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

rojo
@rojo • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show us your sound holes!":
"Back to the drawing board!"
rojo
@rojo • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show us your sound holes!":
"Testing to see if I've managed to crop photo to useable size."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 7 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Gentle Annie:
"Thanks, @Learning-Always.  I appreciate your taking the time to comment."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 7 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Soundhole reinforcement:
"When I made intricate sound holes I used both wood and fabric reinforcements glued on the inside.  These days a diamond or an F scroll are the extent on my..."
jimws
@jimws • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Mountain Dulcimer Club - Somerset, Pa":
"I'll be volunteering at a state park outside Somerset, Pa in 2021 & would like to hook up with a club/group that play the mountain dulcimer in..."
DulciCat
@dulcicat • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Gila Mountain Dulcimer - Never Played":
"I’m sorry I never knew Kerry. I’ve heard many say what you just said about her. This instrument was bought by a Grandmother for her dulcimer playing..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Good for you, Venni!  That's awfully fast progress.  I think my first song was Mary Had a Little Lamb."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Gila Mountain Dulcimer - Never Played":
"Kerry (R.I.P.) was a lovely lady, a great player, and a fabulous builder.  I miss her.How is it that this dulcimer was never brought to life?"
Venni aka Adrianne
@venni • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"I made a lot of progress with my dulcimer and can play four songs: Carol of the Bells - Joshua Messick  Wildwood Flower - David Schnaufer False Love - Paul..."
DulciCat
@dulcicat • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Gila Mountain Dulcimer - Never Played":
"Never played Gila Mountain Dulcimer made by Kerry Anderson Coates. Walnut and Butternut. Hand carved and hand painted. $1200 includes instrument, shipping,..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Indoor House Plants":
"UPDATE: The "non-astilbe" was a Kalanchoe or "Widow's Thrill."  It looks like at times I may have over-watered it.  Was tempted seeing the cheery yellow..."
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @ariane: Tumbalalaika
Ariane
@ariane • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Tumbalalaika
Learning Always
@learning-always • 17 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Gentle Annie:
"Very sweet!"
Learning Always
@learning-always • 17 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on "BUGALED BREIZH" - CRISTIAN HUET - DULCIMER:
"Wow, this is lovely! Thanks so much for sharing."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Indoor House Plants":
"The non-astilbe is now gone.  In its final days there wasn't enough left to identify unfortunately.  I could swear I went online for that ages ago, but..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"Save me a place at the table, Strumelia. That sounds delicious."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 20 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"Our two best friends are a couple in our neighborhood who are a little older than us. We like to do nice little things back and forth for each other when we..."
Phil Myers
@phil-myers • 21 hours ago • comments: 8
Liked a youtube item created by @cristian-huet: "BUGALED BREIZH" - CRISTIAN HUET - DULCIMER
Phil Myers
@phil-myers • 21 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @granto: The Lilting Banshee
ocean-daughter
@ocean-daughter • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Hello, Andi, and welcome!  I know how it feels to be the only dulcimer player you know.  If you're able to attend virtual groups or classes, that might help..."
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • yesterday • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @granto: The Lilting Banshee
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Indoor House Plants":
"Now you can simply call that plant "The non-astilbe", Lois.  lolol If you could attach a photo of it here, I 'might' be able to recognize what it is. Your..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on The Lilting Banshee:
"Dizzying speed and stellar accuracy.  Remarkably playing, Grant."
Luigi
@luigi • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @granto: The Lilting Banshee
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Indoor House Plants":
"Mandevilla is indeed an outdoor plant.  Each year I have 2 at the entrance to our house and 1 in the sun room (which is unheated, so normally the plant dies..."
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Hi Andi, Welcome to the forum.  There are many friends here that will gladly help you along in your journey.   “The dulcimer is an unknown instrument in..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Andi, your English is very good, and you write it well.  Welcome to our dulcimer site!   We have something for everybody here, whether you like to play the..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Welcome Andi. You are doing much better with English than I could do with Spanish. Go ahead and ask questions. We will try to help you along on your dulcimer..."
AndiBear
@andibear • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Hi!! My name is Andi and I'm a beginner player of mountain dulcimer from Spain. First of all excuse my bad english or my faults, english is not my first..."
Susie
@susie • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Ron Ewing Dulcimettes:
"John and Dusty, thank you for your feedback, comments, suggestions. I appreciate the video's too. I'm going to have to contact Ron through his website and..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Ron Ewing Dulcimettes:
"Hi Susie, I own two of Ron's dulcimettes. One is an octave dulcimette with just three strings and the other is a six string baritone dulcimette, which is..."
John Shaw
@john-shaw • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Ron Ewing Dulcimettes:
"Hello Susie,  I have been the happy owner of a Ron Ewing dulcimette for 30 years.  As I am sure others will say he is a top-quality maker.  As far as I know..."
Susie
@susie • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Created a new Group discussion "Ron Ewing Dulcimettes":
"Who here owns one? What are your thoughts/suggestions? Is Ron Ewing even building them anymore (I'm sure he's getting up there in age)? I'm toying with the..."
Little Dulcimers
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Soundhole reinforcement:
"Bill, I use a narrow, thin strip of the same wood, and glue it at an angle (not necessarily 90 degrees) under the top, where it won't show. You can go with..."
Gary Major
@gary-major • 2 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Hard Times Come Again No More:
"Beautiful Dulcimer and nice sound. Thank you"
granto
@granto • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Posted a new YouTube video:
The Lilting Banshee
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @granto: Cello Suite 1 - Courante - Bach
ocean-daughter
@ocean-daughter • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Virtual Festivals--what's your experience, or your thoughts?":
"I did have another thought about a benefit virtual festivals have given me--they are helping me get to know who's out there, in terms of well-known teachers..."
ocean-daughter
@ocean-daughter • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Virtual Festivals--what's your experience, or your thoughts?":
"@dusty-turtle, thank you for that detailed response.  Wow, thank you for taking the time!  I play fingerdance with a flatpick, mostly melody-drone; I'm..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show us your sound holes!":
"You're right Dusty.  Very few actually carve/cut  a Celtic knot soundhole.  Most use a laser-cut rosette for that sort of intricate work."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Virtual Festivals--what's your experience, or your thoughts?":
"ocean-daughter: One thing I've wanted is to develop technique--to make the notes sound connected @ocean-daughter, I don't want to ignore this comment...."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "delicate sound hole reinforcement":
"In addition to the things Ken mentions, some builders use card stock or heavy paper, even thin goatskin; basically anything that doesn't have grain like wood..."
Bill Robison
@bill-robison • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Created a new Group discussion "Soundhole reinforcement":
"What material do you use to reinforce the intricate soundhole designs?  Wood at a90 deg to grain  for fabric with glue? I don't have access to  a laser or..."
Dulcimer Making
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "delicate sound hole reinforcement":
"Bill, a lot of it depends upon the design. Some folks put a thin piece of wood under the sound hole area with the grain running perpendicular to the top..."
A.c.N.
@acn • 3 days ago • comments: 11
Liked a youtube item created by @flint-hill: Wayfaring Stranger
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "delicate sound hole reinforcement":
"I'm totally ignorant of instrument design, Bill, so I can't help you.  But if you don't get good answers here, you might consider joining the Dulcimer..."
Bill Robison
@bill-robison • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "delicate sound hole reinforcement":
"I have seen many sound hole designs on here and was wondering what you use for reinforcement under and around those intricate designs."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 11
Liked a youtube item created by @flint-hill: Wayfaring Stranger
ocean-daughter
@ocean-daughter • 3 days ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Wayfaring Stranger:
"I just came across this through a search and I love it!  It has a wonderfully lonely old-time feeling to it. I haven't been much of a finger-picker, but..."

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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.
Rockin' in the Free World

Rockin' in the Free World


A group for those of you who like to play music not...
The Music Theory Corner

The Music Theory Corner


A Group to talk about Music Theory!
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...
fans of Jean Ritchie

fans of Jean Ritchie


A group for those of us who have been inspired by...
Arranging/composing for Dulcimers

Arranging/composing for...


A group to discuss creating arrangements of songs and...
Help Me Learn this Song

Help Me Learn this Song


Need help learning to play a particular song? Let...
Little Dulcimers

Little Dulcimers


Do you play an octave, mini, or traveling dulcimer?
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...
Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


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

Baritone Dulcimer Players


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
Dulcimer teachers

Dulcimer teachers


Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?
UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

UK and European Mountain...


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

Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
Collector's Corner

Collector's Corner


A group where collectors of antique, vintage, or rare...
Dulcimer Ancestors

Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


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

Box Dulcimers


A group for those who play, make, or admire all types of...
Galax Dulcimer Lovers

Galax Dulcimer Lovers


Just a group to discuss all things Galax Dulcimer. Tips...
Chromatic Dulcimers

Chromatic Dulcimers


For players who enjoy playing dulcimers with ALL the frets!
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...
Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness

Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


A group for private sharing and support, whether you are...
Challenged Players

Challenged Players


A meeting place for players dealing with disabilities.
California Dulcimer Dreamin'

California Dulcimer Dreamin'


For dulcimer players living in or just visiting California
Virginia Dulcimer Players

Virginia Dulcimer Players


Just thought it would be neet to know how many other...
NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer players

NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer...


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

Kentucky Dulcimer Players


A group for any players from Kentucky where we can meet...
6 string dulcimers

6 string dulcimers


Owning and playing a 6 string, regardless of tuning, and...
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!...
AussieTalk!

AussieTalk!


For dulcimer players in Australia. -Be sure to create...
Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players

Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


For those who live in Arkansas and love playing the...
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Site Moderators Group


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

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People Look East
Greensleeves
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Lily of the west
The Amazing Grace
Silly Bill
Reuben's Train
Angels We Have Heard On High
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Auld Lang Syne
Joy to the World
a morning devotion
Planxty Irwin
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
Lord Inchiquin (O'Carolan)
Brown Little Birds duet version
Wabash Cannonball
Wreck Of The Old 97
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Latest Forum Posts   All

Show us your sound holes!

Posted: Monday March 8 2021, 1:04 AM
By: @rojo

Mountain Dulcimer Club -...

Posted: Sunday March 7 2021, 9:18 PM
By: @jimws

Gila Mountain Dulcimer -...

Posted: Sunday March 7 2021, 5:24 PM
By: @DulciCat

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Sunday March 7 2021, 5:17 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Indoor House Plants

Posted: Sunday March 7 2021, 2:46 PM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

What's fer dinner?

Posted: Sunday March 7 2021, 11:13 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Sunday March 7 2021, 12:31 AM
By: @ocean-daughter

Virtual Festivals--what's...

Posted: Friday March 5 2021, 6:31 PM
By: @ocean-daughter

delicate sound hole...

Posted: Friday March 5 2021, 5:02 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Discussing virtual festival...

Posted: Friday March 5 2021, 12:49 PM
By: @Strumelia

Feedback on new instrument

Posted: Friday March 5 2021, 9:36 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Shoat Hogfiddle for sale

Posted: Wednesday March 3 2021, 3:21 PM
By: @Kevin R.

Legacy Straps Review

Posted: Wednesday March 3 2021, 8:24 AM
By: @Susie

Hearts Of The Dulcimer...

Posted: Tuesday March 2 2021, 5:16 PM
By: @Patricia Delich

How to get adhesive residue...

Posted: Tuesday March 2 2021, 5:13 PM
By: @ocean-daughter

Start new thread or revive...

Posted: Tuesday March 2 2021, 2:31 PM
By: @ocean-daughter

Researching a dulcimer I...

Posted: Sunday February 28 2021, 6:43 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Saturday February 27 2021, 1:25 PM
By: @Richard Streib

Where do I start?

Posted: Thursday February 25 2021, 5:10 PM
By: @Strumelia

John Frazier dulcimer

Posted: Wednesday February 24 2021, 8:21 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

basic music advice from...

Posted: Wednesday February 24 2021, 12:45 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Strings

Posted: Wednesday February 24 2021, 9:20 AM
By: @Leny-Sue

Where have all the...

Posted: Sunday February 21 2021, 7:05 PM
By: @Strumelia

Steeleye Span & John...

Posted: Sunday February 21 2021, 5:10 PM
By: @FoundryRat

Richard Troughear MD made...

Posted: Sunday February 21 2021, 2:53 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Texas-bound J. E. Thomas...

Posted: Saturday February 20 2021, 7:36 AM
By: @Strumelia

Zebrawood F# Native...

Posted: Thursday February 18 2021, 12:35 PM
By: @Susie

How is the COVID-19...

Posted: Tuesday February 16 2021, 6:46 PM
By: @Strumelia

Choosing Your String Gauge

Posted: Tuesday February 16 2021, 8:38 AM
By: @Strumelia

Grant Olson Website

Posted: Saturday February 13 2021, 4:59 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

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