I have a new toy! Isn't she beautiful?
She's a mountain (or appalachian) dulcimer, three feet long, solid cherry with shiny gold tuners. <3 I've wanted one for years and have been having so much fun with it. I'm ridiculously bad right now but I'm learning. :) It's a cool and weird little instrument. It has two melody strings tuned the same that gives it a droning kind of sound, like a sitar, but it sounds so pretty and sweet. It's both old-timey mountain folksy and olde english-ballad folksy at the same time.
The most well-known dulcimer player is probably Jean Ritchie.
You can use a little stick-thing called a noter to hold down the melody strings, instead of your fingers. I don't know WHAT she is using for a pick~ it looks like an arrow? This kid is playing the same song, but totally shreds it! He's brilliant~
This one is more like what I will ever be humanly capable of playing, and the close-up shows how one can play just the melody strings, instead of chords.
This guy, Bing Futch, has a video podcast called Dulcimerica(LOL). I could watch this forever! Here are some good ones~
*sigh* That last song is beautiful. I have so very much to learn, and honestly, I'm not very musically-inclined, but I'm just having fun playing songs I like, howEVER I like. ;) Maybe someday I'll quit my artist day job and become a musician. Haha!
Oh yeah, I have been painting this month, too!
Fiddler's Field 6.5 x 10 inches, acrylic & ink on illustration board
Gig poster, anyone? ;) Dreaming of golden summer sunshine, warm winter wishes to all~