CHAPTER 4: Dulcimers in the British Isles since 1800 > Dulcimers in the later 20th century

David Kettlewell - teaching and writing

I have always aimed to complement performing and research with teaching, and to this end published an article in the magazine Early Music (47) and a book (45).

The article seems to have produced very little response, and as author one would like to think that this could be because of the way it was edited: references to material which had been deleted were left unaltered, and clefs and barring had been changed, making nonsense of the musical examples: the promised publication of corrections did not materialise.

On the other hand the book All the Tunes that Ever there Were has stimulated a considerable amount of interest, and 100 readers have written with detailed queries or asking to be included in a mailing list.

The book describes a number of new techniques which I evolved while playing, and it will be interesting to see if any are adopted by other players: they include

It also describes techniques which are used by players from various areas, but not yet generally known, such as

There have been dulcimer workshops (sessions combining elements of both lecture and practical sessions) at the folk festivals of Loughborough, Winchester and Sidmouth, involving variously Jimmy Cooper, Bill Fell, Dale Johnson and myself; and an exhibition at Althea Dresman's Chapel Gallery in Tisbury, Wiltshire, has attracted much local interest, and some visitors from further afield.
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