Hi Winks, 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, Winks. It is good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
Hi Kevin/Winks! Believe me as a storyteller I do understand your freezing up even though public speaking is no problem. Maybe it goes back to childhood piano recitals, but playing music only, as opposed to tossing it into a storytelling program can create a similar problem. I sometimes say I play like an Oriental Rug...there's always a flaw in it somewhere. The other thing is that it certainly keeps me humble.
By way of a similar incident to your story, at the women's Advent kickoff one year I was going to play Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel. Not 100% as envisioned. My standard reply tends to be "And now you know why I'm a storyteller and not a musician." Feel free to adapt and use that.
My dog likes my husband's banjo, but not my dulcimer. Go figure.
I tend to have a folk music instrument "petting zoo", my guitar is probably the best of the bunch for results, but I keep trying on dulcimer & beyond. Like you my attempts at mandolin didn't take. Gave it (& also harmonica) away along with all books. My grandfather played mandolin, but it just wasn't for me.
May you continue your dulcimer journey here and maybe even beyond your home!
Hi Winks! Beautiful dulcimer. Don't see how to "follow you", but sent a message of welcome from a fellow Lutheran.
Hey Winks, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.
Welcome Winks to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. Looking forward to your participation here.