DULCIMER style, 8 notes, no sharps or flats. Pre-printed on 8.5 x 14 legal paper. Just saw through the marks, and tap in the fret wire. Since the string runs down the center, there's no need for the fretwire to reach ALL the way to the side. Saves time trimming. Around the SIDE are printed nuimbers 1 through 8, and DO, RE, etc. Who knows, the kids might LEARN something. SOng sheets have fret numbers above the words. Kids can play instantly.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 @8:55:47 AM
Hi Mike --
Our local Coffeehouse did a very similar "Canjo" as a crafts project for kids, at our Town Day fair.
Since it's only one string... we used a staplegun for the frets. (We didn't let the kids use the staple gun, though...)
The kids then tapped the staples down flat, with a hammer -- to make sure they were seated properly.
I got the idea from an old Appalachian dulcimer I saw, which had "staple" frets -- made from simple bent bailing wire.
The maker had scribed the fret positions, and then also scribed a line along each edge of the fret board -- about 1/8" from the edge. He then drilled holes into the fretboard at each intersecting line, for the end of each wire. They worked great! (I like your xeroxed layout idea, too!)
I assume he probably made a simple bending jig, to make each "staple" consistently.
You might want to try that idea, as well.
The kids LOVED the canjos! I even would up playing one in a jam session.
mike gregory Says:
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 @11:03:15 AM
I found it difficult to get the staples EXACTLY where they had to go. As you probably know, the shorter the scale, the smaller the margin of error. That's why some banjos sound pretty good, until you get way up the neck.
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