Doug Berch

Dulcimer Maker And Musician

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Month: November 2010

An old hammered dulicmer

Hammered Dulcimer Recordings Circa 1937

From The Library Of Congress:

“Comprises a group of field materials documenting Thomas Mann performing Anglo-American dance music on the hammered dulcimer collected for the Farm Security Administration in July, 1937 by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Ortonville, Iowa.”

An old hammered dulcimer

http://memory.loc.gov/afc/afccc/audio/a382/a3820a3.mp3 Schottische played on the Hammered Dulcimer by Thomas Mann – July, 1937

You can hear several more recordings by clicking here!

Thanks to The Library of Congress!

I Found My Music In A Video

The other day I found a video/photo montage on YouTube using the title track from my hammered dulcimer album, “The Sadness of Common Objects” as the soundtrack.

Imagine my surprise. I do prefer to be asked for permission to  use of my music but I take it being used in this video as a compliment.

And the pictures are very pretty!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hmpXHlzIDI

It’s Good To Be Back In The Dulcimer Mine

After some travels and dealing with the adventures of daily life I now have a block of uninterrupted time to delve deeply into the dulcimer mine. The glue-pot hisses, the BBC streams in via the internet, wood-shavings and sawdust on the floor and a happy dulcimer maker in the middle of it all.

Dulcimers in progress

My camera seems to default to taking photographs in the Impressionist style. Either that or I haven’t figured out how to use it.  At least you can get an idea of what is going on in the shop today.

Gluing on a soundboard

There is a chill in the air, sunset comes early and I see fewer birds on the feeder. Winter is coming.

Book Recommendation: “A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould’s Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano”

“A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould’s Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano”  by Katie Hafner

A Romance On Three Legs

A  biography of Glenn Gould, Steinway Pianos, piano tuner/technician Charles Verne Edquist and Steinway CD 318.

The book shares a deep understanding of Gould, the mechanics of the piano and the symbiotic relationship between musician and instrument.


httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkg0aQxsKlU

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