Joellen Lapidus: Guestbook
April 16, 2008
Hi Joellen! Was visiting with Stephen Seifert in Nashville last month, flipped through your book ("Lapidus On Dulcimer") and flipped out! What an exhaustive resource for any skill level of mountain dulcimer player. I found a copy with the little record still in the back and am going to really enjoy soaking it all in. Big thanks from a new fan! BingFutch.com
April 3, 2008
It's great to find you out here on the internet. I took lessons from you 30 years ago - I'm still enjoying my dulcimer.
I was wondering if you had any idea whatever happened to Robbie Long. I have been playing one of his dulcimers since 1975 when I bought it at Bob Baxter's Guitar Studio in Santa Monica. I absolutely love this instrument, and have never met Robbie, but have often felt the need to thank him for making such a fine instrument.
Please let me know if you can.
March 30, 2008
I took your Klezmer class at McCabes a couple of years ago. Now I want to invite you to a KLEZMER CABARET on April 27 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Temple Beth David in Westminster. Featured artists that evening include the South Coast Simcha Band, Cantorial Soloist Nancy Linder, and Stuart Warshauer of the Naples Klezmer Revival Band. And we would love for you to perform as well. This is an opportunity for you to introduce your unique talents to Orange County. The event is open to the public. I can send you a flyer or you can email Renah at email@example.com for additional information.
Best regards, Lisa Chattler
March 9, 2008
Great site - easy to navigate.
I have a copy of 'Lapidus on dulcimer', bought from McCabes in '86 but no longer have a working turntable to play the records that come with it. Is it possible to buy a CD of the music separate from the book? Thanks, jamie
February 18, 2008
Hi, I'm the publisher of "Songs For Earthlings" which came out in 1998, long before the internet. I used a song of yours, "Angel of Bells," without your permission (because I couldn't find you), and I'd like to do the paperwork now and send you a copy of the book.
Jessica (short girl with dark hair...)
December 29, 2007
Just letting you know I like your instruction and plan on returning. Only financial difficulties hold me back...I groom dogs and act and both get slow in the winter....anyway, I practiced Pack up your sorrows but it's pretty hard. I taught myself
Old Blue and practice Aunt Rhody and have gotten pretty good...Still learning to tune though. See you soon I hope! Take care and Happy New Year!-Jess
October 10, 2007
It's Char from NDS, Blue Mt. Lake, NY. I teach music at our Hebrew school, and this Sunday, I am doing a unit on klezmer music, and will be featuring you!! I have a book entitled "Mendel's Accordion" which I will read to the little ones, then I am going to play selections from "Extreme Klezmer Makeover" which feature the accordion. I will then show them a mountain dulcimer, explain how to play it, tell them about you, and let them listen and dance to other tracks on your CD. I truly enjoy the "Extreme Klezmer Makeover", and listen to it frequently while riding in the car. I'm so glad that I was able to meet you this summer at NDS, and even happier to include you in my music lesson plans!!
Grand Blanc, Mi
September 27, 2007
I studied dulcimer with you in Santa Monica about 30 years ago!
Then ran into at Pacific Rim Gatherings.
I live in Santa Cruz and always seem to have a gig when you are nearby.
I enjoyed catching up with you thru this website.
I love Kletzmer music!
Thru the years, I have always appreciated the music lessons I received from you!
I have an Al D'Osshe dulcimer and about 6 others and two guitars. I play bluegrass music and hope our paths cross someday!
August 30, 2007
It's me, Loren. Remember?
August 18, 2007
I have a copy of "Lapidus On Dulcimer" 1978 with 33 1/3 records. Is it possible to find these recordings on CD without the book? Thanks, WF
Nancy Thomson Trueblood
August 10, 2007
I came across your website quite by accident today. I was delighted and inspired to read about your musical journey - and to remember your guitar and songs in the dorm at Syracuse some little while back. Now to listen to the music!
Martha Sonnenberg (wife of Ken Lezin of ACC)
June 3, 2007
I met you briefly last night (Sat, June 2) at the ACC concert. I was so impressed with your musicality. This morning I listened to your music again, especially the Klezmer music, which is particularly dear to me, and I guess I would have to say, I have become a fan of yours. Your music is inspired and inspiring. Thank you for following your gift, and giving to others.
June 3, 2007
Well, it happened. I was Guest Soloist on my Musical Saw with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Section.
The event was a Memorial Day Benefit for the SF Recycling Center. The Composer was Nathaniel Stookey "Junkestra In 3 Movements" and the Conductor was Benjamin Shwartz, Resident Conductor with the SF Symphony. Last Monday we went into the Hyde Street Studio "C" to record the music.
Remember, last year at Boomeria? We had talked about getting ahold of David Weiss and seeing if we couldn't do a Saw Playing Trio with the LA Philharmonic?
May 11, 2007
Joellen, I had the privilege of being one of your dulcimer students back in the 1970's. I still have the beautiful instrument my ex purchased for me at McCabes. I would love to come hear you in Altadena in July.
April 12, 2007
Wonderful music! It's great to hear about other "lapidae" who play roots music.....certainly, not music encouraged through my Hebrew School experience in Albany, NY.
I'm a longtime bluegrass banjo picker who grew up listening to dulcimer players at Lena's and the Fox Hollow Folk Festival.
Let me know if you ever play in the Pacific Northwest!
Joe Lapidus, Portland, OR
April 10, 2007
I am the composer/lyricist of an original musical set to run in LA this summer. I am looking for a talented violinist to join our musicians--rehearsals begin in June, N. Hollywood.
Would you happen to know anyone?
Thank you so much
April 7, 2007
I've just acquired at last a beautifully used copy of LonD, however one of the little vinyl records is missing. I've read on your Purchase page that there is a CD version available with books purchased there. I'm wondering if I might purchase that part separately. Thanks so much!
April 4, 2007
I work with Yiddishkayt Los Angeles and am also an accordionist. Could you recommend any good teachers in Los Angeles?
March 7, 2007
Hi Joellen, I am a dulcimer beginner, but I am trying to play A Case of You, using your TAB from the Misses songbook. You give the tuning as AAA, but from the written musical notation I see that this is not Mixolydian AAA (all strings at the A below middle C?) but rather the Bass string at the A below middle C and the Middle and Double strings one octave higher. BUT, when I tried to tune my Middle string (a .010, I think - came with the dulcimer, looks just like the Double strings) to that high A, it snapped!
What now? Hellppp!
March 4, 2007
I met Andy and Lynn Roth yesterday and your name came up. I have fond memories of you, your dulcimers and your grand spirit. Lo and behold here you are on line.
You may not remember me. I worked with CapriTaurus in the early seventies at The Faire and we connected there.
Everything for a reason rules my philosophy. Hope this finds you happy and healthy and making music.
love, michael sheehan
February 16, 2007
Shalom! My name is Jorge Rozemblum. I'm a musician and musicologist (I've learned at Tel-Aviv University between 1977 and 1981). I'm also a collaborator of a radio station at Internet (www.radiosefarad.com), broadcasting in Spanish. There I have a weekly "aural article" dealing with many different kinds of jewish music. I want to ask you to send me your CDs to broadcast your music in Spain. You can find my "articles" in the archive, every wednesday (http://www.radiosefarad.com/Buscador.php?sTipo=N&chBuscar=&Accion=&Orden=+feFechaDesde+&Direccion=ASC&chTexto=&idSeccionNoticia=&feFechaBuscar=&RegXPag=30&Pag=122) , under "Musica con Rozemblum". My adress is:
San Pedro de Cardena, 27, 2º izq
28033 - Madrid (SPAIN)
Thanks in advance
February 4, 2007
Fate as is was today to walk into McCabes to buy a dulcimer and you were coming in. I had no idea.... Thank you so much for helping me in the process. I definately will be calling you this week to start lessons. I am so excited!
Lisa Moraviera (Lisa Keane)
January 5, 2007
Joellen,I took lessons from you about 30 years ago when you lived behind the Troubador. I was a teenager. Would love to get back into playing...take a couple lessons etc. Glad you are still around here. Lisa (Keane)
December 10, 2006
Hello, I'm trying to find a dulcimer teacher in San Francisco to no avail, and wonder if you might have any ideas? Thanks so very much,
November 27, 2006
How beautiful your dulcimers are! Thanks for calling. It was truly surprising. Yes, you do look familiar. Your band looks like you are truly enjoying life. I'm completely encouraged to go forward with thinking of how to shape a new musical life. Many best wishes to you, Sophie
October 31, 2006
Hi Joellen, I've just been listening to the clips of your music and thoroughly enjoying it. I'm a musician myself and I'm looking for somebody to play klezmer at my wedding in Hancock Park on Jan 21. I realize you might not do this sort of thing, but if that's the case, maybe you know somebody that might be interested? Its going to be in an apartment, so I'm looking for a smallish group. Thanks so much,
September 24, 2006
I'm trying to find a dulcimer. I don't know if you still build them or if you could recommend someone. The beautiful tone and the craftsmanship of yours are astounding. I can't find any that compare.
September 3, 2006
Do you still create dulcimers? I am interested in purchasing, or having made to order a model similar to the Princess , as played by Joni Mitchell.
Susan Bargh United Kingdom
August 20, 2006
Would you be interested in being the mOuntain Dulcimer Instructor at the 26th Annual Northeast Dulcimer Symposium? WE would loveto have you up for a week. The Date are 23-29 June, 2007, in Blue Mountain Lake, NY (Southwest flies from Oakland or San Jose to Alabany -- we'll pick you up).
More information on the festival can be found at:
http://homepage.mac.com/dtmoore/index.html and at http://www.nedulcimer.org
Director, Northeast Dulcimer Symposium.
I'll b e posting the shots from this yer in the Fall.
August 10, 2006
Just a note to remind you that Oct. is coming up -- the month when Danny Pearl's World Music Month has performers all over the globe giving tribute to Danny. Remember our conversation both at Skirball and at the choir's evening, and I'm reminding you to check the Daniel Pearl Foundation websiteto add your name to the llist of illustrious performers who have joined in a world of peace through music.
Thanks so much, Joellen.
August 9, 2006
I would be willing to "properly" pay you for your creative version of the dulcimer played by Richard Farina. I still think the world of Richard Farina and also had the opportunity to see him and Mimi play in concert in San Francisco. Thanks. Also, it was great to learn that you were the designer of Joni's dulcimers. Impressive! . . . I also got to go to the Big Sur Festival, but just as a concert goer. All the best.
August 9, 2006
I'll be meeting with David Weiss, this coming weekend, at the IMSA Saw Players Festival. Would you like me to initiate the discussion regarding the L.A. Philharmonic "gig"? OR, have you done that already?
July 31, 2006
Thanks for doing the RDD event, 7/29/06. Jan and I really enjoyed the entire day (at least from Noon on). Thanks for the CD exchange. You have a knack for syncopation that held my interest throughout the CD.
I hope to meet up again, one Saw/Dulcimer Player to another, and actually be able to perform together.
July 30, 2006
Mahalo for your time this past saturday at the Dulicmer in the Redwoods. Sometimes you don't know what inspires your inspiration until you experience or meet the people that open the doors to the wide variety of music. I'm glad I picked up the dulcimer over 35 years ago, and now you've reminded me why. I'ver not really met you or known of your music and instruments before, but now I do, and I'm inspired to expand and grow. (particularly adding my Morrocon reed instrument and russian button accordian box. I can send a picture if you care)
mahalo again.. enjoy and remember, angels fly cause they take themselves lightly
July 23, 2006
I am trying to learn to play the blues and some jazz tunes on my mountain dulcimer. I understand that you had a book out on this in the past. Any chance of getting a copy of "Lapidus on Dulcimer" with a copy of the records? Any other help you might be able to throw my way on playing the blues with the mountain dulcimer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your help.
Louisiana Cajun Dulcimerist
July 3, 2006
I recently purchased a 1978 edition of Lapidus On Dulcimer and I had to relay to you how invaluable the contents of your book are to me. This is the first dulcimer book I've found that includes detailed information regarding transposing music to tab. I love the quizzes!
My copy is musty but I'm working my way through it and learning so, so much more about playing my dulcimer ~ no matter how many times I'm interrupted from sneezing!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
June 18, 2006
interested in hiring "extreme klezmer makeover" for a bat mitzvah held at a private home in hancock park on 11/4/06 . . what is the rate? thank you.
June 12, 2006
Hello! I met you on June 11 at McCabes, while purchasing my new dulcimer. I'd like to stay in touch, and also have some lessons. Please call me: (323) 997-7999. thank you. Aaron Goffman
Apprentice Accordion Repairman
May 31, 2006
Do you teach clarinet? I am interested in learning to play klezmer clarinet.
April 3, 2006
Does Extreme Klezmer Makeover do private parties like Bar Mitzvahs?
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April 21, 2005
I love your dulcimers. A work of art! Do you
create/design, and build them?
A dulcimer performer.