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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!
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   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

Jason Woods
@jason-woods • 13 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Banjammer plans":
"I just finished piecing together my first ban jammer. I was wondering if somebody could please suggest how it should be tuned?"
Bob
@bob • an hour ago • comments: 0
Bloodwood
Dulcimer  i
Bob
@bob • an hour ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Finishing Exotic Woods :
"So I did some experimenting with scrap pieces of Bloodwood and found that it is certainly best to wipe the surface well with acetone before applying..."
Phil Myers
@phil-myers • an hour ago • comments: 11
Liked a youtube by @norm-williams:
Hangman's Reel
Kusani
@kusani • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "8 String Dulcimer Maker?":
"I found this listing, no longer available, on line..... it may provide some leads?..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Sunday Creek Watershed work-in-progress:
"Many thanks, Ariane! "
dmvtatter
@dmvtatter • 3 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "8 String Dulcimer Maker?":
"I did check in the sound holes and all over the surface of the dulcimer for any markings.   I know that the man who purchased it lived in Vermont but he..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "8 String Dulcimer Maker?":
"Doesn't ring any bells here, either.  What part of the country does it come from?  First time I've see an 8 string.  I've fantasized abut making a 3 course 9..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "8 String Dulcimer Maker?":
"It doesn't ring any bells with me, unfortunately."
Norm Williams
@norm-williams • 4 hours ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Hangman's Reel:
"Hey Mark!!  it's been awhile since I've been here... Thanks!!  Appreciate the compliment too... see you in August??"
dmvtatter
@dmvtatter • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "8 String Dulcimer Maker?":
"I have recently purchased a vintage 8 string mountain dulcimer. It was built to the owner’s father’s specifications about forty years ago. I cannot find any..."
Susie
@susie • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Wanted = Dudley metal capo":
"I have 2 of the Walworth Capos (not to sell, they are very similar to the Dudley)....they are awesome...."
Paula Brawdy
@paula-brawdy • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Wanted = Dudley metal capo":
"If you have one, please contact me....  paulabrawdy@gmail.com     Thanks!"
Ariane
@ariane • 8 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Sunday Creek Watershed work-in-progress:
"Robin, one can hear the sadness and sorrowfulness out of your tune - your dulcimer playing sounds so gentle and fine."
Marc Mathieu
@marc-mathieu • 14 hours ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Hangman's Reel:
"Hey Norm !!  Great seeing you on here.  Nice arrangement of Hangman's Reel"
Susie
@susie • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Susie
Doug Berch Sassafras/Walnut
Black Dog Bess
@black-dog-bess • 16 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Gardner Winter Music Festival -(WV):
"thanks for the heads up, Rob. Hope things don't get more complicated for you all. Barb"
Dan
@dan • 19 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a soundcloud by @robin-thompson:
Sunday Creek- mountain dulcimer & guitar
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey • 19 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Gardner Winter Music Festival -(WV):
"Folks, I don't want to put a damper on anyone's coming to the GWMF, but the teachers in WV are striking on Thursday, so right now we don't know if we'll be..."
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey • 19 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on West Virginia players:
"Several of us will there.... watch the listing here in case there are any changes.  "
Black Dog Bess
@black-dog-bess • 20 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on West Virginia players:
"Hi friends! Anyone going to the Gardner Winter Music Festival this weekend? I'll be there Fri and Sat. Barb "
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 20 hours ago • comments: 0
Updated a YouTube Video:
The Riddle Song
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 20 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
The Riddle Song
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 20 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Sunday Creek- mountain dulcimer & guitar:
"Val, thanks for your kind words.  We appreciate your listening. "
Exukaden
@exukaden • 20 hours ago • comments: 49
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"Thank’s... Dennis"
Val Hughes
@val-hughes • 21 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Sunday Creek- mountain dulcimer & guitar:
"You have a great way of capturing one's attention Robin. Beautiful."
Val Hughes
Mark Nelson
@mark-nelson • 21 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Nonsuch Spring Fling -(UK):
"Ah, beautiful Allandale! I love this festival -- one of the best anywhere.  All the best!   Mark  "
Ariane
@ariane • 22 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Road to Lisdoonvarna:
"Thank you both very much for your kind comments - also nice to hear that you too play the hammered dulcimer, Luigi. Was für Stücke spielst Du so?"
Ariane
@ariane • 22 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Farewell to Uist:
"Thank you both for your kind comments - yes, this is a low G metal whistle (from Ian Lambe). I am very happy that you like this tune."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 23 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Sunday Creek Watershed work-in-progress:
"Marg, Thank you for your kind words.  I hope the day will come when aquatic life can flourish in the whole Sunday Creek Watershed! "
Patricia Delich
@patricia-delich • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hearts Of The Dulcimer Podcast In Its 3rd Year":
"Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast - Episode 33An Irish Music Special http://bit.ly/hotdpodcast   In this episode we’re playing music from Ireland, all on the..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 23 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a music by @ariane:
Farewell to Uist
Strumelia
@strumelia • 23 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Farewell to Uist:
"Very lovely playing!  (far better than I play the whistle!) Is that a low G whistle you are playing on?  Just guessing.  Is it a metal whistle, or polymer?..."
Randy Adams
Randy Adams
Kevin R.
@kevin-r • yesterday • comments: 2
Liked a music by @phil-myers:
The Wind That Shakes The Barley
Kevin R.
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Road to Lisdoonvarna:
"What a joy to hear this, Ariane!  It is a pleasure to have you here at FOTMD.  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 3
Liked a music by @ariane:
Road to Lisdoonvarna
Robin Clark
@robin-clark • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on The Wind That Shakes The Barley:
"I really love this   What a great sound.  And a lovely lilt to your playing!"
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new SoundCloud track:
Sunday Creek- mountain dulcimer & guitar
Luigi
@luigi • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Road to Lisdoonvarna:
"Wonderfull played. Ich spiele auch hammered dulcimer, aber so ein schnelles Tempo gelingt mir (noch) nicht."
dulcinina
@dulcinina • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Farewell to Uist:
"Very nice, Ariane.  A lovely tune on tin whistle. Dulcinina"
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "David Schnaufer "Hex" dulcimer":
"I guess someone didn't pay the omeka.net bill.  Shame.  Pretty good pics of some interesting instruments.  "
Ariane
@ariane • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on The Wind That Shakes The Barley:
"Hello Phil, this sounds so nice - I played this tune with my former  band (we mainly played celtic tunes) with tin whistles - this tune makes so much fun..."
Ariane
@ariane • yesterday • comments: 3
Created a new Audio File:
Farewell to Uist
Ariane
@ariane • yesterday • comments: 3
Created a new Audio File:
Road to Lisdoonvarna
Stewart McCormick
@stewart-mccormick • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "David Schnaufer "Hex" dulcimer":
"Right, but as you explore the Vanderbilt site, it has several links to the Omeka site... But everytime you follow the link, it shows a message about it no..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "David Schnaufer "Hex" dulcimer":
"The instruments themselves are in the Tennessee State Museum.  Vanderbuilt Univ. has The David Schnaufer Collection of his research and instrument database:..."

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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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Public Domain... or Not?


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Four-Equidistant Strings


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Early & Classical Music


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Galax Dulcimer Lovers


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Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


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Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


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The Bass Dulcimer


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Wayfaring Stranger
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Lynnchburg Town
Old Joe Clark
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Banish Misfortune in A
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Il est ne le divine enfant
Groundhog
O Come Emmanuel
Gaudete - 30 nov 17 - noter drone
Christmas Medley on prototype noter drone dulcimer
1005 S. Pickaway St. Suite
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Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn
The Wind That Shakes The Barley
Whiskey Before Breakfast
Sourwood Mountain

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Latest Forum Posts   All

Banjammer plans

Posted: Tuesday February 20 2018, 12:23 PM
By: @Jason Woods

8 String Dulcimer Maker?

Posted: Tuesday February 20 2018, 10:24 AM
By: @Kusani

Wanted = Dudley metal capo

Posted: Tuesday February 20 2018, 6:17 AM
By: @Susie

Hearts Of The Dulcimer...

Posted: Monday February 19 2018, 1:15 PM
By: @Patricia Delich

David Schnaufer "Hex" dulcimer

Posted: Monday February 19 2018, 8:35 AM
By: @Rob N Lackey

A Couple McSpadden Questions

Posted: Sunday February 18 2018, 8:37 PM
By: @Susie

What Are You Working On?

Posted: Sunday February 18 2018, 7:16 PM
By: @Jan Potts

Seeking jamming buddies...

Posted: Sunday February 18 2018, 4:40 PM
By: @Blondie

The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Saturday February 17 2018, 1:13 PM
By: @Strumelia

Alphabetize group names

Posted: Friday February 16 2018, 12:36 PM
By: @Strumelia

I may be confused about...

Posted: Thursday February 15 2018, 12:00 PM
By: @Richard Streib

Tinwhistle / penny whistles

Posted: Thursday February 15 2018, 11:03 AM
By: @David E.Hall

Finding Tab for "Country...

Posted: Thursday February 15 2018, 5:38 AM
By: @Rob N Lackey

Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming

Posted: Wednesday February 14 2018, 8:51 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Wanted- short scale...

Posted: Monday February 12 2018, 5:05 PM
By: @Gail Webber

Tab book for Farinas, Baez...

Posted: Monday February 12 2018, 8:30 AM
By: @Don Grundy

Any Thoughts On This...

Posted: Monday February 12 2018, 6:46 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

FOR SALE - RARE Homer C...

Posted: Saturday February 10 2018, 6:50 PM
By: @Brian Murphy

5 Harmonicas for Sale...

Posted: Saturday February 10 2018, 12:11 PM
By: @Strumelia

Help with a Hungarian citera

Posted: Friday February 9 2018, 10:01 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Thumb Pick And Strumming

Posted: Friday February 9 2018, 4:55 PM
By: @nigelbleddfa

Dave Lynch/Harpmaker in...

Posted: Thursday February 8 2018, 1:07 PM
By: @Ariane

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Thursday February 8 2018, 9:22 AM
By: @Strumelia

Cherokee Waltz

Posted: Wednesday February 7 2018, 6:44 AM
By: @Cynthia Wigington

Interlochen Workshop with...

Posted: Friday February 2 2018, 10:26 PM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

Jessica Comeau's NEW...

Posted: Friday February 2 2018, 10:08 AM
By: @Jessica Comeau

Modern Mountain Dulcimer

Posted: Thursday February 1 2018, 10:19 PM
By: @Blondie

What's in a NAME???

Posted: Thursday February 1 2018, 12:15 PM
By: @Strumelia

Thomas F Johnson Dulcimer?

Posted: Wednesday January 31 2018, 7:44 PM
By: @pmundy

Black Oak Or Hansen Dulcimers

Posted: Wednesday January 31 2018, 2:27 PM
By: @farmrust
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