Anne Dodson was raised in New England and Florida, and grew up in a musical family that would sing at the drop of a hat. She discovered the mountain dulcimer in her late teens while passing through the southern mountains on seasonal commutes between Florida and Maine. Although she plays guitar and penny whistle, the dulcimer has remained her main focus, both as accompaniment for singing and for playing instrumentals. She has given workshops and performed in concerts and folk festivals around the U.S., Scotland, England and Russia. Although retired from touring, she continues to give private music lessons at her home in Maine. This book is an outgrowth of what she has learned from her students! Anne has performed throughout her life, beginning in childhood with her brother, David Dodson, and with cousins Tom Heald and Jan (Heald) Appel. Later on, she worked with two groups, "County Down" and "Different Shoes," and most recently has performed solo and with husband, Matt Szostak.