I learned how to play the banjo in 1979. Late 80s I bought my first dulcimer, from the Dulcimer Shoppe In Mt. View, Ar. I taught myself to play because I could already read tablature. However I am more comfortable fingerpicking with my banjo pics that I am at strumming. Something I’m working on. In the 90s I bought a Blue Lion dulcimer in Southern Ca. where I lived. Beautiful instrument. Due to a chronic illness, I fell away from playing all of my instruments. In the last 5 years I’ve tried to motivate myself to play again. I went to the Colorado Dulcimer Festival to motivate me. Unfortunately that failed because it seemed too intimidating for a novice like me. I have not given up.
Unfortunately I have lost all of the ground I gained when I initially taught myself. So I’m starting over. Plus I had plateaued way back then because I never had a lesson and there are a lot of things about playing the dulcimer that you cannot learn by reading a book. I hope when the pandemic is over that I can take some lessons to help me over this plateau. But one of my biggest problems is I am an incredibly shy player. That actually goes back to when I was in high school and played first chair violin and got demoted because I didn’t play loud enough. Same problem with my banjo. Just something I may not be able to overcome.
I am hoping by joining this group that I will dig up that motivation that helped me to buy my first instrument and teach myself to play. And to get past the plateau I hit. Unfortunately my dulcimer, music stand, music book open to my best song are just sitting in my living room gathering dust. But I guess that’s progress. For the past 25 years all my instruments have been in their cases in a corner.
Thanks for the greetings. I have a feeling this group is going to get me really motivated to start playing again. Happy 4th
(please excuse if the group has received a few other messages. I’m trying to figure out this website.)
Welcome to FOTMD Mary. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
Hey Mary, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.
Hi Mary, 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.
Welcome Mary Arndt to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. Wishing you well as you resume your music. Join in the discussions and ask questions. Best wishes on your dulcimer journey.