There is a new hammer dulcimer development to report. A long time ago I developed the idea for a third playing bridge to add extra low bass notes to traditional American dulcimers. This “Super Bass” bridge is generally placed on the left side of a dulcimer because it sounds better there and is structurally better for the dulcimer. Some players have argued for placing the Super Bass bridge on the right for the convenience of playing some passages. Well, now you don’t have to choose. I’ve developed a way to add another bridge and play the Super Bass courses on both sides without compromising structure or tone. In fact, tone is improved. We hope to introduce this feature on some Dusty Strings dulcimer models soon. See tuning charts and more information on the Hammer Dulcimer page.
Dulcimer Fandango is my latest CD. Uplifting compositions using the luscious tones of acoustic, carbon fiber hammer dulcimers on every cut. My carbon dulcimers are my favorites, and this is the first recording using them exclusively. Sound clips, CDs, and MP3 downloads are available at popular music websites and at: Rizzetta at CD Baby. Read more on the Recordings page.
The Mountain Dulcimer page also has information on pickups and amplification.
The Carbon Fiber Instruments page has the latest on carbon hammer and mountain dulcimers.
I am finally making some of my waterproof traveling flutes to sell; see the new Flute page.
Moonlight On The River CD features all mountain dulcimer. Sound clips, CDs, and downloads are available at popular music websites. Rizzetta at CD Baby. For the original Trapezoid: Trapezoid at CD Baby. See the Recordings page for all the Rizzetta CDs.
With the addition of MOONLIGHT ON THE RIVER, TUNE BOOK IV, there are now four Rizzetta tune books.
See the Canoes & Kayaks page for a FREE and newly updated PDF on canoe and kayak flotation, rescue, and safety. The book CANOE AND KAYAK BUILDING THE LIGHT AND EASY WAY, available at bookstores and online book sellers, is helping home builders make their own ultra light weight canoes. A free supplemental PDF has more on making kayak paddles.
See my new Flute page. In the past I have been chided by paddling friends for not bringing musical instruments on my wilderness canoe trips. Dulcimers and guitars seem too delicate and valuable to bash around in the wild and too inconvenient to lug across rugged portages where every unnecessary ounce is burdensome. I do like playing Native American flutes outdoors but don’t like exposing them to weather and rough use. However, I finally broke down and made small, waterproof, Native American-style flutes out of PVC for my paddling partners on a recent wilderness canoe trip. We enjoyed the flutes so much that I designing a series of them in different sizes. The beautiful tone surprised me.
I’ve returned refreshed and energetic from another great trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota. Two musician friends and I traveled into some lakes that were new to me, and we also revisited some of my secret favorite haunts. Weather and water were unusually warm which encouraged more swimming than usual. Sunsets were spectacular. I’m now building new dulcimers, writing new music, and planning the construction of a new ultralight Kevlar and carbon canoe.