Ok.. so I bought a hammered dulcimer. It’s called a “Songbird”, in the natural color. It is not a solid hardwood, but a laminate. I tried them out, and had every intention of getting one, but the sad fact is that I cannot lift them. They are very heavy and even the smallest one is right on the edge of what I would be able to lift. So, I decided to get one with more strings than a hard wood. I think I made a good choice.
My playing sucks. However, I’m going to learn and can already do Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. I’m playing by ear, I’m not reading music, but I can. I had 10 years of Clarinet from 5th grade all the way to college. I just want to do something that’s different and something I can enjoy.
Papa thinks I’m nuts. Actually, I think he thinks I just blew money and I’m going to lose interest. I might, but like I told him, it’s a musical instrument, not a salad, it won’t go bad if I put it away for 10 years.
So, tonight I learn how to tune the sucker. It’s out of tune and I know it. I purchased a tuner and I’ll take care of that this evening. I gotta learn sometime.
I’ll get photo’s tomorrow and I’ll also make a little video for you to see me play twinkle twinkle… but that will be later because I need the practice 😉
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