Tell us about your VERY FIRST dulcimer
General mountain dulcimer or music discussions
Our first dulcimers were a ginger for my spouse and a standard for me, both bought from McSpadden. We sort ended up in Mountain View five years ago, basically by accident. We had a good time listening to the music and eventually went to McSpaddens to see the dulcimers we fell in love with 40 years earlier. Thought they were beautiful but knew neither of us had any talent at all so we looked around and left. Went back a couple of days later for a last look before heading home. The door to the shop has a sign that says "if you can to 10, you can play." We both laughed at it, knowing that neither of us could ever play an instrument.
This time, after looking around for awhile, a salesperson talked me into sitting down and holding a dulcimer. I thought that was pretty cool but, I knew I could never play and I said so and besides I was left handed anyway. She took the dulcimer away and laid a left handed dulcimer on my lap and said "here, play it." I said "huh, I don't know how and don't have any talent anyway". She said you don't need talent just a desire and some tab. I said "what's tab?" She showed me some tab, explained the numbers and told me to try and play. I got through the first 2 measures and could tell it more or less sounded like "Ode To Joy". Couldn't believe it.
My spouse then went through the same thing with the same outcome. We promptly said we'll take two. Spent the next couple of hours deciding on size, shape, woods etc., gave them a credit card and told them ship them to us when they were done. Best thing we ever did.
They turned out great, at least to us, sound great and we play almost everyday. Started our own little group that meets every week to practice, learn new stuff and play old favorites. Unbelievably, my spouse and I even played at a nursing home with some members of our group. The people there seemed to enjoy it so we were pretty excited.
We still don't have any talent, we will never be very good players but we have fun practicing and have met some wonderful people and hear music all the time now. Best money we ever spent.