Cripple Creek Music
353 East Main
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"Folk and Ethnic Instruments of the World"
Cripple Creek Music Company sells both the mountain
dulcimer and the hammered dulcimer, distinctly different instruments
sharing the same name. The folk or lap dulcimer is a fun and easy
instrument to play. Several tunings are used to play in different
modal scales Using picks and/or a noter (a small round dowel stick) the
melody strings are accompanied by the drone strings to create an almost
bagpipe affect. The hammered dulcimer is a multiple string
instrument in a trapezoid shape that has been found in slightly
different tuning variations around the world for over 5000 years.
The modern hammered dulcimer is tuned in fifths across the bridge and
played with small mallets or hammers. The increased interest in
the hammered dulcimer has made the builders design a variety of
instruments with expanded musical range and specifications to meet the
needs of the most demanding musicians.