News

MUSIC VIDEOS: See the new MUSIC VIDEO page and the Project for Music in the Time Of Coronavirus.

RIZZETTA TUNE ARCHIVE: on the SHEET MUSIC page you will find most of my original music plus some traditional tunes and workshop class tunes, all in standard notation.

The HAMMER DULCIMER-CELESTE is a new kind of instrument; see the new page dedicated to it. The tone is, well, celestial. And it has no strings to tune or break! There is now a demo video as well as music videos featuring it. See the MUSIC VIDEOS page.

The next generation of Carbon Flex Shaft Hammers is now available. See the HAMMERS page.

The HAMMER DULCIMERS page now includes USED HAMMER DULCIMERS FOR SALE. There you will also find a link to a free PDF of the book Playing The Piano Dulcimer by Madeline MacNeil.

There are three new hammer dulcimer features to report, Super Bass bridges on left and right, Arch Back ultralight dulcimers, and dulcimer resonators.

Super Bass Left & Right: A long time ago I invented the third playing bridge to add extra low bass notes to traditional American dulcimers. This “Super Bass” third bridge has become a standard feature of the best dulcimers. It was generally placed on the left side of a dulcimer because it sounds better there and is structurally safer 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 more articulate. And yes, these courses work with dampers. The Super Bass Left and Right feature is available now on my dulcimers and has been introduced on the Dusty Strings D570 and D670 models. See tuning charts and more information on the HAMMER DULCIMERS page. I am also now offering an extra low Super Bass tuning on models with the Super Bass feature. It extends the range even more and is an exciting sound effect.

Arch Back Ultralight Dulcimers: By making dulcimers with curved, arching backs, it is possible to save a lot of weight while still having great tuning stability and tone. See the page HAMMER DULCIMERS, ULTRA LIGHT.

Hammer Dulcimer Resonators: After experimenting with resonators for a long time, I’ve developed a universal one that works with any size hammer dulcimer. See the HAMMER DULCIMER page.

Dulcimer Fandango is my most recent 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 digital downloads are available at popular music websites like Spotify, Apple Music, etc. Read more on the RECORDINGS page.
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The MOUNTAIN DULCIMER page also has information on pickups and amplification.
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The old Carbon Fiber Instruments page has been retired and that information is now included in the pages on Mountain Dulcimers, Hammer Dulcimers, and Hammer Dulcimers Ultra Light.
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Moonlight On The River CD features mountain dulcimer on every cut. See the RECORDINGS page for all the Rizzetta CDs.

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See the CANOES & KAYAKS page for a FREE updated PDF on canoe and kayak flotation, rescue, and safety. You will also find a supplemental PDF on making kayak paddles. A 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.
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 I like playing Native American flutes outdoors but don’t like exposing 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.
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2019 saw the further development of Resonator-Stands and extra low Super Bass tunings. The biggest news was a brand new kind of instrument, the Hammer Dulcimer-Celeste, or DulCeleste. It plays like a hammer dulcimer but needs no tuning! Those of you who attended my 2019 Christmas concerts got to hear one in action. A demo video is on the Hammer Dulcimer-Celeste page. And it is played on the new single, Simple Gifts/Now My Dear Companions. See the RECORDINGS page and the MUSIC VIDEOS page..

In 2020, the coronavirus has disrupted lives and economies worldwide. For musicians, gigs are canceled and live venues are closed. In response, I’ve started the PROJECT for MUSIC IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS. See the MUSIC VIDEOS page. This gives me an avenue for sharing healing music and collaborating with musicians remotely.

Be well and play more music.

Sam