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North Georgia foothills Dulcimer Association


North Georgia foothills Dulcimer Association


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“mistletoe jam”

See events page or newsletter for more information. January 18-20, 2019 at Mistletoe State Park



We help connect good people to great opportunities


We help connect good people to great opportunities

why We Serve

Promoting educational activities for:

  • Instrument playing

  • Instrument building

  • Composing

  • Performing

  • Listening

Preserving and continuing the instruments’ heritage, history and traditions 

Perpetuating and exploring dulcimers advanced musical applications

Increasing public awareness and appreciation of the instruments

Help Connect

As an all-volunteer organization, there are worthwhile opportunities to learn music and for meaningful involvement to sustain these unique instruments: 

  • Board of Directors Leadership 

  • Committee Leadership 

  • Playing Satellite Leadership 

  • Special Event Leadership 

  • Special Event Volunteers 

  • Community Outreach Volunteers 

  • Marketing and Communications


The Dulcimer

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The Dulcimer

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The Mountain Dulcimer

The Mountain Dulcimer, or Appalachian/Lap Dulcimer, is a handcrafted folk music instrument holding historical significance and traditions unique to America. 

It originates from early 17th-century immigrant settlers traveling along the Wilderness Road into the mountains of Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee, crafting instruments from native woods.

• Played by picking or strumming

• ‘Play by number’ with tablature

• Easy start with one-string playing

• Advances to beautiful chorded melodies

The Hammered Dulcimer

The Hammered Dulcimer is a large handcrafted trapezoid-shaped folk instrument with many strings stretched across a wooden platform. Its ancient Middle East roots are probably found in the Bible’s Old Testament. It is known in many countries, coming to America with immigrants, becoming popular as a ‘parlor instrument’ in the 1920/30’s.

• Played with small wooden ‘hammers’

• Played by reading music notes

• Lovely bell-like tones

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