Any one playing for their church's Christmas program? Solo or in group? Yes, I'm searching for some ideas. I can do lots of tunes by ear, and my first spontaneous gig with the ladies who were hanging greens was very well received. I am encouraged!
Playing with relatives at Thanksgiving didn't work out because of time constraints, and I've not been able to do much with the (fast!) hammered dulcimer jam, but I am enjoying practicing and I'm improving.
When I played for the music leader, my baritone had become horribly out of tune. I did as well as possible, stopping frequently to crank the pegs. Dreadful! of course my memory faltered, too. Then I pick up my alto. It doesn't have the presence of a bigger instrument, but it had stayed more in tune, and sounded ok. In spite of everything, the dear man said it was "beautiful!" I am given three minutes to play a medley of anything I want at the Christmas celebration!
Sorry to hear about your trouble keeping your Roosebeck BP in tune, I've never seen one in person so I can't suggest a solution except if it's a certain string's zither pins slipping you might try carefully loosening the string one wrap around the pin and the retightening the zither pin that much deeper into the pin block wood.
I think because it sat in a room that was much warmer than my house for 1 1/2 hours was the problem. I had tuned it carefully at home, not having time at church, where the interview was. Usually it holds a tune quite well. thanks for replying!
I'm also assigned to "be a wandering minstrel" which means I dress pretty and wander dreamily around playing well-known and lesser known carols from memory. Packing repetoire into my brain.