burek’s twenty comments

  • Re: Dulcimer

    The Laramie session is run by Rod Garnett from Colcannon. Does he count as someone who knows and loves the music, has worked at and understands the tradition? He's never asked me to put the thing away. BTW, I was refering to jam session as a standard of n... more…

  • Re: Dulcimer

    Wow. I really feel unwelcome. I've played Irish Trad on my mountain dulcimer since the '70's, first learning tunes from the people in my community and then from listening to Bonnie Carol. I have a dulcimer with a big soundbox designed to carry in a jam se... more…

  • Re: Posture and fiddle

    funny, I was just reading about this book on CoMando. The author they had listed was Madeline Bruser and the website I found googling her name was http://www.artofpracticing.com/ but its a piano instruction book. Is this what you were looking at Zina? more…

  • Slahsers

    I know a lovely tune by name League and slasher reel - American old time although it may exist elsewhere as well - and I also wondered why a tune would be named slasher. Any other insight from all you incredibly diverse folks (who are all more well read t... more…

  • Re: How to use Mountain Dulcimer in ITM?

    I was there once when I was 14 - bit more than 20 years ago - and I agree, it is lovely. Weird thing - it reminds me a lot of Wyoming. I was playing last night and thinking about what it is I do, and decided that the way I hold my hand is more like someon... more…

  • Re: How to use Mountain Dulcimer in ITM?

    Hi Lars. O yah, my grandfather is from Oland. I had a distant relative in the States who was actually doing Scandavaian folk stuff and played some dulcimer family instrument, but she died when I was young. Lousy timing on my part. Ok, to answer the other ... more…

  • Huge stupid

    Sorry - I do sound like an idiot. It is kind of hard to explain how playing a dulcimer is different from playing the fiddle except its a lot bigger movement and way more out of control!! And I use the word "advice" loosely... more…

  • Re: How to use Mountain Dulcimer in ITM?

    Lars, this is birgit in Wyoming. I use a mountain dulcimer in ITM all the time, playing both chords and melodies. The thing you have to do in order to play fast melodies is dance your hand over the strings like a spider - you do a lot of hammer-ons, and j... more…

  • Re: Other than music, What do ya do?

    I'm the assistant to the Dean of the Libraries. Basically an Executive Mom. I tell people where they left thier dirty socks, what they need to do next, and do personnel stuff, like make the kids quit fighting. I make books, garden, and take classes in wha... more…

  • Re: concertina trouble

    You folks are awesome. THANKS!! more…