Ukulele: a Pleasing Instrument

christmasdecorating2014 006This is my newest instrument. It’s a Diamond Head 200, a very inexpensive line, but so far the instrument tunes to 440, holds its tune, and is easy to play. I would like to own a standard-sized hammer dulcimer, a cello, and a concertina, but there’s little room left in the house. I’ve heard for years that people who can do something, do it; those who can’t, teach it. I’m wondering if those who can play instruments do so; those who can’t, collect them. Music is a pleasure either way.

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Some Instruments around the house

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The largest one is a small hammer dulcimer. The slender wooden hammers are for striking the strings. The smaller stringed instrument is a psaltery, played by plucking with the fingers or by striking with a plectrum. James Becker Becker Instruments made these two instruments. The pipe on the left is a fife. On the right is a recorder and a penny whistle. My cat likes the stringed instruments best.

The Tune of Murder

The Tune of Murder
The Tune of Murder

The Tune of Murder, a Missouri mystery, now available in print at Amazon: Murder and music, love and lyrics, a handsome, softhearted sleuth, and a wily female one.

Brave Cat Tara, Hoorah for You!

A family’s cat attacked a vicious dog that had snatched her boy owner off a tricycle and was dragging and chasing him. A video camera (surveillance?) captured the entire attack: The cat tackles the dog, then chases him off the property and returns to the boy. Brave creatures are all around us!