Stick Dulcimer Info
What is a Stick Dulcimer / Pickin' Stick?
These sweet, charismatic instruments are direct relatives of the American Mountain Dulcimer. Our Stick Dulcimers are fashioned after Ressler's Pickin' Stick with his permission. We had the pleasure of meeting Ressler at a Bluegrass Festival outside of Chicago in 2013 ! (Check out the Sound Clips page to see him play one of our Stick Dulcimers!)
Having only 3 strings & using natural harmonies, Stick Dulcimers are designed for a fun & easy playing style at and for every skill level. Beginner players find them extremely "User Friendly." (We get folks playing a basic song in about 2 minutes.) Advanced musicians tell us they love the way our instruments sound & feel!
Clicking on the link above you'll see and hear our Stick Dulcimers being played in a variety of different styles. From Cajun to Bluegrass our customers enjoy the quality of Steve's acoustic creations. If you scroll past the Stick Dulcimer section you'll see Ethany working on overcoming her fear of playing the Flutes to you!
A lil' more Stick Dulcimer info...
Beginners 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. Also, with 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 our Stick Dulcimers allow them to enjoy more play time :)
- Stick Dulcimers use the same fretboard spacing as the modern day 12 fretted Mountain Dulcimer (also referred to as 11 frets with the modern 6 1/2 fret.)
- Diatonic Scale and Open Tuning are used to produce natural harmonies when all three strings are strummed together. This gives the Stick Dulcimer an old time feel when being played.
- Most of the music that has been written for the Mountain Dulcimer is easily translated for the Stick Dulcimer.