NMC Learning at Home: The Mountain Dulcimer (Part 1)

hat makes a “folk instrument” a “folk instrument”? This week, Evan the Educator answers that question by exploring the mountain dulcimer. It’s an unusual yet familiar instrument that’s a close cousin to the banjo and mandolin. Evan also introduces his own family of musicians and instrument builders.

Look for more lessons that connect science and sound every week, and check out these Canadian artists using the mountain dulcimer: Paddy Tutty, Bruce Cockburn, and Joni Mitchell.

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Special thanks to the Rozsa Foundation and Calgary Foundation for their support of the NMC Learning at Home series.