Hi Tally, 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 to FOTMD Tallytune. It's good to have you aboard. You have a great mountain dulcimer player in Rhode Island named Aubrey Atwater. Look her up. There are also a good many players in Connecticut.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
Welcome Tallytune to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you have decided to learn to play the mountain dulcimer. This is a great place to learn. Represented here is much knowledge and experience and folks who are glad to share with you. Glad you joined. Make music and make many dulcimer friends. Best wishes on your dulcimer journey.