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

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Latest Activity

hoodoo
@hoodoo • 53 minutes ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Best resources to learn noter/drone:
"@Strumelia Thanks. Beginners question here, but I was taking a look at Phillis Gaskins book (there is a preview on her website) and i've been listening to..."
Pierre-Yves Donnio
@pierre-yves-donnio • 55 minutes ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @ariane:
"Es ist ein Ros entsprungen" - a German Christmas Song
Kevin R.
@kevin-r • an hour ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @ariane:
"Es ist ein Ros entsprungen" - a German Christmas Song
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on "Es ist ein Ros entsprungen" - a German Christmas Song:
"Very pretty.  You keep the tune interesting to the very end.  Thanks for sharing."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 6 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on "Es ist ein Ros entsprungen" - a German Christmas Song:
"Very nice, Ariane. Thank you for sharing this lovely hymn. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ariane
@ariane • 6 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on "Es ist ein Ros entsprungen" - a German Christmas Song:
"With this song I would like to wish you all a merry advent season and at the same time I would like to say thank you to all the friendly and kind members of..."
Ariane
@ariane • 7 hours ago • comments: 3
steve wolschleger
@steve-wolschleger • 8 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a photos item created by @jack-ferguson:
Appflutes Dulcimers
John Keane
@john-keane • 10 hours ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on The Day When Paradise Burned Down -- original:
"A touching tribute to the victims of a horribly tragic event.  This song is also an emotional documentation of the devastation that occurred during this..."
John Keane
@john-keane • 10 hours ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Best resources to learn noter/drone:
"Hello hoodoo (and congratulations on your first dulcimer)!  My first book is a collection of original tunes in various tunings for melody string play with..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston:
In Dulci Jubilo
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 20 hours ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Best resources to learn noter/drone:
"Lisa, thanks for fixing the link and reminding us to check the ones we post. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Strumelia
@strumelia • 20 hours ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Best resources to learn noter/drone:
"Phyllis Gaskins has a very comprehensive book out for learning to play Galax style dulcimer (one of the variations of noter/drone style playing):..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 20 hours ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Best resources to learn noter/drone:
"You care correct. I tried to post the link earlier but received an error message. We will have to wait and see if the site comes back up. As to resources,..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 20 hours ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Best resources to learn noter/drone:
"Hey folks, I've now either fixed or removed THREE non-functional links in this short discussion already.  I'd like to ask a favor- if you are going to post..."
Dan
@dan • 20 hours ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Best resources to learn noter/drone:
"My favorite! DAN www.dulcimore.com"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 21 hours ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Best resources to learn noter/drone:
"I would not say that Noter & Drone is "uncommon".  Not as common as Chord-Melody, but still... There aren't many resources, per se.  Lisa has a Noter..."
hoodoo
@hoodoo • 22 hours ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Best resources to learn noter/drone:
"I'll check that group out.  Perhaps, I should specify (for now), best resources in terms of books etc"
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 22 hours ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Best resources to learn noter/drone:
"Hoodoo, congrats on your first dulcimer. That is a good choice. Many on this site play noter drone at times or exclusively. You may want to consider..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 22 hours ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Best resources to learn noter/drone:
"Hoodoo, your link above did not work for me. Folks can try this one: http://www.mountainmademusic.com/1997.asp I think it might be because of the..."
hoodoo
@hoodoo • 22 hours ago • comments: 11
Created a new Group discussion "Best resources to learn noter/drone":
"Hi, So I finally went ahead and ordered my first dulcimer. I'm very excited! (For those who are curious, I chose this model, please don't tell me that I..."
OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players
hoodoo
@hoodoo • 23 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Ken Hulme's "Get Noterized!" article:
"Thanks!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 23 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Ken Hulme's "I Just Got a Dulcimer, Now What?" article:
"I read Ken's article many years ago before I even had a dulcimer. I learned a lot from it and felt much better equipped to make my first dulcimer purchase..."
Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers • yesterday • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Jingle Bells noter/drone:
"Thank you @Salt-Springs !"
Salt Springs
@salt-springs • yesterday • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Jingle Bells noter/drone:
"That just made my day............."
Kevin R.
@kevin-r • yesterday • comments: 9
Liked a youtube item created by @slate-creek-dulcimers:
Jingle Bells noter/drone
Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers • yesterday • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Jingle Bells noter/drone:
"Thank you @Terry-Wilson and @Dusty-Turtle ! Much appreciated!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Jingle Bells noter/drone:
"Merry Christmas to you, too, Bobby. Nice dulcimer and nice playing!"
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • yesterday • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Jingle Bells noter/drone:
"Bobby,  this is why I wanted to learn noter/drone. Great playing and beautiful instrument.  Merry Christmas  to you, friend. "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • yesterday • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Buying my first instrument..:
"Bill makes some good instruments, that's for certain.  The couple that I've played had a good sound and feel to them..."
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • yesterday • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Waterbound using noter:
"Slate Creek Dulcimers: Awesome friend! Waterbound was the first song I learned on the dulcimer. Doing great Terry! Thank you, Bobby.  I appreciate..."
Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers • yesterday • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Waterbound using noter:
"Awesome friend! Waterbound was the first song I learned on the dulcimer. Doing great Terry!"
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
In Dulci Jubilo
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • yesterday • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Waterbound using noter:
"Christine Shoemaker: 20 years?  Nope!  You are a natural, Terry!   Christine, Thank you very much. Hey, talk about being a natural.  Look in the..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Bridge To End Pins Distance: How Critical?:
"As always, thanks Robert & Ken for your input. My hands are wide enough to handle the longer VSL, and my original idea was to have a deeper than normal..."
Christine Shoemaker
@christine-shoemaker • yesterday • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @gregg-schneeman:
"THE ROYAL DREAM" on Dulcimer
Christine Shoemaker
@christine-shoemaker • yesterday • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Waterbound using noter:
"20 years?  Nope!  You are a natural, Terry!  "
Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers • yesterday • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Jingle Bells noter/drone:
"Thanks @Dan , @Jim-Fawcett , and @Sam! "
Dan
@dan • yesterday • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Jingle Bells noter/drone:
"Spot on!"
Dan
@dan • yesterday • comments: 9
Liked a youtube item created by @slate-creek-dulcimers:
Jingle Bells noter/drone
Jim Fawcett
@jim-fawcett • yesterday • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Jingle Bells noter/drone:
"Good job, Bobby. sounds real good."
Susie
@susie • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"She's cute! When I was just out of college, there was a tiny fawn that was in the same situation, right down the street from where we now live. They had the..."
Grahame Hood
@grahame-hood • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Marc Bolan Dulcimer?":
"Here is the full story, as written for the UK Nonsuch News. As you say, I could certainly imagine Marc playing dulcimer.Nick Odell Dulcimers In July I bought..."
Sam
@sam • 2 days ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Jingle Bells noter/drone:
"I know you were working on this Bobby. It was worth the effort! Enjoyed this so much. Thanks for sharing."
Dan Evans
@dan-evans • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on The Dance Of The Falling Leaves:
"thnx @elvensong  just that little recorder but in 4 track mode 2 tracks are mics picking up the acoustic sound  2 other tracks take the output of the FX..."
robert schuler
@robert-schuler • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Bridge To End Pins Distance: How Critical?:
"Ken is right, don't worry about it. Look at any flat top guitar, the pins are only. 1/2" from the bridge. What does matter is where the pins are on the..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Bridge To End Pins Distance: How Critical?:
"Many people today consider 28" VSL to be 'too long' (not me, personally).  With 3" high sides you're going to have a seriously 'mellow' baritone-ish sounding..."
hoodoo
@hoodoo • 2 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Buying my first instrument..:
"I haven't yet bit the bullet, but I was leaning towards one of Bill Berg's models. I will probably order tommorow!   "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Buying my first instrument..:
"You know, it's funny.  We just don't hear anything about Canadian dulcimer builders down here south of the Border.  Hadn't heard of Don Gardner, either.  He..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a group discussions item created by @james-phillips:
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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 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...
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...
Singing with the Dulcimer

Singing with the Dulcimer


Here's a group for those of us who are interested in...
Mountain Dulcimer History

Mountain Dulcimer History


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

Technology/Software/Amplifying


to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
Arranging/composing for Dulcimers

Arranging/composing for...


A group to discuss creating arrangements of songs and...
UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

UK and European Mountain...


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

Dulcimer teachers


Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?
Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks

Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks


Regardless of what name you favor, this group is a...
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?
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...
Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


Recording dulcimers, vocals and other instruments in the...
I have extra frets.....

I have extra frets.....


This group is for those who have a 1 1/2 fret, an 8 1/2...
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...
Baritone Dulcimer Players

Baritone Dulcimer Players


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
GIG TALK!

GIG TALK!


Do you play gigs? Tell us about your good and not-so-good...
Civil War era music

Civil War era music


For discussing music that was played around the time of...
Early & Classical Music

Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


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

Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
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...
Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness

Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


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

Scrap/Recycled wood...


A group for those thrifty and creative folk who like to...
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
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...
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 /...
Pacific Northwest Players

Pacific Northwest Players


For players who live in or have strong connections to the...
Kentucky Dulcimer Players

Kentucky Dulcimer Players


A group for any players from Kentucky where we can meet...
Florida Sunshine Dulcimer Group

Florida Sunshine Dulcimer...


Florida Dulcimer Players
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...
Missouri Dulcimer Players

Missouri Dulcimer Players


for all the Show Me State dulcimer players
North of the Lakes

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...
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...
Indiana Players

Indiana Players


Welcome all dulcimer players in the state of Indiana!...
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Site Moderators Group


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Winter's Turning
Simple Gifts 1873 Jacob Meadors
Brown Eyed Janie II
January 5th Waltz- on mountain dulcimer and guitar
Jesse's Carol
Blackwaterside
Lady Franklin's Lament / Lord Franklin
Joe Bane's (Barndance)
Ave Maria
The Battle of Aughrim
Pretty Saro
Once I Had A Sweetheart
Dark Grey and a kind of Beige
Hatmaker Lane
Mermaid's Song
Hangman's Reel
Oxford
Angeline the Baker
Tune: Hamburg
Planxty Hewlett
Wayfaring Stranger
Jenny Fair Gentle Rosemarie
Fretted Zither Sample -- Amazing Grace
Fence Post Dulcimer
Shady Grove on the Third Grand
Aura Lea
Nothing But the Blood
Staples and Strings
I would not be denied
Emma's Waltz

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Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering -(KY)

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Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (California)

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Fri May 17 2019
Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas 2019 -(OR)

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Sun Jun 30 2019
Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival -(MS)

Delta Blues Dulcimer...


Fri Nov 15 2019

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Latest Forum Posts   All

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Friday December 14 2018, 6:00 AM
By: @Susie

Marc Bolan Dulcimer?

Posted: Friday December 14 2018, 4:38 AM
By: @Grahame Hood

(SOLD) A beautiful dulcimer...

Posted: Thursday December 13 2018, 6:15 PM
By: @Lori Downs

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Thursday December 13 2018, 1:24 PM
By: @Skip

About to start my first...

Posted: Thursday December 13 2018, 10:05 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Looking for article by Ken...

Posted: Wednesday December 12 2018, 10:13 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Balalaika, the most...

Posted: Wednesday December 12 2018, 5:21 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Favorite albums

Posted: Wednesday December 12 2018, 3:57 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Seeking John Stockard dulcimer

Posted: Tuesday December 11 2018, 8:40 AM
By: @Dave shattuck

John Stockard dulcimer for...

Posted: Monday December 10 2018, 4:14 PM
By: @julies59

The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Monday December 10 2018, 5:27 AM
By: @Jan Potts

Hearts Of The Dulcimer...

Posted: Sunday December 9 2018, 11:19 PM
By: @Patricia Delich

The Dulcimer

Posted: Sunday December 9 2018, 3:02 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

McSpadden Questions

Posted: Saturday December 8 2018, 6:03 PM
By: @Geckostar97

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Friday December 7 2018, 10:46 PM
By: @IRENE

Gallier Starsong !!

Posted: Friday December 7 2018, 6:32 PM
By: @Paula Brawdy

How Do I Ditch This Chat...

Posted: Friday December 7 2018, 4:47 PM
By: @Jimmy Lamar

How Do I Quote Someone?

Posted: Friday December 7 2018, 2:37 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Glitch with Graphics

Posted: Thursday December 6 2018, 8:00 PM
By: @Strumelia

Question about Homer...

Posted: Tuesday December 4 2018, 10:02 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Bowed Psaltery

Posted: Monday December 3 2018, 2:39 PM
By: @robert schuler

Dulcimer Players News...

Posted: Sunday December 2 2018, 6:25 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Bowed Psalteries

Posted: Friday November 30 2018, 11:22 PM
By: @IRENE

John Jacob Niles's...

Posted: Thursday November 29 2018, 9:42 PM
By: @IRENE

what was your first song on...

Posted: Wednesday November 28 2018, 11:55 AM
By: @ART pRIOR

Old Folkcraft Teardrop Kit

Posted: Tuesday November 27 2018, 3:14 PM
By: @Dave D

Help Selecting from...

Posted: Tuesday November 27 2018, 12:40 PM
By: @Dumor3D

Argh! Organizing your...

Posted: Sunday November 25 2018, 11:12 AM
By: @Skip

What did you do on 'Black...

Posted: Sunday November 25 2018, 9:47 AM
By: @Gordo in OZ

My fancy dulcimer build -...

Posted: Saturday November 24 2018, 4:46 PM
By: @Davesterino

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