We've had a fire in our house in Gainesville!
The good news is nobody was hurt and the fire department arrived in 3 minutes and saved the day.
It is an old cracker house built in the 40s of heart pine and could have easily burned to the foundation.
This is NOT my shop, so all tools wood and instruments in progress are safe.
I will however not be in my shop for a month, possibly two while making needed repairs.
So please adjust expectations accordingly. Thanks for you understanding.
Due to increasing demand for my instruments I'm shifting from custom orders to a wait list for particular models.
Welcome to David Beede's home page..
David Beede, of Melrose Florida, is a musician/singer/songwriter who built his first dulcimer in 1973 and has been teaching and sharing his music with folks of all ages for three decades. In concerts, schools, folk festivals, coffee houses and street corners his music has tickled ears from Florida to Maine... from the Paris underground to Dublin Radio. David's music ranges from traditional British Isle folk to original instrumentals and vocals... from the silly to the sublime. Award winning luthier and co-founder of Unicorn Strings Music Company much of his music is rendered on instruments of his own creation.
David's "Eedy Beede" octave dulcimers continue to evolve! Check them out:
To see an "artist close up" video of David building and playing a bunch of crazy instruments. Produced by WUFT TV of Gainesville Florida...
Click here: YouTube the playing section.
And here is the You Tube building section.
Musical Instruments David plays:
Hammered Dulcimer, Bowed Psaltery, Mountain Dulcimer, Gourd Banjo, Native American flute, guitar, mouth bow, snoot flute, penny whistle, jaws harp, bones, bodhran and more...
Music Recordings: a handful of CDs - HEAR SOME SAMPLES TOO!
Check out Unicorn Strings for the best
Bowed Psaltery on the planet!
(Well, that's what we think...;-)
The tunes can be heard in the "widget" menu at the top of the page.
Private dulcimer lessons are available. Contact David. (See contact info. below)
SUMMERSONG - summer camp for songsmiths! If you write songs or dream of writing songs, beat a path to this event. You'll be forever glad you did. (I'm only sorry I didn't discover it in 1999!
Here's a page on how to calculate fret placement using geometry.
A heartfelt celebration of our dear pup Mocha 2001 - 2013
"The Melrose Song"
is now available!My buddy Aaron O'Rourke helped me record this
just before last year's Merry Melrose Christmas Parade.
Aaron contributed his inimitable skills on lead and bass dulcimer.
You can hear it by clicking on it in the "widget" above.
It is now included on an updated version of "Trite Secrets."
You can order a copy here.
In memory of a great dog named Kayla....
"The Wheel Thing"