Dulcimer musicians make old-time mountain melody

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By Matt Beck

The Nature Coast Dulcimer Players gathered Monday afternoon at the Central Ridge Library to socialize and play their unique Appalachian instruments.


The group formed in March and has a base of 10 to 12 adult players.
Linda Myers of Pine Ridge, a dulcimer player off and on for the past two decades, says the informal groups of musicians are all self-taught.
“We teach ourselves, we have no teacher,” she said with a smile.
She continued, “most people have them (a dulcimer) on their walls as decoration. They never think about taking them down and playing them. We want to encourage taking them off the wall and putting them on your lap and playing.”
The dozen or so players Monday were strumming their mountain dulcimers, also called a lap dulcimer, each equipped with three or four strings, depending on the style of the instrument.
The group meets the first and third Monday of each month in a meeting room at the entrance of the library.
The New Year’s holiday this month had the group meeting off of its normal schedule. For more information on the group and meeting times, contact Marti Estep at (352) 419-5882.
Chronicle photographer Matt Beck can be reached at 564-2919 or mbeck@chronicleonline.com