Not sure if this qualifies as a mtn dulcimer, but here's an instrument of innovative hillbilly engineering I picked up this weekend. The guy who makes these calls it a "can-jo". The neck is fretted like a dulcimer with ONE string. Staples for frets and an empty soup can for a body/soundbox. 20 bucks. It came from a place in Canastota, NY called Yankee Doodles. He makes mtn dulcimers as well.
I've been playing my dulcimer more and more lately. More so since the recent passing of a musician friend of mine. He was a drummer/percussionist, not a dulcimer player. But he was quite taken by mine when I brought it to an open mic one night. I played Barbara Allen, Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper), and a couple other songs. He loved the sound and thought it'd be a great instrument to take camping. I played those same songs at a tribute event for him. Alcohol will getcha every time. He was 38.
Anyway, it has pushed me back to it again. Learning new songs, chord progressions. I even made a possum board out of the lid from an old wooden violin case. Music heals and goes on......
Sometimes I don't know which I love more, my fiddle or my dulcimer. I play many of the same songs on both.
Yay, I made it!!!
Hi Kevin and thanks for the friend request. Hope you enjoy your dulcimer journey as much as I have. Best wishes to you and yours.
Howdy and welcome to FOTMD!
Welcome to FOTMD Kevin. It's good to have you aboard.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
Hi Kevin, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer, and to meet some good people.
Welcome, Kevin, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven. Yes, this instrument is quite easy to fall in love with and there's a lot to learn about this "simple, folk instrument." Hope you enjoy it here.
Welcome Kevin. Good to see you here on FOTMD. We look forward to your participation. Best wishes.
Welcome Kevin, you are sure in for a ride...I'm loving it too. Great site, great fun.
Hey Kevin, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.