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 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!


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.


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