Post by David Bennett on Jun 21, 2022 8:01:59 GMT -5
Just read an article from April 13, 1931 article from, Statesville Landmark, Pg. 5, Statesville, North Carolina.
GROUP OF BALLADS GIVEN AT MITCHELL Prof. and Mrs. I.G. Greer Charm Their Audience from Beginning to End of Delightful Program.
[this is just a small part of the article that I espcially thought was interesting]
"The dulcimer is a very ancient instrument, of three strings. His instrument is a typical dulcimer. It is of walnut, or cherry, made by hand, having been made many years ago by an old man back in the mountains. It is played with goose quills. Mr. Greer remarking incidentally that he understood the best results were obtained in playing the dulcimer when it was "noted" with a goose quill and picked with a gander quill.""
I have no idea if my quills are goose or gander quills. Anyone here have or use both flavors?
From a little bit of research, I gather that the main difference between gander and goose quills is not structural, but size. The wing feathers of ganders tend to be larger than those of a goose. Since I use turkey quills as a plectrum, I can't really speak to the goose/gander issue except to put forward the old adage: "What is good for the goose is good for the gander." BTW, all my turkey quills come from toms, not hens. Oh, and there is another issue. When making quills (pens) from goose feathers, the left wing feathers are preferred for right handed people. I am not sure if that is the case for using goose feathers to strum dulcimore strings.
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