Talk:Bowed dulcimer

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Removing cruft Nov 2014[edit]

Most of this article was written by a single-use account in 2010, so today I finally added references and trimmed out a lot of cruft. Leaving here in case it's of use. MatthewVanitas (talk) 21:18, 20 November 2014 (UTC)

Frets are laid out in either a diatonic dulcimer pattern or chromatic, the latter allowing the player to cover a variety of genres of music including old time fiddle music, jazz, klezmer, Early music, Baroque and even rock and roll.

The modern bowed dulcimer has a flat back and a soundboard which is carved and graduated. The instrument features a soundpost and a bass bar like most modern bowed instruments. Some bowed dulcimers include sympathetic strings running through a channel under the fingerboard to provide an echo effect. Various versions of the bowed dulcimer include:

  • Standard Bowed Dulcimer: three playing strings tuned DAD, either fretted diatonically or chromatically. This is the most common version.
  • D'Amore Bowed Dulcimer: same as the standard but with sympathetic strings.
  • Octave Violin:a standard bowed dulcimer but with an additional string giving a low G. It also utilizes a cello fingerboard and can be seen either fretted or unfretted. Occasionally found with sympathetic strings.
  • Pocket cello: similar to the Octave violin but strung and tuned like a cello, also occasionally seen with sympathetic strings.
  • Pardessus Bowed Dulcimer: about twelve inches shorter than a standard and seen with either three or four strings. Can be pitched in the violin range using violin strings or in the same pitch range as the Standard and Octave Violin using viola or octave violin strings. Again occasionally seen with sympathetic strings.
  • Bass Bowed Dulcimer: like the standard but tuned one octave lower.
  • Double bass bowed dulcimer: the newest addition to the bowed dulcimer family. It is pitched two octaves lower than the violin and one octave lower than the Octave Violin Bowed dulcimer, tuned GDAE. It utilizes the Novax system for fretting permitting the high string to be twenty five inches ong and the low string to be twenty six and three quarters long.


Most Wikipedia articles on musical instruments contain information on the history, design, construction, tuning, playing, musical application, and variants of the instrument. You seem to have trimmed everything out of this article but for a description and brief history. All of the above information seems both pertinent to the article, and key to bringing the article up to the standard of other, similar Wikipedia articles.
I guess I'm not understanding why you removed it? (talk) 20:34, 7 March 2016 (UTC)