just after the previous post. My computer crashed. And a whole lot of need-to-do-it-now home repairs presented themselves.
So we hired a handyman and other sorts, thoroughly scrambled the budget to fit new priorities, and otherwise kept on paddling upstream.
That, plus an attack of bronchitis and ear troubles that left me deaf for most of a month, pretty much got in the way of getting a new computer or playing music, but…
That’s all done now. Mostly. I’m typing now on a mini computer loaned to me by a friend and totally wanting better and faster! But it beats using a tablet for some things, so also grateful for the loan!
On the music end: I went to the Glendale (AZ) Folk & Heritage festival last weekend and had a ball! Didn’t see many acts; jamming and workshops took up most of my time. Definitely worth a trip if you are out that way next year.
The AZ chapter of Old Time Fiddlers’ held a campout in Mayer the weekend before. Two minutes driving got me there (yay!), and it was another good time. Besides jamming, I took a workshop on how to back up a fiddler; good info to know, and a little bit tricky for a dulcimer player.The pick – chop part was easy but finding the root and fifth of each chord (that’s the picking part) was harder. It finally dawned on me that, in Dad (or any other Mixolydian tuning) you can use barre chords for back up, with the bass string for the root and middle for fifth. Much easier!
Gee think I’m finally getting the hang of this. More later; my main dulcimer is in the shop for fret repair so I’m taking the week off to work thru the fiber studio.
Keep on strumming!
There’s always a way.