Welcome to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer!

Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer is the most active and extensive site for Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer players and builders on the internet. 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.
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

Latest Activity

traildad
@traildad • 3 minutes ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @janene-millen: The Holy Ground
Ariane
@ariane • 56 minutes ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Musical Advent Calendar (Online):
"..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @janene-millen: The Holy Ground
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 10 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Polska from Rättvik after Börjes Olle
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Homer Ledford in a short film from Woodsongs":
"I happened to catch the film on YouTube, @ken-longfield , and thought others may like seeing like I did.  :)"
Pierre-Yves Donnio
@pierre-yves-donnio • 13 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a music item created by @macaodha: Lord Inchiquin (O'Carolan)
adulcinate
@adulcinate • 14 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @janene-millen: The Holy Ground
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 18 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on The Holy Ground:
"Oh so pretty!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 18 hours ago • comments: 0
Strumelia
@strumelia • 18 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @janene-millen: The Holy Ground
Janene Millen
@janene-millen • 19 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new YouTube video:
The Holy Ground
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 20 hours ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Musical Advent Calendar (Online):
"Mary Ellen's arrangement and play is so lovely.  To my ear there's a Medieval feel to it all.  "
dulcinina
@dulcinina • 22 hours ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Musical Advent Calendar (Online):
"Two of my favorite songs played beautifully.  Thank you Mary Ellen and Ariane. Nina"
Ariane
@ariane • 23 hours ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Musical Advent Calendar (Online):
"..."
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • yesterday • comments: 5
Liked a soundcloud item created by @robin-thompson: Brown Little Birds duet version
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Homer Ledford in a short film from Woodsongs":
"Thanks for sharing this Robin. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @robin-thompson: Homer Ledford in a short film from Woodsongs
Nathina
@nathina • yesterday • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Ewing vs Gardener ":
"Is this a Tie or is one more recommended than the other? Both are good but which of the older instruments were better? Here is a comparison I haven't seen..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 2
Liked a photos item created by @gordon-hardy: nov 18 2020
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Homer Ledford in a short film from Woodsongs":
""
Jan Potts
@jan-potts • yesterday • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on O Come, O Come, Emmanuel:
"I'm so happy you like it, Cynthia.  All these positive comments really encourage me."
Ron Zuckerman
@ron-zuckerman • 2 days ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Musical Advent Calendar (Online):
"I love that arrangement!"
Ron Zuckerman
@ron-zuckerman • 2 days ago • comments: 19
Liked an events item created by @ariane: Musical Advent Calendar (Online)
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Musical Advent Calendar (Online):
"Thanks once again for organizing all this, Ariane!  It is a treat each day open that box and see what joy from around the world is offered."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I only see original post in a discussion, not replies..?":
"@paulpossinger You are welcome!  That is a lovely mountain dulcimer.  Another thought: if you'd like to address a particular person, note how I began this..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Musical Advent Calendar (Online):
"This is a wonderful arrangement and nicely played and sung!  It is sweet she included a favorite of her husband's.  "
Ariane
@ariane • 2 days ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Musical Advent Calendar (Online):
"..."
Cynthia Wigington
@cynthia-wigington • 2 days ago • comments: 19
Is attending an Event:
Musical Advent Calendar (Online)
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a music item created by @macaodha: Lord Inchiquin (O'Carolan)
IRENE
@irene • 2 days ago • comments: 17
Liked a music item created by @jan-potts: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
IRENE
@irene • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a music item created by @macaodha: Lord Inchiquin (O'Carolan)
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I only see original post in a discussion, not replies..?":
"Dusty, you explained it better than I did.  (i didn't see your post until after i posted mine)"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I only see original post in a discussion, not replies..?":
"Hi Paul... that "comment Back" link is only available for comments left on someone's profile page comment wall . What you are referring to are comments left..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I only see original post in a discussion, not replies..?":
"@paulpossinger, to reply to a post someone left in a discussion, such as that regarding your beautiful Keith Young dulcimer, you do not want to comment on..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Strumelia:
"A treat to watch that video of you playing that beautiful epinette built by dear John Henry, Strumelia!"
PaulPossinger
@paulpossinger • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I only see original post in a discussion, not replies..?":
"I tried to reply to Robin-Thompson's comment on my Keith Young dulcimer. Below the New Comment email I received it says:  "To respond to someone who has left..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Brown Little Birds duet version:
"@gordon-hardy I was watching one of the little brown birds earlier today-- it perched for a bit on the tip of a car windshield wiper I'd raised to keep from..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Strumelia:
"It's hard to believe this was nine years ago already. !  @John-Henry , I love to play your wonderful epinette, it is so very special to me. Over the past..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Lord Inchiquin (O'Carolan):
"Val, your play of this lovely O'Carolan piece is outstanding!  The dulcimer you built has a wonderful warm tone.  All so good!"
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dancing!...(feet as instrument)":
"That was a cool little movie, Strumelia!  It's inspiring!"
adulcinate
@adulcinate • 3 days ago • comments: 17
Liked a music item created by @jan-potts: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 3 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Brown Little Birds duet version:
"Brown little birds, I think they're what we call snow birds in the north country. They like to flock together as they go about their daily business. Your..."
Nathina
@nathina • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does anyone recognize this dulcimer? ":
"Currently still investigating, working with the seller, to try to figure out what he really has or if he even has it. Still have reached no conclusion. May..."
adulcinate
@adulcinate • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a photos item created by @lisavb: Cedar Creek Black Walnut (kit)
adulcinate
@adulcinate • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on My Dulcimers:
"Looks great!"
LisavB
@lisavb • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on My Dulcimers:
"It turned out pretty well.  The wood is GORGEOUS!  Book-matched black walnut.  There are a few flaws here and there (my assembly, not the quality of the kit..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Common Christmas carols- are they copyrighted or public Domain?:
"It's that special time of year again..."
Cynthia Wigington
@cynthia-wigington • 3 days ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on O Come, O Come, Emmanuel:
"I'm soaking in the sheer beauty of this thinking about this overcast day, your kindness and the eternal beauty of your  music ."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Musical Advent Calendar (Online):
"Such a lovely I Wonder As I Wander!  You could close your eyes and imagine yourself in another time and place. . . This magical.  Thank you, Karen.  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Keith Young’s Dulcimers:
"Wow, that is beautiful!  I'd recognize Keith's carved pegs anyplace and, if not for them, I wouldn't have come close to making a correct guess on the maker..."

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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...
Modern/Chord style Players

Modern/Chord style Players


Do you play chords and fret across all strings? Then...
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.
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...
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...
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...
Dulcimer teachers

Dulcimer teachers


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

UK and European Mountain...


A group which hopefully allows players/makers in this...
I have extra frets.....

I have extra frets.....


This group is for those who have a 1 1/2 fret, an 8 1/2...
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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Lord Inchiquin (O'Carolan)
Brown Little Birds duet version
Wabash Cannonball
Wreck Of The Old 97
Sample Clip of Lovely Tones from Cherry McSpadden
Brown Little Birds
Darlin Corey
Conversation with Death
Pretty Polly
The Rhubarb don't grow here any more w/vocals
Drunkard's lone child
Soldier's Joy
Pretty Saro
Simple Gifts Bass
Sourwood Mountain
The Light of All- a reading & mountain dulcimer
Melodious Undertones
Forrest Rain
An Everyday Prayer
Old Joe Clark
Wildwood Flower
Wayfaring Stranger
The Unclouded Day
A Heavy Frost
Till
Mississippi Sawyer
One Wife is Enough for Me
George Brabazon (1st Air)
Let Your Little Light- in memory of Patty
Coleman's March

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Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (ONLINE!)

Berkeley Dulcimer...


Fri May 14 2021

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Latest Forum Posts   All

Homer Ledford in a short...

Posted: Friday December 4 2020, 4:55 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Ewing vs Gardener

Posted: Thursday December 3 2020, 7:25 PM
By: @Nathina

I only see original post in...

Posted: Thursday December 3 2020, 12:16 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Dancing!...(feet as...

Posted: Wednesday December 2 2020, 5:18 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Does anyone recognize this...

Posted: Wednesday December 2 2020, 11:40 AM
By: @Nathina

VSL for noter drone style

Posted: Tuesday December 1 2020, 6:32 PM
By: @Nathina

Is this a capritaurus?

Posted: Tuesday December 1 2020, 3:58 PM
By: @Strumelia

New Luthier?

Posted: Monday November 30 2020, 6:52 PM
By: @Nathina

Ruggs & Jackel Pre Folkcraft

Posted: Monday November 30 2020, 3:31 PM
By: @Nathina

Audio upload style or...

Posted: Monday November 30 2020, 1:42 PM
By: @Strumelia

McSpadden v. Folkcraft?

Posted: Saturday November 28 2020, 4:34 PM
By: @LisavB

Hammered dulcimer- 16/15s...

Posted: Saturday November 28 2020, 4:20 PM
By: @Nathina

Action is too low

Posted: Saturday November 28 2020, 2:23 PM
By: @Don B

What's fer dinner?

Posted: Saturday November 28 2020, 5:38 AM
By: @Jan Potts

Curved back dulcimers

Posted: Friday November 27 2020, 5:20 AM
By: @Dan

Giving Thanks

Posted: Thursday November 26 2020, 6:01 PM
By: @Strumelia

Dr. George Orthey, Mountain...

Posted: Thursday November 26 2020, 12:07 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

New McSpadden Flatwater...

Posted: Wednesday November 25 2020, 7:11 PM
By: @Susie

Now Thank We All Our God

Posted: Wednesday November 25 2020, 6:41 PM
By: @Richard Streib

Tab for "Hail Against the...

Posted: Wednesday November 25 2020, 2:10 PM
By: @Scott Allen

No wonder everyone has more...

Posted: Tuesday November 24 2020, 3:13 PM
By: @Susie

Native American Flutes

Posted: Tuesday November 24 2020, 10:45 AM
By: @Susie

How to re-glue a bridge

Posted: Monday November 23 2020, 9:55 PM
By: @IRENE

How Do I Attach Photos To A...

Posted: Sunday November 22 2020, 1:30 PM
By: @Strumelia

How is the COVID-19...

Posted: Sunday November 22 2020, 9:10 AM
By: @Strumelia

How do I add my new photo...

Posted: Friday November 20 2020, 9:06 PM
By: @Strumelia

Blue Lion Dulcimers why so...

Posted: Wednesday November 18 2020, 10:02 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Bridge and Nut fix question

Posted: Tuesday November 17 2020, 9:54 PM
By: @traildad

What Are You Working On?

Posted: Tuesday November 17 2020, 10:25 AM
By: @Jan Potts

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Monday November 16 2020, 11:01 AM
By: @Susie

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