(Paul Race speaking) as a musician, writer, and teacher, I love helping people find and learn instruments that will help them enjoy the kind of music they like.
That's why there are so many articles about guitars, banjos, autoharps, bases, harmonicas, dulcimers, and more - you can see them listed in the dropdowns from the green menu bar above.
In fact we've started "sister sites" to keep this site from becoming so large you couldn't navigate it.
Who Is This Site For? - Anyone interested in traditional music, acoustic music, Folk Revival music, or the instruments such music typically uses. Whether you're a total newbie or a professional looking to learn about some instrument you haven't tried yet.
What Can I Learn Here?
How Do I Find the Information I Need? - The long green index bar near the top of this page lists many of our resources, as does a summary list further down the page.
Chances are, you found this site through a Google search that took you right to the page you needed first. But Google usually only links to the first page we published on the subject, so once you're here the green bar is your friend.
What if I Have a Question You Haven't Published the Answer To Yet - If you have a question or comment or correction of any kind, please use our Contact page. If you want to sign up to Paul's newsletter "Momma Don't 'Low" at the same time, please click here.
We try to respond to every serious question personally. That's one reason we require your real name and address on our forms; too many trolls and scammers have wasted our time and we'd rather spend it helping you.
Keeping Up With Our Endeavors -
If you want to keep up with our musical and writing forays, please check out my FB music page here
Also, we have restarted our e-mail newsletter Momma Don't 'Low again.
On this SiteThe dropdown menu at the top of our home page and a few others is one attempt to make things easier to find. But if you're just poking around in general, here are some areas you may find helpful:
CreekDontRise.com(tm) Sister Sites
Other sites we started to keep this site from getting too big to be useful include:
About the PlayNot to forget about the play that started it all. In 2001, my work commute took me 104+ miles a day across Ohio countryside. Ohio's Bicentenniel was approaching. I started writing songs in my head as I drove - songs that were intended to capture the essense of each major chapter of our state's history. The collection of songs soon turned into a play that would feature them.
To a large extent, I wanted to document and celebrate the things that have made the American Heartland different from any other place, while there are still folks who know the difference.
For more information about our play and about our little piece of the Heartland in southwest Ohio, click here.
For information about other music collections and projects, check the links at the bottom of this page.
Whatever else you get out of our pages, I hope you come away with some great ideas for "sharing the joy."
And please stay in touch!
All material, illustrations, and content of this web site is copyrighted (c) 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006,
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