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 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

Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 7 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @bruno-topete:
"Hi Bruno, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer,..."
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 7 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on @frogman:
"Hi Frogman, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the..."
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 7 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @maggie-d:
"Hi Maggie, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer,..."
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 7 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @moon:
"Hi Moon, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer,..."
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 7 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @tab:
"Hi Tab, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer,..."
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 7 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Hector the Hero on Mountain Dulcimer:
"I have not heard this before that I can remember, but I am so glad you shared it!  Your playing and the sound of your dulcimer were a winning combination!..."
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 7 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @dulcbybuck:
"Hi Buck, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer,..."
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 7 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @mary-gabriola:
"Hi Mary, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulciimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer,..."
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 7 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @mo-lee:
"Hi Mo, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer, and..."
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 7 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @tracy-hiller:
"Hi Tracy, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer,..."
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 7 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @rimrock:
"Hi Rimrock, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the..."
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 8 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @holly-schimmelpfennig:
"Hi Holly,  and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer,..."
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 8 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @rita:
"Hi Rita, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer,..."
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 8 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Just a Closer Walk With Thee:
"John, what a beautiful heartfelt rendition of this wonderful hymn!  The timing of your recording is perfect, and the Safe Harbor painting was absolutely the..."
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 11 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @rita:
"Welcome Rita to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. So glad you joined. There is a lot of knowledge and experience among the members here. As well as the..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "International Appalachian Dulcimer Day":
"Today, it's the first Saturday in March.  The last Saturday in March will be International Appalachian Dulcimer Day.  "
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 14 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Just a Closer Walk With Thee:
"Thanks Ken for the comment on the painting. I did this acrylic painting in 2021.  I call it: "Safe Harbor".  I thought it would fit in well with the words of..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 14 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Just a Closer Walk With Thee:
"Thank for this lovely rendition of Just A Closer Walk With Thee. I really enjoy the hymns you play and sing. That's a beautiful painting at the end of the..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 14 hours ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: Just a Closer Walk With Thee
Jergen
@jergen • 16 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Just a Closer Walk With Thee:
"I only knew this tune played by brass bands, since i never heard it on a dulcimer, thank you for sharing the closer walk with us, it gave my some new..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 16 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @rita:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Rita. If you have questions, we have answers even if we hav to make them up (just kidding about the making up part). We have many..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 20 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Hector the Hero on Mountain Dulcimer:
"Beautifully played!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 20 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @j-andy-crandall: Hector the Hero on Mountain Dulcimer
John Petry
@john-petry • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Early Original Hand Carved by William Bill Berg":
"Price drop to 495.....free shipping"
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Vintage dulcimer information sought ":
"Looking at the picture of the head which shows the pegs, I would say they were installed poorly and the strings are incorrectly installed, both in terms of..."
shanonmilan
@shanonmilan • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What Are You Working On?":
"Using geared violin tuners like Wittners might be worth considering for your violin, especially if you prefer not to widen the peg holes. Keeping the Sam..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: March:
"Rosa Hicks holding that little dulcimer and the story accompanying the photo are touching.  "
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Vintage dulcimer information sought ":
"Art S: Thanks for the input Nate. The bridge is actually set into the fretboard in the traditional way. It looks like it has feet because it is wider than..."
Art S
@art-s • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Vintage dulcimer information sought ":
"Thanks for the input Nate. The bridge is actually set into the fretboard in the traditional way. It looks like it has feet because it is wider than  the..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Vintage dulcimer information sought ":
"That is a really nice looking dulcimer Art.I believe the little feet on the sides of the bridge are to brace it to keep it from slipping to either side from..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Vintage dulcimer information sought ":
"Art, it looks like the tuning pegs are traditional violin pegs. When tuning you need to push the pegs in to the peg box as you turn them. They stay in place..."
David Bennett
@david-bennett • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a group discussions item created by @robin-thompson: David Schnaufer on a Galax
David Bennett
@david-bennett • 3 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: March:
"bump Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: March..."
Phil Myers
@phil-myers • 3 days ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: Just a Closer Walk With Thee
Art S
@art-s • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Vintage dulcimer information sought ":
"You are right Ken. That was one of the things I wondered about.  My major question right now is the spacing of the strings. The spacer behind the bridge and..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 3 days ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: Just a Closer Walk With Thee
marg
@marg • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Vintage dulcimer information sought ":
"very nice"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 3 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Just a Closer Walk With Thee:
"Such a gentle, soothing version of one of my favorite old tunes.  Thanks, John. Interesting how the song became a jazz standard, too.  Not the fate most..."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 3 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new YouTube video:
Just a Closer Walk With Thee
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on In The Shop:
"It's looking good Jim. I can't wait to see it finished and hear it played. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Vintage dulcimer information sought ":
"I agree with John. Nice find. I suspect you will ask about the cracks in the back. Those can be fixed easily with some CA glue or wood glue and clamping...."
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @j-andy-crandall: Hector the Hero on Mountain Dulcimer
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Vintage dulcimer information sought ":
"That would work out to just about $95 in the US!  Talk about CHEAP!  You got a great value there, Art!  And an interesting piece of musical folk art.  I'm..."
Art S
@art-s • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Vintage dulcimer information sought ":
"Hi again. I now have the instrument. I have roughly tuned it using the existing strings and it sounds wonderfull.It has a 27" vsl. The black bar is indeed..."
Jim Dickens
@jim-dickens • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Hector the Hero on Mountain Dulcimer:
"I really enjoyed this. Thank you for sharing. It has an outdoorsy feel… maybe I’ll go camping soon and play it again."
Jim Dickens
@jim-dickens • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @j-andy-crandall: Hector the Hero on Mountain Dulcimer
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Broken link in email":
"Dusty is correct on all this. Traildad, you say you received an emailed notification for a topic you were following. Then, you clicked the link in that email..."
Jim Phillips
Phil Myers
Phil Myers
@phil-myers • 4 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @j-andy-crandall: Hector the Hero on Mountain Dulcimer

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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.
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.
Rockin' in the Free World

Rockin' in the Free World


A group for those of you who like to play music not...
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...
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...
Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


A place to share about 4-equidistant string playing, how...
Help Me Learn this Song

Help Me Learn this Song


Need help learning to play a particular song? Let another...
I have extra frets.....

I have extra frets.....


This group is for those who have a 1 1/2 fret, an 8 1/2...
Dulcimer Therapy

Dulcimer Therapy


This group is dedicated to those that visit, or have a...
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,...
Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


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

Dulcimer teachers


Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?
Dulcimer Ancestors

Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks

Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks


Regardless of what name you favor, this group is a...
UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

UK and European Mountain...


A group which hopefully allows players/makers in this...
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!
Galax Dulcimer Lovers

Galax Dulcimer Lovers


Just a group to discuss all things Galax Dulcimer. Tips...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video...
GIG TALK!

GIG TALK!


Do you play gigs? Tell us about your good and not-so-good...
Civil War era music

Civil War era music


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

Challenged Players


A meeting place for players dealing with disabilities.
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...
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
6 string dulcimers

6 string dulcimers


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


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He is all you need
Sleep Tight
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In Knee-Deep Snow
Ghost Riders
Over the River
Meillionen
Awn i Fethlem (a Welsh Christmas carol)
Si hei lwli
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Myfanwy
Reel de St.Martin.
Y Delyn Aur
Tŷ a Gardd
Paid â Deud (Don't tell)
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Zion Ridge
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International Appalachian...

Posted: Saturday March 2 2024, 6:50 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Dulcimer Early Original...

Posted: Friday March 1 2024, 1:58 PM
By: @John Petry

Vintage dulcimer...

Posted: Friday March 1 2024, 9:10 AM
By: @Wally Venable

What Are You Working On?

Posted: Friday March 1 2024, 2:25 AM
By: @shanonmilan

Broken link in email

Posted: Wednesday February 28 2024, 8:00 PM
By: @Strumelia

John Molineux box dulcimer

Posted: Tuesday February 27 2024, 3:27 PM
By: @Wally Venable

Birdseye Maple

Posted: Tuesday February 27 2024, 8:45 AM
By: @marg

Just For Fun - sayings...

Posted: Thursday February 22 2024, 3:55 AM
By: @shanonmilan

My 40 year old box of...

Posted: Wednesday February 21 2024, 12:07 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Peardrop Style Lap Dulcimer...

Posted: Monday February 19 2024, 10:30 PM
By: @Jim Phillips

Bodhran (Irish Drum)

Posted: Sunday February 18 2024, 8:49 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Intonation Problems

Posted: Friday February 16 2024, 4:00 AM
By: @shanonmilan

Ergonomics and Wrist Strain

Posted: Friday February 16 2024, 12:08 AM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Is there an option to order...

Posted: Thursday February 15 2024, 8:25 AM
By: @nicolas_fr

to get chromatic or not

Posted: Wednesday February 14 2024, 2:25 AM
By: @shanonmilan

Dulcimer Bag Lady Dulcimer...

Posted: Monday February 12 2024, 5:10 AM
By: @Susie

general instrument question

Posted: Sunday February 11 2024, 4:25 PM
By: @Strumelia

The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Friday February 9 2024, 8:03 PM
By: @Wildcat

Richard Krueger Psaltery

Posted: Thursday February 8 2024, 7:31 PM
By: @motormike

How precisely do you tune up?

Posted: Thursday February 8 2024, 1:22 PM
By: @Strumelia

Reasons NOT To Get a Chromatic

Posted: Wednesday February 7 2024, 9:55 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

New instruments that I have...

Posted: Wednesday February 7 2024, 1:03 PM
By: @itsmedant

Any banjo players out there?

Posted: Tuesday February 6 2024, 3:13 PM
By: @motormike

1970 M12R Signed by L....

Posted: Sunday February 4 2024, 1:55 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

I bought a Sunhearth!

Posted: Monday January 29 2024, 3:43 AM
By: @shanonmilan

John Stockard dulcimer...

Posted: Sunday January 28 2024, 8:33 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

beginner strumming

Posted: Friday January 26 2024, 11:03 AM
By: @Wildcat

Conversations with Mountain...

Posted: Thursday January 25 2024, 6:06 AM
By: @Redmando

Moment with the Master,...

Posted: Wednesday January 24 2024, 7:49 PM
By: @Wildcat

Looking for tabs/books...

Posted: Wednesday January 24 2024, 7:44 PM
By: @Wildcat

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