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The practicalities of therapeutic music from a dulcimer player's perspective

Bill Johnson, Certified Music Practitioner and hammered dulcimer player, answers some practical questions about what it's like to be a therapeutic musician.

New Chromatic Dulcimer Models: First the D670, now the D570

Announcing our second new chromatic dulcimer model this year, the D570! If you were intrigued by the concept of the low bass notes being playable on both the right and the left, but if the D670 seemed a little big for you, the D570 could be just right...

Hammered Dulcimer in Film Scores

One of our favorite questions to ask new dulcimer players is what sort of music they plan to play. Many of the answers have been the same for 35 years ("hymns," "Celtic music," and "Stairway to Heaven," for example), but these days there is also a liberal…

New D670 Hammered Dulcimer: Super Bass on the Right and Left!

After more than two years of research and development (and many more years of begging and pleading by dulcimer players), we are pleased to announce the new D670 – our ultimate-chromatic-extended-range-super-bass-on-both-sides dulcimer!

D550 Chromatic Hammered Dulcimer App for iPad

This virtual dulcimer for iPad uses sound samples recorded from an actual D550 and plays just like the real thing (except with your fingers instead of hammers). It can be a learning tool, an aid for traveling musicians, and a fun addition to any impromptu…

Register for the 2016 Hammered Dulcimer Rendezvous

Registration is now open for the fun and fabulous Hammered Dulcimer Rendezvous (formerly the Spring Fling), which will be held in Sandy, Oregon from April 21st through the 24th, 2016.

New rules for flying with musical instruments

Planning to travel with your harp or hammered dulcimer? We'll explain the new rules and what they mean for your next airplane trip.

Hammered Dulcimer: Tuning the Treble Bridge

Help! I can't get both sides of the treble bridge in tune! Everyone who plays the hammered dulcimer will at some point or other come across some variation of this problem. There are simply too many strings on the darned thing for tuning to be smooth an…

Does a black soundboard make it easier to play the hammered dulcimer?

We get asked this question a lot, most often by people who are new to the hammered dulcimer. They are understandably concerned with getting the combination of options that will make it easiest to learn this new instrument, and the choice of black vs. natu…

Spring Fling Hammered Dulcimer Rendezvous

Whether you're new to the hammered dulcimer and not quite sure how to start, or you haven't played in a while and could use a dose of inspiration, or you play all the time and can think of nothing better than to hang out and jam with other dulcimer player…

Interview with Hammered Dulcimer Champion Karen Alley

Meet Karen Alley - multi-instrumentalist, Ph.D. student and 2014 National Hammered Dulcimer Champion! She has very kindly taken a break from her glaciology studies in Boulder, CO to answer some questions about hammered dulcimer playing, the Winfield compe…

Dulci-Tune: The Newest Tool for Dulcimer Players

The Dulci-Tune is our newest musician's tool - an electronic tuner designed specifically for hammered dulcimer players.

Time Capsule: The Ravenna House c.1980

We've told you the story of how Dusty Strings came to be, and now we're sharing a snapshot (well, a few snapshots) of the first few years and the particular place where it all began.

Time Capsule: 1980 Seattle Times Article

We've been sorting through some of our old photos and documents recently, and we thought it would be fun to share a few "time capsule" moments from Dusty Strings history. To start off with, here is an authentic historical document from 1980 - a Seattle Ti…

Plywood vs. Solid Wood Hammered Dulcimers

Most hammered dulcimer makers offer both laminated (plywood) and solid wood instruments, and it can be difficult to know how to choose, or even how important the choice is. Here are some explanations and observations about the differences between the two …

Can I really play that on a hammered dulcimer?

People often ask us what kind of music can be played on a hammered dulcimer, and the short answer is that you can play pretty much anything. The longer answer is that it does depend a lot on the range and chromatic capability of your particular instrument…

Dusty Strings Hammered Dulcimer #1

Dusty Strings is celebrating its official 35th birthday this year. In honor of this milestone, here is a story about the true beginnings of the company and the building of hammered dulcimer #1.