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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!
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Latest Activity

Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 10 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Nonsuch Dulcimer Club - Big Dulcimer Video - 2.0:
"This was sooooo much fun!,,, I loved everything about it….. The music🎶 The personalities😎 The playing The..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new Audio File:
The Spring at Iron Point Cemetery
Davey A
@davey-a • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "McSpadden 4SHCC April 2009":
"Hi Jenjob, I just sent you a message. I’d love to buy your dulcimer. - Dave"
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @jost: Auld lang syne
jost
@jost • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Auld lang syne":
"Hello everybody, here is a tab for playing Auld Lang Syne in DAA tuning in noter/drone style. Thumbstrum might work too. For the tune I used the version in..."
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "McSpadden 4SHCC April 2009":
"Nice looking dulcimer. Wish you the best selling it."
Kevin Burns
@kevin-burns • 2 days ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Coinleach glas an fhomhair:
"Thank you very much! I much look forward to the videos."
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Nonsuch Dulcimer Club - Big Dulcimer Video - 2.0:
"Looks like a whole lot of fun John! Thanks for sharing."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Nonsuch Dulcimer Club - Big Dulcimer Video - 2.0:
"Oh, John, I enjoyed this so much-- what fun!  "
Robin Thompson
nick o'sullivan
@nick-osullivan • 2 days ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Coinleach glas an fhomhair:
"Hi Kevin, I'm not great at creating tabs but am happy to try a video, will probably break it down into sections 1. Intro 2. Verse 3. Bridge 4. Chorus"
John Rawlinson
John Rawlinson
@john-rawlinson • 2 days ago • comments: 3
jost
@jost • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @jenjob: McSpadden 4SHCC April 2009
jenjob
@jenjob • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "McSpadden 4SHCC April 2009":
"Hello! I would like to sell my McSpadden dulcimer to someone who is able to enjoy it. Please see pictures. Price is $200 through Venmo, PayPal or ApplePay,..."
Kevin Burns
@kevin-burns • 3 days ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Coinleach glas an fhomhair:
"Coinleach Glas An Fhomhair is one of my all time favorite songs-especially Clanad's rendition and you mirror it very well on the mountain dulcimer. I have..."
jost
@jost • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Song(s) for retirement":
"Thanks Ken, he does the same thing as I: Maintaining Linux servers :)  Thanks for the referece to Morgenrot but I think I'll stick with Auld Lang Syne...."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Monday Creek on mountain dulcimer & guitar:
"Hey, thank you, @gordon-hardy!  Two main creeks in our area are Sunday Creek and Monday Creek.  "
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new Group discussion "Fingerpicking - Spinning Song (classical piano piece)":
"I recently arranged Albert Ellmenreich's "Spinning Song" (which many people played in childhood piano lessons) for 3-string chromatic dulcimer. Here's a..."
Fingerpicking
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Dvorak: New World Symphony - Dulcimer
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Spinning Song, on 3-String Piano
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 3 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @kjb: Barlow Knife on a mountain dulcimer
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Monday Creek on mountain dulcimer & guitar:
"Good stuff Robin and Mark! I appreciate the geographical reference."
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Slängpolska from Sörmland
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 3 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @kjb: Whiskey Before Breakfast
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Monday Creek on mountain dulcimer & guitar:
"Though I have never lived in Hocking County, I have an ancestor who was buried there in the late 1820's, @cindy-stammich.  I grew up in a county which..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Seven Chimneys:
"@cindy-stammich, thank you!  We're happy you enjoyed listening!  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Song(s) for retirement":
"You didn't mention what it is you/he do for a living -- there are LOTS of "work songs" in the folk canon.    If nothing else, you could play him the old..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @jost: Song(s) for retirement
jost
@jost • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Song(s) for retirement":
"Hello everybody, one of my coworkers has his last working day next week. We will have a little farewell party. I'm thinking to play something for him...."
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @robin-thompson: Monday Creek on mountain dulcimer & guitar
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Love me tender DAA:
"Very nice playing!  I like your shirt too! Funny you traded a banjo for a Dulcimer…. I traded a guitar for a Dulcimer - so glad I did!"
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 3 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Seven Chimneys:
"Fun fun fun!I could put this on a loop and listen to it all afternoon!"
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Swallowtail Jig on a stick dulcimer:
"Love the sound and what a fun tune!  I don’t think I have ever heard this one but I like it a lot!"
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 3 days ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Barlow Knife on a mountain dulcimer:
"This is really pretty!  I love the sound of your Dulcimer and your style!"
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Monday Creek on mountain dulcimer & guitar:
"I love this!   What a fun tune! Makes me wish I was back at the cabin we stayed at near Hocking Hills………. Would love to visit Monday Creek some time!"
kjb
@kjb • 4 days ago • comments: 1
Posted a new YouTube video:
Barlow Knife on a mountain dulcimer
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Term definitions please: chromatic & diatonic:
"I might suggest you copy and read my article which is pinned at the top of this Beginner section -- called I Just Got A Dulcimer, Now What?  It's an..."
Buckskinbelle
@buckskinbelle • 4 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Term definitions please: chromatic & diatonic:
"Ken, thank you so very much!!!!  That finally makes sense to me!  I'm so very grateful to all the replies and help here.  One can always learn something...."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Term definitions please: chromatic & diatonic:
"No silly questions; just ones that don't get asked and answered.    Look at the fret spacing.  All it takes is once glance to tell whether you have a..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 4 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new YouTube video:
Monday Creek on mountain dulcimer & guitar
jost
@jost • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @robin-thompson: Margaret MacArthur at the LofC
jost
@jost • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @john-c-knopf: New cherry Jethro Amburgey replica for sale
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New cherry Jethro Amburgey replica for sale":
"Thanks Richard, Lisa and Robin!  BTW, I noticed that my camera likes to distort things somewhat!  But the head IS tilted a little to the right.  Oh, well..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @robin-thompson: Margaret MacArthur at the LofC
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Margaret MacArthur at the LofC ":
"If you scroll down the page, you will find the video of Margaret MacArthur's 2005 presentation at the Library of..."
Ethan Chastain
@ethan-chastain • 4 days ago • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @celtic-cowboy: East Virginia
jost
@jost • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "German folk song tabs":
"Another lovely song from the Zupfgeigenhansl is this one "Dunkle Wolk". Originally it was a song of traveling journeymen. Most verses were lost for a long..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "German folk song tabs":
"Thank you Jost. I enjoyed listening to the different performances of this folk song. I'm going to try to learn it on the dulcimer. Ken "The dulcimer sings a..."
jost
@jost • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "German folk song tabs":
"Here is the variant with the changes by Friz/Schmeckenbecher, dear moderators please remove if you consider the legal risk to high. "

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McSpadden 4SHCC April 2009

Posted: Wednesday October 20 2021, 8:25 AM
By: @Davey A

Auld lang syne

Posted: Tuesday October 19 2021, 6:41 PM
By: @jost

Song(s) for retirement

Posted: Monday October 18 2021, 3:19 PM
By: @jost

New cherry Jethro Amburgey...

Posted: Sunday October 17 2021, 2:28 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Margaret MacArthur at the...

Posted: Sunday October 17 2021, 1:52 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

German folk song tabs

Posted: Sunday October 17 2021, 12:51 PM
By: @jost

John Frazier dulcimer

Posted: Thursday October 14 2021, 9:30 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

String Sources, gauges, types

Posted: Thursday October 14 2021, 5:35 PM
By: @Skip

RIP Bill Taylor

Posted: Wednesday October 13 2021, 9:34 PM
By: @Cindy Stammich

A. W. Jeffreys dulcimer for...

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Who's dulcimer kit?

Posted: Thursday October 7 2021, 10:50 PM
By: @marg

Has anyone Heard of the...

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By: @Ken Hulme

Folkcraft kits

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Healthy Living- healthy...

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The Dulcimer Works, Santa...

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Rosin the Beau and...

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Posted: Tuesday September 28 2021, 8:40 PM
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Why I generally play solo

Posted: Sunday September 26 2021, 7:56 AM
By: @MandaPanda

FolkRoots Information

Posted: Thursday September 23 2021, 7:59 PM
By: @Howard Rugg

What Are You Working On?

Posted: Thursday September 23 2021, 12:28 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Have not been on in awhile

Posted: Wednesday September 22 2021, 8:33 AM
By: @Davey A

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Posted: Monday September 20 2021, 2:42 PM
By: @Davey A

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