Melanie Cook

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Location: Knoxville, TN
Country: US

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Still a beginner with the mountain dulcimer but totally in love with it!

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Melanie Cook
@melanie-cook • 2 months ago
@melanie-cook is now following @ken-hulme
Melanie Cook
@melanie-cook • 2 months ago
@melanie-cook is now following @gordon-hardy
Melanie Cook
@melanie-cook • 2 months ago
@melanie-cook is now following @strumelia
Melanie Cook
@melanie-cook • 2 months ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on BanksoftheBann:
"Beautiful! I recognize this song as also "Be Thou My Vision." I wonder which came first - the hymn or the Irish tune you played here?"
Melanie Cook
@melanie-cook • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Very frustrated!":
"Thank you, @ken-hulme!!  I suspected Star of the County Down was a minor tune. I've seen someone play it with a capo on the 1st fret. I remember hearing the..."
Melanie Cook
@melanie-cook • 2 months ago • comments: 252
Posted a new Comment on @richard-streib:
"Thanks, Richard for your encouragement. There is a dulcimer club not far from me but they meet at a time when I can't attend. But I'm getting so much help..."
Melanie Cook
@melanie-cook • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Very frustrated!":
"Thanks, Ken @ken-hulme.  My very favorite Celtic-type song is Star of the County Down. I'd love to learn Danny Boy (Londonderry). As far as Americana-type,..."
Melanie Cook
@melanie-cook • 2 months ago • comments: 27
Posted a new Comment on Danny Boy (Londonderry Air):
"This is such a beautiful arrangement! Love it."
Melanie Cook
@melanie-cook • 2 months ago
@melanie-cook is now following @dusty-turtle
Melanie Cook
@melanie-cook • 2 months ago
@melanie-cook is now following @mark-gilston
Melanie Cook
@melanie-cook • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Very frustrated!":
"Thanks, Dusty. Yes, I can tune my dulcimer and read tabs. I can play some basic chords - D, A, G. One of my dulcimers has a 6+ fret and the other a 1+. I..."
Melanie Cook
@melanie-cook • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Very frustrated!":
"Perhaps it's my senior brain but I'm getting so frustrated with learning to play my dulcimer. I began learning, wanting to know everything about this..."

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Melanie Cook

Help arthritic fingers!


I just received my new dulcimer yesterday and I am so thrilled. I've...
@Melanie Cook 7 years ago - Comments: 11

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Richard Streib
08/07/22 05:38:22PM @richard-streib:

Melanie,  Perhaps what I write will encourage you. I got my first dulcimer in 1993. I "messed with it" off and on by myself for many years. No one in my area was teaching. I attempted audio cassettes, VCR tapes and DVD's over the years. I learned next to nothing. Then in  fall of 2016 I found a group, albeit 56 miles away. Most of the group were relative newcomers to the mountain dulcimer. The group met weekly and I attended faithfully. The group was very tolerant of newbies and offered individual attention as needed. So 23 years after getting my dulcimer I was beginning to play simple songs like Twinkle Twinkle, Mary Had a Little Lamb and Bile them Cabbage. Now I am comfortable playing and enjoying it a lot. COVID prompted stopping meeting with group. I continue to play 5 days a week or more and am still learning.

I say all this to encourage you to persist. If you can find a group, check and see if you may fit in. Take things in small steps. I will give you a vote of confidence.


John Keane
10/24/14 05:28:15AM @john-keane:

Howdy and welcome to FOTMD!


Karen Keane
10/23/14 07:56:22PM @karen-keane:
Hello and welcome to the site. This is a great place to share ideas and listen to music. I hope you enjoy!
Ken Longfield
10/23/14 03:31:56PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD, Melanie. It's good to have you aboard.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


Ben Barr Jr
10/23/14 03:24:07PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Melanie, 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.

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Jim Fawcett
10/23/14 03:20:36PM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Melanie, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.