Hi everyone! I just joined the site and am excited to have been welcomed so warmly. There seems to be a lot of good stuff and nice folks on the site.
My name is Linda Boies. I live in Maryland. I just bought my first dulcimer November 2015. Going through a midlife awakening and wanting to do something different.
When I was young, I played piano. Always loved music. But physical limitations over the past few years with shoulder issues made some instruments impossible for me. I knew of the mountain dulcimer because my parents bought one in the 1970s. I clearly remember my dad introducing us to it. I was allowed a few strums. Having no experience with strumming before, I can imagine it was horrible. Neither of my parents had experience, nor did they ever try to learn. After those couple strums, the dulcimer was taken away to be put on a wall and never played again. That dulcimer is a John Tignor, still on the wall, with the original strings disintegrated on it. Such a shame.
So, I bought my first dulcimer from a Virginia luthier. Absolutely beautiful and from the first strum I fell in love. Since then, I've gotten a baritone from the same luthier and a tiny travel dulcimer from a luthier in Florida.
There are not very many teachers in Maryland. I have attended two workshops and am supplementing by online classes. Looking forward to my first weekend workshop in July!
I think I will eventually gravitate to fingerpicking. Strumming still seems very foreign to me. Not sure if it's because of so many years of piano, but the strum just doesn't feel "right". 😁
Looking forward to making some dulcimer loving friends. My other interests are knitting, reading, and travel (mostly local now). I used to love to geocache and dance (middle eastern), but had to put those on hold for a while due to medical issues. Getting older sucks! Hopefully I'll get back to those hobbies after replacement parts and body overhauls are complete. LOL! 😁