Garret Olberding


Location: Norman, Oklahoma
Country: USA

My Latest Followers:

granto D. chitwood Jessica Comeau Lois Sprengnether Keel Brian G. Janene Millen


I am a professor of early Chinese history with a love of the Ozarks and classical music (I was raised learning classical piano) who found his way to the mountain dulcimer at the recommendation of his wife, after considering a number of other stringed instruments.  I very much enjoy the plaintive sound of the dulcimer and am hoping to learn and create complex arrangements of classical music, Elizabethan music, and old country hymns.  

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Different fingerpicks

Hello, All, I'm always trying to maximize the sonic potentials of my...
@Garret 4 years ago - Comments: 0

What brand of strings do you use?

Hi, All,       Just curious:  What brands of strings have you tried for...
@Garret 4 years ago - Comments: 13

Dulcimer makers with longer VSLs

Hi, All,      Out of curiosity, what makers still produce dulcimers...
@Garret 5 years ago - Comments: 13

Schubert, Hüttenbrenner theme, for chromatic dulcimer

Hi, All,      A while ago I wanted to see how I could translate a...
@Garret 5 years ago - Comments: 1

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05/17/16 11:25:37AM @strumelia:

Hi there Garret, I hope you'll enjoy it on FOTMD.   hi

Ken Longfield
05/16/16 11:01:30PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD Garret. It's good to have you aboard.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

05/16/16 07:41:48AM @garret-olberding:

Thank y'all for the very friendly welcome!  Garret

Ben Barr Jr
05/15/16 10:03:47PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Garret, 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.


Jim Fawcett
05/15/16 06:10:50PM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Garret, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.

Rob N Lackey
05/15/16 05:54:33PM @rob-n-lackey:

Welcome, Garret, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven.  I'm an expatriate Okie from Sequoyah County and play 4 independent strings most of the time.  I too play stuff that's not usually considered dulcimer tunes.  Maybe we can get together next time I go west.  Hope you enjoy it here.