Yesterday I worked outside and listened (on my iTouch) many times to the songs from the cd that have dulcimer music-- wonderful! And Kendra, I had your dad's "Golden Slippers" in my head all evening-- it's a tune I've heard but it never 'stuck' 'til hearing your dad's play of it. Now I want to play it! It's so neat hearing Anne and your father talk before he plays music, too.
After I cleaned-up from outside work, I settled in with the book. While I've not read the whole thing, I went through from front to back, savored the photos and read bits here and there. Many place names are familiar and Chapter 20's feature on Amanda Styers Hook holds particular appeal because she didn't live far from where I live. (And the murder ballad called "Terrell" took place in Gore OH-- a village I've been through many times.)
This book has me looking at my ideas of "traditional" in relation to the mountain dulcimer. From what I've gathered so far, folks who played the instrument in days gone by were probably individuals who learned from tradition and then formed their own preferences and even experimented.
I'll be reading further, gleaning more-- there's treasure to be found here for a long time to come!