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

Janene Millen
@janene-millen • 40 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cozy Playing Corners":
"RATS Robin. Thanks for feedback..I did do all that by I'm on a PC. Hmmmmmm"
Dumor3D
@dumor3d • an hour ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Help Selecting from Available Mtn. Dulcimer Hourglass Plans":
"So far I've ordered the Folkcraft and Don's Plans plans. Don's Plans was easy and I placed an order with Folkcraft for some other things and now I'm also..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • an hour ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cozy Playing Corners":
"Friends, I used EMBED LOCAL MEDIA and re-sized the photo-- I'm using an old iPad mini running Safari.  I'm not sure what caused that to work for me and not..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Help Selecting from Available Mtn. Dulcimer Hourglass Plans":
"Pick up a plan or two and use the bits you like from each.  You're not going to muck up the sound -- that's really hard to do.  You can always go to our..."
marg
@marg • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mark Tindle dulcimer AC-53 ":
"Tindle photo  "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a music item created by @val-hughes:
Joe Bane's (Barndance)
marg
@marg • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Mark Tindle dulcimer AC-53 ":
"Does anyone know anything about a tindle dulcimer, I can't find out anything on line. The group I play with just received one of his and I was hoping to find..."
Janene Millen
@janene-millen • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cozy Playing Corners":
"Charles, you did the same thing I did.  I had to DOWNLOAD your photo fully, then open it into a PAINT program to see it, then resize it.  Look at Robin and..."
Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas • 3 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cozy Playing Corners":
"Janene, I put the photo in by clicking on "attach file" and it shows photos on your desktop, I clicked on the one I wanted. I'm working with a Mac  but I..."
Janene Millen
@janene-millen • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cozy Playing Corners":
"Dulcinina, another person who plays on a stool!  I love the "little guy" sitting on a shelf of your desk area. Charles, that is a very elegant-looking..."
Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cozy Playing Corners":
"Here's my playing space. The desk and bookcase has lots of tchotchkes, and a small two headed red dragon to guard it all. The screen behind the desk is solid..."
Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas • 6 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Hoodie Experiment:
"Great idea Davesterino! I just might try that! Thanks for listening!"
Bert Bennett
@bert-bennett • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Help Selecting from Available Mtn. Dulcimer Hourglass Plans":
"I've used hourglass plans from Folkcraft.  Nice design for the headstock---not a scroll, but interesting design.  I think they have teardrop plans, too."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Need Chords For D-A-C Tuning!":
"Jimmy. I took some time today to figure out the Chords for D Aeolian (D Minor) in D-A-C Tuning.  Left to right the numbers represent: (Bass Sting-Middle..."
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Flowers of the Forest
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cozy Playing Corners":
"@dulcinina What a lovely playing spot!  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 8 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Joe Bane's (Barndance):
"Really fine, Val.  It is not easy to flatpick cleanly and you do so with apparent ease.  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 8 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a music item created by @val-hughes:
Joe Bane's (Barndance)
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 8 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on On Stage At Leo Coffeehouse, Cincinnati:
"Hey, Tom, I don't know when I'll get to watch this-- our internet usage is metered and videos play badly now.  It's way cool y'all played in a coffee house.  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 8 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a group discussions item created by @tom-mcdonald:
On Stage At Leo Coffeehouse, Cincinnati
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 10 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Let’s Discuss Volume ":
"I am mostly addressing the builders here. Maybe I should have posted this over at the Builder’s Group Page. If so, pardon me. I’m still learning how to..."
Dave Boyt
@dave-boyt • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Help Selecting from Available Mtn. Dulcimer Hourglass Plans":
"You might check Woodcraft magazine from about a year ago.  They had an article on building a teardrop dulcimer, but some of the info (such as fret spacing)..."
dulcinina
@dulcinina • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cozy Playing Corners":
"Here's my playing corner.  It's in a spare room I use as my office and get-away place. Nina Oops. Not sure if my picture attached."
Dumor3D
@dumor3d • 13 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Non-toxic Finishes for dulcimers?:
"Hi Haley, I've fought myself over this same question with regards to my woodturning. Think salad bowls. A good portion of that community (and others) state..."
Dumor3D
@dumor3d • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Help Selecting from Available Mtn. Dulcimer Hourglass Plans":
"Hi Ken. Thanks for that. I have pretty much no understanding of what really makes the sound. I had assumed more volume would be a deeper tone, but I had..."
Ariane
@ariane • 15 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Joe Bane's (Barndance):
"Very beautiful, Val!"
Val Hughes
@val-hughes • 15 hours ago • comments: 2
Created a new Audio File:
Joe Bane's (Barndance)
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Help Selecting from Available Mtn. Dulcimer Hourglass Plans":
"Hi Dumor3D -- the online images of the plans are probably deliberately poor quality to prevent someone using them without paying. Honduran Rosewood makes a..."
Carla Maxwell
@carla-maxwell • yesterday • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @janene-millen:
Cozy Playing Corners
Dumor3D
@dumor3d • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Help Selecting from Available Mtn. Dulcimer Hourglass Plans":
"Hi John! Thanks for the quick response. I do wish some of the images of the plans were a bit better but I think I'm seeing enough to decide I'll be buying 2..."
Tom McDonald
@tom-mcdonald • yesterday • comments: 1
Updated a Group discussion "":
"Our short set as "Seldom the Same" at the Queen City Balladeers, November 11, 2018. I'm on harmonica, and playing an Ed Weiss dulcimer borrowed from lead..."
Rockin' in the Free World
Tom McDonald
@tom-mcdonald • yesterday • comments: 1
Created a new Group discussion "On Stage At Leo Coffeehouse, Cincinnati":
"Our short set as "Seldom the Same" at the Queen City Balladeers, November 11, 2018. I'm on harmonica, and playing an Ed Weiss dulcimer borrowed from lead..."
Rockin' in the Free World
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Help Selecting from Available Mtn. Dulcimer Hourglass Plans":
"Hello!  These dulcimer plans are not free, but are good designs, and I think the first 2 are by the same designer, Scott Antes.  One is $10.00, the other..."
Dumor3D
@dumor3d • yesterday • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Help Selecting from Available Mtn. Dulcimer Hourglass Plans":
"I am in the middle of one dulcimer build using a free plan I found on the internet. I suppose it is a teardrop except both ends are symmetrical. I would like..."
Carla Maxwell
@carla-maxwell • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Boil Them Cabbage Down in Leura, NSW, AU
Carla Maxwell
@carla-maxwell • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
June Apple in Leura, NSW, AU
Carla Maxwell
@carla-maxwell • yesterday • comments: 0
Brian G.
@brian-g • yesterday • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Southern Aristocracy:
"Thanks Paula!  :)"
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Need Chords For D-A-C Tuning!":
"Thanks so far for everyone’s response! JL"
Lisa Golladay
@lisa-golladay • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Need Chords For D-A-C Tuning!":
"Page 4 of this PDF has a chart showing all of the notes on all of the frets in DAC tuning.  Please note this is for some strumsticky thing so the positions..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Need Chords For D-A-C Tuning!":
"Please be aware.  In my previous post providing a link to Kevin Roth's chord charts for various modal tunings, I neglected to mention that the standard..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Need Chords For D-A-C Tuning!":
"The only thing I could find that had chord charts was the following from a booklet included with a Folkways dulcimer instruction album by Kevin Roth. There's..."
Lisa Golladay
@lisa-golladay • yesterday • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" 11/11/18:
"That was beautiful, Sam.  Thank you."
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 5
Liked a group discussions item created by @david-bennett:
11-11-18: Appalachian Dulcimer Players In World War I
Alan Thompson
@alan-thompson • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Once again I have just been watching the TV over here in the UK, seeing and hearing news about the terrible wild fires you have going on in California  stay..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 81
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"I would say any strings more than 2 or 3 years old will sound better if changed for new ones. Esepcially true for heavy wound strings. Professionals often..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Phrygian Tunings ":
"Here's my article on dulcimer Modes and Modal tunings.  It has all the Modes, their traditional tuning, and the key of D equivalents.I think your inquiry..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Need Chords For D-A-C Tuning!":
"There are any number of good chord charts on the Internet (not that I use them, but they are there).  Admittedly, most of the chord charts are only for DAd..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • yesterday • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Need Chords For D-A-C Tuning!":
"It seems that there are not very good resources for Mountain dulcimer chords on the internet. Even the ones I find are just basic cowboy chords. Does anyone..."
dulcinina
@dulcinina • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on 11-11-18: Appalachian Dulcimer Players In World War I:
"That was a great article, David.  Thanks oe putting it together. Nina"

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Beginner players

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OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players

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Dulcimer Making

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a place to share the hymns and worship songs we are playing.
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Help Me Learn this Song


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Public Domain... or Not?


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Home Studio Recording


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Collector's Corner


A group where collectors of antique, vintage, or rare...
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Four-Equidistant Strings


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GIG TALK!


Do you play gigs? Tell us about your good and not-so-good...
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Baritone Dulcimer Players


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Civil War era music

Civil War era music


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Call the Tune


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Early & Classical Music


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Box Dulcimers


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Galax Dulcimer Lovers


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Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness

Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


A group for private sharing and support, whether you are...
Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


Welcome to all who play music using a bow on any type of...
The Bass Dulcimer

The Bass Dulcimer


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Chromatic Dulcimers


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A meeting place for players dealing with disabilities.
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Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts


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California Dulcimer Dreamin'


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North Carolinians Plus


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Pacific Northwest Players

Pacific Northwest Players


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Kentucky Dulcimer Players


A group for any players from Kentucky where we can meet...
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Florida Dulcimer Players
6 string dulcimers

6 string dulcimers


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West Virginia players


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Missouri Dulcimer Players

Missouri Dulcimer Players


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...
FOTMD on the Road

FOTMD on the Road


Are your traveling, on vacation, on your way to a...
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Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


For those who live in Arkansas and love playing the...
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Joe Bane's (Barndance)
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Wayfaring Stranger
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Emma's Waltz
Liza Jane
Walnut Hill, a work-in-progress
A la Puerta del Cielo (Basque lullaby)_15-07-2018
Morrison's Jig
Boil Dem Cabbage Down
Roisin the Beau
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Latest Forum Posts   All

Cozy Playing Corners

Posted: Wednesday November 14 2018, 12:04 AM
By: @Janene Millen

Help Selecting from...

Posted: Tuesday November 13 2018, 11:33 PM
By: @Dumor3D

Mark Tindle dulcimer AC-53

Posted: Tuesday November 13 2018, 10:08 PM
By: @marg

Need Chords For D-A-C Tuning!

Posted: Tuesday November 13 2018, 6:21 PM
By: @Banjimer

Let’s Discuss Volume

Posted: Tuesday November 13 2018, 2:27 PM
By: @Jimmy Lamar

The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Monday November 12 2018, 1:57 PM
By: @Alan Thompson

Phrygian Tunings

Posted: Monday November 12 2018, 1:43 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

70's article of Ozark dulcimer

Posted: Monday November 12 2018, 9:23 AM
By: @Stewart McCormick

Keith Johnson Dulcimer

Posted: Monday November 12 2018, 7:52 AM
By: @Jimmy Lamar

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Sunday November 11 2018, 11:18 AM
By: @Strumelia

Ban-jammer build questions

Posted: Saturday November 10 2018, 6:29 PM
By: @Sheryl St. Clare

How do you search for other...

Posted: Friday November 9 2018, 11:32 AM
By: @Jimmy Lamar

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Dulcimer Strings

Posted: Wednesday November 7 2018, 7:50 AM
By: @Jimmy Lamar

How does your pet react to...

Posted: Sunday November 4 2018, 3:49 PM
By: @Davesterino

Pick Holder

Posted: Sunday November 4 2018, 12:41 AM
By: @jp

Advice on beginner’s dulcimer

Posted: Saturday November 3 2018, 7:15 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Waiter’s tray stand

Posted: Saturday November 3 2018, 3:02 PM
By: @Gale A Barr

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Saturday November 3 2018, 2:37 PM
By: @Strumelia

How to be sure about a...

Posted: Saturday November 3 2018, 2:12 PM
By: @Strumelia

Best methods for video and...

Posted: Saturday November 3 2018, 2:10 PM
By: @Strumelia

Keith Young Dulcimer

Posted: Saturday November 3 2018, 2:05 PM
By: @Dave D

How to add an Audio MP3 or...

Posted: Saturday November 3 2018, 1:25 PM
By: @Strumelia

Using Metronome apps

Posted: Saturday November 3 2018, 7:53 AM
By: @dulcinina

just vs. equal temperament

Posted: Thursday November 1 2018, 7:18 PM
By: @Robin Clark

Cigar Box Guitars

Posted: Thursday November 1 2018, 8:57 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Comprehensive List of...

Posted: Monday October 29 2018, 11:30 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Hearts Of The Dulcimer...

Posted: Sunday October 28 2018, 6:52 PM
By: @Patricia Delich

complete list of possible...

Posted: Sunday October 28 2018, 3:36 PM
By: @jp

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