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

Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 28 minutes ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on a VERY strange hypothetical:
"Nate,  You just described my standard steel string design exactly and I can verify that it works very well- so maybe your idea wasn't so bizarre after all...."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • an hour ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Wide World of Mountain Dulcimer Variations:
"Leo, thanks for posting theses photos. It is fun to see the variety of shapes, sizes, etc. of mountain dulcimers. I look forward to your additions to the..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Wide World of Mountain Dulcimer Variations:
"That soundhole looks like a primo place to lose your pick in!  But the pick would come right back out easily."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 5 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on a VERY strange hypothetical:
"Hi Nate!  Look up some images of Cretan Lyra - an old Greek bowed folk instrument which has a soundpost that goes through a large hole in the soundboard to..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 5 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Cello Suite 1 - Prelude - Bach (Mountain Dulcimer!):
"I watched this on YT the other day, Grant-- wow!  So clean.  And the cello suite sounds so good played on not-a-cello.  :)"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 6 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on a VERY strange hypothetical:
"Your skyscraper bridge will lose  ANY sound production from the top.  I fail to see how this could be "a much more efficient" use of string energy...."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 12 hours ago • comments: 3
Created a new Group discussion "a VERY strange hypothetical":
"Hello all a very bizarre idea came to my mind and I'd love some input. I was thinking about how if a dulcimer has a false bottom the entire actual bottom..."
IRENE
@irene • 13 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a photos item created by @leo-kretzner: Wide World of Mountain Dulcimer Variations
IRENE
@irene • 13 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @granto: Cello Suite 1 - Prelude - Bach (Mountain Dulcimer!)
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 14 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @granto: Cello Suite 1 - Prelude - Bach (Mountain Dulcimer!)
granto
@granto • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Bach Cello Suite 1 (prelude) on Mountain dulcimer":
"Hello everyone! I wanted to share a song I worked on recently: It is the Prelude from Bach's cello suite 1. It is a really nice tune I enjoyed learning and..."
granto
@granto • 15 hours ago • comments: 1
Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner • 17 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Wide World of Mountain Dulcimer Variations:
"Hi Nate and thanks! I've seen hundreds of dulcimers beyond the few hundred I photographed, and this dulcimer and its design is absolutely unique. I'm not a..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 19 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Wide World of Mountain Dulcimer Variations:
"Something about taking the very traditional heart shape and giving it to the very nontraditional placement of a guitar soundhole is very aesthetically..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Truss Rods?":
"As magical as the dulcimer is, it is still bound by the laws of physics and basic engineering principals.  The engineer in me is compelled to try to explain..."
Jessica Comeau
@jessica-comeau • yesterday • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "NEW WORKSHOP- Celtic Wind (Sunday, August 23, 2020)":
"The end of summer is nigh, so let us welcome the autumn with an elemental Celtic celebration of fall breezes! Among the songs we will be learning are “The..."
Leo Kretzner
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Size of Soundbox and Loudness":
"Matt, Thank you for posting your recent build.  Not only does is show your excellent workmanship, it has some interesting design features.  I am happy to see..."
Matt Berg
@matt-berg • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Size of Soundbox and Loudness":
"Bob,  you mention that your recent soundboard was thinner than typical at 0.100 inches.  My general target for the soundboard is 3/32, roughly 0.100...."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Truss Rods?":
"@bob-stephens -- you are correct -- IF the builder makes (as many modern builders especially of inexpensive dulcimers do) the tuning head and tail string..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Truss Rods?":
"If you are going to put a truss rod in I would definitely use an adjustable one- preferably double acting so you can correct in either direction. I have to..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Truss Rods?":
"@danVERY cool thanks for sharing!"
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Truss Rods?":
"Bob Stephens: I have also seen many dulcimers that have survived many decades with no issues.  Design and material selection are probably the keys to..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Truss Rods?":
"Ken Longfield: On most dulcimers the strings are not anchored to the neck but to the peg head and the tail piece With a fret board spanning the length of..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Truss Rods?":
"Guitars and banjos need truss rods to stabilize the neck because of the pressure from the strings. On most dulcimers the strings are not anchored to the neck..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Truss Rods?":
"Nate, I use carbon fiber stiffening in my necks for several reasons.  I strive for very low action, which requires a neck that stays straight within a few..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on "Lavender Scent":
"What a charming tune, Ariane."
Dan
@dan • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Truss Rods?":
""That makes sense. I am fascinated that there are well preserved dulcimers that old! Do you know where I could find visuals, recordings, or anything like..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Truss Rods?":
"Warping can always be an issue with instruments, even $100,000 instruments that travel.  BUT!  "Well kept" is the important thing.  Giving the instrument a..."
cindy frick
@cindy-frick • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Noters for Sale":
"The holes are mostly for looks although they do help you hold on to the noter to keep it from slipping. They are very light weight."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Truss Rods?":
"Dan: I've played several traditional pieces well over one hundred years old and no warping issues! The zither is a very different animal than the lute,..."
Susie
@susie • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "McSpadden Baritone Dulcimer":
"I'm looking smaller in terms of the body (depth and length). Both my Folkcraft Customs, including the baritone, have the deeper body, with galax backs. So,..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent”:
"Marg, this is so lovely.   What are you using for amplification?  "
Dan
@dan • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Truss Rods?":
"I've played several traditional pieces well over one hundred years old and no warping issues! The zither is a very different animal than the lute, requiring..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Truss Rods?":
"How common are truss rods in dulcimers? From what I understand they were historically built out of what was available, so it probably wouldnt be very..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "McSpadden Baritone Dulcimer":
"Hi @Susie, you have a good memory. I did indeed have a McSpadden baritone for a spell, but was obliged to sell it to raise money (I think I needed a new..."
Kusani
@kusani • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer sales in 2020":
"Well thank you.  It has a great tone, and I have a request to build another; not for charity. "
marg
@marg • 2 days ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Banks Of The Lee - Irish folk melody:
"As always, beautifully played, beautiful tone thank you"
marg
@marg • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Noters for Sale":
"cindy, What is the idea for the holes  on your noters - for sound or weight?"
marg
@marg • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer sales in 2020":
"Kusani Beautiful and generous "
marg
@marg • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent”:
"Thank you, sorry the sound is so quite "
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent”:
"Wow I just watched this now... Marg, how beautifully you play this uplifting ancient tune. "
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @marg: “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent”
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimovie:
"Very nice, Clive!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @ariane: "Lavender Scent"
Sharon Porter
@sharon-porter • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @cindy-frick: Dulcimer Noters for Sale
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on "Lavender Scent":
"You and your MAX are just the right pair, Ariane.  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Let Your Little Light- in memory of Patty:
"@kevin-r & @irene Folks, thank you.   This simple little song cheers me and I am grateful for it.  Also, I am glad for the times my mom and I would sing..."
Susie
@susie • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "McSpadden Baritone Dulcimer":
"I currently have a Folkcraft Custom Baritone Dulcimer. I love everything about it. I'm toying with the idea of getting a McSpadden baritione (because it is..."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer sales in 2020":
"Something I've been wondering a lot about! For those who lost their jobs or got hours cut, on one hand lots of people are cooped up and student dulcimers are..."

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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?
Dulcimer teachers

Dulcimer teachers


Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?
Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


A place to share about 4-equidistant string playing, how...
Baritone Dulcimer Players

Baritone Dulcimer Players


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


Ever wanted to record or post that tune, but you just...
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...
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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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.
I would not be denied
Long time travelin' (with vocals)
Just over in the Glory Land (with vocals)

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Australian Dulcimer Retreat -(AU)

Australian Dulcimer...


Fri Aug 28 2020
26th Annual Harvest Fest of Dulcimers -(CA)

26th Annual Harvest Fest...


Fri Sep 25 2020
Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (in Cal & ONLINE!!)

Berkeley Dulcimer...


Fri May 14 2021

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dollhouse dulcimer, by Jim Blankman, Jul'83 (d37).jpg
bird and moon holes, by Bill Berg, Nov'83 (d97).jpg
big hearts, wasp waist, unknown, owner JoeRubash, WI.jpg
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Latest Forum Posts   All

Bach Cello Suite 1...

Posted: Tuesday August 11 2020, 10:00 PM
By: @granto

Truss Rods?

Posted: Tuesday August 11 2020, 11:33 AM
By: @Bob Stephens

NEW WORKSHOP- Celtic Wind...

Posted: Tuesday August 11 2020, 11:19 AM
By: @Jessica Comeau

Size of Soundbox and Loudness

Posted: Tuesday August 11 2020, 10:13 AM
By: @Bob Stephens

Dulcimer Noters for Sale

Posted: Monday August 10 2020, 4:57 PM
By: @cindy frick

McSpadden Baritone Dulcimer

Posted: Monday August 10 2020, 4:11 PM
By: @Susie

Dulcimer sales in 2020

Posted: Monday August 10 2020, 1:13 PM
By: @Kusani

Tab for Slan Le Maigh?

Posted: Saturday August 8 2020, 3:52 PM
By: @D. chitwood

McSpadden Dulcimer with 1+...

Posted: Saturday August 8 2020, 3:23 PM
By: @Parker Buckley

worldwide Play Music on the...

Posted: Saturday August 8 2020, 1:21 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

What happened to 6 photos I...

Posted: Wednesday August 5 2020, 9:02 PM
By: @Leo Kretzner

McSpadden T34-S 4-string...

Posted: Tuesday August 4 2020, 6:58 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

The Mountain Minor movie

Posted: Monday August 3 2020, 4:37 PM
By: @Strumelia

WANTED: Modern Mountain or...

Posted: Monday August 3 2020, 9:45 AM
By: @Strumelia

Virtual Dulcimer Festival...

Posted: Monday August 3 2020, 8:15 AM
By: @Strumelia

Need nice but not too...

Posted: Sunday August 2 2020, 1:53 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Saturday August 1 2020, 7:49 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Sound holes and air flow -...

Posted: Friday July 31 2020, 6:47 PM
By: @Gale A Barr

Deering Goodtime Artisan...

Posted: Thursday July 30 2020, 1:10 PM
By: @Strumelia

Does anyone know anything...

Posted: Thursday July 30 2020, 12:45 PM
By: @Peter Tommerup

Hughes Mountain Dulcimers

Posted: Monday July 27 2020, 10:38 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Sunday July 26 2020, 9:11 PM
By: @dulcinina

A Samuel F. Russell...

Posted: Sunday July 26 2020, 10:15 AM
By: @Susie

What Are You Working On?

Posted: Thursday July 23 2020, 11:09 AM
By: @Strumelia

How is the COVID-19...

Posted: Monday July 20 2020, 11:35 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Healthy Living- healthy...

Posted: Sunday July 19 2020, 11:39 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

video Mr. Wilson at...

Posted: Sunday July 19 2020, 12:13 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Fiddle

Posted: Friday July 17 2020, 6:40 PM
By: @Lorraine

Ukulele

Posted: Friday July 17 2020, 6:25 PM
By: @Lorraine

Intermittently unable to...

Posted: Friday July 17 2020, 11:49 AM
By: @magictime

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