Dulcimer or Guitar?
General mountain dulcimer or music discussions
"...we can make it very complicated indeed and might even progress our droned monochord into a whole 'nother instrument (such as a guitar or piano) that's no longer as easy to play or as inexpensive, but capable of different music..."
I agree completely with this! We have created the complexity of the dulcimer. Considering it was originally a quiet, personal instrument, there was no need for anything fancier."...Is the time coming when the six-string chromatic dulcimer will be so prevalent that those of us playing a pure diatonic three-string would be considered to be playing the "easy" version or an archaic instrument? I think that's where the chording style is leading, players of that style will continue to expect more-and-more capability from their instrument. Not exactly a "bad" thing - it's different....."
This does seem to be the way things are moving today. I felt really sorry for the noter/drone player I spoke with because they had participated in a competition and it did not go well. There does not seem to be a place for folks who want to "keep it simple" if you want to compete. Maybe there should be separate competitions, ie.. traditional/modern.As far as progression goes, I have not heard of that type of thing, but it may be the reason folks want to introduce kids to it, hoping they will have a positive experience and move on to other things. I would hope that they become terrific players and carry on the tradition. FWIW, Teri