Financial advisor Joan Norton, CMFC, RFC, LLC, operates her firm in Woburn, MA. In her free time, Joan Norton is a folk music performer who plays the dulcimer and other instruments.
Often called the Appalachian dulcimer or mountain dulcimer, the American dulcimer differs significantly from the hammered dulcimer, which originated in ancient Persia and precipitated the modern piano. The forefather of the American dulcimer is the European zither. The word “zither” applies to any neckless instrument with exterior strings that span its body.
Most historians trace the dulcimer back to one zither in particular — the Sheitholtz from Germany. German immigrants brought the Sheitholtz to the new world, where it underwent a few significant changes before it became the dulcimer of today. …
Financial advisor Joan K. Norton, CMFC, RFC, and LLC, has offered her expertise on diverse financial planning from her full-service firm located in Woburn, MA. Beyond her professional experience, Joan K. Norton is a skilled musician who plays several instruments, including the guitar and the Appalachian dulcimer.
While not as popular as the guitar, the dulcimer has a notable place in rock and folk music. The most well-known dulcimer players include:
- Roger Nicholson. Born in 1940s London, Nicholson quickly mastered the dulcimer after being introduced to the instrument at a 1968 folk festival. …