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

Dulcidude
 
@dulcidude • 2 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Help! Best built-in pickup?:
"Thanks, Rob-n-lackey! The twinspot does look like a possibility.  Not sure how much different it might be from my 1970s BB-Jr.  I plugged that in this..."
Dulcidude
 
@dulcidude • 2 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Help! Best built-in pickup?:
"Thanks for the post, Robin!       "The LR Baggs undersaddle is likely to be one of the most feedback resistant, ...".    I'm thinking an under saddle..."
Steven Berger
 
@steven-berger • 3 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked @randy-adams's youtube:
Give the Fiddler a Dram
Randy Adams
 
@randy-adams • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Give the Fiddler a Dram
Rob N Lackey
 
@rob-n-lackey • 5 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Help! Best built-in pickup?:
"I believe Jeff Berman (Appalasia) uses a twinspot on his Dorogi.  Sounds really nice.  I'm still partial to Schattens tho', particularly the dualie.  "
norm3206
 
@norm3206 • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Inexpensive Fretboard Miterbox":
"Wow!  Thanks for all the details."
Rob N Lackey
 
@rob-n-lackey • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Your "Dream Dulcimer?":
"Well, I know I started this thread off, but times change and dreams sometimes change, too.  After playing a Jeremy Seeger "traditional" for a few months now..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 6 hours ago • comments: 27
Posted a new Comment on John Riley the Shepard:
"I'm exhausted.       ;)"
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"It's 7pm, just getting dark.  I just finished practically killing myself in moving a beehive with 32 frames/4 boxes from a friend's house to my backyard and..."
Skip
 
@skip • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Your "Dream Dulcimer?":
"A 'dream dulcimer'? There is always seems to be a new one, or a return to a prior choice, as I change/adapt/grow/? [words don't fit]. McSpadden, Bear Meadow,..."
Dan
 
@dan • 6 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Soldiers Joy:
"Well Robin I thought it was appropriate with the beer, whiskey and morphine!"
Robin Clark
 
@robin-clark • 6 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Soldiers Joy:
"Lovely sound I like the 'whiskey' break!"
Robin Clark
 
@robin-clark • 6 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Help! Best built-in pickup?:
"The LR Baggs undersaddle is likely to be one of the most feedback resistant, compared to a body stuck-on peizo pad.  I have fitted a few and they do give a..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • 6 hours ago • comments: 5
Liked @dan-evans's group discussions:
Help! Best built-in pickup?
Kusani
 
@kusani • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Inexpensive Fretboard Miterbox":
"Photo 6: Ok, this is very close, for detail.  First, the 7mm brass tubing is from when I turn pens/pencils. I found a drill bit that fit perfectly in the..."
Dulcidude
 
@dulcidude • 6 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Help! Best built-in pickup?:
"Having done a bunch of research I'm kind of interested in Myers pickups too...... Any thoughts?  "
Kusani
 
@kusani • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Inexpensive Fretboard Miterbox":
" Photos 1 & 2. Here is the info on the aluminum stock I used, with the exception of the small piece of channel which I believe is 3/4" x 1/2"  (Will..."
Monica
 
@monica • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Your "Dream Dulcimer?":
"speaking of dream dulcimers I would trade my Blue Lion llR for a Custom McSpadden KOA.if anyone is interested."
Monica
 
@monica • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Your "Dream Dulcimer?":
"Matthew Andrew: My dream dulcimer would be a McSpadden Custom in all curly maple! Matthew, I received my McSpadden Custom in curly maple but with a..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Your "Dream Dulcimer?":
"Got my dream dulcimer -- a Bobbie Ratliff Virginia Hogfiddle with Holly back and sides, Butternut top, and 1" wide unbleached Walnut fretboard.   Three..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Your "Dream Dulcimer?":
"I would like to own Gary Gallier's personal "go to"  dulcimer.  I have played it for about 6 hrs. total, so I know how "dreamy" it is! It's not for sale...."
Robin Clark
 
@robin-clark • 8 hours ago • comments: 27
Posted a new Comment on John Riley the Shepard:
"OK - I think I may have what's going on here.  I've finally got home and managed to download the Art Stamper track. Basically, the tune is just the tune -..."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 9 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on In the Garden-A Tribute to my Sister-in-Law and Friend:
"What a lovely "In Remembrance" video you have made and shared!  Fay's love of nature shines through the many photographs and your rendition of "In the..."
folkfan
 
@folkfan • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"Eggs,  I knew I hadn't mentioned something that also was in the crepe.  It definitely has eggs in it, too.   And, Ken, that tortilla de patata looks yummy...."
Gordon Hardy
 
@gordon-hardy • 10 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on In the Garden-A Tribute to my Sister-in-Law and Friend:
"Cindy, this is lovely. Thank you so much for sharing."
Brian G.
 
@brian-g • 10 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Three Forks of Cheat:
"Very nice Mark. Great tune also.  "
Brian G.
 
@brian-g • 10 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to " Roland, MICRO CUBE GX":
"Hi Marg.  As you know, this amp comes with a few effects and also presets to emulate the sound of some classic guitar amplifiers of the past.  I mostly use..."
Steven Berger
 
@steven-berger • 10 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Soldiers Joy:
"Nice, Dan!   Steven"
Steven Berger
 
@steven-berger • 10 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on In the Garden-A Tribute to my Sister-in-Law and Friend:
"This is a beautiful remembrance, Cindy."
Dan
 
@dan • 11 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new SoundCloud track:
Soldiers Joy
Cindy Stammich
 
Ken Longfield
 
@ken-longfield • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to " Tabs, Straps, & Cords":
"Very creative. Thanks for sharing. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"Hmmmmm.  If you fried up the hash browns and arranged them in a round shape, then poured beaten egg overall, things would stick together like a crepe.  Then..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "6 String "No-Body" Electric":
"OK  -- you guys keep n9lo busy and I'll call the guys with the white coats....."
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"You had me at "crisply fried hash browns"!  This would be good for breakfast, lunch or dinner!"
Jan Potts
 
@jan-potts • 14 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on The Early American Songbook:
"Hmmm....not very clear....the best I can come up with is "a pair of castanets in a fancy carrying case"....but that doesn't seem very "early American" to..."
N9LO
 
@n9lo • 16 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "6 String "No-Body" Electric":
"I just finished a 1986 unbuilt dulcimer kit I got on Craig's List for $50.  Winters are long and boring in a Wisconsin apartment. This project started out..."
Dulcidude
 
@dulcidude • 16 hours ago • comments: 5
Created a new Group discussion "Help! Best built-in pickup?":
"Hi all - I played an open stage for the first time in years last night, and was reintroduced to that lovely sound of constant low-level feedback throughout..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 16 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"Sounds good FF;  I may have to work that up as a dish."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 16 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to " Tabs, Straps, & Cords":
"Nice!  Really nice!"
Kevin Keating
 
@kevin-keating • 17 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on The Early American Songbook:
"I picked this book up a few years ago in a used book store.  Great collection of old songs.  Thought I'd post it for the pic of the old dulcimer on the..."
Kevin Keating
 
Steve Battarbee
 
@steve-battarbee • 21 hours ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on Scarborough Fair:
" Charles, Greg, John, Cindy Thanks so much for your comments. I'm glad you enjoyed it"
Steve Battarbee
 
@steve-battarbee • 22 hours ago • comments: 5
Liked @charles-thomas's youtube:
Hope
marg
 
@marg • 23 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on It Is Well with My Soul-20131109:
"I have a Cedar Creek but just 4 strings and doesn't sound anything like your 6 string, Very impressive"
marg
 
@marg • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic " Tabs, Straps, & Cords":
"  Just this past week, Easter & Spring - several in the group I play with have dropped their dulcimer, tripped over cords, lost favorite picks,..."
Lisa Golladay
 
@lisa-golladay • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Noter/drone duet books?":
"Annie Deeley: ... Our long range goal is to play 2 parts of Dona Nobis Pacem and sing the third at the same time! If we ever do this, you can bet there..."
Cindy Stammich
 
@cindy-stammich • yesterday • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on Scarborough Fair:
"I Love this!!!  The dulcimer, the song, the birds, the setting!!!  Beautiful!!!"
folkfan
 
@folkfan • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"A restaurant near me makes a breakfast crepe (they describe it as a crepe) but it is a large circle of crisply fried hash browns, with a variety of fillings..."
Strumelia
 
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Folding Tripod Stand:
"Laurel K Scott: ....the platform on the top makes a perfect spot to keep a noter and a pick! Obviously you are not a cat owner.   lolol... Laurel, your..."

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Beginner players

Beginner players


Are you a brand new player? Join this group and ask all...
Dulcimer Making

Dulcimer Making


A group for those making dulcimers or interested in...
OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players

OLD STYLE Drone & Noter...


If you are an avid fan of the older traditional mountain...
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.
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Modern/Chord style Players


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Rockin' in the Free World

Rockin' in the Free World


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Traditional Irish music & Song

Traditional Irish music & Song


The playing of Traditional Irish music and Song on...
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The Music Theory Corner


A Group to talk about Music Theory!
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Dulcimer Care & Maintenance


Tips, tricks and techniques to help care for your dulcimer.
fans of Jean Ritchie

fans of Jean Ritchie


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UK and European Mountain...


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Arranging for Dulcimers

Arranging for Dulcimers


A group to discuss creating arrangements of songs for...
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Mountain Dulcimer History


Share historical information on the history and...
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Help Me Learn this Song

Help Me Learn this Song


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I have extra frets.....


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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...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video clips...
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Technology/Software/Amplifying


to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
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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...
Civil War era music

Civil War era music


For discussing music that was played around the time of...
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Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
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GIG TALK!


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Box Dulcimers


A group for those who play, make, or admire all types of...
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Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
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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...
Scrap/Recycled wood Dulcimer Challenge

Scrap/Recycled wood...


A group for those thrifty and creative folk who like to...
The Bass Dulcimer

The Bass Dulcimer


This group is for anyone interested in sharing tips and...
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Chromatic Dulcimers


For players who enjoy playing dulcimers with ALL the frets!
Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


Welcome to all who play music using a bow on any type of...
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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
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Virginia Dulcimer Players


Just thought it would be neet to know how many other...
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North Carolinians Plus


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


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


Dulcimer players living in California(or who've lived...
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Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts


Howdy ya'll! Come on by for a cup o' joe and jammin....
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Kentucky Dulcimer Players


A group for any players from Kentucky where we can meet...
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Pacific Northwest Players


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


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
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...
North of the Lakes

North of the Lakes


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

Missouri Dulcimer Players


for all the Show Me State dulcimer players
FOTMD on the Road

FOTMD on the Road


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AussieTalk!


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Blackest Crow - with vocal
Way Up On Clinch Mountain
The Last Lonely Leaf
Little Pink
Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms
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Painting
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Edsel Martin sample
fingerlings
butterfly
Beauty Under Scars duet for baritone Dulcimer
The Ash Grove
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Harvest Home week 3
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Down in the Valley to Pray
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Original Song
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Wisconsin Dulcimer Workshops/Concert -(WI)

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Pattyfest 2017 -(WV)

Pattyfest 2017 -(WV)


Sat Jun 3 2017
Arkladulcifest 2017 -(AR)

Arkladulcifest 2017 -(AR)


Thu Jun 8 2017
Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (CA)

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Maryland Folk Musician's Retreat -(MD)

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Fri Jun 16 2017
KENTUCKY MUSIC WEEK -(KY)

KENTUCKY MUSIC WEEK -(KY)


Sun Jun 25 2017
Dutchland Dulcimer Gathering III -(PA)

Dutchland Dulcimer...


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DULCIMER U -(NC)

DULCIMER U -(NC)


Sun Jul 23 2017
8th Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Fest -(NM)

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Latest Forum Posts   All

Inexpensive Fretboard Miterbox

Posted: Saturday April 22 2017, 7:58 PM
By: @norm3206

Your "Dream Dulcimer?

Posted: Saturday April 22 2017, 7:54 PM
By: @Rob N Lackey

What's fer dinner?

Posted: Saturday April 22 2017, 7:12 PM
By: @Strumelia

Roland, MICRO CUBE GX

Posted: Saturday April 22 2017, 2:59 PM
By: @Brian G.

Tabs, Straps, & Cords

Posted: Saturday April 22 2017, 1:41 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

6 String "No-Body" Electric

Posted: Saturday April 22 2017, 1:15 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Noter/drone duet books?

Posted: Saturday April 22 2017, 12:34 AM
By: @Lisa Golladay

We are experiencing Chat...

Posted: Friday April 21 2017, 4:57 PM
By: @Strumelia

Untabbed songs/tunes you'd...

Posted: Friday April 21 2017, 2:04 AM
By: @marg

Fred Martin dulcimer help,...

Posted: Thursday April 20 2017, 8:40 PM
By: @whocindylou

Dana McCall ?

Posted: Wednesday April 19 2017, 11:33 PM
By: @Jan Potts

Leonard Glenn Dulcimer, 1972

Posted: Wednesday April 19 2017, 9:58 PM
By: @Estes George

Starting a new dulcimer

Posted: Wednesday April 19 2017, 9:30 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

I am SO in over my head!!!

Posted: Wednesday April 19 2017, 11:35 AM
By: @Laurel K Scott

Olympia Walkabout Dulcimer...

Posted: Tuesday April 18 2017, 6:19 AM
By: @Susie

Galax dulcimer for sale

Posted: Monday April 17 2017, 11:36 PM
By: @robert schuler

Hearts of the Dulcimer...

Posted: Sunday April 16 2017, 1:25 AM
By: @Patricia Delich

Native American Flutes

Posted: Saturday April 15 2017, 1:26 PM
By: @Susie

Offering sympathy to our...

Posted: Saturday April 15 2017, 9:27 AM
By: @Jan Potts

Rest in peace, Brian Beach

Posted: Friday April 14 2017, 8:28 PM
By: @Jim Fawcett

Possum board question:...

Posted: Thursday April 13 2017, 8:42 PM
By: @Kevin Keating

What's your Favorite Finger...

Posted: Wednesday April 12 2017, 12:18 PM
By: @Bob

Amazing Grace in Cherokee

Posted: Wednesday April 12 2017, 11:34 AM
By: @hugssandi

Vintage McSpadden T9w for sale

Posted: Wednesday April 12 2017, 12:41 AM
By: @William Mann

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Tuesday April 11 2017, 7:38 PM
By: @Strumelia

Capo positions, tunings,...

Posted: Tuesday April 11 2017, 10:24 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Just looking for info on...

Posted: Monday April 10 2017, 6:51 PM
By: @Estes George

A 'beginner dulcimer'

Posted: Monday April 10 2017, 12:54 PM
By: @marg

Right thumb killing me

Posted: Monday April 10 2017, 12:43 PM
By: @marg

Michael Sanderson dulcimers

Posted: Monday April 10 2017, 12:06 PM
By: @Salt Springs
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