At long last I have assembled a RIZZETTA TUNE ARCHIVE including most of my original music plus some traditional tunes, all in standard notation. See the SHEET MUSIC page.
My Carbon Flex Shaft Hammers are now available with single-sided heads and at slightly less cost than double-sided heads. See the HAMMERS page.
I am offering for sale two of my favorite mountain dulcimers, and they are very special, indeed. Both have been my personal performance dulcimers for a long time and they were used on some classic recordings. They also won many awards for artistry at exhibitions and art shows. Check them out on the Mountain Dulcimer Page.
There is a new hammer dulcimer feature 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. And yes, these courses work with dampers. The Super Bass Left and Right feature is available now on my dulcimers, and we hope to introduce it on some Dusty Strings Chromatic Series 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 Native-style flutes to sell; see the new Flute page.
Moonlight On The River CD features mountain dulcimer on every cut. 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.
See the Canoes & Kayaks page for a FREE and newly updated PDF on canoe and kayak flotation, rescue, and safety. You will also find a supplemental PDF on making kayak paddles. A new photo article, KEVLAR CANOE REPAIR PROJECT, is on repairing Kevlar, carbon, or fiberglass hulls. Also, the book CANOE AND KAYAK BUILDING THE LIGHT AND EASY WAY, available at bookstores and online, is helping home builders make their own ultra light weight canoes. See more on the Canoes & Kayaks page.
I like playing Native American flutes outdoors but don’t like subjecting them to bad weather and rough use. So I make Native American-style flutes out of PVC for backpacking and canoe trips. They sound surprisingly nice. See the Flute page.
As another year slides toward an end, I dress warmer and warmer for canoeing. Soon it will be wetsuits only until the river ices over putting an end at last to paddling. Then we will huddle around the wood stove telling stories until Spring.
It has been a crazy year with lots of interesting trips and projects. I just finished restoring a Kevlar canoe that was nearly broken in half. No, I wasn’t in it! I bought it as salvage. See the Canoe & Kayaks page.
Approaching winter will give me time to record new music and continue some exciting, ongoing experiments. These include new developments in ultralight hammer dulcimers, tone braces, and bridges with variable response from low bass to high treble. I hope to post more information soon on the Hammer Dulcimer Page.
There are some exciting projects that Ray Mooers and I are collaborating on, along with the talented staff at Dusty Strings. Projects involve some of the brace and bridge experiments mentioned above as well as Super Bass courses that are playable on both the left and right sides. I have my fingers crossed that Dusty Strings might be able to put these features into production on some of their Chromatic Series dulcimers. Stay tuned for more!
Next projects at home include experimental mountain dulcimers and recording new music, as soon as I quit messing with canoes.