Thanks for the welcome - it's going to take time to explore all the different sub-groups here, and i appreciate you pointing me in the direction of a good one for beginners :)
Retired teacher. First dulcimer 2004. Make my own instruments. Try to attend 3 to 6 festivals a year. Attended WCU Mountain Dulcimer Week in 2008. Have played at nursing homes and try to keep this going.
Why I want to join Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer
From reading Lisa's (Strumelia's) posts on Everythingdulcimer.
...For warmly greeting new members and making them feel welcome here on FOTMD!
Visit Strumelia's Beginner Noter-Drone dulcimer Blog
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.