Welcome to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer!

Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer is the most extensive site for Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer players and builders on the internet. Welcome!
Join in Groups and Forum discussions that interest you, connect with new music friends. Share photos, music clips, and videos, explore resources for buying instruments, music, and learning materials.  Ask your beginner player questions and learn to play your favorite tunes!  All who love the Appalachian dulcimer are welcome here no matter what your style, skill level, or musical tastes. Become a member of Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer (FOTMD) community -it's friendly, and totally FREE!
   After joining, please read the Site Rules before posting.  You'll find your very own Member Profile Page by clicking on your name link at the top of any page.. and you'll be able to join in the fun.  Click on different areas and links to get familiar with where things are.  Questions about using the site?- ask them HERE .  Don't be shy- you've come to exactly the right place to receive or give free help and encouragement in playing music.  Here on FOTMD we all learn from each other, as friends.  Join our 'block party'! -Strumelia

Latest Activity

Jim Fawcett
@jim-fawcett • 46 minutes ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @randy-adams: Gone Fishing Blues
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Gone Fishing Blues:
"Whoa, those bends are crazy!  I could never do that yet it's really cool.   PS-Bluegills are my favorites for eating.  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Kevin Roth interviews Howard Rugg":
"Wow, Ken, that's pretty cool you got to visit Mr. Rugg!  And you have a fun story about how it came to be, too.  :)"
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Updated a YouTube Video:
Come Write Me Down
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Come Write Me Down
BrianAB
@brianab • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "A very nice Blue Lion dulcimer for sale. Asking $2,000":
"Purchase Date 10/20/2015IIR Rosewood, scroll pegheadPremium spruce topf-hear sound holesBookmatched binding; purflingStainless steel fretsExtra frets 1.5 and..."
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 7 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new YouTube video:
Gone Fishing Blues
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Kevin Roth interviews Howard Rugg":
"Thanks Robin. That was a delightful interview. Six years ago I had the good fortune to visit Howard in Felton. It was rather serendipitous as my wife made a..."
Don Grundy
@don-grundy • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @robin-thompson: Kevin Roth interviews Howard Rugg
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Kevin Roth interviews Howard Rugg":
"Mr. Rugg is 86 years old and has been building mountain dulcimers again.  "
MacAodha
@macaodha • 14 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on The Traditional Dulcimore Gathering 2022:
"A nice mannerly looking bunch of Dulcimer players."
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 23 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a photos item created by @ken-longfield: img 4925
Dan
@dan • yesterday • comments: 2
Liked a photos item created by @ken-longfield: img 4925
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on The Traditional Dulcimore Gathering 2022:
"Such a neat photo-- y'all had a good turnout for the fest!  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 2
Liked a photos item created by @ken-longfield: img 4925
Ken Longfield
TheresaSC
@theresasc • yesterday • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Length of commercial straps:
"MeganEleanor: I have a commercial strap that I measured at 48" between the two button holes. It also has leather strap button tabs, so the actual woven..."
MeganEleanor
@meganeleanor • yesterday • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Length of commercial straps:
"I have a commercial strap that I measured at 48" between the two button holes. It also has leather strap button tabs, so the actual woven portion is only..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on "DERRIERE CHEZ NOUS" Epinette des Vosges:
"Wonderful, Gregg!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @gregg-schneeman: "DERRIERE CHEZ NOUS" Epinette des Vosges
Gregg Schneeman
@gregg-schneeman • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on "DERRIERE CHEZ NOUS" Epinette des Vosges:
"Thank you everyone for your interest in my epinette. It doesn't say anywhere I can see who made it, although its similar to Strumella's and others I've seen..."
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on "DERRIERE CHEZ NOUS" Epinette des Vosges:
"You got some good old fashioned beautiful dissonance going on here. Extry nice!"
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @gregg-schneeman: "DERRIERE CHEZ NOUS" Epinette des Vosges
steve c.
@steve-c • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on "DERRIERE CHEZ NOUS" Epinette des Vosges:
"Wonderful Gregg!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on "DERRIERE CHEZ NOUS" Epinette des Vosges:
"A charming tune on a charming instrument.  Thanks for sharing, Gregg."
Dan
@dan • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @gregg-schneeman: "DERRIERE CHEZ NOUS" Epinette des Vosges
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on "DERRIERE CHEZ NOUS" Epinette des Vosges:
"Ah, Gregg, this is a delight to see & hear!  Did you make the Epinette des Vosges? "
marg
@marg • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on "DERRIERE CHEZ NOUS" Epinette des Vosges:
"(one side of a wood and spring clothes pin) I did that also What are you tune to?"
Phil Myers
@phil-myers • 2 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Skye Boat Song:
"Thanks Frank!"
Dan
@dan • 3 days ago • comments: 10
Liked a group discussions item created by @strumelia: Length of commercial straps
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Length of commercial straps:
"@ghcstr The strap your wife wove is beautiful!  @theresasc I look forward to seeing your strap! "
TheresaSC
@theresasc • 3 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Length of commercial straps:
"ghcstr: TheresaSC: @Ghcstr - Thanks for the pictures and all of the information. Your wife made a lovely strap, it really looks good. @Skip - Thanks..."
ghcstr
@ghcstr • 3 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Length of commercial straps:
"TheresaSC: @Ghcstr - Thanks for the pictures and all of the information. Your wife made a lovely strap, it really looks good. @Skip - Thanks for replying..."
TheresaSC
@theresasc • 3 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Length of commercial straps:
"@Ghcstr - Thanks for the pictures and all of the information. Your wife made a lovely strap, it really looks good. @Skip - Thanks for replying and..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on My Music Room:
"Let's jam!"
Skip
@skip • 3 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Length of commercial straps:
"The VSL doesn't affect strap length, overall size of the MD [length and width, because they vary so much] and how you wear it and your size does. I know one..."
ghcstr
@ghcstr • 3 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Length of commercial straps:
"I don’t have a commercial strap but my wife wove my strap and we measured the length based on how I wear mine with some yarn. She also included..."
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Armed Forces Day Medley
TheresaSC
@theresasc • 3 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Length of commercial straps:
"Thanks for responding.  I don't have the instrument yet as it is still being build.  I did measure 26" on my table, then held a tape measure at those points..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Length of commercial straps:
"Why not make a test strap out of a simple piece of cut canvas or something? That way you'll get it perfectly suited to how you wear your strap before you..."
TheresaSC
@theresasc • 3 days ago • comments: 10
Created a new Group discussion "Length of commercial straps":
"I am in the process of weaving a strap for my first mountain dulcimer.  It will have a 26" VSL.  I was hoping someone here could measure the length of..."
DavisJames
@davisjames • 4 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @kjb: Fox hunter's jig
Bing Futch
@bing-futch • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 5 days ago • comments: 1
Is attending an Event:
Redwood Dulcimer Day 2022 (ONLINE!)
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 5 days ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Redwood Dulcimer Day 2022 (ONLINE!):
"The line-up for this fest is great!  As the event draws nigh, I may be registering for the Friday night concert.  :)"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 1
Dan
@dan • 6 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @kjb: Fox hunter's jig
kjb
@kjb • one week ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Indian Neck Waltz (an original tune by Mark Gilston)
kjb
@kjb • one week ago • comments: 8
Liked a music item created by @phil-myers: Skye Boat Song
Frank Dudgeon
@frank-dudgeon • one week ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Skye Boat Song:
"Very nice. Thank you."

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Beginner players

Beginner players


Are you a brand new player? Join this group and ask all...
OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players

OLD STYLE Drone & Noter...


If you are an avid fan of the older traditional mountain...
Dulcimer Making

Dulcimer Making


A group for those building dulcimers or interested in...
Fingerpicking

Fingerpicking


A place to discuss fingerpicking styles of dulcimer...
Modern/Chord style Players

Modern/Chord style Players


Do you play chords and fret across all strings? Then...
Hymn and Worship Song Players

Hymn and Worship Song Players


a place to share the hymns and worship songs we are playing.
The Music Theory Corner

The Music Theory Corner


A Group to talk about Music Theory!
Rockin' in the Free World

Rockin' in the Free World


A group for those of you who like to play music not...
Dulcimer Care & Maintenance

Dulcimer Care & Maintenance


Tips, tricks and techniques to help care for your dulcimer.
Mountain Dulcimer History & Traditions

Mountain Dulcimer History &...


Share historical information and resources on the...
Singing with the Dulcimer

Singing with the Dulcimer


Here's a group for those of us who are interested in...
Technology/Software/Amplifying

Technology/Software/Amplifying


to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
Arranging/composing for Dulcimers

Arranging/composing for...


A group to discuss creating arrangements of songs and...
fans of Jean Ritchie

fans of Jean Ritchie


A group for those of us who have been inspired by...
Help Me Learn this Song

Help Me Learn this Song


Need help learning to play a particular song? Let...
Dulcimer Therapy

Dulcimer Therapy


This group is dedicated to those that visit, or have a...
Little Dulcimers

Little Dulcimers


Do you play an octave, mini, or traveling dulcimer?
Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


A place to share about 4-equidistant string playing, how...
I have extra frets.....

I have extra frets.....


This group is for those who have a 1 1/2 fret, an 8 1/2...
Baritone & Bass Dulcimer Players

Baritone & Bass Dulcimer...


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


Ever wanted to record or post that tune, but you just...
Dulcimer teachers

Dulcimer teachers


Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?
Collector's Corner

Collector's Corner


A group where collectors of antique, vintage, or rare...
UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

UK and European Mountain...


A group which hopefully allows players/makers in this...
Early & Classical Music

Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks

Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks


Regardless of what name you favor, this group is a...
Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


Recording dulcimers, vocals and other instruments in the...
Dulcimer Ancestors

Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
Box Dulcimers

Box Dulcimers


A group for those who play, make, or admire all types...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video...
Chromatic Dulcimers

Chromatic Dulcimers


For players who enjoy playing dulcimers with ALL the frets!
Civil War era music

Civil War era music


For discussing music that was played around the time of...
Galax Dulcimer Lovers

Galax Dulcimer Lovers


Just a group to discuss all things Galax Dulcimer. Tips...
GIG TALK!

GIG TALK!


Do you play gigs? Tell us about your good and not-so-good...
Scrap/Recycled wood Dulcimer Challenge

Scrap/Recycled wood...


A group for those thrifty and creative folk who like to...
Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


Welcome to all who play music using a bow on any type...
Challenged Players

Challenged Players


A meeting place for players dealing with disabilities.
Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness

Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


A group for private sharing and support, whether you are...
California Dulcimer Dreamin'

California Dulcimer Dreamin'


For dulcimer players living in or just visiting California
NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer players

NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer...


For those of us who live in the northeastern United States.
Virginia Dulcimer Players

Virginia Dulcimer Players


Just thought it would be neet to know how many other...
Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts

Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts


Howdy ya'll! Come on by for a cup o' joe and jammin....
North Carolinians Plus

North Carolinians Plus


The Three Sides of North Carolina: Mountains / Piedmont /...
6 string dulcimers

6 string dulcimers


Owning and playing a 6 string, regardless of tuning, and...
Kentucky Dulcimer Players

Kentucky Dulcimer Players


A group for any players from Kentucky where we can meet...
West Virginia players

West Virginia players


A group just for dulcimer players in beautiful West...
Florida Sunshine Dulcimer Group

Florida Sunshine Dulcimer...


Florida Dulcimer Players
Pacific Northwest Players

Pacific Northwest Players


For players who live in or have strong connections to the...
Missouri Dulcimer Players

Missouri Dulcimer Players


for all the Show Me State dulcimer players
FOTMD on the Road

FOTMD on the Road


Are your traveling, on vacation, on your way to a...
North of the Lakes

North of the Lakes


for any MD players in Upper Canada (aka Ontario) and the...
Indiana Players

Indiana Players


Welcome all dulcimer players in the state of Indiana!...
Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players

Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


For those who live in Arkansas and love playing the...
AussieTalk!

AussieTalk!


For dulcimer players in Australia. -Be sure to create...
Site Moderators Group

Site Moderators Group


A private group to allow FOTMD moderators to communicate...

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Wildwood Flower
Simple Gifts
When I first went to Caledonia.
Skye Boat Song
Johnnie Lovely Johnnie.
Für Cari
Girl that slighted me.
Bush Fiddler.
Were You There 2022
hughie wentzell's,road to Boston.
Snow On The Crocus WIP
Stenka Razin.
Who stole the miner's hat.
Wenn alle Brünnlein fließen (Hummel Instrumental)
Roving Gambler
Brown Eyed Janie ( 1_22 )
Captain O'Kane (O'Carolan)
Night Eyes
Sally Goodin (Folk Strings)
Candlelight
Chariot Clouds
A Heavy Frost
Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
All My Heart This Night Rejoices - practice
Bear Tune
Beginner practice: Once in Royal David's City
Si Beag Si Mor
Brown Eyed Janie on the Grand
Cripple Creek
Silent Night

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Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (ONLINE!)

Berkeley Dulcimer...


Fri May 13 2022
Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering -(KY)

Berea Traditional...


Thu May 19 2022

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Latest Forum Posts   All

Kevin Roth interviews...

Posted: Tuesday May 24 2022, 3:16 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

A very nice Blue Lion...

Posted: Tuesday May 24 2022, 1:07 PM
By: @BrianAB

Stanley Hicks clip (portion...

Posted: Sunday May 15 2022, 1:57 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

no notification for audio...

Posted: Friday May 13 2022, 3:12 PM
By: @Strumelia

Reasons NOT To Get a Chromatic

Posted: Thursday May 12 2022, 6:15 PM
By: @Lisa Golladay

Creating a music PLAYLIST

Posted: Thursday May 12 2022, 4:24 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

RIP Bill Taylor

Posted: Wednesday May 11 2022, 4:36 PM
By: @Leny-Sue

Folk Roots standard...

Posted: Sunday May 8 2022, 7:25 PM
By: @Jill Geary

Teaching Advice

Posted: Friday May 6 2022, 2:52 PM
By: @Lorilee

International Appalachian...

Posted: Friday May 6 2022, 12:10 AM
By: @ocean-daughter

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Monday May 2 2022, 6:57 AM
By: @Teddy Hart

New biography of David...

Posted: Sunday May 1 2022, 12:19 PM
By: @Alegre1

Naomi Judd Passes Away

Posted: Saturday April 30 2022, 4:57 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Stanley Hicks / David Love...

Posted: Friday April 29 2022, 10:06 AM
By: @Banjimer

baritone guitar

Posted: Thursday April 28 2022, 10:41 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

(monthly, LA) DULCIMER JAM...

Posted: Monday April 25 2022, 10:27 AM
By: @Joseph Besse

FOTMD Chat Room!

Posted: Sunday April 24 2022, 1:42 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Fret addition?

Posted: Saturday April 23 2022, 4:50 PM
By: @Steven Stroot

Here's a song I wrote using...

Posted: Saturday April 23 2022, 12:11 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Wanted Lisa Glenn...

Posted: Wednesday April 20 2022, 9:57 AM
By: @Banjimer

Various Tunings

Posted: Wednesday April 20 2022, 9:05 AM
By: @Melvoid

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Saturday April 16 2022, 7:01 PM
By: @Richard Streib

virtual fest from Hindman KY

Posted: Saturday April 16 2022, 11:55 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Composition in G minor

Posted: Tuesday April 12 2022, 6:04 AM
By: @Canadian Dulcimer Boy

McSpadden Dulcimer For Sale...

Posted: Monday April 11 2022, 8:49 AM
By: @Sean Ruprecht-Belt

12 String Guitar

Posted: Saturday April 9 2022, 1:06 PM
By: @jost

Intro to Mountain Dulcimer...

Posted: Friday April 8 2022, 2:46 PM
By: @D J Hamouris

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Thursday April 7 2022, 6:37 PM
By: @Richard Streib

How do we indicate the...

Posted: Thursday April 7 2022, 1:59 PM
By: @Melvoid

worldwide Play Music on the...

Posted: Thursday April 7 2022, 8:09 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

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