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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 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

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • 10 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"In my own wilder past goats were also part of my life, starting out with Alpines & Nubians, but found Toggenburgs were the breed for us.  Lived in 15.95..."
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 2 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: Bring a Little Sylvie
dulcinina
@dulcinina • 3 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Bring a Little Sylvie:
"That was so much fun to watch. Thanks for sharing it with us. Nina"
DavisJames
@davisjames • 5 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: Bring a Little Sylvie
DavisJames
@davisjames • 6 hours ago • comments: 6
Liked a youtube item created by @randy-adams: Red Headed Kid at the Dance Last Night
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hearts of the Dulcimer podcast in 2022":
"Patricia, I just listened to the episode and want to congratulate you and Wayne once again for your stellar work. You did a great job of framing the episode..."
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 15 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Old MacDonald Had a Farm
jost
@jost • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Welcome Mivo, finally another fellow German Player:) I started two years ago with a dulcimer from the Klangwerkstatt. Where do you live in Germany?  Viel..."
Susie
@susie • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Welcome Mivo. You have a beautiful McSpadden and it sounds like you are well on your way. I agree to take the time to find your style. There are many paths..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 23 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 23 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Bring a Little Sylvie:
"John, I love the sound from your new baritone, I find that it is so much easier to sing when being accompanied by a baritone dulcimer than by a standard..."
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Fishers Hornpipe
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Old MacDonald Had a Farm:
"Strumelia: So fun, Mark! 😃 Yes, I had a blast recording this one.  Even with the flaws, it made me laugh so much that I decided to..."
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Say Darling Say:
"Strumelia: One of my favorite oldtime songs."
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Say Darling Say
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Say Darling Say:
"One of my favorite oldtime songs."
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Old MacDonald Had a Farm:
"So fun, Mark! 😃"
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: Sweet Hour of Prayer
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Sweet Hour of Prayer:
"How lovely, John. Your wife must luuuuv listening to you play and sing around the house- she's so lucky."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new YouTube video:
Bring a Little Sylvie
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Welcome Mivo!  You have a fabulous journey ahead... enjoy every step. I thought it interesting that you said "... I also believed it was just for..."
Mivo
@mivo • yesterday • comments: 32
Posted a new Comment on Do I need that fourth string?:
"I'm just at the beginning of my dulcimer journey and I'm deep in the learning phase, so don't mistake any of this for advice. :) The double course is..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Hello again Mivo. Thanks for sharing the beginning of your dulcimer journey with us. It sounds like you are well under way. You have a very nice McSpadden..."
Mivo
@mivo • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Hi, everyone! I just wanted to drop a note here to say hello. I'm brand new and rather spontaneously picked up a MacSpadden dulcimer a few days ago after..."
Patricia Delich
@patricia-delich • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hearts of the Dulcimer podcast in 2022":
"It was so fun getting to know Ashley! She picked most of the music for this episode. This is a rare episode that has music from both hammered and mountain..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hearts of the Dulcimer podcast in 2022":
"What a great idea to profile Ashley!  She does such a great job with DPN and contributes so much to the magazine and the dulcimer community in general."
Patricia Delich
@patricia-delich • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hearts of the Dulcimer podcast in 2022":
"Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast - Episode 58 Ashley Ernst, Publisher and Owner of Dulcimer Players News https://dulcimuse.com/podcast In..."
Susie
@susie • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "For Sale: Folkcraft Dulcimer Case (SOLD)":
"Case is sold."
Susie
@susie • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "For Sale: Folkcraft Dulcimer Case (SOLD)":
"Thanks Ken, I sent you an email."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "For Sale: Folkcraft Dulcimer Case (SOLD)":
"Susie, I'll take it. Email me at: klongfield69 at gmail dot com with your PayPal account info so I can send the payment. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet..."
DavisJames
@davisjames • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Hangman’s Reel :
"You really make that dulcimer sing!One of my favourite tunes,never heard it on the dulcimer before."
Susie
@susie • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "For Sale: Folkcraft Dulcimer Case (SOLD)":
"Price drop to $75.00. PayPal (Friends and Family), Venmo, or Zelle."
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 3 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Sweet Hour of Prayer:
"A beautiful hymn John, lovingly played and sung. A favorite of mine. Happy Thanksgiving!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Sweet Hour of Prayer:
"Very nice, John.  I hope you and yours enjoy a peaceful Thanksgiving."
fthronson
@fthronson • 4 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Sweet Hour of Prayer:
"Very nice.  Thanks for sharing"
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 4 days ago • comments: 2
Updated a YouTube Video:
Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 4 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new YouTube video:
Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 4 days ago • comments: 6
Liked a youtube item created by @randy-adams: Red Headed Kid at the Dance Last Night
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 4 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Sweet Hour of Prayer:
"Nice one John."
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 4 days ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: Sweet Hour of Prayer
Cynthia Wigington
@cynthia-wigington • 4 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Sweet Hour of Prayer:
"Very calming and beautiful and you look very handsome in those clothes John - love the colors - you're ever an artist!"
dulcinina
@dulcinina • 4 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Sweet Hour of Prayer:
"Very nice, John. Happy thanksgiving to you, too. Nina"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Red Headed Kid at the Dance Last Night :
"Great playing Randy. That must have been fun playing for the dance! I remember long ago when a small child came up to touch my dulcimer or banjo (can't..."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 4 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new YouTube video:
Sweet Hour of Prayer
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Museum Replica Bowed Zither:
"That's what it looks like to me too, Lisa, and how I plan setting it up.  There's no "compelling reason" to change to a fretboard, but I can certainly offer..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Museum Replica Bowed Zither:
"Looks great KenH!  I like the woods you chose. Assuming the museum instrument is strung similarly to how it was originally, it looks like the bass string is..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Museum Replica Bowed Zither:
"Thanks Ken. Somehow I missed the bottom photo. I actually saw that display at the museum. As I recall, it wasn't the finest woodworking. Ken "The dulcimer..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 5 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Museum Replica Bowed Zither:
"The photo at the bottom of the first post list is one from the Museum.  Here are a couple of the "research" photos they sent me... "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 5 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Museum Replica Bowed Zither:
"Looking fine, KenH!  "

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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...
Dulcimer Therapy

Dulcimer Therapy


This group is dedicated to those that visit, or have a...
Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


A place to share about 4-equidistant string playing, how...
Little Dulcimers

Little Dulcimers


Do you play an octave, mini, or traveling dulcimer?
I have extra frets.....

I have extra frets.....


This group is for those who have a 1 1/2 fret, an 8 1/2...
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...
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 teachers

Dulcimer teachers


Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?
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...
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...
Florida Sunshine Dulcimer Group

Florida Sunshine Dulcimer...


Florida Dulcimer Players
Pacific Northwest Players

Pacific Northwest Players


For players who live in or have strong connections to 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...
Indiana Players

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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Mynwent Eglwys
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Dorwinion (version 1)
Leaving Home For Good
Hangman's Waltz.
Ariel
We're Floating Down the Stream of Time
Silly Bill
Hold On, (Keep your hand to the plow)
Wildwood Flower
Simple Gifts
When I first went to Caledonia.
Skye Boat Song
Johnnie Lovely Johnnie.
Für Cari
Girl that slighted me.
Bush Fiddler.
Were You There 2022
Snow On The Crocus WIP
Who stole the miner's hat.
Wenn alle Brünnlein fließen (Hummel Instrumental)
Roving Gambler
Brown Eyed Janie ( 1_22 )

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Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Saturday November 26 2022, 11:51 AM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

Hearts of the Dulcimer...

Posted: Saturday November 26 2022, 2:17 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Friday November 25 2022, 1:39 PM
By: @jost

For Sale: Folkcraft...

Posted: Wednesday November 23 2022, 9:03 PM
By: @Susie

FOTMD Chat Room!

Posted: Friday November 18 2022, 5:50 AM
By: @Strumelia

Feedback welcome

Posted: Thursday November 17 2022, 10:04 PM
By: @dtortorich

Bruce Hornsby documentary

Posted: Thursday November 17 2022, 5:15 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

New use for old dulcimer...

Posted: Thursday November 17 2022, 12:56 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Rugg and Jackel Folkroots...

Posted: Sunday November 13 2022, 2:33 PM
By: @michellefolkman

How Many Dulcimers Do You...

Posted: Friday November 11 2022, 6:50 PM
By: @Susie

Tinwhistle / penny whistles

Posted: Wednesday November 9 2022, 7:03 AM
By: @Lenard

Can you identify this dulcimer

Posted: Tuesday November 8 2022, 12:40 PM
By: @Knobby

Best Practices for Practice

Posted: Sunday November 6 2022, 6:54 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Clemmer Peg head

Posted: Saturday November 5 2022, 10:35 AM
By: @Dan

Sarah Kate on mountain...

Posted: Friday November 4 2022, 10:13 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

what to clean a dulcimer with

Posted: Thursday November 3 2022, 4:01 PM
By: @Skip

Help me name this instrument!

Posted: Thursday November 3 2022, 12:23 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Healthy Living- healthy...

Posted: Monday October 31 2022, 12:22 PM
By: @Strumelia

Left handed playing

Posted: Monday October 31 2022, 12:10 PM
By: @Strumelia

Strap button question

Posted: Monday October 31 2022, 11:15 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Mountain Dulcimer A to Z

Posted: Sunday October 30 2022, 9:32 PM
By: @ryanpryor

Indoor House Plants

Posted: Sunday October 30 2022, 6:42 PM
By: @Strumelia

Dulcimer Moving when I play

Posted: Friday October 28 2022, 12:47 PM
By: @jmhundley

Looking for a Small Dulcimer

Posted: Wednesday October 26 2022, 11:06 AM
By: @Tom McShane

Do I keep it and fix it up...

Posted: Wednesday October 26 2022, 9:53 AM
By: @Butch Ross

Magnetic pickup vs Piezo vs...

Posted: Wednesday October 26 2022, 9:37 AM
By: @Butch Ross

Thanks to our FOTMD...

Posted: Tuesday October 25 2022, 9:53 AM
By: @marg

Walworth capo issue

Posted: Sunday October 23 2022, 12:47 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Seeking the maker of my...

Posted: Friday October 21 2022, 10:42 PM
By: @NShedd

Hearing Aids

Posted: Tuesday October 18 2022, 7:00 PM
By: @rickanderson28031

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