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

Tim Good Man
 
@tim-good-man • 9 minutes ago • comments: 0
Created a new Group discussion:
First time builder
Bob
 
@bob • 35 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Starting a new dulcimer":
"Mark Runge: Really pretty. I love to woods you chose together! Thanks- Wood selection was fun. I was lucky to find a great source for the Purple Heart!"
Bob
 
@bob • 38 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Starting a new dulcimer":
"Kusani: Nice work.  I cut my sound holes before glueing the top on.  What tool(s) do you use to cut them? I also cut the sound holes before gluing the..."
Marsha Harris
 
@marsha-harris • an hour ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival -(VA):
"Hello Linda,   My apologizes for a late response.  If you go to the website link and click on the registration link, the prices are given for registration..."
Mark Runge
 
@mark-kungfucracker-runge • an hour ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Starting a new dulcimer":
"Really pretty. I love to woods you chose together!"
Kusani
 
@kusani • an hour ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Starting a new dulcimer":
"Nice work.  I cut my sound holes before glueing the top on.  What tool(s) do you use to cut them?"
Benjamin W Barr Jr
 
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 2 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @bmm5255:
"Hi 5255, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer,..."
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Starting a new dulcimer":
"Looking good. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Rob N Lackey
 
@rob-n-lackey • 4 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @bmm5255:
"Welcome, Bmm5255, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven.  Hope you enjoy it here. Rob  "
Bob
 
@bob • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Starting a new dulcimer":
"Had a few more hours to work on the dulcimer yesterday. Got the bottom glued and trimmed and now working on the Cherry top... it is coming along slow but sure."
Bob
 
@bob • 5 hours ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Father & Son- First Dulcimer Duet:
"marg: What fun, enjoy the sweet music times. Yes-lots of fun and excitin o see him learning to play! Thanks Marg"
Jim Fawcett
 
@jim-fawcett • 5 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @bmm5255:
"Hey Bmm5255, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What Are You Working On?":
"Diana, I just play this in my regular DAd tuning and start it on the open middle string (A)."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 9 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Buffalo Gals:
"Nice playing, Randy.   Somewhere I read that originally bands would just use whatever town they were in for this song, so it would be "Shreveport Gals" one..."
Dan Evans
 
@dan-evans • 9 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on New Lang Syne :
"@helen-seiler many thanks for your kind words"
marg
 
@marg • 10 hours ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Father & Son- First Dulcimer Duet:
"What fun, enjoy the sweet music times."
marg
 
@marg • 10 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on A plane to Albany !:
"Wow, wonderful. Sounds like several different instruments, love what you do with it.  Very nice, thank you "
IRENE
 
@irene • 12 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on My first scroll peghead dulcimer:
"BEAUTIFUL JUST BEAUTIFUL.   not an easy task to make the scroll head.  I do mine on a Hegner Scroll saw.  I go very slowly.  Yours is sleek and very lovely...."
Caleb Dan Bennett
 
@caleb-dan-bennett • 13 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on My first scroll peghead dulcimer:
"Here are some more pics. Almost done! Waiting for more fret wire to finish it."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 13 hours ago • comments: 94
Posted a new Comment on @lexie-r-oakley:
"Oh my....that is so awesome!  Awesomeness from Smiley, Lexie, Christine, and Beatrix!      "
Benjamin W Barr Jr
 
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 13 hours ago • comments: 94
Posted a new Comment on @lexie-r-oakley:
"That is just too darn sweet."
Annie Deeley
 
@annie-deeley • 14 hours ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on To Drive the Cold Winter Away:
"Yes, chills up my spine, too. Thank you."
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 14 hours ago • comments: 94
Posted a new Comment on @lexie-r-oakley:
"Hmm...never mind the copy and paste.  After I hit "post" - it magically appeared.  Sometimes I think I'll never get the hang of this stuff!  Lol!!!"
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 14 hours ago • comments: 94
Posted a new Comment on @lexie-r-oakley:
"Oh no Lexie!  -20 and you fell then struggled to regain your footing???  That distresses me more than you could know!!!  I am so sorry.   Are you okay after..."
Steven Berger
 
@steven-berger • 15 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Buffalo Gals:
"Nice, Randy!   Steven"
Randy Adams
 
@randy-adams • 16 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Buffalo Gals:
"Here's the vid got me to playing with BG. It's pretty new so perhaps not many have seen it. I like it. https://youtu.be/eR1K4nJnVNQ"
dianapalmer
 
@dianapalmer • 16 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Buffalo Gals:
"Sounds good. That's some very lively playing. I remember learning that song (singing) in early grade school. I didn't know there was a place called..."
dianapalmer
 
@dianapalmer • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What Are You Working On?":
"I am working on "Those were the days." I have always loved the song: its poignant message and its interesting rhythms. I had previously not been able to..."
Randy Adams
 
@randy-adams • 17 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new YouTube video:
Buffalo Gals
Gail Webber
 
@gail-webber • 17 hours ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on To Drive the Cold Winter Away:
"So beautiful and relaxing!"
Gail Webber
 
Estes George
 
@george-desjardins • 18 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"I do get a great variety of wildlife here, We've got the Elk and Deer, I have pictures of Bears and cubs in my pine trees, Have had a mountain lion in the..."
Gail Webber
 
@gail-webber • 18 hours ago • comments: 4
Liked @randy-adams's youtube:
Sally in the Garden
Anne Maguire
 
@anne-maguire • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"You have such interesting visitors! The best I can hope for is a cow - although there are deer up in the hills nearby they never come down to village."
Greg Patterson
 
@greg-patterson • 20 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Slidin into the blues:
"Thanks, Helen!"
Helen Seiler
 
@helen-seiler • 20 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Tune 87:
"Great tune Randy"
Helen Seiler
 
@helen-seiler • 20 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Slidin into the blues:
"Great playing Greg"
Helen Seiler
 
@helen-seiler • 21 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on New Lang Syne :
"Too wonderful for words Dan."
Helen Seiler
 
@helen-seiler • 21 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Old Joe Clark, key of C mixolydian:
"Great playing James... one of my favourite tunes"
Estes George
 
@george-desjardins • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"He's fine, up and wandering in the yard now. "
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"Yikes!  What a beauty.  I hope he wasn't hurt in some way."
Robin Thompson
 
@robin-thompson • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"Wow, George! "
Estes George
 
@george-desjardins • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"Was headed out to the truck this morning to go to grocery store, thought I'd wait until my visitor moves on.  Welcome to Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National..."
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What Are You Working On?":
"Way back in the late 1970s Betty and I visited Spring Hill, Nova Scotia and site of the Cumberland Mine. We knew the mine from the McColl//Seeger song as..."
Salt Springs
 
@salt-springs • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Twenty Seventeen Waltz:
"Another Jim Dandy tune...............keep 'em coming............."
Salt Springs
 
@salt-springs • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Sally in the Garden:
"Randy, that is a keeper for sure............bravo 3X.............."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What Are You Working On?":
"We had a mini get-away Friday and yesterday.  Drove up to Spring Hill, FL to kayak with the manatees at Weeki Watchee spring/river.  Great trip; beautiful..."
Cynthia Wigington
 
@cynthia-wigington • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Sally in the Garden:
"Nice g minor tuning Randy. That's just simply orgasmic. "
N9LO
 
@n9lo • yesterday • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Cripple Creek Dulcimer Kit:
"Yes, I did glue in the dowels, cut them flush,  and glued on a piece of walnut veneer.  The sides are glued in to the head and tail blocks.  The little wood..."
Benjamin W Barr Jr
 

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Dulcimer Making

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a place to share the hymns and worship songs we are playing.
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Help Me Learn this Song


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Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


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Call the Tune

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Collector's Corner

Collector's Corner


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GIG TALK!


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Early & Classical Music


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Galax Dulcimer Lovers


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Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


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Scrap/Recycled wood Dulcimer Challenge

Scrap/Recycled wood...


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The Bass Dulcimer

The Bass Dulcimer


This group is for anyone interested in sharing tips and...
Chromatic Dulcimers

Chromatic Dulcimers


For players who enjoy playing dulcimers with ALL the frets!
Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


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North Carolinians Plus


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6 string dulcimers


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West Virginia players


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Composing and Songwriting

Composing and Songwriting


Do you like composing original songs? Are you writing a...
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North of the Lakes


for any MD players in Upper Canada (aka Ontario) and the...
Missouri Dulcimer Players

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for all the Show Me State dulcimer players
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Arkladulcifest 2017 -(AR)

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Thu Jun 8 2017
Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (CA)

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Fri Jun 9 2017
Maryland Folk Musician's Retreat -(MD)

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Starting a new dulcimer

Posted: Monday January 23 2017, 11:06 AM
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What Are You Working On?

Posted: Monday January 23 2017, 3:52 AM
By: @Jan Potts

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Sunday January 22 2017, 5:35 PM
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New Bill Berg dulcimer

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September On The...

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Drying freshly harvested...

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Software updates of Jan 2 -...

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Drying fresh cut wood

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Does anyone recognize this...

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What do you all record with?

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How to ship?

Posted: Thursday January 19 2017, 8:42 AM
By: @joe sanguinette

Use of 8 1/2 fret

Posted: Wednesday January 18 2017, 2:50 PM
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Thoughts: Folk Roots by...

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Visit With Kusani

Posted: Monday January 16 2017, 9:42 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Dulcimer Weight

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Protecting skin

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Just me again, Anyone...

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Favorite picks made from...

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By: @Jan Potts

Warren May mountain...

Posted: Sunday January 15 2017, 8:22 PM
By: @marg

The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Sunday January 15 2017, 6:19 PM
By: @marg

My new Berg!

Posted: Sunday January 15 2017, 3:10 AM
By: @Steven Berger

Playing Music improves...

Posted: Saturday January 14 2017, 9:07 PM
By: @jeffrey charles foster

Dan Evans in concert -...

Posted: Saturday January 14 2017, 8:04 PM
By: @jeffrey charles foster

I have had a stroke and...

Posted: Saturday January 14 2017, 3:07 PM
By: @hugssandi

Crock Pot Beer Chicken

Posted: Saturday January 14 2017, 2:58 PM
By: @hugssandi

Places to find great...

Posted: Saturday January 14 2017, 2:33 PM
By: @marg

Let's talk about "Floating...

Posted: Saturday January 14 2017, 2:02 PM
By: @marg
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