Lexie, so glad to see you've 'made it across'! lol
Those irritated by grain of sand best avoid beach.
-Strumelia proverb c.1990
Thanks Robin, for me this site and Strumelias N/D blog has got me strummin', then all of the lovely people on this site that give insight and support is fabulous. I love the sound and techniques shared with noter drone playing and the wealth of knowledge our luthiers share about the history and the building of their beautiful instruments.
I truely enjoy this site and it is remarkable when I think about all the ways I continue to learn from this site. Lots of hugs to all who have had a place in my Dulcimer Journey.
Thank you for all of the guidance you've given me, Stumelia. My growth has been fast and furious, just as I like it. And mainly that has been because of this--or the old one?--site and all of the support I've received from its members! I cannot believe it has been only two years since I started playing with the dulcimer. Really big smiles and lots of hugs to all y'all!
FOTMD has been great. I am not a very social person, yet I feel very much at home here. I am slowly learning to play, due in large part to the information and inspiration I get from the site. I recently bought a new dulcimer from Kevin Messenger, whose dulcimers I firsy saw here. I plan to post a recording with it here one day. Thank you FOTMD and everyone on it. You are all the best new thing to come into my universe in the last couple of years.
Wow, Geekling, what a wonderful tribute to FOTMD, thank you so much. Thank you all so much.
I do feel like we all have sooo many great dulcimer friends here, and the nature of the site is such that it really encourages everyone to share equally, learn from each other, and get to know each other as well.
I'd more or less abandoned the Mountain Dulcimer until I found FOTMD which brought me back into the fold enough to make me start making them again - a TMB and a Swedish Humle so far.
I have to say that FOTMD is the best `social media' site I've ever come across to do with music, so well done Strumelia for starting it off, and of course everyone else who's kept it going by contributing to the site.
Robin, noter drone, chord melody, finger picking, the list goes on and on. What you say is true, and for just about all of us, was the starting point for our beginnings on this instrument. The genuine support and encouragement has been stellar. Not many communities offer that.
Well Robin - while I haven't tried N/D yet, I sure have to be totally and whole-heartedly in agreement with you! Everyone here understands the passion and love for the dulcimer - in all its wonderful forms and varieties! I know for sure that FOTMD has certainly helped me and helped keep that passion alive!