So, you have a new dulcimer. Good decision! Check out the articles in this issue by Stephen Seifert and Mark Alan Wade. They offer expert advice on getting started, setting and reaching goals. If you've ever wondered whether you have what it takes, please, read this article.
So you just bought a new dulcimer…Now what? Every one of us has wrestled with this question when we first started with our dulcimers and now it’s your turn! Hopefully this article will help point you in some directions (there is no one “right” direction) so you can start on your own musical journey.Luckily you are taking up the dulcimer in 2011 with way more resources than ever before! Before I get to all of these resources though, let’s talk about what got you into playing the dulcimer to begin with. I’m guessing you did not decide to start playing dulcimer because you were excited about all the instructional books and websites that you could read, right? You were enchanted by the sound of their music‑so let’s start there! - Mark Wade (Please subscribe to the magazine to see the rest of this story.)
Beginners can be good musicians right from the start. It helps to have an accurate, comfortable instrument and some basic techniques, but the key is having the right attitude. I want to share with you what’s worked for me, starting with some practical fingers-to-the-frets advice. - Stephen Seifert (Please subscribe to the magazine to see the rest of this story.)