Noter or finger dancing or both

02/25/23 08:36:49AM

I’m about six months into my dulcimer journey. Every time I practice, I try to play both noter and finger dancing styles. But should I focus on one at a time? I admit, I enjoy the noter sound more, and would like to get better at that, but I wonder if I’m expected to have a more balanced knowledge if I’d like to participate in área dulcimer groups. What does everyone else’s practice sessions look like? What are your experiences as a beginner with dulcimer groups and styles?