General mountain dulcimer or music discussions
This discussion spoke to me in so many ways. I lead a small group of players because I just wanted to have someone else to play with. They consider themselves beginners and in some ways they are because of being new to the dulcimer. One is a retired music teacher (voice) the other played the piano. They know music theory. I do not. But I could get them started and they have taken a couple workshops. They are slaves to the written tab. They won't deviate or experiment. My other two players in the group just go with the flow.
I know the more musically trained get frustrated with me but I said at the outset "I am not a professional musician." I can get you started. But you know what? After reading this discussion, I say I am a musician. I play to satisfy myself, I play at the Alzheimer center and in nursing homes and I don'obsess about mistakes.
All really top notch musicians make mistakes. My mentor, a pianist and graduate from Julliard who knows nothing about the dulcimer, has trained me to keep playing regardless of mistakes and told me countless stories of famous musicians who make mistakes. Oh gosh, I'm rambling. I am going to have my group read this discussion and hopefully they'll relax a little bit.
And my friend from Julliard wants me to teach her the dulcimer. I am inspried by so many of you on this website. Thank you for all the insightful comments. Dulcinina