Welcome to another edition of Patchy’s Inappropriate Instrumentals, where I share awesome covers of great songs done on strange instruments, or things that aren’t instruments at all.
Today’s featured instrument is the Hammered Dulcimer. It’s a member of the Zither family, but looking at it, I’d liken it to being kind of like a piano without the keys – you just strike the strings with hammers directly. It doesn’t look like the easiest instrument to play, but that hasn’t stopped Ted Yoder from mastering it.
Over the last couple of days, you may have seen Yoder’s cover of Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears for Fears, which has gone absoultely viral on facebook with over 44 million views in 4 days. I saw it there and was immediately impressed:
Yeah, the guy knows his way around a dulcimer. So after I saw that, I read a little bit about Ted Yoder, and found out that this is far from the first video he’s posted online. In fact, there’s a whole bunch out there… Some of which you may see in future editions of Patchy’s Inappropriate Instrumentals. Today, however, I just want to focus on one particular cover.
I’ve been OBSESSED with them recently. They have so many classics and Hotel California is like my fav album pic.twitter.com/oapKyws6Nh
— ✯ (@beIlamadonna) August 22, 2016
You know The Eagles. You probably also know that Glenn Frey was one of the first celebrity victims of 2016, after he passed a week plus a day after David Bowie did. Unsurprisingly, Don Henley went on record after that happened saying The Eagles are officially done. Fortunately, they leave behind a huge legacy and tons of great hits. I remember listening to Hotel California a decent amount as a kid. and being impressed at how they managed to cram so many guitars into that song – I remember seeing a guitar tab years ago that said there were at least 8 separate guitar tracks throughout the whole song!
However, it only takes one person and a hammered dulcimer to make a hauntingly beautiful cover of that classic song. Have a look and a listen at what Yoder does to it:
Like I said, there’s plenty more where that came from, so don’t be surprised if you see some more hammered dulcimer videos pop up in here in the future.
Until next time, remember the rules of Hotel California!