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I think I'll call her Lily

I played a tune on the dulcimer.
It was choppy.
It was dirt simple.
But it was a recognizable tune.
With all four strings.
I'm happy.



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Mar. 17th, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)
Mar. 17th, 2006 04:58 am (UTC)
Congratulations! Welcome to the Dulcimer side.
Mar. 17th, 2006 08:55 am (UTC)
Congrats!!!! WE have some dulcimers ambling about in the house hold but neither of us has touched them for years.
Mar. 17th, 2006 11:31 am (UTC)
Lily is a lovely name! Congrats. One of the delights of dulcimer is that you can play it very very simply and it sounds lovely, yet there is tons of room for growth. You'll have fun playing it for years I bet and not get tired of it.

Wish we lived closer and we could do some playing together, it would be good for me to have a "reason" to make myself play more! :-) BTW - where are pix hmmm? Where'd ya get it? Who made it? :-)
Mar. 17th, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
I bought it in the Interfilk auction at Consonance. It was a total impulse buy. I promised myself I wouldn't buy any more instruments 'till I learned to play the ones I already owned. But it was pretty and in a good cause.
I'll take a picture this weekend and get Roper to put it on the computer.

Mar. 17th, 2006 03:10 pm (UTC)
It was a total impulse buy. I promised myself I wouldn't buy any more instruments 'till I learned to play the ones I already owned.
But, you know, sometimes it is a matter of finding the right instrument that calls to you. I don't mean necesarily the right individual instrument (although that too sometimes) but I mean just the right type of instrument. That's why it is really ok (imho) to let kids experiment and play around a fair bit.

Good luck - whatever else you do - have fun!
Mar. 17th, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
I believe that the mountain dulcimer is the absolute best choice for breaking that promise to yourself. It's a very good instrument to start on. As folkmew points out, you can play it very simply and still "improve upon the silence."

It was designed that way with those two drone strings exactly for the purpose of sounding good when played very simply. I've spent years exploring the dulcimer and different styles of using it, but from time to time I go back to playing "Simple Gifts" in the basic melody-drone style. From what I can tell, people in a filk circle enjoy that mode of playing as much as any.

I feel a rant in praise of the mountain dulcimer coming on. But I've already posted it to my LJ. You can read it here if you are so inclined.

Dulcimer Good.
Mar. 17th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC)
Sometimes those are the best instruments because you bond with them.

Congrats on getting out a recognizable tune on her!
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