We mostly sat around talking while John’s cousin Peter was here. He was on his way to a gathering of musicians, so I asked if he would play his mountain dulcimer for us. Neighbors Shawn and Bob were entertaining a multitude of friends, but Amy was free to come. I was interested in his tuning the dulcimer by clamping a gizmo on it that showed when the string was in tune as he plucked it. Amy had one request – Amazing Grace – which he played easily.
Peter is learning to play the langspil. He used a tiny bow, probably the size of a child’s Suzuki violin bow. I’m rather envious, because I’d love to learn to play the hammered dulcimer. I haven’t earned the right yet. Only when I regularly set aside time to practice the piano will I consider taking on a new instrument.