Welcome to the web site of the Mountain Dulcimer Players of Lancaster..
On these pages, you'll learn more about who we are, the fun we have and the musical events we plan.
We meet three times each month, lead at least two workshop days each year, and a two day "Dutchland Dulcimer Gathering" each July.
So...enjoy our site...join us...and be in touch.
A Dulcimer Is...
A Bagpipe with Strings...Really.
The dulcimer as created by Scottish settlers - by some accounts. It really sounds and behaves like a bagpipe.
A dulcimer has four (or three strings.) The bass string is the deepest tone, then there's the middle string and finally...the melody string.
A bagpipe has multiple pipes - and only one pipe - called the chanter - that makes the notes.
That's where a dulcimer is a bagpipe with strings.
When you play a bagpipe...you play one pipe...and the rest drone in the background. Only one note changes - the rest remain the same.
With a dulcimer - in traditional playing - you play one string (the melody string) - and the others drone in the background. One note changes...the others remain the same.
And that's why a dulcimer can be so easy to play...as long as it's in tune...just play one string...and you make music....on a bagpipe with strings
The Mountain Dulcimer Players of Lancaster.