Melanie Cook


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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I just received my new dulcimer yesterday and I am so thrilled. I've...
@Melanie Cook 9 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.


"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.


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

Hey Melanie, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.