A Dulcimer Prelude to Spring
Mention dulcimer music in a crowd and you are likely to get three distinct responses. About a third of the folks will admit that they enjoy dulcimer music on occasion and an equal number will (usually, loudly) let you know of their disdain for the instrument. The final third will respond with glazed eyes and a simple “Huh?”
There are some that toss off the dulcimer as a simplistic instrument. I would argue that the same can be said of the harmonica, ukulele, Autoharp, drum, guitar and a host of others. Pleasant sounds can be wrought from any of these instruments with a minimum of instruction, making them accessible to any would-be musician.
The dulcimer was the first instrument that I felt satisfied with playing. After failed attempts at the accordion and electric guitar as a young boy, the ease of making music on the dulcimer gave me the confidence to continue learning.
The dulcimer may not be for all tastes, but it sure suits mine just fine. Like any instrument, the magic held within can be released by skilled and caring hands
Bonnie Carol has been drawing amazing music from the dulcimer since the 1970s. I first stumbled upon Bonnie's music in the early 1980s when I was an independant distributor for Kicking Mule Records. Ed Denson, co-founder of Kicking Mule, had sent me a bunch of KM's new releases and I was instantly taken with Fingerdances for Dulcimer, an album by Bonnie Carol (still available here.) Bonnie is accompanied on this album by an impressive group of friends including; Max Krimmel, Bonnie Phipps, and the late David Schnaufer.