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A short history of the hammered dulcimer

A short summary of origins along with some links to more information.   Paul Gifford's book The Hammered Dulcimer has they most authoritative info.

All links are through the images

QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival

One of the many tragic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic is the nearly universal paralysis of the arts.  An important segment of the artistic community includes the dulcimer community. 

QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival was formed for two purposes.  First, to provide a two-day online venue for those who love the music, friendships, and sense of family so unique to dulcimer festivals. And second, to show love and support for dulcimer professionals who also are victims of the many cancelled festivals and workshops.  They already have had multiple festivals.  You can sign up to be notified of any future festivals on their website which also includes valuable links to loads of Mountain and Hammered  Dulcimer instructors. 

Hammered dulcimer - social media

There is a Facebook group dedicated to the hammered dulcimer. 

Books for learning

 A small collection of books I offer for learning to play the hammered dulcimer.

Dulcimer Players News (DPN)

A journal devoted to both the hammered and fretted dulcimer with tunes, tips for beginners, reviews, instrument care and repair, interviews and festival information. You can subscribe online.

The cimbalom world association (CWA)

The Cimbalom World Association (CWA) aims to bring together artists who play cimbalom and similar instruments like yangqin, santur, hackbrett, hammered dulcimer, tympanon, qanun, kantele, etc. as well as interested organisations and individuals. They organize Congresses which bring together artists from all over the globe.

Photos of historical dulcimers

I occasionally post photos of historical hammered dulcimers I run across to a board on Pinterest. You are welcome to add to that board.

Building your own hammered dulcimer

I get a fair number of requests for information on building your own dulcimer. Fortunately there is a lot more information available now than there was when I got started 30 years ago. The image link takes you to a bunch more information I've pulled together. I'm sure there is more.

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