I first heard the dulcimer played in 1981. I took my first dulcimer lesson around 1987 and have been at it ever since. It's an instrument that is easy to play but very challenging to master (I haven't come close to any sort of mastery of this instrument yet). I play mainly with a classical fingerpicking technique, but I enjoy all styles of dulcimer playing.
FOTMD is a wonderful place to learn and discuss this beautiful instrument! I'm so happy to be here.