Hammered dulcimer

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The hammered dulcimer is a stringed musical instrument with the strings stretched over a trapezoidal sounding board. Typically, the hammered dulcimer is set on a stand, at an angle, before the musician, who holds small mallet hammers in each hand to strike the strings cf. Appalachian dulcimer. The Graeco-Roman dulcimer (sweet song), derives from the Latin dulcis (sweet) and the Greek melos (song). The dulcimer's origin is uncertain, but tradition holds it was invented in Persia (Iran), as the santur, some 2000 years ago, cf. the folkloric Kashmiri santoor.[citation needed]

Various types of hammered dulcimers are traditionally played in India, Southwest Asia, China and parts of Southeast Asia, Central Europe ((Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland (particularly Appenzell), Austria and Bavaria) ) and Eastern Europe (Ukraine and Belarus) and Scandinavian. The instrument is also played in Great Britain (Wales, East Anglia, Northumbria) and has been revived in the folk music traditions of the U.S.[citation needed]

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Strings and tuning

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