Our Wildwood Dulcimer, Rosewood is fun, lightweight, and easy to play. It has the rich sound of a mountain dulcimer with just a little
bit of banjo twang. The body style of the Wildwood allows it to be
played like a guitar instead of the traditional "flat in the lap"
position of the mountain dulcimer. The teardrop spruce soundboard with
three rosettes stands out in contrast to the long, thin rosewood
Wildwood has three string courses: a wound string at the top, an
unwound center string, and two unwound strings tuned in unison, at the
bottom. Many tunings will work, but we recommend the traditional DAD to
makes it easy to pick up and play. The frets are arranged in a diatonic
scale, just like an Appalachian mountain dulcimer, but added is the
infamous "6 ½" fret just below the octave position allowing play in
Ionian mode. The possibilities are many, playing the Wildwood Dulcimer
can as easy or as complicated as your care to make it. Explore!
Note: The strings put on the instruments in our workshops, while
playable, are put through some rigorous testing. They should probably be
replaced for improved playability, sound quality, and better tuning
shortly after you receive the instrument. For your convenience we offer
Roosebeck Wildwood Dulcimer strings.