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Nice collection. If you can part with any it might help with expenses but not your sweetest and most precious babies... The ones you can't part with. After my gear I didn't need I started selling comics I've had for 50 years. It was hard but I know I am using the money to be the me I'm supposed to be and as you know...it ain't cheap. Good luck and I know it's hard to part with your most precious companions.

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Shay

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I don't consider myself a musician, but I’ve played the piano, violin, and currently learning guitar. The violin I have actually belonged to my great uncle, that I got from my grandfather. 

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Very nice Epiphone arch top Jacqui.

The one I worked on was a dark tobacco sunburst almost  black in the center.

I had to repair the fingerboard because some wood was missing where it had been played so much over the years.Had to re radius the fingerboard after repairing it before installing new frets.

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@Ryan what a wonder instrument to get from a great uncle. Treasure it and see if it will sing in your hands.

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2 hours ago, Shay said:

@Ryan what a wonder instrument to get from a great uncle. Treasure it and see if it will sing in your hands.

I've been playing it for about 10 years now. When I got it, it had no strings and my parents weren't even sure if it was still playable. We showed it to my music teacher at the time, and he said it was in great condition. He put new strings on it, tuned it up and taught me how to play. 

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That is so sweet. I play guitar, bass, mandolin and dulcimer but could never get more then a screech out of violin. The story of ancestors passing it down and music teacher helping to get it going and just the fact you have played it for 10 years is such a great thing. Congrats and treasure it.

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On 7/5/2020 at 7:39 AM, Shay said:

....I am writing a new song I long like to share when it is ready. It is called "Where You Been So Long".

 

Shay, Shay, 
Gal, where you been so long?
Shay, Shay, 
Gal, where you been so long?
I been worryin' 'bout you, baby,
Baby, please come home.

I got a bird that whistles,
I got a bird that sings.
I got a bird that whistles,
I got a bird that sings.
But I ain't a-got Shay,
Life don't mean a thing.
 
As you are no doubt aware you've put an entirely new twist on an old blues standard (above rendition by Dylan). how clever. Wished I woulda thought of that!
 
Anyway, like Dylan, I play harmonicas, only quite a bit better than him. I also play washboard, rhythm bones, and Jaw Harps. I'm an old-timey kinda gal. 
 
Cheers,

Shelley
 
 
 

 

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@Shelley L. would love to merge what you do and create an interesting hybrid. Years ago I wrote a full play with music about Dan Emmett who born and died in Mount Vernon Ohio. He wrote Dixie old Dan Tucker turkey in the straw blue tail fly. He was the father of minstrels and parodied high brow opera not the sad racist thing it became. In the play we used bones and a friend played a 1850s replica Bangor. I play harp on Beatles and Tom Petty songs along with bass and singing lead and I love a well played harp...especially if it is better than Dylan's. Loved Paul Butterfield.

 

Anyway do you have capabilities to take a wave file or mp3 and record a separate track and send?

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11 hours ago, Shay said:

@Shay

 

"...Anyway do you have capabilities to take a wave file or mp3 and record a separate track and send?"

Sure. Sounds like fun. I'm wide open to any ideas. How shall we connect?

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Shay,

I see you play dulcimer. I do as well. Who was the maker of your dulcimer or dulcimers? I have a Folkcraft concert dulcimer and an electric Tom Yocky. 

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I was friends with Homer Ledford  who was famous for making dulcimers. He made the first two person sweetheart dulcimer.

He was an awesome guy and a great saw player too.Very famous in the bluegrass music world.

He taught me how to do a fret job.

 

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@ErikkaMy left handed dulcimer was made by Rocky Mountain Dulcimers and they no longer exist.

 

@Teri Anne I am aware of him. You sure do have a wonderfully rich background.

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Homer was a really good teacher and a very talented player.

He played the saw as well but I can't find any videos of him playing one.

He was a super nice guy and if you messed up he would tell you where you messed up and how to fix it.

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Love musicians and teachers who encourage and don't demean

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I don't recall if I have mentioned it, but I play classical guitar with an eye towards transferring those skills to pop music.

I wouldn't say I'm very good, but at least I can sight read music reasonably well.

Plus the guitar obsession has gone over the top... 2 classical guitars, 1 parlor acoustic, 2 electric guitars and 2 amps.

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Hybrid music excites me. I love to hear instruments played in a way you wouldn't expect or music using a mixture like Bangor in a metal song.

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Richie Blackmore used medieval stringed instruments in his band Blackmore's Night.

The live in Paris CD has him playing a few.

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Sorry I picked a clip where the audio is not quite synced with the video.

Paris Moon is their live CD and it  is an awesome CD so buy it if you see it.

Village Lantern  is also a wonderful CD.

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I like that Blackmore has completely reinvented himself. I have heard he is incredibly difficult to work though.

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I've always loved how Candrice Night looks and sings - another in a long list of "Gosh I wish I could be" her

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