Doug Berch

Dulcimer Maker And Musician

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Month: March 2016

I Am Here

This song was inspired by a quote of Sri Ramana Maharshi.  As he neared the end of his life he comforted his devotees by saying, “You say I am going away, but where can I go? I am always here. You give too much importance to the body.”

I wrote the song many years ago and recorded it in 2007 on my album “Songs From My Past – Music With Mountain Dulcimer.”  I’m singing and playing dulcimer and through the magic of recording technology I’m also playing harmonium.

 

Music I’d Like To Hear #109

Autoharp and tambourine duo

Adventures In Dulcimer Making

Dulcimer being glued together. Is my cell phone in there?The dulcimer in the photograph was glued together a few years ago. I know this because the quality of the photograph is better than possible with the camera I am currently using. I also know this because the dulcimer in the photograph is currently being regularly played by its owner. I just happened to have this photograph on hand.

Gluing a dulcimer body together is basically gluing the lid on a box. If I decide I need to open the box it means opening up glue joints. This is certainly possible and something I do when required to perform a major repair.  Taking a dulcimer apart after gluing the box closed is never something I look forward to.

Just before gluing everything together I usually have a few pieces of wood outside and inside the dulcimer holding everything in place. Moments before gluing things together I take the pieces of wood out of the inside of the dulcimer.

Earlier today I glued a dulcimer body together. Just after gluing everything together I wondered, “Did I take that piece of wood that was stabilizing the shape of the dulcimer out of the dulcimer before gluing everything together”

After a short panic-filled searching of the bench I saw that indeed I had.

Life is wonderful again.

Doug Berch & Dulcimer Makers