Doug Berch

Dulcimer Maker And Musician

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Hammered Dulcimer Recording From 1908!

small-hammered-dulcimerHere’s an Edison cylinder recording of a hammered dulcimer solo recorded in 1908! No big, fancy dulcimer with extend range, additional chromatic notes or damper pedals here, just the skill of a player on an instrument that sounds like it had between 9 and 12 treble courses and possibly a smaller number of bass courses.

I am increasingly drawn to smaller, simpler hammered dulcimers. At first I missed the lower bass notes but there is a sense of freedom, ease and intimacy I experience when playing a simpler, smaller instrument.

William Moriarity – Hammerd Dulcimer Solo – “Ain’t Dat A Shame Medley”

[audio:AintDatAShameMedley1908.mp3]

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2 Comments

  1. Doug Berch

    Glad you enjoyed it Joe.

  2. Joe Cottonwood

    Charming! And exactly one century ago… The good things in life don’t change.

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