Hi Ken, I probably should have messaged you cuz this "comment" thing confuses me a bit! But here I am, anyhoo.
I had quite the chuckle when I first saw your message. I think you are the first person ever to ask me about my playing technique! Honestly I don't think I'm very good and I'm self taught so whatever you see is something I made up. Well, I did take some lessons on Dulcimer Crossing and they were very helpful.
Anyway, I tend to do whatever any given song needs. Some need strumming, some need picking, and some need a little of both. I'm in DAA, and am very very stuck in the key of D. After a ton of consideration about it, I decided to just go with what works. Key of D is good for my singing voice, and the easiest on MD, for me. For one of my songs I use a capo to put it into the key of Em which was fun to figure out. I was a music major many many years ago, so I have an advantage in that sense.
Thank you so much for your many compliments and for asking me about my technique. I remember hanging onto the edge of the fretboard during the first year. I think I do use my thumb for picking, at times. As self deprecating as I am, I do have some rather lofty goals for my collection of songs. I've had a rough year and took a lot of time off from my music, and am just getting back to it this Fall.
I see that you live in Ohio, is that right? How far from Michigan? Do you play with any groups?
Thanks again, Mary
Please see my note in your INBOX. Thanks!
Jim, I enjoyed my visit to Hindman KY very much.
Hey Jim, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.
Welcome to FOTMD Jim. It's good to have you aboard.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
Howdy and welcome to FOTMD!
Hi Jim, 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.