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

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr • 34 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Feather Travel Dulcimer Oriole - For Sale":
"Item had been sold."
bigskywild
@bigskywild • 49 minutes ago • comments: 0
Created a new Audio File:
Whispering Lodgepole Pine
Malcolm
@malcolm • 58 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Do not adjust your set!":
"looks great can't wait to get it"
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • an hour ago • comments: 0
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • an hour ago • comments: 0
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Project (Reasonably) Complete!":
"I look forward to seeing what you decide to do with the fingerboard!  Perhaps tied frets with Nylagut strings?  Fretless is darn cool, too.  "
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Do not adjust your set!":
"Very nice John. "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Do not adjust your set!":
"Doggone cool, John!  I'd play it like a fretless.  :)"
Pondoro
@pondoro • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @john-c-knopf: Do not adjust your set!
Dan
@dan • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Do not adjust your set!":
"Looks great John!!!"
Dan
@dan • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @john-c-knopf: Do not adjust your set!
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Do not adjust your set!":
"See something a little different here?  I've noticed that when I play the scale, I get "od-it-al-los-af-im-er-od..."  Oh-- everything's BACKWARDS.  This is a..."
Ron Zuckerman
@ron-zuckerman • 4 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Waiting:
"Thanks @Bigskywild"
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Feather Travel Dulcimer Oriole - For Sale":
"Hi Dusty - Replied"
Geckostar97
@geckostar97 • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "David Honea dulcimer with bag and strap $160, free shipping!":
"Reduced to $140.00 shipped. This sweet sounding little dulcimer is even more affordable now. This is a lot of dulcimer for the money. Who wants to give it a..."
epresnell
@epresnell • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "McSpadden mountain dulcimer for sale. ":
"McSpadden Hourglass Mountain Dulcimer. Flathead. Walnut Body, Walnut Soundboard. Bridge compensated for DAd tuning. Includes McSpadden padded bag. Asking..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Feather Travel Dulcimer Oriole - For Sale":
"Hi Gale. I am interested.  Not only to I have a "thing" for little dulcimers, but I think this would be a good way to experiment with a chromatic fretboard...."
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Feather Travel Dulcimer Oriole - For Sale":
"  For Sale – 2014 Oriole by Feather Dulcimer – #2014-44. This little travel dulcimer is about 23 inches long (closer to 22.5) with a VSL of 21”). The fret..."
bigskywild
@bigskywild • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new Audio File:
Classical Coyote
bigskywild
@bigskywild • 10 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Waiting:
"Congrats to you and your son, Ron!  What a beautiful song!   BSW "
Dan Evans
@dan-evans • 11 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Narrowboat film with trad. dulcimer music :
"thnx @magictime"
Skip
@skip • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Best Fix?":
"You could just replace the bridge and not worry about the saddle."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ukulele Tuners":
"Before sanding, you might want to try some Hill Peg Compound, which is a substance used by fiddle players to make the pegs turn more freely.  I have used it..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Project (Reasonably) Complete!":
"Tied frets (a la Lute) will be 'way too soft with metal strings, and they'll cut the frets.  If you want to use wooden frets, as Salt Spring suggests, use..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ukulele Tuners":
"If you're going to sand the pegs, use a VERY fine sandpaper -- 800 or 1000 grit.  A TINY change in diameter makes a huge difference. Better yet, take the..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Online Advent Calendar":
"What a wonderful idea, Ariane!  Mark & I look forward to participating.  <3 PS- Some of the very best tunes are the simple ones.  I'm not a..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @ariane: Online Advent Calendar
Repp
@repp • 13 hours ago • comments: 8
Liked a youtube item created by @dan-evans: Narrowboat film with trad. dulcimer music
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 14 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a photos item created by @slate-creek-dulcimers: Under construction
Ariane
@ariane • 16 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Online Advent Calendar":
"Hi tpatts, Thank you very much for your interest. Since Thursday (when I have posted it in the dulcimer facebook groups) 15 musicians have informed me that..."
tpatts
@tatts • 16 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @julie-semones: Strumming so frustrated
tpatts
@tatts • 16 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @ariane: Online Advent Calendar
tpatts
@tatts • 16 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Online Advent Calendar":
"Sounds like a wonderful idea! Is there a required skill level for players to be at? I’ve only been playing less than a year? What happens if/when there are..."
Monterey
@david-messenger • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ukulele Tuners":
"Thanks for the suggestions. I was thinking of sanding the old pegs a little bit at a time to see if I could get them to fit properly. Maybe I should try that..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ukulele Tuners":
"The only problem I see with the ukulele tuners or banjo tuners is that the peg head wall is rather thin. I think you will need to use a shim of some sort to..."
Salt Springs
@salt-springs • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Project (Reasonably) Complete!":
"Just wondering could you use wooden frets such as are used on some humle's........June Apple dulcimers has some pics of European zithers that use them and I..."
IRENE
@irene • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ukulele Tuners":
"Another option is to get some Banjo tuners.   I did put on some ukulele tuners on a small dulcimer and it looks good on that one....but your dulcimer here..."
cbrown
@cbrown • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Project (Reasonably) Complete!":
"Aloha Irene!  Thanks for the encouragement!   I'm still considering whether or not to set any frets in there.  If I can get it play without, I'll just..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Project (Reasonably) Complete!":
"I was wondering that too Irene.  Fretting a fretboard that is already installed is a major problem.  Even if you use staple frets, all that hammering can do..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ukulele Tuners":
"No reason they won't work.  You may have to enlarge the holes a bit -- it depends on the diameter of the shaft relative to the diameter of the hole.  Check..."
IRENE
@irene • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer Project (Reasonably) Complete!":
"this is coming along GREAT.....congratulations.   you've not put the frets on the fretboard yet?   hummmmmmm.   Will you put frets on another piece of wood..."
Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers • 23 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Under construction:
"IRENE: OH COOL.   I just must learn how to post photos here.....but when I come here at night, last thing I do is look at this MY FAV SITE ON THE..."
IRENE
@irene • 23 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Under construction:
"OH COOL.   I just must learn how to post photos here.....but when I come here at night, last thing I do is look at this MY FAV SITE ON THE NET......fotmd..."
cbrown
@cbrown • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Best Fix?":
"The break looks pretty clean to me, judging from the picture.  Since 80% of the wood is still integral with that big block thing, I'd be hesitant to cut off..."
Bob
@bob • 23 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a photos item created by @slate-creek-dulcimers: Under construction
cbrown
@cbrown • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Dulcimer Project (Reasonably) Complete!":
"Well, the dulcimer project is coming along nicely (I think)!   Bridge, nut, endplates, spacer, end pin and clip have all been fashioned and installed...."
Slate Creek Dulcimers
Monterey
@david-messenger • yesterday • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Ukulele Tuners":
"       Will Grover 8N geared Ukulele tuners work alright on a Dulcimer, before I go ahead and order any? I want to put them on that dulcimer I just bought,..."
oldmdpicker
@oldmdpicker • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Strrumming with arthritic finngers:
"The last ten days were busy as I was trying out your suggestions and was hoping to get comfortable with my dulcimer. Strumelia's videos were an excellent..."
mikemullen1
@mikemullen1 • yesterday • comments: 0
Created a new Audio File:
Fairest Lord Jesus (Dulcimer Duet)

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Classical Coyote
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Sally Gardens_Haste to the Wedding
Old Joe Clark
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In the Sweet Bye and Bye
Cripple Creek II
Waiting
Black Mountain Rag
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Barlow Knife
Southwind
Nina Kaylo's House work-in-progress
Women of Ireland
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Latest Forum Posts   All

Feather Travel Dulcimer...

Posted: Saturday September 21 2019, 9:03 PM
By: @Gale A Barr

Do not adjust your set!

Posted: Saturday September 21 2019, 8:40 PM
By: @Malcolm

Dulcimer Project...

Posted: Saturday September 21 2019, 5:31 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

David Honea dulcimer with...

Posted: Saturday September 21 2019, 4:29 PM
By: @Geckostar97

McSpadden mountain dulcimer...

Posted: Saturday September 21 2019, 3:48 PM
By: @epresnell

Best Fix?

Posted: Saturday September 21 2019, 10:17 AM
By: @Skip

Ukulele Tuners

Posted: Saturday September 21 2019, 10:08 AM
By: @Banjimer

Online Advent Calendar

Posted: Saturday September 21 2019, 8:27 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Folkcraft Dulcimer for Sale

Posted: Friday September 20 2019, 1:11 AM
By: @Fatcat

McSpadden --- wax

Posted: Thursday September 19 2019, 1:44 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Conversation with Kendra Ward

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By: @Susie

Healthy Living- healthy...

Posted: Wednesday September 18 2019, 8:53 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Like new Blue Lion RTD FH...

Posted: Wednesday September 18 2019, 4:40 PM
By: @Rich D

FUNNY songs you sing & play...

Posted: Wednesday September 18 2019, 12:30 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Dad tuning

Posted: Wednesday September 18 2019, 11:19 AM
By: @Butch Ross

What In The World Is This?

Posted: Wednesday September 18 2019, 8:42 AM
By: @John Gribble

Blarney pilgrim

Posted: Wednesday September 18 2019, 1:03 AM
By: @mikemullen1

Play Music On The Porch Day...

Posted: Friday September 13 2019, 7:27 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Friday September 13 2019, 5:19 PM
By: @pattyfromor

Value of this instrument or...

Posted: Thursday September 12 2019, 10:55 PM
By: @waynebergman

Homemade Capo

Posted: Thursday September 12 2019, 5:19 PM
By: @Kevin Keating

How to change my profile...

Posted: Thursday September 12 2019, 12:47 PM
By: @tpatts

Remembering 9/11

Posted: Thursday September 12 2019, 11:48 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

What’s your favourite...

Posted: Thursday September 12 2019, 10:57 AM
By: @whateversusan

Tabs or chords for “Only You”

Posted: Tuesday September 10 2019, 2:50 PM
By: @Molly McCurdy

Walnut Thomas with possum...

Posted: Tuesday September 10 2019, 1:18 PM
By: @Strumelia

Dulcimer Maker ID

Posted: Tuesday September 10 2019, 11:02 AM
By: @steve c.

Removing a fretboard

Posted: Tuesday September 10 2019, 7:58 AM
By: @IRENE

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Monday September 9 2019, 10:31 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

How do I post in the Photos...

Posted: Sunday September 8 2019, 11:53 AM
By: @Strumelia

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