Welcome to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer!

Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer is the most extensive site for Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer players and builders on the internet. Welcome!
Join in 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 player 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. Become a member of Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer (FOTMD) community -it's friendly, and totally FREE!
   After joining, please read the Site Rules before posting.  You'll find your very own Member Profile Page by clicking on your name link at the top of any page.. and you'll be able to join in the fun.  Click on different areas and links to get familiar with where things are.  Questions about using the site?- ask them HERE .  Don't be shy- you've come to exactly the right place to receive or give 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

Susie
@susie • an hour ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "FS: Susato Tin Whistle Package – Like New":
"I purchased this tin whistle new, directly from Guy George at a music festival a few years ago. I had intended to get into it, but immediately following,..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Musical Advent Calendar 2021":
"Oh, Janene's movie, singing, and playing are wonderful!  The pups in the snow were a special delight.  "
dulcinina
@dulcinina • 4 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Played and sang for my dad at veterans' home:
"You gave them a wonderful gift and I know they appreciated it.  My goal when learning the dulcimer was to play in nursing homes and I eventually did,..."
Ariane
@ariane • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Musical Advent Calendar 2021":
"MUSICAL ADVENT CALENDAR 2021! Today you can open the 3. door filled with music played by Janene Millen Please click on the link to open the Advent..."
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 19 hours ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Ebenezer - Galax Dulcimer:
"A quill from the wing of a Canada Goose works well as well. As do the quills from wild or domestic turkeys."
Kevin Burns
@kevin-burns • 22 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Troublesome Creek:
"Thank you"
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 22 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on The Cat Came Back:
"Gordon Hardy: Listening to this song was lots of fun Mark! It's good to hear you sing. Thank you."
DavisJames
@davisjames • 23 hours ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Ebenezer - Galax Dulcimer:
"Wow!Going to have to visit a turkey farm.The quill really makes a difference.I've been playing with light guitar picks which I find a bit clunky."
DavisJames
@davisjames • 23 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @luigi: Slängpolska efter Juringius - Hummel
DavisJames
@davisjames • 23 hours ago • comments: 11
Liked a youtube item created by @nick-osullivan: Coinleach glas an fhomhair
DavisJames
@davisjames • 23 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @bob: Lucky Got No Ticks
DavisJames
@davisjames • 23 hours ago • comments: 8
Liked a youtube item created by @martin-oesterle: Hamish and Hélène
DavisJames
@davisjames • 23 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Hamish and Hélène:
"Great jig/march.I love the sound.I was in Freiburg a number of years ago and tried to find the German version of the epinette without  success.Nobody seemed..."
DavisJames
@davisjames • 23 hours ago • comments: 8
Liked a youtube item created by @chadritchie: Flop Eared Mule
DavisJames
@davisjames • 23 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @kevin-burns: Troublesome Creek
DavisJames
@davisjames • 23 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Troublesome Creek:
"Nice tune!"
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 23 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Played and sang for my dad at veterans' home:
"I imagine your visit to make music meant more to the residents at the veteran's home than you may ever know.  Such a good thing for you to do for the folks..."
DavisJames
@davisjames • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @carolynf: Piney Woods (in D)
DavisJames
@davisjames • 23 hours ago • comments: 12
Liked a youtube item created by @robin-thompson: Zion Ridge
DavisJames
@davisjames • 23 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Down the River I Go :
"Great tune.I've never heard cicadas so steady!In Canada they're more intermittent,not as many perhaps,although I did read that the U.S. was going to..."
DavisJames
@davisjames • 23 hours ago • comments: 8
Liked a youtube item created by @ethan-chastain: Down the River I Go
DavisJames
@davisjames • 23 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on glowhazel - trashjam:
"Cool....lots of fun to play along with."
DavisJames
@davisjames • 23 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @glowhazel: glowhazel - trashjam
DavisJames
@davisjames • yesterday • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @sam-edelston: Spinning Song, on 3-String Piano
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on The Cat Came Back:
"Listening to this song was lots of fun Mark! It's good to hear you sing. Thank you."
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 1
Liked a group discussions item created by @studentofrhythm: Llibre Vermell de Montserrat
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Llibre Vermell de Montserrat:
"Really nice video. I love seeing the various instruments. Such rich sounds. Are you familiar with the musician E rnst Stolz? He is multi-talented on so..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Musical Advent Calendar 2021":
"Hilary's hammered dulcimer play of the Wexford Carol sounds lovely!"
StudentofRhythm
@studentofrhythm • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Played and sang for my dad at veterans' home:
"They had a microphone and I pointed it at the instrument.  It was in kind of a big room and I was on a stage so I don't know how well it carried.  I estimate..."
StudentofRhythm
@studentofrhythm • yesterday • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on The Friendly Beasts:
"@Strumelia, I appreciate your patience as I slowly learn my way around.  I'm sorry to read that about Rod.  In his honor then, I will make a goal of..."
StudentofRhythm
@studentofrhythm • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Frame Drums":
"Yay frame drums!  Dang those are some nice ones you've all shown.  How have you all been coming along with your playing? I started playing frame drums..."
StudentofRhythm
@studentofrhythm • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Native American Flutes":
"I bought a flute tuned in A at a gift shop in Torrey, UT a few summers ago.  Good basic solid flute with a nice tone.  I have fun with it.  A while ago I did..."
StudentofRhythm
@studentofrhythm • yesterday • comments: 1
Created a new Group discussion "Llibre Vermell de Montserrat":
"Anybody else here tried playing songs from this?  One of the most famous medieval music manuscripts, made in about 1399, 10 songs.  I first heard some of..."
Early & Classical Music
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Played and sang for my dad at veterans' home:
"It's so wonderful that you did this, and that you intend to do it again.Surely you know that the residents there appreciate your music deeply- it stirs..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on The Friendly Beasts:
"@Studentofrhythm , so nice to read your comment on this thread of Rod's. What a lovely memory it must be of your mother singing this Christmas song to..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @ariane: Musical Advent Calendar 2021
Ariane
@ariane • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Musical Advent Calendar 2021":
"MUSICAL ADVENT CALENDAR 2021! Today you can open the 2. door filled with music played by Hilary Davies Please click on the link to open the Advent..."
StudentofRhythm
@studentofrhythm • 2 days ago • comments: 36
Posted a new Comment on Dowland on Dulcimer:
"Excellent - all the virtuosity of the lute! I've been trying to pick out "Fine Knacks for Ladies.""
StudentofRhythm
@studentofrhythm • 2 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on The Friendly Beasts:
"I know this is an old thread but this is one of the songs I've been teaching myself.  My mom used to sing it to me when I was little."
StudentofRhythm
@studentofrhythm • 2 days ago • comments: 55
Posted a new Comment on Favorite Hymn to play - anytime:
"Hyfrydol Holy Manna Abide with Me"
StudentofRhythm
@studentofrhythm • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on TAB for I Heard The Voice of Jesus Say :
"Ahh yeah!  One of my favorite tunes ever."
StudentofRhythm
@studentofrhythm • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Created a new Group discussion "Played and sang for my dad at veterans' home":
"My dad moved into a veterans' home a month ago.  He's 89 and has Parkinson's, and though he agreed to go into the facility (my mom couldn't keep up with..."
Dulcimer Therapy
StudentofRhythm
@studentofrhythm • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Hi all, I found this group after a few days of looking around the web for dulcimer stuff and practicing mine after taking it up again after - well, a few..."
StudentofRhythm
@studentofrhythm • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "15 string mini lap harp":
"This has been an interesting discussion.  I have one of those "Perepelochka" (transliterated from Cyrillic) models - actually it belongs to my daughter but I..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Wooden Tuning Pegs - Grrrrrrr:
"You could check out Stew-Mac Item #0175 --Grover dulcimer pegs, 15% off at just $25.91.  You just need 11/64" diameter straight holes in a peghead wall..."
David Bennett
@david-bennett • 2 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: DECEMBER:
"Bump Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: December..."
RoyB
@royb • 2 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Wooden Tuning Pegs - Grrrrrrr:
"[quote="Skip"] Te peg needs to be pushed further into the peghead to increase the friction. Try tuning just a little higher than D3 [20 cents or so] then as..."
Skip
@skip • 2 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Wooden Tuning Pegs - Grrrrrrr:
"Te peg needs to be pushed further into the peghead to increase the friction. Try tuning just a little higher than D3 [20 cents or so] then as you loosen the..."
RoyB
@royb • 2 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Wooden Tuning Pegs - Grrrrrrr:
"[quote="Strumelia"] You may want to bring it into a shop that services or repairs violins or school instruments- they'll have someone who is experienced in..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Wooden Tuning Pegs - Grrrrrrr:
"You may want to bring it into a shop that services or repairs violins or school instruments- they'll have someone who is experienced in cellos and..."

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Collector's Corner


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Early & Classical Music


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Home Studio Recording


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Call the Tune


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Box Dulcimers


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Civil War era music


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Chromatic Dulcimers


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Rosin the Bow!


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Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


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Kentucky Dulcimer Players


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for all the Show Me State dulcimer players
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North of the Lakes


for any MD players in Upper Canada (aka Ontario) and the...
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FS: Susato Tin Whistle...

Posted: Friday December 3 2021, 11:58 AM
By: @Susie

Musical Advent Calendar 2021

Posted: Friday December 3 2021, 9:41 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Frame Drums

Posted: Thursday December 2 2021, 8:47 AM
By: @StudentofRhythm

Native American Flutes

Posted: Thursday December 2 2021, 8:19 AM
By: @StudentofRhythm

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Wednesday December 1 2021, 11:14 PM
By: @StudentofRhythm

15 string mini lap harp

Posted: Wednesday December 1 2021, 10:36 PM
By: @StudentofRhythm

Fellenbaum dulcimers

Posted: Wednesday December 1 2021, 9:30 AM
By: @John C. Knopf

New poplar Tennessee music box

Posted: Monday November 29 2021, 8:14 AM
By: @Strumelia

Can anyone identify this...

Posted: Sunday November 28 2021, 9:27 PM
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Terry Hennessy

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New cherry Jethro Amburgey...

Posted: Saturday November 27 2021, 9:15 PM
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Final Hearts of the...

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Deluxe Whistlepig Hogfiddle...

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The Positive Thread...

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Removable Magnetic Pickup...

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Trying to identify this...

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Painful thumb

Posted: Wednesday November 17 2021, 10:27 PM
By: @Strumelia

COVID and Nursing Home Visits

Posted: Thursday November 11 2021, 11:12 AM
By: @Tilmen

Searching for a song-...

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By: @Dusty Turtle

Sam Rizzetta Has Passed

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By: @Susie

Does anyone have...

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By: @Ken Longfield

tiple

Posted: Wednesday October 27 2021, 7:43 PM
By: @Jim Yates

Hearts Of The Dulcimer...

Posted: Tuesday October 26 2021, 9:36 PM
By: @Patricia Delich

Song(s) for retirement

Posted: Tuesday October 26 2021, 6:33 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Cedar soundboards

Posted: Tuesday October 26 2021, 5:23 PM
By: @MacAodha

What Are You Working On?

Posted: Monday October 25 2021, 9:03 PM
By: @robert schuler

SoundCloud issues

Posted: Monday October 25 2021, 6:00 PM
By: @Dan

Jaromin dulcimer kit from...

Posted: Sunday October 24 2021, 11:44 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Simerman Dulcimers

Posted: Friday October 22 2021, 1:09 PM
By: @Dan

Auld lang syne

Posted: Tuesday October 19 2021, 6:41 PM
By: @jost

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