• Renewed interest in folk music has awakened the interests of hobbyists and musicians in dulcimers.
• The Appalachian dulcimer or dulcimore is generally hourglass-shaped with three to five strings and frets.
• Strings are plucked with fingers, a pick, or a quill, and the player's left hand holds a stick or plectrum on the strings as a stop.
• The body of the dulcimer is usually made of harder wood like cherry, black walnut, or mahogany.
• The word dulcimer is derived from the Greek meaning sweet (dulce) and song (menos).
• While the Greeks or Persians may have invented it nearly 1,000 years ago, Europeans were likely introduced to the dulcimer during the Crusades.
• Early Scotch-Irish settlers may have adapted the scheitholt or humle played by the Pennsylvania Dutch to create instrument now known as the Appalachian dulcimer.
• The hammered dulcimer was also reportedly the favorite instrument of Henry Ford and enjoyed a mild revival thanks to his admirers.
• The Appalachian dulcimer is Kentucky’s official musical instrument.