"Hi Joe, I lead a small Dulcimer Circle in Pinckney, Michigan. Today someone came with a song in their head called Carolina Waltz and said you wrote it. We absolutely love the melody. I don't know if there are…"
"John, these look like a good deal, and I think it's wonderful that people like you are out there to upgrade our elementary programs! I've seen another classroom set up that was also really cool and relatively inexpensive. …"
"Nina, I think you have some wonderful "get started" ideas, but with one student you do have to "play it by ear" as Mark suggests. I don't have any doubt that you will do that well. When I teach good musicians who…"
"Wonderful illustration of when preferred learning styles take a back seat to goals and objectives. In teaching dulcimer, I usually try to engage students in setting their own goals and objectives within certain parameters of what I am…"
"Robin, This is excellent! Thanks so much for sharing. This is a great template for an introductory lesson to playing the dulcimer. In a couple of weeks, I will be teaching a week-long class for dulcimer teachers at Dulcimer Week at…"
Hi Joe, I lead a small Dulcimer Circle in Pinckney, Michigan. Today someone came with a song in their head called Carolina Waltz and said you wrote it. We absolutely love the melody. I don't know if there are lyrics. Would it be possible to get a copy of your beautiful song in TAB so we might learn it? You probably have many requests for this and I don't know if you give out the TAB. If not, could you please let me know where I could obtain it? Thank you and again, we love your song!!!! Sharna Tanner
Hi Joe! I just wanted to let you know how much the folks from the Duplin Dulcimer group enjoyed. They said they had their money's worth after the first fifteen minutes of class. We are looking forward to next year.
That WAS our cabin near Bryson City-we loved it but it was a little small for full time living so we sold it 2 1/2 years ago and got a larger house in Franklin. I have a picture of the view from our back deck. Thanks again for all your tab and all you do to promote the dulcimer.
Hello Joe: Glad to find you here. I use your Fingerpicking , flatpicking, and 'backward' technique instructions in my exercise play time. Thank you for sharing your techniques in such clear, concise, straightforward manner.
Also always enjoy seeing your smile, getting a hug, and a "Hello:. If not before, see you in Kinston in April. Edie
Hey there Joe, glad to see you on FOTMD. I use your book the Basics of the Mountain Dulcimer evert time I practice, I love your tabs pages the are easy to read and easy to play. I also enjoy your free Tabs every month.
...For warmly greeting new members and making them feel welcome here on FOTMD!
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I have a main blog for Traditional style mountain dulcimer playing here: Mountain Dulcimer Noter-drone Blog This is an old style of playing where you only fret your notes on the melody string, while letting the drones strings ring open. In my blog, I express my personal views about playing, I offer free TAB and free beginner videos, and I try to help beginners understand in a very basic simple way the 'mysteries' of playing the mountain dulcimer in traditional modal noter/drone style.