by Steve Eulberg
While one tour this month in Bettendorf, Iowa, I was given the opportunity to provide workshops for hammered dulcimer players at the home of Linda & Reg Shoesmith.
On the morning I was leaving, Linda brought out a treasured “find” to share:
A mountain dulcimer built by Homer Ledford, one of the famous Kentucky builders of the 20th century!
A unique feature of this instrument is that the only fret that went under all 4 strings was the 3rd fret.
What an exciting opportunity!
Click here to listen to me playing my tune Soaring on this lovely instrument! I use that 3rd fret on the bass string. (I also stopped the bass string where the 4th fret would be for the finish of the tune–playing in fretless style!)
(You can learn to play this tune on both mountain and hammered dulcimers in our lessons at dulcimercrossing.com!)