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In 1980, I bought a gorgeous dulcimer at the Marin County Renaissance Faire. I played "Dulce" a few times, but she had several strings and that was a little too complicated for me, so she was set aside as life went by. In April 2006, I went to a local Renaissance faire with my wife (http://www.goldcoastfestivals.com/escondidoren/erenpg1.html), and as she learned to spin wool into yarn, I decided to bring Dulce along and strum a little to provide some simple entertainment. The discovery of a few chords, and my ability to count to 3, led me to create the following... uh... song. Here, for the first time ever, is a recording of me trying to play an instrument live. I did record this as 2 tracks, one of strumming, and one of picking. And of course, the "Sweet Love" Spanish title of the piece is a play on words of Dulci-mer. Thanks to MissChaos for suggesting a stronger ending.

This is a piece in C, 3/4 time, at 100 BPM. If anyone might like to add lyrics, please feel free to e-mail me and I'll send you the GB file to play with.

Update: Roxylee has turned this into a beautiful song: http://www.macjams.com/song/19981
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Uploaded: Apr 11, 2006 - 06:45:44 PM
Last Updated: Nov 08, 2007 - 03:23:05 PM Last Played: Jun 05, 2015 - 08:59:26 PM
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Hardware:
Dual 1GHz G4, a cheap Radio Shack dynamic mic, Saffire Focusrite audio box, "Dulce" Rugg&Jackel American 4-string dulcimer, warm Spring day.
Software:
Recorded live (in less than 50 takes!) into GB2.
Comments
said 4091 days ago (April 11th, 2006)
The love of playing
comes through in this. It's the aspect of music I most like to hear.
drakonis said 4091 days ago (April 11th, 2006)
The love of playing
That is true, one can enjoy playing, no matter how good one is! And I must
admit that I had fun doing this! Thanks for stopping by to listen to my fun!
ttfn,
Drakonis

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thetiler said 4091 days ago (April 11th, 2006)
Nice
I didn't know you were in Marin! I've been to that fair, maybe not the
same one. Do you know Marin much?

Thanks for giving us a taste of Draks Dulc. Nice sound, seems like you
have a choice dulcimer. Like the touch of folk to this!

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drakonis said 4091 days ago (April 11th, 2006)
Nice
I was in Marin for one day in 1980, never been back up there... hope to fix that
sometime! Thank you for checking out this little tune, the resonance on Dulce is
incredible, she just hums under my fingers and fills the room... probably like
Betsy does under yours :-)
ttfn,
Drakonis

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urbnite said 4091 days ago (April 11th, 2006)
yummy like pizza
you're too hard on yourself - this is a really nice piece.

nice simplicity to it. and you use a good range of the dulcimer i think.
makes me want mine back. kind of inspiring little ditty really! i'd love to
walk by you playing this...

and i love the title, of course.
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drakonis said 4091 days ago (April 11th, 2006)
yummy like pizza
Hi Darren, thanks for enjoying this with me. It was a fun set of chords, and does
bring out the richness, especially the open C chords at the beginning/end.
Dulce rings like a Belle then. And speaking of Belles, this piece has already just
attracted the attention of one sweet voice who wants to sing along, maybe there
will be an updated collab soon!
ttfn,
Drakonis

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perceptualvortex said 4091 days ago (April 11th, 2006)
Folky
It has that sitting on the porch, looking across the field kind of feel to me.
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drakonis said 4091 days ago (April 11th, 2006)
Folky
That's pretty much what I was doing at the Faire... sitting under a tent, listening
to the conversations as wool was spun into yarn, watching the peasants and
nobles come by and chat about the spinning wheel, and how the lady had
named her sheep and was therefore "spinning Alice just now"... and trying to
play this to attract attention, uh, in a good way of course!
ttfn,
Drakonis

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jgurner said 4091 days ago (April 11th, 2006)
The dulcimer....
....must be this year's mandolin here a MJ. :D

This is very cool, Drak. Though I've only been to two real Ranaissance
Faire type thingies, I can imagine this fitting in quite well. It's got a fun
sound. Give us more!
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drakonis said 4091 days ago (April 11th, 2006)
The dulcimer....
This was great fun (and rather liberating and humbling) to try to play/record...
we'll see what happens, I need to go "compose" myself after this I think. Thank
you for checking it out and appreciating it for its simple roots.
ttfn,
Drakonis

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MissChaos said 4091 days ago (April 11th, 2006)
Delightful!
What's this? The Drak, exposed? This little song, though you speak so
humbly, is our first glimpse at the Real Drakonis. I mean--there you
are, like a giddy child... the smile says it all. How absolutely COOL to
hear you playing and see the sort of joy it brings you. This is MUSIC,
my friend and I'm grateful for all of it. See what you did? You made me
all sappy-like. I think the mood of this song is like pulling yourelf up
after the longest climb or obstacle, to get your very first glimpse at the
360 view all around you. Enlightening. How can that be from such a
simple song with "a few chords"?

Mechanics: Bravo on that recording with your meager set-up (is the
Drak just a peasant like the rest of us?!). I like the added room reverb
and as I told you earlier, I really love the "clock" strums at the
beginning and end. It's complete.
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drakonis said 4090 days ago (April 11th, 2006)
Delightful!
Yes, it is true, you get a peek at my smirk and another facet of my love for
music, and I *did* have a great deal of fun playing this... I am glad it bubbles
out of the music for you. Thank you again for listening and suggesting some
final strums for an ending, that sounded better. I let the open chord fade
naturally on that last strum because it rings for so long on Dulce.

Yes, I'm just a peasant in dragon's clothing, slowly acquiring power-ups
along the way. This cheap mic just barely picks stuff up, I have the gain up
full, thus the slight hiss. Got the Saffire, now I need a really nice condensor
mic to pick up everything, then a sound deadened room because the stupid
mic will pick up everything (including the washing machine in the next room!)
In the mean time, I have some absolutely wonderful friends here, thanks for
being sappy with me!

ttfn,
Drakonis

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Macaudion said 4090 days ago (April 11th, 2006)
There you are
You have exactly the presence that I thought you might have, and I'm
sure that you could charm the socks of a snake - Really, that was
meant to be more complimentary than it looked - And of course, this
was a charming little piece. I almost went to that festival this past year,
but I just had way too many other things going on - Are we that
close... So you made a tune, did your wife knit anything cool yet?
Maybe I'll make it to the festival next year. Thank you sir - That was
quite pleasant - And you've been d/l'd and added to my mix, because
this tune captures more the flavor that I had in my mind about who you
are - Thanks for sharing, you - Dion
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drakonis said 4090 days ago (April 12th, 2006)
There you are
Thank you so much Dion, your choice of words and sentiments always makes
me smile! You know, I've lived on the Southern California coast all my life,
and seen a lot of snakes, and none of them have ever had any socks that I
could try to charm from them, so we'll never know. But my wife is smiling too
and agreeing with you... I will have to send you a picture of the AMAZING
dragon blanket she just finished crocheting for me, with my dragon artwork
woven into a cobalt blue merino wool blanket, took her a year to make for
me! A lot warmer than a snake sock, whatever that is (smirk)! And she did
buy a bunch of wool at the faire, and will use it to spin and crochet a blanket
for herself now! Anyway, enough sharing for now, more later... and thank
you for sharing yourself via words and music too!
ttfn,
Drakonis

Oh! And *no*, I did not go back up to the Marin county Renfaire this time, it
was a local faire, down here near San Diego:
http://www.goldcoastfestivals.com/escondidoren/erenpg1.html


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said 4090 days ago (April 11th, 2006)
Lovely sounds!
I play a little Mandolin and have thought about picking up a Dulicmer for
some time now. @%#$@%@%!!!! Now I'm thinking about it again! Keep at
it. I for one would love to hear more. Perhaps as only one part of a full
blown piece.

Be well!
drakonis said 4090 days ago (April 12th, 2006)
Lovely sounds!
Ooh, I'm spreading dulcimer magic to others? Very cool! This was $180, 25
years ago, seemed like a LOT to a poor college student! I would love to hear
what you could play on one!
ttfn,
Drakonis

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ledebutant said 4090 days ago (April 12th, 2006)
Did someone say spinning?
Like the wool junkie I am I honed in on that portion of your story and
felt rather dizzy, but then I pressed rewind and actually listened to the
music and I have to agree with the people who mentioned the joy of
playing that really comes through here, Eduard. I see you as someone
who has a great deal of happy bursting out of him most of the time
and it comes through in this piece.

I love it that you took a risk and shared yourself in this way, too. It's a
way of showing the trust you have in the other people here and I think
that's beautiful.
drakonis said 4090 days ago (April 12th, 2006)
Did someone say spinning?
Yes, I do have a fair amount of happy bursting out all the time... life can be
pretty nasty if you don't (been there, done that, not going back!) Thank you for
getting lost in my wooly story! So what is it that you love about wool anyway?
Do you knit/crochet/spin? All these things we don't know. We'll just keep
sharing and learning I guess. Thank you for stopping by and hearing this simple
piece for what it is, just another baby step for me.
ttfn,
Drakonis

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### Today's song: <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/19437">Caroline's Bear Rag-Calliope</a>
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Rebsie said 4090 days ago (April 12th, 2006)
Way to go!
I think it's wonderful that you've made your first recording on a full-
blooded real instrument. It does provide a level of expression which is
hard to reach any other way. The dulcimer has a really sweet tone
(appropriately enough) and you're getting to grips with it very nicely. I
hope you'll feel inspired to do some more tracks with it.
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drakonis said 4090 days ago (April 12th, 2006)
Way to go!
Wow, thank you Rebsie! I do agree with my step-daughter, that playing an
instrument is so much different from listening to a recording... the tangible
resonance, fighting with the slippery instrument that keeps wanting to slowly
slide off your lap as you play, feeling the buzz up your arms, and finally getting
that last strum at the right time, with the right notes... ahhhh! Well, my step-
daughter was talking about a piano, so she doesn't have the problem with it
sliding off her lap, of course.
ttfn,
Drakonis

---
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Rebsie said 4088 days ago (April 14th, 2006)
Way to go!
Yep, the tactile experience of playing a real instrument ... feeling its
resonance through your own body is one of the great pleasures of music.

And things slipping off your lap (yes, hopefully not pianos) is one of the
curses. The mandolin is a slippery blighter too ... I usually play it while
slouched back with my feet on the desk to thwart the forces of gravity (that's
my excuse anyway).

In my admiration for its beautiful wood grain I made the unfortunate move of
polishing the back of my dulcimer. Bad, bad mistake.

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ziti said 4090 days ago (April 12th, 2006)
so sweet
you really got a lovely recording...and a great sounding
instrument...very in tune throughout. The simplicity of the music and
the earnestness of the performance are truly touching and beautiful.

I am glad you posted this Drak...it is a nice interlude. D/ld and in the
iPod nighty-nite playlist....

deeep bows my friend

z
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drakonis said 4090 days ago (April 12th, 2006)
so sweet
Hey, thank you Mr. Z! So, do guitarists really spend 30 minutes tuning their
instruments, or am I just new to this? I used the instrument tuner on my
computer to get it to exactly C, then tuned the other strings, that's a lot of work!
Then I could play. I learned a lot just doing that and recording live. Very happy
to be serenading you to sleep, what a wonderful thought, thanks!
ttfn,
Drakonis

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Roxylee said 4089 days ago (April 13th, 2006)
All right!!
Eduard plays a real instrument and shines. Why did you wait so long??
:-) Yipppeeee, this little melody is great! Thank you for writing and
sharing this. I love it. Wait- I feel a song, a love song, needing to write
itself here. BRB.
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drakonis said 4089 days ago (April 13th, 2006)
All right!!
It took a major change in my life to make me feel comfortable enough to try
things like this and share them publically. I did get Dulce out to show people
sometimes, and sometimes strummed her to listen to the rich tone, but didn't
want a certain other person to complain about the noise... that has changed now
and I can play, ahhh... (you know exactly what I'm talking about :-)

Ooh, are you going to sing for us? Wonderful! (Sits down in the front row to
listen...)
ttfn,
Drakonis

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doddster said 4089 days ago (April 13th, 2006)
beautiful
thanks for sharing, its just beautiful like going back in time to
medieval england i can see the knights now!

thanks for sharing

neil
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drakonis said 4089 days ago (April 13th, 2006)
beautiful
Thank you for listening and being transported back in time. Heehee... its funny,
my wife and I are currently taking a course in Medieval
history, and the chasm between the fantasy Medieval life we think of today, and
the gritty brutal oppressive really really nasty living-conditions type of life back
then (wars, plague, famines, crusades, knights and lords literally working the
peasant slaves to death) makes me sooo glad to be in this age! It is funny to
have learned that even in the late Middle Ages, people would dress up and
pretend to be Arthurian knights sometimes... so they had "Ren Faires" back then
too!
ttfn,
Drakonis

---
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### Today's song: <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/19437">Caroline's Bear Rag-Calliope</a>
Check out my latest song called Miwok
pyrofly said 4089 days ago (April 13th, 2006)
hey not bad at all
I think I want some of that dulcimer in my songs too.

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drakonis said 4088 days ago (April 14th, 2006)
hey not bad at all
Wow, we'll start a Dulcimer craze! That would be fun! Thank you for your kind
comments, my facile-fingered friend!
ttfn,
Drakonis

---
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### Today's song: <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/19437">Caroline's Bear Rag-Calliope</a>
Check out my latest song called Miwok
said 4088 days ago (April 13th, 2006)
La Dulce Vita
yes, that was fun to listen to, Ed. Pretty good for a first recording.
Hope you will practice that wonderful instrument and work on
some more tunes. The sound of the dulcimer is nice and soothing.
Nice to hear you play an instrument live, now get that clarinet out of
the closet :)

Cheers
drakonis said 4088 days ago (April 14th, 2006)
La Dulce Vita
Ah, another nimble-fingered guitar god is kind to this newbie... thank you
Johnny... and yes, the wonderful wood Bb clarinet I have... I need to buy a reed
and practice playing the "Cat" theme from Peter and the Wolf again. So many
things to do, so little time!
ttfn,
Drakonis

---
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### Today's song: <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/19437">Caroline's Bear Rag-Calliope</a>
Check out my latest song called Miwok
caroline said 4087 days ago (April 15th, 2006)
awake!! alert!!!
sheesh - it doesn't pay to be tardy around here!!! ed-wood - i love that you have played the real thing - may i do a cover on kazoo??!! this is a delightful litte part of your heart - thank you for sharing it with us xoxoxxo

singing?? how about putting that on the agenda for thanksgiving??

ps - i've taken a copy from here too in order to have the new ending!
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drakonis said 4087 days ago (April 15th, 2006)
awake!! alert!!!
Heehee, thank you for the pre-listen, and the post-listen too! And I'll definitely
get out Dulce at Thanksgiving and we'll jam! In the mean time, Roxylee just
wrote/sang a sweet song over this... here: http://www.macjams.com/song/
19981

ttfn,
Drakonis

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### Today's song: <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/19437">Caroline's Bear Rag-Calliope</a>
Check out my latest song called Miwok
kristyjo said 4085 days ago (April 17th, 2006)
Neat piece
I liked your story of how this little confection came to be. The micing isn't
all that bad. I have a friend who asks me to play and sing things that I
don't usually do. When I protest and say ' I'm not a very good
pennywhistle (or whatever) player', he always says, 'I know, but you're a
good musician'. and that's what I'm feeling here. You may have just
picked up your dulci recently, but you are a true musician who combines
the feeling of joy at playing with knowledge of music composition and
musicianship. I can't wait to hear your next live recording.
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drakonis said 4085 days ago (April 17th, 2006)
Neat piece
extraordinarily kind of you to stop by and listen & comment, thank you. I think
when I was recording, I was still effervescing from the prior weekend's playing
for my wife & spinners at the Faire... it really was fun to sit out and finally just
relax and play and start trying things on Dulce. I almost never get a whole day
to just goof off like that. I will likely try something like this again soon, and will
DEFINITELY pay more attention to Dulce now.
ttfn,
Drakonis

---
deja vu, it's the next best thing to being there<br>
### Today's song: <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/19437">Caroline's Bear Rag-Calliope</a>
Check out my latest song called Miwok
dreadmon said 4085 days ago (April 17th, 2006)
This is very sweet
Drak, what a great job! Not only is the playing very sweet and moving, but the chord changes are quite delicious. I think it's a well-recorded piece all by its lonesome. I also hear a melody, lyrics and a bit of arrangement. How wonderful to hear another dulcimer around MJ - and so beautifully played! We've definitely got to do some work together!
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drakonis said 4085 days ago (April 17th, 2006)
This is very sweet
I was actually a bit trepidatious about you seeing this beginner's attempt at
playing anything, much less something you are so good at. I appreciate your
kind words, and that you liked the chords... and yes, I'd love to try some kind of
Dulcimer-duet with you, or trio with Rebsie (that way I can hide behind you two!)
ttfn,
Drakonis
PS-dunno if you got my e-mail, if not, your e-mail address here on Macjams
may be goofed up?

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alanfraser said 4084 days ago (April 18th, 2006)
You mock yourself
but you got it down and you'll do nothing but get better. There are some mistakes but so what. Every time you hear this piece or play it, you'll trip back to that Spring day with your wife learning to spin and you learning to play. There's only one first time and you've got it on tape.
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drakonis said 4084 days ago (April 18th, 2006)
You mock yourself
That is true Alan, thanks for checking this out! There is something powerful
about music triggering memories, and this does do that to me, and that day was
a very nice one to revisit. With the encouragement I have gotten from my wife
and Macjammers, you can bet I will keep practicing now, it is great fun!
ttfn,
Drakonis

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said 3888 days ago (October 31st, 2006)
Very nice
This gives me more resolve to learn how to play my 3-string mountain dulcimer better. I'll have to check out Roxylee's additions.
drakonis said 3888 days ago (October 31st, 2006)
Schwan & Schletty...
Dueling Dulcimers? I think you'll win, picks down! Glad you stopped by to listen, and a link to Roxylee's additions are at the end of my long-winded description at the top of this page :-) She did wonders to this and made it into something quite beautiful I think.
ttfn,
Drakonis

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said 3845 days ago (December 13th, 2006)
less than 50 takes!?
outstanding. Thanks for sharing this.
drakonis said 3845 days ago (December 13th, 2006)
hehehe..
thank you for bearing with my attempts at strumming up a little invention!
ttfn,
Drakonis

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davisamerica said 3521 days ago (November 2nd, 2007)
so then
how cool are you...very
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drakonis said 3520 days ago (November 2nd, 2007)
awww...
just because I practiced for weeks just to pluck a few strings? Thanks for listening to another little thing by me... It is certainly humbling to learn to play an instrument.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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kassia said 2928 days ago (June 16th, 2009)
dulce
now that i've heard you play her live, there is no comparison, but this is a sweet little tune and nicely played. thanks for sending me here for a listen. how did you record this? it sounds very good!
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drakonis said 2928 days ago (June 16th, 2009)
old equipment...
Thank you for checking out my older catalog, and hearing me back in my embarrassing beginning days with Dulce.... at least you heard me play and be only slightly embarrassingly bad! It was recorded with an old Radio Shack dynamic microphone, laying on the chair in front of me :-) Low tech. I enjoyed talking with you and playing live for you, I hope that I will get to hear you reciprocate sometime :-)
ttfn,
Drakonis
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MarkHolbrook said 2803 days ago (October 20th, 2009)
You sound great on
the dulce... Nicely done Drak! I'll give RoxyLee's version a listen!
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