hammers for dulcimers?
A friend of mine <http://medieval.instruments.googlepages.com/> is
building me a Medieval style hammer dulcimer which should be complete
soon. In anticipation of learning to play, I found a modern hammer
dulcimer e-mail list to join, and they've been talking about the
differences between American and German hammers. Apparently there are
a variety of styles available, and in some places they are held
between the thumb and fore finger, and in others are held between the
fore and middle fingers. Until this conversation, I hadn't really
thought much about the hammers and how I will hold them when I begin
the process of learning to play. Have any of you perchance
researched the history? Do you happen to have illustrations from
Medieval documents which show what sorts of hammers were used and how
they were held?
--Kareina, who will be looking on her own, but why duplicate work if
someone here already knows the answer?