There are two types of dulcimer. The mountain dulcimer is a shaped wooden instrument with strings stretched along the center which is played by plucking and strumming the strings.
The Hammered Dulcimer (pictured below) has the strings stretched across a board which is played using sticks headed with leather and felt, or plucked with the fingers.
Its origins are somewhat obscure although it is thought to be of the Zither family, it was a popular instrument in medieval Britain and was also known as the 'Pantaleon'.
The hammered dulcimer is relatively easy to play with many musicians learning by ear from more experienced players.
Tuners, Chords & String Apps
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Hosted by Griffin Music contains messageboards, hammered dulcimer faq, purchasing guide, teacher listings and a lesson on building a music stand.
- Dulcimer Shop
UK specialist Hammered Dulcimer Shop includes information on new Dulcimer Weekend Tuition Workshops for 2017.
- East Anglian Dulcimers
Articles on different Dulcimer designs plus information on tunings, players, dulcimer makers, links to dulcimer sites and CD's of Dulcimer players available to purchase.
- Nonsuch Dulcimer Club
UK based organisation for anyone interested in hammered, or mountain dulcimers.
- Musica Antiqua
A guide to medieval and renaissance musical instruments.
- String Pedagogy Techniques
by Professor Joanne Erwin
- The Dulcimer in the Middle East
A discussion about dulcimer playing in the Middle East at Everything Dulcimer Forum.
Online String Applications
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- Arto's String Calculator very comprehensive online program with full instructions for calculating where a string can be used by setting the diameter and more. Measures string tension and diameter for a number of instruments, in a variety of settings.
- Arto's String Diameter/Tension Drawer
- String Tension Pro free, easy-to-use web application that allows you to customize, create and compare string sets for your instrument
- Java Tuner This Java applet demonstrates various historical tunings and temperaments and allows one to experiment with them. It was developed to accompany a text on Understanding temperaments, and is complemented by a set of MIDI files demonstrating various tunings and temperaments, full instructions and a variety of modern and archaic tuning modes. Also provides selected intervals and a chord player.
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