Post by daveh on Jan 12, 2019 9:50:48 GMT -5
In the past on Everything Dulcimer we had many discussions and some great information transfer related to Just Intonation. I would go back to those discussions often to refresh or learn a new perspective. Maybe some time this year I'll make a Just Intonation instrument. In the meantime, a person named Frank Gee on one of the Facebook Dulcimer groups indicated he had a traditional dulcimore made by Keven Messenger and it had Just Intonation. Frank indicated it sounded "off" at times and he received several responses for what he might be hearing. Frank also indicated an interest in the DAG tunes I posted in many places, so I asked him to check the sound of the tunes on the 2nd and 9th frets based on Robin's statement about Dorian mode tunes not sounding right on Just Intonation dulcimores (in one of our previous discussions). Attached is the link to Robin's YouTube video where he demonstrates the differences in the temperaments on McSpadden dulcimers.
I think in another discussion Robin indicated the note "La" in Dorian mode songs did not sound right, either it was off in the scale or couldn't be made to not clash with the bass and/or middle strings, so that was my reason for asking Frank to check the sound on two particular tunes that use the 2nd and 9th frets. Frank indicated Jean Ritchie and others with Just Intonation instruments of the past played Dorian Mode songs (I thought so, too). I'm waiting to hear his response after he tries playing the tunes I suggested in DAG tuning. If any of you have a Just Intonation (JI) instrument, maybe you would like to try playing "When I Was In My Prime" and "Scarborough Fair". I'm interested in hearing a recording of these tunes played on a JI instrument compared to my recordings of the same tunes in DAG on my Equal Temperament dulcimer.