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

Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 2 hours ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @bob:
MacPherson's Lament
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 2 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @gordon-hardy:
Bunch Of Thyme
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"Strumelia:@dusty-turtle , is that a quart sized mason jar or a pint? And... once you've made your jar and put it in the fridge, how long is it good for..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"@dusty-turtle , is that a quart sized mason jar or a pint? And... once you've made your jar and put it in the fridge, how long is it good for would you say?"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"Acouple of weeks ago I was at a business meeting at a hotel whose bar advertised cold brew coffee.  Just after lunch I left the meeting to order some.  They..."
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 3 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"Lisa, I enjoyed your post, and am interested in Dusty's response. I love strong coffee. Three cups every morning, but none after 09:00am. Same sleeping..."
Elvensong
@elvensong • 3 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Bunch Of Thyme:
"Nicely played. It is nice to see you enjoying your music. Thanks for sharing this song Gordon. "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"Hey @strumelia. Yes, the grounds sit in the water for 48 hours.  The contraption that I have came with a recipe book that suggests 12 hours is enough, but..."
Elvensong
@elvensong • 4 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @gordon-hardy:
Bunch Of Thyme
Elvensong
@elvensong • 4 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston:
Upon a Summer's Day
Elvensong
@elvensong • 4 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Upon a Summer's Day:
" Right back at ya, Mark! You always find the coolest songs."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Wanted: Laurel Mountain Mini Dulcimer ":
"@debi, I have a Laurel Mountain mini made of koa and spruce that I would be willing to sell at a very good price, say $100 + shipping.  But the reason for..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"Dusty you are making me want to try that stuff now.  Brian usually drinks like 4 cups of regular brewed coffee per day, and me 2-3 cups. (I try to stop by 1..."
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 6 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Playford - English country dance tunes:
"Happy Summer!"
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 6 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Upon a Summer's Day:
"Happy Summer!"
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 6 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new YouTube video:
Upon a Summer's Day
Bob
@bob • 8 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on MacPherson's Lament:
"Thank you so much Dusty!"
Mandy
@mandy • 8 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on What A Friend We Have In Jesus:
"Haha yes I love my chickens.   We have 6 Buffs - one nearly died as a 2 day a old chick.  I found her under a pie tin that we had elevating the water.  She..."
Cynthia Wigington
@cynthia-wigington • 9 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on What A Friend We Have In Jesus:
"What a friend we have in chickens also right? Who are no just chickens, they are God's creatures. Please put the chickens in every vid - I really love Boff..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 16 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on MacPherson's Lament:
"What a bouncy tune played on a fine sounding instrument!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 17 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Phil Myers:
"When can I visit?"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"Well, how healthy it is depends on what doctor you ask.  I read an article today that reported on a recent study concluding that four cups of coffee per day..."
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 20 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Phil Myers:
"This had to sound beautiful!!!"
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 20 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Phil Myers:
"This is Beautiful!!!!!!!!"
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 20 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Scotland the Brave:
"Wow!  I love this!  It happens to be one of my old favorites and your group did a great job!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 20 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Sandi, how great!  I'm so happy for you.  It's very special when you truly feel good about the one your child chooses to marry.  I'm sure your new DIL is..."
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 21 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @phil-myers:
Scotland the Brave
Bob
@bob • 22 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on MacPherson's Lament:
"Thank you Jim and Steven!"
Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare • 22 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Finishing Question:
"I own both types, so time for a scrap test."
Bob
@bob • 23 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Finishing Question:
"Absolutely correct. No need for both."
Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare • 23 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Finishing Question:
"Bob, thanks for the link. Very interesting. So the answer to my question is  Formby's tung oil finish OR Minwax wipe-on  poly, no need for both, if I..."
hugssandi
@hugssandi • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Strumming...AGAIN....":
"Love, LOVE that sharing, Dusty.  Don't know how I missed it, but GOOD STUFF.  We will all get there, won't we?  "
hugssandi
@hugssandi • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Do you play any popular songs on your dulcimer?":
"I'm not asking for TAB, I just wanted to chuckle over some ideas that might seem very unlikely.  I.e. right now I'd love to have a go at "I Like That" (with..."
hugssandi
@hugssandi • 23 hours ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on Sweet Hour of Prayer:
"Just lovely!!!  Love this song and don't play it nearly as well."
Jim Fawcett
@jim-fawcett • 23 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on MacPherson's Lament:
"Nice job on both the song and dulcimer."
Dan
@dan • 23 hours ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @bob:
MacPherson's Lament
hugssandi
@hugssandi • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"I am loving perusing through everyone's good news today!  I'd love to add that my oldest son, Allen, is getting married next month.  My DIL is a MIL's DREAM!..."
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • yesterday • comments: 1
Posted a new YouTube video:
Bunch Of Thyme
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • yesterday • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on MacPherson's Lament:
"Sounds as good as it looks!"
Elvensong
@elvensong • yesterday • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on MacPherson's Lament:
"Beautiful instrument, Bob. Very sweet sound!"
Elvensong
@elvensong • yesterday • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @bob:
MacPherson's Lament
Bob
@bob • yesterday • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @phil-myers:
Scotland the Brave
Bob
@bob • yesterday • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on MacPherson's Lament:
"Strummin' a little tune this morning on my newest creation (Mahogany and Butternut Mountain Dulcimer)."
Bob
@bob • yesterday • comments: 7
Posted a new YouTube video:
MacPherson's Lament
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"Tigger is photogenic!  "
Mandy
@mandy • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new YouTube video:
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • yesterday • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Turquoise Mist:
"Very, very pretty.  Karen, I love your NAF playing.  Always have. Your video prompted me to play one for the first time in well over a year.  Thank you for..."
Kusani
@kusani • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Staining wood?":
"Like Ken, I use tung oil exculsively.  3 or 4 coats over same number of days; depending on the humidity. #0000 steel wool rub between coats. The number of..."
Bob
@bob • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on New Dulcimer of Butternut and Mahogany:
"Thanks Steven!"
Dan
@dan • yesterday • comments: 0
Liked a photos item created by @bob:
New Dulcimer of Butternut and Mahogany

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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

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If you are an avid fan of the older traditional mountain...
Dulcimer Making

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Fingerpicking

Fingerpicking


A place to discuss fingerpicking styles of dulcimer...
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

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

Singing with the Dulcimer


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UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

UK and European Mountain...


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Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?
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Dulcimer Therapy


This group is dedicated to those that visit, or have a...
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Arranging/composing for...


A group to discuss creating arrangements of songs and...
Technology/Software/Amplifying

Technology/Software/Amplifying


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

Mountain Dulcimer History


Share historical information on the history and...
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...
Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


Recording dulcimers, vocals and other instruments in the...
Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


Ever wanted to record or post that tune, but you just...
I have extra frets.....

I have extra frets.....


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


A place to share about 4-equidistant string playing, how...
Civil War era music

Civil War era music


For discussing music that was played around the time of...
Dulcimer Ancestors

Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
Box Dulcimers

Box Dulcimers


A group for those who play, make, or admire all types of...
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...
Early & Classical Music

Early & Classical Music


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


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!
Challenged Players

Challenged Players


A meeting place for players dealing with disabilities.
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NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer...


For those of us who live in the northeastern United States.
Michigan Dulcimer Players Thumbs UP

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Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts


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

Virginia Dulcimer Players


Just thought it would be neet to know how many other...
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
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
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...
Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players

Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


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


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Fantasy Around The World (feat. Elvensong)
Hidden Sun
Flight To Minas Tirith (with Frank Ledgerwood in 1986)
The Promenade (Slip Jig)
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
Bright Quiet Eily O'Carrol
Of Stormy Seas and Tall Ships Sailing
the hanging of jamie Macpherson by request of Strumelia
Si bheag Si Mhor Hammer Dulcimer
twa bridgets-bridget cuise #3 and bridget o'malley.
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)

Dulcimer Week in the...


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

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

4th Annual Dutchland...


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

Redwood Dulcimer Day --...


Sat Aug 18 2018
Duet Dulcimer Retreat -(KY)

Duet Dulcimer Retreat -(KY)


Fri Aug 24 2018
24th Harvest Festival of Dulcimers -(CA)

24th Harvest Festival of...


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)

9th Annual New Mexico...


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

Berea Traditional...


Thu May 16 2019

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Healthy Living- healthy...

Posted: Friday June 22 2018, 1:27 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Wanted: Laurel Mountain...

Posted: Friday June 22 2018, 12:06 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

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

Do you play any popular...

Posted: Thursday June 21 2018, 5:20 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

Making Lemonade in the...

Posted: Friday June 15 2018, 10:40 AM
By: @Richard Streib

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

PLEASE Click to READ THIS...

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

Everything Dulcimer -...

Posted: Friday June 1 2018, 1:51 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Hearts Of The Dulcimer...

Posted: Friday June 1 2018, 12:04 PM
By: @Patricia Delich

Ralph Lee Smith Interview...

Posted: Thursday May 31 2018, 7:30 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

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