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Hello Everyone, being a relatively new player here I have been devouring the posts and the years of experience from you all and want to thank each and everyone of you for your dedication to your music and helping others, I got my first Dulcimer about a month ago, an hourglass shaped Folkroots D- series made by Rugg and Jackel Music Company built in 1986 it is in near perfect condition and plays great, I have had one lesson so far and have been practicing at least an hour a day a few days ago I ordered a Krog Tuner for it and today I ordered the Join the Jam book with 3 CDs from Stephen Seifert, I have been practicing strumming patterns learning from watching Strumellia's videos on You-tube and practicing my first two songs Boil them Cabbage Down and Amazing Grace my progress is slow but coming along and over all I am pleased with myself and my efforts, I really enjoy playing the Dulcimer and look forward to many years of playing to come and to going to some of the events that are going on in my area I will try to get a few pictures posted on my page in the next few days but right now it's time to practice so gotta run for now.

Ya'all Take Care ... Rex

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Comment by Robin Thompson on June 11, 2011 at 7:16pm
Like Bill said, just take your time and enjoy the journey, Rex.  And you're right-- It's a Dulcimer Thing.
Comment by Ken Hulme on June 11, 2011 at 6:44am
Nice to heart an older Rugg & Jackel has found a good home.  Michael Rugg sometiems visits EverythingDulcimer - there's a thread there in the History section concerning R&J and old FolkRoots dulcimers
Comment by Bill Lewis on June 10, 2011 at 6:54pm
Good job Rex, just take your time and enjoy the journey. Its not a race, you will find your own confort zone. Good luck.
Comment by Brian G. on June 10, 2011 at 6:41pm

Hi Rex!

I'm also new to this site, returning to the dulcimer after not having played since about 1999 or so.  So far, I've found this to be a great group of people - friendly, and generous with their knowledge. 

I wish you much success and joy in your dulcimer playing.  :)

Kind regards,



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