2016 National Mountain Dulcimer Champion. I'm a professional musician and music teacher and I offer mountain dulcimer lessons via Skype: https://www.markgilston.com/
Born and raised in New York City. Both of my parents were steeped in the folk music revival scene of the 1950’s. I grew up listening to 78’s and LP’s of American, Russian, Spanish, Caribbean and Israeli folk music. Learning guitar and taking piano lessons starting at age 5, I was constantly immersed in music.
In my youth, I gained a love of traditional American ballads and Old-Time songs and instrumentals from recordings and from my father, who often sang the old ballads which he had learned in his youth in Appalachia. From my early years in college, I often played these tunes and accompanied myself on the mountain dulcimer.
I post new dulcimer videos every week. If you enjoy a video and want to be able to go back and listen again, give it a "like". "Likes" are very appreciated, and when deciding which videos to keep on the site and which to replace, videos with 3 or more "likes" get preferential treatment.
Created a new forum topic "New TAB book of Scandinavian tunes from Mark Gilston":