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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

jost
@jost • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @lois-sprengnether-keel: Why I generally play solo
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 5 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Swallowtail Jig on a stick dulcimer:
"I like this a lot! "
kjb
@kjb • 5 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @donkee: Love me tender DAA
kjb
@kjb • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @robin-thompson: Seven Chimneys
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Why I generally play solo":
"It is what it is. So be it."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Why I generally play solo":
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Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 6 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @kjb: Swallowtail Jig on a stick dulcimer
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @robin-thompson: Seven Chimneys
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 6 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @donkee: Love me tender DAA
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @lois-sprengnether-keel: Why I generally play solo
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Why I generally play solo":
"Saw this on Facebook & have to share it here.  I'm sure my Kindergarten report card said: Does not play well with others."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 9 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Love me tender DAA:
"I enjoyed your video for Play Music on the Porch Day, Don!  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Seven Chimneys
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 20 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Swallowtail Jig on a stick dulcimer:
"Nice bouncy playing!"
kjb
@kjb • yesterday • comments: 5
Liked a music item created by @tukanu: Cantiga 384 on a Celtic Strum
tukanu
@tukanu • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Swallowtail Jig on a stick dulcimer:
"Well done...thank for posting"
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @kjb: Swallowtail Jig on a stick dulcimer
Luigi
@luigi • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @kjb: Swallowtail Jig on a stick dulcimer
kjb
@kjb • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new YouTube video:
Swallowtail Jig on a stick dulcimer
Howard Rugg
@howard-rugg • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FolkRoots Information":
"It's Mahogany.  I have a Facebook page, you can post it there"
Recovering Baptist
@recovering-baptist • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FolkRoots Information":
"Thank you Howard for this information. I saw the dulcimer listed on FaceBook Market place and immediately contacted seller. She is the second owner - said..."
Howard Rugg
@howard-rugg • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FolkRoots Information":
"Hello Tom Yes it's pre-Folkcraft.  Date of assembly, 11/3/ 1983"
jost
@jost • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @donkee: Love me tender DAA
Recovering Baptist
@recovering-baptist • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FolkRoots Information":
"Thank you Dusty for the info.  I will follow up.  No problem moving my post to appropriate forum.  Tom"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FolkRoots Information":
"Like Dusty, I'm pretty sure that's a "real" FolkRoots Capritaurus, not a re-born Folkcraft.  Howard is easy to chat with..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What Are You Working On?":
"I am (very slowly) working on an arrangement of the Irish Gaelic air "Song of the Books" or " Amhrán na Leabha."  It's a haunting melody. I found some sheet..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FolkRoots Information":
"Hi Tom, First, I took the liberty of moving your question to the Forum on specific luthiers, since it seemed more appropriate. Second, I would guess from the..."
Recovering Baptist
@recovering-baptist • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "FolkRoots Information":
"Does anyone have any information regarding a FolkRoots D100S, serial number 193. I would like to know if it is pre-Folkcraft or not.  thanks, tom"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Love me tender DAA:
"Nice playing! Factoid: This tune is actually a Civil War song "Aura Lee," published in 1861. The tune "Aura Lee" was composed by George R. Poulton. The tune..."
DonKee
@donkee • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new YouTube video:
Love me tender DAA
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @don-smith: Have not been on in awhile
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr • 3 days ago • comments: 11
Liked a group discussions item created by @strumelia: Building the Celtic Strum
Davey A
@davey-a • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Have not been on in awhile":
"Wow, I’ve never seen a gourd banjo before. It looks fantastic. So much to learn in life! Glad your fingers are all there. I try to do fewer stupid things as..."
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 4 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Good Bye Dear Old Step Stone:
"@davey-a Hey Dave, you are indeed welcome! It's great to have you on the site. Thanks for your kind comment and thanks for listening."
Davey A
@davey-a • 5 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Good Bye Dear Old Step Stone:
"Thanks Gordon, I enjoyed that. -Dave"
Davey A
@davey-a • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Can you tell me about Curt Mangan FusionMatched strings?":
"TL/DR; Nell, if ball-end strings are ok, maybe you could try D’addario “Chromes” flat wound stainless steel for the wound string. Mellow toned, and no..."
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 5 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Good Bye Dear Old Step Stone:
"@ken-longfield it was my pleasure! Thank you."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 6 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Good Bye Dear Old Step Stone:
"Thanks for sharing this Gordon. You did a great job of playing and singing this song as well as providing information about it. Ken "The dulcimer sings a..."
Kevin Burns
@kevin-burns • 6 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Cantiga 384 on a Celtic Strum:
"Very nice"
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Good Bye Dear Old Step Stone:
"Great info, Gordon and Dusty!  "
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • one week ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Good Bye Dear Old Step Stone:
"@strumelia @robin-thompson @dusty-turtle Thanks folks for listening and for your kind comments. I saw/heard a video by Willy Blake (William Henry..."
Don Smith
@don-smith • one week ago • comments: 11
Liked a group discussions item created by @strumelia: Building the Celtic Strum
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Good Bye Dear Old Step Stone:
"That's a great old tune, Gordon, and you do a nice job with it. According to the liner notes to Bascom Lamar Lunsford's Ballad's, Banjo Tunes, and..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • one week ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Good Bye Dear Old Step Stone:
"This is a wonderful old sentimental song, Gordon, and I like the way you play & sing it. "
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Good Bye Dear Old Step Stone:
"May i ask where you found this song Gordon?  It's a sweet/sad sentiment, and I like how you sing it. "
Strumelia
@strumelia • one week ago • comments: 9
Liked a youtube item created by @gordon-hardy: Good Bye Dear Old Step Stone
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Jack Pudding
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • one week ago • comments: 0
Updated a YouTube Video:
Jack Pudding
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • one week ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Jack Pudding
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • one week ago • comments: 9
Posted a new YouTube video:
Good Bye Dear Old Step Stone

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Why I generally play solo

Posted: Saturday September 25 2021, 1:43 PM
By: @Richard Streib

FolkRoots Information

Posted: Thursday September 23 2021, 7:59 PM
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What Are You Working On?

Posted: Thursday September 23 2021, 12:28 AM
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Have not been on in awhile

Posted: Wednesday September 22 2021, 8:33 AM
By: @Davey A

Can you tell me about Curt...

Posted: Monday September 20 2021, 2:42 PM
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Don Pedi honored

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Fret Markers?

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Tempered tuning

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Student searching for her...

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Black Rose Dulcimer by Bill...

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Hearts Of The Dulcimer...

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Help with info on a Flat...

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John Frazier dulcimer

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