What’s the difference between a dulcimer and a zither?
Question by scalisti: What’s the difference between a dulcimer and a zither?
Is a dulcimer a type of zither? I know that the hammered dulcimer is common in many cultures, and I’m unclear as to whether it’s a type of zither or it’s completely different and what are the differences.
Answer by justme
A zither is any instrument where the strings are stretched across a resonator, or sound box. In this respect a dulcimer is a form of zither. The main difference is that a dulcimer is played by hitting the strings with a spoon- shaped beater; while the zither is played by plucking the strings with a plectrum and the fingers
Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!