seems a bit more manageable lol! What a wonderful giveaway :) love your videos, your personality, and all your animals!!

June 8, 2016 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger Sparkless said...

I play a bit of guitar but would really love to learn to play piano too.

June 8, 2016 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger katie aguilar said...

I've never heard or seen a strumstick, but it looks simple and fun! My current love is cello. I can't play any instruments, but we went and saw a cellist play recently and the music that came from that instrument was absolutely amazing.

June 8, 2016 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger Michelle Stephens said...

I love banjo music it makes my morning hearing some good banjo!

June 8, 2016 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger cohariechik said...

wish i could play cello or bass guitar, but i play percussion and native american flute.

June 8, 2016 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger GingerBorgeson said...

Shared

June 8, 2016 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger Rachell said...

Once upon a time, a young me, about 7 used to like to go into Gramma's garage to visit the mama cat and her kittens. Nearby, I uncovered an old keyboard organ thing and a matching stool with music books inside. I used them to teach myself to play old favorites like Clementine and My Bonny. I practiced long and hard and kept it a secret until it started to sound like music! I planned a surprise recital for my family but the day before the weekend of my surprise recital I came home from school to find the keyboard missing! I ran to my Granny crying where had it gone only to find out she was letting go of my Papa's stuff after his passing because it pained her to see it just set there. She had no idea I was teaching myself and I never got the chance to show anyone. That was my short, sad history with music... until now... I am now 45 and found a mandolin in the thrift store so I bought it and am trying a second time at music. Wish me luck.

June 8, 2016 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger Leisa Sutton said...

I would love to learn to play a strumstick! Thank you for the opportunity

June 8, 2016 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger sarah e blog said...

My daughter and son both play piano but the three of have always wanted to try the violin or something similar we love the symphony music from Zelda and child of light!!

June 8, 2016 at 7:09 PM  
Blogger Luann said...

I own a dulcimer for the past 10 years and my strumming stinks. I wish I could play better.

June 8, 2016 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger Luann said...

I own a dulcimer for the past 10 years and my strumming stinks. I wish I could play better.

June 8, 2016 at 7:17 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

I can play the piano a little but don't own one. I would love to learn to play a string instrument! I love the looks of the strumstick.... what a beautiful string instrument. Thanks for the chance to win one.

June 8, 2016 at 7:18 PM  
Blogger Robin Yendzik said...

I play a bit of piano buy would love to try something else

June 8, 2016 at 7:48 PM  
Blogger Robin Yendzik said...

I playa bit of piano but would love to try something else.

June 8, 2016 at 7:50 PM  
Blogger Robin Yendzik said...

I play a bit of piano would like to try something else and this looks like it would be fun.

June 8, 2016 at 7:54 PM  
Blogger Robin Yendzik said...

play a bit of piano and this looks like it would be fun

June 8, 2016 at 7:55 PM  
Blogger Emily Brown said...

Shared! (as a new post on FB).

June 8, 2016 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger A. said...

I love all stringed instruments but I'd like to learn to play guitar, actual songs.

June 8, 2016 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

What a wonderful find you are! I can't wait to binge watch all your videos. I would love a strum stick.
Take care.

June 8, 2016 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

What a wonderful find you are! I can't wait to binge watch all your videos. I would love a strum stick.
Take care.

June 8, 2016 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I played guitar as a teen, but have gotten away from it. A Strumstick would be wonderful to get back into making music again!

June 8, 2016 at 8:58 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I played guitar as a teen, but have gotten away from it. A Strumstick would be wonderful to get back into making music again!

June 8, 2016 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger Heidi Nawrocki said...

I was a pianist and percussionist in the high school orchestra, but haven't played since. I'd love to have a convenient instrument to pull out and strum when the mood hit!

June 8, 2016 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger Melissa M said...

Just bought my first guitar and starting to teach myself to play it. If I can only keep my husbands hands off of it :)

June 8, 2016 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger Tina Stowers said...

I have been picking at guitar for years now and have never had the time to master it. I love the sound of twangy backwoods music though. My grandpa played the banjo among other things and that will probably be my next musical investment.

June 8, 2016 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger Beth Ann said...

I ♡ U Jenna. Always keeping it real, and sharing the love.

June 8, 2016 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Adventures with Biggs said...

I always wanted to play the harmonica. It is small and could go anywhere with me. Instead I learnt the guitar. Also a nice instrument but too big to pack in my backpack. Well, now is the time to learn a new instrument. Thanks!!

June 8, 2016 at 9:56 PM  
Blogger Dorothy Freeman said...

Yes, please!

June 8, 2016 at 10:06 PM  
Blogger Berry said...

I used to play the flute & hand bells, loved both.

June 8, 2016 at 10:16 PM  
Blogger Cam said...

I'd love to play any string instrument. Always was put off when I was younger because I have short fingers :P

June 8, 2016 at 10:24 PM  
Blogger Shellee said...

Violin

June 8, 2016 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

I began playing guitar as a teen and loved it. It became part of my everyday life and went with me everywhere. Many a evening was spent sitting outside Starbucks with friends having impromptu jam sessions. One of my favorite guitar memories was a friend and I throwing our guitars and music books in the back of his station wagon and driving two hours one Friday night to meet some friends at their college. One of the girls was a music major and piano player and had a key to the music room. We laughed and played and sang for hours.

June 8, 2016 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger English sheep gal said...

Well I don't know how many times we have watched 'Big Easy Express' musical documentary after you recommended it, but I love the scenes where all the bands are on stage at the same time, and the different groups of instruments do little solos.
The little gang of accordion players from those bands look like they're having so much fun, and their music has a lovely tone to it, so I think that would be an instrument I'd like to try.

Thanks to McNally for sponsoring the CAF blog for so long, and allowing you to launch another great giveaway!

June 8, 2016 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger wild rose said...

The strumstick is the stringed instrument I've always wanted to play! Many years ago I saw one at a friend's house (he's a bluegrass musician) and fell in love with its simplicity. I'm a total musical novice - maybe that's the appeal. ;) Thanks for this giveaway, Jenna AND McNally!

June 8, 2016 at 11:59 PM  
Blogger Amy Kehoe said...

How fun it would be to add one of these to our instrument line up! Guitar, bodhran, violin, trombone are all played here, sometimes accompanied by a young tin whistle player. Good luck to everyone!

June 9, 2016 at 12:33 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

My dream is to play the fiddle. The song, Amarillo By Morning first inspired my love of four stringed instruments.

We are two weeks away from finalization of the adoption of our two oldest children, and I would LOVE to be able to make music with them in our home. Since I never mastered any instrument, I think a strum stick would be perfect.

June 9, 2016 at 12:33 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Shared!

June 9, 2016 at 12:34 AM  
Blogger Lelainia N. Lloyd said...

My grandfather gifted me his beautiful clarinet when I was in grade 4 and that is what I ended up playing. I still have it and take it out every now and again, but ironically, my heart has always been for strings. I saw Tracy Chapman play a strum stuck in concert years ago and fell in love and have longed for one ever since. Two months ago I was invited to see Canadian Astronaut, Chris Hadfield in concert with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and it was an incredible experience to sit there and be enveloped in music in a way I never had before. I came home and downloaded Holtz the planet Jupiter just so I could listen to it and relieve that moment over and over again. Music is magical.

Sharing n Facebook.

June 9, 2016 at 12:54 AM  
Blogger Sprite said...

I have a particular fondness for the harmonica after watching many episodes of "Survivorman" as a teenager. The idea of being able to carry an instrument with you anywhere that brings such bright cheerfulness to even the most dreary surroundings has always stuck with me.

June 9, 2016 at 12:57 AM  
Blogger Lelainia N. Lloyd said...

Shared. (Didn't realized. Should have posted this separately.)

June 9, 2016 at 1:16 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I would love to learn to play electric guitar one day, love those long hotel California style riffs and just think it would really suit my personality.

June 9, 2016 at 1:24 AM  
Blogger CynthiaDWK said...

When I was little - I had a few months of piano lessons. I enjoyed them and wish I had kept going and learned it all. I am very excited about being in a drawing for a chance to win that beautiful instrument. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

June 9, 2016 at 2:45 AM  
Blogger Pratt Family Homestead said...

My wife and kids would LOVE this!! Keep up all the great stuff you do!!!

Mike

June 9, 2016 at 6:21 AM  
Blogger Anna G said...

I used to play piano as a kid for quite some years, but later bought a guitar and learned to play campfire music on it. Not very good at remembering chords and texts, so for more than 3 favourite songs (the pilgrim by kris kristoffersen) I need my sheet music with me.

June 9, 2016 at 7:03 AM  
Blogger Rosie in the woods said...

I've played piano, violin, and guitar...always wanted a dulcimer! So I guess stringed instruments are my favorites. I'd love to try a strumstick; for me, winning one is about the only way I'd get a chance.

June 9, 2016 at 7:09 AM  
Blogger Philippa Grey-Gerou said...

My mom, an old time guitar playing bluegrass folkie, used to take me to picking parties all the time when I was a kid. I loved the music, but I especially loved the atmosphere. And so many different instruments! I got to play with the maracas and tamborines, but I always wanted to be up with the big dogs. I tried guitar and mandolin, but they just didn't take. I had a dulcimer for a few years, but again, nothing. I think my brother got all the musical genes in our family!

June 9, 2016 at 7:27 AM  
Blogger Special K said...

Music moves. Making music inspires. I would love to show my kids that making music doesn't need to be intimidating or overly complicated. Natural music ability does not run in our genes but that has no bearing on our ability to appreciate and enjoy. This would be the perfect addition to our family. Thank you for the opportunity.

June 9, 2016 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger Becky B said...

I would love to learn to play the Dulcimer. My grandparents grew up in Kentucky and though they are gone, I remember whenever my grandmother would hear what she called "mountain music" her eyes would get that far-away look and I knew she was back where she grew up. She told us that music was their joy, as they were so poor growing up, and that no one could sing harmonies like that any more. She loved the Dulcimer and I do too!

June 9, 2016 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger Portia said...

I would love to win the strumstick! I have no musical talent, and I'm jealous of those who do. An easy to learn instrument might be just what I need!

Thank you and thank you to McNally.

Portia

PS What are those little things scattered by the strumstick in the picture? Dried peas? Stones? Kernels of corn? Dried mini marshmallows? Well, surely not that, but I can't quite figure it out.

June 9, 2016 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger Wolfy Tobias said...

I played violin in middle school for a year, but it was a rented instrument and my parents couldn't afford to continue after the first year. Was fun at the time, but now the only chords I play are my vocal chords lol!

June 9, 2016 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Debby said...

Started cello at age 58...5 years later still taking lessons. My favorite music is Celtic fiddle songs.

June 9, 2016 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Tampopo Press said...

I played piano growing up, and missed making music when I moved out; the guitar just didn't stick. I'd love to try my hand at the strumstick, and my little daughter would love it, too!

June 9, 2016 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Frank Christenson said...

I can't play an instrument (or sing, for that matter) and envy those that can. I love reading your blog daily. Keep up the good work!

June 9, 2016 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Diana L said...

I love the tune "Wild Mountain Thyme"! I'm learning the whistle (from a wonderful irish musician! If you get a chance, check out Kennedy's Kitchen for some fantastic Irish music), but I've always wanted to play guitar.

June 9, 2016 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger wisegoat acres said...

I would love to learn to play the fiddle.

June 9, 2016 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Justine said...

All instruments are amazing but I have to say when a person sings and there is passion behind the voice gosh it gives me shivers... I have always wanted to play the oboe... There was a fantastic oboe player in my high school orchestra and I lovrd listening.

June 9, 2016 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger Justine said...

Shared!

June 9, 2016 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Naps Schrader said...

I've always wanted to learn to play the banjo. My wife plays fiddle, so I would love to learn something simple to accompany her while we sit on the front porch and watch the kids play and the chickens scratch.

June 9, 2016 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger Paulette said...

What a beautiful instrument. Thank you Jenna, for your giving us the chance to own it.

June 9, 2016 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger Asia Ballew said...

I would love to have it! It would give me a good excuse to learn an instrument, especially a beautiful one such as this!

June 9, 2016 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Kayla Wedde said...

I dream of playing the fiddle one day when life settles itself and when my flock of sheep and I can move farther up north near the Boundary Waters. I played the flute through 5th-8th grade, haven't played an instrument since and I graduated this year. My love of music dances freely in my bones, I can't wait to make my own music again someday. Thank you for offering such a giveaway. Absolutely wonderful. :)
Have a great one,
Kayla

June 9, 2016 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger Katey and Dave said...

I have a strumstick, and I love it; I'd like to play it better! An opportunity to have a second one to play with my daughters? Amazing.

June 9, 2016 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger Sheri said...

Here's my abbreviated music story. I started out playing the organ when I was about 5 or 6, took lessons and played polkas non-stop when my grandparents visited until I was about 18. While the lessons stopped, the organ stuck around until last year. By then, we had found a piano that was built just before the Depression and fell in love with its beauty, if not its finicky ways. My girls and I play a tune on the piano every morning to start our day together. Now, as our family looks to purchase our first farm, we're pretty sure the piano will not make the trip with us and we're looking for something smaller to fill the void. I was thinking ukulele might be the instrument of choice, but your strumstick looks pretty sweet too!

June 9, 2016 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger Prairie Scrapbooking said...

I took accordion lessons from age 8-14, and now in my 40's have started taking fiddle lessons...it's never to late! Thanks for a chance to win such a cool instrument.

June 9, 2016 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger Mona (back2thelandlibrarian) said...

When I was little I learned to play piano, even though I really wanted to play guitar. I attempted to teach myself guitar in high school, but only ever learned one song. One day I'll learn. Or I'll learn to play the fiddle or the banjo!

June 9, 2016 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger Prairiefamily said...

I'm learning to play the mandolin...this looks like a cool instrument.

June 9, 2016 at 5:29 PM  
Blogger lemontreelane said...

I'd love to learn to play piano but would appreciate the compactness of a banjo!

June 9, 2016 at 6:08 PM  
Blogger M Majem said...

My Mom said I had to try for this! She and I both love music, and she loves to listen to my beginner attempts at playing my mandolin. I have been drooling over a strum stick for a couple of years now, but you know how money is! Thanks for being an inspiration!

June 9, 2016 at 7:31 PM  
Blogger M Majem said...

Thanks for being an inspiration!

June 9, 2016 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger Joshua Smith-Homesteader said...

Well I got a porch and a seat all I need is a strumstick. Cheers!

June 9, 2016 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Joshua Smith-Homesteader said...

Well, I got a porch and a seat all I need is a strumstick. Cheers!!

June 9, 2016 at 7:42 PM  
Blogger Harmony Hill said...

Instruments terrify me like a first date. I would LOVE to hold and play a strumstick. May be just the place to uncork my rhythm.

June 9, 2016 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Hooves and Hounds Farm said...

I've always wanted to play the piano , got an out of tune old upright one Christmas. Would love this for the farm , music and dinner for our cooking classes.

June 9, 2016 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger Tammy Castro said...

Always loved the acoustic guitar. I fall in love with the sound anytime I hear someone play. I would love to learn to play someday. I've got a little farm, the old farm house, and a southern front porch. Would love to sit on the front porch, playing a country tune, and play the summer away.

The only things I sort of learned to play was the organ (Mother made me), and the flute in Elementary school. Good grief to both of those.

June 9, 2016 at 9:17 PM  
Blogger Sara O'Konski said...

I have always wanted to play the fiddle but still haven't tried. a\Maybe a strum stick could be the stepping stone that I need to get started with a stringed instrument.

June 10, 2016 at 1:55 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

The music from the strum stick is beautiful seems so easy to play. I have been trying to learn the guitar but with not much luck I can play a few songs but the strum stick seem much easier.

June 10, 2016 at 2:41 AM  
Blogger HeidePB said...

After years of encouraging my homeschooled sons to engage in any kind of music lessons, with no success, my soon to be 16yr old said last night at dinner "I wish I'd learned to play guitar when I was younger". Jeesh. Perhaps a strum stick would be just the thing to encourage this new interest?

June 10, 2016 at 5:32 AM  
Blogger papersparrow said...

Never had the opportunity to learn an instrument. I would like to learn dulcimer, as I really love the tone and sound. But anything with strings looks fun!

June 10, 2016 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

I used to play the guitar, but with my nerve damage and joint problems, it's just too big and heavy to play anymore. So I picked up the ukulele instead, and it's definitely my little friend. There's no pressure to play well or become an expert. I have a green one and she's beautiful.

June 10, 2016 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Christina Jewell said...

I would love to learn fiddle

June 10, 2016 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger Christina Jewell said...

Shared!!

June 10, 2016 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Joleen said...

My instrument is the piano. I started lessons as a child and still have our family piano in my home. It relaxes me when I play and makes me happy.

June 10, 2016 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger RuralLegend said...

I played the piano and, briefly, the saxophone, as a kid. I think it's time now for something with a little more old fashioned, rural charm!

June 10, 2016 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger papersparrow said...

Shared! Hoping to send a few of my fellow homesteader folk your way :)

June 10, 2016 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

All my friends play instruments and I've always wanted to play the ukulele. I have excuses like not enough time, etc but really i know I'd love to have an eady instrument to begin on

June 10, 2016 at 2:10 PM  
Blogger Joanna Coe said...

At 48, I'm soon going to be an empty nester, and so need an interest/hobby:)I enjoy reading your blog immensely and have all of your books. I also grew up playing the piano, and would enjoy learning a new instrument to play the Strumstick would be Awesome.The music that comes from it sounds rustic(I love that!) and it could go with me wherever :) Thanks!

June 10, 2016 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

My daughter would love this. Thanks for the chance.

June 10, 2016 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger FlipFlopGirl said...

I dream of being able to pick up a guitar and strum by the fire and sing along...

June 10, 2016 at 4:30 PM  
Blogger Madisonb said...

Thx for this chance!

June 10, 2016 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger Madisonb said...

Thx for this chance!a

June 10, 2016 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger Madisonb said...

Thx for this great chance!

June 10, 2016 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger Jessica Olin said...

I bought a guitar a few years ago because of many reasons (not least of which was the cute salesman at Guitar Center) but didn't really start learning to play until last year. I pick it up every day now. Sometimes only for 5 minutes, but no matter what I work on learning.

June 10, 2016 at 5:50 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I just love this giveaway. I grew up with music because my dad was an opera singer. My sister and I both played piano, sang, and played brass instruments. Over the years, all of that music making has fallen away -- with one exception. When the extended family gets together, we have impromptu jam sessions. My uncle and cousin-in-law play the banjo, my cousins play the guitar, and even the younger second cousins (ages 5 and 6) have their own instruments to play along. The 6 yr old has a kid banjo, the 5 yr old loves to sing and got a little ukulele for her birthday. We're having a family reunion next summer, the first since my grandfather passed away, and it would be amazing to play a strumstick. Right now my only contribution is trying to sing along to songs I don't know! :)

June 10, 2016 at 5:53 PM  
OpenID seattlemusicnerd said...

Years ago, I tried to learn to play bass guitar. I was never very good at it, but I lit up when I learned how to play a few songs I loved. Several years ago, I encountered a banjo for the first time, and upon picking it up, proceeded to pick out "Iron Man" from memory. Though I had given up playing an instrument for recreation by that time, it was a moment where I felt proud I had learned how to do so in the first place.

June 10, 2016 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger Quinntessence said...

I grew up playing the saxaphone. I was good, but i hated it. I always wanted to play the violin. Violin music always sounded beautiful, it often moved me to tears. I thought beautiful music could really only come from an instrument that could be played while the player was crying ( because the music was so beautiful they couldnt help but be overwhelmed by it, obviously). Have you ever heard someone playing the saxaphone while crying? No? Trust me, It sounds terrible. I always thought one day i would learn a string instrument, but that day hasnt happened yet.

June 10, 2016 at 6:28 PM  
Blogger Jen Wilson said...

I grew up playing piano, clarinet, and oboe, but now as an adult I'd love to learn to play a stringed instrument. I'd like to try the ukulele, but this instrument sounds intriguing. Piano isn't as much fun for me anymore as I'm too much of a perfectionist at it - but I'd love to try something where I have zero expectation about being any good - just to play in the sense of being playful and having fun.

June 10, 2016 at 8:31 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

I took piano lessons when I was younger but quit when I got to marches in the songbook. Reason? I can't read music and was playing mostly by picking out C and playing by ear. Marches were my Waterloo. I have a tin whistle now because of Jenna and would like more time to practice on it. Having a stringed instrument to learn would be great. Thanks for having this giveaway Jenna. Love ya!

Denise from TN

June 10, 2016 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger TaosJohn said...

Okay, I could use one o' these.

June 10, 2016 at 11:14 PM  
Blogger TaosJohn said...

Okay, I could use one o' these.

June 10, 2016 at 11:14 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I played the piano when I was younger and loved it. But I had to leave my piano behind when we moved to the mountains. 2 years ago my beloved husband blessed me with a dulcimer! I'm not good at all but it's sound makes me happy!

June 11, 2016 at 12:34 AM  
Blogger Photo Spread said...

I'm a woodwind player at heart, but I wish I could play stringed instruments better. I have a mandolin that I whack at on occasion but then I end up going back to my pennywhistles and flutes instead. I've seen Strumsticks before and they are fun little instruments.
I also love the sound of a dulcimer but have never had the chance to learn to play.

June 11, 2016 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger Michele said...

Hi Jenna, I first read about you in Mary Janes Farm magazine. You are an inspiration to young people far and wide. I am fortunate to be a native Montanan raised by farm folk. It's the very best life when you have accomplished most of your day by your own hard work. Raising your own veges, canning, hunting and fishing. Keep up the great blog! Michele.

June 11, 2016 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Lara said...

Banjo...I've revisited this friend in recent years after not playing for a long while, but now it seems to be my go to. Summer always makes me feel like playing even more. Clawhammer is my style...my banjo's name is Liza--she's a simple open back dirty thirties rendition, but I love her :-)

June 11, 2016 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger Karen L. said...

I am really drawn to the sound of a sax, the lower bass ones mostly. My son and daughter played one in high school but not anymore. So sad! And it's funny but I just saw a piece on our local TV station showing a guy making these strumsticks and showing the different designs. He then played one to demonstrate the sound too. They look pretty cool actually and nice and portable! I think the fellow lived in SC not NJ like the people who made yours.

June 11, 2016 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger Tammie said...

I have tried playing a harmonica but don't have the air for that. Love the sound of the harmonica and the dulcimer. Every time we go to the folk life festival in town I am just mesmerized by the dulcimers. Have debated getting a strum stick for a long time now, would love to win this one.

June 11, 2016 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger Knit Picky Knitter said...

I looooooooove the banjo and the Strumstick is a nice option for someone who loves the banjo sound but hasn't (yet) learned how to play the challenging 5-string instrument. Would love to have a G strumstick! Thanks for the chance Jenna.

June 11, 2016 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger Knit Picky Knitter said...

SHARED!!!!!!!!!

June 11, 2016 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger Bencody Farm said...

Guitar and djembe.

June 11, 2016 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger Luann said...

Shared

June 11, 2016 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger K. Jean said...

I took one summer of violin and loved it but already was playing flute and piano. Would love to learn fiddle again and strumstick sounds excellent too!

June 12, 2016 at 12:18 AM  
Blogger Lee B. said...

I've played the guitar since I was 8... maybe not very well, but looking back it was a great learning experience and something that most kids now don't get to do or don't choose to do. The Strumstick seems like a natural progression, something I've never seen before, but something that would add to our lazy farm evenings under the trees. Keep up the great work at your farm and live your dream!!

June 12, 2016 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger gothicmuse said...

I took lessons as a child, at my mother's insistence; piano, accordion and piano, again, but it never beckoned to or resonated with me. Your blog is the first time I've ever seen anything like the strum stick and it kind of calls to me. A very faint whisper, but my ears picked it up when I saw the ad. Maybe I'm intrigued because it has 3 strings and is of such a simple, but elegant design? I don't know, but even if I'm not the recipient of this particular beauty, I plan to get one in the near future as a new hobby for my retirement. I also plan, in this thing they call retirement, when I have some more free time, to attend one of your fiddle lesson weekends. I figure that if you can help ME to learn even one simple tune that anyone else would recognize, then you can teach ANYONE this skill. Not kidding.

June 12, 2016 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger Paula Patton said...

Mesmerizing! That is what the sound of stringed instruments do for me. I learned a little folk guitar in high school, have played a bit on the ukelele, but when I heard the sound of the Strumstick, I was immediately enamored. Thus, I put a McNally instrument on my wish list and have yet to be able to realize that wish. I can get LOST in the banjo-like sounds and love the possibilities the Strumstick offers. If I win this awesome prize -- I promise to learn it well, share it much and tell all about Cold Antler Farm, McNally Strumsticks and the joys of making folk-inspired music.

June 12, 2016 at 5:32 PM  
Blogger Diana Napier said...

This looks so fun. I would love to have one to show the grandkids and I think they would have a great time with it. Sorry to hear about your computer.

June 12, 2016 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Luann said...

Was winner picked?

June 13, 2016 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Yes, the winner is Lora Duarte!!

June 13, 2016 at 8:53 PM  

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