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

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey • 34 minutes ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Rob in 84 PA:
"It was fun, John, and I hope it will be next week as well.  And thank you, Lisa, for those kind words.  Robin.... it's in Jim's G tuning b G d d d.  I also..."
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 50 minutes ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Pretty Saro:
"Very lyrical. Extra nice playing Dan."
Benjamin W Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • an hour ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on My Electric Dulcimers:
"Jack, I'm just looking at your Appleflutes Electric Dulcimer video and at about 4:30 I am seeing a dulcimer to the side of the electric one that is being..."
tssfulk
@tssfulk • an hour ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on My Electric Dulcimers:
"Nice work, Jack. "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • an hour ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Rob in 84 PA:
"Hey, friends-- great picture! "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • an hour ago • comments: 2
Liked a photos item created by @jim-fawcett:
Rob in 84 PA
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Rob in 84 PA:
"Wonderful picture!    Rob, how does that Good dulcimer come tuned? "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 hours ago • comments: 4
Liked a photos item created by @jim-fawcett:
Rob in 84 PA
tssfulk
@tssfulk • 2 hours ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @jack-ferguson:
My Electric Dulcimers
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr • 2 hours ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Once I Had A Sweetheart:
"Thanks, Dan! I will give that a try."
Davesterino
@davesterino • 5 hours ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Once I Had A Sweetheart:
"Very nice!!!"
Dan
@dan • 5 hours ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Once I Had A Sweetheart:
"Gale A Barr: Beautiful! Does dulcimer tab or sheet music exist for this tune? Is it in copyright? I did a quick Google search and found some recordings..."
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr • 6 hours ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Once I Had A Sweetheart:
"Beautiful! Does dulcimer tab or sheet music exist for this tune? Is it in copyright? I did a quick Google search and found some recordings and guitar chords. "
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr • 6 hours ago • comments: 15
Liked a soundcloud item created by @dan:
Once I Had A Sweetheart
Jack Ferguson
@jack-ferguson • 7 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on My Electric Dulcimers:
"Hi Robin, Sounds like you've done some extensive work looking for the "right fit" electric system. I did the same and was able to come up with a relatively..."
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey • 9 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Rob in 84 PA:
"It was a good time at the Spring House.  Great to see Jim (and Bev) and Barb again.  Lots of good folks there for the pumpkin stuff.  "
Dan
@dan • 9 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a photos item created by @jim-fawcett:
Rob in 84 PA
Jim Fawcett
@jim-fawcett • 10 hours ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @ariane:
Yearning for the Noble Knight
Ariane
@ariane • 10 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Yearning for the Noble Knight:
"Thank you so much, Robin! I tried my first noter/drone piece - I thought noter/drone would be easier to play but one has to be very exact so that the music..."
Robin Clark
@robin-clark • 12 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Yearning for the Noble Knight:
"A lovely composition and great video.  A joy to watch/listen on a Sunday morning over here in Wales."
Robin Clark
@robin-clark • 12 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on My Electric Dulcimers:
"Lovely instruments Jack.  I love the reclaimed woods you use.  The pick-up system would be great for gigs or church services where you need to get a 'lift'..."
Robin Clark
@robin-clark • 12 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Pretty Saro:
"That's such a lovely rounded tone.  I love the low rolling drones."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 16 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Pretty Saro:
"Beautiful, Dan."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 16 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a soundcloud item created by @dan:
Pretty Saro
Strumelia
@strumelia • 16 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Rob in 84 PA:
"Smiles all around...  "
Strumelia
@strumelia • 16 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Rob in 84 PA:
"What a great pic of Rob playing!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 16 hours ago • comments: 4
Liked a photos item created by @jim-fawcett:
Rob in 84 PA
Strumelia
@strumelia • 16 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a photos item created by @jim-fawcett:
Rob in 84 PA
Strumelia
@strumelia • 16 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a photos item created by @jim-fawcett:
Rob in 84 PA
Jack Ferguson
@jack-ferguson • 17 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on My Electric Dulcimers:
"Thanks for the nice comments!"
Blondie
@blondie • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bonnie Carol Dulcimer #462 For Sale":
"How about a best offer?"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 18 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a photos item created by @jim-fawcett:
Rob in 84 PA
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 19 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a soundcloud item created by @dan:
Pretty Saro
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 19 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a photos item created by @jim-fawcett:
Rob in 84 PA
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 19 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Rob in 84 PA:
"Looks like a lot of fun!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 19 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on My Electric Dulcimers:
"Glorious craftsmanship, design and sound!  Your dulcimers have got it all, Jack."
Dan
@dan • 20 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new SoundCloud track:
Pretty Saro
Jim Fawcett
@jim-fawcett • 20 hours ago • comments: 34
Posted a new Comment on Where you playing next?:
"Went to support Rob at his gig at The Springhouse in 84 PA today. Rob did a fantastic job. Barb(aka. Black Dog Bess) even showed up. Check out the the pics I..."
Jim Fawcett
@jim-fawcett • 20 hours ago • comments: 4
Rob in 84 PA
Rob at SHM Rob and me The 3 0f Us
Dan
@dan • yesterday • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Once I Had A Sweetheart:
"Thank you all! DAN www.dulcimore.com"
Bob
@bob • yesterday • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on My Electric Dulcimers:
"Nice work, as always, Jack!"
Bob
@bob • yesterday • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @jack-ferguson:
My Electric Dulcimers
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Once I Had A Sweetheart:
"This tune is new to me, Dan, and your play of it is just lovely! The timbre of your instrument adds such nice coloring to the tune. "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 15
Liked a soundcloud item created by @dan:
Once I Had A Sweetheart
Ariane
@ariane • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Yearning for the Noble Knight:
"Thank you so much, Dean, for your very kind comment - I love the word "ear candy" - it is a lovely image "
Ariane
@ariane • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Down by the Elk:
"Very lovely tune, Steve!"
Ariane
@ariane • yesterday • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Scarborough Fair:
"Thank you very much, Steve, for your kind comment!"
Pierre-Yves Donnio
@pierre-yves-donnio • yesterday • comments: 3
Liked a vimeo item created by @steve-battarbee:
Down by the Elk
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Gathering 2018 - Ludwigsburg - Germany:
"Martin, loved your video.   Fun time for all."
Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Clamps for building":
"Thanks guys, I got a message from member Richard Streib with information about a local business that sells bolts by the pound. Going to check them out and..."

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Beginner players

Beginner players


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OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players

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Dulcimer Making

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Fingerpicking

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Hymn and Worship Song Players

Hymn and Worship Song Players


a place to share the hymns and worship songs we are playing.
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Modern/Chord style Players


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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


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Singing with the Dulcimer


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Mountain Dulcimer History

Mountain Dulcimer History


Share historical information on the history and...
UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

UK and European Mountain...


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Technology/Software/Amplifying


to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
Dulcimer teachers

Dulcimer teachers


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Arranging/composing for Dulcimers

Arranging/composing for...


A group to discuss creating arrangements of songs and...
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...
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...
Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


Recording dulcimers, vocals and other instruments in the...
Collector's Corner

Collector's Corner


A group where collectors of antique, vintage, or rare...
Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


A place to share about 4-equidistant string playing, how...
GIG TALK!

GIG TALK!


Do you play gigs? Tell us about your good and not-so-good...
Baritone Dulcimer Players

Baritone Dulcimer Players


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
Civil War era music

Civil War era music


For discussing music that was played around the time of...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video clips...
Early & Classical Music

Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
Box Dulcimers

Box Dulcimers


A group for those who play, make, or admire all types of...
Dulcimer Ancestors

Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
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...
Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


Welcome to all who play music using a bow on any type of...
The Bass Dulcimer

The Bass Dulcimer


This group is for anyone interested in sharing tips and...
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
Virginia Dulcimer Players

Virginia Dulcimer Players


Just thought it would be neet to know how many other...
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Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts


Howdy ya'll! Come on by for a cup o' joe and jammin....
California Dulcimer Dreamin'

California Dulcimer Dreamin'


For dulcimer players living in or just visiting California
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...
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Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


For those who live in Arkansas and love playing the...
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AussieTalk!


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Wayfaring Stranger
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Morrison's Jig
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Roisin the Beau
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Flight To Minas Tirith (with Frank Ledgerwood in 1986)
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Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering -(KY)

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Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (California)

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Bonnie Carol Dulcimer #462...

Posted: Saturday October 20 2018, 10:37 PM
By: @Blondie

Clamps for building

Posted: Saturday October 20 2018, 7:59 AM
By: @Sheryl St. Clare

String gauge tolerance(s)

Posted: Friday October 19 2018, 9:00 PM
By: @Ballad Gal

motivation

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Ron Gibson Dulcimers

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New books

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Comprehensive List of...

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Show Us Your Pets!

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How does your pet react to...

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Plastic picks & leather picks

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Lookin for a probst for...

Posted: Tuesday October 16 2018, 8:53 AM
By: @DulciCat

Obama's March To the White...

Posted: Tuesday October 16 2018, 8:00 AM
By: @Jim Soltis

Looking for album

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By: @hooahmedic

A W Jeffreys Jr.

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Need help, strings cutting...

Posted: Sunday October 14 2018, 5:49 PM
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complete list of possible...

Posted: Sunday October 14 2018, 7:45 AM
By: @Brian G.

MEET THE MODERATORS...

Posted: Sunday October 14 2018, 12:17 AM
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Wind Instruments????

Posted: Saturday October 13 2018, 11:03 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Saturday October 13 2018, 12:34 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Saturday October 13 2018, 11:03 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Kleske Dulcimer

Posted: Thursday October 11 2018, 9:50 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Native American Flutes

Posted: Thursday October 11 2018, 4:49 PM
By: @Susie

Richard and Denise Wilson...

Posted: Wednesday October 10 2018, 9:24 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Looking for John Stockard...

Posted: Tuesday October 9 2018, 6:30 PM
By: @Cindy Stammich

Guitar Strings?

Posted: Tuesday October 9 2018, 12:01 AM
By: @Diane R

"Glory" in all her glory

Posted: Saturday October 6 2018, 5:26 PM
By: @Dan

Ländler and Boarischer

Posted: Friday October 5 2018, 2:12 PM
By: @Kavik

Small Octave dulcimer plans...

Posted: Tuesday October 2 2018, 5:46 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

New chatroom sidebar

Posted: Monday October 1 2018, 10:36 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Capritaurus Dulcimer listed...

Posted: Monday October 1 2018, 9:12 PM
By: @Cindy Stammich

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