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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

Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @jim-yates: tiple
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @jim-yates: tiple
Jim Yates
@jim-yates • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "tiple":
"https://fotmd.com/jim-yates/gallery/11387/tiple-strings-at-bridge   https://fotmd.com/jim-yates/gallery/11386/tiple-headstock-2"
Jim Yates
@jim-yates • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "tiple":
"I bought a ten string Regal tiple, made in Chicago, at a yard sale a few years back.  I haven't used it much till COVID locked me in and I started taking..."
Jim Yates
@jim-yates • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
TIPLE
Tiple upstairs Tiple headstock 2 tiple strings at bridge
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Dusty -- faulty logic.    *A dulcimer can have 3 to 9 strings, not only 4, so it is not a uke or a member of the violin family *A dulcimer has no neck --..."
Corvus
@corvus • 13 hours ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Term definitions please: chromatic & diatonic:
"Now let's get back on topic. This topic is not about definitions of "dulcimer", it's about definitions of "chromatic and diatonic". and also about capo use."
Corvus
@corvus • 13 hours ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Term definitions please: chromatic & diatonic:
"My definition of dulcimer is the dulcimer image in my profile picture,  and if someone in this topic had a profile image of a dulcimer with all half step..."
Patricia Delich
@patricia-delich • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hearts Of The Dulcimer Podcast In Its 5th Year":
"Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast - Episode 53 Fiddle Tune Stories with Pam Weeks https://dulcimuse.com/podcast If you’re a mountain dulcimer player,..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Logical, but somehow inaccurate. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 20 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Song(s) for retirement":
"I'm glad you all had a nice farewell party for your co-worker, Jost!  Yes, you have time to practice for New Year's Eve.  "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 20 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"This I learned from Ionesco.A dulcimer is an instrument with four strings.  My ukulele is an instrument with four strings; therefore it is a dulcimer. A..."
jost
@jost • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @paula-brawdy: Cedar soundboards
jost
@jost • 21 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a music item created by @dan: Silent Night
jost
@jost • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Song(s) for retirement":
"Well in the end it turned out my musical skills are not enough to learn a new song in such a short time. Since I already can play it on the guitar I took my..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cedar soundboards":
"P.S. I also have a 12-string guitar with a cedar top and it sounds great."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cedar soundboards":
"Hey Paula.  Traditionally, dulcimers were usually made entirely of local hardwoods and there was no difference between the sides, bottom, and the top. A..."
Matt Berg
@matt-berg • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cedar soundboards":
"Depends on to whom you are talking.  I have heard some describe it as a sweet sound and others a bit trebly.  Cedar is  lighter wood than spruce or almost..."
Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Cedar soundboards":
"What is the advantage and disadvantage of cedar soundboards?  I don't see cedar being used much, and am considering a dulcimer with one.  thanks!"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 22 hours ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Term definitions please: chromatic & diatonic:
"Beat me to the question, Ken..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 23 hours ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Term definitions please: chromatic & diatonic:
"Indeed, what Ken said.  "
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • yesterday • comments: 1
Liked a music item created by @dan: Silent Night
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Term definitions please: chromatic & diatonic:
"Corvus, please define "dulcimer" as you understand it.  Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Dan Evans
@dan-evans • yesterday • comments: 1
Posted a new YouTube video:
South Wind
John Gribble
@john-gribble • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @sam-edelston: Spinning Song, on 3-String Piano
John Gribble
John Gribble
@john-gribble • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a music item created by @dan: Silent Night
robert schuler
@robert-schuler • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What Are You Working On?":
"Dusty, I tried Sally on my 1.5 8.5 fret model thinking the minor notes in dad tuning would be a breeze. No such luck. I switched to my pure diatonic model..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Silent Night:
"You've played one of my favorite Christmas songs-- sounds so pretty!  "
Dan
@dan • 2 days ago • comments: 1
http://fotmd.com/dan/uploaded_audio/1142/silent-night
Dan
@dan • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Created a new Audio File:
Silent Night
Dan
@dan • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "SoundCloud issues":
"O.K."
Peter Corser
@peter-corser • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Marche Pour la Ceremonie des Turcs - Mountain Dulcimer!:
"Brilliant. I 've watched that video so many times, but never expected to hear the tune on a dulcimer."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "SoundCloud issues":
"Dan, I'm really sorry, but I'm afraid we will not be able to add new Soundcloud clips anymore for the foreseeable future. Soundcloud has changed the way..."
Dan
@dan • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "SoundCloud issues":
"I can't seem to get the "share" link to work?https://soundcloud.com/dulcimore-dan/silent-night"
Pierre-Yves Donnio
@pierre-yves-donnio • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Anthony Rowley (Frog's Courting Song)
Skip
@skip • 2 days ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Term definitions please: chromatic & diatonic:
"I put this graphic together to help illustrate the MD and its relationship to some basic theory.  Note: I just realized I didn't point out that each note in..."
Corvus
@corvus • 2 days ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Term definitions please: chromatic & diatonic:
"To clear up one matter mentioned in a reply. If a dulcimer has a chromatic fretboard then it's definitely a dulcimer. A very, very tiny number of folks have..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Anthony Rowley (Frog's Courting Song)
Peter Corser
@peter-corser • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Anthony Rowley (Frog's Courting Song):
"Thanks Mark, a cheery start to the week!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What Are You Working On?":
"Sally is a tough one to get on diatonic fretboard. It's a haunting melody, though. Some years ago I learned a version arranged by Steve Eulberg.  He uses a..."
robert schuler
@robert-schuler • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What Are You Working On?":
"Sally in the Garden, I wanted a tune to add to my list of tunes for playing on banjo in double C tuning. I've been playing Sally for the last week. It is a..."
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 3 days ago • comments: 1
Updated a YouTube Video:
Anthony Rowley (Frog's Courting Song)
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 3 days ago • comments: 1
Posted a new YouTube video:
Anthony Rowley (Frog's Courting Song)
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Dulcimer Works, Santa Monica CA, about 1969":
"If I weren't reducing the number of instruments here at my house, I'd be thinking hard on this.  It sure is a pretty instrument!"
dplake
@dplake • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Dulcimer Works, Santa Monica CA, about 1969":
"This is a lovely Dulcimer and I’d like to see it go to a good home. Downsizing and moving cross country so it has to go. Reducing price to $250. plus..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Jaromin dulcimer kit from Annalisa's Crafts":
"Would love a picture or three for my files, Wally.  Thanx in advance."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Jaromin dulcimer kit from Annalisa's Crafts":
">>> Did your wife get her dulcimer kit constructed? Yes. It looks great, and I have lots of pictures for an article I will write. What I don't have..."
Pierre-Yves Donnio
@pierre-yves-donnio • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a music item created by @robin-thompson: The Spring at Iron Point Cemetery
Pierre-Yves Donnio

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tiple

Posted: Wednesday October 27 2021, 9:13 AM
By: @Jim Yates

The Drifting Thread...

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Song(s) for retirement

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Cedar soundboards

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What Are You Working On?

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SoundCloud issues

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