I don't rightly know if I'm supposed to be
introducing the authors, this book, or dulcimers. So I'll
just go back to when I met Al and Bob, and start there.
I was sitting on a bench after performing at the '73
Smithsonian Folklife Festival when down the road came two
fellows picking dulcimers in a way I had never heard. I
called out and asked them to come over and play something.
They obliged, introduced themselves, and shortly we were
talking about music, dulcimers, and life in general.
A few weeks later I received a letter from them saying that
this book had been accepted for publication, and would I
write an introduction . . . something of what we talked
about when we first met.
Well, if my memory serves me right, we talked about a lot of
things. But, most important, I said that music is just the
way you play it. Don't be afraid to go your own way
musically. Keep adapting songs, experimenting, and doing
things differently. That's what its all about ... expressing
yourself in a pleasing way, and getting what's inside,
For many of you this book will be not only an introduction
to dulcimers but to music as well. Keep in mind that this
book is something you can work with, something that will
enable you to help yourself make your own music - and all
you have to do is take the time to do it.
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