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

Randy Adams
@randy-adams • an hour ago • comments: 7
Liked a group discussions item created by @robin-thompson: Homemade recording project - tunes played with a noter
John Turner
@john-turner • an hour ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Gröne Lunden Dac:
"Love this tune in DAC and all the others in this tuning Luigi. Your playing is so inspiring, got me accompening on my little Spanish guitar. I'll be..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Holiday Music Recommendations":
"My all time favorite Christmas album is the Chieftains Bells of Dublin.  It has those old English carols that John Henry loves too, plus others.My favorite..."
tpatts
@tatts • 3 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new Group discussion "Including an extra bass string":
"Hi everyone, I've just entered the world of 4 equidistant strings. As I didn't have any spare high "d" strings (or guitar "e" or "B") I went the opposite way..."
Four-Equidistant Strings
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 4 hours ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Musical Advent Calendar -(online):
"Jennifer's play of that lovely old French tune is lovely! "
Ariane
@ariane • 5 hours ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Early one Morning:
"@John-Turner - Hi John, thank you very much - this wonderful arrangement is by Nina Zanetti - I have two of her books and really love them."
Ariane
@ariane • 5 hours ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Musical Advent Calendar -(online):
"Today you can open also door # 10 Musical Advent Calendar 2019..."
Ariane
@ariane • 5 hours ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Musical Advent Calendar -(online):
"@Robin-Thompson @John-Turner - Thank you very much, Robin and John, for your kind comments - happy that you like it."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 8 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Common Christmas carols- are they copyrighted or public Domain?:
"bumpitty bump bump bumpitty bump bump"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Holiday Music Recommendations":
"Several years ago I started this discussion hoping people would share their favorite holiday albums.  May there are some new recommendations . . . "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 11 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Some of my previous builds...:
"This is such a cool and different look. "
John Turner
@john-turner • 12 hours ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Early one Morning:
"" Early One Morning " Beautiful arrangement Ariane!  John T."
John Turner
@john-turner • 12 hours ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Musical Advent Calendar -(online):
"Very nice idea Ariane. Lovely collection for the countdown Advent season. "Seasons Greetings" John T."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 15 hours ago • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Musical Advent Calendar -(online):
"The texture the different instruments brought to the tune was really nice!  "
Tom McDonald
@tom-mcdonald • 20 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Silent Night:
"Terry Wilson: That was very nice, Tom.  Enjoyed it very much.  You have some good voices in your band. Sticky reeds?  I have more problems with sticky..."
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 20 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Gröne Lunden Dadd / Capo 1.fret:
"I also enjoyed your song.  Thank you."
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 20 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @luigi: Gröne Lunden Dadd / Capo 1.fret
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 20 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Silent Night:
"That was very nice, Tom.  Enjoyed it very much.  You have some good voices in your band. Sticky reeds?  I have more problems with sticky valves, especially..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Good to have you folks here!  @vicki-moore There is a rich mountain dulcimer history in the Smokies.  The last time I was in that neck of the woods was..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 22 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Homemade recording project - tunes played with a noter:
"A much-belated Thank you! @Cindy-Stammich!  We're happy to be part of the dulcimer world.    And I'm giving this thread a bump in case any other members..."
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Wind Instruments????":
"Welcome Gary. I too have 3 HS flutes and a Stellar flute. My favorite is the HS pocket flute in A. Terry"
GaryinWYoming
@garyinwyoming • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Wind Instruments????":
"I play Native American style flutes also.  Three of them are High Spirits flutes and are very well made.  I have another made by Stellar flutes.  I love the..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Do Not Upgrade Your Mac To Catalina For A Bit":
"I think when we make a big move from one operating system to another (or just apply a major update), it's inevitable that some programs will not function as..."
GaryinWYoming
@garyinwyoming • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Do Not Upgrade Your Mac To Catalina For A Bit":
"I moved away from Windows a long time ago and run Linux Mint on a couple of my computers.  I still have Windows 7 on one because, I have some music software..."
GaryinWYoming
@garyinwyoming • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introduce Yourself!":
"Hi, my name is Gary and I just recently joined.  I live in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Not exactly dulcimer country but, I did manage to find a couple of other..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "mountain dulcimer in trio with bowed contrabass and guitar":
"I love this!https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=6knLaDmjhYk#dialog"
John Ellis
Ariane
@ariane • yesterday • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Musical Advent Calendar -(online):
"Today you can open also door #9 Musical Advent Calendar 2019..."
Ariane
@ariane • yesterday • comments: 28
Posted a new Comment on Musical Advent Calendar -(online):
"@Kevin-R Hi Kevin - thank you very much for your kind comment - I am very happy that you like it."
Alan Thompson
@alan-thompson • yesterday • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Gröne Lunden Dac:
"Thank you for the tab and the words Luigi that is one for my Dac collection ."
Dan Evans
@dan-evans • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Twix Moon and Lea:
"thnx @ariane and  @leny-sue"
Luigi
@luigi • yesterday • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Gröne Lunden Dac:
"Gröne Lunden (swedish trad. song) Och uti gröne Lunden, där dansar ett par Och uti gröne Lunden, där dansar ett par Den ena var vännen, den andra var..."
IRENE
@irene • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "John Molineux uses a striker on a mountain dulcimer":
"I've been away down in Tyler, Texas with my brother that has also taking to making instruments.   He's made several ukulele's and guitars and his intruments..."
IRENE
@irene • yesterday • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Gröne Lunden Dac:
"I like this very much too.   THANK YOU for having the music below.  What is the history of this song or words that tell a story?   aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • yesterday • comments: 6
Liked a youtube item created by @luigi: Gröne Lunden Dac
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Bonny Portmore, Medley :
"Jp, that HD you play sounds fantastic! Who made it? "
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • yesterday • comments: 6
Liked a youtube item created by @luigi: Gröne Lunden Dac
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • yesterday • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @luigi: Gröne Lunden Dadd / Capo 1.fret
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • yesterday • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Gröne Lunden Dac:
"I'm a big fan of Dac tuning, Luigi....I like this!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 6
Liked a youtube item created by @luigi: Gröne Lunden Dac
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Gröne Lunden Dadd / Capo 1.fret:
"I enjoyed this a lot!  Would have loved it repeated one more time through. Lovely."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @luigi: Gröne Lunden Dadd / Capo 1.fret
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I am Brand New and Know Nothing":
"I found the Nature Coast Dulcimer Works site. That repair looks very similar to the one I did. That's cool having a Diamond dulcimer with f-holes. I don't..."
AngelinaCat
@angelinacat • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I am Brand New and Know Nothing":
"Hi Ken:  I just looked at the picture you included, and that one looks very much like mine.  Instead of the diamond sound holes, mine has the f scroll..."
AngelinaCat
@angelinacat • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I am Brand New and Know Nothing":
"Hi Ken: Sorry about that, google Lucky Diamond Dulcimers, and it will come up. Mine is a 6 stringer also.  My husband perused eBay and found this one--w/o..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I am Brand New and Know Nothing":
"No, I'm not. I'm In central Pennsylvania. The Diamond I repaired was a six-string dulcimer. Talk about a long peg head. Here is a photo of the repaired..."
AngelinaCat
@angelinacat • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "I am Brand New and Know Nothing":
"@ken:  Hi!  Are you the fellow in Inverness, Florida, that repaired a peg head on a Diamond dulcimer built for a Mike in 1977?  I found that website and..."
Luigi
@luigi • 2 days ago • comments: 6
Updated a YouTube Video:
Gröne Lunden Dac
Luigi
@luigi • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new YouTube video:
Gröne Lunden Dadd / Capo 1.fret
Luigi
@luigi • 2 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Gröne Lunden:
"...and here are the tabs:"

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Beginner players

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OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players

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a place to share the hymns and worship songs we are playing.
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The Music Theory Corner

The Music Theory Corner


A Group to talk about Music Theory!
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Tips, tricks and techniques to help care for your dulcimer.
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fans of Jean Ritchie

fans of Jean Ritchie


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Help Me Learn this Song


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Little Dulcimers


Do you play an octave, mini, or traveling dulcimer?
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Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?
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UK and European Mountain...


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Four-Equidistant Strings


A place to share about 4-equidistant string playing, how...
I have extra frets.....

I have extra frets.....


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Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


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Collector's Corner


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Early & Classical Music


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Call the Tune


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Dulcimer Ancestors


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GIG TALK!


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Civil War era music


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Box Dulcimers


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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!
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Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness

Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


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West Virginia players


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Pacific Northwest Players


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6 string dulcimers

6 string dulcimers


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


for any MD players in Upper Canada (aka Ontario) and the...
AussieTalk!

AussieTalk!


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Holiday Music Recommendations

Posted: Tuesday December 10 2019, 7:09 AM
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Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Monday December 9 2019, 11:49 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Wind Instruments????

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By: @Terry Wilson

Do Not Upgrade Your Mac To...

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By: @Strumelia

mountain dulcimer in trio...

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John Molineux uses a...

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I am Brand New and Know...

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The Positive Thread...

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America's Musical Heritage

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Relaxing playlist on ITUNES

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Newbie Seeking Help

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Thanksgiving Menu

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Giving Thanks

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By: @Black Dog Bess

Give thanks to our FOTMD...

Posted: Wednesday November 27 2019, 10:09 PM
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NDD (New Dulcimer Day)...

Posted: Tuesday November 26 2019, 8:48 PM
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Bending strings

Posted: Monday November 25 2019, 11:31 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

To remove one string or not...

Posted: Monday November 25 2019, 3:26 PM
By: @Silverstrings

Beginners dulcimer book

Posted: Monday November 25 2019, 12:31 PM
By: @Strumelia

Hog-Eyed Man playing Flight...

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