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

Latest Activity

Ariane
@ariane • an hour ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Wanted - a second-hand McSpadden mountain dulcimer":
"Hello to everybody, I have heard a lot of the good quality and playability of McSpadden mountain dulcimers and would like to purchase a used one. Many..."
Ariane
@ariane • an hour ago • comments: 0
Created a new Group discussion "Online live playing together":
"Hello to everyone, does someone know which technology is needed to be able to play online live music together with others. Thank you in advance. Best..."
Ariane
@ariane • 2 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Fantasy Around The World (feat. Elvensong):
"I am very happy to read your kind comment, Val. "
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 9 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Jabberwocky Viking Style on Anglo-Saxon Lyre:
"Nicely done, Ken."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 14 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Jabberwocky Viking Style on Anglo-Saxon Lyre:
"Cool, Ken.  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 14 hours ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @ken-hulme:
Jabberwocky Viking Style on Anglo-Saxon Lyre
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Do you play any popular songs on your dulcimer?":
"I have a whole set that I call Top Of The Pops --  1650 !!"
dulcinina
@dulcinina • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"Hey Guys, When I read Dusty's post about cold brew coffee, I was intrigued since I love ice coffee in the summer.  So I Googled it and chose a recipe and..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 19 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Jabberwocky Viking Style on Anglo-Saxon Lyre:
"I truly enjoyed this, Ken!  Very creative and emotive. "The Jabberwocky" holds a special place in my heart, because my father used to read it to my..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 19 hours ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @ken-hulme:
Jabberwocky Viking Style on Anglo-Saxon Lyre
Elvensong
@elvensong • 20 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Jabberwocky Viking Style on Anglo-Saxon Lyre:
"Nicely done! A true minstrel!  "
Val Hughes
@val-hughes • yesterday • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Flight To Minas Tirith (with Frank Ledgerwood in 1986):
"Very fine playing indeed."
Val Hughes
@val-hughes • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Fantasy Around The World (feat. Elvensong):
"Beautiful Ariane, on this beautiful Sunday morning."
Val Hughes
@val-hughes • yesterday • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @phil-myers:
Scotland the Brave
Val Hughes
@val-hughes • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Scotland the Brave:
"This is great Phil, well done to all."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Wanted: Laurel Mountain Mini Dulcimer ":
"Hi @dave-shattuck;  Here is a video demo of my Laurel Mountain mini dulcimer.  I recorded at the end of a long day, so I ramble a little, and I could only..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"Lulu: Wish i could drink strong coffee because I love the taste. Alas, I must avoid caffeine!  I was also told by one doctor to avoid coffee because it..."
Lulu
@lulu • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"Wish i could drink strong coffee because I love the taste. Alas, I must avoid caffeine!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on Black Hawk Waltz/Westphalia Waltz:
"Thanks, @robert-l-parker-jr. I'm glad you enjoyed it."
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • yesterday • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @bob:
An O'Carolyn tune
Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas • yesterday • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @ken-hulme:
Jabberwocky Viking Style on Anglo-Saxon Lyre
Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Running Away:
"Thanks Robert!!"
Robert L. Porter, Jr.
@robert-l-porter-jr • yesterday • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Beautiful Star of Bethlehem:
"That was good, one of my favorite tunes on a dulcimer. Enjoyed the picking.  "
Bob
@bob • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on An O'Carolyn tune:
"Hi Irene- hope your reunion was fun as I imagine it was.Maybe you will give us a video of your harp playing; O'Carolyn was a harp player, so that's just..."
Robert L. Porter, Jr.
@robert-l-porter-jr • 2 days ago • comments: 21
Posted a new Comment on Black Hawk Waltz/Westphalia Waltz:
"Very good, enjoyed it very much. "
Virginia Hogfiddler
@virginia-hogfiddler • 2 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Old Joe Clark:
"Robert L. Porter, Jr.: That was great, really enjoyed it.     Thank you!"
Robert L. Porter, Jr.
@robert-l-porter-jr • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Running Away:
"enjoyed the noter style playing, very good.  "
Robert L. Porter, Jr.
@robert-l-porter-jr • 2 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Old Joe Clark:
"That was great, really enjoyed it.  "
Robert L. Porter, Jr.
@robert-l-porter-jr • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Madame Bonaparte:
"That was good Mark, Enjoyed it very much.  "
DennisG
@dennisg • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @bob:
An O'Carolyn tune
jeffrey charles foster
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Jabberwocky Viking Style on Anglo-Saxon Lyre:
"Ken, that was fantastic.  Certainly caught my attention."
Dan
@dan • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Jabberwocky Viking Style on Anglo-Saxon Lyre:
"Two thumbs up!!!"
Dan
@dan • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @ken-hulme:
Jabberwocky Viking Style on Anglo-Saxon Lyre
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Do you play any popular songs on your dulcimer?":
"Well if you just want a chuckle . . . At the jam after the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering this past spring we played "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane. It..."
Lisa Golladay
@lisa-golladay • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @ken-hulme:
Jabberwocky Viking Style on Anglo-Saxon Lyre
Lisa Golladay
@lisa-golladay • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Jabberwocky Viking Style on Anglo-Saxon Lyre:
"Beowulf himself could not have done it better.  :-)"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new YouTube video:
Jabberwocky Viking Style on Anglo-Saxon Lyre
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Making Lemonade in the Southern Highlands":
"Nicely done, David! "
Mandy
@mandy • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on What A Friend We Have In Jesus:
"Thank you Cynthia.  Haha chicken whisperer (we call my daughter that because they love her so).  Have a beautiful day!  "
Cynthia Wigington
@cynthia-wigington • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on What A Friend We Have In Jesus:
"Mandy what I forgot to say in my chicken enthusiasm is that you did a great job with this hymn. We could swap chicken stories for hours - I love that you..."
Dave shattuck
@dave-shattuck • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Wanted: Laurel Mountain Mini Dulcimer ":
"Okay"
IRENE
@irene • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on An O'Carolyn tune:
"hey hey hey, THAT IS GREAT....and love how you played this one.  thank you.  I've not been on this site while we were at our family reunion and traveling as..."
IRENE
@irene • 2 days ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Unanswered (original composition) on Mountain Dulcimer :
"YES YES, I did take that class and wished for more.  I JUST LOVED THE OLD PAL time and I figure I'm going to go every year.  I've been in Utah for our family..."
Elvensong
@elvensong • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on An O'Carolyn tune:
" Lovely tune, Bob. "
Elvensong
@elvensong • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @bob:
An O'Carolyn tune
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Wanted: Laurel Mountain Mini Dulcimer ":
"@debi, I'm glad you found an instrument.  Mary at Laurel Mountain does very good work. Since Dave is interested in the instrument I have, please leave this..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Wanted: Laurel Mountain Mini Dulcimer ":
"@dave-shattuck, give me a day or so to get some photos and/or a video together.  "
Debi
@debi • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Wanted: Laurel Mountain Mini Dulcimer ":
"Hi Dusty, Thx for thinking of me but I've already located and purchased a Laurel Mtn. Mini from a gentleman in Louisiana.  Its a beautiful instrument and I..."
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 days ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Unanswered (original composition) on Mountain Dulcimer :
"Very soothing. Your song and playing really bring out the sweetness of the dulcimer."

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a place to share the hymns and worship songs we are playing.
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to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
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Help Me Learn this Song


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Public Domain... or Not?


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I have extra frets.....


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Collector's Corner

Collector's Corner


A group where collectors of antique, vintage, or rare...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video clips...
Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


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Civil War era music

Civil War era music


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GIG TALK!


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Early & Classical Music

Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
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Galax Dulcimer Lovers


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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...


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Chromatic Dulcimers

Chromatic Dulcimers


For players who enjoy playing dulcimers with ALL the frets!
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A meeting place for players dealing with disabilities.
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Virginia Dulcimer Players


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California Dulcimer Dreamin'

California Dulcimer Dreamin'


For dulcimer players living in or just visiting California
North Carolinians Plus

North Carolinians Plus


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Pacific Northwest Players

Pacific Northwest Players


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


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

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Florida Dulcimer Players
West Virginia players

West Virginia players


A group just for dulcimer players in beautiful West...
6 string dulcimers

6 string dulcimers


Owning and playing a 6 string, regardless of tuning, and...
Missouri Dulcimer Players

Missouri Dulcimer Players


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


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


Are your traveling, on vacation, on your way to a...
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Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


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Eight Year Winter
Wildcat Hollow
Sansula sweet-talks Ukulele
Counting the Days
Meet Me by the Creekside
Smiley Kylie - first draft
Cerise, Cerise (feat. Ariane Klauer)
Gray Cat on a Tennessee Farm
Cerise, Cerise - featuring Ariane Klauer
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Of Stormy Seas and Tall Ships Sailing
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Si bheag Si Mhor Hammer Dulcimer
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Cerise, Cerise - draft 2
Hummingbird
Danny Boy
Horse Bransle Hurdy Gurdy
The Chickens They Are Crowing
Dulcimore Wind
A Touch of Spring - draft 2
Elzic's Farewell/Greasy Coat
Nicaea (Dykes 1861)
Sweet Hour of Prayer
Geburtstagskind (birthday child)
I like the flowers - canon

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Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas -(OR)

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Sun Jul 1 2018
Festival Le Son Continu -(FR)

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Thu Jul 12 2018
4th Annual Dutchland Dulcimer Gathering -(PA)

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Fri Jul 13 2018
Redwood Dulcimer Day -- Santa Cruz, CA

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Sat Aug 18 2018
Duet Dulcimer Retreat -(KY)

Duet Dulcimer Retreat -(KY)


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24th Harvest Festival of Dulcimers -(CA)

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Sat Sep 15 2018
September On The Mississippi Dulcimer Retreat-(MS)

September On The...


Thu Sep 20 2018
9th Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Festival -(NM)

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Fri Oct 19 2018
Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering -(KY)

Berea Traditional...


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Wanted - a second-hand...

Posted: Monday June 25 2018, 5:58 AM
By: @Ariane

Do you play any popular...

Posted: Sunday June 24 2018, 4:20 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Healthy Living- healthy...

Posted: Sunday June 24 2018, 4:03 PM
By: @dulcinina

Wanted: Laurel Mountain...

Posted: Sunday June 24 2018, 2:42 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Making Lemonade in the...

Posted: Saturday June 23 2018, 11:05 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Thursday June 21 2018, 7:43 PM
By: @Strumelia

Strumming...AGAIN....

Posted: Thursday June 21 2018, 5:23 PM
By: @hugssandi

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Thursday June 21 2018, 10:03 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Staining wood?

Posted: Thursday June 21 2018, 8:25 AM
By: @Kusani

What's your favorite...

Posted: Tuesday June 19 2018, 8:56 PM
By: @notsothoreau

Favorite noter?

Posted: Tuesday June 19 2018, 1:38 PM
By: @hugssandi

Folkcraft Cek-160 '85

Posted: Monday June 18 2018, 10:46 PM
By: @marg

Wood thickness

Posted: Monday June 18 2018, 4:36 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

fret markers.

Posted: Monday June 18 2018, 6:31 AM
By: @Susie

Roland Mobile AC Acoustic Amp

Posted: Saturday June 16 2018, 7:07 AM
By: @Susie

What Are You Working On?

Posted: Thursday June 14 2018, 10:02 AM
By: @Strumelia

Tuning peg will not hold pitch

Posted: Tuesday June 12 2018, 11:01 AM
By: @Bill Doerge

Meetups? Going on a...

Posted: Sunday June 10 2018, 7:13 PM
By: @bohemianelk

Favorite chair/seat for...

Posted: Saturday June 9 2018, 3:32 PM
By: @Susie

Cigar Box Guitars

Posted: Friday June 8 2018, 8:54 AM
By: @Terry Wilson

Do you have questions about...

Posted: Wednesday June 6 2018, 10:53 PM
By: @Strumelia

Wanted - a Rick Long...

Posted: Wednesday June 6 2018, 8:37 PM
By: @Mandy

3D Printed Pub Table Clamp...

Posted: Wednesday June 6 2018, 5:43 PM
By: @chris hornby

Help with a Hungarian citera

Posted: Tuesday June 5 2018, 10:28 PM
By: @Don O.

Warren May, McSpadden, Blue...

Posted: Tuesday June 5 2018, 6:05 AM
By: @HEWalker

Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles,...

Posted: Monday June 4 2018, 5:19 PM
By: @Bob

WANT TO BUY Blue Lion JEAN...

Posted: Monday June 4 2018, 9:19 AM
By: @Joseph Besse

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Posted: Friday June 1 2018, 9:28 PM
By: @Strumelia

Everything Dulcimer -...

Posted: Friday June 1 2018, 1:51 PM
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