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

Bob
 
@bob • 5 minutes ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Star of the County Down:
"Beautiful- One of my very favorite tunes."
Lexie R Oakley
 
@lexie-r-oakley • an hour ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on The Cuckoo - penny whistle:
"Beautiful Lisa, you did great keep them coming."
Val Hughes
 
@val-hughes • 3 hours ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on @tom-joyce:
"What's you at Tommy, up there in the mountain."
DianeL
 
@dianel • 5 hours ago • comments: 4
Liked @james-phillips's youtube:
Amazing Grace, key of F major
DianeL
 
Duncan Gibbs
 
@duncan-gibbs • 7 hours ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on @duncan-gibbs:
"https://youtu.be/rBYgH3IuFr0 I "found" this 4 string equidistant dulcimer in my spare room the other day and decided to see what I could play on it.  This..."
Jim Fawcett
 
@jim-fawcett • 11 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @gabriel-floyd:
"Hey Gabriel, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 13 hours ago • comments: 306
Posted a new Comment on @benjamin-w-barr-jr:
"Hi, Benjamin. In response to your question, I've worked at everything from weekly country newspapers to national magazines to The Washington Post, for whom..."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 13 hours ago • comments: 119
Posted a new Comment on @strumelia:
"Thank you -- I am pretty tickled with it! I don't normally go into that little antique store unless I have something specific I'm looking for, but in the..."
Randy Adams
 
@randy-adams • 13 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Dry and Dusty:
"Thank you Lisa Steve...My brother bought the banjo off ebay and gave it to me. Don't know the maker. It had a big old long neck on it so I cut it in the..."
Benjamin W Barr Jr
 
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 14 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on @laurel-k-scott:
"Hi Laurel, I noticed on your description that you are a journalist.  Do you work for a major paper, daily, or weekly?  I work for a small town weekly as a..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 14 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on @laurel-k-scott:
"Laurel, the dulcimer you have pictured looks like a really wonderful vintage instrument- you are lucky to have found it I'd say!  Does it have the makers'..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 14 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Dry and Dusty:
"Real sweet sound going there Randy.  "
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 14 hours ago • comments: 4
Liked @randy-adams's youtube:
Dry and Dusty
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 15 hours ago • comments: 31
Posted a new Comment on What is it that you like about playing Noter Drone?:
"Watching this now, Rob -- awesome!"
Steven Berger
 
@steven-berger • 15 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on The Cuckoo - penny whistle:
"Sounds good, Lisa! Keep up the good work!   Steven"
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 15 hours ago • comments: 31
Posted a new Comment on What is it that you like about playing Noter Drone?:
" Thank you kindly, Rob. Yes, I love strumelia's blog! I'm sure as I get used to working with this dulcimer, I will figure most everything out; it can't be..."
Randy Adams
 
@randy-adams • 15 hours ago • comments: 5
Liked @mark-kungfucracker-runge's group discussions:
White walnut with sapele stripe
Steven Berger
 
@steven-berger • 15 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Dry and Dusty:
"Nicely done, Randy! That banjo sounds great...who made it?   Steven"
Rob N Lackey
 
@rob-n-lackey • 15 hours ago • comments: 31
Posted a new Comment on What is it that you like about playing Noter Drone?:
"Noter/drone Cripple Creek Lesson I also talk a little about pegs in this one.  "
Randy Adams
 
@randy-adams • 15 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Dry and Dusty:
"mountain banjo and mountain dulcimer"
Rob N Lackey
 
@rob-n-lackey • 15 hours ago • comments: 31
Posted a new Comment on What is it that you like about playing Noter Drone?:
"Though it's not the only way I play, I do play noter drone sometimes.  I recommend strumelia's on-line noter/drone blog for lessons.  If you have a question..."
Randy Adams
 
@randy-adams • 15 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new YouTube video:
Dry and Dusty
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 16 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on The Cuckoo - penny whistle:
"What a nice shot with that lovely window behind you and the music wafting all around.  I could imagine this used as part of a historic soundtrack.  Well..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 16 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on B minor Drone walnut flute:
"I, too, like it and I think that little figure by the waving fern liked it, too!  Besides instruments and rocks and shells and books--and lots of other..."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 16 hours ago • comments: 31
Posted a new Comment on What is it that you like about playing Noter Drone?:
"Thanks, Mr. Hulme -- that is encouraging, and I sure appreciate it! In fact, I've already printed out two of your articles, including the one you mentioned,..."
Mark Runge
 
@mark-kungfucracker-runge • 17 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on White walnut with sapele stripe:
"Too true. One in the same. This white walnut was gifted to me from Bill Taylor for helping him on his instruments. So it's extra special because it's been..."
Jim Fawcett
 
@jim-fawcett • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Signed @tlkelly's Guestbook:
"Terry, It took a while for it to sink in that I could also reply to you in your guest book. I glad you enjoyed my class. I didn't receive any feed back since..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 17 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on White walnut with sapele stripe:
"Yes, White Walnut and Butternut are two regional names for Juglans cinerea.  "
Cynthia Wigington
 
@cynthia-wigington • 17 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on The Cuckoo - penny whistle:
"Just lovely Lisa - you are making more than "slow" progress with the penny whistle. I could just picture a country boy walking down a country road with his..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 17 hours ago • comments: 31
Posted a new Comment on What is it that you like about playing Noter Drone?:
"Laurel;  back in the day -- forty years ago -- I taught myself to play N&D style from Jean Ritchie's The Dulcimer Book, the only book available at the..."
Mary MacGowan
 
@mary-macgowan • 17 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on B minor Drone walnut flute:
"Very pretty and very medieval sounding!"
Mary MacGowan
 
@mary-macgowan • 18 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on The Cuckoo - penny whistle:
"This is a real charmer! I play recorder... this must be really hard to play smoothly! Very pretty, Strumelia!"
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 18 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new YouTube video:
The Cuckoo - penny whistle
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 18 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @dshombert:
""Not sure if this is the place to post this, but I placed an ad on your Classifieds board and the instrument sold (through another site) so I sent a PayPal..."
Steven Berger
 
@steven-berger • 18 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked @mark-gilston's youtube:
Star of the County Down
dshombert
 
@dshombert • 18 hours ago • comments: 119
Posted a new Comment on @strumelia:
"Not sure if this is the place to post this, but I placed an ad on your Classifieds board and the instrument sold (through another site) so I sent a PayPal $5..."
Laurel K Scott
 
@laurel-k-scott • 18 hours ago • comments: 31
Posted a new Comment on What is it that you like about playing Noter Drone?:
"I think i'ts sad that I can't find anyone local to teach me noter/drone style, which is my greatest interest. I've long found it appealing because of that..."
dshombert
 
@dshombert • 18 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "(SOLD) FS: Sunhearth mountain dulcimer, excellent condition":
"The dulcimer has been sold."
Benjamin W Barr Jr
 
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 21 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @gabriel-floyd:
"Hi Gabriel, 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..."
Jim Phillips
 
@jim-at-gcreek • yesterday • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Old Joe Clark:
"Nice noter playing on that old standard.  It is great how this song sounds so good on so many types of instruments!  Last fall I was at the Renfro Valley..."
Rob N Lackey
 
@rob-n-lackey • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @gabriel-floyd:
"Welcome, Gabriel, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven.  Hope you enjoy it here. Rob  "
Gail Webber
 
@gail-webber • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on B minor Drone walnut flute:
"Very nice, Monica!   "
Gail Webber
 
@gail-webber • yesterday • comments: 1
Liked @mark-gilston's youtube:
Star of the County Down
Gail Webber
 
@gail-webber • yesterday • comments: 11
Liked @steve-battarbee's vimeo:
Old Joe Clark
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • yesterday • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Emma´s waltz:
"I like this!  Lots of fun in this piece!"
Gail Webber
 
@gail-webber • yesterday • comments: 7
Liked @luigi's soundcloud:
Emma´s waltz
Cynthia Wigington
 
@cynthia-wigington • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @gabriel-floyd:
"Greetings from Vermont Gabriel and welcome to the site. It's good to connect with others of our kind. Have fun here."
Cynthia Wigington
 
@cynthia-wigington • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @sarahmm3:
"Greetings from Vermont Sara and welcome to the site. Being obsessed with dulcimers is a good reason to join, many of us are obsessed with dulcimers here!"
Cynthia Wigington
 
@cynthia-wigington • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on @dshombert:
"Welcome D and good luck selling your culcimer."

Join a Group!   All

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 making dulcimers or interested in...
Fingerpicking

Fingerpicking


A place to discuss fingerpicking styles of dulcimer...
Hymn and Worship Song Players

Hymn and Worship Song Players


a place to share the hymns and worship songs we are playing.
Modern/Chord style Players

Modern/Chord style Players


Do you play chords and fret across all strings? Then this...
Rockin' in the Free World

Rockin' in the Free World


A group for those of you who like to play music not...
Traditional Irish music & Song

Traditional Irish music & Song


The playing of Traditional Irish music and Song on...
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.
fans of Jean Ritchie

fans of Jean Ritchie


A group for those of us who have been inspired by...
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...
Dulcimer teachers

Dulcimer teachers


Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?
Singing with the Dulcimer

Singing with the Dulcimer


Here's a group for those of us who are interested in...
Arranging for Dulcimers

Arranging for Dulcimers


A group to discuss creating arrangements of songs for...
Dulcimer Therapy

Dulcimer Therapy


This group is dedicated to those that visit, or have a...
Mountain Dulcimer History

Mountain Dulcimer History


Share historical information on the history and...
Little Dulcimers

Little Dulcimers


Do you play an octave, mini, or traveling dulcimer?
Help Me Learn this Song

Help Me Learn this Song


Need help learning to play a particular song? Let...
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...
Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


Ever wanted to record or post that tune, but you just...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video clips...
Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


A place to share about 4-equidistant string playing, how...
Collector's Corner

Collector's Corner


A group where collectors of antique, vintage, or rare...
Civil War era music

Civil War era music


For discussing music that was played around the time of...
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 of...
GIG TALK!

GIG TALK!


Do you play gigs? Tell us about your good and not-so-good...
Early & Classical Music

Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
Galax Dulcimer Lovers

Galax Dulcimer Lovers


Just a group to discuss all things Galax Dulcimer. Tips...
Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness

Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


A group for private sharing and support, whether you are...
Scrap/Recycled wood Dulcimer Challenge

Scrap/Recycled wood...


A group for those thrifty and creative folk who like to...
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!


Welcome to all who play music using a bow on any type of...
plugging in

plugging in


to share info on all aspects of plugging in, whether to...
NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer players

NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer...


For those of us who live in the northeastern United States.
Michigan Dulcimer Players Thumbs UP

Michigan Dulcimer Players...


All Players in Michigan
Virginia Dulcimer Players

Virginia Dulcimer Players


Just thought it would be neet to know how many other...
North Carolinians Plus

North Carolinians Plus


The Three Sides of North Carolina: Mountains / Piedmont /...
Challenged Players

Challenged Players


A meeting place for players dealing with disabilities.
California Dulcimer Dreamin'

California Dulcimer Dreamin'


Dulcimer players living in California(or who've lived...
Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts

Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts


Howdy ya'll! Come on by for a cup o' joe and jammin....
Pacific Northwest Players

Pacific Northwest Players


For players who live in or have strong connections to the...
Kentucky Dulcimer Players

Kentucky Dulcimer Players


A group for any players from Kentucky where we can meet...
Florida Sunshine Dulcimer Society

Florida Sunshine Dulcimer...


Florida Dulcimer Players
6 string dulcimers

6 string dulcimers


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

Baritone Dulcimer Players


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
West Virginia players

West Virginia players


A group just for dulcimer players in beautiful West...
Composing and Songwriting

Composing and Songwriting


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

North of the Lakes


for any MD players in Upper Canada (aka Ontario) and 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...
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...
Site Moderators Group

Site Moderators Group


A private group to allow FOTMD moderators to communicate...
Indiana Players

Indiana Players


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

Showcase your music event or business here!

Showcase your music event or business here

Latest Audio

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Little Pink
Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms
Emma´s waltz
Painting
Loch Lomond, played on a Dulciborn
Edsel Martin sample
fingerlings
butterfly
Beauty Under Scars duet for baritone Dulcimer
The Ash Grove
Beatrice sound clip
The Spirit Inside 12 String Guitar & NA Flutes
Harvest Home week 3
Ground Hog
Down in the Valley to Pray
There Is A Fountain (filled with blood)
Original Song
Lincoln and Liberty Too
Just Wandering
Hard Times Come Again No More
Harvest Home
Happy Birthday to You
The Logan Elm
Dragon Egg
Kumbaya
Project 17
Sussex Carol
It Came upon a Midnight Clear
Bourrée d´Erasme
A Pretty Maid Milking Her Cow

Coming Events   All

Palestine Old Time Music & Dulcimer Fest -(TX)

Palestine Old Time Music...


Thu Mar 23 2017
Wartz 'n' All Spring Gathering

Wartz 'n' All Spring...


Sat Mar 25 2017
Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival -(VA)

Crooked Road Dulcimer...


Thu May 25 2017
Arkladulcifest 2017 -(AR)

Arkladulcifest 2017 -(AR)


Thu Jun 8 2017
Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (CA)

Berkeley Dulcimer...


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

Maryland Folk Musician's...


Fri Jun 16 2017
DULCIMER U -(NC)

DULCIMER U -(NC)


Sun Jul 23 2017
8th Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Fest -(NM)

8th Annual New Mexico...


Fri Nov 3 2017

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Latest Forum Posts   All

(SOLD) FS: Sunhearth...

Posted: Tuesday February 28 2017, 5:52 PM
By: @dshombert

Dulcimer Searching..

Posted: Tuesday February 28 2017, 5:31 AM
By: @joe sanguinette

Hearts of the Dulcimer...

Posted: Monday February 27 2017, 6:34 PM
By: @Patricia Delich

What songs were you taught...

Posted: Monday February 27 2017, 5:21 PM
By: @Jan Potts

What Are You Working On?

Posted: Monday February 27 2017, 4:18 PM
By: @Jan Potts

Which is middle C for...

Posted: Monday February 27 2017, 1:31 PM
By: @Strumelia

For Sale: Blue lion

Posted: Saturday February 25 2017, 3:56 PM
By: @Dave shattuck

PA German Zitter

Posted: Saturday February 25 2017, 12:08 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Galax dulcimer for sale

Posted: Friday February 24 2017, 2:02 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Starting a new dulcimer

Posted: Friday February 24 2017, 5:31 AM
By: @Sheryl St. Clare

Single or Double Melody...

Posted: Friday February 24 2017, 5:22 AM
By: @Sheryl St. Clare

Tablets for Storing Sheet...

Posted: Thursday February 23 2017, 8:33 PM
By: @Sheryl St. Clare

Native American Flutes

Posted: Thursday February 23 2017, 7:37 AM
By: @Susie

looking to purchase...

Posted: Wednesday February 22 2017, 10:09 PM
By: @whocindylou

who to buy strings from ?

Posted: Tuesday February 21 2017, 4:45 PM
By: @Sheryl St. Clare

Tinwhistle / penny whistles

Posted: Tuesday February 21 2017, 11:02 AM
By: @Strumelia

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Monday February 20 2017, 9:54 AM
By: @Strumelia

New Airlines' Rules Affect...

Posted: Monday February 20 2017, 1:54 AM
By: @Jill Geary

Lessons

Posted: Sunday February 19 2017, 6:39 PM
By: @hugssandi

Martin-era Sigma DM3-Y...

Posted: Sunday February 19 2017, 6:11 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Can I lessen a pluckier tone

Posted: Sunday February 19 2017, 12:31 AM
By: @Bet.M

What are you reading right...

Posted: Saturday February 18 2017, 7:32 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Outfitting a Brit friend...

Posted: Saturday February 18 2017, 6:10 PM
By: @hugssandi

I wish my baby was born...

Posted: Friday February 17 2017, 8:46 PM
By: @Rob N Lackey

I have a Baritone Crush

Posted: Friday February 17 2017, 5:29 PM
By: @D. Chitwood

MEET THE MODERATORS...

Posted: Friday February 17 2017, 12:28 PM
By: @Jan Potts

Gold Tone Dulciborn -...

Posted: Friday February 17 2017, 12:08 PM
By: @Jan Potts

How did you first discover...

Posted: Tuesday February 14 2017, 7:11 PM
By: @Mary

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Tuesday February 14 2017, 2:40 AM
By: @Jan Potts

Ralph Lee Smith Mtn...

Posted: Monday February 13 2017, 10:31 PM
By: @Kusani
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