Mountain Dulcimer Program coming on March 9th

The Mountain Dulcimer By Bill Behmer & Gwen Meister

12:00 PM, Friday, March 9th

The library is hosting its next noon program on Friday, March 9th.   Bill Behmer will present “The Mountain Dulcimer, ” through sponsorship by Humanities Nebraska, with additional funding from the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and local funding from the Friends of the Library and our library.

Using folk songs as illustrations, Bill Behmer outlines the history and folklore of this simple-to-play, inexpensive and often homemade American folk instrument. He discusses the dulcimer’s European and Asian ancestors and similar fretted zithers found in other traditions. He demonstrates and compares traditional and contemporary playing styles, a variety of tuning methods and how to play the dulcimer by ear. Bill is accompanied by his wife, Gwen Meister, singing harmony and playing autoharp and rhythm instruments.


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