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 Groups and Forum discussions that interest you, make new music friends. Share photos, music clips, and videos, resources for buying instruments, music, and learning materials. Ask your beginner questions and learn to play! All are welcome here no matter what your playing 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. Click on different links to get familiar with where things are. Questions about using the site?- ask them HERE .  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

DavisJames
@davisjames • 48 minutes ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Old King Cole
DavisJames
@davisjames • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @erthling: to get chromatic or not
lmcwilli
@lmcwilli • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "to get chromatic or not":
"I recently started playing the pure diatonic Jean-Ritchie-style dulcimer my wife built 50 years ago. No extra fret enhancements (6.5 or 1.5). For modal..."
Lowell Moore
@lowell-moore • 3 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Amazing Courting Dulcimer for sale $500":
"I have an amazing "courting dulcimer" in great condition made from walnut by Terry Cannon (#48 on the label inside). This dulcimer is a true work of art and..."
Michael Willey
@michael-willey • 3 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Question on DAA Tab:
"Hi, Ken, I'm not really into chording, but I would like to look at your friend's essay.  Do you need an email address?  Thanks."
Michael Willey
@michael-willey • 3 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Question on DAA Tab:
"Hi, Strumelia!  I appreciate you clearing that up for me.  I was flummoxed!  So, if I come across DAA tab that has chords, do I just play the melody line..."
Michael Willey
@michael-willey • 3 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Thoughts on Tabs and Chords:
"Hi, @Ocean-Daughter.  I appreciate your comments and I think that's what I'll try to do is just jam with this group in DAA.  Thanks!"
ocean-daughter
@ocean-daughter • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Players News demise":
"I learned of this when I received my magazine yesterday.  Ashley said she would keep the website up, and the festival and club directories.   I'd like to see..."
ocean-daughter
@ocean-daughter • 4 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Thoughts on Tabs and Chords:
"Hi Michael, I'm also a more traditional player.  So far I've only jammed with groups online.  But I always just play either the melody, or a counter-melody..."
DavisJames
@davisjames • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Maple Sweet
DavisJames
@davisjames • 6 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @dulcidom: Country Gardens
Michael Willey
@michael-willey • 7 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Thoughts on Tabs and Chords:
"Ken, DAA is my preferred tuning.  I probably should have mentioned that sooner.  But I don't mind playing in DAD.  I've just never been interested in..."
LisavB
@lisavb • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cardboard Dulcimer Recommendations":
"My first dulcimer was a Backyard Music cardboard kit.  The fretboard (mercifully) already had the frets on, and it was easy to assemble.  The tone was..."
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 9 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Question on DAA Tab:
"An aside great DAA chord melody player is Les Gallier can be found thru brother Gary Gallier's website."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 11 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Thoughts on Tabs and Chords:
"Michael -- are you tuning to DAd along with the others in the group, or are you tuned DAA?  What Ken wrote is perfectly true if you're tuned DAd.    If you..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 11 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Question on DAA Tab:
"An old, and sadly now deceased friend, Merv Rowley,  wrote the definitive essay on playing Chord Melody style in DAA a number of years ago for the old..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 20 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Question on DAA Tab:
"Looking at your image, it looks as though the tab indicates playing chords in DAA... just as one would in chord style DAd.Just because one is tuned DAA, it..."
Michael Willey
@michael-willey • 21 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Question on DAA Tab:
"Strumelia, thanks for your response.  I'm familiar with the numbers on the bottom line.  But this tune also has numbers on the top line for DAA tuning.  I'm..."
DavisJames
@davisjames • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @randy-adams: Tune 04
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 21 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Question on DAA Tab:
"If all of the notes on the melody line of the song are available on your dulcimer as tuned, I just ignore numbers on the middle or bass strings. That being..."
DavisJames
@davisjames • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "to get chromatic or not":
"Thanks for the advice-3 strings for melody playing,making harmonies with 2 fingers,etc."
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Question on DAA Tab:
"Not sure if that's what you meant. Can you point to an example online of what you are confused about?"
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Question on DAA Tab:
"In dulcimer tab, it's not uncommon to put the numbers on the bottom line, because that is how you will see the strings with the instrument on your lap- the..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on All Things Bright and Beautiful:
"So very lovely, John! "
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: All Things Bright and Beautiful
Michael Willey
@michael-willey • yesterday • comments: 9
Created a new Group discussion "Question on DAA Tab":
"I have owned dulcimers for years, but am still basically a beginner because I don't make myself sit down and practice.  I'm trying to change all that and was..."
Beginner players
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: All Things Bright and Beautiful
Michael Willey
@michael-willey • yesterday • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Thoughts on Tabs and Chords:
"Thanks, Ken.  That is helpful.  I'm basically a beginner, despite having owned dulcimers for years.  I'm trying to change all that this year.    "
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Thoughts on Tabs and Chords:
"If you are using DAd tab, most of the melody will be on the bottom line of the tab. Numbers from zero through seven is the first octave of the scale. Often..."
Michael Willey
@michael-willey • yesterday • comments: 6
Created a new Group discussion "Thoughts on Tabs and Chords":
"All of the dulcimer clubs in my area are big on playing chords.  I would like to be able to play with these folks, but what do you do when the tab of a given..."
OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on All Things Bright and Beautiful:
"Hi Cynthia, One of these days I'll share a mule with you in the form of "Mule Skinner Blues". I think you will get a "kick" out of it."
Cynthia Wigington
@cynthia-wigington • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on All Things Bright and Beautiful:
"Lovely paintings and music. I especially like the turkeys. They are quite challenging to paint I think. I wonder if you have a painting of a mule in there..."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new YouTube video:
All Things Bright and Beautiful
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Flow Gently Sweet Afton (American tune)
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Slots for frets loose":
"I'm glad you finished it and can enjoy playing it. Have fun. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Dwain Wilder
@dwain-wilder • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Slots for frets loose":
"shootrj2003: …I guess you learn something every day wether you want to or not!… I saw a poster once with a cat hanging from a clothes-line. The caption was..."
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "to get chromatic or not":
"@davisjames and @robert-schuler , I won't try to change your approaches to playing, but I invite you to consider other aspects of the dulcimer that also..."
shootrj2003
@shootrj2003 • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Slots for frets loose":
"It lives,and sounds good now if I can only learn to sound good!"
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Flow Gently Sweet Afton (American tune):
"I haven’t heard this in years - and you played it beautifully!  Thank you!"
robert schuler
@robert-schuler • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "to get chromatic or not":
"DavisJames, the drones and tuning in modes is what makes a dulcimer such a unique and beautiful sounding instrument...Robert "
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Country Gardens:
"This was so bright and cheery, and the flowers are such a nice touch!  Thank you for sharing this!"
Dwain Wilder
@dwain-wilder • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cardboard Dulcimer Recommendations":
"Kay Bolin: …Several of us are interested in playing different dulcimers and are looking into purchasing inexpensive cardboard dulcimers to try out..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cardboard Dulcimer Recommendations":
"Ken Hulme: Dusty -- the strings are only attached to the fretboard not the body, so the body would not have stress on it from baritone tunings. True...."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Perpetual Motion:
"Oh, I like the movement and you getting "in the zone"!  "
DavisJames
@davisjames • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "to get chromatic or not":
"I have a lovely Tom Yockie chromatic.My second dulcimer.However I'm glad that my first dulcimer was a standard mountain dulcimer with a 6+1/2..."
msdeebee
@msdeebee • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new Group discussion "Jam Groups near Waco":
"Hello out there, I'm looking for jam groups in the Waco area. Anyone know of any? Thanks, Dee"
Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts
DavisJames
@davisjames • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Created a new Audio File:
Perpetual Motion
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cardboard Dulcimer Recommendations":
"Dusty -- the strings are only attached to the fretboard not the body, so the body would not have stress on it from baritone tunings."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cardboard Dulcimer Recommendations":
"Hi Kay. I hope you're doing well. I was amazed when I played one of the Folkcraft cardboard dulcimers.  They don't have much volume, but the tone is much..."
Kay Bolin
@kay-bolin • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cardboard Dulcimer Recommendations":
"Thanks Ken Hume, Ken Longfield and Dwain Wilder for your responses. All helpful!"

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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.
The Music Theory Corner

The Music Theory Corner


A Group to talk about Music Theory!
Rockin' in the Free World

Rockin' in the Free World


A group for those of you who like to play music not...
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...
Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


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

Dulcimer Therapy


This group is dedicated to those that visit, or have 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...
Little Dulcimers

Little Dulcimers


Do you play an octave, mini, or traveling dulcimer?
Baritone & Bass Dulcimer Players

Baritone & Bass Dulcimer...


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...
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...
UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

UK and European Mountain...


A group which hopefully allows players/makers in this...
Dulcimer teachers

Dulcimer teachers


Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?
Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks

Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks


Regardless of what name you favor, this group is a...
Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


Recording dulcimers, vocals and other instruments in the...
Dulcimer Ancestors

Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
Box Dulcimers

Box Dulcimers


A group for those who play, make, or admire all types...
Chromatic Dulcimers

Chromatic Dulcimers


For players who enjoy playing dulcimers with ALL the frets!
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video...
Galax Dulcimer Lovers

Galax Dulcimer Lovers


Just a group to discuss all things Galax Dulcimer. Tips...
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...
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...
Challenged Players

Challenged Players


A meeting place for players dealing with disabilities.
Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness

Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


A group for private sharing and support, whether you are...
California Dulcimer Dreamin'

California Dulcimer Dreamin'


For dulcimer players living in or just visiting California
NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer players

NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer...


For those of us who live in the northeastern United States.
Virginia Dulcimer Players

Virginia Dulcimer Players


Just thought it would be neet to know how many other...
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 /...
6 string dulcimers

6 string dulcimers


Owning and playing a 6 string, regardless of tuning, and...
Kentucky Dulcimer Players

Kentucky Dulcimer Players


A group for any players from Kentucky where we can meet...
West Virginia players

West Virginia players


A group just for dulcimer players in beautiful West...
Pacific Northwest Players

Pacific Northwest Players


For players who live in or have strong connections to the...
Florida Sunshine Dulcimer Group

Florida Sunshine Dulcimer...


Florida Dulcimer Players
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...
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Indiana Players


Welcome all dulcimer players in the state of Indiana!...
North of the Lakes

North of the Lakes


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

Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


For those who live in Arkansas and love playing the...
AussieTalk!

AussieTalk!


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A Jig
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Lament for Owen Roe O'Neill(Carolan)
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Leaving Home For Good
Hangman's Waltz.
Ariel
We're Floating Down the Stream of Time
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to get chromatic or not

Posted: Tuesday February 7 2023, 4:05 PM
By: @lmcwilli

Amazing Courting Dulcimer...

Posted: Tuesday February 7 2023, 3:26 PM
By: @Lowell Moore

Dulcimer Players News demise

Posted: Tuesday February 7 2023, 2:46 PM
By: @ocean-daughter

Cardboard Dulcimer...

Posted: Tuesday February 7 2023, 10:41 AM
By: @LisavB

Slots for frets loose

Posted: Monday February 6 2023, 10:25 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Jethro Amburgey #110

Posted: Wednesday February 1 2023, 9:16 AM
By: @John Gribble

W. Martin Dulcimer History

Posted: Tuesday January 31 2023, 10:41 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Bing Futch...

Posted: Tuesday January 31 2023, 8:48 AM
By: @Bing Futch

confusing fret layout

Posted: Tuesday January 31 2023, 2:21 AM
By: @Dwain Wilder

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Tuesday January 31 2023, 1:47 AM
By: @shootrj2003

Hearts of the Dulcimer...

Posted: Monday January 30 2023, 8:16 AM
By: @Strumelia

Bonnie Carol dulcimer for...

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Stanley Hicks / David Love...

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Wanted: Case for a Galax...

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2003 Performance model Kurt...

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A stolen Rolling Stones...

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By: @jp

CBS piece on Troublesome...

Posted: Tuesday January 17 2023, 7:37 PM
By: @Dan

Tab or chords needed for We...

Posted: Tuesday January 17 2023, 1:23 PM
By: @Art S

Kind of like, "Where's Waldo?"

Posted: Sunday January 15 2023, 6:29 PM
By: @Alegre1

Dulcimer Tuning Pegs for Sale

Posted: Saturday January 14 2023, 2:59 PM
By: @Richard Streib

Looking to Upgrade/Add to...

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By: @Dwain Wilder

New Year's Resolution:...

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By: @Robin Thompson

New biography of David...

Posted: Saturday January 7 2023, 12:58 PM
By: @KLKD

Sarah Kate on mountain...

Posted: Friday January 6 2023, 11:45 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Loop Pedal 101: The Basics...

Posted: Thursday January 5 2023, 1:45 PM
By: @Bing Futch

International Appalachian...

Posted: Wednesday January 4 2023, 11:04 PM
By: @Alegre1

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Wednesday January 4 2023, 9:33 AM
By: @Strumelia

Recommendations for best...

Posted: Tuesday January 3 2023, 8:57 PM
By: @jal

Folkcraft LAP-JO For Sale

Posted: Tuesday January 3 2023, 11:33 AM
By: @Jim Phillips

Rest in Peace, Gwen Caeli

Posted: Monday January 2 2023, 2:09 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

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