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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

Strumelia
@strumelia • 44 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"What a lovely photo! Irene, I'm glad you have moved your workspace close to the window, where your husband used to work. It's good karma - windows and light..."
IRENE
@irene • 50 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Here is my sweetheart 6 months ago.   Yeah, my son Bob is here to teach me how to post pictures.    aloha, irene"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • an hour ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Same Old Stretch Of Road, Enhanced:
"Way cool!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • an hour ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Jessica Comeau- Cantiga 119:
"Your playing is always so moving, Jessica."
Steve Eulberg
@steve-eulberg • 3 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Summer Session Classes with Steve Eulberg":
"Today is the deadline for Registration: 6 Week Classes with Steve Eulberg delivered on-line via ZOOM. You get instruction and support to help you develop..."
IRENE
@irene • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"All day long I was going through Tomasi's writings and stuffs he "was a gonna write someday"....and soooooooo many papers of his scrabble words he was always..."
IRENE
@irene • 13 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @jessica-comeau: Jessica Comeau- Cantiga 119
IRENE
@irene • 13 hours ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @sean-belt: Mes Parents Veulent Plus Me Voir
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • 16 hours ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @sean-belt: Mes Parents Veulent Plus Me Voir
kjb
@kjb • 20 hours ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @sean-belt: Mes Parents Veulent Plus Me Voir
Dan
@dan • 22 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @jessica-comeau: Jessica Comeau- Cantiga 119
Becky park
@becky-park • 22 hours ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on In the Sweet Bye and Bye:
"Sounds great! Love that song--"
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Irene, this is for you....."
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Irene, I am so very sorry for your loss... I pray you find comfort during this difficult time. Hold tight to your precious memories ❤️"
marg
@marg • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Irene, I am so sorry for your loss, we are all here for you and sending thoughts, prayers and hugs to you and the family. "
Bob
@bob • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Irene, my heart goes out to you at such a loss. May you and all your family find peace and consolation, even in such sorrowful times. With prayers, Bob"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bass String Buzz @ 1st & 2nd Fret":
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Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @silverstrings: Bass String Buzz @ 1st & 2nd Fret
Silverstrings
@silverstrings • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bass String Buzz @ 1st & 2nd Fret":
"Great News! My dulcimer is really fixed. I found someone in North Georgia who actually cleaned up several frets, had to level one fret and built up the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"@Irene, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.  Please know you have my deepest condolances.  May family, friends and sweet music help you through.  I know this..."
Jan Potts
@jan-potts • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Irene, my condolences to you and your family on the death of your beloved.  It sounds like your family is close; I hope you'll be able to find comfort in..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Irene, all of us here on fotmd care about you, and we send gentle hugs right now.  "
IRENE
@irene • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Thank you all for your words of comfort here.   Really, for several years now, this is the last site I look at before I go to bed....and your words are dear..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Irene, the death of a loved one is never easy. After 55 years there will be many times in the years ahead where you will want to share something with him and..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @jessica-comeau: Pilgrimsong: Medieval Music for Mountain Dulcimer Workshop
Mary Gwynn Keller
@mary-gwynn-keller • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"So Sorry IRENE,  I remember playing with you and your husband at Lonnie's workshop several years ago.  He was a sweet man.  glad I got to see you at the..."
dulcinina
@dulcinina • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"I am so sorry, Irene. May you find comfort in those you love and who love you and the memories you've built over the years. Nina"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Oh Irene, I'm so very sorry to hear this. May you and your family find comfort in being together during this time. "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Irene, I offer my deepest sympathy to you and your dearest ones.  As John K wrote about, there are others of us who know about the sense of numbness and..."
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"So sorry for your loss, Irene. May God continue to comfort you and your family."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"So sorry for you, Irene, at the loss of your beloved husband of so many years.  It's good that 5 of your daughters were there at such a trying time for you..."
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"So sorry Irene for your loss. Will keep you in prayer."
IRENE
@irene • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Not knowing where to put my "day of yesterday".....I'll put it on "the drifting thread".  Reading about "keyboards"....Yesterday, My sweetheart of 55 years..."
dulcinina
@dulcinina • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"I'll jump in here.  When I needed a new computer, I was debating the issue of a lighted keyboard. Having never had one, I thought it was an unnecessary..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"I thought that most keyboards are lighted?- if so, isn't one of your oodles of new ones lighted that you could use, then?"
Kevin R.
@kevin-r • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @jessica-comeau: Jessica Comeau- Cantiga 119
Sam
@sam • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Oh I have oodles of keyboards (new) and mouseseseses ... both USB and wireless. I was just thinking that a lighted one might be useful."
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 3 days ago • comments: 8
Liked a soundcloud item created by @kevin-r: The Girl I Left Behind Me
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • 4 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Jessica Comeau- Cantiga 119:
"Just beautiful ... thanks."
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • 4 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a soundcloud item created by @kevin-r: Ebenezer
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • 4 days ago • comments: 8
Liked a soundcloud item created by @kevin-r: The Girl I Left Behind Me
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 4 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Jessica Comeau- Cantiga 119:
"Delightful!"
Kevin R.
@kevin-r • 4 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Ebenezer:
"Thank you, Robin. I love Bonnie Russell. Phyllis Gaskins also does a nice version of it. I think maybe hers is a part of a medley though?"
Kevin R.
@kevin-r • 4 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on The Girl I Left Behind Me:
"Thank you Ariane. I am glad you enjoyed it. And Robin...thank you as well. That's quite a compliment coming from someone who’s noter play I admire."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @jessica-comeau: Pilgrimsong: Medieval Music for Mountain Dulcimer Workshop
Dan
@dan • 4 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Sally Goodin II:
"Thank you all so much!"
Jessica Comeau
@jessica-comeau • 4 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new YouTube video:
Jessica Comeau- Cantiga 119
Jessica Comeau
@jessica-comeau • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Pilgrimsong: Medieval Music for Mountain Dulcimer Workshop":
"Hello, friends! I wanted to share with you that I will be hosting a Zoom workshop,“ Pilgrimsong: Medieval Music for Mountain Dulcimer” (Saturday,..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 4 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Sally Goodin II:
"Sounds really cool, sounds old.  Way to go, Dan!  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 4 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Ebenezer:
"Really nice Ebenezer.  The only other noter version I can think of off the top of my head is Bonnie Russell's version.  "

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a place to share the hymns and worship songs we are playing.
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fans of Jean Ritchie


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Help Me Learn this Song


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Little Dulcimers


Do you play an octave, mini, or traveling dulcimer?
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Dulcimer teachers


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Four-Equidistant Strings


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Baritone Dulcimer Players


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UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

UK and European Mountain...


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Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


Ever wanted to record or post that tune, but you just...
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Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks


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Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


Recording dulcimers, vocals and other instruments in the...
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I have extra frets.....


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Collector's Corner


A group where collectors of antique, vintage, or rare...
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Early & Classical Music


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Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video...
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Dulcimer Ancestors


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Civil War era music

Civil War era music


For discussing music that was played around the time of...
GIG TALK!

GIG TALK!


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Box Dulcimers

Box Dulcimers


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Galax Dulcimer Lovers


Just a group to discuss all things Galax Dulcimer. Tips...
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Chromatic Dulcimers


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Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


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Challenged Players


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Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


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California Dulcimer Dreamin'


For dulcimer players living in or just visiting California
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Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts


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North Carolinians Plus


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6 string dulcimers

6 string dulcimers


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Kentucky Dulcimer Players


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Pacific Northwest Players


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West Virginia players


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Missouri Dulcimer Players


for all the Show Me State dulcimer players
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FOTMD on the Road


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North of the Lakes


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


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AussieTalk!

AussieTalk!


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The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Sunday July 5 2020, 2:16 PM
By: @Strumelia

Summer Session Classes with...

Posted: Sunday July 5 2020, 11:54 AM
By: @Steve Eulberg

Bass String Buzz @ 1st &...

Posted: Friday July 3 2020, 1:17 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Pilgrimsong: Medieval Music...

Posted: Wednesday July 1 2020, 5:35 PM
By: @Jessica Comeau

What Are You Working On?

Posted: Wednesday July 1 2020, 11:02 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Size of Soundbox and Loudness

Posted: Tuesday June 30 2020, 8:59 PM
By: @Matt Berg

Hearts Of The Dulcimer...

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By: @Patricia Delich

FOTMD Chat Room!

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A bit of "our" humor

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Richard Troughear sound...

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Getting back into my Dulcimer

Posted: Thursday June 25 2020, 8:47 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Rugg and Jackel inlays?

Posted: Wednesday June 24 2020, 10:12 PM
By: @Gstringer

To chord or not to chord

Posted: Wednesday June 24 2020, 8:38 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Banjammer / banjimmer types

Posted: Tuesday June 23 2020, 10:26 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Use of thumb on low 'd' string

Posted: Tuesday June 23 2020, 11:41 AM
By: @floralin

Need Help Identifying a...

Posted: Monday June 22 2020, 8:40 AM
By: @kcripper

Tab for Slan Le Maigh?

Posted: Monday June 22 2020, 7:00 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Saturday June 20 2020, 11:20 AM
By: @Susie

How is the COVID-19...

Posted: Wednesday June 17 2020, 12:27 PM
By: @LisavB

EBow on the dulcimer?

Posted: Tuesday June 9 2020, 9:09 PM
By: @marg

Best kit?

Posted: Tuesday June 9 2020, 6:00 PM
By: @kdparker

the duo of Kathy and Carol

Posted: Tuesday June 9 2020, 12:08 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Good VSL for chording?...

Posted: Tuesday June 9 2020, 11:00 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Herdim picks

Posted: Sunday June 7 2020, 6:49 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Posts are refreshing on...

Posted: Friday June 5 2020, 9:03 AM
By: @Strumelia

Changing setup from left to...

Posted: Wednesday June 3 2020, 1:31 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Carved headstock and end...

Posted: Sunday May 31 2020, 2:59 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

FUNNY songs you sing & play...

Posted: Friday May 29 2020, 7:59 PM
By: @Susie

Randy Wilkinson tab book...

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By: @dulcimermaid

You know your dulcimer has...

Posted: Thursday May 28 2020, 3:25 PM
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