Welcome to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer!

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

Gary Warnock
@gary-warnock • 47 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bonnie Carol Curly Walnut with Maple binding":
"Yes it is. And looking for a nice new home…I can do FaceTime too if you want to here it. Gary"
sunvalleylaw
@sunvalleylaw • 53 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Choosing Your String Gauge":
"@dusty-turtle interesting!  I ordered a basic FolrkLife set with 11s for my melody strings and not being used to tuning a dulcimer, broke them. So now I..."
Sam
@sam • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"Kitty heaven"
Barbara Maas
@barbara-maas • 10 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bonnie Carol Curly Walnut with Maple binding":
"Is this dulcimer still available?"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Choosing Your String Gauge":
"Lighter strings will be looser.  Heavier strings will be tighter. If you're playing by yourself, though, and don't need to be in a specific key, I would..."
traildad
@traildad • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Choosing Your String Gauge":
"I have a follow up question. I know I’ve heard comments about floppy strings with low/loose tuning. I just can’t remember what the cure is, heavier or..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"Our cat Teddy taking a nap in our bed today..."
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 16 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @ethan-chastain: Sandy Boys
marg
@marg • yesterday • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Removable Magnetic Pickup for Dulcimers":
"I set a Seymour Duncan up years ago under the strings in a flat space at strum hollow, so I could learn & use the Boss GT-1 during Harvey, the TX..."
julezanseo
@julezanseo • yesterday • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @steve-c: Westphalia Waltz Steve Carney
julezanseo
@julezanseo • yesterday • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @ethan-chastain: Down the River I Go
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on My Second Dulcimer:
"I like it! "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 1
Liked a photos item created by @natebuildstoys: dc6
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Down the River I Go :
"This is wonderful! "
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @ethan-chastain: Down the River I Go
Luigi
@luigi • yesterday • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @ethan-chastain: Down the River I Go
Ethan Chastain
@ethan-chastain • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on The Old Black Cat Couldn’t Catch a Rat :
"Thanks! We’re having the regular annual cicadas right now. It’ll be interesting to see what the 17 (or 13?) year cicadas will be like in our area in a few..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @ethan-chastain: Down the River I Go
Ethan Chastain
@ethan-chastain • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Updated a YouTube Video:
Down the River I Go
Ethan Chastain
@ethan-chastain • 2 days ago • comments: 1
Posted a new YouTube video:
Down the River I Go
Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @ethan-chastain: Sandy Boys
Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on The Old Black Cat Couldn’t Catch a Rat :
"Really cool! Enjoyed hearing the Cicadas too! They didn't come out here this year."
Slate Creek Dulcimers
Ethan Chastain
@ethan-chastain • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on The Old Black Cat Couldn’t Catch a Rat :
"Thanks Steve. steve c.: I really enjoyed that and you play wonderfully.  Thanks for sharing."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: August:
"I'm glad you bumped this, David!  I shared the link with a young music friend to whom I gave my L. Allen Smith book; my friend is a huge fan of Appalachian..."
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 3 days ago • comments: 6
Liked a group discussions item created by @david-bennett: Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: August
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on My Second Dulcimer:
"Whimsical! I like it!"
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a photos item created by @natebuildstoys: dc3
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "fingerstyle playing on a budget":
"Hey, @johnpat27.  I have  a few thoughts here. Consider starting with three strings, especially if you want to fingerpick.  Just remove the doubled strings...."
Dan
@dan • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a photos item created by @natebuildstoys: dc3
John Gribble
@john-gribble • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @ethan-chastain: The Old Black Cat Couldn’t Catch a Rat
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "fingerstyle playing on a budget":
"Lisa Strumelia has a Noter & Drone Blog, and I wrote a booklet years ago called Get Noterized, both of which are accessible from here at FOTMD.  Many of..."
steve c.
@steve-c • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on The Old Black Cat Couldn’t Catch a Rat :
"I really enjoyed that and you play wonderfully.  Thanks for sharing."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a photos item created by @natebuildstoys: dc3
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on My Second Dulcimer:
"I love it!  So creative and playful... true folk tradition!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a photos item created by @natebuildstoys: dc3
David Bennett
@david-bennett • 3 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: August:
"Bump Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: August..."
johnpat27
@johnpat27 • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "fingerstyle playing on a budget":
"It is, as you say, Ddadd.  So far I am pleased with the setup, it has a pleasing sound."
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 3 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a photos item created by @natebuildstoys: dc1
steve c.
@steve-c • 3 days ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Just Finished No. 1:
"Nicely done!  "
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Liked a music item created by @kevin-burns: Man of Constant Sorrow
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 4 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Man of Constant Sorrow:
"Unlike any rendition I've heard"
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 4 days ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on My Second Dulcimer:
"The first guy who saw this dulcimer said "as a musician I'm intrigued and as a woodworker I'm appalled." I said "as neither, I'm both.""
NateBuildsToys
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Who's dulcimer kit?":
"By the way its worth noting that the vast majority of string instruments have intonation issues way up the neck. I'm not sure if this is because of how much..."
CarolynF
@carolynf • 4 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Man of Constant Sorrow:
"Really nice! A lot of intriguing things going on in this tune."
NateBuildsToys
@natebuildstoys • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "fingerstyle playing on a budget":
"Hello John, it is more common to see doubled bass strings, but having a thin string there is perfectly fine. It is most likely intended to be tuned an octave..."
steve c.
@steve-c • 4 days ago • comments: 4
Updated a YouTube Video:
Westphalia Waltz Steve Carney
johnpat27
@johnpat27 • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "fingerstyle playing on a budget":
"Thanks for all the advice!  I ended up buying one of Bill Bergs 5-string instruments. Only slightly more than I was looking to spend, but it came with a nice..."
steve c.
@steve-c • 4 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Westphalia Waltz Steve Carney:
"[/quote] [quote="Ethan Chastain"] Wonderful playing. Enjoyed it. Thanks Ethan! I appreciate it! [/quote]"

Join a Group!   All

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...
Singing with the Dulcimer

Singing with the Dulcimer


Here's a group for those of us who are interested in...
Technology/Software/Amplifying

Technology/Software/Amplifying


to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
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...
Little Dulcimers

Little Dulcimers


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

Dulcimer Therapy


This group is dedicated to those that visit, or have a...
Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


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

I have extra frets.....


This group is for those who have a 1 1/2 fret, an 8 1/2...
Baritone Dulcimer Players

Baritone Dulcimer Players


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


Ever wanted to record or post that tune, but you just...
Dulcimer teachers

Dulcimer teachers


Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?
UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

UK and European Mountain...


A group which hopefully allows players/makers in this...
Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks

Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks


Regardless of what name you favor, this group is a...
Early & Classical Music

Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
Collector's Corner

Collector's Corner


A group where collectors of antique, vintage, or rare...
Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


Recording dulcimers, vocals and other instruments in the...
Dulcimer Ancestors

Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video...
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...
Chromatic Dulcimers

Chromatic Dulcimers


For players who enjoy playing dulcimers with ALL the frets!
GIG TALK!

GIG TALK!


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

Galax Dulcimer Lovers


Just a group to discuss all things Galax Dulcimer. Tips...
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...
Challenged Players

Challenged Players


A meeting place for players dealing with disabilities.
Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness

Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


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

Pacific Northwest Players


For players who live in or have strong connections to the...
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!...
Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players

Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


For those who live in Arkansas and love playing the...
AussieTalk!

AussieTalk!


For dulcimer players in Australia. -Be sure to create...
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Site Moderators Group


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

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Man of Constant Sorrow
Dewdrop X Demo
Swing Low
McKinley Craft Replica #1 Demo
Bonaparte's Retreat
The Cuckoo
Come Thou Fount...
War Hent Kerrigouarch
Cripple Creek
Down in the valley
The Banks of Claudy
This is My Father's World
My Hope is Built on Nothing Less
Bachelor's Hall
The Bricks Under Our Feet
Never Too Late
My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains
Erev Shel Shoshanim
Pretty Saro
Waters of Babylon
Baby, I Believe
2 Strong 4 This
Zion Ridge
Khorovod
New Year's Night
The Question
Crazy Feels Like
Simon Brothers Mercantile
Sunday At Little Beach
Undertow

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Chromatic Dulcimer Summit, 7/24/21 (online)

Chromatic Dulcimer...


Sat Jul 24 2021
Retreat at Tasma House Daylesford -(AU)

Retreat at Tasma House...


Fri Sep 10 2021
SCDH Fall Harvest Festival of Dulcimers - online

SCDH Fall Harvest...


Fri Sep 24 2021

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Latest Forum Posts   All

Bonnie Carol Curly Walnut...

Posted: Wednesday August 4 2021, 12:15 PM
By: @Gary Warnock

Choosing Your String Gauge

Posted: Wednesday August 4 2021, 12:10 PM
By: @sunvalleylaw

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Wednesday August 4 2021, 5:39 AM
By: @Sam

Removable Magnetic Pickup...

Posted: Tuesday August 3 2021, 10:32 AM
By: @marg

fingerstyle playing on a...

Posted: Sunday August 1 2021, 1:25 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Who's dulcimer kit?

Posted: Saturday July 31 2021, 11:56 PM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Shoat Hogfiddle for Sale

Posted: Saturday July 31 2021, 4:19 PM
By: @Slate Creek Dulcimers

New Harmony Dulcimer

Posted: Friday July 30 2021, 8:28 PM
By: @Barbara Maas

John Stockard dulcimers

Posted: Friday July 30 2021, 7:09 PM
By: @steve c.

Got myself a book to start...

Posted: Friday July 30 2021, 12:50 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Unknown maker

Posted: Friday July 30 2021, 12:24 PM
By: @steve c.

What's the exact difference...

Posted: Monday July 26 2021, 10:18 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Tabs for an A'Ad tuning?

Posted: Monday July 26 2021, 4:51 PM
By: @Strumelia

worldwide Play Music on the...

Posted: Monday July 26 2021, 8:49 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

The Joy of Sharing Dulcimer

Posted: Monday July 26 2021, 12:45 AM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Can you ID this dulcimer?

Posted: Sunday July 25 2021, 4:23 PM
By: @Bridge

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Saturday July 24 2021, 1:19 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Friday July 23 2021, 1:35 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

DAA on a McSpadden

Posted: Friday July 23 2021, 8:01 AM
By: @Melanie Cook

Rest in Peace, Larkin Bryant

Posted: Tuesday July 20 2021, 4:35 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Any banjo players out there?

Posted: Sunday July 18 2021, 11:17 AM
By: @robert schuler

Ukulele Pegs for a dulcimer

Posted: Friday July 16 2021, 5:07 PM
By: @marg

The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Tuesday July 13 2021, 9:35 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

New Dulcimore

Posted: Monday July 12 2021, 6:47 PM
By: @Susie

All-Maple Melton-Style...

Posted: Sunday July 11 2021, 2:28 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Installing Whittner fine...

Posted: Thursday July 8 2021, 6:06 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

How to Like an item?

Posted: Monday July 5 2021, 9:57 PM
By: @Strumelia

What's fer dinner?

Posted: Sunday July 4 2021, 11:28 AM
By: @robert schuler

Healthy Living- healthy...

Posted: Saturday July 3 2021, 3:36 PM
By: @Strumelia

Traditional Noter Style...

Posted: Saturday July 3 2021, 1:51 PM
By: @Steve Eulberg

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