What do I need to know about the hammered dulcimer?
October 18, 2008 9:07 AM Subscribe
I'm very curious about learning to play a hammered dulcimer. What do I need to know?
posted by valleys to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
About 25 years ago I saw a wonderful solo hammered dulcimer player at a pub in southern England (I have the record somewhere) and have been idly intrigued by the instrument ever since.
I'm looking for a new hobby. I have no musical experience whatsoever. Should I even consider this instrument as something to learn?
If so, what do I need to know?
Some specific questions, though any information would be appreciated:
- How much would an instrument suitable for a beginner cost?
- And where would I find one? (Online? I'm in Ottawa, Canada ... I asked about hammered dulcimers some time ago at the Folklore Centre and they weren't even sure what I was talking about.)
- Learning resources? (Books / CDs / DVDs?)
- Tuning? If I have no musical knowledge, how do I know when it's out of tune?! Guitar tuner?
What else should I be thinking of?