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

Belinda Link
@belinda • 3 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New McSpadden Flatwater Dulcimers":
"Thanks so much, @dusty-turtle ! I really love my Flatwater!   "
Dan
@dan • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Warren May Maple Dulcimer":
"Warren makes fine instruments, chorded or noted. Yes his scale is proprietary as is most modern makers but I've heard many of his pieces over the years and..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Warren May Maple Dulcimer":
"I've heard some professional players suggest that maple instruments have more sustain than other common woods.  I can't vouch for that myself.  To be honest,..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new Group discussion "D. Schnaufer finger picking an old TMB":
"This video is from George Pickow's channel on YouTube.  "
Box Dulcimers
Bing Futch
@bing-futch • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Dulcimerica with Bing Futch - Episode 533
Bing Futch
@bing-futch • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Dulcimerica with Bing Futch - Episode 532
Bing Futch
@bing-futch • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Dulcimerica with Bing Futch - Episode 531
JDH54
@jdh54 • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Warren May Maple Dulcimer":
"Thanks to @strumelia and @John-Gribble  for getting this to a better forum and specific comment on scale!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @jdh54: Warren May Maple Dulcimer
Strumelia
@strumelia • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Warren May Maple Dulcimer":
"Hi- I transferred this discussion to our forum about specific luthiers and instruments, since it's not really a discussion about beginning to play...."
Pete Babacheck
@pete-babacheck • yesterday • comments: 4
Liked a group discussions item created by @connorc: How thick are a nickel and a dime? Action height question.
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • yesterday • comments: 70
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"I have a Warren May built in mid to late 90's as best I have been able to determine. There is no date on my label.I have enjoyed mine with it tuned Gdd for..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (ONLINE!):
"The early bird price for the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering expires on the 24th, so what are you waiting for?  Instruction on both MD and HD, a big jam..."
JDH54
@jdh54 • yesterday • comments: 70
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"Hello All:  I am giving some considertion about a Warren May built in approx. 1996.  Appears to be (and seller info says) curly maple top and back.  Will..."
Wendell G
@wendell-g • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New McSpadden Flatwater Dulcimers":
"Hi Lynn, Dusty is right, you can’t specify the woods and while there are some visual differences (check out the Facebook page for The Dulcimer Shoppe) that..."
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • yesterday • comments: 2
Liked a soundcloud item created by @bing-futch: The Girl and the Book
ADKzookeeper
@adkzookeeper • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New McSpadden Flatwater Dulcimers":
"Thank you for the detailed feedback, Wendell and Dusty T. They do not have any in stock........they sell out fast! I’m going to call this week and order one...."
jost
@jost • yesterday • comments: 3
Liked a group discussions item created by @robin-thompson: Jon Pickow & Joellen Lapidus on Killy Kranky
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New McSpadden Flatwater Dulcimers":
"My understanding is that the Flatwater models are indeed made from fine tonewoods, but you can't specify the wood when you order one.  They put the..."
Bing Futch
@bing-futch • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Khorovod:
"Robin Thompson: The mood this music sets is subdued-- I like it a lot!   Thank you!"
Bing Futch
@bing-futch • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on The Girl and the Book:
"Robin Thompson: A really dream-like quality to this.  As always, well done.   Many thanks, Robin!  I rarely re-record my old tunes, but this one..."
Bing Futch
@bing-futch • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Undertow:
"Robin Thompson: Powerful. Thanks, Robin!"
Wendell G
@wendell-g • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New McSpadden Flatwater Dulcimers":
"Hi there, I got one of the very first Flatwater dulcimers that were made for Christmas from my wonderful wife. In fact, I by chance got the one that is..."
Bing Futch
@bing-futch • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimerica with Bing Futch - Episode 530:
"John Astor: Such great music and so very talented! I play chromatic dulcimer myself and can appreciate your ability and energy. Sending lots of good vibes..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on bowed zither (pocket cello) in 'live' setting:
"This pocket cello fits right in!  Sounds lovely.  "
John Astor
@john-astor • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimerica with Bing Futch - Episode 530:
"Such great music and so very talented! I play chromatic dulcimer myself and can appreciate your ability and energy. Sending lots of good vibes your way...."
B. Ross Ashley
@b-ross-ashley • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"Strumelia: Good for you @Dan !  I'm currently working on a very large patent drawing job (that's what I do for a living) that consists of drawing a..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on bowed zither (pocket cello) in 'live' setting:
"There's always room for cello."
Kusani
@kusani • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"Dusty, we are in the same situation. We had our first 'in house' company' last night.  All had their shots and we had a great time.  It is good being able to..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Zion Ridge:
"@gordon-hardy, thank you.  This Zion Ridge is in rural SE Ohio and it is a pretty area.  In one of life's strange coincidences, we found this family..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Jean's Black Waters performed at a house concert:
"The version from George Pickow's YouTube channel: "
luthier65
@luthier65 • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "A. W. Jeffreys dulcimer for sale":
"AW Jeffreys, jr dulcimer in excellent condition, with interesting home-made case for sale.  $275+shipping"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"Congratulations to all those folks getting vaccinated.  By early May everyone in my household will have gotten their second dose, and my folks are already..."
jost
@jost • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a group discussions item created by @robin-thompson: bowed zither (pocket cello) in 'live' setting
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Zion Ridge:
"Well done Mark and Robin!!"
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Created a new Group discussion "bowed zither (pocket cello) in 'live' setting":
"This is YT's Master of Drones in a live setting with harp and oboe.  Lovely.?fbclid=IwAR1HgCeZEEk6Sjom9ERVpxw1xvbjuOm_GSd1Vrkbi7DxqO2BmKOO1NYBqIs"
Rosin the Bow!
jost
@jost • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Liked a soundcloud item created by @robin-thompson: Zion Ridge
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Zion Ridge:
"Thanks, @dan!   I saw where you got your second Moderna-- have fun when you get to see your grandkids!  "
A.c.N.
@acn • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Schottish from Grästorp
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"Good for you @Dan !  I'm currently working on a very large patent drawing job (that's what I do for a living) that consists of drawing a million biotech..."
Dan
@dan • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @ken-hulme: 2021 Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering Details
Dan
@dan • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"I got my second shot of Moderna today, no side effects on this one or the first......looking forward to seeing the grand babies now!"
Dan
@dan • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Zion Ridge:
"Bravo!"
Dan
@dan • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Liked a soundcloud item created by @robin-thompson: Zion Ridge
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Liked a soundcloud item created by @robin-thompson: Zion Ridge
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Jean's Black Waters performed at a house concert:
"@gordon-hardy My heart is with you.  I live in old coal country here in SE Ohio (Jean sang of Perry County KY and I live in Perry County OH) and our waters..."
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a soundcloud item created by @bing-futch: Undertow
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Jean's Black Waters performed at a house concert:
"This song is especially poignant to me at this time. In our beautiful province of Alberta, Canada; the present provincial government wants to remove a 40..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"@lisavb Yay!  Our side effects were minimal after our first Moderna; after the second inoculation we felt badly, beginning about 12 hours after getting the..."
LisavB
@lisavb • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"BF got Pfizer #1 on Tuesday, and I got Pfizer #1 yesterday afternoon.  All he got was some local soreness at the vax site for a couple of days.  My arm is..."

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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...
Singing with the Dulcimer

Singing with the Dulcimer


Here's a group for those of us who are interested in...
Technology/Software/Amplifying

Technology/Software/Amplifying


to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
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...
Baritone Dulcimer Players

Baritone Dulcimer Players


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...
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...
Box Dulcimers

Box Dulcimers


A group for those who play, make, or admire all types...
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...
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...
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!...
Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players

Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


For those who live in Arkansas and love playing the...
AussieTalk!

AussieTalk!


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Site Moderators Group


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Latest Forum Posts   All

New McSpadden Flatwater...

Posted: Monday April 19 2021, 7:31 PM
By: @Belinda Link

Warren May Maple Dulcimer

Posted: Monday April 19 2021, 3:00 PM
By: @Dan

How is the COVID-19...

Posted: Sunday April 18 2021, 1:17 AM
By: @B. Ross Ashley

A. W. Jeffreys dulcimer for...

Posted: Saturday April 17 2021, 4:45 PM
By: @luthier65

An Interesting News Story...

Posted: Thursday April 15 2021, 8:15 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

2021 Berea Traditional...

Posted: Wednesday April 14 2021, 11:42 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Tuesday April 13 2021, 7:24 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

How Many Dulcimers Do You...

Posted: Tuesday April 13 2021, 7:57 AM
By: @ghcstr

Mountain Dulcimer...

Posted: Monday April 12 2021, 2:33 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

DulciBro Playing Resonator...

Posted: Sunday April 11 2021, 11:57 AM
By: @Steve Eulberg

Online Masterclass - 4/30/21

Posted: Friday April 9 2021, 1:46 PM
By: @Bing Futch

For sale: Prichard copy...

Posted: Thursday April 8 2021, 7:59 PM
By: @Richard Streib

Indoor House Plants

Posted: Thursday April 8 2021, 7:46 AM
By: @Strumelia

McSpadden Ginger Like New...

Posted: Thursday April 8 2021, 1:13 AM
By: @Jill Geary

How many tunings

Posted: Wednesday April 7 2021, 9:41 PM
By: @marg

Things to do with Prichard...

Posted: Sunday April 4 2021, 1:03 PM
By: @Clockdr

Bonnie Carol

Posted: Saturday April 3 2021, 6:54 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Lego Microtonal Guitar

Posted: Friday April 2 2021, 12:47 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

music and the pleasure...

Posted: Wednesday March 31 2021, 10:12 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Tuesday March 30 2021, 7:27 AM
By: @Strumelia

Show us your sound holes!

Posted: Monday March 29 2021, 8:37 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Any banjo players out there?

Posted: Monday March 29 2021, 6:52 AM
By: @Mary Z. Cox

Virtual Festivals--what's...

Posted: Sunday March 28 2021, 1:22 AM
By: @ocean-daughter

The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Saturday March 27 2021, 5:53 PM
By: @Strumelia

John Maxwell Dulcimer

Posted: Saturday March 27 2021, 1:00 PM
By: @patrick gietzen

Help finding Keith Young...

Posted: Friday March 26 2021, 10:45 PM
By: @Dave D

Nylon strings on a steel...

Posted: Friday March 26 2021, 9:01 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

FOTMD needs your support

Posted: Friday March 26 2021, 7:28 AM
By: @Richard Streib

Ron Ewing dulcimer thoughts?

Posted: Friday March 26 2021, 2:48 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

McSpadden v. Folkcraft?

Posted: Thursday March 25 2021, 9:49 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

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