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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

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Latest Activity

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Tater Patch:
"Wow, I need some coffee just to listen to this fast playing.  Hoppin' tune!"
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 4 hours ago • comments: 1
Updated a YouTube Video:
Tater Patch
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 4 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new YouTube video:
Tater Patch
Patricia Delich
@patricia-delich • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hearts Of The Dulcimer Podcast In Its 3rd Year":
"Dusty Turtle: Patricia and Wayne are the coolest kids in school!  😎 Thanks for listening and your support Dusty!"
Cynthia Wigington
Dan
@dan • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions by @ken-hulme:
Oberflacht Lyre Finished
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Oberflacht Lyre Finished":
"Very cool, Ken. Nice job."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hearts Of The Dulcimer Podcast In Its 3rd Year":
"Patricia and Wayne are the coolest kids in school! "
IRENE
@irene • 16 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Oberflacht Lyre Finished":
"ahhhhh, way cool. If you look on this photo, next to the banjo above it is a lyre.  And that is what I use it for as well. I just chord it and sing a song...."
marg
@marg • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Oberflacht Lyre Finished":
"Really nice"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 18 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Oberflacht Lyre Finished":
"Ken, you did it!  Fabulous job on that lyre.  (The pegs look good too)! Hope to hear you play it sometime."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 18 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Oberflacht Lyre Finished":
"Nice work, Ken. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Patricia Delich
@patricia-delich • 20 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hearts Of The Dulcimer Podcast In Its 3rd Year":
"Don Grundy: All of these podcasts are wonderful but this is truly great! Thank you!!! Thanks for your warm comments and we very much appreciate your..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 22 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on How I hold a quill:
"Thanks for the picture, Robert.  I need to give that hold a try sometime. "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 22 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a photos by @robert-schuler:
How I hold a quill
Kusani
@kusani • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Oberflacht Lyre Finished":
"Nice job Ken. :)"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Oberflacht Lyre Finished":
"Irene -- of course I play it!  It's tuned "pentatonic+"  -- do, re, me, sol, la, do'.  The instrument is from the 8th century -- back when there really were..."
Don Grundy
@don-grundy • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hearts Of The Dulcimer Podcast In Its 3rd Year":
"All of these podcasts are wonderful but this is truly great! Thank you!!!"
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Oberflacht Lyre Finished":
"Very cool. "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions by @ken-hulme:
Oberflacht Lyre Finished
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Robin Thompson:
"Val, the audience was fantastic!  A woman even spoke-up after Mark & I had finished our set to ask if she was allowed to ask for an encore.  Wow!  We..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Oberflacht Lyre Finished":
"I loved working with Myrtle wood when we lived in Ashland, Oregon.  this is an interesting instrument.  Do you know how to play it?  aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Improvisation around 1-3-5 tuning:
"WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY COOL.  thank you.   needed on this ZERO degree weather in Nauvoo, Illinois.  aloha, irene"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Oberflacht Lyre Finished":
"Just a followup to my previous "getting started with this Lyre" post.  The Myrtle wood turned out to have some fabulous 'tiger stripe' effect in it.  The..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's in a NAME???":
"I hope it doesn't get so cold you're forced to burn a mountain dulcimer!  If you have a hammered dulcimer, it will burn longer.  ;)"
Norman Arrington
@norman-arrington • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's in a NAME???":
"According to an old time cowboy I know, the reason they  didn't name their horses was "You never name something you may have to eat".  This is a very cold..."
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Liked a soundcloud by @robin-clark:
Improvisation around 1-3-5 tuning
Marc Mathieu
@marc-mathieu • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Improvisation around 1-3-5 tuning:
"COOL !"
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Billy In the Low Ground:
"I re-listened to your BItLG Robin. You should play it again. It's wonderful.  It is one of my favorite tunes Gail...would like to hear you play it! Thanks..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a photos by @robert-schuler:
How I hold a quill
Cynthia Wigington
@cynthia-wigington • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Vermont Tribal Art:
"Heavens Lisa, I have no idea...will have to look into that when I'm feeling energetic. I sure appreciate you telling me about it though. "
Luigi
@luigi • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Improvisation around 1-3-5 tuning:
"Fantastic! Nice that you described the process of creation so accurately."
Mike Thurman
@mike-thurman • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Improvisation around 1-3-5 tuning:
"Wow.  That is really different for you.  I love it though.  Kinda  relaxing."
Robin Clark
@robin-clark • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What Are You Working On?":
"Hi Ken, Yes I've heard a recording of I D Stamper playing Red Wing with a root, 3rd and 5th in his drones and also I think that Jim Good liked to have a..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What Are You Working On?":
"Robin -- you can, of course, play 1-3-5 tunings in Noter & Drone, for an interesting sound from the 1-3 drones instead of the usual 1-5 drones."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a photos by @cynthia-wigington:
Vermont Tribal Art
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Vermont Tribal Art:
"That's a real nice sketch.   :)   Cynthia, is there any way you can scan the drawings with a higher resolution, so you don't get all the square pixels..."
David Bennett
@david-bennett • 2 days ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Need pointers for playing witha quill:
"Robin Clark: ...I was playing around yesterday with the Forres Cradle Song on an old 1890s banjo I have and my Mawhee replica dulcimer made by Kevin..."
Cynthia Wigington
@cynthia-wigington • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Improvisation around 1-3-5 tuning:
"This was a warm surprise on this chilly day. And I'm thinking a lot of fun for you...you familiar with Pancho de Lucia? Good stuff."
Cynthia Wigington
@cynthia-wigington • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"That would be awesome Jan - you know, your avatar reminds me of a Terry Riley record cover. He looks very...zen there...so do you. I think I need to go to a..."
Cynthia Wigington
@cynthia-wigington • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Vermont Tribal Art:
"Thank you too Robin. You look nice playing together, a bit jazzy..."
Robin Clark
@robin-clark • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Improvisation around 1-3-5 tuning:
"Luigi: Very relaxed. Yep - Dulcimer 'elevator' music If you have said to me yesterday morning that I'd finish the day with a bossa nova track on..."
Jan Potts
@jan-potts • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"I'm glad to hear that there is much to cherish and celebrate during this time of sadness.  I will try to get something recorded and posted here before too..."
Luigi
@luigi • 3 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Improvisation around 1-3-5 tuning:
"Very relaxed."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Vermont Tribal Art:
"Oh, this brings back good memories of playing bowed dulcimer. . . I'll get to again someday!  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a photos by @cynthia-wigington:
Vermont Tribal Art
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Vermont Tribal Art:
"Hey, it's us in action!  Thanks, Cynthia! "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a photos by @cynthia-wigington:
Vermont Tribal Art
Cynthia Wigington
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Hearts Of The Dulcimer...

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Oberflacht Lyre Finished

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The Drifting Thread...

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Video sound clip transfer

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Posted: Saturday December 23 2017, 5:06 PM
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Look how kewl!

Posted: Saturday December 23 2017, 8:04 AM
By: @HEWalker

Play with ukulele and guitar

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3D printed capo and Noter

Posted: Monday December 18 2017, 7:00 AM
By: @IRENE

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