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Ben Barr Jr
01/29/22 07:01:03PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Shaw, 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.


01/24/22 09:16:29PM @shawsg:

Hello friends,

I evidently put my first post in the wrong place, I think it was Strumelia's page.

Anyway i wanted to ask the community a peculiar question.

I used to be a professional musician, mainly guitar, but a table saw wrapped that up mighty quick.  After a few years of profound sadness at the loss of making music I decided to learn new stringed instruments that don't require the fingers I lost (I actually have the fingers on my hand but the the pinky and ring finger of my left hand don't work at all and the middle is @ 50%.  Anyway, I am a serious Kora player now (a west african harp) since it only requires thumbs and pointer fingers.  But I learned recently, that the Dulcimer might be a good instrument for me also and I'm thinking of launching into it.  I'm concerned about adapting to it, since I really only have a thumb and pointer finger @ 100% and some middle finger usage (I think enough to note a string on the Dulcimer).  I don't understand enough about the Dulcimer to know what i'm getting into with it.

Also, the question of my hands has also made me think I should perhaps go for a smaller VSL - maybe 25" since I guess i won't have the same reach that fully fingered people might have.   Any thoughts on this would be welcome.  Sorry for the length of this post!  I should say, my interest in the dulcimer is mainly as a singer/songwriter, I'm not necessarily looking to play fast, but I'd like to be able to play interesting chords.

Thanks in advance  for your advice and thanks for the welcome!

Richard Streib
01/24/22 08:23:46PM @richard-streib:

Welcome Shawsg to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. This is a great group of friendly folks. Join the discussions. Ask questions. We are glad to help each other.

Jim Fawcett
01/24/22 08:16:10PM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Shaw, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.

Ken Longfield
01/24/22 12:50:07PM @ken-longfield:

Welcome to FOTMD, Shawsg. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. 


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

01/23/22 05:12:47PM @strumelia:


I saw where you posted several questions to me on my profile page.

I'm going to suggest that you copy your whole post with various questions and create a new thread/discussion in our General dulcimer forum:

that way you'll get many members comment with good suggestions for you!

Use the +plus button to add a new discussion there and name it. Thank you and I hope you will enjoy the site!   sun