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Anyone ever play a dulcimer before?


A very cool instrument.  You don't have to be a musician to play it, just a crude sense of melody, harmony and rhythm are the only requirements.  (That and at least one working finger on each hand).

Our local Wal-Mart has a sale on these babies for $15 a pop.  My sons and I got three of them the other night.  We are sounding like "dueling banjos" already.

Our van's been a-rockin'.  Good times. 





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Comment by Rip Snorter - August 25, 2006, 7:21 pm

Dueling banjos?

Careful when you get to the canoe part. And don't let any hill-billy make you squeal like a pig. They're a lot of trouble to float.


Comment by stefan - August 25, 2006, 7:33 pm
How about "THE LAST POST"... Every evening since 1928, at precisely eight o'clock, the Last Post - the traditional salute to the fallen warrior - has been played under the Menin Gate Memorial in Ieper, Belgium : http://www.lastpost.be/index.asp

Just an idea ;-)



Rick GComment by Rick G - August 25, 2006, 8:59 pm
Jack and Stefan,

Thanks for the replies.

Stefan I'm going to check out that link right after this. I need some new material after.............................

Jack, funny enough, my younger son and I were just working on "Deliverance" laughing the whole time. You must have heard us in NM. Perfect song for the dulcimer and accompanying squeals. We got the talkative cat to contribute his version of the squeals. Good old catnip will bring out the best in every cat. We grow it in our front yard for them. They're stoned most of the time but they can't squeal worth a damn..
Comment by jim695 - August 26, 2006, 4:30 pm

As a matter of afct, I do know someone who plays a dulcimer. During my last few years in the Navy, I played guitar with a guy named Butch Burris. 52 years old, he just decided one day that he wanted to learn the guitar and began taking lessons. After only a few months of instruction, he was whipping off such obscure and difficult tunes as The Maple Leaf Rag.

Not long after that, he heard a guy named Bill Something (he's actually somewhat famous, but I can't remember his name) playing a mandolin at a bluegrass festival. He liked the sound of the instrument and immediately went out and bought one, and he learned to play it well in a very short time. Next, he found himself the proud owner of a banjo he picked up for ten dollars at an estate auction, and soon mastered that, too!

His next instrument was the dulcimer. He bought one about three years ago, and I have no doubt that he's become quite proficient by now (I haven't seen Butch since I retired in '95, but we still keep in touch).

He also plays the recorder and the flute. It just blows me away that all this music can come from a guy who couldn't carry a tune in a bucket...

Rick GComment by Rick G - August 26, 2006, 6:44 pm

Thanks for responding. Always liked bluegrass and that's what we're working on. We have a fiddle too, so cajun is next (one of us has to learn to master that fiddle first...a lot tougher instrument).

Hopefully, we'll be at the Indiana State fairgrounds one year soon opening for Mellencamp....lol


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