Monday, November 2, 2015

Something New

   Well, so much for getting back on schedule *sheepish grin*. For varying reasons, I didn't get a post up this weekend. However, I am back and excited to share with you this November evening (or morning, for my friends across the globe :). This isn't exactly a fashion related post, but I do hope you will enjoy it! Without further ado...


    Take a look at my new instrument! Some of you may be wondering what on earth this is, but those of you familiar with folk music may recognize it. This, my readers, is a hammered dulcimer. Excepting a recorder from childhood, it is the first instrument that has ever belonged solely to me. Lord willing, it will also be the first that I truly know how to play!


   My dulcimer dreams originated earlier this year around the time my family watched a docudrama about the late Christian artist, Rich Mullins. After watching the film, Mom and I did some more research about him. He was an excellent dulcimer player, and learning about him got me interested in the instrument. As time went on, I played many YouTube videos of dulcimer music.


  Recently, Mom and I looked up hammered dulcimers online. One evening, Dad got involved in the research. Next, Mom and I went on a quest to our local music stores. The third store had a used dulcimer, just like one we had been looking at online, and for a much lower price than a new one. Two days later, I brought home a wonderful early birthday/Christmas present! Thanks Mom and Dad! Thanks God!


   As you may have noticed, my dulcimer isn't the only new thing. Yes, I have a fresh new hairstyle! In the above photos, my locks were perfectly straightened. Since the cut I've been wearing them curly, and it gives me quite the Parisian girl look! Hopefully, you shall see that style in the next post.


 Have you ever heard of a hammered dulcimer?
Do you play an instrument?

 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with clashing cymbals!
 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord!
Psalm 140:4-6

29 comments:

  1. I love your new haircut, Paige! And the sound of a hammered dulcimer is lovely! I've always been fond of the instrument since I discovered it's sound in bluegrass songs (always been a favorite of mine to listen to). :-)

    Hope you're having a lovely week thus far!
    God Bless!

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    1. Thank you! :D Oh, how neat!
      Thanks and same to you! :) Enjoy a cozy November.

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  2. I am in love with your haircut Paige!!! It suits your elegant and classy flair :)

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  3. This is such a beautiful instrument!! :-D I love your haircut too!! That Psalm is one of my personal favourites. I'll email you soon, I'm setting up a new computer at the moment.
    ~E

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    1. Thank you and thank you! :D Yes, it seems quite fitting for a violist.
      Okay, sounds good! :)

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  4. I have played the Oboe. But the dulcimer looks quite complicated!
    Looking forward to reading future posts as you learn to play.

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    1. Oh, neat! Thanks, perhaps someday I shall post a video of a song.

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  5. It looks like a beautiful instrument. When you mentioned tuning it on FB it sounded like quite a task--46 strings?! It's enough work to tune a couple 6-stringed guitars! Those who tune dulcimers have my admiration!

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    1. Haha, yes! The strings are doubled for a chorus effect, like a mandolin (according to wikipedia). It sounds cool, but takes a lot of time to tune.

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  6. I've fiddled a bit with a hammer dulcimer before, they're quote popular where I live in the Southern mountains, but I don't actually know how to play one myself. I love the sound though! It can be oriental, folk, or just about anything the musician desires if played correctly. I'd love to learn one some day...but then again, I'm not sure there is any instrument I wouldn't be interested in learning. Have fun with your new "toy"! I'm sure you'll learn it well.
    I love your new hairstyle! The straight short-ish hair with bangs looks very chic on you.

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    1. Oh, that's so cool! Yes, it is great that dulcimers are so versatile. It should be a lot of fun to find different songs to play.
      Thank you muchly! :)

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  7. I absolutely adore your new haircut! Congratulations on your new instrument and I wish you luck in learning to play it!

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    1. Thanks you muchly times two Ashley! :D

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  8. I absolutely adore your new haircut! Congratulations on your new instrument and I wish you luck in learning to play it!

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  9. Hammer Dulcimers are the best! We have a hammer dulcimer festive here in our town every October that our church helps to feed, transport etc. I love to go listen to the players and their gorgeous instruments! maybe someday when you feel confident you could post a video of a you playing a song??

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    1. Wow, how cool! I should visit. ; )Yes, I hope so!

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  10. Paige, I absolutley love your hair! And what a fun instrument!

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  11. Paige, you look so mature in your new hair style. Very becoming! I have heard a delcimer being played at Silver Dollar City, Branson, Mo. It really sounds cheerful. I hope you enjoy playing yours. Blessings Stephanie M.

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    1. Thank you Stephanie! :D Ooh, what a treat. :)

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  12. Oh my goodness!! Dulcimer!! As soon as you get the hang of it and start playing songs, you sound record them and post them on YouTube, or here. I'm totally hoping you do this:))))

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    1. I plan on it! :D I am blessed by your excitement. :)

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  13. And your HAIR!!! I lOVED IITTT!!!

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  14. Yay for the new instrument! ;) and for the hair! it's cute curly too :D

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  15. How exciting! The dulcimer is a beautiful instrument...hope the learning is going well! I play treble recorder and cello...although I put it aside for the most part of this year...I am really hoping to get back into it soon! Music is such a blessing and sweet to the soul...enjoy, sweet friend!
    P.S. Love your hairstyle! So pretty...just like you!

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    1. Thank you! The practicing is indeed going well so far, but I haven't done anything to complex. ;) How neat that you play two instruments! Music is a beautiful thing.
      Thanks. :)

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