Welcome to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer!

Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer is the most active and extensive site for Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer players and builders on the internet. 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.
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

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 hours ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Tunings ....:
"Modes are scales -- on one string only (the melody string), on fretboards which do not have (or ignore) the non-diatonic 6+ fret .  Each Mode/scale has..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 7 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: JUNE:
"Thanks, as always, David, for all the research that went into these pieces. Five years ago today, Jean Ritchie died.  That's sad, of course, but her spirit..."
IRENE
@irene • 10 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a music item created by @glenda-hubbard: Carolina Waltz
robert schuler
@robert-schuler • 11 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a music item created by @glenda-hubbard: Carolina Waltz
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 11 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a group discussions item created by @david-bennett: Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: JUNE
David Bennett
@david-bennett • 12 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: JUNE:
"Bump"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 12 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on American Chestnut Demo:
"Very nice,  Jack!  It's nice to know you found some prime chestnut to use."
Aire
@aire • 14 hours ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Tunings ....:
"Hi Guys & thanks for clearing up some of my fuzzy thinking re tuning our dulcimers.  I'm having a blast with this instrument - can't really believe I..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 14 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Éamonn A’ Chnoic/Mo Ghile Mear on baritone dulcimer:
"Thanks for listening, @Steven-Berger and @Gordon-Hardy.  I appreciate your taking the time to comment.  These are pretty songs and it's a special dulcimer...."
Skip
@skip • 16 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Expensive hobby in the UK. Looks like I'm buying a lathe :D:
"A long dowel or chopstick held by a strap around her wrist  [or palm?] or fingerless glove may help. Large diameter noter. Try a different way of holding..."
ConnorC
@connorc • 16 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Expensive hobby in the UK. Looks like I'm buying a lathe :D:
"Well, update. She admitted she’s getting a lot of finger pain, even with just using the finger pick, so on to further plans.  We are going to try the foam..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Carved headstock and end piece.Maker?":
"Not a clue of maker.  Nice workmanship.  Interesting design take on the modern, not traditional dulcimer design.  Not having a 6+ fret doesn't make it an..."
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 21 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Éamonn A’ Chnoic/Mo Ghile Mear on baritone dulcimer:
"Dusty, I am so impressed with your playing talents and I do enjoy the sounds from that baritone. Thank you."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 21 hours ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @jack-ferguson: American Chestnut Demo
Strumelia
@strumelia • 21 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on American Chestnut Demo:
"Such beautiful wood!"
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 21 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Carolina Waltz:
"Good stuff Glenda! A lovely melody, well played. Thank you."
Hobbyhorse
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • yesterday • comments: 4
Liked a group discussions item created by @sam-edelston: Hey, hey, it's "I'm a Believer"
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Hey, hey, it's "I'm a Believer":
"Thanks for loving it, Steven! Personally, I see it as a matter of personal tastes, rather than competition, so it's fine with me whether you like..."
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Hey, hey, it's "I'm a Believer":
"@Dusty It's amazing what staying power this song has had over more than (gulp) 50 years. I just did a quick play-through of Daydream Believer. Yup, that..."
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Éamonn A’ Chnoic/Mo Ghile Mear on baritone dulcimer:
"You sure know how to bring out the best in any dulcimer I've heard you play, and this one sounds exceptional! "
Dusty Turtle
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Carolina Waltz:
"Very prettily played, Glenda!"
Glenda  Hubbard
@glenda-hubbard • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Created a new Audio File:
Carolina Waltz
Glenda  Hubbard
@glenda-hubbard • 2 days ago • comments: 13
Liked a group discussions item created by @aire: Tunings ....
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Hey, hey, it's "I'm a Believer":
"Sam, I like your version WAY better than the Monkees'! (Please don't hate me, but I'm no fan of the Monkees)....."
marg
@marg • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "EBow on the dulcimer?":
"Does anyone know about the EBow? Has anyone used it on the dulcimer?     It is a hand-held electronic bow for guitars. This small  unit replaces the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Hey, hey, it's "I'm a Believer":
"Very cool, Sam.  You really catch that groove well.  I grew up on the Monkees and my daughter grew up on Shrek, so this tune brings us together.  A few..."
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Created a new Group discussion "Hey, hey, it's "I'm a Believer"":
"I was a Monkees fan growing up, yet it somehow never occurred to me to try this song until last weekend. I love how it fits on the instrument. Tuned DAD,..."
Rockin' in the Free World
John Gribble
@john-gribble • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Carved headstock and end piece.Maker?":
"Thank you for the new photos. That really is an imaginative but tastefully-done spin on traditional design. The tuners are the same style as were common on..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Carved headstock and end piece.Maker?":
"I love the looks of this instrument and would love to hear how it sounds!  "
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Carved headstock and end piece.Maker?":
"I may have to adjust my guess of the age of this instrument as it has no 6 1/2 fret that I can see. If someone were going for a traditional dulcimore, I..."
Gstringer
@gstringer • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Carved headstock and end piece.Maker?":
"Top and back. "
John Gribble
@john-gribble • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Carved headstock and end piece.Maker?":
"Steven Berger: Whoever built it did a very nice job! I agree. It is a little unconventional, but a nicely done piece of work. It would be nice to see a..."
Gstringer
@gstringer • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Carved headstock and end piece.Maker?":
"It sounds terrific. I like to learn as much as I can about my instruments! "
IRENE
@irene • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Carved headstock and end piece.Maker?":
"The bottom line, How does it sound?  aloha, irene"
Gstringer
@gstringer • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Carved headstock and end piece.Maker?":
"Thanks!"
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Carved headstock and end piece.Maker?":
"I have no idea who made that dulcimer. I doubt that the peg head and tailpiece are carved. It looks like a simple cut with a band saw. From the look of the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Tunings ....:
"Aire:  Finger dancing sounds rather cool - can you point out any examples, I'm not sure I could distinguish that from the chord-melody style! Aire,..."
Susie
@susie • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FUNNY songs you sing & play on your dulcimer":
"I've always loved Doug Berch's "Shame and Scandal in the Family". "
Kusani
@kusani • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FUNNY songs you sing & play on your dulcimer":
"My grandkids love the following, sung to the tune of Mary Had A Little Lamb:  Bunny rabbits have no tails, have no tails; Bunny rabbits have no tails, they..."
Gstringer
@gstringer • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Carved headstock and end piece.Maker?":
"Hah! Good one, Stumelia!"
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Carved headstock and end piece.Maker?":
"Whoever built it did a very nice job!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Carved headstock and end piece.Maker?":
"It's a "PushMi-PullYu" dulcimer. "
Gstringer
@gstringer • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Carved headstock and end piece.Maker?":
"Thanks for introducing, me to yet another person to spend my time and money on!"
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Carved headstock and end piece.Maker?":
"After taking a second look, it appears that I mistook the tail end for the peghead. Like John K. states , you can't tell if it's coming or going. So it..."
Gstringer
@gstringer • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Carved headstock and end piece.Maker?":
"Nope. No marks. But thanks for your input. The string holes are in the tail piece. Ball end strings are anchored and out of sight in the holes. It’s a very..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Carved headstock and end piece.Maker?":
"I don't recognize the peghead shape, but Kerry Rapp in Myerstown, PA runs the strings through holes in the peghead and attaches them to the tuning peg shafts..."
Gstringer
@gstringer • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Carved headstock and end piece.Maker?":
"It’s a strange one for sure!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Carved headstock and end piece.Maker?":
"Is it coming or going?  Never seen the like of it.  Sorry I can't help you!"

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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

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If you are an avid fan of the older traditional mountain...
Dulcimer Making

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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...
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a place to share the hymns and worship songs we are playing.
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A group for those of you who like to play music not...
The Music Theory Corner

The Music Theory Corner


A Group to talk about Music Theory!
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Dulcimer Care & Maintenance


Tips, tricks and techniques to help care for your dulcimer.
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Mountain Dulcimer History &...


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Singing with the Dulcimer


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to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
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Arranging/composing for...


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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...
Dulcimer Therapy

Dulcimer Therapy


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

Little Dulcimers


Do you play an octave, mini, or traveling dulcimer?
Dulcimer teachers

Dulcimer teachers


Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?
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Four-Equidistant Strings


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

Baritone Dulcimer Players


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

UK and European Mountain...


A group which hopefully allows players/makers in this...
Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


Ever wanted to record or post that tune, but you just...
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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...
I have extra frets.....

I have extra frets.....


This group is for those who have a 1 1/2 fret, an 8 1/2...
Collector's Corner

Collector's Corner


A group where collectors of antique, vintage, or rare...
Early & Classical Music

Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
Dulcimer Ancestors

Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video...
Civil War era music

Civil War era music


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


Do you play gigs? Tell us about your good and not-so-good...
Box Dulcimers

Box Dulcimers


A group for those who play, make, or admire all types of...
Galax Dulcimer Lovers

Galax Dulcimer Lovers


Just a group to discuss all things Galax Dulcimer. Tips...
Chromatic Dulcimers

Chromatic Dulcimers


For players who enjoy playing dulcimers with ALL the frets!
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


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California Dulcimer Dreamin'

California Dulcimer Dreamin'


For dulcimer players living in or just visiting California
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Virginia Dulcimer Players


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Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts


Howdy ya'll! Come on by for a cup o' joe and jammin....
North Carolinians Plus

North Carolinians Plus


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Kentucky Dulcimer Players

Kentucky Dulcimer Players


A group for any players from Kentucky where we can meet...
Pacific Northwest Players

Pacific Northwest Players


For players who live in or have strong connections to the...
6 string dulcimers

6 string dulcimers


Owning and playing a 6 string, regardless of tuning, and...
Florida Sunshine Dulcimer Group

Florida Sunshine Dulcimer...


Florida Dulcimer Players
West Virginia players

West Virginia players


A group just for dulcimer players in beautiful West...
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...
North of the Lakes

North of the Lakes


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

Indiana Players


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

AussieTalk!


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Carolina Waltz
Memorial Day
Fiddler A Dram
Mr. McGregor's Garden
Early One Sunday on solo mountain dulcimer
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Long time travelin' (with vocals)
Just over in the Glory Land (with vocals)
Buffalo Gals
Soldiers Joy
Lass From the Low Country
Prodigal Son
Early One Sunday
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Chinese Breakdown
Come thou fount of every blessing
impressions of shady grove
Break Thou the Bread of Life
In the Good Ol' Colony Days
Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine
Get Along Little Doggies
Which side are you on
No More Daytime TV
Let Your Little Light - a round
Där Tjänade en Jungfru
Wuhan Blues
Seneca Square Dance
The Blackest Crow
An Rogaire Dubh and The Frost is all over.(jigs)

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Carved headstock and end...

Posted: Sunday May 31 2020, 2:59 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

EBow on the dulcimer?

Posted: Saturday May 30 2020, 1:07 PM
By: @marg

FUNNY songs you sing & play...

Posted: Friday May 29 2020, 7:59 PM
By: @Susie

Randy Wilkinson tab book...

Posted: Thursday May 28 2020, 10:29 PM
By: @dulcimermaid

You know your dulcimer has...

Posted: Thursday May 28 2020, 3:25 PM
By: @ConnorC

Please tell me your very...

Posted: Thursday May 28 2020, 12:50 PM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

Herdim picks

Posted: Wednesday May 27 2020, 3:05 PM
By: @magictime

Best kit?

Posted: Wednesday May 27 2020, 6:09 AM
By: @kdparker

The EverythingDulcimer...

Posted: Tuesday May 26 2020, 10:18 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Beer Bottle Bridge/Glass...

Posted: Friday May 22 2020, 12:54 PM
By: @Strumelia

Is the strumhollow redundant?

Posted: Thursday May 21 2020, 11:43 AM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Tips what do you bring when...

Posted: Tuesday May 19 2020, 9:13 PM
By: @Hobbyhorse

Bass String Buzz @ 1st &...

Posted: Tuesday May 19 2020, 9:58 AM
By: @Silverstrings

Hearts Of The Dulcimer...

Posted: Sunday May 17 2020, 4:24 PM
By: @Patricia Delich

Dulcimer String Anchor Pins

Posted: Saturday May 16 2020, 5:31 PM
By: @dockildare

Humidity and a sticky...

Posted: Saturday May 16 2020, 12:08 PM
By: @Leny-Sue

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Posted: Friday May 15 2020, 11:10 PM
By: @Dave D

What's fer dinner?

Posted: Friday May 15 2020, 10:13 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Thursday May 14 2020, 2:24 AM
By: @Alan Thompson

Seeking Bonnie Carol...

Posted: Sunday May 10 2020, 6:30 PM
By: @Dave shattuck

VSL Breakpoint Angles,...

Posted: Sunday May 10 2020, 2:37 PM
By: @Strumelia

Finish

Posted: Sunday May 10 2020, 8:35 AM
By: @Gennaro

How is the COVID-19...

Posted: Saturday May 9 2020, 5:18 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

FOTMD Chat Room!

Posted: Saturday May 9 2020, 3:17 PM
By: @Strumelia

Thomas reproductions...

Posted: Friday May 8 2020, 11:25 AM
By: @Kevin R.

archives section / Search?

Posted: Thursday May 7 2020, 9:54 PM
By: @Strumelia

Looking for "Walkabout"...

Posted: Wednesday May 6 2020, 3:23 PM
By: @Jim Phillips

Adding Extra Strings to...

Posted: Wednesday May 6 2020, 3:04 PM
By: @NateBuildsToys

What's your favorite tune...

Posted: Monday May 4 2020, 10:00 AM
By: @NateBuildsToys

For Sale Berea Event Buttons

Posted: Sunday May 3 2020, 7:07 PM
By: @Steven Berger

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