The bowed dulcimer is a musical instrument. Designed in the style of the Appalachian dulcimer (a fretted string instrument of the zither family, typically with three or four strings), it is either a standard instrument played with a violin bow, or a purpose-built dulcimer designed around bow playing. The purpose-designed instrument is described as resembling a hybrid between a dulcimer and a cello or viola da gamba.
Bowing as a technique of playing the standard dulcimer has some historical attestation; L. Allen Smith feature several examples in his historical survey A Catalogue of Pre-Revival Appalachian Dulcimers (1983).
The more modern purpose-built version of the instrument was developed by Kenneth Bloom of Pilot Mountain, North Carolina in the late 1990s.
- Margaret S. Barrett; Sandra L. Stauffer (28 February 2012). Narrative Soundings: An Anthology of Narrative Inquiry in Music Education. Springer Science & Business Media. pp. 89–. ISBN 978-94-007-0698-9.
- John Rice Irwin (1983). Musical Instruments of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Schiffer Pub. p. 64. ISBN 978-0-916838-80-5.
- Mark Biggs (5 November 2003). Complete Dulcimer Handbook. Mel Bay Publications. pp. 91–. ISBN 978-1-61065-456-2., section on bowing technique
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