Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer
The mountain dulcimer is a four stringed instrument usually played on the lap, by strumming or
picking with the right hand and fretting with the left. It is normally diatonic, with the frets
creating a major (or itʼs relative minor) scale. The tuning is most often D-A-D, with the two
highest strings close together and in unison. When the instrument is strummed, the high strings
can be used to play melody, while the low strings drone. Or, chords can be formed and
strummed guitar style.
This type of dulcimer originated with the settlers of the Appalachian
Mountains in the eastern United States as far back as the 18th
century. Itʼs cheerful sound and characteristic heart-shaped sound
holes must have been a comfort in what was, for the most part, a hard
life. The instrument has enjoyed a revival in recent
decades, and can have a Celtic, Middle Eastern, or Oriental sound.
Our sampled Mountain Dulcimer is presented chromatically, and you
will see the “in between” notes on the fretboard of the Strummer
SONiTUS | 14.01.2012 | 245 MB
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Mountain Dulcimer has picked and
fingerpicked instruments, sampled strums with
melodic notes, and our Strummaker script for
creating your own chords and strumming
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