Welcome to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer!

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

traildad
@traildad • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "VSL, Tuning and Breaking Strings":
"I’ve read that a shorter or longer VSL is beneficial for different tunings especially to keep from breaking strings on the highest notes. I'm wondering how..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Jon Pickow's last performance":
"THIS, THIS is the way the dulcimore was meant to be played.  Soft accompaniment to the solo singing voice. Not even playing the same notes, but harmonizing..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on The Strawberry Blossom:
"Thanks for your comments, @sam.  Had I been familiar with fiddle versions of this tune, I might never have tried it on the dulcimer. But I learned it from..."
Sam
@sam • 7 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on The Strawberry Blossom:
"Not familiar with the tune Dusty, but really liked your rendition. The pauses and breaks all seemed appropriate. Very nice sounding dulcimer."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Jon Pickow's last performance":
"Robin and Dusty, you're welcome. I was unclear as to whether this video is a clip from a larger video which PBS Craft in America filmed. I do hope there is..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @ken-longfield: Jon Pickow's last performance
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Jon Pickow's last performance":
"It's wonderful that this has been preserved.  Notice that the dulcimer is not repeating the melody as Jon sings but playing a counter melody/harmony part to..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Jon Pickow's last performance":
"Oh, Ken, this is a treasure.  Thanks to you and to the Appalachian School of Luthiery in Hindman!   Rest in peace, Jon Pickow.  "
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Jon Pickow's last performance":
"Here is a video of Jon Pickow, one of Jean Richie's and George Pickow's sons, made by PBS a few days before he died. PBS Craft in America has given us..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 11 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on REM cover of The One I Love:
"Pretty cool indeed."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 12 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on A life in Dulcimers:
"Thanks, @robin-thompson.  I took that picture of Bubbles the day the octave dulcimer by David Beede arrived.  It's hard to believe how long ago that was!"
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 12 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a group discussions item created by @robin-thompson: REM cover of The One I Love
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 16 hours ago • comments: 5
Liked a photos item created by @dusty-turtle: River City Dulcimers
Strumelia
@strumelia • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @robin-thompson: Dolly on mountain dulcimer
Strumelia
@strumelia • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dolly on mountain dulcimer":
"Who doesn't love Dolly? "
Strumelia
@strumelia • 17 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @granto: Arkansas Traveler - with minor version!
Strumelia
@strumelia • 17 hours ago • comments: 5
Liked a photos item created by @dusty-turtle: River City Dulcimers
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 17 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on A life in Dulcimers:
"I'm so glad you took this photo, Dusty!  Though I am just now seeing it (and the date it was posted)-- what a delight it is to see today.  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 17 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on The Post War Dream - Pink Floyd cover:
"I'm not familiar with the PF version, Tom, yet like this very much.  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 17 hours ago • comments: 1
Created a new Group discussion "REM cover of The One I Love":
"I just watched this on YT-- pretty cool! "
Rockin' in the Free World
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 18 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Jerusalem Ridge":
"@fishdoc I've been thinking over your request and the only mountain dulcimer player who came to mind who might have a version of easy tablature is Don Pedi...."
steve c.
@steve-c • 19 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on A life in Dulcimers:
"Dusty-Turtle, thanks that helps."
IRENE
@irene • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @robin-thompson: Dolly on mountain dulcimer
IRENE
@irene • 23 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @granto: Arkansas Traveler - with minor version!
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Thank you dulcinate. I have already asked about it, but they told me the hospital's physical therapy is closed down due to the pandemic. They tell me I will..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Arkansas Traveler - with minor version!:
"Sounds greato, Granto.  It's nice to see you making such fine use of the Blue Lion."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on A life in Dulcimers:
"@steve-c, I've had the Probst strung as a baritone for the last year or so.  Here is a video of me playing it from a few months back.  The dulcimer has a..."
steve c.
@steve-c • yesterday • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on A life in Dulcimers:
"Do you still play this? What do you like most about it?"
granto
@granto • yesterday • comments: 1
Posted a new YouTube video:
Arkansas Traveler - with minor version!
adulcinate
@adulcinate • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Good luck Ken! I had openheart surgery a few years ago. My only advice is, if they give you any physical therapy, try to do it. What they gave me really..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Thank you Jan, Skip, and AngelinaCat. I don't think I'll need a lift chair. I guess I'll find out about getting out a chair while at the hospital. Ken "The..."
AngelinaCat
@angelinacat • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Dear Ken: I hope and pray that all goes well for you and your family."
Skip
@skip • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Welcome to the zipper club, assuming you're not having the computer aided version. You're not going to lift anything very heavy or even close a car door for..."
Jan Potts
@jan-potts • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Perhaps a lift chair to rent?  I hope you come through your surgery in great shape and heal quickly!"
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Thank you folkfan. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FOTMD Chat Room!":
"Yes i applied a fix last night but hadn't gotten around to asking you guys if it worked. Good to hear.How about you, @jost is it working now for you too?"
Skip
@skip • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FOTMD Chat Room!":
"I've been on the road and this is the 1st time I could check back. The chat room seems to be working now on my laptop and tablet, at least the 'hello all'..."
folkfan
@folkfan • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Ken, the best of luck on your surgery and for recuperation.  If you can determine what sort of limitations you will face after surgery, then you might have a..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Thank you Bob. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Bob Reinsel
@bob-reinsel • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Ken, I hope everything goes well for you!"
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Thank you Lisa. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Thanks Robin. That is interesting. They mentioned not lifting anything over 10 pounds for 6 to 8 weeks and I am certainly over that weight. I'll see what..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Ken, we'll all be rooting for you, and you will be sorely missed here while you are in the hospital. Here's to your rapid recovery ...and to feeling way..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Ken, the thing with getting out of a chair and out of bed had to do with if my dad used his arms to bear weight, the internal wiring at the ribs where the..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Thank you, Dusty and Robin. One of the PAs told me that I am one of the youngest patients in the line for surgery which, at 74, made me feel good. I don't..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"@ken-longfield I am sorry you were injured yet am glad the surgeon has good remedy!  You will be sorely missed during your time away yet I will be praying..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"@ken-longfield, I guess if they want to perform open-heart surgery, you must be in pretty good health. Still, I'm sure it won't be fun for you.  Best of..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"I spent about 5 1/2 hours at our regional medical center today. The purpose was to meet with the head of cardiac surgery and undergo pre-surgical tests. On..."
zinniapatch
@zinniapatch • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Anyone with Deering dulcimer info?":
"Ken Hulme Thanks for replying.  I downloaded your article.  Lots of good information!  It answered a lot of questions that we have had; also a lot of stuff..."

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Jon Pickow's last performance

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Dolly on mountain dulcimer

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