Left handed playing
General mountain dulcimer or music discussions
I'm left-handed, too, and could never play right-handed on guitar, uke, banjo or mandolin. My dulcimer was right-handed when I received it, and I thought I'd immediately take it back to McSpadden in Mountain View to convert it...but someone kindly noted that chords can be played as mirror images of themselves and suggested I try playing it as it was built.
Playing this way puts the bass string under my thumb, right where I'm used to playing bass strings on other instruments, so I mostly fingerpick and it's very comfortable and natural. For al the other instruments, the obstacle was in my hands and what felt most natural doing, but with the dulcimer, it turned out the obstacle was my expectations before really trying!
No matter what, I hope your daughter finds joy in the dulcimer. Music just seems to fall effortlessly out it!