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 Post subject: Hammering the Message
PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:49 pm 
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I'm very much a novice at hammering the dulcimer, but here is my first attempt at a recording. It is the gospel hymn "The Message of His Coming".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WF5g-WvwNGo


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Is there any instrument you haven't tried, Aaron? I messed around with an HD once. Couldn't make heads or tails out of where the notes were hiding.

Have fun with the hammered dulcimer.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 11:46 am 
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Cool. great sound ... saw a guy in Central Park draw quite a crowd (and making some nice $$) playing one using 4 hammers. It was crazy - he would alternate between them and occasionally use use the 4 at once. Likely as much for show as music, but he was very good regardless.

Well done!

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Thanks, y'all.

I've probably had as much practice on it since I made that recording as I'd had before it, total. I've had the HD for a couple of years, having gotten it on a trade, but I didn't know where to set it up in the new and smaller house, so it had just been sitting aside.

Judy K wrote:
Is there any instrument you haven't tried, Aaron?

Yes.
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I messed around with an HD once. Couldn't make heads or tails out of where the notes were hiding.

I had that problem at first. But it's really perfect sense. Just follow the scale markers on the bridges. Any string with a marker is the start of a major scale in one key or another. Just start on one, and go up one course at a time up to the next marker (this is four notes), then go to the next row to the left and back down to the marker across from where you started and go up four to complete your octave. From there, just go up four and over in the same exact pattern to do another octave.

Here. I drawed you a picture, so you see what I mean.
Attachment:
HDScale.png

So, just follow the bridges.
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... saw a guy in Central Park draw quite a crowd (and making some nice $$) playing one using 4 hammers. It was crazy - he would alternate between them and occasionally use use the 4 at once.

There are double-headed hammers on the market that allow you to play thirds with a single mallet.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:28 pm 
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Ahhh! Thanks for the diagram, Aaron. Next time I get near an HD I won't be totally clueless.

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There are double-headed hammers on the market that allow you to play thirds with a single mallet.


No sir, they may allow YOU to play thirds. they would allow me to look even more foolish than I would with one. :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:53 pm 
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So, the octaves are interconnected squares.
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hdoctaves.jpg

It was Sam Rizzetti who devised the markers in the 1960's. The markers are now used by all makers. He had a huge part in the revival of this instrument, as he wrote the pamphlets for the United States government that explained to the public how to build them and such. He's still at it, as he designed the Piano Dulcimers that are now popular with many church musicians, as they are chromatic and laid out in a keyboard-like configuration.

Here are his pamphlets from the 60's online, if anyone is interested:

History and Playing
Making A Hammer Dulcimer

When he wrote these, multiple strings per course were common. The one he gives instructions to build has four. Nowadays two per course is standard.

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Judy K wrote:
Is there any instrument you haven't tried, Aaron?

Yes.

Here's a list:

Oboe
Bassoon
French Horn
English Horn
Trombone
Tuba
Kettle Drums
Cymbals
Vibraphone
Steel Guitar
Cello
Double Bass
French Flageolette
Charango
Balailaika
Bagpipes
Sitar
Bass Guitar
Gut Bucket Bass
Tonette
Flutophone
Swedish Lute
Drum Pad
Theremin
Moog Synthesizer
Bombarde
Wind Synth
Keytar
Doumbek
Hurdy Gurdy
Steel Drum
Shawm
Shakuhachi
Zither


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:28 am 
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The same scale pattern applies, regardless of the key.
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 Post subject: Re: Hammering the Message
PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:08 am 
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:lol: Love the list, Aaron! My own list would be much longer, but I have tried a few on your list. Oboe, flutophone, tonette, cymbals, and tuba unsucessfully (or uninterestedly after the try) and trombone and zither quite well. Your hammered dulcimer is considered a type of zither, just as the mountain dulcimer has been called a fretted zither. Think you've got both of those covered and could knock zither off your list.


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