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[HD] Fwd: Hdlist Digest, Vol 56, Issue 1

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Subject: [HD] Fwd: Hdlist Digest, Vol 56, Issue 1
From: Karen Ashbrook <mail@karenashbrook.com>
Date: Sun, 14 May 2017 20:29:59 -0400
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My husband, Paul Oorts, used TablEdit for years and found it very useful in creating handouts for students.

As I look at the example of what you are designing for dulcimer, I find it confusing to comprehend.  It is reminiscent of early HD tab (of which I did a version long ago for a book) in numbering the courses.  That is probably decent for showing where to play a specific arrangement, and terrible for learning to play the dulcimer.

When someone is learning the dulcimer, the beauty is in the patterns because all keys on it have the same pattern.  Numbering the courses that way only show how to play something in one place.  Linda Lowe Thompson designed a tab that is based on patterns, that with small modifications can also indicate hammering.  Over the years, many of us have worked with our own adaptations of her version.

As a dulcimer teacher, I don't know if I would use your tab or not.   I wouldn't use it for instruction purposes (for the reasons I already stated), but I could see it would be useful to illustrate a complicated arrangement.
That's me anyway. 
I think it's great that you are trying to work out something for the HDs.
Karen Ashbrook

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Date: Thu, 11 May 2017 16:50:11 +0000
From: Sharon Day <harpanddulc@hotmail.com>
To: "hdlist@hammered-dulcimers.org" <hdlist@hammered-dulcimers.org>
Subject: [HD] TablEdit software for hammered dulcimer

Most mountain dulcimers who write tab for their students or groups use TablEdit software.  A program which has been around for twenty years now.  Its creator constantly tweaks and upgrades as he sees necessary.   It is easy to use,  support is quick and wonderful.   As per the notice below,  it is now being made useable for hammered dulcimer players.   You might want to check it out.
matt0308@tabledit.com<mailto:matt0308@tabledit.com>[TablEdit] <TablEdit@yahoogroups.com<mailto:TablEdit@yahoogroups.com>> wrote:


I'm about to implement the hammered dulcimer on TablEdit.

The idea is to have a fully customizable tablature. It allows you to freely define how the fingerboard, table or keyboard of the instrument is physically organized and the correspondence between notes and tab numbers. You can define a hammered dulcimer, an instrument with partial capos, a chromatic harmonica, etc.

You will find attached a screenshot of the configuration dialog for a basic hammered dulcimer with two bridges.

For further details see: http://tabledit.com/help/english/customtabinstrument.shtml<http://tabledit.com/help/english/customtabinstrument.shtml>

And a pdf of a score written for this custom instrument. In this example, I've selected the option to display note names instead of fret numbers.

The Old Oaken Bucket$.pdf <http://www.everythingdulcimer.com/discuss/download/file.php?id=4498>

And with course numbers:

TheOldOakenBucket.pdf <http://www.everythingdulcimer.com/discuss/download/file.php?id=4499>

I'm waiting for your comments.

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