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hello I'm a new guy

PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2002 2:53 pm
by mudbelly
I have been lurking on this page for a while and I have decided to register and post. Seems like a great place.

I play several instruments, bass, guitar, reso, harp and tuba are my main ones.

Nice to meet ya'll.

RE: hello I'm a new guy

PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2002 7:47 pm
by ricochet
Welcome, mudbelly! :-)

What sort of stuff you play on that tuba?

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

RE: hello I'm a new guy

PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2002 8:20 pm
by mudbelly
I am from east Texas, two hours north of Houston.

I have played tuba since I was 12. I'm 45 now. I was a music major in college, but did not finish. I get a tuba gig once a year may be, at a church or some sort of bandsmen reunion. A few months ago I sat in with a polka group play bass on some numbers, tuba on others.

RE: hello I'm a new guy

PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2002 12:02 am
by bosco
Guitar, Reso and Harp won't raise any eyebrows around here but TUBA? That's just too cool. Like the nickname too, Mud. Welcome.

went down to the crossroads....

RE: hello I'm a new guy

PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2002 5:31 am
by mudbelly
Thanks for the welcomes. I may not post too much but I enjoy lurking and learning from all on this board.

To give you an idea what I do I play bass at my church. My wife plays guitar. It is a catholic church, we do a bilingual English Spanish Mass.

I have a once a month lead guitar gig in a country band, it's a pretty informal gig, a dance in a gym, no practices we just show up and play. I am the newest group member, been doing it over a year now.

Did some busking at a local street festival this past weekend. Played slide on my reso, a little jug band style mandolin and dulcimer.

I'm not a pro, but I keep busy. Nice to know you guys.

RE: hello I'm a new guy

PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2002 9:37 am
by howlnwoof
Hey , Mudbelly.
Check out the Chicago band "Devil In The Woodpile".they actually use a tuba to hold down the bottom end ...a really entertaining live band . They have a couple of cds out on
http://www.bloodshotrecords.com

Welcome aboard.....

I got a rich mans woman ...livin on a poor mans pay.........

RE: hello I'm a new guy

PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2002 1:16 pm
by mudbelly
I'll check em out. I am a fan of New Orleans brass band music, anyone heard of the Dirty Dozen or the Rebirth Brass Band.

Jazz Fest is coming up in New Orleans, good time to get a dose of this stuff.

RE: hello I'm a new guy

PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2002 3:50 pm
by ricochet
Which sort of dulcimer, lap or hammered? I've picked and slid on a lap dulcimer since 1979, which is why I took to slide guitar, I reckon. :-)

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

RE: hello I'm a new guy

PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2002 6:31 pm
by mudbelly
It's a lap. Made by McSpadden in Mountain View Arkansas. I have had it quite a while, it was a gift from my parents one time. I have heard that there is no wrong way to play a dulicmer, you just pluck it. I mainly just kind of improvise on it making up instrumentals that I give names like "the 90lb catfish."

I have discovered that a small town about 50 miles from me has a dulcimer socity that meets once a month. Their ads say "rehersal at 6, performance at 7"

May be I will go and try to learn more.

RE: hello I'm a new guy

PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2002 2:48 am
by ricochet
Cool! I play mine the old fashioned way, sliding on the melody strings with a "Noter," a little hardwood stick, and eschew the chord fretting stuff invented by 1960s folk guitarists. The bass strings are open drones, and retuning them puts the instrument into a different mode. Played this way, it's the easiest instrument in the world to play, except maybe a triangle or something like that. :-)

I also have a McNally "Strumstick," which is a compact dulcimer designed for hanging on a strap and playing guitar style, with the strings reversed for easy slide-fretting the melody with your finger.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."