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Thread #44482   Message #655495
Posted By: GUEST,Russ
22-Feb-02 - 02:18 PM
Thread Name: Mountain dulcimer fingerpicks
Subject: RE: Mountain dulcimer fingerpicks
Spaw,

Thanks.

I developed my fingerpicking style to accompanying my singing. I wanted something more flexible and subtle than strumming. I tried flatpicking but wasn't satisfied enough with my initial endeavors to keep it up.

I play in old time jams just for giggles and exercise. That's why I don't worry much if no one can hear me but me. It's fun to try to keep up with the fiddles. I often succeed.

I once sat in with five guys flatpicking big Martins because I knew a couple of the participants. At one point the guy taking the break looked at me and nodded. I started my break and almost lost it when they all quieted down enough to hear me. They even let me start a coupla tunes. It really helps to play with people who know you and understand dulcimers.