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

Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 10 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on The Wild Rover:
"Nice rendition of this song, Gordon! I like your tempo...most versions tend to be faster...I can actually understand the words when you sing it."
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Have you met other FOTMD's in real life and become friends?":
"Yes. Berea the last 2 years was great. I count all those there among my many dulcimer friends. Thanks for FOTMD which allowed the organizers the forum to put..."
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 12 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new YouTube video:
The Wild Rover
Robert L. Porter, Jr.
@robert-l-porter-jr • 14 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on The Old Rugged Cross - Grant Olson:
"Man!!! that was great, really enjoyed it.   "
Christine Shoemaker
@christine-shoemaker • 15 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Rosewood Casket:
"Janene, I sure hope you truly know how incredibly soothing your singing and playing is.  I, like sooo many others, greatly appreciate you sharing your..."
Christine Shoemaker
@christine-shoemaker • 15 hours ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on How Great Thou Art:
"I sure do appreciate you watching and your very kind comment, @john-Gribble !  Thank you, John!  "
Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • 18 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Have you met other FOTMD's in real life and become friends?":
"I'm among the newer folks to go to a gathering, even with 50+ years with a dulcimer! I was delighted to meet the folks at Berea last May that have responded..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 19 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a photos item created by @bob: Folk Art painted Mountain Dulcimer (#82)
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hog-Eyed Man playing Polly Put the Kettle On":
"@Dusty-Turtle I like what the md player is doing, too!  These fellas work so well as a duo.  "
John Gribble
@john-gribble • 20 hours ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on How Great Thou Art:
"Gorgeous  music, gorgeous video. Thank you. "
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 20 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Have you met other FOTMD's in real life and become friends?":
"As many have mentioned the Hindman and Berea gatherings have brought many of us together. It is a festivals that I met many of the folks from FOTMD or the..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 20 hours ago • comments: 22
Posted a new Comment on Noter drone play list for nursing home?:
"One thing I've found interesting in this thread's subject is that many of the 'favorite and familiar feel-good' songs of people in nursing homes are popular..."
Christine Shoemaker
@christine-shoemaker • 20 hours ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on How Great Thou Art:
"Aww...thank you, @Dusty-Turtle !  I like how you think...that sure would have been a great comedic spin!"
Christine Shoemaker
@christine-shoemaker • 20 hours ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on How Great Thou Art:
"Hi, Terry!  Thanks so much!"
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles, but never Ukeleles!":
"You folks are ha ha 😄 funny. "
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Have you met other FOTMD's in real life and become friends?":
"I've met many WONDERFUL folks from FOTMD in Berea, KY or in Hindman, KY the past few years.  (I can't remember any of them as being awful or unfriendly!)  I..."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles, but never Ukeleles!":
"Terry Wilson: 😀👍☀️. Lisa, I say this often. “If God is watching us, the least we can do, is be..."
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles, but never Ukeleles!":
"Oh yes yes."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Who made this dulcimer?:
"Not only does it look lovely yet very homemade, but it has a beautiful tone.  It's been my go-to for my historic storytelling because it definitely doesn't..."
IRENE
@irene • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Have you met other FOTMD's in real life and become friends?":
"OH YES YES YES....and I can hardly wait for the next Berea, Kentucky gathering.  I consider all that were there my friends.   If fact, a great blessing.  I..."
IRENE
@irene • yesterday • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Folk Art painted Mountain Dulcimer (#82):
"oh oh.....wayyyyyyyyyyy to beautiful in getting the happiness painted on.   And I listened to you play this on youtube.  I like it very much.   Now keep..."
IRENE
@irene • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles, but never Ukeleles!":
"TERRY, can I quote you....more smiles on this one....aloha, irene"
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • yesterday • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Folk Art painted Mountain Dulcimer (#82):
"Your ability to create art for the eyes and ears, Bob, is fantastic!"
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Sound testing a newly built Mountain Dulcimer (#82):
"That's a fine sounding and looking dulcimer you've built there, Bob!"
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Have you met other FOTMD's in real life and become friends?":
"Me three...at Berea, where the wacky ones tend to gather...including Kenh and David!"
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • yesterday • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Clara Callahan Weave Shop Dulcimer Player 1930:
"Harry Callahan was Clara Callahan's brother.  According to the preliminary information I have on the family, he would have been 13 years old at the time of..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Have you met other FOTMD's in real life and become friends?":
"Me too -- same wacky bunch of hardcore Traditional players and builders, including David..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Mourning for Young Ernest WIP:
"@Jill-Geary @Strumelia Thank you, ladies!  On this tune I used a leather waist tab cut from a pair of old blue jeans.  I really like the size and feel of it.  "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on How Great Thou Art:
"Beautiful playing, Christine. Truly moving.  What a deep, rich, round voice that dulcimer has, too. Its funny, but whenever you appear again in the video..."
David Bennett
@david-bennett • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Have you met other FOTMD's in real life and become friends?":
"I've met several/many the last two years at the Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering and have become friends with them!  "
David Bennett
@david-bennett • 2 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Clara Callahan Weave Shop Dulcimer Player 1930:
"I thought this was interesting: Harry Callahan is mentioned in a history of health care at [Pine Mountain Settlement School] PMSS by Evelyn Wells as..."
Bob
@bob • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Sound testing a newly built Mountain Dulcimer (#82):
"Dusty Turtle: What a fine sounding instrument and a great rendition of Fanny Power. Thanks Dusty!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Sound testing a newly built Mountain Dulcimer (#82):
"What a fine sounding instrument and a great rendition of Fanny Power."
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on John & Karen Keane at Evart 2019:
"John & Karen, I’ll never make it up to Michigan, but I still enjoyed the video.  Y’all are so very talented.  "
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 2 days ago • comments: 13
Liked a youtube item created by @strumelia: Handsome Molly (2009, short clip)
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 2 days ago • comments: 13
Posted a new Comment on Handsome Molly (2009, short clip):
"Lisa, I just found your video.  Loved it.  It’s a grand you, and you only, in every way.  Smiled the whole video.  May have even giggled..."
Bob
@bob • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Bob
Pierre-Yves Donnio
@pierre-yves-donnio • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @granto: Autumn's Farewell - Original Composition
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles, but never Ukeleles!":
"😀👍☀️. Lisa, I say this often. “If God is watching us, the least we can do, is be entertaining.”"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Has the Everything Dulcimer "Facebook" page closed?":
"This morning I was deleting a few online bookmarks that no longer do me any good. Since I had no been able to view the 'set to Secret group'..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @strumelia: Have you met other FOTMD's in real life and become friends?
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles, but never Ukeleles!":
"Terry Wilson: This is the first time in my life I’ve been 73. A little pain was expected, but so much fun was totally unexpected. Terry I love the way..."
Jud Barry
@jud-barry • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Revenant:
"Thank you, @Ariane! I'm very glad you enjoyed it!"
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 2 days ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on How Great Thou Art:
"Christine, that was so pretty."
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Night of the Living Dulcimers Part 2:
"Wonderful music and presentation.  What I like most is everyone’s interaction with the crowd.  The  young lady at the beginning of the video drew the crowd..."
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles, but never Ukeleles!":
"Hi Lisa, Thank you. Good time to be us, huh? This is the first time in my life I’ve been 73. A little pain was expected, but so much fun was totally..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Liked a soundcloud item created by @robin-thompson: Mourning for Young Ernest WIP
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Mourning for Young Ernest WIP:
"Robin, this is amazing and wonderful."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Liked a soundcloud item created by @robin-thompson: Mourning for Young Ernest WIP

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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...
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,...
fans of Jean Ritchie

fans of Jean Ritchie


A group for those of us who have been inspired by...
Arranging/composing for Dulcimers

Arranging/composing for...


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

Dulcimer Therapy


This group is dedicated to those that visit, or have a...
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 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...
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...
Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks

Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks


Regardless of what name you favor, this group is a...
Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


Recording dulcimers, vocals and other instruments in the...
Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


A place to share about 4-equidistant string playing, how...
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...
Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness

Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


A group for private sharing and support, whether you are...
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.
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...
West Virginia players

West Virginia players


A group just for dulcimer players in beautiful West...
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...
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...
AussieTalk!

AussieTalk!


For dulcimer players in Australia. -Be sure to create...
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...
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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Mourning for Young Ernest WIP
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
Waltzing With Wildflowers
Happy Grasshopper
The Lazy Lamar
It's a Bear Jam!
Merrily Kissed the Quaker
Sally Gardens_Haste to the Wedding
Old Joe Clark
Lay the Bent To The Bonnie Broom
Ohio's Icebox on mountain dulcimer and guitar
Huron Dulcimer Sound Check
The Rhubarb don't grow here anymore
Trepidation

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NGFDA Fall Festival -(GA)

NGFDA Fall Festival -(GA)


Thu Nov 21 2019
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
Gatlinburg Dulcimer Hymnposium -(TN)

Gatlinburg Dulcimer...


Fri May 15 2020
Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (California)

Berkeley Dulcimer...


Sat May 16 2020

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Have you met other FOTMD's...

Posted: Thursday November 14 2019, 6:57 PM
By: @Richard Streib

Hog-Eyed Man playing Polly...

Posted: Thursday November 14 2019, 11:01 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles,...

Posted: Thursday November 14 2019, 7:55 AM
By: @Terry Wilson

Veterans Day 2019

Posted: Wednesday November 13 2019, 8:09 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Purpose of DAA tuning

Posted: Tuesday November 12 2019, 10:22 AM
By: @Don Grundy

tuning my guitar into a...

Posted: Tuesday November 12 2019, 9:51 AM
By: @marg

Mountain dulcimer to sell

Posted: Monday November 11 2019, 9:31 PM
By: @Uker

Sears and Roebuck dulcimers

Posted: Monday November 11 2019, 5:13 PM
By: @Gstringer

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Monday November 11 2019, 12:15 PM
By: @Strumelia

Picks on hammered dulcimers

Posted: Sunday November 10 2019, 8:36 PM
By: @string hopper

1930s Regal Tenor Guitar

Posted: Sunday November 10 2019, 8:23 AM
By: @slowpicker1950

TEDx talk and music by the...

Posted: Saturday November 9 2019, 5:52 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Saturday November 9 2019, 10:23 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Four equidistant strings

Posted: Wednesday November 6 2019, 11:31 AM
By: @Strumelia

PLEASE Click to READ THIS...

Posted: Tuesday November 5 2019, 7:32 PM
By: @Uker

NDD (New Dulcimer Day)...

Posted: Tuesday November 5 2019, 3:17 PM
By: @Susie

Fair price for a 2003...

Posted: Monday November 4 2019, 12:52 PM
By: @Banjimer

Sneak peek at a walnut...

Posted: Sunday November 3 2019, 7:19 AM
By: @Susie

A litle confused on string...

Posted: Thursday October 31 2019, 7:46 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Hog-Eyed Man playing Green...

Posted: Wednesday October 30 2019, 6:10 PM
By: @Rob N Lackey

Identifying A Ventage...

Posted: Wednesday October 30 2019, 8:38 AM
By: @DulcimerBill

DADGAD Guitar

Posted: Tuesday October 29 2019, 11:51 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Group Contents Re-ordered???

Posted: Sunday October 27 2019, 7:08 PM
By: @Strumelia

Looking for a Rick Long...

Posted: Sunday October 27 2019, 5:18 PM
By: @Strumelia

For sale: Bob & Anne...

Posted: Sunday October 27 2019, 2:41 PM
By: @msmussel

Hearts Of The Dulcimer...

Posted: Saturday October 26 2019, 5:44 PM
By: @Patricia Delich

General direction on tuning...

Posted: Friday October 25 2019, 11:46 AM
By: @Strumelia

Looking for Limberjacks

Posted: Tuesday October 22 2019, 9:58 PM
By: @Strumelia

Do Not Upgrade Your Mac To...

Posted: Monday October 21 2019, 11:00 AM
By: @Black Dog Bess

The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Monday October 21 2019, 6:48 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

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