Strings & Things

January 17, 2020

Greetings! And happy new year! I hope you all have made great resolutions with high expectations for yourself in the coming year!

One might think that it is a good New Year’s resolution would be to play and practice more in the coming year. However, I don’t think one s...

March 9, 2019

 Have you ever found something when you were looking for something else?  I love it when that happens.  When that happens; the term to describe it is: serendipity.  It comes from an old tale of ancient Ceylon by Horace Walpole entitled: The Three Princes of Serendip....

February 5, 2019

Good King Wenceslas looked out on the Feast of Stephen,

When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even.
Brightly shone the moon that night, though the frost was cruel,
When a poor man came in sight, gathering winter fuel.


November 16, 2018

So I've got to say I sincerely appreciated those of you that came out to cheer me on at the Walnut Valley contest!  It was great fun!

Going into the contest, I really wasn't very nervous.  I wasn't particularly overwhelmed.  When someone asked me later how I did?  I rep...

October 11, 2018


So, I changed strings on my mountain dulcimer and I must say it was refreshing.  It was something akin changing out of dirty clothes, cleaning up and then putting on clean clothes.  These two things which we should regularly change have much in common. Admittedly we p...

May 15, 2018

Admittedly, I relied heavily on Wikipedia for the following article. I could have just given y'all the link and you could have read it yourself. But, what's the fun in that?

I left in most of the links because it is fun to check the references in a Wikipedia article bec...

April 17, 2018

Before I became "musical" [actually before I realized that I had always been "musical"] I would openly confess that the music gene had come to me from the shallow end of the gene pool. And I would marvel and enjoy the musical proclivity of my wife and our children.


March 20, 2018

So the impetus for this article comes from an observation and conversation with an old guitar player. Now, you might ask, was that a conversation with a guitar player who was old or guitar player who played old guitars? The answer is, “Yes".

What caught my attention was...

February 20, 2018

What do I know? That is the question that has crossed my mind every month for the past two years that I served as the President of our club. Don't get me wrong or take that question the wrong way because I have oodles of self-confidence. But, I am relatively new to thi...

January 23, 2018

We may need more beginners… I think I have playing for three years now. I have been playing long enough now that I have forgotten exactly when I started to learn. That doesn't mean much either because most of the time I can't remember where I left my keys. I feel good...

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