Robs Strummable Dulcimer Piano
I always like to visit Music stores in small towns. They’re Owner-operated which means that the items on sale are personally selected by the Owners and that can lead to some pretty interesting finds. Recently I came across the “Seagull M4 Strummable Dulcimer” made by the Godin company (https://godinguitars.com/), a French-Canadian Guitar manufacturer based in Montreal. “Seagull” is a sub-brand of Godin. This instrument caught my eye because it is do much different than any other stringed instrument I’d ever seen! It’s made from a single piece of wood, has 4 strings tuned 1-5-1 (the top 2 “1” strings in octaves) and has excluded some frets to allow anyone (literally) to able to play it (in the case of the M4 – in the key of “G”)! Amazing! Here, I’ve sampled the octave/unison strings (“G”) for this piano. If you play 1-5-1, you’d be amazed at how much it sounds like Pete Townshend’s intro to “Baba O’Riley” – ENJOY!
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Responds well to effects, so quite versatile
I really like this as a unique instrument, and used a wide range of effects with it, from dreamy to grungy. It can be a bass, a synth pad, a saturated e-guitar, an epiano, and it’s dulcimer traits can be enhanced as desired with eq and chorus. I used both pro and various free linux effects, and enjoyed playing very much. Thanks for sharing this!