The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #85910   Message #1594567
Posted By: GUEST,Russ
31-Oct-05 - 08:10 PM
Thread Name: my non-lap dulcimer
Subject: RE: my non-lap dulcimer
I keep my lap dulcimer in my lap for a couple of reasons.
That's how I learned to play it.
I played dulcimer for years before I ever saw anybody playing it differently.
Using any kind of support other than my lap would be more trouble than I want to go to. Just another object to lug around.

I've also finger picked for years. Must be doing something right because I've never had pain or any carpal tunnel symptoms.

The instrument already has lots of names. Why multiply terms needlessly? I like calling it a mountain dulcimer because that's where I was when I learned to play it. I also like calling it an Appalachian dulcimer for the same reason. It also is an instrument that has traditionally been associated with Appalachia.