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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.
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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.
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Posted by Dusty - Mar 7, 2016, 12:57 PM
Join us October 7-9, 2016 for the 12th Harp Seattle festival! Workshops for all playing levels will be presented by internationally renowned harpists Park Stickney, Kim Robertson, Maeve Gilchrist and Nicholas Carter, with additional presentations by local Seattle harpists. And don't miss these fabulous performers in concert on October 7th and 8th at Dusty Strings!
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Posted by Dusty - Feb 10, 2016, 1:09 PM
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!
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Posted by Dusty - Jan 20, 2016, 1:26 PM
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 jam session.
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Posted by Dusty - Nov 18, 2015, 6:57 PM
We are often asked how our abalone Celtic knot inlay is done, so here is Frank Posenke, 19-year veteran of our Finish Team and Celtic knot specialist (among his many other skills), to show you what the process is like.
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Posted by Dusty - Oct 29, 2015, 1:22 PM
We just returned from the Southeastern Harp Weekend in Asheville, NC and thought we'd share some photos of the experience from a harp-maker's perspective. We came home exhausted, but with hearts full of smiles and stories form the harpists we met, and heads full of ideas and inspiration from our fellow builders.
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Posted by Dusty - Oct 6, 2015, 3:16 PM
The vendor hall at the Southeastern Harp Weekend in Asheville, NC is one of the biggest concentrations of harps, harp music and harp accessories in the country. If you're in the market for a harp or a Christmas present for a harpist in your life, you can browse the vendor hall for free without registering for the festival. Read about the harps and accessories Dusty Strings will be bringing.
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Posted by Dusty - Sep 29, 2015, 1:01 PM
Planning to travel with your harp or hammered dulcimer? We'll explain the new rules and what they mean for your next airplane trip.
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Posted by Dusty - Aug 5, 2015, 4:08 PM
Important information about replacing broken harp strings to help you decide if you should invest in a backup string set.