For Mountain Dulcimer Players by Deborah J. Hamouris

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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Why? Deborah explained that she likes to play standing to give her more space and more ease of movement, especially for playing the upper frets. Also, standing is a better posture for singing as you play. It’s even possible to dance if you are standing to play!
2. How? Deborah uses a keyboard stand, but she points out other options. She positions the stand at a level about even with where her elbows bend, and she sets the dulcimer on the stand at a tilt. She added rubber meet on each side to protect the instrument.

Music GlobeExtras

  • Here is Deborah playing her original composition, Christmas Day, using her playing stand.

  • Our teacher, Butch Ross, often plays standing. In this video, he starts out sitting down and sets up his loops. Looping is playing one musical pattern and saving, recording the next pattern and saving, and then playing a melody against the recorded backup tracks. Then he stands, changes dulcimers, and plays Cluck Ole Hen for us holding his dulcimer like a guitar.

    We offer a lesson on looping by Butch, demonstrating step by step how to do this.

  • In this video, Tim Simek simply draped a beautiful quilt over a table to stand and play Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel on the mountain dulcimer.

  • Now this guy was thinking outsitde the box. He suggests a versatile chair-ironing-board-ladder would work as a good playing stand. But I think you would need to add something to keep your dulcimer from slipping off.

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