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Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer is the most extensive site for Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer players and builders on the internet. Welcome!
Join in 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 player 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. Become a member of Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer (FOTMD) community -it's friendly, and totally FREE!
   After joining, please read the Site Rules before posting.  You'll find your very own Member Profile Page by clicking on your name link at the top of any page.. and you'll be able to join in the fun.  Click on different areas and links to get familiar with where things are.  Questions about using the site?- ask them HERE .  Don't be shy- you've come to exactly the right place to receive or give 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

marg
@marg • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Any info. on Jimbows":
"Demo of Hammered dulcimer with Jimbow"
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 8 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Howie Mitchell on Bagpipe tuning :
"@traildad Glad you like it!   I'm a fan of the unison tunings-- both Bagppipe (all strings the same note with the bass being an octave lower) and Galax (all..."
Ethan Chastain
@ethan-chastain • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new Playlist:
Playlist
Ethan Chastain
@ethan-chastain • 8 hours ago • comments: 4
Liked a group discussions item created by @robin-thompson: Howie Mitchell on Bagpipe tuning
traildad
@traildad • 9 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Howie Mitchell on Bagpipe tuning :
"I like it. "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 10 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Howie Mitchell on Bagpipe tuning :
"@steven-berger You're most welcome! "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 10 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Any info. on Jimbows":
"A dose of rosin should certainly last more than 8 measures, even on a Mountain Dulcimer!  Could be you're not dosing with enough rosin; or pressing down too..."
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 13 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Howie Mitchell on Bagpipe tuning :
"Thanks, Robin!"
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 13 hours ago • comments: 4
Liked a group discussions item created by @robin-thompson: Howie Mitchell on Bagpipe tuning
marg
@marg • 16 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Any info. on Jimbows":
"How long should the rosin work before you need to reapply. I am trying one out on a MT. dulcimer and the rosin wears off the bow & it wont sound after..."
Dan
@dan • 20 hours ago • comments: 4
Liked a group discussions item created by @robin-thompson: Howie Mitchell on Bagpipe tuning
Robin Thompson
Ethan Chastain
@ethan-chastain • 21 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @cindy-stammich: Jesus Loves Me - for my new Great-Grandson!
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Jesus Loves Me - for my new Great-Grandson!:
"Thank you Robin!  Indeed music is a wonderful gift!  And you know I am loving the kids!"
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • yesterday • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Flop Eared Mule:
"That was greeeeeaaaat!!!! "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on The bottom Tablature:
"Glad to hear you're on the right track. I have often recommended the Ochs book as the simplest way to begin for people who want to teach themselves."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Jesus Loves Me - for my new Great-Grandson!:
"How sweet, Cindy!  Music is one of life's great gifts and it is wonderful to share music with our dear ones!  Enjoy those kids!  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @cindy-stammich: Jesus Loves Me - for my new Great-Grandson!
Pete Babechuk
@pete-babechuk • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on The bottom Tablature:
"Well, I'll revive this thread just long enough to say I just didn't know what I was doing. I bought another dulcimer. After about 6 years, I retired the ol'..."
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Jesus Loves Me - for my new Great-Grandson!:
"Hi everyone!  I hope you all are doing well!  It's been crazy for sure, but life is good. I haven't posted anything for some time, but wanted to share..."
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new YouTube video:
Jesus Loves Me - for my new Great-Grandson!
Dan
@dan • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Number 8 21 P Saw Body Psaltery":
"Sound Clip"
Dan
@dan • yesterday • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Number 8 21 P Saw Body Psaltery":
"Select Walnut sawn body with Walnut bottom and figured Maple top. Eight string diatonic C thru C. Hand rubbed oil finish. Comes with a hand made Walnut 12..."
Dan
@dan • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Diatonic Tuning Round Robin
John C. Knopf
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Awarding the "giveaway dulcimore" in Berea!":
"Somewhere around a baker's dozen, @kevin-r yet I have about 5 of them promised to a couple young players.  In addition, I have 3 bowed dulcimers and one of..."
Ethan Chastain
@ethan-chastain • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @corvus: What's the exact difference between a dulcimore and dulcimer
Kevin R.
@kevin-r • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Awarding the "giveaway dulcimore" in Berea!":
"Robin Thompson: John, with one exception, I am in the process of thinning the herd here.  We're thinking we're going to get a much smaller house (and no..."
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Newcastle
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 2 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Flop Eared Mule:
"Nice job!"
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 2 days ago • comments: 8
Liked a youtube item created by @chadritchie: Flop Eared Mule
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's the exact difference between a dulcimore and dulcimer":
"Duckslammer, fence scorpion, waterswivel....my new favorites!...I especially like duckslammer! Thanks, Dusty!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's the exact difference between a dulcimore and dulcimer":
"In the folk tradition, we generally agree that isolating "who" originally did something is pretty tough indeed.  Instead we talk about different regional..."
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Newcastle
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • 2 days ago • comments: 8
Liked a youtube item created by @chadritchie: Flop Eared Mule
MandaPanda
@mandapanda • 3 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Newcastle
MandaPanda
@mandapanda • 3 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Flop Eared Mule:
"Nice job!"
MandaPanda
@mandapanda • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Cripple Creek :
"Thanks so much! Wonderful memory, @Gordon-Hardy!"
Jan Potts
@jan-potts • 3 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Flop Eared Mule:
"Great!  If I had 2 good knees I'd be up dancin'!"
Jan Potts
@jan-potts • 3 days ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Newcastle:
"I love this tune!  So cheerful and full of life!  Thanks for posting it."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's the exact difference between a dulcimore and dulcimer":
""Exact" is such a hard word!   As Dan sez, back in the day there was no standard spelling for dulcimer/dulcimore/dulcemore, and there were numerous..."
Dan
@dan • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's the exact difference between a dulcimore and dulcimer":
"Don't know there is any thing exact in the tradition. Some (I included) use the term Dulcimore to differentiate the traditional  pieces from the..."
kjb
@kjb • 3 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Newcastle
Corvus
@corvus • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "What's the exact difference between a dulcimore and dulcimer":
"From the pictures I've seen they both seem to be extremely similar indeed. Do you know who invented the word dulcimore, and who invented the word dulcimer?  "
A.c.N.
@acn • 3 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Newcastle
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 3 days ago • comments: 6
Liked a photos item created by @chadritchie: dulcimer 2
Bob
@bob • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Photos:
"Congrats! Love it! I live in Mount Airy NC and will be excited to see the going's on around about here. Everyone has to come on down for Autumn Leaves..."
B. Ross Ashley
@b-ross-ashley • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?":
"Strumelia: Hey B.Ross, there are two bearded guys with plaid shirts in that video. Ooops, the other one is Steve Taylor, our bass section leader ... my..."
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Awarding the "giveaway dulcimore" in Berea!":
"Great photo John and great dulcimore given to Diane. Contrats Diane. Enjoy your dulcimore"
Dan
@dan • 3 days ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on 2021 Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering:
"I've put together a design for a t-shirt (or other items) for those who are interested. 2021 Berea Dulcimore Gathering"

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The Music Theory Corner

The Music Theory Corner


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Dulcimer Care & Maintenance


Tips, tricks and techniques to help care for your dulcimer.
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Singing with the Dulcimer


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fans of Jean Ritchie


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Help Me Learn this Song


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Little Dulcimers


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Dulcimer Therapy


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Four-Equidistant Strings


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I have extra frets.....


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Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


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Early & Classical Music


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Home Studio Recording


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Collector's Corner


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Dulcimer Ancestors


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Call the Tune


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Box Dulcimers


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Civil War era music


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GIG TALK!


Do you play gigs? Tell us about your good and not-so-good...
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Galax Dulcimer Lovers


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Chromatic Dulcimers


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Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


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Challenged Players


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Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


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California Dulcimer Dreamin'


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Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts


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North Carolinians Plus


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Kentucky Dulcimer Players


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6 string dulcimers


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West Virginia players


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Missouri Dulcimer Players


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FOTMD on the Road


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North of the Lakes


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


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Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


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Any info. on Jimbows

Posted: Tuesday June 15 2021, 9:01 PM
By: @marg

Number 8 21 P Saw Body...

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By: @Dan

Awarding the "giveaway...

Posted: Sunday June 13 2021, 9:12 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

What's the exact difference...

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By: @Steven Berger

How is the COVID-19...

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Indoor House Plants

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"The Story Of The Dulcimer"...

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How Many Dulcimers Do You...

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How do I create a new forum...

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4-string Trillium dulcimer...

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McSpadden Ginger Like New...

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By: @Gooch Mountain Boy

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By: @Ken Longfield

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Bass dulcimer strings

Posted: Saturday May 22 2021, 3:04 PM
By: @Strumelia

Rosin the Beau and...

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By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

Strumstick book wanted

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By: @Gooch Mountain Boy

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By: @jost

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