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Dulcimer

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Definition and Description of the Dulcimer
Definition and description of the Dulcimer: The Dulcimer was played by striking the strings with small hammers. Description: The Dulcimer can be described as an instrument, having stretched metallic wires which are beaten with two light hammers held in the hands of the performer.

Family of Instruments: The Dulcimer belongs to the family of String instruments.

Medieval Musical Instruments - Dulcimer
Medieval Musical instruments, including the Dulcimer, would be used by the musicians of the period including the Waits, Minstrels or Troubadours. There were three categories of musical instruments in the Middle Ages - wind, string and percussion. Terms of description were Bas instruments and Haut instruments. Bas referred to soft instruments (literally, "low," but referring to volume, not pitch) which were suitable for the chamber which included the vielle, rebec and other bowed strings, the lute and other plucked strings. Haut referred to loud instruments (literally "high" but referring to volume, not to pitch) which were suitable for outdoors which included the shawm, sackbut, pipe and tabor

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