The hammered dulcimer is known for its use in Celtic music in the US
although different versions of the instrument appear in other areas of
Europe, the Middle Eastand in the Orient. Apparently, the hammered
dulcimer came to the United States with people from the Celtic regions and
became a popular instrument until the time the piano took over this role.
The hammered dulcimer was sold in Sears catalogues for a time.
The mountain dulcimer was named after this instrument although they are
very different. Many hammered dulcimer players play by ear but others
work on original music for the dulcimer or transpose pieces to fit the
instrument. Donna’s 3 ½ and 4 1/2 octave dulcimers were built by Jerry
about 31-38 inches in height with 29-32 strings each. Harp strings were
made from metal, bronze and eventually, from animal gut. The size of the
developed around the 18th century.Professional harpers in Ireland initially held
Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Eventually, traditional harpers lost their status
famous harpers in Irish history, Turlough Ó Carolan, lived from1670-1738.
lost interest in the instrument, musicians began to study the ancient harps and
research their music in the 1970’s. Instrument builders began reproducing both the wire
the Celtic harp is used for traditional music along with modern
compositions for soloists and ensembles. The solid body electric harp has
been developed with pickups on each string, much like an electric guitar. So
modern harps are used for quite a variety of genres at this time.
one for each note of the scale. From left to right, they are D C B E F G A