Hey Matthew, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.
Thanks all for the kind welcome! Really been enjoying sifting through some of the previous posts and seeing the wealth of info here. I first played dulcimer in my late teens but set it aside as I was also playing banjo, mandolin, guitar, lap steel, etc. Turning 62 next week having played every thing from Irish, old-time and bluegrass to jazz guitar, so the circle spins back around! I've been involved in music forever and currently lead a ukulele club with my wife.
She surprised me with a dulcimer she'd found as a birthday present and it's a *very* traditional oriented instrument. Straight diatonic with no 6 1/2 fret, fairly high action and a 29.25 VSL. Came with a nice noter which at that scale length it seems like a good idea to use it! Chord style playing is pretty much out of the question even with my big mitts. So... an unexpected and welcome opportunity to jump back into dulcimer playing from the perspective of old time (and related) music. Looking forward to sharing the journey and learning from others here...
Hi Matthew, 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 MatthewLyon to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. So glad you have joined. Its good to hear of your interest in traditional style playing. There are a number of traditional style players here. When you have questions be sure to ask. Someone here will find you an answer. Best wishes on your dulcimer journey.
Welcome to FOTMD MatthewLyon. I'm glad to hear that you are getting back in to playing the mountain dulcimer. There are some Traditonal style players here who can offer advice if you need it. Just ask. I look forward to hearing more from you.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."