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jmarlowe

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I know this is not a traditional Bluegrass instrument, but I am interested in what thoughts you have on this truly American instrument. It was invented and built in the Appalachian Mountains. I believe the name means sweet tone or sweet sound. I think it has a wonderful sound and it is supposedly easy to learn. I love it because I lived in the mountains of North Carolina for awhile and I love the history and heritage of it and I do like the soothing, yet different, sound. what instrument is it and what do you think about it? 
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Are you talking about a dulcimer? I'm no dulcimer expert but I think there are 2 kinds...the hammer dulcimer and the type that you strum or pick with a feather quill. They are a beautiful sounding instrument. I've found that good ones can get kind of pricey (thousands of dollars). There are kits that are less expensive. I wouldn't mind having a hammer dulcimer for recording.
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Yes I was referring dulcimer. The smaller one, the mountain dulcimer. I would like to have an inexpensive one just to have around. They have a very unique sound. I have seen a couple of you tube videos with a dulcimer and a banjo together and it doesn't sound bad. 
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I've used a lap dulcimer on it's own when for old tunes like In the Pines, and even for a couple of our old Gospel tunes the wife and I do at the retirement home gigs we play monthly. I love the sound, and it's a nice change from guitar or some of the louder instruments. It sounds really good with the old Carter family tune God gave Noah the Rainbow sign
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Yes Rick I agree. It does have a nice sound. I heard it was an easy instrument to learn, is that true?
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I'm not fluent by any means, but indeed it seems easy to begin playing, and simple melodies are easy to pick up.
Very enjoyable
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I don't really have much exposure to one other than Joni Mitchell's amazing playing. I've always wanted to try one out myself after admiring her skills.
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I want to try one also. I just came back from a weekend in the mountains of North Carolina. There was a dulcimer shop there but it was closed when I went by. Bummer. 
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