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

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Latest Activity

Susie
@susie • 6 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"Strumelia: Wow @susie , those dogs are livin' the life ! Yes, you are right. We love doing it for them, because when they run and chase each other..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 17 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Favorite albums":
"Did You?  by dulcimer Grandmaster Robert ForcePacific Rim Dulcimer Project by various artistsAny CD by Jean RitchieAny CD by Kevin Roth"
Heidi Muller
@heidi-muller • an hour ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Four-Equidistant Strings:
"Rachael, (1) what tuning are you playing in? (2) Are you allowing one string to drone when you do your chords, or do you like to press down all four strings..."
Skip
@skip • 2 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Four-Equidistant Strings:
"Here's the site to start with. http://www.mountaindulcimer-1-3-5.com In this tuning every fret forms a major triad when barred. Press the second fret up..."
Gregg Schneeman
@gregg-schneeman • 2 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on "WHITEHAVEN VOLUNTEERS" on Dulcimer:
"Thank for your interest Dulcinina, all five of these Dulcimer and Hummel videos I've posted lately I'm tuned dAD. On my YouTube channel I have over 300 Bowed..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @gregg-schneeman:
"WHITEHAVEN VOLUNTEERS" on Dulcimer
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"Wow @susie , those dogs are livin' the life !"
dulcinina
@dulcinina • 4 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on "WHITEHAVEN VOLUNTEERS" on Dulcimer:
"That was great, Gregg.  What tuning did you use?  I watched both videos and like your style of playing.  Dulcinina"
dulcinina
@dulcinina • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Favorite albums":
"Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer Volume one features 19 selections by 19 different dulcimer players.  I bought it at a festival from Susan Trump.  Try..."
Dave shattuck
@dave-shattuck • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Seeking John Stockard dulcimer":
"I’ll buy it"
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 6 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Be Thou My Vision:
"Irene, Thank you for sharing your funny story.  Here, in South West Georgia,  we refer to your adventure as a "hoot"."
julies59
@julies59 • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Seeking John Stockard dulcimer":
"Blondie: I was waiting for you to answer my question below about the price. so sorry, I am learning how this forum runs. I thought you would see that I..."
hoodoo
@hoodoo • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Favorite albums":
"As I begin my dulcimer journey, i'm looking for some good albums to listen to. Are there any compilation albums out there featuring a variety of styles? I'll..."
Susie
@susie • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"We get a lot of snow in Northern Michigan. So, our dogs get a custom race track (maze) out back each year. I"
Sam
@sam • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"Thanks for the 'warm' comments on Gracie @susie @robin-thompson @strumelia  "
Rachael
@rachael • 10 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Four-Equidistant Strings:
"Skip: I haven't played 4 equidistant for a while but it may be the tuning may not suit you or the particular chords you're trying to play. I used DF#AA..."
IRENE
@irene • 14 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Be Thou My Vision:
"I love the hymns on the harmonica!!!  My husband plays one and all our 7 sons do too.  I got a laugh for ya all here.  There was an advertisement for a "harp..."
IRENE
@irene • 14 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Three Strings To The Wind:
"THAT WAS REALLY COOL.   haunting....and thought provoking.  One doesn't need to SLAM BANG AND BE LOUD ON EVERY STROKE of a quill, or pick.   I'm going to..."
Gregg Schneeman
@gregg-schneeman • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
"THE ROYAL DREAM" on Dulcimer
Gregg Schneeman
@gregg-schneeman • 15 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new YouTube video:
"WHITEHAVEN VOLUNTEERS" on Dulcimer
Strumelia
@strumelia • 16 hours ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Indiana Players:
"Wow, that's so cool Glenda!  How did you know that ornament was for your county?"
Glenda  Hubbard
@glenda-hubbard • 16 hours ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Indiana Players:
"Indiana State Museum has a 25 ft.Christmas tree located in its front lobby each county has an ornament. I was pleasantly surprised when I found mine.   "
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 17 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Buying my first instrument..:
"Glad you are joining the dulcimer family. Buying that first dulcimer is quite exciting. Let me share with you some of the things that occur during the first..."
Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas • 17 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Three Strings To The Wind:
"Thanks Terry! Funny thing, I recorded a version of this tune last week but I deleted the good audio(by accident) and saved the good video and I was wondering..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 18 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on What Pick-Up To Buy?:
"My McCafferty dulcimer has a phenomenal pickup installed.  It's by K & K Sound and I think its the twin spot pickup.  If you are building a dulcimer it..."
Glenda  Hubbard
@glenda-hubbard • 20 hours ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Indiana Players:
"Dulci-Clan, Sorry just read your post. I am a member of the Indiana Folk Music and Mountain Dulcimer Society that Pete and Nancy Kapps started  both have..."
Glenda  Hubbard
@glenda-hubbard • 21 hours ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Indiana Players:
"Andrew,you might try Richard Ash Folk-Craft Dulcimer builders in Fort Wayne. Ind.  "
Andrew O'Sullivan
@andrew-osullivan • 21 hours ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on Indiana Players:
"Good afternoon, I was wondering if anyone here is from the northern part of Indiana.  I was also wondering if anyone has information on a group that meets..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Seeking John Stockard dulcimer":
"@Blondie, julies59 has started her own For Sale thread about her dulcimer for sale.  Thanks all!"
julies59
@julies59 • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "John Stockard dulcimer for sale:":
"Tear drop style with 1 1/2 and 6 1/2 frets original to instrument. Purchased at Unicoi festival around 1998-99. Numbered #75, and made in 1997. I took a..."
Blondie
@blondie • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Seeking John Stockard dulcimer":
"I was waiting for you to answer my question below about the price."
julies59
@julies59 • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Seeking John Stockard dulcimer":
"I have given reasonable opportunity for response on this thread, I will post on separate thread."
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 22 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Three Strings To The Wind:
"Charles,  I really enjoyed your song.  "
hoodoo
@hoodoo • 23 hours ago • comments: 1
Created a new Group discussion "Buying my first instrument..":
"Hi, I'm looking to buy my first official Appalachian dulcimer. I already play old-time banjo and I'm just looking to expand my horizons. What should I be..."
Beginner players
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Be Thou My Vision:
"Strumelia: Terry I wasn't totally sure how I'd feel about hymns played on a harmonica... but this is just GREAT!  So full of heart and feeling. Hats off..."
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Be Thou My Vision:
"I thought I would post a very short video playing a tremolo harmonica.  I have been playing off and on now for about 4 years.  I do not attempt to play..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Be Thou My Vision:
"Terry I wasn't totally sure how I'd feel about hymns played on a harmonica... but this is just GREAT!  So full of heart and feeling. Hats off to you!  "
Blondie
@blondie • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Seeking John Stockard dulcimer":
"Yes, thank you Strumelia for the reminder about whose thread this is.  Oops."
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new YouTube video:
Be Thou My Vision
Blondie
@blondie • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Seeking John Stockard dulcimer":
"Hmmm, maybe I am interested in this dulcimer.  Did you determine a price?"
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"That Gracie is a real firecracker !!        What a terrific photo, Sam!"
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Seeking John Stockard dulcimer":
"@ken-hulme The photos look a-okay on my iPad mini.  "
Skip
@skip • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Four-Equidistant Strings:
"I haven't played 4 equidistant for a while but it may be the tuning may not suit you or the particular chords you're trying to play. I used DF#AA [1355] on..."
julies59
@julies59 • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Seeking John Stockard dulcimer":
"I'm trying to attach photos. Having trouble..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"It's obvious Gracie loves snow more than I do!  haha"
Susie
@susie • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"Aren't pets great!? "
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • yesterday • comments: 6
Liked a group discussions item created by @dumor3d:
Elliptical Dulcimer Build
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on What Pick-Up To Buy?:
"Thanks for the input guys! (Pun intended)."
Sam
@sam • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"Gracie LOVES snow!"
Jan Potts
@jan-potts • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Drifting Thread...":
"Yes, The Holly Tree has been tabbed out.  Sorry I can't be more helpful at the moment--I just borrowed someone else's music when I joined the local dulcimer..."

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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 making dulcimers or interested in...
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.
Modern/Chord style Players

Modern/Chord style Players


Do you play chords and fret across all strings? Then this...
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.
fans of Jean Ritchie

fans of Jean Ritchie


A group for those of us who have been inspired by...
Singing with the Dulcimer

Singing with the Dulcimer


Here's a group for those of us who are interested in...
Mountain Dulcimer History

Mountain Dulcimer History


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

Technology/Software/Amplifying


to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

UK and European Mountain...


A group which hopefully allows players/makers in this...
Arranging/composing for Dulcimers

Arranging/composing for...


A group to discuss creating arrangements of songs and...
Dulcimer teachers

Dulcimer teachers


Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?
Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks

Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks


Regardless of what name you favor, this group is a...
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?
Help Me Learn this Song

Help Me Learn this Song


Need help learning to play a particular song? Let...
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...
I have extra frets.....

I have extra frets.....


This group is for those who have a 1 1/2 fret, an 8 1/2...
Four-Equidistant Strings

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...
Baritone Dulcimer Players

Baritone Dulcimer Players


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
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...
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 clips...
Dulcimer Ancestors

Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
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...
Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness

Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


A group for private sharing and support, whether you are...
The Bass Dulcimer

The Bass Dulcimer


This group is for anyone interested in sharing tips and...
Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


Welcome to all who play music using a bow on any type of...
Scrap/Recycled wood Dulcimer Challenge

Scrap/Recycled wood...


A group for those thrifty and creative folk who like to...
Chromatic Dulcimers

Chromatic Dulcimers


For players who enjoy playing dulcimers with ALL the frets!
NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer players

NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer...


For those of us who live in the northeastern United States.
Challenged Players

Challenged Players


A meeting place for players dealing with disabilities.
Michigan Dulcimer Players Thumbs UP

Michigan Dulcimer Players...


All Players in Michigan
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...
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 /...
Pacific Northwest Players

Pacific Northwest Players


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

Kentucky Dulcimer Players


A group for any players from Kentucky where we can meet...
Florida Sunshine Dulcimer Group

Florida Sunshine Dulcimer...


Florida Dulcimer Players
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...
Missouri Dulcimer Players

Missouri Dulcimer Players


for all the Show Me State dulcimer players
North of the Lakes

North of the Lakes


for any MD players in Upper Canada (aka Ontario) and the...
FOTMD on the Road

FOTMD on the Road


Are your traveling, on vacation, on your way to a...
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...
Indiana Players

Indiana Players


Welcome all dulcimer players in the state of Indiana!...
Site Moderators Group

Site Moderators Group


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

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Latest Audio

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Simple Gifts 1873 Jacob Meadors
Brown Eyed Janie II
January 5th Waltz- on mountain dulcimer and guitar
Jesse's Carol
Blackwaterside
Lady Franklin's Lament / Lord Franklin
Joe Bane's (Barndance)
Ave Maria
The Battle of Aughrim
Pretty Saro
Once I Had A Sweetheart
Dark Grey and a kind of Beige
Hatmaker Lane
Mermaid's Song
Hangman's Reel
Oxford
Angeline the Baker
Tune: Hamburg
Planxty Hewlett
Wayfaring Stranger
Jenny Fair Gentle Rosemarie
Fretted Zither Sample -- Amazing Grace
Fence Post Dulcimer
Shady Grove on the Third Grand
Aura Lea
Nothing But the Blood
Staples and Strings
I would not be denied
Emma's Waltz
Liza Jane

Coming Events   All

Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering -(KY)

Berea Traditional...


Thu May 16 2019
Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (California)

Berkeley Dulcimer...


Fri May 17 2019
Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas 2019 -(OR)

Dulcimer Week in the...


Sun Jun 30 2019
Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival -(MS)

Delta Blues Dulcimer...


Fri Nov 15 2019

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Latest Forum Posts   All

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Tuesday December 11 2018, 2:08 PM
By: @Susie

Favorite albums

Posted: Tuesday December 11 2018, 1:57 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Seeking John Stockard dulcimer

Posted: Tuesday December 11 2018, 8:40 AM
By: @Dave shattuck

John Stockard dulcimer for...

Posted: Monday December 10 2018, 4:14 PM
By: @julies59

The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Monday December 10 2018, 5:27 AM
By: @Jan Potts

Hearts Of The Dulcimer...

Posted: Sunday December 9 2018, 11:19 PM
By: @Patricia Delich

The Dulcimer

Posted: Sunday December 9 2018, 3:02 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

About to start my first...

Posted: Sunday December 9 2018, 8:01 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

McSpadden Questions

Posted: Saturday December 8 2018, 6:03 PM
By: @Geckostar97

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Friday December 7 2018, 10:46 PM
By: @IRENE

Gallier Starsong !!

Posted: Friday December 7 2018, 6:32 PM
By: @Paula Brawdy

How Do I Ditch This Chat...

Posted: Friday December 7 2018, 4:47 PM
By: @Jimmy Lamar

How Do I Quote Someone?

Posted: Friday December 7 2018, 2:37 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Glitch with Graphics

Posted: Thursday December 6 2018, 8:00 PM
By: @Strumelia

Question about Homer...

Posted: Tuesday December 4 2018, 10:02 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Bowed Psaltery

Posted: Monday December 3 2018, 2:39 PM
By: @robert schuler

A beautiful dulcimer for...

Posted: Sunday December 2 2018, 8:48 PM
By: @Lori Downs

Dulcimer Players News...

Posted: Sunday December 2 2018, 6:25 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Bowed Psalteries

Posted: Friday November 30 2018, 11:22 PM
By: @IRENE

John Jacob Niles's...

Posted: Thursday November 29 2018, 9:42 PM
By: @IRENE

what was your first song on...

Posted: Wednesday November 28 2018, 11:55 AM
By: @ART pRIOR

Old Folkcraft Teardrop Kit

Posted: Tuesday November 27 2018, 3:14 PM
By: @Dave D

Help Selecting from...

Posted: Tuesday November 27 2018, 12:40 PM
By: @Dumor3D

Argh! Organizing your...

Posted: Sunday November 25 2018, 11:12 AM
By: @Skip

What did you do on 'Black...

Posted: Sunday November 25 2018, 9:47 AM
By: @Gordo in OZ

My fancy dulcimer build -...

Posted: Saturday November 24 2018, 4:46 PM
By: @Davesterino

Looking for a 1.5 fret...

Posted: Saturday November 24 2018, 5:42 AM
By: @Susie

Neuhauser dulcibro...

Posted: Saturday November 24 2018, 4:00 AM
By: @Steve Eulberg

NDD - McSpadden 26 vsl...

Posted: Friday November 23 2018, 4:38 PM
By: @Susie

What if you could only have...

Posted: Friday November 23 2018, 3:50 PM
By: @D. chitwood

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