What is a Stick Dulcimer ?
Stick Dulcimers are 3 Strings of Fun!
Stick Dulcimers are related to Mountain Dulcimers, Long Neck Lutes and other Old World Folk Instruments. They are referred to as Stick Dulcimers, due to the minimalist slender "stick" shape body; light weight instrument compared to the lager Mt. Dulcimer & Lutes or Ouds. The Wandering Minstrel, Inc.'s Stick Dulcimers are fashioned after the Russler Pickin' Stick.
They are designed to provide a fun and easy playing style for all skill levels. Having only 3 strings, they are easier to "step" into than other stringed instruments featuring 6, 12 or more strings.
Beginners can enjoy learning the basics of playing stringed instruments, such as fretting, picking and strumming out melodies, with out the fuss of knowing cords, hitting wrong notes and other technicalities. These instruments naturally encourage personal growth and understanding of music, opening doors for those people who never thought they could learn to play an instrument.
Being light weight and easy to hold, whether one is sitting or standing, these instruments are ideal for folks who might have a harder time with a heavier/bulkier instrument. We've had many seasoned players comment on how Stick Dulcimers allow them to enjoy more play time :)