[Homestead] a musical question
lurine at softcom.net
Sun Nov 30 23:50:02 EST 2008
A basic (lap, mountain, Appalachian) dulcimer is the easiest instrument in
the world to play! It sits on your lap and you strum with one hand and
press down on the strings with the other using a "noter." You can get all
different types of tones by using different "noters," where you place it
between the frets and even how you hold it. A "noter" can be something as
simple as a popsicle stick or as fancy as a porcelein or crystal slide. I
usually use a hardrock maple dowel but if I've misplaced it (quite
frequently, OAD, doncha know <g>), I simply use my fingers.
They really are easy to learn. My mother was beyond musically challenged
and I taught her how to play the dulcimer!
Here's some links:
----- Original Message -----
From: "Cathy" <goosecreekfarm at gmail.com>
To: <homestead at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2008 5:54 PM
Subject: [Homestead] a musical question
>I love to sing. One of my earliest memories is at 4 years old looking out
> of the window from my bunk in the trailer and singing myself to sleep. I
> sang with and to my children until they would sometimes ask me (politely,
> they're nice children) to please stop. But I've never learned to play an
> instrument. My ability to read music is scanty--the equivalent of
> hunt-and-peck typing.
> I'd like to strum a little accompaniment, something very basic, just to
> for myself. Does anyone remember those lap-sized stringed instruments
> little old lady Sunday School teachers used to play? Does anyone play a
> very simple instrument?
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