Mountain Dulcimers Hammered Dulcimers Psaltries & Other Instruments Books, Videos, & Accessories

Let's Play the Mountain Dulcimer!

The Mountain Dulcimer is one of the easiest to play.
I have found from years of teaching people how to play that the Mountain Dulcimer is definitely one musical instrument that requires no prior musical knowledge or skill and yet a person can have gratifying instant results.
All you need is a desire to want to play. Let's get started!

The most common Mountain Dulcimer is the four string. You strum all four strings with one hand and finger with the other. When playing the traditional way, you hold down the first two strings (the two that are close together), touching the wood just behind the metal fret. All the books play by number, you don't even need to read music.
Now simply follow the numbers in the book, move your finger to the correct numbered space and with your other hand strum all the strings once for each time the number is written down. You are now playing a song!

Let's Play the Hammered Dulcimer!
The Hammered Dulcimer is a percussion instrument, meaning you strike it like a drum or a xylophone. The song comes from hitting strings tuned to different notes. Note charts placed along the bridges teach you where the notes are. If you are not a music reader, you can play by numbers. Hold the hammer loosely with the index finger under the handle and strike the strings one at a time following the notes or numbers in your song book. Finding your melody is no more difficult than plunking out one-finger melodies on the piano.

Even when you get both hammers involved, it's still just as easy as plunking out melodies on the piano with one finger on each hand!

Let's Play the Bowed Psaltery!

A Bowed Psaltery is all the fun of the fiddle without all the work!

You hold it in the crook of your elbow and drag the bow across the strings, in between the pins along the side.

Note charts help you learn and keep your place. The right side progression of notes are like the white keys of the piano (C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C). While the sharps and flats are on the left. You rock the bow see-saw style to play the notes on the other side. Music books with the notes are readily available, so you can play by the letter and don't have to read music.
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