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

granto
@granto • an hour ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Minuet in G - Minor Version:
"Don Grundy: Wow!  I always enjoy your playing. Where are you going to school?  Thanks! I'm at Cedarville University in Ohio."
Don Grundy
@don-grundy • an hour ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Minuet in G - Minor Version:
"Wow!  I always enjoy your playing. Where are you going to school? "
JimGoodin
@jimgoodin • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Updated a SoundCloud Track:
Till
JimGoodin
@jimgoodin • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a new SoundCloud track:
Till
traildad
@traildad • 8 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on What key am I playing in?:
"Ok. For the time being I’ll be using DAd or other common tunings so I’ll go with the bass string tuning or the last note. If it turns out wrong we’ll know..."
Kevin R.
@kevin-r • 10 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to ""Shoat" Hogfiddle for sale":
"The VSL is 23". It came to me in Aee tuning so it is tuned pretty high. I have tuned it down to Gdd, but liked it better higher. That's just me though. I..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 10 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to ""Shoat" Hogfiddle for sale":
"What's the scale length and recommended tuning for this dulcimer?  (i.e. is it smaller or longer than standard?)"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 10 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on What key am I playing in?:
"Yes the bass string is 'most commonly' the key note... but not always. There are various types of tunings, including some called 'reverse' tunings where you..."
Skip
@skip • 10 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on What key am I playing in?:
"Yes/No for the second part of you post, eg., the DGd tuning is G. The reasoning gets complicated very quickly!"
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 10 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on What key am I playing in?:
"Yes. CGG would be the key of C. AEE is the key of A, etc. Ken, The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
traildad
@traildad • 10 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on What key am I playing in?:
"Ken Longfield: You are playing in the key of D. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song." So is the bass string tuning the key?"
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 11 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on What key am I playing in?:
"You are playing in the key of D. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
traildad
@traildad • 14 hours ago • comments: 6
Created a new Group discussion "What key am I playing in?":
"I learning Old Joe Clark noter drone style. My dad asked me what key I am playing it in. I’m tuned in DAd but I don’t know if that means I’m automatically..."
Beginner players
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 16 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to ""Shoat" Hogfiddle for sale":
"Heck of a deal here, folks!  I also own and play one of Bobby's masterworks.  If you been thinking about getting involved in traditional noter & drone..."
Jill Geary
@jill-geary • 16 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to ""Shoat" Hogfiddle for sale":
"Hi Kevin, I sent you a PM. Or you can contact me at: providenceV39 at aol dot com I'm crazy about noter/drone and I've been interested in the hog fiddle for..."
Dan
@dan • 16 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Number 11 20 Mawhee set up:
"marg: Beautiful.  What is (number 8 music wire) is that the same as dulcimer strings or guitar strings? Music wire is a coated piano wire. The tensile..."
Dan
@dan • 16 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Number 11 20 Mawhee set up:
"  Strumelia: Real handsome dulcimer, Dan! Thank you!"
Janene Millen
@janene-millen • 17 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on The Water Is Wide:
"Thank you @Dusty-Turtle and @Rayhomewood. There are so many really nice versions out there, I didn't want to attempt it unless I could add a couple of notes :-)"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 19 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on The Water Is Wide:
"Very pretty arrangement, Janene.  This tune has a lot of space in the melody, and you fill that space beautifully."
rayhomewood
@rayhomewood • 21 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @gregg-schneeman: "BRITCHES FULL OF STITCHES" - Hummel
rayhomewood
@rayhomewood • 21 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on The Water Is Wide:
"Love this!  😀❤️"
rayhomewood
@rayhomewood • 21 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @janene-millen: The Water Is Wide
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr • 21 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @gregg-schneeman: "BRITCHES FULL OF STITCHES" - Hummel
rayhomewood
@rayhomewood • 21 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on "BRITCHES FULL OF STITCHES" - Hummel:
"Love this!  😀"
rayhomewood
@rayhomewood • 21 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Abbots Bromley Horn Dance:
"Love it - this is on my learning list now!  😀"
adulcinate
@adulcinate • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Kostursko Oro (Dodek Je)
Kevin R.
@kevin-r • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic ""Shoat" Hogfiddle for sale":
"I am asking $270 + shipping. This hogfiddle was built by Bobby Ratliff of Slate Creek Dulcimers. You might have heard of him? He has a banner ad on the..."
Kevin R.
@kevin-r • 22 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on All Poplar Dulcimer:
"Beautiful...as always."
Kevin R.
@kevin-r • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a photos item created by @bob: 109 k
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on All Poplar Dulcimer:
"Looks awesome Bob"
Dan Evans
@dan-evans • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on D'Accord:
"thnx @marg"
Skip
@skip • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Double fretboard & 6 guitar strings":
"Sounds good to me, the second piece especially. I think sometime is the better choice. Maybe a bass [one note on each beat?] arpeggio on some of the longer..."
marg
@marg • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Double fretboard & 6 guitar strings":
"Double Dulcimer Harp: Thought I would let you hear how I have set up the double dulcimer with the harp strings. there is no pickup, it's all just the..."
marg
@marg • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Installing built-in pick up for 2004 dulcimer?":
"(The Cherub violin mic ) Is a mic the same as a pick up, I have seen several listed as I am also looking to some kind of a way hook a pick up on a dulcimer...."
marg
@marg • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Number 11 20 Mawhee set up:
"Beautiful.  What is (number 8 music wire) is that the same as dulcimer strings or guitar strings?"
marg
@marg • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on "BRITCHES FULL OF STITCHES" - Hummel:
"I love your Hummel. When you play it, do you always strum all the strings or do you just hit one now & than? I wondering when dulcimers have extra..."
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Kostursko Oro (Dodek Je)
marg
@marg • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on D'Accord:
"OK Beautiful as always"
marg
@marg • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Modern Mountain Dulcimer":
"Beautiful dulcimer and I like that the fretboard is cut away. I have one like that and it allows me to put a Seymour Duncan pickup under the strings; so..."
Bob
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Making wood tuning pegs:
"I use a stain to change color and a couple coats of tung oil, just like I do on the body."
JimGoodin
@jimgoodin • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Modern Mountain Dulcimer":
"Skip thanks - I think I should leave it alone now as it's much improved but thank you re filing the string slot.  I had also and hand not mentioned but I put..."
Skip
@skip • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Modern Mountain Dulcimer":
"If you have a floating bridge it can be re-positioned, which can help some. Another trick is to make the base string VSL a bit longer by modding its slot in..."
JimGoodin
@jimgoodin • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Modern Mountain Dulcimer":
"Skip thanks.  I didn't note and just checked dime and nick again (this time right order as I think I had it backwards earlier) but they are much better in..."
JimGoodin
@jimgoodin • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Modern Mountain Dulcimer":
"Happy to report that I did 20 sand strokes with 320 (didn't have 400) to nut and saddle and it's notably better.  @+/-10 cents where it had been more like..."
Skip
@skip • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Modern Mountain Dulcimer":
"Dime next to the 1st fret, nickel on the 7th fret. If its high on the 7th, then mod the bridge, then check both places. Be careful about modding the nut, a..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Making wood tuning pegs:
"Ken, I'd say use ever-what you want.  I don't think the sound would be affected at all."
JimGoodin
@jimgoodin • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Modern Mountain Dulcimer":
"I'm new to the community and latching on to this as I appreciate finding the thread for current needs I'm having.  In my case my dulcimer is a bit high at..."
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Liked a group discussions item created by @granto: Classical Gas
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Created a new Group discussion "Making wood tuning pegs":
"For those of us who make wood tuning pegs, what finish do you put on your pegs. I have been using shellac, but wonder if there is something better to use...."
Dulcimer Making

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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 building dulcimers or interested in...
Fingerpicking

Fingerpicking


A place to discuss fingerpicking styles of dulcimer...
Modern/Chord style Players

Modern/Chord style Players


Do you play chords and fret across all strings? Then...
Hymn and Worship Song Players

Hymn and Worship Song Players


a place to share the hymns and worship songs we are playing.
Rockin' in the Free World

Rockin' in the Free World


A group for those of you who like to play music not...
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.
Mountain Dulcimer History & Traditions

Mountain Dulcimer History &...


Share historical information and resources on the...
Technology/Software/Amplifying

Technology/Software/Amplifying


to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
Singing with the Dulcimer

Singing with the Dulcimer


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

Arranging/composing for...


A group to discuss creating arrangements of songs and...
fans of Jean Ritchie

fans of Jean Ritchie


A group for those of us who have been inspired by...
Help Me Learn this Song

Help Me Learn this Song


Need help learning to play a particular song? Let...
Dulcimer Therapy

Dulcimer Therapy


This group is dedicated to those that visit, or have a...
Little Dulcimers

Little Dulcimers


Do you play an octave, mini, or traveling dulcimer?
Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


A place to share about 4-equidistant string playing, how...
Dulcimer teachers

Dulcimer teachers


Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?
UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

UK and European Mountain...


A group which hopefully allows players/makers in this...
Baritone Dulcimer Players

Baritone Dulcimer Players


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


Ever wanted to record or post that tune, but you just...
Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks

Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks


Regardless of what name you favor, this group is a...
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...
Early & Classical Music

Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
Collector's Corner

Collector's Corner


A group where collectors of antique, vintage, or rare...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video...
Dulcimer Ancestors

Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
Civil War era music

Civil War era music


For discussing music that was played around the time of...
GIG TALK!

GIG TALK!


Do you play gigs? Tell us about your good and not-so-good...
Box Dulcimers

Box Dulcimers


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

Galax Dulcimer Lovers


Just a group to discuss all things Galax Dulcimer. Tips...
Chromatic Dulcimers

Chromatic Dulcimers


For players who enjoy playing dulcimers with ALL the frets!
Scrap/Recycled wood Dulcimer Challenge

Scrap/Recycled wood...


A group for those thrifty and creative folk who like to...
Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


Welcome to all who play music using a bow on any type...
Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness

Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


A group for private sharing and support, whether you are...
Challenged Players

Challenged Players


A meeting place for players dealing with disabilities.
California Dulcimer Dreamin'

California Dulcimer Dreamin'


For dulcimer players living in or just visiting California
Virginia Dulcimer Players

Virginia Dulcimer Players


Just thought it would be neet to know how many other...
NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer players

NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer...


For those of us who live in the northeastern United States.
Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts

Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts


Howdy ya'll! Come on by for a cup o' joe and jammin....
North Carolinians Plus

North Carolinians Plus


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

Kentucky Dulcimer Players


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

6 string dulcimers


Owning and playing a 6 string, regardless of tuning, and...
West Virginia players

West Virginia players


A group just for dulcimer players in beautiful West...
Florida Sunshine Dulcimer Group

Florida Sunshine Dulcimer...


Florida Dulcimer Players
Pacific Northwest Players

Pacific Northwest Players


For players who live in or have strong connections to 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...
North of the Lakes

North of the Lakes


for any MD players in Upper Canada (aka Ontario) and the...
Indiana Players

Indiana Players


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

AussieTalk!


For dulcimer players in Australia. -Be sure to create...
Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players

Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


For those who live in Arkansas and love playing the...
Site Moderators Group

Site Moderators Group


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

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Latest Audio

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Till
Mississippi Sawyer
One Wife is Enough for Me
George Brabazon (1st Air)
Let Your Little Light- in memory of Patty
Coleman's March
Mule Tracks (Ratliff)
Grandfather's Clock
Simple Gifts Number 6 20
Shenandoah- on mountain dulcimer and guitar
The Blackest Crow
Elk River Blues
Blow the Candles Out
East Virginia
Don Oiche Ud Im Beithil
Bonny Sweet Robin.
Flow Gently, Sweet Afton
Sally Goodin II
The Girl I Left Behind Me
Ebenezer
Old Molly Hare
Jenny Lind Polka
Redwing
Kitchen Girl
Johnson Boys
Carolina Waltz
Memorial Day
Fiddler A Dram
Mr. McGregor's Garden
Early One Sunday on solo mountain dulcimer

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26th Annual Harvest Fest of Dulcimers -(ONLINE!)

26th Annual Harvest Fest...


Fri Sep 25 2020
11th Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Festival -(online)

11th Annual New Mexico...


Sat Oct 17 2020
Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (in Cal & ONLINE!!)

Berkeley Dulcimer...


Fri May 14 2021

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Latest Forum Posts   All

"Shoat" Hogfiddle for sale

Posted: Wednesday September 23 2020, 10:14 PM
By: @Kevin R.

Double fretboard & 6...

Posted: Tuesday September 22 2020, 11:35 PM
By: @Skip

Installing built-in pick up...

Posted: Tuesday September 22 2020, 9:42 PM
By: @marg

Modern Mountain Dulcimer

Posted: Tuesday September 22 2020, 9:25 PM
By: @marg

Modern Mountain Dulcimer...

Posted: Sunday September 20 2020, 9:52 AM
By: @Phil Myers

Hurricane Sally

Posted: Thursday September 17 2020, 11:46 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Embarrassed: just picking...

Posted: Thursday September 17 2020, 6:08 AM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Anyone bidding"

Posted: Thursday September 17 2020, 5:49 AM
By: @Susie

If I Had a Hammer...

Posted: Wednesday September 16 2020, 8:33 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

I ordered my own dulcimer

Posted: Tuesday September 15 2020, 10:34 AM
By: @traildad

Does anyone know what kind...

Posted: Monday September 14 2020, 10:24 AM
By: @Ilenef

Contra dancing :)

Posted: Sunday September 13 2020, 1:20 PM
By: @Strumelia

Healthy Living- healthy...

Posted: Saturday September 12 2020, 8:16 PM
By: @Strumelia

Virtual Dulcimer Festival...

Posted: Friday September 11 2020, 3:50 PM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

McSpadden Dulcimer with 1+...

Posted: Wednesday September 9 2020, 5:57 PM
By: @Parker Buckley

The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Wednesday September 9 2020, 12:35 PM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

Any banjo players out there?

Posted: Tuesday September 8 2020, 11:10 PM
By: @Jim Yates

How is the COVID-19...

Posted: Monday September 7 2020, 12:02 PM
By: @LisavB

The Mountain Minor movie

Posted: Sunday September 6 2020, 3:30 PM
By: @Strumelia

Song Identification Help

Posted: Saturday September 5 2020, 10:20 PM
By: @Strumelia

Heard of "The Left Hand...

Posted: Saturday September 5 2020, 7:24 PM
By: @Gregg Schneeman

Choice of Wood: Pertinent...

Posted: Friday September 4 2020, 8:25 PM
By: @Lisa Golladay

Want to get a fretting...

Posted: Friday September 4 2020, 11:32 AM
By: @pattyfromor

What's the deal with...

Posted: Wednesday September 2 2020, 8:26 AM
By: @Strumelia

Are there fretless dulcimers?

Posted: Wednesday September 2 2020, 5:05 AM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Glass Bottle Resonator...

Posted: Tuesday September 1 2020, 11:14 PM
By: @NateBuildsToys

worldwide Play Music on the...

Posted: Monday August 31 2020, 8:59 PM
By: @David Bennett

Magnetic pickup vs Piezo vs...

Posted: Monday August 31 2020, 1:57 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Loaner Dulcimer

Posted: Friday August 28 2020, 1:30 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Assessing Tone

Posted: Friday August 28 2020, 1:56 AM
By: @NateBuildsToys

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