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

NateBuildsToys
@nate • 6 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on To What Extent Do You Plan Your Builds:
"Grateful for all this really interesting insight. If I'm understanding correctly, once you build jigs for the sides,that determines the size and shape, and..."
WoodswomanWrites
@woodswomanwrites • 10 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @john-petry: WANTED Looking for DVD "Hearts of the Dulcimer"
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 10 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @deborah-on-the-hudson:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Deborah. It's good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 12 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @deborah-on-the-hudson:
"It is so good of you to join us Deborah on the Hudson. Welcome to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. This is a great place to connect, to make friends and..."
Homer Ross
@homer-ross • 13 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on To What Extent Do You Plan Your Builds:
"I learned to build dulcimers from two local builders (one from KY and the other from NC) hands on. Eventually made my own plans and patterns. Made jigs..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 14 hours ago • comments: 6
Liked a music item created by @robin-thompson: On East Mill Street (a work-in-progress)
DavisJames
@davisjames • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @randy-adams: Camptown Races
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Updated a YouTube Video:
Camptown Races
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Camptown Races
jerrytro
@jerrytro • 18 hours ago • comments: 459
Posted a new Comment on @ken-longfield:
"Yes, aware of how McSpadden has all of their craftsmen sign.  Still, it was great to meet Richard when I was there.  I believe he’s in his early 80’s and..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 20 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on To What Extent Do You Plan Your Builds:
"Like John, I started using plans made by others. When I started making reproductions of older dulcimers I made my own plans, patterns, and jigs to make them...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 21 hours ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on @jerrytro:
"Jerry, that is wonderful that you have a few McSpadden dulcimers signed by Richard Stoltze. I am glad to see that you said "signed" rather than "made." As..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 21 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on To What Extent Do You Plan Your Builds:
"I started building by using plans made by others, then drew my own patterns and drawings.  Sometimes the results I get are not quite to-plan, though."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 23 hours ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on @jerrytro:
"Folkcraft made and still makes teardrop dulcimer kits. If Pigeon Forge Strings built instrument from Folkcraft kits (or copied kit parts) who is the..."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Thanks for the support, NATE"
MacAodha
@macaodha • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Midnight Serenade :
"Nice one Randy, words of wisdom."
MacAodha
@macaodha • yesterday • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @randy-adams: Midnight Serenade
NateBuildsToys
@nate • yesterday • comments: 4
Created a new Group discussion "To What Extent Do You Plan Your Builds":
"Hello builders!  Just wondering about y'all's mindset toward planning. Do you operate entirely off plans? Do you build completely off intuition? Or are you..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Really glad to hear you're recovering, John. I'll keep you in my prayers. Hope you're feeling well soon."
jerrytro
@jerrytro • yesterday • comments: 459
Posted a new Comment on @ken-longfield:
"Aside from the fact that I've gotten some very nice instruments (and at pretty good prices too!), I've really enjoyed researching the history of these..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on @jerrytro:
"My, my, you have been busy Jerry. There are a lot of Capritaurus, Folk Roots, Folkcraft, and McSpadden dulcimers popping up lately. I think a lot of folks my..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @randy-adams: Midnight Serenade
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Midnight Serenade :
"Randy, your metronome of a right hand is a wonder to me.  You can do the percussive stuff so well because you're like a good drummer or bass player-- you set..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Midnight Serenade :
"That was great Randy. I really enjoyed what you had to say about all this as well. Makes a whole lotta sense to me. "
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @randy-adams: Midnight Serenade
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new YouTube video:
Midnight Serenade
jerrytro
@jerrytro • 2 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on @jerrytro:
"And... since it's been a long time since I posted, an update on Dulcimer Acquisition Disorder:  I started in November purchasing a 2000 walnut McSpadden on..."
jerrytro
@jerrytro • 2 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on @jerrytro:
"Question:  I think that older teardrop dulcimers made by Folkcraft look remarkably similar to those from Pigeon Forge Strings.  Are they the same..."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"THANKS DUSTY"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"John, I'm so glad you're back home and healing. I hope you're feeling stronger every day and I look forward to hearing more of your music."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"thanks GORDON."
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"John, thank goodness you are back home and on the mend please take good care of yourself and rest well. Pneumonia is nothing to sneeze at!😊"
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"John, I hope you continue to feel better!   Jan, that is so nice you got to meet Cynthia!  I always enjoyed her videos and her participation here. "
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Jan, that is wonderful that you were able to visit Cynthia. On the way there and back you could have visited many more members of FOTMD who are not far off..."
Phil Myers
@phil-myers • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @dulcidom: Throw the Wood Laddie - Orpheus Caledonius (1733)
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @elliot-miller:
"Hi Elliot, 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 • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @lance-frodsham:
"Hi Lance, 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 • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @stephenthegreat:
"Hi Stephen, 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 • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @brippey:
"Hi Brippy, 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,..."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Thanks Ken"
Jan Potts
@jan-potts • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Hey!  Guess what?!  After 4 1/2 years of talking on the phone nearly every day, Cynthia Wigington and I finally got to meet in person and spend a week..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"I'm happy to hear that you are back home. I pray that you recover fully and heal quickly. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"John I'm so glad you are on the mend. That sounds like it was no fun at all. Big hugs to you..."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Thanks John!"
John Petry
@john-petry • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Glad to see you on the mend. Try and rest, seek some sunshine, and the opportunity you have to be "in the garden" where you're never alone.... Shalom"
John Petry
@john-petry • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hammered Dulcimer Forums":
"Sorry for the confusion....I have bought one. At an extremely low price, but it is in Rogers Ar, and I'm in Illinois. My quest is to either have some one..."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Hi Everyone,  A couple of days ago I just got back from a six day stay at the hospital with pneumonia. I am glad to be in rehabilitation now at home. Thanks..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hammered Dulcimer Forums":
"@john-petry , from your wording I'm not quite sure whether you are looking to get a hammered dulcimer, or looking to sell one...?"
John Petry
@john-petry • 4 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players:
"Posted this elsewhere too.... Any one near Rogers Ar wanting a VERY inexpensive hammered dulcimer? Or who could provide help in shipping it for me?"
DavisJames
@davisjames • 4 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a music item created by @robin-thompson: Red Rocking Chair-inspired by Maggie

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Beginner players

Beginner players


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OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players

OLD STYLE Drone & Noter...


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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...
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Technology/Software/Amplifying


to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
Singing with the Dulcimer

Singing with the Dulcimer


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Arranging/composing for Dulcimers

Arranging/composing for...


A group to discuss creating arrangements of songs and...
Little Dulcimers

Little Dulcimers


Do you play an octave, mini, or traveling dulcimer?
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Baritone & Bass Dulcimer...


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fans of Jean Ritchie

fans of Jean Ritchie


A group for those of us who have been inspired by...
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...
Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


Ever wanted to record or post that tune, but you just...
Dulcimer Therapy

Dulcimer Therapy


This group is dedicated to those that visit, or have a...
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...
Challenged Players

Challenged Players


A meeting place for players dealing with disabilities.
Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


Welcome to all who play music using a bow on any type of...
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
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Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts


Howdy ya'll! Come on by for a cup o' joe and jammin....
6 string dulcimers

6 string dulcimers


Owning and playing a 6 string, regardless of tuning, and...
North Carolinians Plus

North Carolinians Plus


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Kentucky Dulcimer Players

Kentucky Dulcimer Players


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West Virginia players

West Virginia players


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Florida Sunshine Dulcimer Group

Florida Sunshine Dulcimer...


Florida Dulcimer Players
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Pacific Northwest Players


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FOTMD on the Road

FOTMD on the Road


Are your traveling, on vacation, on your way to a...
Missouri Dulcimer Players

Missouri Dulcimer Players


for all the Show Me State dulcimer players
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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Louie's Schottische.
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Weary Travelers
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He is all you need
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The Positive Thread...

Posted: Saturday June 15 2024, 5:51 AM
By: @John W. McKinstry

Hammered Dulcimer Forums

Posted: Thursday June 13 2024, 10:02 AM
By: @John Petry

Shifting bridge and nut

Posted: Tuesday June 11 2024, 12:40 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

McCafferty Dulcimer, #687,...

Posted: Tuesday June 11 2024, 12:38 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

McSpadden Ginger Walnut Top...

Posted: Monday June 3 2024, 7:54 PM
By: @fiddlebetsy

Question about a western KY...

Posted: Monday June 3 2024, 1:50 PM
By: @iwbiek

Use Descriptive thread titles

Posted: Sunday June 2 2024, 7:55 PM
By: @Strumelia

Folk Instruments?

Posted: Sunday June 2 2024, 6:53 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

John Jacob Niles

Posted: Sunday June 2 2024, 6:34 PM
By: @Wally Venable

Pete Seeger

Posted: Sunday June 2 2024, 6:17 PM
By: @Jim Yates

instrument question-...

Posted: Sunday June 2 2024, 5:25 PM
By: @LarryBH

Possum Board for McSpadden...

Posted: Saturday May 25 2024, 8:05 PM
By: @Jill Geary

Rest in Peace, Larkin Bryant

Posted: Friday May 24 2024, 10:12 AM
By: @varedschoolhouse

buzzy strings

Posted: Wednesday May 22 2024, 2:21 PM
By: @Dwain Wilder

FOTMD one year anniversary...

Posted: Wednesday May 22 2024, 10:29 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

New Knopf Dulcimers website!

Posted: Tuesday May 21 2024, 7:17 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

How Many Dulcimers Do You...

Posted: Thursday May 16 2024, 2:57 PM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Tenor Guitars

Posted: Wednesday May 15 2024, 9:59 AM
By: @shanonmilan

Try these sites for free tab

Posted: Monday May 13 2024, 11:52 PM
By: @Strumelia

Where should I post TAB

Posted: Monday May 13 2024, 10:16 AM
By: @Strumelia

Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles,...

Posted: Friday May 10 2024, 2:14 AM
By: @Jim Yates

Frame Drums

Posted: Tuesday May 7 2024, 4:55 AM
By: @shanonmilan

Did you purchase one of...

Posted: Monday May 6 2024, 2:34 PM
By: @Strumelia

Cicada symphony.

Posted: Sunday May 5 2024, 9:15 AM
By: @Strumelia

Dulcimer Players News demise

Posted: Saturday May 4 2024, 7:52 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Hindman Boys (and Gal)

Posted: Tuesday April 30 2024, 10:27 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

anchor pin pulled out

Posted: Monday April 29 2024, 8:22 AM
By: @Strumelia

Something to watch

Posted: Wednesday April 24 2024, 9:42 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

PLEASE Click to READ THIS...

Posted: Tuesday April 23 2024, 3:39 PM
By: @Strumelia

Fingering in Place of a Noter

Posted: Tuesday April 23 2024, 6:46 AM
By: @shanonmilan

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