The Dulcimer

The Dulcimer

This Christmas, Mike surprised me with a Dulcimer he built.

It all started with a crazy Red Neck thing I bought in Bell Buckle, Tennessee while there on a trip last summer. They call it a a CanJo.

It is just a one-string fret board attached to a tin can with the stringĀ  running through the can. You tune it to something close to A, then strum with one hand while pressing the frets with your other hand.

That’s wild, huh? Well, I played around with it all summer, which sparked an idea in Mike’s head. He remembered reading in the Foxfire books about building Dulcimers. So he decided to build one.

 

It has an amazingly beautiful sound and I am so anxious to learn to play it. I can envision many happy hours of strummin’ and (as they say here in the mountains) sangin’ on the cabin porch.

Dang, if we aren’t gettin’ the hang of this mountain life …… and it fits us!

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