A sweet Appalachian Dulcimer-Used,Maker unknown but could possibly be made in the UK.The tuning is very accurate on this dulcimer and the action is nice and low which makes playing very easy.
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.Some dulcimers have extra frets. These are refered to as half frets, and allow greater flexibility, a six and a half fret is the most common addition, it is effectively a seventh fret, but calling it so would put out the usual notation for the instrument which is done by fret numbers.For more information on this instrument or any other of our Mountain dulcimers,please contact us at email@example.com,uk