A nice Picture…

OK, so here’s a photo of the new baby. It’s not the best photo in the west, because it’s taken with my camera phone. But, it does the job…

dulcimer

To answer Toodie’s question, there are two types of Dulcimers. One is made entirely of hardwood and the other is made with another wood and then a laminate is placed over the top. Mine is a laminate. It doesn’t sound that much different than the hard wood. It’s a little warmer but then, I would expect a warmer sound from a hard wood. My dulcimer has 4 more strings on it than Toodie’s does, hers is an 12/11 and mine is a 16/15. If you would like to know more…. go here: http://www.songbirdhd.com/phoebe.html

 

Here’s an example of the 12/11 and if you count the white spaces on the bridge (it indicates the start of an octave) there are 5 on mine and 4 on the 12/11.

dulcimer-12-11

So… my dulcimer has a higher octave, and I think it’s at the top, so the higher notes.

 

I didn’t get to tuning last night. It’s a very large instrument and it’ll take a couple of hours to tune. This is something I’ll save for the weekend.

Have a great Tuesday!

© ‘Fizz’ 2009

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About Fizz

*I'm a Northern Girl livin' in the South. *I graduated with a BS in Geophysics from Michigan Technological University (MTU). *I have critters: 2 dogs & 1 cat. *I love thunder and rain days. Too much sunshine gets on my nerves. (How I survive in Texas I do not know!) *I'm trying to remove swearing from my vocabulary (Good Luck!). *I'm the last single in my group of friends. The rest of the turn coats got married. *Sadly, the above friends are now procreating. Now the world will have yet more strange and twisted individuals that will have to go to an Engineering School to survive. *Yoopers do exist. Look on a map. *Marvin the Martian and I have a lot in common. We're both cranky when crossed and generally like our own way. *I will never be a model! (Thank god, that starvation stuff has GOT to be painful!!!). *I am not Fat! (Even though that little voice behind my right ear might tell me that every single day). *I am normal. Whatever that means! *Yes, you can be smart and not be a geek. *I've been told I'm not boring. We'll see. *Much to my irritation, I have been described as Eccentric. *I cannot spell! *Being Single is a frame of mind. *Who said life was fair?
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13 Responses to A nice Picture…

  1. Shelly says:

    cool. I just learned something new and looking forward to learning more about this instrument. Hope your day is great!ttfn

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  2. Rita says:

    very nice, Fizz! Good luck with it

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  3. Rambling says:

    Dang,for some reason, I can’t see the pictures. I also wanted to tell you that your experience at BK in England got me laughing. They all cater, of course, to the local taste so it’s no surprise really when you get something other than what you were expecting. But still..that was funny. I have had some so called Coca Cola elsewhere in the world tat tasted so strangely I could not recognize it.

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  4. Rambling says:

    NOW I can see it. As soon as I hit add for the comment, it showed..(pics)

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  5. Ann says:

    Good for you to learn this instrument.

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  6. john says:

    Just fizz at it grumpy dulcimers are neat sounding, used to see them a lots with the bluegrass and country music. Believe June carter used one at times. Music is a life of its own and for you to take up the challenge. My hats off to ya. Go git em.

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  7. Beth says:

    I can’t wait to hear you play. It is a very interesting instrument.

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  8. Rita says:

    I love cemeteries, I know more people there then are alive. LOLDoesn’t England have some great ones! I had to see the cemetery in every town we went to.

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  9. Sherry says:

    You know I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of those before. Kudos to do for learning a new instrument.Have a good day.hugs

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  10. Babblelot says:

    Oh golly your hammer dulcimer is a beauty. I know you will have lots of joy learning. My first song was "Wooden Heart". I am so excited for you. Tuning is the most to learn as the strings stretch and once it settles down it will just need slight tweaking when you want to play. I can’t wait for a video!!

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  11. Leona says:

    Ditto on what sherry said, kudos to you for learning a new instrument. I have never seen (or heard of) this instrument, thanks for introdcing me to it. I look forward to your first video playing it for us.

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  12. CAROL says:

    TAkes guts to try and learn something new like that. It looks difficult to learn. CONGRATS !! Have fun!!

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  13. Joe says:

    That looks like an exotic instrument. The closest thing I’ve seen to it is my mom’s autoharp that she loves and plays all the time. I can imagine tuning being a drawn out process but I’m sure it sounds great when you play it!

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