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

Leny-Sue
@leny-sue • an hour ago • comments: 0
Created a new Group discussion "String distance for Flatpicking":
"I am a newbie to flatpicking mountain dulcimer. Currently my strings are approximately equal distant using three strings. Are there advantages to having the..."
Modern/Chord style Players
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • an hour ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on The Blackest Crow:
"Nice playing, nice sounding dulcimore!"
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • an hour ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Elk River Blues:
"Congratulations, Magictime! You've got a winner there! Nice playing, too!"
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Ed Thomas replica by John Knopf":
"I've owned one of John's Ed Thomas replicas (painted poplar) for a number of years, and agree wholeheartedly with everything you've written.  John is a joy..."
Dan
@dan • 3 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on The Blackest Crow:
"John builds a fine instrument!"
Dan
@dan • 3 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a music item created by @magictime: The Blackest Crow
magictime
@magictime • 4 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on The Blackest Crow:
"Oops - just noticed the dodgy trimming at the beginning, and alas, I've deleted the original recording and can't correct it. I'll leave this up for now as a..."
magictime
@magictime • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Ed Thomas replica by John Knopf":
"I've had my new Ed Thomas replica by John Knopf for just over a week now and have just uploaded a couple of quick recordings, so I thought I'd share some..."
Ariane
@ariane • 4 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on "MaxWell" - a short demo of Max DAD:
"Thank you very much, Robin and Gordon, for your very kind comments - I am happy that you like it"
magictime
@magictime • 4 hours ago • comments: 3
Created a new Audio File:
The Blackest Crow
magictime
@magictime • 4 hours ago • comments: 1
Created a new Audio File:
Elk River Blues
Luigi
@luigi • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a photos item created by @dulcimermaid: Gig days
Dan
@dan • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @robin-thompson: film from Hindman Settlement School & the Artisan Center
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 10 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "film from Hindman Settlement School & the Artisan Center":
"What a sweet video. Thanks for sharing it with us, Robin."
IRENE
@irene • 12 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a music item created by @dulcimermaid: Blow the Candles Out
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • 12 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a music item created by @dulcimermaid: Don Oiche Ud Im Beithil
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • 12 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a music item created by @dulcimermaid: East Virginia
Hobbyhorse
@hobbyhorse • 12 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a music item created by @dulcimermaid: Blow the Candles Out
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 13 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Blow the Candles Out:
"Nicely played!"
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 13 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on East Virginia:
"I play this song with a somewhat different tune....I like your version better!"
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 13 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Don Oiche Ud Im Beithil:
"Sweet!"
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 13 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a music item created by @dulcimermaid: Blow the Candles Out
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 13 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a music item created by @dulcimermaid: East Virginia
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 13 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a music item created by @dulcimermaid: Don Oiche Ud Im Beithil
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 13 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Gig days:
"Nice pics!"
dulcimermaid
@dulcimermaid • 13 hours ago • comments: 1
Created a new Audio File:
Blow the Candles Out
dulcimermaid
@dulcimermaid • 13 hours ago • comments: 1
Created a new Audio File:
East Virginia
dulcimermaid
@dulcimermaid • 13 hours ago • comments: 1
Created a new Audio File:
Don Oiche Ud Im Beithil
dulcimermaid
@dulcimermaid • 14 hours ago • comments: 1
Gig days
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dulcimermaid
@dulcimermaid • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Gig days
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Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "film from Hindman Settlement School & the Artisan Center":
"Thanks for sharing, Robin!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "film from Hindman Settlement School & the Artisan Center":
"Robin, what a treasure this video is!  Thank you so much for posting this here.And that ballad at the end sung by Jean Ritchie is about the prettiest i ever..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @robin-thompson: film from Hindman Settlement School & the Artisan Center
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Size of Soundbox and Loudness":
"Steve, welcome!   We look forward to insights from everyone.  As you mention, the dulcimer creates its sound differently than the guitar.  Changing out a..."
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 15 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @ariane: "MaxWell" - a short demo of Max DAD
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 16 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Day by Day (multi-track dulcimer):
"This is so lovely and so fitting for the occasion for which it was recorded, Grant.   It's been many years since I've even heard this beautiful old hymn...."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 16 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on "MaxWell" - a short demo of Max DAD:
"Everything about this is so good, Ariane-- your composition, your play, your new mountain dulcimer!  Enjoy that lovely new instrument!  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 16 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @ariane: "MaxWell" - a short demo of Max DAD
Strumelia
@strumelia • 16 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Bonny Sweet Robin. :
"This really speaks to my soul Laurie.  So beautifully and expressively played.  Thank you so much for sharing it with us."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 16 hours ago • comments: 8
Liked a music item created by @dulcimermaid: Bonny Sweet Robin.
Steve Denvir
@steve-denvir • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Size of Soundbox and Loudness":
"Some thoughts, and some caveats. I come at this as a guitar maker. I’m just in the process of putting a tung  oil finish on my first dulcimer. Having..."
MacAodha
@macaodha • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @robin-thompson: film from Hindman Settlement School & the Artisan Center
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 17 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on fret wire crown height and width:
"I use the Stew-Mac #147 narrow/medium. The width is 0.080 and with crown is 0.040 with a tang of 0.062. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song""
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 17 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Bonny Sweet Robin. :
"Laurie, lovely, wonderfully played.  I see it is one of your favorite tunes."
Robin Thompson
MacAodha
@macaodha • 18 hours ago • comments: 8
Liked a music item created by @dulcimermaid: Bonny Sweet Robin.
MacAodha
@macaodha • 18 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Bonny Sweet Robin. :
"Beautiful."
Christine Shoemaker
@christine-shoemaker • 18 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Same Old Stretch Of Road, Enhanced:
"Thanks so much, @Dusty-Turtle!"
dulcimermaid
@dulcimermaid • 21 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Bonny Sweet Robin. :
"Thank you! dulcimermaid: Steven Berger: Very nice! I like this!"
dulcimermaid
@dulcimermaid • 21 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Bonny Sweet Robin. :
"Steven Berger: Very nice! I like this!"

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...
Technology/Software/Amplifying

Technology/Software/Amplifying


to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
Singing with the Dulcimer

Singing with the Dulcimer


Here's a group for those of us who are interested in...
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...
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?
Dulcimer teachers

Dulcimer teachers


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

UK and European Mountain...


A group which hopefully allows players/makers in this...
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...
I have extra frets.....

I have extra frets.....


This group is for those who have a 1 1/2 fret, an 8 1/2...
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...
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...
Civil War era music

Civil War era music


For discussing music that was played around the time of...
GIG TALK!

GIG TALK!


Do you play gigs? Tell us about your good and not-so-good...
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...
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 /...
6 string dulcimers

6 string dulcimers


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

Kentucky Dulcimer Players


A group for any players from Kentucky where we can meet...
Pacific Northwest Players

Pacific Northwest Players


For players who live in or have strong connections to the...
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
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!...
AussieTalk!

AussieTalk!


For dulcimer players in Australia. -Be sure to create...
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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The Blackest Crow
Elk River Blues
Blow the Candles Out
East Virginia
Don Oiche Ud Im Beithil
Bonny Sweet Robin.
Flow Gently, Sweet Afton
Sally Goodin II
The Girl I Left Behind Me
Ebenezer
Old Molly Hare
Jenny Lind Polka
Redwing
Kitchen Girl
Johnson Boys
Carolina Waltz
Memorial Day
Fiddler A Dram
Mr. McGregor's Garden
Early One Sunday on solo mountain dulcimer
Walk around my bedside.
I would not be denied
Long time travelin' (with vocals)
Just over in the Glory Land (with vocals)
Buffalo Gals
Soldiers Joy
Lass From the Low Country
Prodigal Son
Early One Sunday
In the great triumphant morning

Coming Events   All

Redwood Dulcimer Day (ONLINE!)

Redwood Dulcimer Day...


Fri Aug 14 2020
Australian Dulcimer Retreat -(AU)

Australian Dulcimer...


Fri Aug 28 2020
Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival, Clarksdale -(MS)

Delta Blues Dulcimer...


Thu Nov 5 2020
Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (in Cal & ONLINE!!)

Berkeley Dulcimer...


Fri May 14 2021
Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas 2021 -(OR)

Dulcimer Week in the...


Sun Jul 4 2021

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Latest Forum Posts   All

Ed Thomas replica by John...

Posted: Saturday July 11 2020, 8:25 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

film from Hindman...

Posted: Saturday July 11 2020, 12:27 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Size of Soundbox and Loudness

Posted: Friday July 10 2020, 7:40 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Aeolus dulcimer?

Posted: Friday July 10 2020, 10:24 AM
By: @Ferrator

Does anyone know anything...

Posted: Thursday July 9 2020, 7:13 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Grant Olson Website

Posted: Wednesday July 8 2020, 6:00 PM
By: @Susie

Deering Goodtime Artisan...

Posted: Tuesday July 7 2020, 8:56 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Tuesday July 7 2020, 12:00 AM
By: @Anne Bowman

Unknown maker

Posted: Monday July 6 2020, 8:17 PM
By: @John Gribble

Summer Session Classes with...

Posted: Sunday July 5 2020, 11:54 AM
By: @Steve Eulberg

Bass String Buzz @ 1st &...

Posted: Friday July 3 2020, 1:17 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Pilgrimsong: Medieval Music...

Posted: Wednesday July 1 2020, 5:35 PM
By: @Jessica Comeau

What Are You Working On?

Posted: Wednesday July 1 2020, 11:02 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Hearts Of The Dulcimer...

Posted: Monday June 29 2020, 2:17 PM
By: @Patricia Delich

FOTMD Chat Room!

Posted: Monday June 29 2020, 12:08 PM
By: @Strumelia

A bit of "our" humor

Posted: Saturday June 27 2020, 9:41 PM
By: @Steven Berger

Richard Troughear sound...

Posted: Saturday June 27 2020, 11:33 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Getting back into my Dulcimer

Posted: Thursday June 25 2020, 8:47 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Rugg and Jackel inlays?

Posted: Wednesday June 24 2020, 10:12 PM
By: @Gstringer

To chord or not to chord

Posted: Wednesday June 24 2020, 8:38 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Banjammer / banjimmer types

Posted: Tuesday June 23 2020, 10:26 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Use of thumb on low 'd' string

Posted: Tuesday June 23 2020, 11:41 AM
By: @floralin

Need Help Identifying a...

Posted: Monday June 22 2020, 8:40 AM
By: @kcripper

Tab for Slan Le Maigh?

Posted: Monday June 22 2020, 7:00 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Saturday June 20 2020, 11:20 AM
By: @Susie

How is the COVID-19...

Posted: Wednesday June 17 2020, 12:27 PM
By: @LisavB

EBow on the dulcimer?

Posted: Tuesday June 9 2020, 9:09 PM
By: @marg

Best kit?

Posted: Tuesday June 9 2020, 6:00 PM
By: @kdparker

the duo of Kathy and Carol

Posted: Tuesday June 9 2020, 12:08 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Good VSL for chording?...

Posted: Tuesday June 9 2020, 11:00 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

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