I was born and grew up in the northeast, was around music all my life but didn't seriously start to learn to play any instrument until recently. My dad played acoustic guitar and my fondest memories as a child are of him pulling out his guitar and playing and singing the old hymns and country songs. My husband also plays guitar, met him when he was playing in a rock band many, many years ago. We're working at playing some songs together, he's helping me to learn to jam. We now live in the Midwest and I have an interest in the pioneers that settled here especially the Boone family, so learning to play the dulcimer has become a priority after reading Maddy McNeill' s book on "The Wilderness Road" and the journey of the dulcimer. My goal is to share with others especially children the story of the dulcimer and their heritage.