G'day. I started learning dulcimer in mid 2001. I had tried guitar but got to 5 chords then got very stuck. I tried Mandolin ..same story. I saw a mountain dulcimer online quite by accident and fell in love with the sound... then fell more in love with it when i found out how much easier it was to learn to play. I had a dulcimer and beginners book sent Down Under and with the great support of this site have had a ball... i keep learning almost every day. I play from Tab and by ear and am only now learning (slowly) to read a little SMN. I busk a bit at a local Nursing Home and depending on my health i play semi regularly at the Creswick Woollen Mill's large retail store in my home town. The store attracts many tourists so i get to meet lots of nice people. I am now writing my own music and am learning clawhammer banjo from a book and enjoy mucking around on my Sparrowharp (autoharp). Dulcimer playing also led me to playing a bit of Native American flute...oh and i can play some didgeridoo. I paint a little, my favourite subject being early American town and rural scenes, and do some patchwork...both are interests that came from dulcimer playing. I share my life with my littled rescue dog Murphy. I owe so much to the wonderful instrument we all love.
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