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Playing the Mountain Dulcimer Made Easy Christmas Collection Paperback – September 29, 2016
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Music is as much a part of my life as falling in love. Members of my family, most of my neighbors, fellow school chums and local gospel groups played, sang and shared their musical talent(s) with all (or anyone) that would listen. The majority of my life was spent on the banks of the Big Sandy River. My home is a small community called "Zelda" in Lawrence County, Kentucky. Raised in the music rich foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, I have always been exposed to the unique mountain musical culture of family, friends and neighbors. Of course, one of the loveliest qualities of this instrument is its ease of play. The mountain dulcimer is an instrument that stands alone. The majority of these instruments have three or four strings. The first string (or strings in the case of the 4-string instrument) is the melody string(s). The two remaining strings are drones that give the Appalachian dulcimer its particularly beautiful bagpipe sound. What makes the dulcimer so easy to learn and play is its simplicity. The birthplace of the dulcimer is in the hills of Appalachia. These lap instruments were easy to build and easy to play. They hold a wonderfully rich tradition and heritage.