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happy dulcimer discovery

GUEST,leeneia 02 Feb 09 - 10:46 AM
Will Fly 02 Feb 09 - 11:25 AM
GUEST,leeneia 02 Feb 09 - 08:24 PM
katlaughing 02 Feb 09 - 10:00 PM
GUEST,leeneia 03 Feb 09 - 10:10 AM
katlaughing 03 Feb 09 - 10:29 AM
GUEST,leeneia 04 Feb 09 - 12:29 PM
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Subject: happy dulcimer discovery
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 02 Feb 09 - 10:46 AM

I play the fretted (mountain, lap, Appalachian) dulcimer. As I've mentioned, I don't hold it on my lap, I put it on a table and stand.

I've always wished it could be louder and more resonanant. I've had to put non-slip shelf cloth under it, and I suspected it deadened the sound. I a recent thread about dulcimer, somebody suggested putting adhesive felt pads under the dulcimer. I wish I could find that post and give the person credit, but whoever you are, thank you.

I didn't want to put the felt pads on my instrument because I don't like the adhesive on them. A couple days ago I had an idea for a refinement. Plasti-tak! Plasti-tak is inert goo which holds things together but seems to leave no trace and damage no finishes. (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby, but I'm pretty sure it is widely distributed.)

I put four little balls on Plasti-Tak on the very outside edges of the dulcimer. They make a little platform, and the back floats above the table, resonating like anything. The DH and I did an experiment, and we both agree that the music is louder and richer with Plasti-tak. When I'm done playing, I simply peel off the balls and squish them on to the side of the dulcimer for storage.

Under the new system I've added two tunes to my repertoire, Beach Spring (a hymn tune from The Sacred Harp) and The Old Lamplighter, which features a nice sixth interval at the beginning.


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Subject: RE: happy dulcimer discovery
From: Will Fly
Date: 02 Feb 09 - 11:25 AM

There's a little raised block - about 1" wide and 1/2" deep - on the underside of my teardrop dulcimer, right under the heel of the instrument; also a corresponding but slightly smaller one under the nut. The instrument is therefore raised up above any hard surface it rests on. It's a great instrument but tends to wobble when played (if not played on my lap).

I wonder whether two blobs of Blu-tac (in the UK) on either side of the underbody of the instrument might (a) steady it and (b) help the volume/tone...


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Subject: RE: happy dulcimer discovery
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 02 Feb 09 - 08:24 PM

I don't think they would affect the tone is put on the outer edges, but I'm sure they would help with the wobbling.

I put mine on the very edges of the outher curves. I feel sure that the edges play no role in the vibrating of the bottom.


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Subject: RE: happy dulcimer discovery
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Feb 09 - 10:00 PM

I hold mine on my lap with the non-slip mat under it, but sometimes will put it on a hard surface. This sounds like a great solution to the *muffled* sound. Thanks!


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Subject: RE: happy dulcimer discovery
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 03 Feb 09 - 10:10 AM

You're welcome, kat.

Where do you play yours? I mostly play for myself and my husband, but sometimes I take it to church and do an offertory on it.

It seems especially right for shape-note tunes.


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Subject: RE: happy dulcimer discovery
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Feb 09 - 10:29 AM

Mostly at home for myself, husband, and grandson who has his own cardboard version. I have played it at bookstores and new ages shops, and a long time ago, at a hospice. I'd like to do more, but would really like to find some others to play with.:-)


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Subject: RE: happy dulcimer discovery
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 04 Feb 09 - 12:29 PM

I found like-minded musicians by offering to teach classes in 'Communiversity,' a free adult-education program offered by the local university.

It is hard to find people to jam with, I agree


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