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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!
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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

Salt Springs
@salt-springs • 5 hours ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Black Eyed Susie - John Mawhee Dulcimer:
"Another dandy from a few years back........sometimes I forget what great videos are on this site......."
Salt Springs
@salt-springs • 5 hours ago • comments: 19
Liked a youtube item created by @rob-n-lackey: Black Eyed Susie - John Mawhee Dulcimer
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Redwood Dulcimer Day:
"Steve Eulberg: This was a terrific day Festival! I agree, Steve.  Tull was correct when he said the whole place had a family vibe to it.  Of course,..."
Jill Geary
@jill-geary • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Like new Blue Lion RTD FH for sale":
"Hi Rich, I have a few questions - but firstly, is the dulcimer still for sale? Thanks!"
Steve Eulberg
@steve-eulberg • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Steve Eulberg on the Pickin' Porch":
"Mike & Connie Clemmer have had a different schedule for their Saturday night Pickin' Porch this summer in Townsend, Tennessee at Wood-N-Strings Dulcimers..."
Steve Eulberg
@steve-eulberg • 9 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Redwood Dulcimer Day:
"This was a terrific day Festival!"
cbrown
@cbrown • 10 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Queries":
"Well, thanks everyone for the informative replies!   I do plan on attaching an end plate & nut and get it strung up!  Will definitely use brass pins of..."
Christine Shoemaker
@christine-shoemaker • 16 hours ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on Chicken Scratch:
"  Kevin R.: I liked this when you first posted it. I still like it.  Makes me smile. Great job. Thank you, Kevin!"
Dan
@dan • 16 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Trepidation:
"In Dulcimore play, we tune to "xyz" to play do,so,do. I'm contending that 1-5-6 is do,so,do starting on the second staple. Not unlike any other Diatonic..."
Christine Shoemaker
@christine-shoemaker • 16 hours ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on Chicken Scratch:
"  Strumelia: Christine, you are just plain cool.  And you are plain kind, Strumelia!"
Christine Shoemaker
@christine-shoemaker • 16 hours ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on Chicken Scratch:
"Salt Springs: Every time I watch this it just cracks me up.........so good to see a great musician having a grand time working their art.........way too..."
Ron Zuckerman
@ron-zuckerman • 17 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Trepidation:
"Dan: I agree that the drones (the bass drone is the root note, the middle drone is the 5th note) will determine the mode. With the melody tuned in..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 18 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Trepidation:
"The melody lays nicely on the Phrygian modal scale, Ron-- quite pleasant to listen to!  The Locrian scale offers some cool, weird sounds, though.  Very good..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 18 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on The Shadow (Locrian):
"Oh, my!  I like this lots, Dan!  I've thought about putting together a tune using the Locrian modal scale yet have been too chicken. I'm glad you weren't a..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Kantele?":
"Tung oil is an oil from the tung nut tree in Asia.  Better than boiled linseed oil!  Yes, it hardens.  Get as pure of tung oil as you can -- some..."
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • yesterday • comments: 7
Liked a music item created by @ron-zuckerman: Trepidation
Dan
@dan • yesterday • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Trepidation:
"The 1-5-6 version is pretty good!!!"
Dan
@dan • yesterday • comments: 7
Liked a music item created by @ron-zuckerman: Trepidation
Dan
@dan • yesterday • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Trepidation:
"I agree that the drones (the bass drone is the root note, the middle drone is the 5th note) will determine the mode. With the melody tuned in accordance..."
Salt Springs
@salt-springs • yesterday • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Trepidation:
"Bingo!....got it."
Ferrator
@ferrator • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Kantele?":
"Nice catch on the paper with the notes. I made that, and like everything with me, it is a bit more than 20 years old. It has also been in and out of that..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Octave undertone on the A string (DAdd)":
"Wolf tones like that can be notoriously hard to cure.  However.  This is probably something that has crept in from having the instrument used -- tuned,..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Kantele?":
"Finish -- I'm a big fan of Tung Oil.  Rub on 4 coats of tung oil and call it good!  But then I don't like deep mirror glossy finishes on anything.  "
Ron Zuckerman
@ron-zuckerman • yesterday • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Trepidation:
"This is an original composition inspired by a discussion as to whether a tune was Phrygian or Locrian. This is only intended to illustrate the difference..."
Ron Zuckerman
@ron-zuckerman • yesterday • comments: 7
https://fotmd.com/ron-zuckerman/uploaded_audio/1059/trepidation
Ron Zuckerman
@ron-zuckerman • yesterday • comments: 7
Created a new Audio File:
Trepidation
Dan
@dan • yesterday • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on The Shadow:
"Salt Springs: Thanks!......got it............I remember some of that when learning Koine Greek many moons ago............where do you guys find this..."
Salt Springs
@salt-springs • 2 days ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on The Shadow:
"Thanks!......got it............I remember some of that when learning Koine Greek many moons ago............where do you guys find this stuff!!!!"
Spineloccio
@spineloccio • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Octave undertone on the A string (DAdd)":
"My wife has a McSpadden that is about four years old.  The other day as she was practicing she started noticing what she thought was a buzzing string when..."
Dan
@dan • 2 days ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on The Shadow:
"Salt Springs: After reading all this I am convinced that I haven't a clue as to what all that means.  However, I like  the tune and it fits the poetry...."
Salt Springs
@salt-springs • 2 days ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on The Shadow:
"After reading all this I am convinced that I haven't a clue as to what all that means.  However, I like  the tune and it fits the poetry.  My hat's off to..."
Dan
@dan • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on The Shadow (Locrian):
"Redmando: First time I have heard Locrian I believe - a very interesting composition Dan. Dave H played with this a while back and got me started on..."
Dan
@dan • 2 days ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on The Shadow:
"Agreed!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Kantele?":
"Um, when you are making a note of what each strings was tuned to, be careful:  I'm thinking that someone inadvertently REVERSED that paper naming the notes..."
Redmando
@redmando • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on The Shadow (Locrian):
"First time I have heard Locrian I believe - a very interesting composition Dan."
Ron Zuckerman
@ron-zuckerman • 2 days ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on The Shadow:
"Dan: Let me see if I can explain this in Diatonics...... F is the lower tonic. (1) C is the accompanying middle drone. (5) @Dan If you just look at..."
Ferrator
@ferrator • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Kantele?":
"There is going to be some manner of brass used in this project. That black piece where the stings run over the courses is plastic. Sure, a hard plastic, but..."
Dan
@dan • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new SoundCloud track:
The Shadow (Locrian)
Kevin R.
@kevin-r • 2 days ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on Chicken Scratch:
"I liked this when you first posted it. I still like it.  Makes me smile. Great job."
Dan
@dan • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a music item created by @salt-springs: Sound check medley for Epler Dulcimer
Kevin R.
@kevin-r • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a music item created by @salt-springs: Sound check medley for Epler Dulcimer
Slate Creek Dulcimers
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on Chicken Scratch:
"Christine, you are just plain cool. "
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tailpiece help please":
"It slides off laterally.  Either towards the head stock or away from it, depending on how it's orientated. Sometimes they are very tight and you need to..."
Susie
@susie • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tailpiece help please":
"My mandolin had a similar tailpiece. It was also very tight. I very carefully bent the sides out a tiny bit to lessen the tightness of the fit and it was..."
Salt Springs
@salt-springs • 2 days ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on Chicken Scratch:
"Every time I watch this it just cracks me up.........so good to see a great musician having a grand time working their art.........way too many sour faces..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tailpiece help please":
"Yeah, I've never experienced that before, but it is a cheap import a friend picked up at the thrift store. I adjusted the action and put on new strings. Ken..."
John Gribble
@john-gribble • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tailpiece help please":
"Ken, in that case, a bit of lube is a good idea. None that I've had were ever that tight."
John Gribble
@john-gribble • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Kantele?":
"About the strings-I can't tell for certain, but they look like guitar-type ball end strings. (There were some oddball oversized autoharp ball end strings,..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tailpiece help please":
"John, I sprayed a little silcone along both side edges, but it is still holding on there. In fact, I have to put on leather work gloves and push from the..."

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Like new Blue Lion RTD FH...

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Steve Eulberg on the...

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Kantele?

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Octave undertone on the A...

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Bass string gauges

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Kantele

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