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Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer is the most extensive site for Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer players and builders on the internet. Welcome!
Join Groups and Forum discussions that interest you, make new music friends. Share photos, music clips, and videos, resources for buying instruments, music, and learning materials. Ask your beginner questions and learn to play! All are welcome here no matter what your playing 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. Click on different links to get familiar with where things are. Questions about using the site?- ask them HERE .  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

Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 2 minutes ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @cindy-stammich: Doxology on my Bill Taylor Dulcimer
Ethan Chastain
@ethan-chastain • 32 minutes ago • comments: 13
Liked a youtube item created by @cindy-stammich: Sweet Hour of Prayer
Ethan Chastain
@ethan-chastain • 33 minutes ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Doxology on my Bill Taylor Dulcimer:
"Love this! Beautiful playing, Cindy. Thank you for sharing."
Ethan Chastain
@ethan-chastain • 33 minutes ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @cindy-stammich: Doxology on my Bill Taylor Dulcimer
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 38 minutes ago • comments: 13
Liked a youtube item created by @cindy-stammich: Sweet Hour of Prayer
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 39 minutes ago • comments: 44
Liked a youtube item created by @cindy-stammich: Come Thou Fount
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 52 minutes ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Doxology on my Bill Taylor Dulcimer:
"Very nice Cindy. Well played. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • an hour ago • comments: 2
Updated a YouTube Video:
Doxology on my Bill Taylor Dulcimer
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • an hour ago • comments: 2
Posted a new YouTube video:
Doxology on my Bill Taylor Dulcimer
Noah Cline
@noah-cline • 7 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Warring Sparrows:
"Strumelia: Noah, this is delightful!  Thank you! I come up with a good’n every once in a while ;-)"
lora
@lora • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Jim Fox Little Mule with CAT sound holes":
"Jim Fox “Little Mule” with cat-shaped soundholes. 18 inch fret scale, three strings, designed to be played in key of A but can also be tuned to D with..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 10 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Warring Sparrows:
"Noah, this is delightful! "
kkimura
@kkimura • 22 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Electronic Tuners / Reference Note:
"Thanks Skip but I'm all thumbs if I have to juggle too many pieces of gear at the same time.  If I had a better ear I'd do away with the tuner as well."
Skip
@skip • yesterday • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Electronic Tuners / Reference Note:
"There are phone apps also."
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Buffalo Skinners
kkimura
@kkimura • yesterday • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer:
"Ken, I double checked my messages with the guy I got the dulcimer from and have some corrections to my earlier post.  Apparently the T34 is a special he..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer:
"I thought it looked familiar. Yes, that is a spruce top. Back and sides should be walnut. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
DavisJames
@davisjames • yesterday • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @bing-futch: Dulcimerica Episode 615 - “Table Rock Lake”
David Bennett
@david-bennett • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: October:
"bump Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: October..."
Bing Futch
@bing-futch • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Bing Futch
@bing-futch • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Susie
@susie • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "For Sale: Roland® Mobile AC stereo acoustic amplifier":
"This is the amp I use with my dulcimer. It's got great acoustic tone, volume, and controls. Lightweight and usable with batteries or an available AC adapter...."
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "For Sale: Audio-Technica® PRO 70":
"Yes. Ron had the set up on his website for a while. He modified his capo with a longer screw to span a variety of different thickness of dulcimer bodies...."
Jill Geary
@jill-geary • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "For Sale: Audio-Technica® PRO 70":
"Nice! I have a lav mic but never figured out how to use it on a dulcimer - great idea. Did Ron do the modification with the capo for you?"
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Playing at Infusion Center:
"Great suggestion. Dialysis centers are another option."
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "For Sale: Audio-Technica® PRO 70":
"Pro 70 lavalier or instrument microphone. New in box, never used. Includes 10 ft XLR female to 1/4" male connecting cable. Comes with a custom made clamp..."
Homer Ross
@homer-ross • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Created a new Group discussion "Playing at Infusion Center":
"All types of infusion centers have patients who are joyful, sad, depressed, hurting, wondering why, angry and the list goes on and on. Music can be so..."
Dulcimer Therapy
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "For Sale: Roland® Mobile AC stereo acoustic amplifier":
"Battery powered-6xAAA. Never used. Comes in a nice carry case. $95 plus actual shipping. No international shipping. PM for additional information. A..."
kkimura
@kkimura • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Signed @cynthia-wigington's Guestbook:
"Yup, that's Farmway!"
kkimura
@kkimura • 2 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer:
"Hi Cynthia, the ukulele I traded was a mahogany Pono concert MC.  Are you by chance a ukulele player?"
Cynthia Wigington
@cynthia-wigington • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Signed @kkimura's Guestbook:
"Hi Kkimura and welcome. I looked more closely at your pic and said to myself, "That has to be Farmway! I live near there too. I don't often get to meet..."
kkimura
@kkimura • 2 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer:
"You have a good eye Ken.  It's a McSpadden T34 made in 1977.  I believe it has a spruce top."
Cynthia Wigington
@cynthia-wigington • 2 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer:
"It's very pretty. I'm curious which ukulele you traded for it."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer:
"Very nice dulcimer. Do you know who made it? It looks like a McSpadden. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
kkimura
@kkimura • 2 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer:
"Thank you all!  I was lucky to find such a good one for my first dulcimer.  (Traded an ukulele for it.)"
David Bennett
@david-bennett • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Tuesday Evening Traditional Dulcimore Zoom group:
"Cynthia Wigington: What heartfelt music by a bunch of truly dedicated and warm-hearted people! Ken, I had tears come to my eyes (still there) as I..."
Cynthia Wigington
@cynthia-wigington • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Tuesday Evening Traditional Dulcimore Zoom group:
"What heartfelt music by a bunch of truly dedicated and warm-hearted people! Ken, I had tears come to my eyes (still there) as I watched you'd. Is there any..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on A Medley of Hymns (Instrumental):
"Very beautiful, John."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: A Medley of Hymns (Instrumental)
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: John Ashby's Cluck Old Hen
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @dusty-turtle: The Lark in the Clear Air on a baritone
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @david-bennett: Tuesday Evening Traditional Dulcimore Zoom group
Dave Schroeder
@dave-schroeder • 3 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on The Well Below the Valley.:
"Excellent!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Electronic Tuners / Reference Note:
"Until you get a tuner or new piano , there are online resources to help you tune. Here is one: https://susantrump.com/tune-your-dulcimer.html ."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Electronic Tuners / Reference Note:
"That whole line of Seiko tuners seems to be unavailable now.  I have a Seiko SAT 501 . It does indeed show the octave and is one of the more accurate of..."
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 3 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer:
"Your dulcimer is lovely and I hope the two of you make great music together!"
kkimura
@kkimura • 3 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Electronic Tuners / Reference Note:
"The SAT50 looks impressive.  Expensive too."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer:
"That is a really lovely dulcimer!"
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 3 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on A Medley of Hymns (Instrumental):
"John, this is beautiful!  What a wonderful medley, and thank you for introducing me to Dear Lord & Father of Mankind!  I love this and had never heard it..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on A Medley of Hymns (Instrumental):
"Beautiful John. Thanks for sharing this. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""

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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...
Technology/Software/Amplifying

Technology/Software/Amplifying


to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
Singing with the Dulcimer

Singing with the Dulcimer


Here's a group for those of us who are interested in...
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...
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...
Little Dulcimers

Little Dulcimers


Do you play an octave, mini, or traveling dulcimer?
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...
Early & Classical Music

Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
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...
Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


Recording dulcimers, vocals and other instruments in the...
Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks

Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks


Regardless of what name you favor, this group is a...
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...
Chromatic Dulcimers

Chromatic Dulcimers


For players who enjoy playing dulcimers with ALL the frets!
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video...
Galax Dulcimer Lovers

Galax Dulcimer Lovers


Just a group to discuss all things Galax Dulcimer. Tips...
Civil War era music

Civil War era music


For discussing music that was played around the time of...
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...
Indiana Players

Indiana Players


Welcome all dulcimer players in the state of Indiana!...
North of the Lakes

North of the Lakes


for any MD players in Upper Canada (aka Ontario) and the...
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...
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Site Moderators Group


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Jim Fox Little Mule with...

Posted: Sunday October 2 2022, 11:42 AM
By: @lora

For Sale:...

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For Sale:...

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By: @Richard Streib

Magnetic pickup vs Piezo vs...

Posted: Wednesday September 28 2022, 10:32 PM
By: @Cindy Stammich

Holiday

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By: @John C. Knopf

Fret that won’t stay put

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Folkroots standard dulcimer...

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Youth Dulcimer Club

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Wanted: 26-inch Fret Scale...

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By: @Silverstrings

Bass Dulcimers

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North country dulcimers...

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Walnut McSpadden Ginger for...

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By: @Lorraine

The Joy of Sharing Dulcimer

Posted: Sunday September 11 2022, 7:58 PM
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Picking a Dulcimer

Posted: Tuesday September 6 2022, 6:13 PM
By: @Homer Ross

David Schnaufer

Posted: Tuesday September 6 2022, 11:21 AM
By: @Don Grundy

Concert Ukulele

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By: @Dusty Turtle

How Many Dulcimers Do You...

Posted: Saturday September 3 2022, 4:04 PM
By: @squeakyhawk

End of Finger Stabs

Posted: Sunday August 28 2022, 7:01 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Friday August 26 2022, 9:23 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Fret necessary?

Posted: Tuesday August 23 2022, 4:24 PM
By: @Banjimer

Stanley Hicks / David Love...

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By: @Ken Hulme

Gila Mountain Dulcimer for...

Posted: Monday August 22 2022, 4:13 PM
By: @Strumelia

BEAR MEADOW DULCIMER FOR SALE

Posted: Monday August 22 2022, 3:58 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

General Observation - Two...

Posted: Sunday August 21 2022, 12:44 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Making a noter

Posted: Saturday August 20 2022, 12:54 PM
By: @RoyB

worldwide Play Music on the...

Posted: Saturday August 20 2022, 9:43 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

McSpadden Dulcimer For Sale...

Posted: Thursday August 18 2022, 9:03 AM
By: @Cynthia Wigington

Cripple Creek Dulcimer

Posted: Saturday August 13 2022, 10:49 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Finding a tuning Peg

Posted: Friday August 12 2022, 6:25 PM
By: @Jim Schulte

Keith Young Youngster

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