is a hammered dulcimer? Technically, it is a cousin of the zither,
played by striking the strings with small hammers. Perhaps a
better answer is to say that, once you've heard one played,
it becomes unforgettable!
The hammered dulcimer is easy to learn, wonderful to play on
your own, and “plays well with others,” blending
in easily with most other musical instruments. It is the perfect
instrument for American folk or Celtic music. And, if you purchase
your hammered dulcimer from Pinelands Folk Music Center, a series
of beginning lessons is included with your purchase.
Hammered dulcimers are available in several
sizes, depending on the number of strings. We carry small hammered
dulcimers, ideal for beginners, right on up through full size
and extended range instruments for more advanced players.
We don't just sell the instrument —
we will help you select exactly the right one for your own style
and level of play, and assist in the purchase of related supplies
such as a stand or extra hammers. Rich teaches both beginning
and intermediate hammered dulcimer, and we carry instructional
books and CDs, too.
Whether hearing a hammered dulcimer has left
an indelible impression — or you are curious about this
beautiful instrument — take a few minutes to stop in.
You are always welcome to try one out, or listen to Rich play.
Either way, you, too, will be a fan for life!