Monday, August 27, 2007

Something for the home

When I get too old to haul the cello around, or when it looks like rain or ice cream (I managed to slop some ice cream on my cello at the last fiddle performance, not wanting to lie it down in the grass), maybe I can turn to the bowed dulcimer. See link for a short clip. There is a variant of the instrument called a "pocket cello" that even comes with an end pin.

I occasionally try to play the mountain dulcimer. I even went to camp for mountain dulcimer last summer and had a wonderful week, learning new chord techniques. When I got home from camp, the first thing I did, after I dragged my stuff in from the car, was to pick up the dulcimer and play all the tunes. I haven't really picked it up since then. But, I just learned of a dulcimer nearby concert/workshop/festival in September, so might attend, just for fun. :-)


Terry said...

Wow, so cool! I want one.

That reminds me, I ended up having to return the 5-string. It arrived broke. Details later.

CelloGirl said...

That's cool! I want one too! I like the little mini vibrato he was doing with his fingertips.

Maricello said...

I want one too, but think I will wait until someone else gets one!

Sorry to hear about that 5-string, Terry. I talked to some people at camp about 5-string cellos. Abby has one, but it is a Baroque cello, intended only for playing Bach's 6th suite. She said it was hard to play because the strings are closer together and didn't sound as good. I would love to hear your experience.