Appalachian Dulcimers

Appalachian Dulcimers-At Red Cow Music we offer a superb selection of Appalachian and stick dulcimers to suit any ones pocket.All our instruments are fully setup before leaving us and are ready to play.We stock instruments from some of the finest dulcimer makers as well as offering a selection of accesories such as strings and gig bags.

Name applied to certain musical instruments of the box zither type. Includes Hammered Dulcimer and Appalachian Dulcimer.Descended from the Northern European zithers, the Appalachian Dulcimer developed in the Appalachian mountains of the Eastern USA, where it was used in old time music. Its popularity has spread because of its delicate sound, and the ease with which it can be played. An ideal instrument for song accompaniment.It has from 3 to 6 strings usually arranged in 3 courses and traditionally was strummed (with a very light pick). The lower two courses are used as drones, the top course for the melody. Only the top course was fretted and this was usually done with a stick called a noter. The noter gives a characteristic sound as it slides over the fret. It is a modal instrument hence the irregular fretting (see separate note on modes). There are two more modern styles of playing. One is to fret the bottom strings as well as the melody course, to play chords (eg. Joni Mitchell’s LP “Blue”), the other is to change the instrument to 4 courses and fingerpick.If you need anymore information please contact us at info@redcowmusic.co.uk and we will be more than willing to assist you in your choice of Appalachian Dulcimers

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