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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 • 8 hours ago • comments: 31
Posted a new Comment on Source of Non-Fancy Noters in Different Hardwood Choices:
"I'm wondering if a round noter with the upper side removed giving it a flat side to press against would help. I want to buy some dowels from dowels on demand..."
Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner • 9 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Pigtown Fling - by Leo Kretzner w the Old Grey Cats...:
"Thank you both. so how many jazz bass players?  1  b3  3  5  b7 ... Alas, even in SoCal, the weather for outdoor playing gets quite iffy for the next couple..."
Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner • 9 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring: :
"Thank you, Robin. "
Leo Kretzner
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 12 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Musical Advent Calendar (Online):
"If it's half as fun as last year, it will be a blast!  Thanks for all you do for the dulcimer community, Ariane."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 12 hours ago • comments: 31
Posted a new Comment on Source of Non-Fancy Noters in Different Hardwood Choices:
"A few side points: Whenever i am out of practice for a long time, my hand and fingers holding the noter both hurt and get numb when i start playing again...."
John Gribble
@john-gribble • 13 hours ago • comments: 4
Liked a music item created by @traildad: Wildwood Flower
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 17 hours ago • comments: 31
Posted a new Comment on Source of Non-Fancy Noters in Different Hardwood Choices:
"@traildad, that looks good.  Round noters put too much pressure in too small a point in my thumb (I use a thumb on top noter hold) and your problem may be..."
Ariane
@ariane • 17 hours ago • comments: 1
Ariane
@ariane • 17 hours ago • comments: 1
Created a new Event:
Musical Advent Calendar (Online)
Mibirdsong
@mibirdsong • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New Mt. Dulcimer modern style":
"I believe it to be full size.  I’m not a dulcimer player so don’t know fully the difference.  The instrument is 35” long including strap button.  The frett..."
Leny-Sue
@leny-sue • 18 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New Mt. Dulcimer modern style":
"Mibirdsong: I bought this dulcimer thinking a would play again...but I don’t believe I will so would like to resell it.  It is new has not been used.  I do..."
traildad
@traildad • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Old Joe Clark:
"Thanks. DAd"
IRENE
@irene • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Old Joe Clark:
"A song that's taught at festivals and you're doing great....what are the strings tuned to?  aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • yesterday • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @gregg-schneeman: "Mc PHEARSON'S LAMENT" - Hummel
IRENE
@irene • yesterday • comments: 4
Liked a music item created by @traildad: Wildwood Flower
adulcinate
@adulcinate • yesterday • comments: 4
Liked a music item created by @traildad: Wildwood Flower
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • yesterday • comments: 0
Updated a YouTube Video:
Old Billy Hell
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Old Billy Hell
Don Grundy
@don-grundy • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Wildwood Flower:
"Bravo!  That's great!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on "Mc PHEARSON'S LAMENT" - Hummel:
"I'm glad to have found this, Gregg.  I decided to learn this tune today and searched to see if there were any versions I could pilfer from. Nice playing,..."
Leny-Sue
@leny-sue • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Liked a music item created by @traildad: Wildwood Flower
Gary Major
@gary-major • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Wildwood Flower:
"Well you are certainly doing great. Rythym and timing are perfect. It is good to hear ouself play and we can get that encouragement we need.Thanks for..."
Gary Major
@gary-major • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Old Joe Clark:
"Bravo...Very good"
traildad
@traildad • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Wildwood Flower:
"Thanks. I have to say I am happy with how it turned out. I spent some time a few years ago trying to learn to play the piano. I lost a lot of interest when I..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Wildwood Flower:
"Even if that were the 100th tune you learned, it would be darn good!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Old Joe Clark:
"Sounding good!"
traildad
@traildad • 2 days ago • comments: 31
Posted a new Comment on Source of Non-Fancy Noters in Different Hardwood Choices:
"Since I don’t have what I need at the moment to try different sizes or shapes I decided to rig up an experiment with what I have. I took one of the “handles”..."
traildad
@traildad • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Created a new Audio File:
Old Joe Clark
traildad
@traildad • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Created a new Audio File:
Wildwood Flower
IRENE
@irene • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a photos item created by @john-henry: Dursley,Eng.
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a photos item created by @john-henry: Dursley,Eng.
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New Dulcimore Stand":
"That's pretty cool!  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Little Cities of Black Diamonds virtual fest":
"We're happy you folks liked the video!  As you likely noticed, we were not playing music from the 1920's (as was indicated in some of the information..."
dulcinina
@dulcinina • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Little Cities of Black Diamonds virtual fest":
"How nice that you and Mark were asked to be part of the festivl.  The music and settings were so very nice.  Well done. Dulcinina"
IRENE
@irene • 3 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a photos item created by @leo-kretzner: f holes by steve smith phila pa d68
dulcinina
@dulcinina • 3 days ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on O’Carolan’s Draught :
"Well done, Old Grey Cats.  I'm taking an O'Carolan workshop right now but this tune is not part of the repertoire so far.  I couldn't play that fast anyway...."
Alan Thompson
@alan-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Wide World Mtn Dulc Var, Ch 4: Soundholes! Pg C:
"Those are good looking sound holes and I think they would work well I will try that shape on my next build if you don't mind . I visited a  nyckleharper..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Wide World Mtn Dulc Var, Ch 4: Soundholes! Pg C:
"Neat. Someone posted an analysis on here recently talking about how soundholes that are long and narrow are the loudest. Maybe these long narrow soundholes..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on The Kesh Jig - by Leo Kretzner w the Old Grey Cats:
"Complete with a Bodhrán! very cool!"
IRENE
@irene • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @leo-kretzner: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring:
Kevin R.
@kevin-r • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @leo-kretzner: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring:
Kevin R.
@kevin-r • 3 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @leo-kretzner: O’Carolan’s Draught
Kevin R.
@kevin-r • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @leo-kretzner: The Kesh Jig - by Leo Kretzner w the Old Grey Cats
Kevin R.
@kevin-r • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Little Cities of Black Diamonds virtual fest":
"Absolutely loved the video Robin. Very nice!"
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Little Cities of Black Diamonds virtual fest":
"Thank you, @dusty-turtle.  The cemetery at which we played the lullaby is a place we have visited often, taking walks there the past many weeks.  It's a good..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Little Cities of Black Diamonds virtual fest":
"I'm mesmerized by your sensitive playing, Robin.  So subtle and precise. And I love how each tune was filmed in a different local spot.  I'm really taken by..."
marg
@marg • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "GigBook & a pedal":
"Question on GigBook & a pedal to flip the pages: (3 years ago GigBook provided 6 updates in one year. They have not done any since. Seems GigBook..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 4 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring: :
"Leo, this is outstanding!  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 4 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @leo-kretzner: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring:

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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...
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...
Dulcimer Therapy

Dulcimer Therapy


This group is dedicated to those that visit, or have a...
Little Dulcimers

Little Dulcimers


Do you play an octave, mini, or traveling dulcimer?
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...
UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

UK and European Mountain...


A group which hopefully allows players/makers in this...
Baritone Dulcimer Players

Baritone Dulcimer Players


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks

Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks


Regardless of what name you favor, this group is a...
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...
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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Latest Audio

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Old Joe Clark
Wildwood Flower
Wayfaring Stranger
The Unclouded Day
A Killing Frost, a WIP
Till
Mississippi Sawyer
One Wife is Enough for Me
George Brabazon (1st Air)
Let Your Little Light- in memory of Patty
Coleman's March
Mule Tracks (Ratliff)
Grandfather's Clock
Simple Gifts Number 6 20
Shenandoah- on mountain dulcimer and guitar
The Blackest Crow
Elk River Blues
Blow the Candles Out
East Virginia
Don Oiche Ud Im Beithil
Bonny Sweet Robin.
Flow Gently, Sweet Afton
Sally Goodin II
The Girl I Left Behind Me
Ebenezer
Old Molly Hare
Jenny Lind Polka
Redwing
Kitchen Girl
Johnson Boys

Coming Events   All

Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (in Cal & ONLINE!!)

Berkeley Dulcimer...


Fri May 14 2021

Latest gallery Photos   All

unicorns by Linda Foley, Lost Valley D's, Apr'82 (d25).jpg
unicorn s holes, by Eddie Damm  Apr'81 (d87).jpg
fish s holes, by Pete Kappes (d94).jpg
duck sound holes, Jul'82, unknown (d98).jpg
dog head s holes, by Pete Kappes, May'82 (d93).jpg
butterfly holes, detail, Holly W-U.jpg
'wheat' sound holes, no other notes.jpg
f-holes and hearts, 8 string by DavidField, Glassboro NJ.jpg
heart f-hole sort of, by AlanDarveaux.jpg
f-style, maybe d14 by Bill Davis.jpg
f-holes, by Steve Smith, Phila PA (d68).jpg
f holes w mottled top, by RevMaxGilmore....jpg
Her backside.jpg
Go-to Practice Location.jpg
Ron Ewing Dulcimer.jpg
heart f-holes, by James A Tranthum, Canton NC.jpg
heart-embellished f-holes Romey Pittman.jpg
trailing hearts, by Bill Keay, ElkNeckD's, ElkNck, MD.jpg

Latest Forum Posts   All

New Mt. Dulcimer modern style

Posted: Friday October 23 2020, 7:58 AM
By: @Mibirdsong

New Dulcimore Stand

Posted: Wednesday October 21 2020, 9:59 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Little Cities of Black...

Posted: Wednesday October 21 2020, 9:53 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

GigBook & a pedal

Posted: Tuesday October 20 2020, 12:35 PM
By: @marg

Nylon-string dulcimer for...

Posted: Monday October 19 2020, 6:36 PM
By: @Jill Geary

The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Sunday October 18 2020, 10:34 AM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

Early CapriTaurus Dulcimer

Posted: Saturday October 17 2020, 11:29 PM
By: @IRENE

Tim Eriksen playing MD and...

Posted: Saturday October 17 2020, 9:35 AM
By: @Strumelia

Photo size uploading issues...

Posted: Saturday October 17 2020, 3:22 AM
By: @Kevin63

The Mountain Minor movie

Posted: Friday October 16 2020, 7:59 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

What Are You Working On?

Posted: Thursday October 15 2020, 6:46 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

I Voted

Posted: Thursday October 15 2020, 4:16 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Wanted: Jethro Amburgey...

Posted: Thursday October 15 2020, 9:46 AM
By: @Mandolorian1971

Dulcimer repair question

Posted: Wednesday October 14 2020, 8:12 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Looking for "Walkabout"...

Posted: Tuesday October 13 2020, 3:32 PM
By: @Strumelia

Ron Gibson Teardrop For Sale

Posted: Tuesday October 13 2020, 3:04 PM
By: @dplake

I lost it?

Posted: Tuesday October 13 2020, 12:07 PM
By: @Don Grundy

How is the COVID-19...

Posted: Tuesday October 13 2020, 9:10 AM
By: @Strumelia

A W Jeffreys Jr.

Posted: Tuesday October 13 2020, 8:26 AM
By: @Dave D

Heard of "The Left Hand...

Posted: Monday October 12 2020, 5:11 PM
By: @Steve Mellott

All Dulcimer Blues Jam...

Posted: Saturday October 10 2020, 2:09 PM
By: @Steve Eulberg

Digging into the Peat...

Posted: Saturday October 10 2020, 2:08 PM
By: @Steve Eulberg

Updated website for Knopf...

Posted: Thursday October 8 2020, 7:02 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

New Dulcimer Day: McSpadden...

Posted: Thursday October 8 2020, 6:52 AM
By: @Susie

"Shoat" Hogfiddle for sale

Posted: Wednesday October 7 2020, 3:22 PM
By: @Kevin R.

I ordered my own dulcimer

Posted: Tuesday October 6 2020, 10:36 PM
By: @traildad

I am a study in inconsistancy

Posted: Monday October 5 2020, 9:45 PM
By: @Leo Kretzner

How do I know what key I'm in?

Posted: Monday October 5 2020, 1:28 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Dulcimer-Friendly Advent...

Posted: Monday October 5 2020, 12:02 AM
By: @Steve Eulberg

What is “My Posts”

Posted: Sunday October 4 2020, 6:59 PM
By: @traildad

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