Welcome to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer!

Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer is the most active and extensive online site for Appalachian Mountain Dulcimers and players on the internet today. Welcome!

   Join 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 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. Fear not!...beginner players are especially encouraged. Become a member of Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer (FOTMD) community -it's easy, friendly, and FREE!
   After joining, please read the Site Rules before posting. You'll find your very own Member Profile Page by clicking on your name in the links navigation bar across the top of any page..and you'll be all set to join in the fun. Click on different areas and links to get familiar with where things are.  Questions about using the new site?- ask them HERE on our site questions forum.
   So don't be shy- you've come to exactly the right place to receive or give friendly free help and encouragement in playing music. Here on FOTMD we all learn from each other, as friends. Join our 'block party'! -Strumelia

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Join a Group!   All

Beginner players

Beginner players


Are you a brand new player? Join this group and ask all...
Dulcimer Making

Dulcimer Making


A group for those making dulcimers or interested in...
OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players

OLD STYLE Drone & Noter...


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

Fingerpicking


A place to discuss fingerpicking styles of dulcimer...
Hymn and Worship Song Players

Hymn and Worship Song Players


a place to share the hymns and worship songs we are playing.
Modern/Chord style Players

Modern/Chord style Players


Do you play chords and fret across all strings? Then this...
Rockin' in the Free World

Rockin' in the Free World


A group for those of you who like to play music not...
Traditional Irish music & Song

Traditional Irish music & Song


The playing of Traditional Irish music and Song on...
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.
fans of Jean Ritchie

fans of Jean Ritchie


A group for those of us who have been inspired by...
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...
Dulcimer teachers

Dulcimer teachers


Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?
Singing with the Dulcimer

Singing with the Dulcimer


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

Arranging for Dulcimers


A group to discuss creating arrangements of songs for...
Dulcimer Therapy

Dulcimer Therapy


This group is dedicated to those that visit, or have a...
Mountain Dulcimer History

Mountain Dulcimer History


Share historical information on the history and...
Little Dulcimers

Little Dulcimers


Do you play an octave, mini, or traveling dulcimer?
I have extra frets.....

I have extra frets.....


This group is for those who have a 1 1/2 fret, an 8 1/2...
Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


Recording dulcimers, vocals and other instruments in the...
Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


Ever wanted to record or post that tune, but you just...
Help Me Learn this Song

Help Me Learn this Song


Need help learning to play a particular song? Let...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video clips...
Collector's Corner

Collector's Corner


A group where collectors of antique, vintage, or rare...
Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


A place to share about 4-equidistant string playing, how...
Dulcimer Ancestors

Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
Civil War era music

Civil War era music


For discussing music that was played around the time of...
Box Dulcimers

Box Dulcimers


A group for those who play, make, or admire all types of...
GIG TALK!

GIG TALK!


Do you play gigs? Tell us about your good and not-so-good...
Early & Classical Music

Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
Galax Dulcimer Lovers

Galax Dulcimer Lovers


Just a group to discuss all things Galax Dulcimer. Tips...
Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness

Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


A group for private sharing and support, whether you are...
Deep South Dulcimer Players

Deep South Dulcimer Players


For anyone who lives in or loves the Deep South (MS, LA,...
Scrap/Recycled wood Dulcimer Challenge

Scrap/Recycled wood...


A group for those thrifty and creative folk who like to...
The Bass Dulcimer

The Bass Dulcimer


This group is for anyone interested in sharing tips and...
Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


Welcome to all who play music using a bow on any type of...
Chromatic Dulcimers

Chromatic Dulcimers


For players who enjoy playing dulcimers with ALL the frets!
plugging in

plugging in


to share info on all aspects of plugging in, whether to...
Michigan Dulcimer Players Thumbs UP

Michigan Dulcimer Players...


All Players in Michigan
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...
North Carolinians Plus

North Carolinians Plus


The Three Sides of North Carolina: Mountains / Piedmont /...
Challenged Players

Challenged Players


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

California Dulcimer Dreamin'


Dulcimer players living in California(or who've lived...
Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts

Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts


Howdy ya'll! Come on by for a cup o' joe and jammin....
Pacific Northwest Players

Pacific Northwest Players


For players who live in or have strong connections to the...
Florida Sunshine Dulcimer Society

Florida Sunshine Dulcimer...


Florida Dulcimer Players
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...
Baritone Dulcimer Players

Baritone Dulcimer Players


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
Indiana Players

Indiana Players


   Central Indiana group of players
Composing and Songwriting

Composing and Songwriting


Do you like composing original songs? Are you writing a...
North of the Lakes

North of the Lakes


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

Missouri Dulcimer Players


for all the Show Me State dulcimer players
Media HELP!

Media HELP!


Please join this group to let others know of great places...
FOTMD on the Road

FOTMD on the Road


Are your traveling, on vacation, on your way to a...
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...

Showcase your music event or business here!

Showcase your music event or business here

Latest Music

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Away In A Manger
Metal And Wood
Na Ceannabhán Bhána (Slip Jig )
Nothing But The Blood
Sunset
The Last Dare
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
This Is My Father's World
Trickster
Easy Meditation
Arkansas Traveller
Celebrate This Happy Day!
Greet the Morn
Processional
So Many Stories
Elzic's Farewell - Heritage dulcimer and DADGAD guitar
Desert Bloom
Two Jigs
Brown Eyed Janie
Three Reels
Wayfaring Stranger
Remembering You: Guitar and Native American Flute
The Gift: 432Hz Dulcimer and Em 432Hz Flute
In Memoriam
Spring Skip
Hard Times, 1854, composed by Stephen Foster
Legacy: Orginal song with music and lyrics
Saints
John Stinson #2 in A, Upping Tempo
Bend in the Road

Coming Events   All

KENTUCKY MUSIC WINTER WEEKEND -(KY)

KENTUCKY MUSIC WINTER...


Fri Jan 6 2017
Colorado Dulcimer Festival 2017 -(CO)

Colorado Dulcimer...


Fri Feb 3 2017
Arkladulcifest 2017 -(AR)

Arkladulcifest 2017 -(AR)


Thu Jun 8 2017
Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (CA)

Berkeley Dulcimer...


Fri Jun 9 2017
Maryland Folk Musician's Retreat -(MD)

Maryland Folk Musician's...


Fri Jun 16 2017

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Latest Forum Posts   All

It's like finding a 1965...

Posted: Thursday December 8 2016, 12:16 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Seeking Y'alls input again,...

Posted: Wednesday December 7 2016, 10:22 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

A real Prichard Dulcimer

Posted: Wednesday December 7 2016, 9:29 PM
By: @Patty from Virginia

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Wednesday December 7 2016, 8:34 PM
By: @Sheryl St. Clare

Remember Our Friend Oliver...

Posted: Wednesday December 7 2016, 7:32 PM
By: @Strumelia

Christmas songs for seniors?

Posted: Wednesday December 7 2016, 3:29 PM
By: @Lexie R Oakley

My Second Dulcimer (Burly...

Posted: Wednesday December 7 2016, 11:04 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Thanksgiving Menu

Posted: Wednesday December 7 2016, 10:28 AM
By: @hugssandi

Howdy

Posted: Wednesday December 7 2016, 10:25 AM
By: @hugssandi

Colors for Notes in Playing...

Posted: Wednesday December 7 2016, 10:24 AM
By: @hugssandi

Tennessee Music Box aka...

Posted: Wednesday December 7 2016, 10:19 AM
By: @hugssandi

Owweeee! Finger Health!

Posted: Wednesday December 7 2016, 9:56 AM
By: @Lexie R Oakley

Quick Release metal capo's

Posted: Monday December 5 2016, 12:48 PM
By: @Paula Brawdy

Native American Flutes

Posted: Monday December 5 2016, 5:44 AM
By: @Susie

For Sale McSpadden Mountain...

Posted: Sunday December 4 2016, 11:13 PM
By: @Blondie

EverythingDulcimer site...

Posted: Sunday December 4 2016, 10:57 PM
By: @Steven Berger

All about tuning

Posted: Saturday December 3 2016, 8:48 PM
By: @Skip

High Spirits Flutes For Sale

Posted: Saturday December 3 2016, 11:35 AM
By: @Blondie

Hearts of the Dulcimer...

Posted: Friday December 2 2016, 11:59 AM
By: @Patricia Delich

Looking for feed back on...

Posted: Thursday December 1 2016, 9:38 PM
By: @Rob N Lackey

Tenn. Fires

Posted: Thursday December 1 2016, 3:45 PM
By: @Susie

Donald MacPherson's Lament...

Posted: Wednesday November 30 2016, 4:07 PM
By: @Joseph Besse

Wood for Dulcimers

Posted: Monday November 28 2016, 10:19 PM
By: @Ed Gaunt

where is For Sale section?

Posted: Monday November 28 2016, 7:39 PM
By: @Strumelia

Sound post or Under-brace ?

Posted: Monday November 28 2016, 11:48 AM
By: @Bob

Any guesses as to the maker...

Posted: Sunday November 27 2016, 10:27 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Happy Turkey Day

Posted: Sunday November 27 2016, 4:14 PM
By: @Jan Potts

Mountain Dulcimer and...

Posted: Saturday November 26 2016, 9:14 PM
By: @Bob

Hindman, Kentucky

Posted: Saturday November 26 2016, 9:14 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

WANTED- Chromatic Dulcimers...

Posted: Saturday November 26 2016, 11:05 AM
By: @Estes George
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