Still learning the Dulcimer

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© Andrea Petersen
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UploadedJune 23, 2019
TakenJune 23, 2019
Exposure1/60 sec at f/3.5
FlashCompulsory Flash
Focal Length14.3 mm
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I checked out a Dulcimer song book from the library yesterday so maybe I'll get some pointers if I take the time to study it. I went to a thrift store also yesterday and am wearing my $4 lace black dress on sale that I bought and glad it fit as I didn't take time to try it on until today.

I learned that when holding the dulcimer ..It looked better when I partly turned it so that the front of it is directed toward the camera otherwise you don't see the strings as much from the side. I also took the strap off temporarily that came with the dulcimer as it was a little hard to do the self portrait and run into place within 10 seconds and in the process be caught up in the strap. I am a bit of a klutz!

You could say I was jamming with the House Wrens who are the real musicians that were singing their heads off as I was strumming. In reality they might have been protesting over the mistakes I made.

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  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (23 Jun 2019):

    LOL! what do the wrens know...this is beautiful and just play on...

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (23 Jun 2019):

    a wonderful theme image!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (23 Jun 2019):

    A beautiful capture, excellent composition, detail and perfect for the challenge! Sounds like the wrens enjoyed jamming with you :)

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (24 Jun 2019):

    Thank you for your comments..I promised the House Wrens I will eventually learn how to play
    the dulcimer:-) The gnats didn't do any humming along or to bite thankfully as I think I scared them away with my strumming.

  • Lizl  (Elizabeth) Bennefeld

    Lizl (Elizabeth) Bennefeld said (25 Jun 2019):

    Lovely photograph! I've never tried a string instrument. Looks intriguing, though. Trusting that you're having fun learning to play it.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (25 Jun 2019):

    Thank you Lizl, A number of years ago my late mother and I almost bought ourselves a dulcimer after we listened to a lady playing mountain music so beautifully in the way it should be played....The ladies husband made handcrafted dulcimers at that time....A few years ago I had an opportunity to buy a dulcimer at a music store where the owner made his instruments....It would help if I bought myself a music stand to set the songbook on while I am am learning the chords to play....It is a fun instrument ...I just need to take the time to master the technique.

  • Kevin Schumacher

    Kevin Schumacher gave props (26 Jun 2019):

    Beautiful portrait!!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (26 Aug 2019):

    Back to vote!!

  • teresa B

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  • Alex Preiss

    Alex Preiss gave props (28 Aug 2019):

    Excellent portrait and concept. Voted.

  • Fifo Castro

    Fifo Castro (Deleted) gave props (29 Aug 2019):

    Wow my friend, excellent for the theme, you have my vote

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (30 Aug 2019):

    Oh YEAH! Rad...

  • Bruce Baker

    Bruce Baker   said (30 Aug 2019):


  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (8 Sep 2019):

    Another beautiful shot! Got my vote.

  • Ioana Caravan

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