The Villages - May 2017 - 28

{ For The

Love

oF MUSIC }

A Simple Stringed Instrument
EllEn Stafford tEachES dulcimEr
Story By rica LewiS | PhotoS By roB wiLKerSoN

It makes a celestial sound.
"It's not a banjo, guitar or ukulele," said Sandy
Denton, of the Village of St. James.
After hearing a dulcimer song, Denton decided to try
her hand at playing. She found Ellen Stafford, a Village
of Lynnhaven resident, at La Hacienda Recreation
Center. Stafford has been instructing the Beginner
Dulcimer Club for more than two years.
When asked why the dulcimer, Stafford
said she picked up the instrument five years
ago when she retired and was looking for
something to play with other people.
"I had played piano in the past, but that's a
very solitary instrument," she said. "I wanted
to get out, to be a part of a group."
The club enjoys a laid-back atmosphere
where they can learn the basics.
"If you get lost, play anything," Stafford tells
club members as they pluck their instruments
in unison.
The song is "Red River Valley."
It floats around the room like a
helium balloon set free.
More than a dozen musicians sit in a circle, each with
a slightly different dulcimer.
As pennies falling into a
fountain, each player's instrument makes a singular,
sweet ripple in the collective
pool of sound.

"The music is soft and light, and the real beauty is
playing with others," Denton said. "I have learned so
much here, and I enjoy the gentle music we make. I
don't worry about mistakes."
Denton admits she's not a particularly good
musician.
"Actually, I'm a bit clumsy," she said. "But
who cares if I goof up? I just have fun."
With just three or four strings on a
wooden fingerboard, the dulcimer is not
an extravagant instrument.
"The best dulcimer I ever heard was
made of a cigar box," Denton said.
"They all sound a tad bit different and
most of us own a number of them.
Sometimes I think they breed, the
way they seem to have multiplied in my
closet," she joked.

For information about
the Beginner Dulcimer
Club, call Ellen Stafford
at 352-350-2582.

28

MAY 2017



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Villages - May 2017

Contents
The Villages - May 2017 - Cover1
The Villages - May 2017 - Contents
The Villages - May 2017 - 1
The Villages - May 2017 - 2
The Villages - May 2017 - 3
The Villages - May 2017 - 4
The Villages - May 2017 - 5
The Villages - May 2017 - 6
The Villages - May 2017 - 7
The Villages - May 2017 - 8
The Villages - May 2017 - 9
The Villages - May 2017 - 10
The Villages - May 2017 - 11
The Villages - May 2017 - 12
The Villages - May 2017 - 13
The Villages - May 2017 - 14
The Villages - May 2017 - 15
The Villages - May 2017 - 16
The Villages - May 2017 - 17
The Villages - May 2017 - 18
The Villages - May 2017 - 19
The Villages - May 2017 - 20
The Villages - May 2017 - 21
The Villages - May 2017 - 22
The Villages - May 2017 - 23
The Villages - May 2017 - 24
The Villages - May 2017 - 25
The Villages - May 2017 - 26
The Villages - May 2017 - 27
The Villages - May 2017 - 28
The Villages - May 2017 - 29
The Villages - May 2017 - 30
The Villages - May 2017 - 31
The Villages - May 2017 - 32
The Villages - May 2017 - 33
The Villages - May 2017 - 34
The Villages - May 2017 - 35
The Villages - May 2017 - 36
The Villages - May 2017 - 37
The Villages - May 2017 - 38
The Villages - May 2017 - 39
The Villages - May 2017 - 40
The Villages - May 2017 - 41
The Villages - May 2017 - 42
The Villages - May 2017 - 43
The Villages - May 2017 - 44
The Villages - May 2017 - 45
The Villages - May 2017 - 46
The Villages - May 2017 - 47
The Villages - May 2017 - 48
The Villages - May 2017 - 49
The Villages - May 2017 - 50
The Villages - May 2017 - 51
The Villages - May 2017 - 52
The Villages - May 2017 - 53
The Villages - May 2017 - 54
The Villages - May 2017 - 55
The Villages - May 2017 - 56
The Villages - May 2017 - Cover3
The Villages - May 2017 - Cover4
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1019
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0919
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0819
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0719
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0619
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0519
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0419
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0319
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0219
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0119
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1218
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1118
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1018
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0918
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0818
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0718
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0618
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0518
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0418
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0318
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0218
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0118
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1217
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1117
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1017
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0917
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0817
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0717
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0617
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0517
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0417
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0317
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0217
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0117
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1216
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1116
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1016
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0916
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0816
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0716
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0616
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0516
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0416
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0316
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0216
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0116
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1215
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1115
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1015
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0915
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0815
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0715
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0615
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0515
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0415
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0315
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0215
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/hometownexplorer
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0115
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1214
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1114
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1014
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0914
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0814
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0714
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0614
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0514
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0414
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0314
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0214
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0114
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1213
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1113
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1013
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0913
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0813
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0713
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0613
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0513
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0413
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0313
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0213
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0113
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1212
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1012
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0912
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0812
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0712
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0612
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0512
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0412
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0312
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0212
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1211
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1111
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1011
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0911
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0811
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0711
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0611
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0511
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0411
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0311
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0211
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0111
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1210
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1110
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1010
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0810
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0710
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0610
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0510
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0410
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0310
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0210
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0110
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1209
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1109
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1009
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0909
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0809
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0709
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0609
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0509
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0409
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0309
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0209
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0109
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1208
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1108
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/1008
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0908
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0808
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0608
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0508
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0408
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0308
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/thevillages/0208
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com