Encyclopedia Smithsonian: Hammer Dulcimer: History and Playing

Good friend and fellow hammered dulcimer player/worship leader Garrett Viggers tagged me on to this brief history of the hammered dulcimer.

I’ve come across just a few of us who lead worship and instrumental fray from this glorious blend of percussion, strings and rhythmic melody. Myself and great friend Matt Frise have a hammered dulcimer/violin duo called Amicus, partially built around the friendly harmonic spirit of the instrument.

I think it may replace the acoustic guitar in worship – at least it already has in a few of our minds….

Encyclopedia Smithsonian: Hammer Dulcimer: History and Playing

Here’s another from Wikipedia.


Sheltering Mercy and Endless Grace help us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation. Sheltering Mercy helps the reader pray Psalms 1-75; Endless Grace leads in prayer through Psalms 76-150.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. Each book contains 75 prayers drawn from the Book of Psalms, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning there. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

These artful, poetic, and classic devotional books are a perfect gift, and feature compelling stunning illustrations and hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms. Co-written with Ryan Whitaker Smith, Brazos Publishing.

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