Welcome to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer!

Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer is the most active and extensive online site for Appalachian Mountain Dulcimers and players on the internet today. 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.
   So 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

Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 3 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on How often do you play/practice?:
"Don, I'm sure you'll get all sorts of different answers for this one. I enjoy playing the dulcimer and try to play many times a day, though often for only a..."
Gordon Hardy
 
@gordon-hardy • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube by @marc-mathieu:
Wellyn
Don Grundy
 
@don-grundy • 4 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a group discussions by @don-grundy:
How often do you play/practice?
marg
 
@marg • 5 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on How often do you play/practice?:
"I play almost everyday at home & several times a week with a group. Last week we also preformed at two different events.  How long: 2 hours can go by..."
nick o'sullivan
 
@nick-osullivan • 5 hours ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on Baritone Dulcimer Players:
"Hi  My baritone dulcimer is set up as four string equidistant tuned ADAd, so I can play in DAD but have those extra low notes as well. Works for me."
Don Grundy
 
@don-grundy • 5 hours ago • comments: 2
Created a new Group discussion "How often do you play/practice?":
"Are you organized in your playing? Every day? How long?"
Beginner players
Gregg Schneeman
 
@gregg-schneeman • 6 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on "HIGHER GROUND" on Hummle:
"The Lyrics to "Higher Ground" were written by Johnson Oatman Jr. in 1892. This tune for it was written by Charles H. Gabriel in 1898. I recommend YouTube..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 7 hours ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Bowed Psalteries:
"Not much traffic in this Bowed Group, and even less in this Bowed Psaltery thread.  However... I just acquired a Bowed Psaltery for the price of shipping..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 7 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube by @gregg-schneeman:
"HIGHER GROUND" on Hummle
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 7 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on "HIGHER GROUND" on Hummle:
"I love this Gregg !! Can you tell me a little something about this hymn?"
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 7 hours ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Where you playing next?:
"Well, my "concert opener" went off really well!  Got lots of good comments on my voice, my playing, and the 'history lesson' on Child Ballads #1 and #2..."
Gregg Schneeman
 
@gregg-schneeman • 7 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on "NOT FOR JOE" on Bowed Psaltery and Dulcimer:
"We all Had a great time at Kindred Dulcimer Gathering this year. I taught this tune to Cathy Trout-Hessom here over 30 years ago! Time flies when your having..."
Gregg Schneeman
 
@gregg-schneeman • 8 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new YouTube video:
"NOT FOR JOE" on Bowed Psaltery and Dulcimer
Gregg Schneeman
 
@gregg-schneeman • 8 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on "HIGHER GROUND" on Hummle:
" My Hummel or Hummle, I've seen it spelled both ways, means "Bumble Bee" in Swedish. The extra drone strings do make a big sound!"
Gregg Schneeman
 
@gregg-schneeman • 8 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new YouTube video:
"HIGHER GROUND" on Hummle
Marc Mathieu
 
@marc-mathieu • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Wellyn
Gregg Schneeman
 
@gregg-schneeman • 8 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on "Farther Along":
"Here's me playing "Farther Along" on my Hummle built by my friend Terry Watson. Jean Ritchie's Dulcimer Book has to photos of Otto Malmberg with his Hummle...."
Gregg Schneeman
 
@gregg-schneeman • 8 hours ago • comments: 1
Updated a YouTube Video:
"Farther Along"
Gregg Schneeman
 
@gregg-schneeman • 8 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new YouTube video:
"Farther Along"
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 13 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Sugar in the Gourd:
"Another in the long line of Randy's bawdy tunes. This has a nice hop to it."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 13 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a groups by @strumelia:
Chromatic Dulcimers
nick o'sullivan
 
@nick-osullivan • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Chromatic fret spacing on drone strings":
"And here's the dulcimer"
nick o'sullivan
 
@nick-osullivan • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Chromatic fret spacing on drone strings":
"Here's a tune played on a dulcimer with diatonic/chromatic fretboard Listen to Pastorale Michel Corrette by nickosullivan #np on #SoundCloud"
nick o'sullivan
 
@nick-osullivan • 14 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Chromatic Dulcimers:
"A piece for chromatic dulcimer with added bass "harp" strings Listen to Nocturne for harp-dulcimer by nickosullivan #np on #SoundCloud"
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 18 hours ago • comments: 4
Liked a group discussions by @kathy-ford:
Strings for my Baritone
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on Baritone Dulcimer Players:
"Hi  @Dulcimerjones.   The term "baritone" refers to the tonal range of the instrument.  Generally, a baritone is tuned a fourth or fifth below a standard..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • yesterday • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Getting the first dulcimer:
"Yep, good choice.  As soon as you get a song figured out, think about posting it on here so we can hear how the McSpadden sound and so we can see you..."
marg
 
@marg • yesterday • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Getting the first dulcimer:
"My McSpaaden id all walnut dulcimer also. I like the walnut dulcimers in both sound & looks. Glad you found a good first dulcimer, enjoy it "
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Getting the first dulcimer:
"Congratulations, @Papasims.  A McSpadden is always a good choice since it is a trusted brand that keeps its value over time. And of course, they play so..."
Robin Thompson
 
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax:
"Congratulations to all! "
Robin Thompson
 
John Gribble
 
@john-gribble • yesterday • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on Baritone Dulcimer Players:
"DulcimerJones: I love the baritone sound & am starting to search for one but I am confused.  I thought what made one a baritone was: 1) a longer VSL..."
Rob N Lackey
 
@rob-n-lackey • yesterday • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Dizzy Lizzy:
"Nice, Mary.  Glad to see you back on  "
PapaSims
 
@papasims • yesterday • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Getting the first dulcimer:
"So thankful for all the good advice received.  I am now the proud owner of a '89 McSpaaden all walnut dulcimer.  Very sweet sound, easy to play and well..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 20
Liked a groups by @strumelia:
Baritone Dulcimer Players
DulcimerJones
 
@dulcimerjones • yesterday • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on Baritone Dulcimer Players:
"I love the baritone sound & am starting to search for one but I am confused.  I thought what made one a baritone was: 1) a longer VSL  2) heavier..."
DulcimerJones
 
@dulcimerjones • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Favorite chair/seat for playing?":
" Marg, What a lovely setting for playing!  I'm looking for similar chairs, but it's hard to find just the right height, cushiness, depth, etc.  The hunt is ON!"
David Bennett
 
dforrest
 
@dforrest • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Acoustic sound issue":
"Thank you for responding. I did try to see if I could isolate the problem to one string, and I could not. I think I will try different strings, though, and..."
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 2 days ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Irish Washerwoman duet:
" Thanks so much, Marc!  That was very kind (& very cute!) of you.  "
Sean Ruprecht-Belt
 
@sean-belt • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Acoustic sound issue":
"I don't think the instrument's sustain is a problem with the strings. You might try a lighter gauge string just to see if it changes anything, but it may..."
marg
 
@marg • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on digital effects:
"Oh, I was wondering but the dulcimer seem to have a thicker body. Great, enjoy the tones & sounds. Can't wait to hear a sample"
Dan Evans
 
@dan-evans • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on digital effects:
"@marg it's a solid body-electric - I did try to add more text to explain but the software of the website kept rejecting it    "
marg
 
@marg • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on digital effects:
"No sound holes? Does the pick up take care of not having any?"
Dan Evans
 
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Favorite chair/seat for playing?":
"For home playing, Brian and I bought these chairs several years ago, and we find them incredibly comfortable for playing music.  They are also great for..."
Trevor Boyd
 
@trevor-boyd • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Seeing all postings in a discussion":
"Thank you. Strumelia. Trevor"
marg
 
@marg • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How do I tune this Bass Dulcimer?":
" Blevins dulcimer WOW, very nice yes, how does it sound"
marg
 
@marg • 2 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on JR Beall..............6 string, 1969 #1:
"Beautiful, what a treasure. Enjoy, have fun & can't wait to hear it."
marg
 
@marg • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Favorite chair/seat for playing?":
"I have little grandchildren;  so when I was looking for a chair for playing the dulcimer, I also was thinking of extra space for extra little angles. It is..."

Join a Group!   All

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 making dulcimers or interested in...
Fingerpicking

Fingerpicking


A place to discuss fingerpicking styles of dulcimer...
Hymn and Worship Song Players

Hymn and Worship Song Players


a place to share the hymns and worship songs we are playing.
Modern/Chord style Players

Modern/Chord style Players


Do you play chords and fret across all strings? Then this...
Rockin' in the Free World

Rockin' in the Free World


A group for those of you who like to play music not...
Traditional Irish music & Song

Traditional Irish music & Song


The playing of Traditional Irish music and Song on...
The Music Theory Corner

The Music Theory Corner


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

Dulcimer Care & Maintenance


Tips, tricks and techniques to help care for your dulcimer.
fans of Jean Ritchie

fans of Jean Ritchie


A group for those of us who have been inspired by...
UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

UK and European Mountain...


A group which hopefully allows players/makers in this...
Singing with the Dulcimer

Singing with the Dulcimer


Here's a group for those of us who are interested in...
Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks

Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks


Regardless of what name you favor, this group is a...
Arranging for Dulcimers

Arranging for Dulcimers


A group to discuss creating arrangements of songs for...
Dulcimer teachers

Dulcimer teachers


Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?
Dulcimer Therapy

Dulcimer Therapy


This group is dedicated to those that visit, or have a...
Mountain Dulcimer History

Mountain Dulcimer History


Share historical information on the history and...
Little Dulcimers

Little Dulcimers


Do you play an octave, mini, or traveling dulcimer?
Technology/Software/Amplifying

Technology/Software/Amplifying


to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
Help Me Learn this Song

Help Me Learn this Song


Need help learning to play a particular song? Let...
Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


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

I have extra frets.....


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

Home Studio Recording


Recording dulcimers, vocals and other instruments in the...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video clips...
Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


A place to share about 4-equidistant string playing, how...
Collector's Corner

Collector's Corner


A group where collectors of antique, vintage, or rare...
Civil War era music

Civil War era music


For discussing music that was played around the time of...
Box Dulcimers

Box Dulcimers


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

Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
GIG TALK!

GIG TALK!


Do you play gigs? Tell us about your good and not-so-good...
Early & Classical Music

Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
Galax Dulcimer Lovers

Galax Dulcimer Lovers


Just a group to discuss all things Galax Dulcimer. Tips...
Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness

Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


A group for private sharing and support, whether you are...
Scrap/Recycled wood Dulcimer Challenge

Scrap/Recycled wood...


A group for those thrifty and creative folk who like to...
The Bass Dulcimer

The Bass Dulcimer


This group is for anyone interested in sharing tips and...
Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


Welcome to all who play music using a bow on any type of...
Chromatic Dulcimers

Chromatic Dulcimers


For players who enjoy playing dulcimers with ALL the frets!
NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer players

NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer...


For those of us who live in the northeastern United States.
Challenged Players

Challenged Players


A meeting place for players dealing with disabilities.
Michigan Dulcimer Players Thumbs UP

Michigan Dulcimer Players...


All Players in Michigan
Virginia Dulcimer Players

Virginia Dulcimer Players


Just thought it would be neet to know how many other...
North Carolinians Plus

North Carolinians Plus


The Three Sides of North Carolina: Mountains / Piedmont /...
Baritone Dulcimer Players

Baritone Dulcimer Players


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts

Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts


Howdy ya'll! Come on by for a cup o' joe and jammin....
California Dulcimer Dreamin'

California Dulcimer Dreamin'


For dulcimer players living in or just visiting California
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 Society

Florida Sunshine Dulcimer...


Florida Dulcimer Players
West Virginia players

West Virginia players


A group just for dulcimer players in beautiful West...
Composing and Songwriting

Composing and Songwriting


Do you like composing original songs? Are you writing a...
North of the Lakes

North of the Lakes


for any MD players in Upper Canada (aka Ontario) and 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...
Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players

Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


For those who live in Arkansas and love playing the...
AussieTalk!

AussieTalk!


For dulcimer players in Australia. -Be sure to create...
Site Moderators Group

Site Moderators Group


A private group to allow FOTMD moderators to communicate...
Indiana Players

Indiana Players


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

Showcase your music event or business here!

Showcase your music event or business here

Latest Audio

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Civil War Genre:  Battle Hymn of the Republic
Satisfied-hymn in public domain
Nocturne
Summer Falling
Farewell Voyager
Harvest Home and Boys of Bluehill (Hornpipes)
Rond d'eau bergère
Hatmaker Lane-guitar & lap dulcimer CAUTION: loud dog
Skye Boat Song
Samanthra
Song for Ireland
Unclouded Day
It Gets Better
Reverie
Winter's Dream
Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
Walnut Neff
A song for John
Old Joe Clark Gets A Phone Call
Big Barren Creek
Sleet & Freezing Rain-guitar & dulcimer trade leads
Big Scioty on guitar with reading of a poem
The Bells of Aberdovey - Sow Hogfiddle - 27 Apr 17
Soldiers Joy
O Sacred Head Now Wounded
Meditation
Delia
Bile 'Em Cabbage Down
Farther Along
Sunset (Original)

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Redwood Dulcimer Day -- Santa Cruz, CA

Redwood Dulcimer Day --...


Sat Aug 19 2017
Wartz n All Fall Gathering

Wartz n All Fall Gathering


Sat Oct 21 2017
8th Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Fest -(NM)

8th Annual New Mexico...


Fri Nov 3 2017
23rd Annual Fall Harvest Fest of Dulcimers -(CA)

23rd Annual Fall Harvest...


Sat Nov 11 2017
Colorado Dulcimer Festival (15th!) -(CO)

Colorado Dulcimer...


Fri Feb 2 2018

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Latest Forum Posts   All

Chromatic fret spacing on...

Posted: Wednesday August 16 2017, 2:57 PM
By: @nick o'sullivan

Favorite chair/seat for...

Posted: Tuesday August 15 2017, 6:44 PM
By: @DulcimerJones

Acoustic sound issue

Posted: Tuesday August 15 2017, 4:52 PM
By: @dforrest

Seeing all postings in a...

Posted: Tuesday August 15 2017, 5:11 AM
By: @Trevor Boyd

How do I tune this Bass...

Posted: Tuesday August 15 2017, 2:20 AM
By: @marg

HOW TO for finding, add...

Posted: Monday August 14 2017, 2:44 PM
By: @Skip

Which builder for a...

Posted: Sunday August 13 2017, 10:00 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Hitting the strings

Posted: Saturday August 12 2017, 10:48 PM
By: @marg

PRICE REDUCTION Probst all...

Posted: Saturday August 12 2017, 12:08 PM
By: @D. Chitwood

Recognize this?

Posted: Saturday August 12 2017, 9:21 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Cardboard Dulcimer

Posted: Saturday August 12 2017, 8:33 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Fingerpicking a dulcimer -...

Posted: Friday August 11 2017, 2:01 PM
By: @Ann Wells

Dulcimer Carry Case

Posted: Wednesday August 9 2017, 10:09 PM
By: @Bob

Singing with my dulcimer...

Posted: Tuesday August 8 2017, 10:03 PM
By: @Gordon Hardy

Crowd Sourcing Questions...

Posted: Tuesday August 8 2017, 12:53 PM
By: @hugssandi

I am SO in over my head!!!

Posted: Tuesday August 8 2017, 12:43 PM
By: @hugssandi

Free tabs: More German folk...

Posted: Tuesday August 8 2017, 10:14 AM
By: @Strumelia

Are you playing on your...

Posted: Tuesday August 8 2017, 12:36 AM
By: @marg

Tune You've Had The Most...

Posted: Monday August 7 2017, 3:04 PM
By: @Sean Ruprecht-Belt

DAA or DAD as primary tuning ?

Posted: Monday August 7 2017, 11:59 AM
By: @Leo Kretzner

And then peace fell.....

Posted: Sunday August 6 2017, 5:02 PM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

Clicking straight to the...

Posted: Wednesday August 2 2017, 11:56 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Jeff Furman in Marine City,...

Posted: Wednesday August 2 2017, 9:15 PM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

Tell us about your VERY...

Posted: Wednesday August 2 2017, 8:16 PM
By: @Ashkettle

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Wednesday August 2 2017, 1:13 PM
By: @marg

bridge compensation

Posted: Wednesday August 2 2017, 12:28 AM
By: @John Gribble

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Monday July 31 2017, 9:21 AM
By: @Strumelia

What's a Noter-Drone...

Posted: Monday July 31 2017, 9:21 AM
By: @marg

Concert Ukulele

Posted: Friday July 28 2017, 7:19 PM
By: @Colleen Hailey

Audio files not working for me

Posted: Friday July 28 2017, 11:21 AM
By: @Salt Springs
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