I have played music in some form or fashion for most of my life. My first and primary instrument is the violin which I have played since I was 10. I developed an interest in bluegrass and folk music about twenty years ago and have wanted to learn the mountain dulcimer ever since I heard one at a folk music festival in Wisconsin in 2005. My husband bought me my first (and only) mountain dulcimer about three years ago but have only really tried to learn it during the past year. My dulcimer is a beautifully crafted Warren May dulcimer made in Berea, KY. I also have a hammered dulcimer that I am in the process of learning to play. In addition, I can varying levels of proficiency with several other instruments including the piano, viola, mandolin and pennywhistle.