Welcome to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer!

Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer is the most active and extensive online site for Appalachian Mountain Dulcimers and players on the internet today. 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.
   So 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

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Join a Group!   All

Beginner players

Beginner players


Are you a brand new player? Join this group and ask all...
Dulcimer Making

Dulcimer Making


A group for those making dulcimers or interested in...
OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players

OLD STYLE Drone & Noter...


If you are an avid fan of the older traditional mountain...
Hymn and Worship Song Players

Hymn and Worship Song Players


a place to share the hymns and worship songs we are playing.
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 this...
Rockin' in the Free World

Rockin' in the Free World


A group for those of you who like to play music not...
Traditional Irish music & Song

Traditional Irish music & Song


The playing of Traditional Irish music and Song on...
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.
fans of Jean Ritchie

fans of Jean Ritchie


A group for those of us who have been inspired by...
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...
Dulcimer teachers

Dulcimer teachers


Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?
Arranging for Dulcimers

Arranging for Dulcimers


A group to discuss creating arrangements of songs for...
Singing with the Dulcimer

Singing with the Dulcimer


Here's a group for those of us who are interested in...
Dulcimer Therapy

Dulcimer Therapy


This group is dedicated to those that visit, or have a...
Mountain Dulcimer History

Mountain Dulcimer History


Share historical information on the history and...
Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


Recording dulcimers, vocals and other instruments in the...
Help Me Learn this Song

Help Me Learn this Song


Need help learning to play a particular song? Let...
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...
Little Dulcimers

Little Dulcimers


Do you play an octave, mini, or traveling dulcimer?
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


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

GIG TALK!


Do you play gigs? Tell us about your good and not-so-good...
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...
Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


A place to share about 4-equidistant string playing, how...
Civil War era music

Civil War era music


For discussing music that was played around the time of...
Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness

Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


A group for private sharing and support, whether you are...
Box Dulcimers

Box Dulcimers


A group for those who play, make, or admire all types of...
Deep South Dulcimer Players

Deep South Dulcimer Players


For anyone who lives in or loves the Deep South (MS, LA,...
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...
Early & Classical Music

Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer players

NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer...


For those of us who live in the northeastern United States.
The Bass Dulcimer

The Bass Dulcimer


This group is for anyone interested in sharing tips and...
Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


Welcome to all who play music using a bow on any type of...
Chromatic Dulcimers

Chromatic Dulcimers


For players who enjoy playing dulcimers with ALL the frets!
plugging in

plugging in


to share info on all aspects of plugging in, whether to...
Michigan Dulcimer Players Thumbs UP

Michigan Dulcimer Players...


All Players in Michigan
Virginia Dulcimer Players

Virginia Dulcimer Players


Just thought it would be neet to know how many other...
North Carolinians Plus

North Carolinians Plus


The Three Sides of North Carolina: Mountains / Piedmont /...
California Dulcimer Dreamin'

California Dulcimer Dreamin'


Dulcimer players living in California(or who've lived...
Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts

Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts


Howdy ya'll! Come on by for a cup o' joe and jammin....
Challenged Players

Challenged Players


A meeting place for players dealing with disabilities.
Kentucky Dulcimer Players

Kentucky Dulcimer Players


A group for any players from Kentucky where we can meet...
Pacific Northwest Players

Pacific Northwest Players


For players who live in or have strong connections to the...
Florida Sunshine Dulcimer Society

Florida Sunshine Dulcimer...


Florida Dulcimer Players
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...
Indiana Players

Indiana Players


   Central Indiana group of players
North of the Lakes

North of the Lakes


for any MD players in Upper Canada (aka Ontario) and the...
Missouri Dulcimer Players

Missouri Dulcimer Players


for all the Show Me State dulcimer players
Composing and Songwriting

Composing and Songwriting


Do you like composing original songs? Are you writing a...
Media HELP!

Media HELP!


Please join this group to let others know of great places...
Baritone Dulcimer Players

Baritone Dulcimer Players


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players

Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


For those who live in Arkansas and love playing the...
FOTMD on the Road

FOTMD on the Road


Are your traveling, on vacation, on your way to a...
AussieTalk!

AussieTalk!


For dulcimer players in Australia. -Be sure to create...
Site Moderators Group

Site Moderators Group


A private group to allow FOTMD moderators to communicate...

Showcase your music event or business here!

Showcase your music event or business here

Latest Music

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Brown Eyed Janie
Three Reels
Wayfaring Stranger
Remembering You: Guitar and Native American Flute
The Gift: 432Hz Dulcimer and Em 432Hz Flute
In Memoriam
Spring Skip
Hard Times, 1854, composed by Stephen Foster
Legacy: Orginal song with music and lyrics
Saints
John Stinson #2 in A, Upping Tempo
Bend in the Road
Donkey Riding
Mystical Waters Chimes and NA Flute
Stream
Go Tell Aunt Rhody on Bill Davis kit
Stream of Consciousness
Untitled Again - Barest Bones
Living In A Pipe Dream
Talking To Mother Earth: NA Flute and Thunder and Rain
Mid Day Escape: ipad app and NA Flute
Giddy Up Time is Awaiting
Road Test
John Henry
Spectral HeartBeat: NA Flute and Korg Kross Synth
Are You Washed in the Blood
A Call In The Night: Native American Drone Flute
The Lone Wolf Native American Drone flute
To Dream In Peace
Until The Rain Stops

Coming Events   All

22nd Annual Harvest Festival of Dulcimers -(CA)

22nd Annual Harvest...


Sat Oct 1 2016
Butch Ross Workshops, October 8, 2016

Butch Ross Workshops,...


Sat Oct 8 2016
7th Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Festival -(NM)

7th Annual New Mexico...


Fri Oct 14 2016
15th Annual SouthEast Ohio Dulcimer Festival

15th Annual SouthEast...


Fri Oct 14 2016
Black Mountain Music festival -(NC)

Black Mountain Music...


Sun Oct 23 2016
Nonsuch (UK) Dulcimer Club Weekend -(UK)

Nonsuch (UK) Dulcimer...


Fri Oct 28 2016
Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming 2016 -(KY)

Hindman Dulcimer...


Thu Nov 10 2016
Colorado Dulcimer Festival 2017 -(CO)

Colorado Dulcimer...


Fri Feb 3 2017
Arkladulcifest 2017 -(AR)

Arkladulcifest 2017 -(AR)


Thu Jun 8 2017
Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (CA)

Berkeley Dulcimer...


Fri Jun 9 2017

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Latest Forum Posts   All

Blue Lion 6-string bass...

Posted: Monday September 26 2016, 11:13 PM
By: @bluejooge

I hear a whine when taking...

Posted: Monday September 26 2016, 11:48 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Strings for Modern Mountain...

Posted: Monday September 26 2016, 10:37 AM
By: @Phil Myers

DPN ad in old 1984 Whole...

Posted: Monday September 26 2016, 4:10 AM
By: @Jan Potts

Tinwhistle / penny whistles

Posted: Sunday September 25 2016, 8:02 PM
By: @Strumelia

Chromatic Dulcimers for...

Posted: Saturday September 24 2016, 7:11 PM
By: @Paula Brawdy

Native American Flutes

Posted: Friday September 23 2016, 1:32 PM
By: @Jennifer Brutschy

Please share pics of your...

Posted: Friday September 23 2016, 11:43 AM
By: @hugssandi

Wanted..McSpadden workhorse

Posted: Thursday September 22 2016, 9:20 PM
By: @DulcimerJones

2016 National Mountain...

Posted: Thursday September 22 2016, 6:11 PM
By: @Alaska Pfeiff

String that rings

Posted: Thursday September 22 2016, 10:09 AM
By: @marg

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Wednesday September 21 2016, 11:49 PM
By: @Jan Potts

raising the nut!

Posted: Tuesday September 20 2016, 4:14 PM
By: @Bob Reinsel

Does anyone think this is...

Posted: Monday September 19 2016, 10:49 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Congratulations, Mark...

Posted: Monday September 19 2016, 9:30 PM
By: @hugssandi

Is anyone familiar with...

Posted: Monday September 19 2016, 7:43 PM
By: @Rob N Lackey

1880 Appalachian Dulcimer...

Posted: Monday September 19 2016, 11:22 AM
By: @Lexie R Oakley

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Monday September 19 2016, 6:24 AM
By: @Jim Fawcett

noter/drone 6 string...

Posted: Monday September 19 2016, 2:59 AM
By: @Lisa Golladay

the "Millennia Whoop"...

Posted: Monday September 19 2016, 2:42 AM
By: @Jan Potts

What Are You Working On?

Posted: Sunday September 18 2016, 2:34 PM
By: @hugssandi

Healthy Living- healthy...

Posted: Sunday September 18 2016, 2:29 PM
By: @hugssandi

Jeopardy! Contestant Likes...

Posted: Saturday September 17 2016, 1:25 PM
By: @hugssandi

Oddities hanging on your walls

Posted: Saturday September 17 2016, 12:28 AM
By: @marg

Dulcimer Build #5....mini

Posted: Friday September 16 2016, 8:34 PM
By: @Charles Thomas

Moment with the Master,...

Posted: Monday September 12 2016, 6:52 AM
By: @John Shaw

Favorite picks made from...

Posted: Sunday September 11 2016, 8:26 PM
By: @Strumelia

Changing tuners on a Warren...

Posted: Saturday September 10 2016, 5:00 PM
By: @Joyce Hibbard

Finish for Hondo II (1977,...

Posted: Saturday September 10 2016, 4:02 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

What are you reading right...

Posted: Saturday September 10 2016, 3:54 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle
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