General mountain dulcimer or music discussions
Hi, I'm Lisa. I fell into the dulcimer completely by accident, and fairly recently. I like making things and my BF keeps teasing me about making a harpsichord for him when I/he retire. Last November, I thought it wise to start with something smaller, and looked on the Internet. Hah, I could make a cardboard dulcimer! Not costly, and I could paint it with my own design. If something terrible happened, not a lot lost. Oh, and they said it was easy to play, so maybe I could try playing it.
So I made one from Backyard Music. Sounds pretty good for a basic cardboard guy. Painted it with an art deco motif, forest green and peach. And I started to play. And it was fun...and...
Then I wanted to try building a solid wood one. Finally gave in and ordered a black walnut kit from Cedar Creek Dulcimers. I was terrified--such nice wood to screw up! But I did it, and I love it! And wow, the sustain with solid walnut.
I love the dulcimer because there are so many ways to play it (noter, pick, fingers, melody string only, strum only, pick individual notes, chords), seems like you can keep learning and trying new things nearly endlessly. Took the cardboard one on vacation to Canada recently. Got to sit by the side of a lake we had all to ourselves (camping) and just improvise. Wonderful! (Cardboard one is good to take where there is a chance of getting a ding...)