This is the fourth month for our Instruments A-Z series, so we are choosing instruments that start with the letter “D”. Australia’s Aborigine people use a didgeridoo in religious ceremonies and it can be played for native dancing. It is classified as a natural trumpet. The didgeridoo is made traditionally of a hollow tree or tree limb. Non-traditional didgeridoos may be made from PVC pipe of different lengths. Five didgeridoos are shown in the picture. The top three are native-made instruments, the bottom two are not.
An example of an American-Appalachian instrument is the mountain dulcimer. It’s a member of the zither family. The dulcimer is a popular folk instrument that can be played as a solo instrument if picked, or as an accompaniment for singing if strummed. Stanton’s has books of music for dulcimer, both to learn how to play it, and books of pieces to play and sing. Give us a call, 1-800-42-MUSIC, or visit our website. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!