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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

Slate Creek Dulcimers
kjb
@kjb • 5 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Merry Widow Waltz:
"Thank you for posting.  Nice tune. Well played and I love the different accompaniments. "
kjb
@kjb • 5 hours ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @ariane: Merry Widow Waltz
kjb
@kjb • 5 hours ago • comments: 14
Liked a youtube item created by @strumelia: Pigman the limberjack dancing to Do Mr. Boker Do, on banjo
kjb
@kjb • 5 hours ago • comments: 22
Liked a youtube item created by @robin-thompson: Instructional Video Terms: Galax and Bagpipe
Pierre-Yves Donnio
@pierre-yves-donnio • 10 hours ago • comments: 6
Liked a soundcloud item created by @pierre-lain: 78 BLUES
Steve Eulberg
@steve-eulberg • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "30 Days of Dulcimer Joy":
"Thanks Strumelia!  I agree (and I love your proverb, too.)"
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Jässpödpolskan
jimws
@jimws • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @kgrant67: How do I tune this, or change the setup?
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Instructional Video Terms: Galax and Bagpipe:
"I wish I had seen this video years ago. It would have cleared up so much confusion for me. I was just reading that Omie Wise is sometimes considered the..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "30 Days of Dulcimer Joy":
"Steve I just watched your video on your Master Class and I love what you say about adding musicality (expression?) to playing.  Looks like the course would..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on Three Ravens on Langspil:
"We haven't heard much about this langspil since you first got it. You certainly have that haunting ancient tone down already in this video.  Have you..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Pigman the limberjack dancing to Do Mr. Boker Do, on banjo:
"Does that little guy get dizzy dancing on his head?  Hey, I know this video is all about Pigman, but I kinda like the banjo playing, too."
Ariane
@ariane • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Merry Widow Waltz:
"Thank you very much, Dusty - yes, the melody is a real earworm"
Ariane
@ariane • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Merry Widow Waltz:
"Thank you very much, Steven - what a lovely comment!"
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Jässpödpolskan
Joolsy
@joolsy • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Slight bow in back of dulcimer.":
"Thanks John. Baritone, 4 string equidistant, chromatic etc etc, the dulcimer bug has definitely got me."
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 22
Liked a youtube item created by @robin-thompson: Instructional Video Terms: Galax and Bagpipe
Kevin R.
@kevin-r • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @ariane: Merry Widow Waltz
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Danny Boy (Londonderry Air):
"I confess, Dusty, my mind goes to "London Derriere," too.  :) Dusty Turtle: Thanks so much, @Robin-Thompson.  I find this melody to be really powerful and..."
Sarah-from-TN
@sarah-from-tn • 2 days ago • comments: 22
Liked a youtube item created by @robin-thompson: Instructional Video Terms: Galax and Bagpipe
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Merry Widow Waltz:
"Nice playing, Ariane. And a very helpful demonstration of different ways to accompany the melody. I remember this song from an old film. I saw it as a kid..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Slight bow in back of dulcimer.":
"So, full steam ahead!  Congratulations on building your first dulcimer.  You'll get lots of ideas for future ones now."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Danny Boy (Londonderry Air):
"Thanks so much, @Robin-Thompson.  I find this melody to be really powerful and emotional.  But I have to confess that instead of "Londonderry Air" I wanted..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Danny Boy (Londonderry Air):
"So beautifully played, Dusty.  The tune is timeless and lovely.  I heard Danny Boy on television when I was a kid.  I'm guessing it was when I was small..."
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Merry Widow Waltz:
"Really nice, Ariane! Franz would be quite proud!"
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Staten Island Hornpipe
Geckostar97
@geckostar97 • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Staten Island Hornpipe
Geckostar97
@geckostar97 • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @phil-myers: When It's Lamplighting Time
Geckostar97
@geckostar97 • 2 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on The Mill Mill O:
"John, I like this tune very much; terrific job!"
Ariane
@ariane • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new YouTube video:
Merry Widow Waltz
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on Ladie Rothmayis Lilt -- Planxty Hewlett medley:
"Thanks so much, @Strumelia. I really appreciate your taking the time to comment."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 24
Posted a new Comment on Ladie Rothmayis Lilt -- Planxty Hewlett medley:
"This is sooo pretty @dusty-turtle !"
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Staten Island Hornpipe
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on The Mill Mill O:
"John, I want to thank you again for sharing this tune.  I dug out some sheet music and am learning it myself.  It has some cool rhythms in there (triplets..."
kjb
@kjb • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on When It's Lamplighting Time:
"Great.  I was just playing around with a slide the other day.  Lots of fun.  Thanks for posting."
kjb
@kjb • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @phil-myers: When It's Lamplighting Time
Joolsy
@joolsy • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Slight bow in back of dulcimer.":
"Thank you guys, I was hoping for this response!. I added kerfing to make the joints stronger & as I said earlier, I love the vibrato achieved by gently..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @steve-eulberg: 30 Days of Dulcimer Joy
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Slight bow in back of dulcimer.":
"Since the fretboard is level I do not see a problem with playing it on your lap. As long as the glue joints are solid I do not see a problem with it coming..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Slight bow in back of dulcimer.":
"Some builders actually build-in a bowed back -- the idea that the curve acts as a kind of projector for the sound."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Today is Bach's birthday, and if you haven't visited Google yet, do so.  The banner is an artificial intelligence app that takes any melody you put in and..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @steve-eulberg: A Walk in the Muir Woods Cathedral
Joolsy
@joolsy • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Slight bow in back of dulcimer.":
"Thanks John. I don't mind it having a slightly bowed back as I play with it on my lap and use a gentle rocking motion for slow vibrato. It was more a..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Slight bow in back of dulcimer.":
"Joolsy, You could try sanding the back flat if the bow is minor, or you could glue 3 feet on the back like they did in the old days."
Joolsy
@joolsy • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Slight bow in back of dulcimer.":
"Hi all. I recently finished my walnut fokcraft teardrop dulcimer kit & have noticed a slight side to side rocking motion when placed on a flat surface...."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Danny Boy (Londonderry Air):
"Thanks for listening, @Jan-Potts."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @phil-myers: When It's Lamplighting Time
SPhillips
@sphillips • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Frank Proffitt Mountain Dulcimer for Sale":
"Banjimer: After looking at your pictures once again, my best guess is that this dulcimer was made by Leonard Glenn.  The thick, stubby tuning pegs were..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Frank Proffitt Mountain Dulcimer for Sale":
"After looking at your pictures once again, my best guess is that this dulcimer was made by Leonard Glenn.  The thick, stubby tuning pegs were pretty much a..."

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Public Domain... or Not?

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Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


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30 Days of Dulcimer Joy

Posted: Friday March 22 2019, 11:35 PM
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a discussion created by admin

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Slight bow in back of...

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The Positive Thread...

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Frank Proffitt Mountain...

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Cigar Box Guitars

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Ruth Randle

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Hammers for the MD?

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Playing dulcimers with...

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Dad tuning

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Seeking John Stockard...

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Folkcraft resonator dulcimer

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For Sale: cute hand-sewn...

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Juke Joint Festival,...

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Gallier Starsong is...

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New Harmony Dulcimer

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Strumelia's 1998 Octave...

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Strumelia's mermaid...

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My 40 year old box of...

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Working with Tropical Woods

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Synthetic fretboard

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Concert Ukulele

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Recommendations for a bow...

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