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  1. Making your own dulcimer (either kind) takes some dedication! Did you do some woodworking to that point? I am learning to play both chords and melody in a variety of musical genres on the hammered dulcimer. I also have a mountain dulcimer and am working to bring up my skills on that, too.
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    Someone with sufficient interest and time could draw excepts from those discussions and arrange them as FAQs (or do something similar).
  3. Just a few times. She had two mountain dulcimers and there was one time we played "Sweet Hour of Prayer" together. At least that's how I like to remember it. She spent a week in the ICU before she died. Every day, I took an MD with me. For some reason, I was stupid and let my fear of being a newbie keep me from playing. Then one morning, I got up the courage to play some songs and then I went to lunch with my family, my brother and his family, and everyone else. She passed while we were at lunch. * * * I do like the way you redid the beginning of WBB!
  4. Well I suppose someone ought to kick off a discussion here. Why not me? So here's a question: How, why, when did you start playing the hammered dulcimer? For me, it goes back to mother, who died a few years ago. In the 1990s, she went to Dollywood and bought a mountain dulcimer. Eventually, she bought a hammered dulcimer. Whenever I visited her house in Michigan, I would see it, though usually under a blanket. (I never understood why, it was just that way.) I never got the chance to play it and I seldom saw her play. On one trip to visit her, however, I went with her to church and she played "Whiskey before breakfast" during the service. But it was a baptist church and the pastor asked her to change the name to "Morning coffee" or something. Obviously, she did not sing the words! At some point, I noticed that she had a Strumstick. I goofed around with it, and she let me take it home. I also tried out her mountain dulcimer a bit, and for my birthday a year or two later, she sent me a mountain dulcimer via UPS. Fast forward a couple years later and she suddenly dies. My sister-in-law and I divide up the musical collection: two mountain dulcimers, two hammered dulcimers. That was in late 2016. Since then, I've done some learning in how to play both instruments. I prefer the hammered dulcimer, as it's easier on my hands to use hammers than to try to find frets on the small space of the fretboard on the mountain dulcimer. I am in Minnesota now, where, unlike Michigan, dulcimer players are scarce.
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