I learned to play in the 70s from a Jeanie Ritchie fan, Dean Eades, and I have always played the traditional mountain way; noter and drones. Dean taught how the drones harken back to the heritage of the mountain people who were Scotch/Irish in that the mountain dulcimer drones mimic the bagpipe drones. Also, I am rather proud of the Indian Head carved scroll of my Bill Young dulcimer.
Check out the Virtual Dulcimer Fest QuaranTUNE 3.0 happening Feb 5-7. Classes in mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, and many other instruments. Only $10 per one hour class session, order as many or as few classes as you want, no limit. This is an online event using "Zoom" and there are Zoom practice sessions and instructions so it's all easy even for very tech-challenged folks. Come join the musical fun!
QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival (virtualdulcimerfest.com)
Just an fyi, there is a Warren A May 1980 dulcimer up on ebay. It is not specified but looking at it one can tell it has "Kentucky Scale" placed frets, which his early ones did. I have 2 early Bob Mize which are Kentucky scaled, and it still intrigues me. I have in the past searched the internet and no one seems to know just why or how it came about. https://www.ebay.com/itm/MOUNTAIN-DULCIMER-4-STRING-TEARDROP-SIGNED-WARREN-A-MAY-3-18-80-BEREA-KY-860/222994265720?hash=item33eb7e7678:g:qyQAAOSwJslbDJSm:sc:USPSPriority!29696!US!-1
Hi Brenda, 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.
Welcome to FOTMD Brenda. It's good to have you aboard.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
Welcome, Brenda, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven. Hope you enjoy it here.
Hey Brenda, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.