Margaret: I live in Marshall, Texas, after spending 30 years in the Air Force. I have been playing the dulcimer since 2016. I had bought the one I used to learn with in 1981, but never got back to it due to work. So it ended up in my closet until 2016. It was an inexpensive one, but served the purpose well for learning and causing me to fall in love with the instrument. I was so pleased to be able to play music! My sister then sent me two dulcimers that a friend’s son had made and finished for her. They were a much better-quality instrument to learn even more with!
Folkcraft: Where do you enjoy playing your dulcimer?
Margaret: I have played in church several times and play at jams with local dulcimer groups once a month. But my favorite is the group I belong to, Heart Strings, composed of mountain dulcimers, hammered dulcimers, a harp, a cello, a bass ukelele, a tenor ukelele, 2 guitars and a harmonica! We play in nursing homes on a weekly basis. Needless to say, my chromatic has come in mighty handy to play backup with instruments not always in the key of D!