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

Patty from Virginia
 
@patty-from-virginia • 6 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Thomas completed":
"Kevin, that's pretty!!!"
Patty from Virginia
 
@patty-from-virginia • 10 minutes ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Silver Lake Waltz:
"Looks like you had a good time. You all sound great together."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 34 minutes ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Carve That Possum:
"Robin, I never heard that version.  It was written in 1875 by Sam Lucas, an African American composer and musician/performer:..."
Robin Thompson
 
@robin-thompson • 43 minutes ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Hatmaker Lane:
" Thank you, Val! "
Robin Thompson
 
@robin-thompson • 45 minutes ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Carve That Possum:
"Strumelia, I'd only heard this from the Tom, Brad, and Alice record of the same name-- until now!  Way cool. "
Robin Thompson
 
@robin-thompson • 46 minutes ago • comments: 6
Liked a youtube by @strumelia:
Carve That Possum
Bucko Futreal
 
@bucko-futreal • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Swaybirds, gourd dulcimers, mouth bow, flute
Kristi Keller
 
@kristi-keller • 2 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Strumelia:
"Looks like fun! Jan said you've been fighting a tick illness. Dangerous little critters. Hope you recover fully soon."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 4 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Silver Lake Waltz:
"How thoroughly pleasant! I could listen all day. "
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 4 hours ago • comments: 2
Updated a YouTube Video:
Silver Lake Waltz
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 4 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new YouTube video:
Silver Lake Waltz
Gordon Hardy
 
@gordon-hardy • 7 hours ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on EAST VIRGINIA:
"Patty from Virginia: Absolutely beautiful!!! Thanks Gordon!!! I love to hear you singing  Thanks Patty, I'll keep singing if you'll keep listening."
Steve Battarbee
 
@steve-battarbee • 11 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Legacy:
"Like it Charles"
jcurtis55
 
@jcurtis55 • 17 hours ago • comments: 55
Posted a new Comment on Favorite Hymn to play - anytime:
"Benjamin Esh's arrangement of Farther Along for me."
Charles Thomas
 
@charles-thomas • 18 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Summers End:
"Thanks Gordon! Here in the desert southwest fall means the temperature goes from 90 to 80 !"
jcurtis55
 
@jcurtis55 • 19 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Arranging for Dulcimers:
"This is my first effort at arranging a song.  I originally had all 3-note chords but being a relatively new player, I found it too hard to play.  So I..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 22 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on "Possum Board" - false bottom:
"Quite a bit of sound comes from the bottom... but holes in the possum board probably aren't going to increase what you hear."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Carve That Possum:
"Thanks Patty! Actually, the weekend of Sept 8-10 was unseasonably lovely weather in Appomattox- I think it was a high of 75-79 most of those three days...."
Patty from Virginia
 
@patty-from-virginia • yesterday • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Carve That Possum:
"So, were you at Appomattox Courthouse recently? If you were I bet you were a bit warm in the costume. Nice job to the both of you."
Patty from Virginia
 
@patty-from-virginia • yesterday • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on EAST VIRGINIA:
"Absolutely beautiful!!! Thanks Gordon!!! I love to hear you singing "
Gordon Hardy
 
@gordon-hardy • yesterday • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on EAST VIRGINIA:
"Charles Thomas: Gordon, Your noter and drone playing is wonderful! Thanks for posting! Aw shucks, thanks Charles. You're no slouch yourself."
Gordon Hardy
 
@gordon-hardy • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Pays de Haut:
"Good job Mark, your precision and timing are uncanny!"
Gordon Hardy
 
@gordon-hardy • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Summers End:
"Good one Charles, your compositions are very moving, thanks for sharing. I see you have similar end of summer signs to ours. We know summer's about over when..."
Marc Mathieu
 
@marc-mathieu • yesterday • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Partons la mer est belle - Marc Mathieu & Gilbert Mathieu:
"Tnx for "the Like" Dusty"
Dan
 
@dan • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Friends of Don Neuhauser Needed":
"Don hasn't been in the shop for about a year, but he will always be my hero dulcimer maker......."
Dusty Turtle
 
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Friends of Don Neuhauser Needed":
"I'm sorry to hear that.   But thanks for passing on the news."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 6
Liked a youtube by @strumelia:
Carve That Possum
Charles Thomas
 
@charles-thomas • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new YouTube video:
Summers End
Kusani
 
@kusani • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Friends of Don Neuhauser Needed":
"I have just been in touch with Don's wife, via email. I was hoping to discuss his building a true replica of a TMB a few years ago.  She replied "He isn't..."
robert schuler
 
@robert-schuler • 2 days ago • comments: 12
Liked a youtube by @gordon-hardy:
EAST VIRGINIA
Adrian E
 
@adrian-e • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Mountain dulcimer builder Gifford Stevens?":
"I have a chance to buy a 3 string dulcimer built by Gifford Stevens in 2010, but I won't be able to try before I buy. I can't find any information about him...."
Charles Thomas
 
@charles-thomas • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Pays de Haut:
"Loved It! I really like how you adapt songs from around the world to the dulcimer."
Charles Thomas
 
@charles-thomas • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube by @mark-gilston:
Pays de Haut
John Gribble
 
@john-gribble • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Pays de Haut:
"Fun! Nice playing!"
Charles Thomas
 
@charles-thomas • 2 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on EAST VIRGINIA:
"Gordon, Your noter and drone playing is wonderful! Thanks for posting!"
Charles Thomas
 
@charles-thomas • 2 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Carve That Possum:
"Lisa, that was fun!! Shake dem bones !!"
Charles Thomas
 
@charles-thomas • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Legacy:
"Thanks Cindy!! I found the photo in an old shoebox of family photos. Unfortunately there was no information on who any of them were. I have it hanging in my..."
Kusani
 
@kusani • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Thinking About Buying a Ban Jammer":
"The bridge and nut may be set up....just be sure he installs 4 tuners so you have that flexibility. "
Gordon Hardy
 
@gordon-hardy • 2 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Carve That Possum:
"Great old time music, Strumelia. Looks like you and Dave were having a heck of a good time, really like that ankle rattle!"
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new YouTube video:
Carve That Possum
patsyannie77
 
@patsyannie77 • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Thinking About Buying a Ban Jammer":
"Mike Clemmer responded to my email and said that the bridge and nut are set up for either! How cool is that?! So I can start with 3 and then add a string..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Thinking About Buying a Ban Jammer":
"I think it's easier with 3 strings, so I think you made the right call!  But then I usually play dulcimers with just 3 strings--if a dulcimer happens to have..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Pays de Haut:
"I need a cup of coffee just to listen to music this fast!"
Mark Gilston
 
@mark-gilston • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new YouTube video:
Pays de Haut
Christine Shoemaker
 
@christine-shoemaker • 2 days ago • comments: 27
Posted a new Comment on Irish Washerwoman duet:
"I'm glad you enjoyed it, Benjamin - thank you for watching!  "
Maylee
 
@maylee • 2 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on McSpadden 6 string Baritone:
"Beautiful!"
Maylee
 
@maylee • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Strings for my Baritone:
"Hello, I converted a Bill Taylor dulcimer to baritone and purchased a guitar string set on Amazon Prime, D'Addarop EXP16 with NY Steel Phosphor Bronze..."
patsyannie77
 
@patsyannie77 • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions by @jim-bollman:
Thinking About Buying a Ban Jammer
patsyannie77
 
@patsyannie77 • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Thinking About Buying a Ban Jammer":
"I ordered my banjammer yesterday. I'm guessing it will be ready around Christmas. Here's my question - Do people order them with 3 or 4 strings? I ordered..."

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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...
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...
Singing with the Dulcimer

Singing with the Dulcimer


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UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

UK and European Mountain...


A group which hopefully allows players/makers in this...
Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks

Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks


Regardless of what name you favor, this group is a...
Dulcimer teachers

Dulcimer teachers


Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?
Arranging for Dulcimers

Arranging for Dulcimers


A group to discuss creating arrangements of songs for...
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...
Technology/Software/Amplifying

Technology/Software/Amplifying


to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
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...
Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


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

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video clips...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


Welcome to all who play music using a bow on any type of...
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...
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!
Challenged Players

Challenged Players


A meeting place for players dealing with disabilities.
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NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer...


For those of us who live in the northeastern United States.
Michigan Dulcimer Players Thumbs UP

Michigan Dulcimer Players...


All Players in Michigan
Baritone Dulcimer Players

Baritone Dulcimer Players


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Virginia Dulcimer Players

Virginia Dulcimer Players


Just thought it would be neet to know how many other...
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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 /...
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...
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!


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And the Holy Ghost (Number 6 Simerman)
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Hector the Hero (trio)
 Reflection
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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

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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
17th Annual Lagniappe Dulcimer Fete -(LA)

17th Annual Lagniappe...


Thu Mar 8 2018

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Thomas completed

Posted: Sunday September 24 2017, 5:01 PM
By: @Patty from Virginia

Friends of Don Neuhauser...

Posted: Saturday September 23 2017, 6:41 AM
By: @Dan

Mountain dulcimer builder...

Posted: Friday September 22 2017, 10:40 PM
By: @Adrian E

Thinking About Buying a Ban...

Posted: Friday September 22 2017, 7:38 PM
By: @Kusani

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Friday September 22 2017, 7:07 AM
By: @Jim Fawcett

Wound versus Plain string...

Posted: Friday September 22 2017, 6:47 AM
By: @Dan

Stand for playing while...

Posted: Thursday September 21 2017, 9:02 PM
By: @Cindy Stammich

How to form a local...

Posted: Thursday September 21 2017, 5:13 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Showing support for FOTMD ?

Posted: Thursday September 21 2017, 10:05 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Wednesday September 20 2017, 10:31 PM
By: @Annie Deeley

Blue Lion Dulcimer for sale

Posted: Sunday September 17 2017, 7:19 PM
By: @sandra hehl

Wanted: Dulciborn

Posted: Friday September 15 2017, 9:15 PM
By: @Blondie

Friends effected by...

Posted: Thursday September 14 2017, 9:31 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Ukulele construction

Posted: Thursday September 14 2017, 9:42 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Florida friends

Posted: Thursday September 14 2017, 2:58 AM
By: @marg

Hearts Of The Dulcimer...

Posted: Monday September 11 2017, 1:45 AM
By: @Patricia Delich

Wanted: Bonnie Carol dulcimer

Posted: Thursday September 7 2017, 4:30 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Recording practice sessions

Posted: Thursday September 7 2017, 3:37 PM
By: @Barbara Berg

Sam Carrell

Posted: Tuesday September 5 2017, 10:07 AM
By: @Kelley

Teardrop Dulcimer Question

Posted: Sunday September 3 2017, 11:55 PM
By: @Bob

Lucky find, needs some...

Posted: Sunday September 3 2017, 8:11 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

How do I tune this Bass...

Posted: Saturday September 2 2017, 7:25 PM
By: @Estes George

How do I "Like" something?

Posted: Thursday August 31 2017, 11:10 AM
By: @Strumelia

McSpadden dulcimer for sell

Posted: Thursday August 31 2017, 10:13 AM
By: @Cyndee

a few Chat software...

Posted: Monday August 28 2017, 8:31 AM
By: @Strumelia

Are you playing on your...

Posted: Sunday August 27 2017, 10:50 PM
By: @robert schuler

Dulcomore Dan or John Knopf...

Posted: Sunday August 27 2017, 8:28 PM
By: @Richard Streib

The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Sunday August 27 2017, 5:31 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Fret Press

Posted: Saturday August 26 2017, 11:25 PM
By: @Skip

Continuing Mtn...

Posted: Friday August 25 2017, 12:23 PM
By: @Andy Beyer
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