Linda Boies


Location: Glenelg, MD
Country: United States

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Bob Elvensong Butch Ross Frank Ross Aubrey Atwater Stephen Seifert Ken Longfield dmvtatter Tom McDonald Marcia Price Frances Light Molinengo Kevin Messenger Darlene Fox Patty from Virginia TLKelly Kathyb53 Pat Costello Jim Fawcett Cynthia Wigington Jan Potts Jack Ferguson


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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! 😁

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Posted: Friday May 4 2018, 5:00 PM
By: @Linda Boies

Everything Dulcimer shutting down

Posted: Saturday April 7 2018, 11:42 PM
By: @Strumelia

Can anyone add a group?

Posted: Friday March 2 2018, 7:47 PM
By: @Linda Boies


05/13/18 11:32:47AM @strumelia:

Hi Linda!  Unfortunately, our site notification system has classified most hotmail addresses as being too prone to use by spammers, so your address has been blocked from receiving site notifications.  I cannot change this, and it means you won't get notified when you receive private messages, or if someone comments on your page or your items or discussions,etc.  The only way to correct this is for you to go into your account settings and change your account email to a non-hotmail address.  If you need help with this let me know.  Thanks!

Jim Fawcett
08/15/17 07:37:50AM @jim-fawcett:

No I haven't, Linda. We always drive down the morning of. You can always ask Ron Lackey about it. I can't answer your question.

03/27/17 06:22:25PM @kathyb53:

Linda, was nice to meet you at the Wartz and All gathering. Disappointed we didn't get the chance to meet up and "jam" that evening in the lodge. Maybe next time! Thank you for being so welcoming.

09/05/16 01:53:35PM @paulscottrobson:

Hi. I'm sorry to bother you. I noticed you had experience of first Dulcimer School and then Dulcimer Crossing. You said there was a more content on D-C.

I was wondering if you thought it was best to start on D-S and then switch over, or would it be better to just start with D-C ? 

Rob N Lackey
06/12/16 09:35:06PM @rob-n-lackey:

yeah, Linda, they just kind of go where they want to around the post.  should work tho'.


Rob N Lackey
06/12/16 09:02:37PM @rob-n-lackey:

run the string through either the hole in the ball or the loop to make a larger loop and it should be fine.

Cynthia Wigington
06/06/16 06:55:41PM @cynthia-wigington:

Linda greetings from Vermont and welcome to the site. This is a very helpful group of folks.

06/02/16 07:43:30PM @strumelia:

Great advice, Jim!

Welcome to FOTMD, Linda.  hi

Jim Fawcett
06/02/16 06:11:36AM @jim-fawcett:

Linda, you can use this link to tell everyone a little bit about yourself. 

You will get more response that way. What you put on your home page doesn't list on the main page for everyone to see. Check out all the forums and groups in the menu at the top of the page and join any group that stirs an interest. Any more questions, just ask.

Linda Boies
06/01/16 09:19:09AM @linda-boies:

Learning curve here. It seems my response is going on my wall. Not sure if you will be able to see it. But thank you to Rob, Ken, Jim, and Ben for the welcomes! Ken, actually I am not from Siver Spring but Glenelg MD. I do work near Silver Spring though. I think I was confused when I was filling out the form. 😁 Hopefully I've fixed it on my profile. I'm so excited to find this forum!! I have only started mountain dulcimer in November 2015, so I will love all help and advice.

Linda Boies
06/01/16 09:12:38AM @linda-boies:

 Thank you Rob for your welcome!

Benjamin W Barr Jr
05/31/16 10:38:05PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Linda, 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
05/31/16 08:44:03PM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Linda, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.

Ken Longfield
05/31/16 08:27:07PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD Linda. It's good to have you aboard. My sister lives in Silver Spring.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Rob N Lackey
05/31/16 07:18:22PM @rob-n-lackey:

Welcome, Linda, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven.  Hope you enjoy it here.