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

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 18 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"I just got a call from the music shop where I used to host a monthly dulcimer club before we moved online in April or May of last year.  As of sometime in..."
Ariane
@ariane • an hour ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on C'est dans le mois de mai:
"Thank you very much, Dusty, for your kind comment - I am happy that you like it"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Rosin the Beau and recycling melodies for new songs":
"The tunes we know for Slane/Be Thou My Vision/Banks Of The Bann;   The Riddle Song/12th of Never; Twinkle,Twinkle/Baa Baa Black Sheep/Alphabet Song/A Vous..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "George Orthey Dulcimer":
"With those large diameter string pins.... if you can't find loop-end strings, you can make a loop by running the open end of the string through the ball-end..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 10 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "George Orthey Dulcimer":
"The other Orthey dulcimers I've seen had VSLs of 27".  If yours is close to that, a wound bass string around .024 would probably be right.  Middle string..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 10 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Rosin the Beau and recycling melodies for new songs":
"This is an interesting question. I thought of the "The Ship that Never Returned" which is the basis for "The Wreck Old 97" which is the basis of "The..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Rosin the Beau and recycling melodies for new songs":
"We know how common it has been in the folklore tradition to add new lyrics to an old melody.  Poets such as Robert Burns did so incessantly, it seems...."
MandaPanda
@mandapanda • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Brass instruments ":
"Ex-brass player here! I majored in euphonium and minored in piano in undergrad (was a music education major), and played for several years after graduating...."
Dave D
@dave-d • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "George Orthey Dulcimer":
"It has pins. This instrument is #856 from May 1982."
Dan Evans
@dan-evans • 18 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Tumbling Skies:
"thnx @Hobbyhorse"
Dan
@dan • 18 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "George Orthey Dulcimer":
"The image doesn't show ball end or loop end, some hitch pits will work for either. I believe KenL knew George, he may have a better insight to  what string..."
Dave D
@dave-d • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "George Orthey Dulcimer":
"Photo of Tailpiece..."
Dave D
@dave-d • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "George Orthey Dulcimer":
"I have a George Orthey hourglass that I need to put new strings on. Can someone help me with original string gauges? "
KLKD
@karend • 20 hours ago • comments: 8
Liked a soundcloud item created by @bing-futch: Never Too Late
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hearts Of The Dulcimer Podcast In Its 5th Year":
"One of my most exciting moments as a dulcimer player was playing Cripple Creek as fast as I could while Aubrey did her clog dancing on a small wooden square..."
Bing Futch
@bing-futch • 22 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Never Too Late:
"MandaPanda: The kind of song that could put a smile on anyone's face!  Thanks, Manda!"
Bing Futch
@bing-futch • 22 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Never Too Late:
"Ken Longfield: Great message, Bing. Thanks for sharing it with us. I enjoyed listening to this recording. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."..."
Patricia Delich
@patricia-delich • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hearts Of The Dulcimer Podcast In Its 5th Year":
"Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast - Episode 51  The Sweet Harmonies of Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly https://dulcimuse.com/podcast In this episode..."
Susie
@susie • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "NDD - McSpadden Ginger":
"Robin Thompson: Susie, enjoy that lovely new Ginger!   There may be some enablers here at fotmd yet I'm not one of them. Thanks Robin, I sure will! No, I..."
Susie
@susie • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "NDD - McSpadden Ginger":
"Dusty Turtle: Looks like a beauty, and I'm sure it sounds like one, too! Thanks Dusty. It sure does have a nice voice and these Gingers are fun to play...."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "NDD - McSpadden Ginger":
"Susie, enjoy that lovely new Ginger!   There may be some enablers here at fotmd yet I'm not one of them."
Pierre-Yves Donnio
@pierre-yves-donnio • yesterday • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @ariane: C'est dans le mois de mai
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Tumbling Skies:
"Just beautiful .... thanks."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on C'est dans le mois de mai:
"I love how this song gains momentum as you progress.  Nice job, Ariane! I think this tune is sometimes just called "En montant la rivière," unless there's a..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "NDD - McSpadden Ginger":
"Looks like a beauty, and I'm sure it sounds like one, too!"
Susie
@susie • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "NDD - McSpadden Ginger":
"I think I've purchased my last dulcimer. I wanted to get a second McSpadden Ginger, this one intonated DAd (I already have one intonated GDg).  I contacted..."
Susie
@susie • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Susie
McSpadden Ginger (Spruce/Walnut) McSpadden Ginger (Cherry) Doug Berch Dulcimer with Grandpa's Fiddle McSpadden 26" (Walnut)
Ariane
@ariane • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Pig Ankle Rag:
"Thank you very much, Peter, Robin and Jan, for your very kind comments - I am so happy that you like it"
Ariane
@ariane • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on C'est dans le mois de mai:
"Dear Robin, thank you very much for your very kind comment - I am very happy that you like it Aren't these flowers wonderful? And how they smell...mmmmmh..."
Benjamin W Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @dan-evans: Tumbling Skies
Dan Evans
@dan-evans • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new YouTube video:
Tumbling Skies
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @j-andy-crandall: ALL CREATURES
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @j-andy-crandall: I Am Resolved
nick o'sullivan
@nick-osullivan • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Coinleach glas an fhomhair:
"Thanks Val, good to hear you are all well. Nick"
MacAodha
@macaodha • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Coinleach glas an fhomhair:
"Superb Nick, can hear the influence of the late great Mícheál Ó Domhnaill. All well here Nick, good to hear from you. Regards to all."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on I Am Resolved:
"That's some nice fingerpicking right there!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @ariane: C'est dans le mois de mai
Salt Springs
@salt-springs • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @j-andy-crandall: I Am Resolved
Salt Springs
@salt-springs • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on I Am Resolved:
"I needed that today!"
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @j-andy-crandall: I Am Resolved
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on I Am Resolved:
"Wow, I haven't heard this in what feels like about a million years!  Wonderfully played!   (My mom was a church pianist for many years and this is one we..."
A.c.N.
@acn • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @j-andy-crandall: ALL CREATURES
MandaPanda
@mandapanda • 3 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Never Too Late:
"The kind of song that could put a smile on anyone's face! "
MandaPanda
@mandapanda • 3 days ago • comments: 8
Liked a soundcloud item created by @bing-futch: Never Too Late
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @ariane: C'est dans le mois de mai
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Never Too Late:
"Great message, Bing. Thanks for sharing it with us. I enjoyed listening to this recording. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on ALL CREATURES:
"Very nice, Andy. Thanks for sharing this wonderful hymn. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
J. Andy Crandall
@j-andy-crandall • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new YouTube video:
I Am Resolved
J. Andy Crandall
@j-andy-crandall • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on ALL CREATURES:
"I have been working through a hymnal looking for tunes the work on the MD and finding lots to work with.  "
J. Andy Crandall
@j-andy-crandall • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new YouTube video:
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Public Domain... or Not?


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Call the Tune


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Box Dulcimers


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Rosin the Bow!


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Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


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California Dulcimer Dreamin'


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North Carolinians Plus


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Kentucky Dulcimer Players


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6 string dulcimers


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West Virginia players


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Pacific Northwest Players


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Missouri Dulcimer Players


for all the Show Me State dulcimer players
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FOTMD on the Road


Are your traveling, on vacation, on your way to a...
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North of the Lakes


for any MD players in Upper Canada (aka Ontario) and the...
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Rosin the Beau and...

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George Orthey Dulcimer

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Brass instruments

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Hearts Of The Dulcimer...

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NDD - McSpadden Ginger

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Show Us Your Pets!

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This Tennessee Music Box is...

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Online Masterclass - 4/30/21

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DulciBro Playing Resonator...

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For sale: Prichard copy...

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