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I was playing banjo and decided to get that old dulcimer down from the wall and have a go at it. Hope ya like it Strumelia!

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Comment by Strumelia on October 15, 2013 at 12:29pm

I LOVE it!   Old Joe is a natural for lap dulcimer!   Big hugs to you!

Comment by Scott Johnson on October 15, 2013 at 10:49pm

Very Nice

But is that a "Minstrel" dulcimer????  :)

Comment by Mark Weems on October 16, 2013 at 12:42pm

Hi Scott, what do you mean?

Comment by Scott Johnson on October 16, 2013 at 2:33pm

Hi Mark

A slightly lame attempt at humor.  :) 

It is always kind of fun to read the threads that go kind of like  " is this really a minstrel banjo???". or other instruments that may ot may not have been used by early minstrels.

Your dulcimer playing is great, and the Old Joe theme is one of those tunes that made the transition from minstrel tunes to old time tunes. 

good rendition of the tune anyway.

Comment by Mark Weems on October 16, 2013 at 2:53pm

But wait, I thought I heard Converse say in that se'ance that he really liked mountain dulcimers more than banjo's, but that there just wasn't enough money in it for him?

Comment by Scott Johnson on October 16, 2013 at 2:58pm

I think that was just a dulci-rumor

Comment by Mark Weems on October 16, 2013 at 3:06pm

Nice dulcihumor!

Comment by Strumelia on October 16, 2013 at 3:46pm

Lap dulcimers were most probably not used in minstrel stage shows, nor dragged around by CW soldiers, but were played during the minstrel era nonetheless---  "Dulcimers, which are stringed instruments made of wood, were popular in Tennessee. Click here to listen to music played on an actual 1832 lap dulcimer made in Sneedville, Tennessee. The song is “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” written by Robert Robinson in 1758, although the melody was probably written later in the 1800s. This recording was made by noted Tennessee musician David Schnaufer in 2001."   -Sound clip here:  http://www.tn4me.org/article.cfm/era_id/4/major_id/21/minor_id/63/a...

Comment by Strumelia on October 16, 2013 at 4:01pm

Here's a pic of the 1832 dulcimer being played in that sound clip:

Comment by Mark Weems on October 21, 2013 at 7:48pm

Actually Strumelia, Hans Nathan found at least one playbill reference to a 'dulcimer' being played in a circus minstrel band in 1848 (Nathan, 149) Whether it would have been a hammer dulcimer or lap dulcimer is unknown.

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