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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

marg
@marg • 14 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Installing built-in pick up for 2004 dulcimer?":
"(The Cherub violin mic ) Is a mic the same as a pick up, I have seen several listed as I am also looking to some kind of a way hook a pick up on a dulcimer...."
marg
@marg • 21 minutes ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Number 11 20 Mawhee set up:
"Beautiful.  What is (number 8 music wire) is that the same as dulcimer strings or guitar strings?"
marg
@marg • 23 minutes ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on "BRITCHES FULL OF STITCHES" - Hummel:
"I love your Hummel. When you play it, do you always strum all the strings or do you just hit one now & than? I wondering when dulcimers have extra..."
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 29 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Kostursko Oro (Dodek Je)
marg
@marg • 30 minutes ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on D'Accord:
"OK Beautiful as always"
marg
@marg • 31 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Modern Mountain Dulcimer":
"Beautiful dulcimer and I like that the fretboard is cut away. I have one like that and it allows me to put a Seymour Duncan pickup under the strings; so..."
Bob
@bob • an hour ago • comments: 0
All Poplar Dulcimer
109 k 109 g 109 h
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Making wood tuning pegs:
"I use a stain to change color and a couple coats of tung oil, just like I do on the body."
JimGoodin
@jimgoodin • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Modern Mountain Dulcimer":
"Skip thanks - I think I should leave it alone now as it's much improved but thank you re filing the string slot.  I had also and hand not mentioned but I put..."
Skip
@skip • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Modern Mountain Dulcimer":
"If you have a floating bridge it can be re-positioned, which can help some. Another trick is to make the base string VSL a bit longer by modding its slot in..."
JimGoodin
@jimgoodin • 3 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Modern Mountain Dulcimer":
"Skip thanks.  I didn't note and just checked dime and nick again (this time right order as I think I had it backwards earlier) but they are much better in..."
JimGoodin
@jimgoodin • 3 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Modern Mountain Dulcimer":
"Happy to report that I did 20 sand strokes with 320 (didn't have 400) to nut and saddle and it's notably better.  @+/-10 cents where it had been more like..."
Skip
@skip • 3 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Modern Mountain Dulcimer":
"Dime next to the 1st fret, nickel on the 7th fret. If its high on the 7th, then mod the bridge, then check both places. Be careful about modding the nut, a..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Making wood tuning pegs:
"Ken, I'd say use ever-what you want.  I don't think the sound would be affected at all."
JimGoodin
@jimgoodin • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Modern Mountain Dulcimer":
"I'm new to the community and latching on to this as I appreciate finding the thread for current needs I'm having.  In my case my dulcimer is a bit high at..."
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • 4 hours ago • comments: 4
Liked a group discussions item created by @granto: Classical Gas
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 8 hours ago • comments: 2
Created a new Group discussion "Making wood tuning pegs":
"For those of us who make wood tuning pegs, what finish do you put on your pegs. I have been using shellac, but wonder if there is something better to use...."
Dulcimer Making
Strumelia
@strumelia • 11 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Small Burnsville:
"That's cool, Ken.  "
Strumelia
@strumelia • 11 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a photos item created by @ken-hulme: sawnframe 3
Leny-Sue
@leny-sue • 13 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @janene-millen: Black is the Color
Dan Evans
@dan-evans • 17 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new YouTube video:
D'Accord
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • 19 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @granto: Minuet in G - Minor Version
IRENE
@irene • 22 hours ago • comments: 38
Posted a new Comment on more DAd than DAA instruction available?:
"When they are playing is D.....if it's "on line"....YOU can also play in Daa along with them.   It will be fast and good experience for you.   The first..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new Group discussion "Sawn-Frame Dulcemore":
"Somewhere here awhile back, we had a discussion about making dulcimers and other instruments with carved or sawn frames rather than sides/top/back glued up..."
Dulcimer Making
Ken Hulme
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 38
Posted a new Comment on more DAd than DAA instruction available?:
"I'm coming in to the discussion rather late, but don't for The Wonderful World of DAA by Maddie MacNeil from Mel Bay Publishers. Ken "The dulcimer sings a..."
Banjostray
@banjostray • yesterday • comments: 38
Posted a new Comment on more DAd than DAA instruction available?:
"Thanks guys, I’ll add these titles to my Christmas wish list!"
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 38
Posted a new Comment on more DAd than DAA instruction available?:
"Though I don't play chord style, I have Larkin Bryant's book and it is wonderful-- I second @John-W-Mckinstry and recommend it! :) I am not familiar with the..."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • yesterday • comments: 38
Posted a new Comment on more DAd than DAA instruction available?:
"Hi Eric,  Getting back to your original question of DAa tutor material, I have found the following helpful: "Welcome To The Mountain Dulcimer" by Anne..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Minuet in G - Minor Version:
"So doggone cool, Grant.  "
Dan
@dan • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Mississippi Sawyer:
"Thank you all!"
IRENE
@irene • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Black is the Color:
"VERY VERY BEAUTIFUL.   I sang that for years with my guitar....married a wonderful black haired Polynesian man...............my his wondrous..."
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 2 days ago • comments: 38
Posted a new Comment on more DAd than DAA instruction available?:
"dulcinina: You are right.  But check out TTAD, The Traditional Appalachian Dulcimore.  This group is devoted to traditional N/D playing and there is TAB..."
dulcinina
@dulcinina • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Mississippi Sawyer:
"Wow, Dan! Fabulous. Nina"
dulcinina
@dulcinina • 2 days ago • comments: 38
Posted a new Comment on more DAd than DAA instruction available?:
"You are right.  But check out TTAD, The Traditional Appalachian Dulcimore.  This group is devoted to traditional N/D playing and there is TAB available in..."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 days ago • comments: 38
Posted a new Comment on more DAd than DAA instruction available?:
"Hi Eric, I love DAa. It is very tradional and beautiful.  Dan Evans, a noted player from the U.K, has written an article "My Approach to the Dulcimer" or..."
Janene Millen
@janene-millen • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Posted a new YouTube video:
Black is the Color
Gregg Schneeman
@gregg-schneeman • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on "BRITCHES FULL OF STITCHES" - Hummel:
"Besides this Hummel video I have also made four Bowed Psaltery videos in four keys of this good learner tune on my YouTube channel. I hope folks visit and..."
Gregg Schneeman
@gregg-schneeman • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new YouTube video:
"BRITCHES FULL OF STITCHES" - Hummel
Ariane
@ariane • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Warm Up - New Online Music Project:
"My 2nd ONLINE MUSIC PROJECT "Warm Up" has entered the next stage...Ron Zuckerman added his wonderful bass line to it."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Mississippi Sawyer:
"Very cool MS!"
Phil Myers
@phil-myers • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Modern Mountain Dulcimer For Sale":
"Gary, this one is 27" VSL. Also has 1 1/2 and 8 1/2 frets"
granto
@granto • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Minuet in G - Minor Version:
"Strumelia: Very nice, Grant! Is that dulcimer body 'in the white' because of unfinished wood, or did you actually paint it white?  (I have a white..."
Gary Warnock
@gary-warnock • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Modern Mountain Dulcimer For Sale":
"Some have 25” though"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Modern Mountain Dulcimer For Sale":
"Standard MMD VSL is 27"."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a photos item created by @dan: dsc02109 800
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Number 11 20 Mawhee set up:
"Real handsome dulcimer, Dan!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Minuet in G - Minor Version:
"Very nice, Grant! Is that dulcimer body 'in the white' because of unfinished wood, or did you actually paint it white?  (I have a white langspil so i..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @granto: Minuet in G - Minor Version
Jim Fawcett
@jim-fawcett • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a photos item created by @dan: dsc02110 800

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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?
Baritone Dulcimer Players

Baritone Dulcimer Players


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

UK and European Mountain...


A group which hopefully allows players/makers in this...
Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


Ever wanted to record or post that tune, but you just...
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...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


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

Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
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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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
Carolina Waltz
Memorial Day
Fiddler A Dram
Mr. McGregor's Garden
Early One Sunday on solo mountain dulcimer
Walk around my bedside.

Coming Events   All

26th Annual Harvest Fest of Dulcimers -(ONLINE!)

26th Annual Harvest Fest...


Fri Sep 25 2020
11th Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Festival -(online)

11th Annual New Mexico...


Sat Oct 17 2020
Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (in Cal & ONLINE!!)

Berkeley Dulcimer...


Fri May 14 2021

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Latest Forum Posts   All

Installing built-in pick up...

Posted: Tuesday September 22 2020, 9:42 PM
By: @marg

Modern Mountain Dulcimer

Posted: Tuesday September 22 2020, 9:25 PM
By: @marg

Modern Mountain Dulcimer...

Posted: Sunday September 20 2020, 9:52 AM
By: @Phil Myers

Hurricane Sally

Posted: Thursday September 17 2020, 11:46 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Embarrassed: just picking...

Posted: Thursday September 17 2020, 6:08 AM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Anyone bidding"

Posted: Thursday September 17 2020, 5:49 AM
By: @Susie

If I Had a Hammer...

Posted: Wednesday September 16 2020, 8:33 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

I ordered my own dulcimer

Posted: Tuesday September 15 2020, 10:34 AM
By: @traildad

Does anyone know what kind...

Posted: Monday September 14 2020, 10:24 AM
By: @Ilenef

Contra dancing :)

Posted: Sunday September 13 2020, 1:20 PM
By: @Strumelia

Healthy Living- healthy...

Posted: Saturday September 12 2020, 8:16 PM
By: @Strumelia

Virtual Dulcimer Festival...

Posted: Friday September 11 2020, 3:50 PM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

McSpadden Dulcimer with 1+...

Posted: Wednesday September 9 2020, 5:57 PM
By: @Parker Buckley

The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Wednesday September 9 2020, 12:35 PM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

Any banjo players out there?

Posted: Tuesday September 8 2020, 11:10 PM
By: @Jim Yates

How is the COVID-19...

Posted: Monday September 7 2020, 12:02 PM
By: @LisavB

The Mountain Minor movie

Posted: Sunday September 6 2020, 3:30 PM
By: @Strumelia

Song Identification Help

Posted: Saturday September 5 2020, 10:20 PM
By: @Strumelia

Heard of "The Left Hand...

Posted: Saturday September 5 2020, 7:24 PM
By: @Gregg Schneeman

Choice of Wood: Pertinent...

Posted: Friday September 4 2020, 8:25 PM
By: @Lisa Golladay

Want to get a fretting...

Posted: Friday September 4 2020, 11:32 AM
By: @pattyfromor

What's the deal with...

Posted: Wednesday September 2 2020, 8:26 AM
By: @Strumelia

Are there fretless dulcimers?

Posted: Wednesday September 2 2020, 5:05 AM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Glass Bottle Resonator...

Posted: Tuesday September 1 2020, 11:14 PM
By: @NateBuildsToys

worldwide Play Music on the...

Posted: Monday August 31 2020, 8:59 PM
By: @David Bennett

Magnetic pickup vs Piezo vs...

Posted: Monday August 31 2020, 1:57 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Loaner Dulcimer

Posted: Friday August 28 2020, 1:30 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Assessing Tone

Posted: Friday August 28 2020, 1:56 AM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Blair fret compare -...

Posted: Friday August 28 2020, 1:33 AM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Hurricane Laura's Impact on...

Posted: Thursday August 27 2020, 5:24 PM
By: @Steven Berger

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