The Dusty Blog
Posted by Dusty - Jul 14, 2016, 1:19 PM
Bill Johnson, Certified Music Practitioner and hammered dulcimer player, answers some practical questions about what it's like to be a therapeutic musician.
Posted by Dusty - Jun 29, 2016, 12:09 PM
Music isn't just for humans! Today we have a little collection of stories about the therapeutic effects of music on our four-legged furry friends.
Posted by Dusty - Jun 24, 2016, 11:43 AM
Years ago I was asked be part of a musical program at one of our local cancer treatment hospitals. Individual musicians were to play for ten or fifteen minutes at a time on various pre-assigned floors, then take their instrument to another floor, and so on, for two hours of music...
Posted by Dusty - Jun 17, 2016, 5:21 PM
One evening in 1990, long before bedside music was used in hospitals for other than hospice patients, and no certification programs yet existed for it, I learned that my father had pneumonia and was in Intensive Care. I packed my bag. At the last minute, I decided that since he was only semiconscious, perhaps the best way for him to know I was there would be to play my harp for him. I put it in the car...
Posted by Dusty - Jun 15, 2016, 3:19 PM
Get the lowdown on which harps we'll be bringing to the 2016 summer festivals! The American Harp Society conference is in Atlanta from June 30th - July 3rd, and the Somerset Folk Harp Conference is in Parsippany, NJ from July 21st - 24th. We hope to see you there!
Posted by Dusty - Jun 6, 2016, 4:00 PM
Stories from the Harp is an ongoing series illustrating the importance and power of therapeutic music. We share real-life stories from musicians, patients, hospital staff, and anyone for whom music has had a profound impact. This story comes from Angi Bemiss in Atlanta.
Posted by Dusty - May 27, 2016, 6:17 PM
This is the first in a series of stories about the gift of music and its ability to soothe and heal.
Posted by Dusty - May 5, 2016, 3:43 PM
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...
Posted by Dusty - Apr 12, 2016, 12:55 PM
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 sprinkling of "I'm a film composer." We've been hearing this more and more lately, and when a co-worker mentioned noticing hammered dulcimer in the Game of Thrones theme, I decided to compile some examples of the ways this fascinating instrument is used in movie and TV scores.
Posted by Dusty - Apr 5, 2016, 4:47 PM
Our 36-string harp cases are a very tight fit when they're new, and this video will give you some tips about getting your harp into the case without tearing your hair out.