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

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 8 hours ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Builder’s Books and References :
"Some folks who teach dulcimer to young children prefer zither pins for precisely that reason. Those little anxious finger fiddle too much with geared tuners..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 12 hours ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Builder’s Books and References :
"Ken asks some good questions to consider.  Over in Hindman, Doug Naselroad mentioned to me that zither pins were just the thing to use on student dulcimers...."
Frank Dudgeon
@frank-dudgeon • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "David Olney, age 71 ":
"I just saw this thread - afraid I've been away from FOTMD (and the dulcimer) for too long.  I'm coming back to both. I was very fortunate to talk with David..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Lucy Wise - Walking Out":
"Y'all are most welcome!  I know I enjoyed watching.  "
Frank Dudgeon
@frank-dudgeon • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Lucy Wise - Walking Out":
"Good stuff.  Thanks for sharing this."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 17 hours ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Builder’s Books and References :
"Really nice idea.   But... I don't think you'll find plans a Cardboard Dulcimer.  They only cost $50-$75 -- the least expensive way to get a very playable..."
Alegre1
@alegre1 • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "David Schnaufer":
"Thank you for the kind wishes ... If you ever saw David or would like to recall your first reaction to him as a musician, please let me know.  I would love..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "NPR piece about sound in the Hagia Sophia":
"I'm glad you fellows liked the piece.  I just listened to it again.  Wow.  "
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a photos item created by @bob: New member of the Presnell Dulcimer family
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "banjo and mountain dulcimer hybrid from Gary Gallier":
"I love the tone of this instrument and the tune he plays.  And it's cool to hear Gary discuss the build.  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a photos item created by @bob: New member of the Presnell Dulcimer family
Bob
@bob • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on New member of the Presnell Dulcimer family:
"Yes Strumelia, that is the one I made. Curly Maple and Lacewood. I think there are good pics of it here in FOTMD."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on New member of the Presnell Dulcimer family:
"The dulcimer you made is the third one in the lineup Bob?"
Brian McC
@brian-mcc • 2 days ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Builder’s Books and References :
"I  got a crazy idea the other day, A friend and I are going to be teaching a "how to draw/ paint" class at a local "sober" club house.  ( retired addictions..."
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "David Schnaufer":
"About time somebody did that. Hope you get a lot of responses and a lot of good stories.  "
Glenda  Hubbard
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "David Schnaufer":
"Hi!  I'm one of the moderators here and for your own privacy, we encourage members to share private information such as phone numbers and email addresses..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @alegre1: David Schnaufer
Alegre1
@alegre1 • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "David Schnaufer":
"Greetings fellow players.  If you knew, played with or toured with David Schnaufer, especially in the late seventies through the eighties (or beyond) I would..."
Ferrator
@ferrator • 3 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Goin' Home:
"Thank you very much @John-Gribble! I am constantly amazed at the generous and helpful nature of the people at FOTMD!"
John Gribble
@john-gribble • 4 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Goin' Home:
"I found P.D. scores in C and D flat here: https://imslp.org/wiki/Goin%27_Home_(Fisher%2C_William_Arms) They might help you create a version beyond just..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "NPR piece about sound in the Hagia Sophia":
"That's really cool, Robin. Thanks for sharing that. What is hard for us to imagine is the majesty of those large churches. Today we are used to massive..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "NPR piece about sound in the Hagia Sophia":
"Put on your headphones and shut your eyes.  :)..."
marg
@marg • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Take a guess on who made this dulcimer":
"Thanks Ken, Yes, maybe wasn't noticed when action was higher but as it was lowered it became very noticeable.    I have taken care of the action on a..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Take a guess on who made this dulcimer":
"ANY dulcimer that sits for more than a few days in the wrong environment can get frets popping up.  Especially if coming from a very dry climate to a very..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 4 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on A new set of Mountain Dulcimers:
"Such a pretty pair!  "
Jim Fawcett
marg
@marg • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Take a guess on who made this dulcimer":
"    There was a label but no model #. It was made in the 80's and may have had the same strings on it. I took it to get new strings (I could have done that..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Take a guess on who made this dulcimer":
"Yes, a Folkcraft, but I don't think it is a kit. The kits did not have that type of peg head. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Dan
@dan • 5 days ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @bob: Buttons and Strings
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 5 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Eck Robertson's Lost Indian
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 5 days ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @bob: Buttons and Strings
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Babylon Is Fallen
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 5 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Silly Bill:
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Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 5 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Dever the Dancer (slip jig)
Strumelia
@strumelia • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Solid Walnut McSpadden for sale":
"Hello Art, our site requires that you do add one or more PHOTOS of this instrument to your for sale ad in order to have an ad here.  You may have to reduce..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dancing!...(feet as instrument)":
"Yes, Aubrey's amazing. She has mastered every style of clog dancing and can do it while talking, singing, playing the fiddle, or playing the banjo.  If I..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on The Boys of Wexford:
"Thanks for your comments, Sam.  I like this tune a lot.  Supposedly some school children in Ireland sang it to President Kennedy when he visited the town."
marg
@marg • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Take a guess on who made this dulcimer":
"Thanks John,I have google Folkcraft teardrops and yes, you are right. I will contact the seller and go check it out.  "
ART pRIOR
@art-prior • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Solid Walnut McSpadden for sale":
"I am not playing this any longer, I have 2 that I built that are getting all my attention now. Thus is a solid walnut model 4SHWWE built in Jan 09 and signed..."
marg
@marg • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Take a guess on who made this dulcimer":
"it may have a label, I just haven't seen it yet, just the photo"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Take a guess on who made this dulcimer":
"That is definitely from Folkcraft Instruments, however I'm not sure if it was assembled at the factory, or if somebody just assembled a kit.  It would seem..."
Ferrator
@ferrator • 5 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Goin' Home:
"@Garret-Olberding :  Thank you! I will give that a go! :)"
marg
@marg • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Take a guess on who made this dulcimer":
"looking at a dulcimer advertised with no info on who made walnut teardrop, - made USA in the late 1980’s, - purchased in North Carolina. tuning pegs, white..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "":
"There are quite a few "bowed dulcimers", played upright between the knees.  Ken Bloom of Pilot Mountain, North Carolina is the major builder and promoter of..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dancing!...(feet as instrument)":
"Check out any of Aubrey Atwater's youtube vids.  I've seen her fiddle and clog and sing -- an "all in one" performer."
Garret
@garret-olberding • 5 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Goin' Home:
"Linda Brockington has tabbed out the "Largo" movement from Dvorak's 9th Symphony.  She can be reached at linda.brockington@att.net."
Sam
@sam • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dancing!...(feet as instrument)":
"Miss Strumelia, you are absolutely radient! Feet as music: I remember well an appearance by Doug Kershaw on the Ed Sullivan show. He sang, played fiddle and..."
Dan
@dan • 5 days ago • comments: 6
Liked a soundcloud item created by @robin-thompson: Mourning For Young Earnest mountain dulcimer and guitar
Sam
@sam • 5 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Mourning for Young Ernest WIP:
"Poor Ernest. Tune is somber and earnest though. Always love your 'slide' work with your noter. "

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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 building dulcimers or interested in...
Fingerpicking

Fingerpicking


A place to discuss fingerpicking styles of dulcimer...
Modern/Chord style Players

Modern/Chord style Players


Do you play chords and fret across all strings? Then...
Hymn and Worship Song Players

Hymn and Worship Song Players


a place to share the hymns and worship songs we are playing.
Rockin' in the Free World

Rockin' in the Free World


A group for those of you who like to play music not...
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.
Mountain Dulcimer History & Traditions

Mountain Dulcimer History &...


Share historical information and resources on the...
Technology/Software/Amplifying

Technology/Software/Amplifying


to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
Singing with the Dulcimer

Singing with the Dulcimer


Here's a group for those of us who are interested in...
Arranging/composing for Dulcimers

Arranging/composing for...


A group to discuss creating arrangements of songs and...
fans of Jean Ritchie

fans of Jean Ritchie


A group for those of us who have been inspired by...
Help Me Learn this Song

Help Me Learn this Song


Need help learning to play a particular song? Let...
Dulcimer Therapy

Dulcimer Therapy


This group is dedicated to those that visit, or have a...
Little Dulcimers

Little Dulcimers


Do you play an octave, mini, or traveling dulcimer?
Dulcimer teachers

Dulcimer teachers


Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?
Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


A place to share about 4-equidistant string playing, how...
Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks

Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks


Regardless of what name you favor, this group is a...
I have extra frets.....

I have extra frets.....


This group is for those who have a 1 1/2 fret, an 8 1/2...
Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


Ever wanted to record or post that tune, but you just...
UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

UK and European Mountain...


A group which hopefully allows players/makers in this...
Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


Recording dulcimers, vocals and other instruments in the...
Baritone Dulcimer Players

Baritone Dulcimer Players


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
Collector's Corner

Collector's Corner


A group where collectors of antique, vintage, or rare...
Early & Classical Music

Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video...
Dulcimer Ancestors

Dulcimer Ancestors


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

GIG TALK!


Do you play gigs? Tell us about your good and not-so-good...
Civil War era music

Civil War era music


For discussing music that was played around the time of...
Box Dulcimers

Box Dulcimers


A group for those who play, make, or admire all types of...
Galax Dulcimer Lovers

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!
Scrap/Recycled wood Dulcimer Challenge

Scrap/Recycled wood...


A group for those thrifty and creative folk who like to...
Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


Welcome to all who play music using a bow on any type...
Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness

Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


A group for private sharing and support, whether you are...
Challenged Players

Challenged Players


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

California Dulcimer Dreamin'


For dulcimer players living in or just visiting California
Virginia Dulcimer Players

Virginia Dulcimer Players


Just thought it would be neet to know how many other...
NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer players

NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer...


For those of us who live in the northeastern United States.
Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts

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 /...
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...
West Virginia players

West Virginia players


A group just for dulcimer players in beautiful West...
Florida Sunshine Dulcimer Group

Florida Sunshine Dulcimer...


Florida Dulcimer Players
Missouri Dulcimer Players

Missouri Dulcimer Players


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

FOTMD on the Road


Are your traveling, on vacation, on your way to a...
North of the Lakes

North of the Lakes


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

Indiana Players


Welcome all dulcimer players in the state of Indiana!...
AussieTalk!

AussieTalk!


For dulcimer players in Australia. -Be sure to create...
Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players

Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


For those who live in Arkansas and love playing the...
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Site Moderators Group


A private group to allow FOTMD moderators to communicate...

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Mourning For Young Earnest mountain dulcimer and guitar
Sweet Love Goodnight
How Does Your Garden Grow
Wayfaring Stranger
Christmas Medley
Danny Boy
Lo How A Rose
First Noel_Joy to the World_Dulcimer_12_19
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O'Carolans Farewell to Music
 Bonny Portmore, Medley
Leaving Home For Good
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Old East Tennessee Rye
The Boys of Wexford
Glanshammar Waltz
Cindy
Li'l Liza Jane
Kesh Jig
Pine Run Doser
Nine Hundered Miles II
A work in progress
Ishe Komborera Afrika
Flop Eared Mule
Midnight on the Water
Whispering Lodgepole Pine
Classical Coyote
Fairest Lord Jesus (Dulcimer Duet)
Blarney Pilgrim
As I Was Going to Yellowstone

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Worley Gardner Winter Music Fest -(WV)

Worley Gardner Winter...


Fri Feb 28 2020
19th Annual Lagniappe Dulcimer Festival -(LA)

19th Annual Lagniappe...


Thu Mar 12 2020
Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival, Clarksdale -(MS)

Delta Blues Dulcimer...


Thu Apr 16 2020
Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering -(KY)

Berea Traditional...


Thu May 14 2020
Gatlinburg Dulcimer Hymnposium -(TN)

Gatlinburg Dulcimer...


Fri May 15 2020
Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (California)

Berkeley Dulcimer...


Sat May 16 2020
Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas 2020 -(OR)

Dulcimer Week in the...


Sun Jun 28 2020
Australian Dulcimer Retreat -(AU)

Australian Dulcimer...


Fri Aug 28 2020

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Latest Forum Posts   All

David Olney, age 71

Posted: Wednesday February 26 2020, 8:37 PM
By: @Frank Dudgeon

Lucy Wise - Walking Out

Posted: Wednesday February 26 2020, 8:20 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

David Schnaufer

Posted: Tuesday February 25 2020, 11:13 PM
By: @Alegre1

NPR piece about sound in...

Posted: Tuesday February 25 2020, 9:20 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

banjo and mountain dulcimer...

Posted: Tuesday February 25 2020, 6:22 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Take a guess on who made...

Posted: Sunday February 23 2020, 10:42 AM
By: @marg

Solid Walnut McSpadden for...

Posted: Saturday February 22 2020, 1:11 PM
By: @Strumelia

Dancing!...(feet as...

Posted: Saturday February 22 2020, 12:32 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Any banjo players out there?

Posted: Friday February 21 2020, 6:46 PM
By: @Steven Berger

How do I add my new photo...

Posted: Friday February 21 2020, 10:57 AM
By: @Strumelia

Airline Travel With a Dulcimer

Posted: Friday February 21 2020, 8:43 AM
By: @ZeeAviatrix

Trying to get in touch with...

Posted: Monday February 17 2020, 8:08 PM
By: @Scott Collier

You know your dulcimer has...

Posted: Monday February 17 2020, 4:53 PM
By: @Strumelia

Epinette

Posted: Friday February 14 2020, 7:40 PM
By: @Strumelia

Finger picks that don't...

Posted: Friday February 14 2020, 5:22 PM
By: @Steve Smith

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Thursday February 13 2020, 3:41 PM
By: @Buckeye67

Tinwhistle / penny whistles

Posted: Wednesday February 12 2020, 11:22 AM
By: @Buckeye67

Tell us about your VERY...

Posted: Wednesday February 12 2020, 11:00 AM
By: @Appalachiandreamer

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Wednesday February 12 2020, 10:58 AM
By: @Buckeye67

Changing the order of posts...

Posted: Wednesday February 12 2020, 7:37 AM
By: @Scott Collier

L Wright covers D Schnaufer...

Posted: Tuesday February 11 2020, 2:15 AM
By: @Jill Geary

McSpadden T34-S 4-string...

Posted: Monday February 10 2020, 11:04 AM
By: @SkipII

For Sale, Bob Gerard Walnut...

Posted: Sunday February 9 2020, 10:14 PM
By: @Bob

Hearts Of The Dulcimer...

Posted: Friday February 7 2020, 1:44 PM
By: @Patricia Delich

The First Australian...

Posted: Friday February 7 2020, 7:47 AM
By: @Carla Maxwell

Can you help me ID this song?

Posted: Wednesday February 5 2020, 10:42 AM
By: @Blondie

I’m unable to explore the...

Posted: Tuesday February 4 2020, 11:35 PM
By: @Don Grundy

Homer Ledford, Bob Mize,...

Posted: Monday February 3 2020, 7:06 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Mountain dulcimer to sell

Posted: Monday February 3 2020, 2:16 PM
By: @Strumelia

Problem With Buzzing Base...

Posted: Friday January 31 2020, 11:08 PM
By: @ZeeAviatrix

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