Mudcat Café message #655113 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #44482   Message #655113
Posted By: Kaleea
22-Feb-02 - 02:00 AM
Thread Name: Mountain dulcimer fingerpicks
Subject: RE: Mountain dulcimer fingerpicks
if you dislike the sound of a plastic pick, I hardly think that fingerpicks are your answer. harpgirl has the idea with using your fingers. Since our American ancestors played the mountain dulcimer with fingers or a feather, then consider this: 'mer' from the latin for 'music' and 'dulci' from the latin "dulce" which means: sweet--therefore if you are to have sweet music, the clicking of metal & plastic picks will not create a "clean sound." Also, the feather was used as follows: The feathery portion of the quill was removed for the top 4 or so inches, and then the feather was held by the part of the quill which is thought of as the end with which one writes, and the cleaned off part of the feather was used to "whip" across the strings in a quick back & forth motion, and sometimes tapped on the strings. Small bows were also sometimes used; a psaltry bow might be close, but be sure to keep the rosin cleaned off the instrument.