Location: Hermiston, OR
Country: United States

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In 1975 my son's father and I built a dulcimer from a Folk Life kit purchased from a music store in Portland, OR. Over the years, making music on it was something I enjoyed doing. I didn't know anyone else who played, so it was something I did on my own, mostly making up songs and picking out melodies in the noter style. In 2008, after moving from Portland to Pendleton, OR, I attended Heidi Mueller and Bob Webb's first workshop in Joseph, OR where I was introduced to reading TAB. A few years later, I joined Desert Aire Dulcimers in Hermiston, OR and have been playing regularly with them. Since that first workshop, I've attended several others, including Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas.

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Benjamin W Barr Jr
09/10/19 05:40:17AM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Helena, 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.


Richard Streib
09/01/19 04:20:01PM @richard-streib:

Welcome Helena to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad to have you join. This is a great place to learn all about the dulcimer and to meet some awesome dulcimer friends. Best wishes on your dulcimer journey.

Marlene Powell
09/01/19 02:03:47PM @marlene-powell:

Hi Helena,  What a beautiful name.  Welcome from another new member. 

Ken Longfield
09/01/19 10:13:59AM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD Helena. It is good to have you aboard.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Jim Fawcett
09/01/19 07:45:46AM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Helena, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.