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Hammered dulcimer My Hammered Dulcimer

It's not easy to say when I first became interested in the Hammered Dulcimer. I was certainly captured by its sound, and can remember hearing it in a song recorded by that colourful character Cyndi Lauper, probably in the 1990s. I later found out that Cyndi plays the Appalachian Dulcimer, which is not the same instrument as a hammered dulcimer, but maybe she plays both and it's actually her on the recording, I don't know.

A little later I bought a Roland XP-80 synthesizer, and while exploring the multitudenous sounds lurking within it, I found that sound again.

Roll forward a few years and my youngest son, knowing how much I liked them, purchased a hammered dulcimer as a gift for me. A wonderful instrument and with that lovely warm sound that I was already familiar with.



A touch of Copland



Just listen to how long that final note is sustained. Such a resonant instrument.



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If you're interested in hearing the song that (possibly) started it, here's a link. The specific dulcimer solo that I mentioned starts at around 2'24" but you might as well listen to the whole track.

Cyndi Lauper's recording of Heading West on YouTube (opens in a new tab/window).



Last Updated: 24th May 2022

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Hammered dulcimer My Hammered Dulcimer

It's not easy to say when I first became interested in the Hammered Dulcimer. I was certainly captured by its sound, and can remember hearing it in a song recorded by that colourful character Cyndi Lauper, probably in the 1990s. I later found out that Cyndi plays the Appalachian Dulcimer, which is not the same instrument as a hammered dulcimer, but maybe she plays both and it's actually her on the recording, I don't know.

A little later I bought a Roland XP-80 synthesizer, and while exploring the multitudenous sounds lurking within it, I found that sound again.

Roll forward a few years and my youngest son, knowing how much I liked them, purchased a hammered dulcimer as a gift for me. A wonderful instrument and with that lovely warm sound that I was already familiar with.



A touch of Copland



Just listen to how long that final note is sustained. Such a resonant instrument.



Heading West

If you're interested in hearing the song that (possibly) started it, here's a link. The specific dulcimer solo that I mentioned starts at around 2'24" but you might as well listen to the whole track.

Cyndi Lauper's recording of Heading West on YouTube (opens in a new tab/window).



Last Updated: 24th May 2022

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