Yes I played the chopstick across all strings to sound tune and drones, no overdubs.
I can't remember where I first hear it. The percussive bit it played with a chopstick. I first heard John Molineux play like that on a "Short French dance for short French dancers"
"for short French dancers"... cracks me up!
But- tell me please are you playing a chopstick while playing the dulcimer, or is this a 2 track or 2 person recording? Are you actually using a bouncing chopstick INSTEAD of a pick and getting these nice melody notes all at once??
And... you are playing the melody on the BASS string and chop-sticking all the way across all the strings? Leaving the melody and middle strings as open drones that are chopsticked along with it?
Sorry for all the questions Nick, but I find this so beautiful and compelling... and I'm dying to know how you're getting this sound here.
Wow! Beautiful playing and tune friend!
I like this, Nick!
The tune is originally Italian "La Monica" a song about a girl forced to be a nun (doesn't end well). The tune was also used as a French Noel. So was sort of a renaissance hit.
This is very lovely Nick. "The Young Maid"...I'm guessing a very old French tune then? Where/how did you find the tune?
I like the percussive nature of your drone string picking. Are you using a felt pick or softwood here?