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

Latest Activity

IRENE
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IRENE
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Salt Springs
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Inkdork
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Ken Hulme
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Ken Hulme
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Ken Hulme
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Robin Thompson
Patty from Virginia
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Ken Hulme
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marymacgowan
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Bryant Caruthers
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Ken Longfield
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Ken Longfield
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Ken Longfield
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marymacgowan
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Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
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marymacgowan
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soprych
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Stewart McCormick
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Jim Fawcett
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Benjamin W Barr Jr
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Inkdork
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Noah Aikens
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Martha E
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Terry Wilson
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Dusty Turtle
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Robin Thompson
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Jim Fawcett
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John Keane
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John Keane
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Patty from Virginia
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Jim Fawcett
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Jim Fawcett
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Jim Fawcett
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sleepingangel
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Will
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Salt Springs
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Tom McDonald
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Terry Wilson
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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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Memory
Melancholy Meditation ( original improv in Bm) see my Youtube video!!
"A Song for Heaven"  original improv in Em on NAFlute
Barbara Allen
Wayfaring Stranger  Native American Flute and Dulcimer*** see my live youtube video!~
Celtic Meditation
There Is A Way
Healing
The Little Stack of Barley
Wayfaring Stranger
Jabez
Mission
Tripping up the Stairs and The Trip to Athlone (Jigs)
Loch Lomond
The Saints' Delight
Mary Murphy, Take 1
Saturday
Hawk & Dove
Friday Night
Whistlepig
Shady Grove
Loch Lomond
Universe
The Rain Inside My Heart copyright 2016 *** live improv see youtube video!
Cricket Dance
Grieving
Dulcimer Dreams
Banna Strand - Glen Dulcimer - F,A#,A# - 21 Apr 16
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Lakota Courting Song Maria Calfa - DePaul Day 6

Coming Events   All

Arkladulcifest 2016 -(AR)

Arkladulcifest 2016 -(AR)


Thu Jun 2 2016
Pattyfest -(WV)

Pattyfest -(WV)


Sat Jun 4 2016
Soaring Music -- SW Ohio

Soaring Music -- SW Ohio


Sat Jun 18 2016
Maine Fiddle Camp -(ME)

Maine Fiddle Camp -(ME)


Sun Jun 19 2016
Smithville Jamboree -(TN)

Smithville Jamboree -(TN)


Fri Jul 1 2016
Dutchland Dulcimer Gathering -(PA)

Dutchland Dulcimer...


Fri Jul 8 2016
Dulcimer U -(NC)

Dulcimer U -(NC)


Sun Jul 24 2016
Traditional Music Summer Festival -(IN)

Traditional Music Summer...


Fri Jul 29 2016
Kindred Gathering 42 -(OR)

Kindred Gathering 42 -(OR)


Fri Aug 12 2016
Redwood Dulcimer Day -- Santa Cruz, CA

Redwood Dulcimer Day --...


Sat Aug 20 2016
September On The Mississippi Dulcimer Retreat -(MS)

September On The...


Thu Sep 22 2016
Sunshine State Dulcimer Gathering -(FL)

Sunshine State Dulcimer...


Sat Sep 24 2016
22nd Annual Harvest Festival of Dulcimers -(CA)

22nd Annual Harvest...


Sat Oct 1 2016
7th Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Festival -(NM)

7th Annual New Mexico...


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

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Latest Forum Posts   All

Memorial Day

Posted: Sunday May 29 2016, 11:26 PM
By: @Salt Springs

Brainstorming a definition...

Posted: Sunday May 29 2016, 10:54 PM
By: @Salt Springs

Just joined

Posted: Sunday May 29 2016, 10:49 PM
By: @Inkdork

"John Riley" and "Barbara...

Posted: Sunday May 29 2016, 10:35 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

The Room - android game

Posted: Sunday May 29 2016, 10:27 PM
By: @marymacgowan

Pritchard Dulcimer at The Met!

Posted: Sunday May 29 2016, 9:24 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Bruce Hornsby releasing...

Posted: Sunday May 29 2016, 8:40 PM
By: @Martha E

John E. Wood 1930-2015

Posted: Sunday May 29 2016, 7:36 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Have you met other FOTMD's...

Posted: Sunday May 29 2016, 7:20 PM
By: @Jim Fawcett

How did you first discover...

Posted: Sunday May 29 2016, 4:17 PM
By: @Inkdork

OLD SONGS cd

Posted: Sunday May 29 2016, 2:52 PM
By: @marymacgowan

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Sunday May 29 2016, 2:37 PM
By: @Gail Webber

A String By Any Other...

Posted: Saturday May 28 2016, 8:57 PM
By: @Skip

TWO New Tab Books Available

Posted: Friday May 27 2016, 9:18 PM
By: @Patty from Virginia

New Butternut...

Posted: Friday May 27 2016, 9:00 PM
By: @Greg Patterson

odd tuning problem

Posted: Friday May 27 2016, 2:40 PM
By: @Strumelia

Weather Conditions

Posted: Friday May 27 2016, 7:45 AM
By: @IRENE

Possum Board

Posted: Wednesday May 25 2016, 4:52 PM
By: @Jan Potts

Dulcimer shops near...

Posted: Wednesday May 25 2016, 12:09 PM
By: @Jan Potts

Beautiful fully chromatic...

Posted: Saturday May 21 2016, 9:42 PM
By: @Strumelia

Pick Won't Slip....

Posted: Saturday May 21 2016, 6:14 AM
By: @Susie

Any banjo players out there?

Posted: Saturday May 21 2016, 2:08 AM
By: @Salt Springs

A simple MD preschoolers...

Posted: Friday May 20 2016, 6:57 PM
By: @Skip

Possum board question:...

Posted: Friday May 20 2016, 6:09 PM
By: @IRENE

Hello all! New to the group!

Posted: Friday May 20 2016, 1:59 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Should I restring dulcimer...

Posted: Thursday May 19 2016, 6:55 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

What other instruments do...

Posted: Wednesday May 18 2016, 11:55 PM
By: @Gary Major

Hello All

Posted: Wednesday May 18 2016, 4:57 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Native American Flutes

Posted: Wednesday May 18 2016, 8:35 AM
By: @Terry Wilson

The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Tuesday May 17 2016, 11:43 PM
By: @marymacgowan
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