Location: Lincoln
Country: United States

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New Merlin player, new lap player. Have played acoustic guitar or electric on and off for 300 years as a noodler. Music major in college in the 90s, Baroque and classical voice.  Have friends and family that play folk music- guitar, mandolin, harmonica. My wife is an orchestral percussionist. Army vet, 4 kids from college to middle school aged. BS IT Mgt, MS Ed. Instructional Design and Distance Learning Methods for Adults-Purdue, MS IT/Security Assurance Jan 2023-Purdue.

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Rob N Lackey
10/12/22 08:15:22AM @rob-n-lackey:

Welcome, Alathea, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven. With your background I'm sure you'll be gracing us with your rendition of "St Anne's Reel" really soon! Hope you enjoy it here.

Ben Barr Jr
10/08/22 01:23:00PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Alathea, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer, and to meet some good people.


10/03/22 09:53:40PM @alathea:

Thank you all for the welcome! I really like my Merlin, as simple as it is, but I’m also excited to get my lap dulcimer tomorrow. I’ve been reading around the last week or two following (rekindling, actually, since I wrote an undergrad paper on it years ago) the development of the modern guitar through its various iterations and off shoots, and I’ve found some interesting possible connections between the Merlin ( or, stick dulcimers in general) and gitterns/citoles. I think it will be fun to transcribe some middle age music for those instruments for dulcimer. My daughter was in a high school costume madrigal group for two years with instruments and all,  and I could totally see showing up to a ren  faire with a Merlin, too. 

Ken Longfield
10/03/22 08:52:52PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD Alathea. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Jim Fawcett
10/03/22 07:57:30PM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Alathea, welcome aboard, Glad ya found us.

Richard Streib
10/03/22 10:26:24AM @richard-streib:

Welcome Alathea to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you  joined. This is a wonderful and supportive group of folks. Look around, Join in the discussions and share your expertise  with us.