Saturday, February 23, 2013
#300 - Sheetrock Waltz
Song - Sheetrock Waltz
Artist - My father!
I have had this instrument for way too long and I have to admit that I haven't given it the attention it deserve. My dad built this beautiful hammer dulcimer when I was a little kid and played it for many years. He has since upgraded dulcimers and this one was passed on to me last summer. I had every intention to play it, but it has so many string and is so intimidating. So it has sat in the corner looking beautiful until I told myself to get over it and just give it a try.
I tried a few songs but nothing was really clicking. I'm so used to looking at chords and having something to guide me I found I was getting frustrated. Then I thought to try this song: Sheetrock Waltz. In addition to this dulcimer, my dad also built most of our house. He wrote this song while building my room and adding some skylights and yes, hanging sheetrock. It has since been one my very favorites, and as it turns the only song I can even get close to playing on the dulcimer at this point.
Now that I have a little bit confidence in the dulcimer, I hope to keep playing with it.