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

Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • an hour ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on How Can I Keep From Singing? (for Maddie):
"That was beautiful, Butch. Thanks for sharing it."
Butch Ross
@butch-ross • an hour ago • comments: 1
Posted a new YouTube video:
How Can I Keep From Singing? (for Maddie)
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Maddie MacNeil":
"That's very touching, Butch.  Thanks.  Even though you don't sing the words, the music is so soft and sensitive that it fully captures the spirit and mood of..."
Butch Ross
@butch-ross • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Maddie MacNeil":
"As many of you likely know Maddie MacNeil passed away last Sunday. At the behest of AShley Ernst from Dulcimer Players News I (and others) made videos..."
gpeden
@gpeden • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New to me, Q’s on nut/bridge fit and strings.":
"Hello! Three months later, I have really enjoyed getting to know this instrument. I used Bradley Laird’s eBook as my first guide and have enjoyed working..."
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 3 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Abide With Me:
"I agree, beautifully done, Gordon.,   Your dulcimer is simple awesome and you play it well. Other  than that, my friend, I am wishing you many many..."
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 4 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Abide With Me:
"Steven Berger: Beautifully done, Gordon! Thanks Steven, good to hear from you."
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 5 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Abide With Me:
"Beautifully done, Gordon!"
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Hand dance from Dobrudja (Dobrudzhansko Reka)
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 6 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a photos item created by @randy-adams: Dulcimer Back
tssfulk
@tssfulk • 7 hours ago • comments: 1
Updated a Vimeo Video:
Mountain Dulcimer vs. Swedish Hummel
Strumelia
@strumelia • 7 hours ago • comments: 115
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"Keep in mind that fotmd, this site, has a pretty good search function.  Use the magnifying glass icon at the very top right of any page to search for a key..."
Ariane
@ariane • 8 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Ode an die Freude:
"Thank you very much, Steven, Jim, Gordon, Dusty, Lisa and Bob - for your kind comments - I am very happy that you like it. Take care and stay healthy!"
Vulcan57
@vulcan57 • 9 hours ago • comments: 115
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"Strumelia: I did a search o FOTMD for "Gardner" and I see that member Rob Lackey has one, here are a couple vids... and you might want to contact him here..."
IRENE
@irene • 18 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Back:
"I love this one.  How wide is the board?   How long is the board?  How thin is the board.  It would look good as a tear drop, if it's tall enough.   I just..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 22 hours ago • comments: 115
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"I did a search o FOTMD for "Gardner" and I see that member Rob Lackey has one, here are a couple vids... and you might want to contact him here to ask his..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 22 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Back:
""The Ostrich"?"
Vulcan57
@vulcan57 • 23 hours ago • comments: 115
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"Ken Hulme: I've not seen them, but they certainly look good, and the price is right.  I like the fact that they build a 'not quite traditional but not..."
Vulcan57
@vulcan57 • 23 hours ago • comments: 115
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"Strumelia: @Vulcan57 , try doing a search on Youtube for: "Don Gardner" +dulcimer It's likely you'll find a couple of videos of somebody playing one, and..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 23 hours ago • comments: 115
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"@Vulcan57 , try doing a search on Youtube for: "Don Gardner" +dulcimer It's likely you'll find a couple of videos of somebody playing one, and then you'll..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 23 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Is a Dmaj7 too weird for this song?:
"Dusty Turtle: It's funny, but the more I played the song with the Dmaj7, the less weird and jazzy it sounded. I knew I needed another set of ears...."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 23 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Is a Dmaj7 too weird for this song?:
"I think your idea of doing a small fingering change there without changing the whole chord 'mood' is a good one. A very subtle sabotage there, just for your..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 23 hours ago • comments: 115
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"I've not seen them, but they certainly look good, and the price is right.  I like the fact that they build a 'not quite traditional but not quite modern'..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 23 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Ode an die Freude:
"Ariane, I remain a big fan of your work.  Beautiful arrangement.  Thank you fro sharing the TAB."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Is a Dmaj7 too weird for this song?:
"Thanks for your thoughts, @Strumelia.  I had indeed listened to that version of the tune and changed the rhythm of the melody based on it.  I do think you..."
Vulcan57
@vulcan57 • yesterday • comments: 115
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"I have not picked a dulcimer yet. I have looked at a few web sites. Does anyone have any info on Don Gardner dulcimers? They seem like a good price for a..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Is a Dmaj7 too weird for this song?:
"IMHO...  I think a dmaj7 chord there would be too modern and jazzy sounding. The traditional version seems to stay on the Bm, at least to my ears.  I..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Back:
"Time to charge your phone.  ;)"
Randy Adams
Lisa Golladay
@lisa-golladay • yesterday • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Ode an die Freude:
"Beautiful!  Thanks so much for sharing your arrangement."
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Abide With Me:
"This hymn has always brought comfort to me, especially now in the situation the world is in with the covid-19 virus. The scriptural reference is Luke 24:29..."
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new YouTube video:
Abide With Me
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Hand dance from Dobrudja (Dobrudzhansko Reka)
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Ode an die Freude:
"Ariane, you play with remarkable clarity, and I love some of those chords you've chosen.  Nice job!  I hope you and yours are healthy and safe during these..."
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • yesterday • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Ode an die Freude:
"Lovely!! Ariane, thank you."
dulcinina
@dulcinina • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to ""Generations": Will Singleton replica dulcimore":
"That's a beauty, John. Nina"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to ""Generations": Will Singleton replica dulcimore":
"Beautiful work, as always, John.  Is that from the instrument we saw -- and you measured -- two years ago in Lexington?"
Jim Fawcett
@jim-fawcett • yesterday • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Ode an die Freude:
"Beautiful song and playing, Ariane."
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 2 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Ode an die Freude:
"I like that syncopation in there, Ariane!"
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on “Där Tjänade en Jungfru” Hummel:
"Very nice!"
tssfulk
@tssfulk • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on “Där Tjänade en Jungfru” Hummel:
"You can see the hummel compared to my 1999 Warren May dulcimer in this video:    Astrid Pullar, a Swedish master violin maker, built it for me...."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Created a new Group discussion "Is a Dmaj7 too weird for this song?":
"Hey folks.  I am arranging an old lullaby called "A La Ru" that was used by Franscican missionaries in a nativity play called Los Pastores that was..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to ""Generations": Will Singleton replica dulcimore":
"To answer the question, I really don't know if this will be at Berea.  If I sell it soon, it won't be, and if Berea doesn't happen, it might not be.  I plan..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to ""Generations": Will Singleton replica dulcimore":
"ohhhhhhhhhhh, very nice.   I'm asking the same question.  Will we see it in Berea?   I'm making a dulcimer in my shop to take with me there.  I'm sure hoping..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on “Där Tjänade en Jungfru” Hummel:
"that was fun.   We'd like to see the whole hummel and how it looks. Did you make it?  thanks for sharing.  aloha, irene"
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Liked a vimeo item created by @tssfulk: “Där Tjänade en Jungfru” Hummel
Dan
@dan • 2 days ago • comments: 8
Liked a youtube item created by @ariane: Ode an die Freude
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to ""Generations": Will Singleton replica dulcimore":
"That's a nice one. John! Is this going to a customer, or will we see it at Berea?"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic ""Generations": Will Singleton replica dulcimore":
"Folks, here's something to get your mind off the (         ) today.  This is "Generations", it's name was taken from Psalm 90:1.  A poplar replica with ebony..."
Ariane
@ariane • 2 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Ode an die Freude:
"Tabs can be downloaded from my website: https://arianemusic.jimdofree.com/…/moun…/ode-an-die-freude/ Musicians all over Germany (and perhaps also..."

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Do you play gigs? Tell us about your good and not-so-good...
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Rosin the Bow!


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Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


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for all the Show Me State dulcimer players
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North of the Lakes


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