The Chinese dulcimer

"Crows are black the world over." -Chinese proverb What would I consider to be a universal language? Music. Wherever you come from, you can appreciate the wordless art. This past weekend, I had a chance to listen to a Chinese hammered dulcimer. Hammered dulcimers, like those black crows, exist all over the world. They are instruments with strings stretched across a trapezoidal sounding board and are played with small mallets (hammers). The name dulcimer comes from the Latin dulcis … [Read more...]