It's a plane.. it's a bird, it's a piano dulcimer! Fan Friday #14

 Amazing! This hammered dulcimer is really one of a kind- you've got to hear this thing and see it for yourself! This dulcimer is laid out in a pattern with white and black notes identical to the piano. I've only seen one other like it since I began playing and it's truly fascinating. C'mon piano players and bring your sheet music, 'cause it's your turn to take to the dulcimer! (Nudge nudge, Donna!)  What a blast!

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  • Dan Griffin

    Dan Griffin

    Hi Ted! Hope you have fun with your new Piano Dulcimer. I don't want to take too much issue with you though, but a traditional diatonic dulcimer is much easier to play in modes. In fact it's perfect for modes. Actually I don't see any advantage to playing a piano dulcimer, and I am a piano player, but Dan Landrum says it opens up new vistas, so who am I to argue? I just don't understand what those new vistas are. You are repping two manufacturers now? Let me guess, Dusty Strings and probably MasterWorks. I visited the Holy Grail of dulcimer building two years ago in Seattle. Very low key.

    Hi Ted!

    Hope you have fun with your new Piano Dulcimer. I don't want to take too much issue with you though, but a traditional diatonic dulcimer is much easier to play in modes. In fact it's perfect for modes. Actually I don't see any advantage to playing a piano dulcimer, and I am a piano player, but Dan Landrum says it opens up new vistas, so who am I to argue? I just don't understand what those new vistas are.

    You are repping two manufacturers now? Let me guess, Dusty Strings and probably MasterWorks. I visited the Holy Grail of dulcimer building two years ago in Seattle. Very low key.

  • JustJat

    JustJat

    Awesome that you are selling Dusty Strings too now. It makes all the difference having a player to talk to when you are buying an instrument (believe me, I know what I'm talking about here!). I'd be interested to see what sort of music you can play on the PD - I'd imagine it could be rather different from the usual dulcimer music as the layout dictates playing patterns. Dare you to write something for it ;-)

    Awesome that you are selling Dusty Strings too now. It makes all the difference having a player to talk to when you are buying an instrument (believe me, I know what I'm talking about here!). I'd be interested to see what sort of music you can play on the PD - I'd imagine it could be rather different from the usual dulcimer music as the layout dictates playing patterns. Dare you to write something for it ;-)

  • TeddyY

    TeddyY

    Hey Dan, Yeah, I'm not sure what those vistas are right now either. I know it's interesting and I did play on Landrum's down in Chattanooga. I keep finding new things to do on the traditional hammered dulcimer so I'm not sure how fast I'm going to take to this piano dulcimer. Donna actually set it up tonight and started playing it. She's been more excited about this than me. I think the main point is in Donna's response to it. She's a piano player and started to learn the hammered dulcimer years ago with me but dropped it because the payout didn't make any sense to her. Now she can sit and play an A4 only in one spot instead of 3 different places. I know what you're saying though. It is hard to imagine where it can take you if you've grown up under the diatonic. But if you're totally new and you've never played a hammered dulcimer, this could be a God send. (shrugs) :-) I'll let you know how Donna fairs.

    Hey Dan, Yeah, I'm not sure what those vistas are right now either. I know it's interesting and I did play on Landrum's down in Chattanooga. I keep finding new things to do on the traditional hammered dulcimer so I'm not sure how fast I'm going to take to this piano dulcimer. Donna actually set it up tonight and started playing it. She's been more excited about this than me.

    I think the main point is in Donna's response to it. She's a piano player and started to learn the hammered dulcimer years ago with me but dropped it because the payout didn't make any sense to her. Now she can sit and play an A4 only in one spot instead of 3 different places.

    I know what you're saying though. It is hard to imagine where it can take you if you've grown up under the diatonic. But if you're totally new and you've never played a hammered dulcimer, this could be a God send. (shrugs) :-) I'll let you know how Donna fairs.

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