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

Robin Thompson
 
@robin-thompson • 15 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Are you playing on your porch today? -Aug 26, 2017":
"Friends, get your Public Domain or original tune or song ready!  August 26 is the day.  And if you don't have a porch, just go outside someplace.  :)"
lizard30
 
@lizard30 • 24 minutes ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Goodbye Cluck Old Hen:
"the funeral dirge for the old hen is lovely!"
marg
 
@marg • 36 minutes ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Cardboard Dulcimer":
"I have a cardboard dulcimer given to me, lots of places that the sides do not match up. I was thinking of trying something and looking for your help or ideas..."
marg
 
@marg • an hour ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Robert LeFever":
"I was able to make contact with some folks that knew Robert, they were kind enough to respond. Dulcimer people are great. Below is what I found out:"I knew..."
Steven Berger
 
@steven-berger • an hour ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Harvest Home and Boys of Bluehill (Hornpipes):
"Phil, the same thing is happening to me on all the audio files I want to listen to. Videos are ok.   Steven"
Steven Berger
 
@steven-berger • an hour ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Goodbye Cluck Old Hen:
"You made it sound like an old English folk song...I like it!   Steven"
Matt Berg
 
@matt-berg • an hour ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to " bridge compensation":
"Uh, yea, the article on frets.net is confusing.  Try going to Stewmac.com (a site everyone who builds instruments visits from time to time) and type in..."
Matt Berg
 
@matt-berg • an hour ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fret Markers":
"Maybe the play Flop-eared Mule and other songs that use the 9 & 11 fret?"
Steve Battarbee
 
Steve Battarbee
 
Steve Battarbee
 
@steve-battarbee • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked @john-tipton's music:
Untitled 7.23.17
Steve Battarbee
 
@steve-battarbee • 2 hours ago • comments: 2
Updated a Vimeo Video:
Goodbye Cluck Old Hen
Steve Battarbee
 
@steve-battarbee • 2 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Vimeo video:
Goodbye Cluck Old Hen
Charles Thomas
 
@charles-thomas • 2 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Summer Storm:
"Thanks Matt! This is an original composition, actually it's more of an improvisation."
John Tipton
 
@john-tipton • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new Audio File:
Untitled 7.23.17
Lisa Golladay
 
@lisa-golladay • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to " bridge compensation":
"It determines where McSpadden glues the bridge. Read this page:  https://www.mcspaddendulcimers.com/kb_results.asp?ID=6 As a practical matter, compensation..."
marg
 
@marg • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Chinese Dulcimer Or Yangqin In Question And Setup":
"No, I am sorry except to say he liked me sending your info. on the hammered dulcimer to him."
Bob
 
@bob • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to " bridge compensation":
"From the photo you shared, Marg, it looks like the nut (the Zero Fret) has been compensated at an angle... or maybe it's just the photo angle?"
marg
 
@marg • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fret Markers":
"So why would they be at 9 & 11, that doesn't make sense OR would that be for something in a higher scale?"
Gail Webber
 
@gail-webber • 7 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Clinch Mountain Backstep - Copyrighted?:
"Lonesome John it is!  I just have to not put in the "crooked-y" part out of habit when I play it at Galax!  I've worked out a slower part for the beginning..."
Wayne Jiang
 
@wayne-jiang • 7 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Planxty Fanny Power:
"Matt, Yes, This is my own arrangement. Ron Zuckerman's arrangement is quiet good as well. You can find more O'Carolan dulcimer arrangements on Neal..."
marg
 
@marg • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to " bridge compensation":
"(the saddle is angled so that the distance from nut to saddle (bridge) is greater for the thicker strings.) Is that what this angled is?  "
marg
 
@marg • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Robert LeFever":
"Thanks joe,  Interesting using only hand tools, I hope the one I am looking at is this Bob"
marg
 
@marg • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "scalloped fretboard":
"Thanks ken"
infinity327
 
@infinity327 • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Chinese Dulcimer Or Yangqin In Question And Setup":
"Thank for both of your posts / comments.@marg have you received any information from your friend by chance? Thanks much"
Robin Thompson
 
@robin-thompson • 9 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Clinch Mountain Backstep - Copyrighted?:
"Dusty, you're probably thinking of the Carter family's "Clinch Mountain Home".  Those Hammonses lived in the Alleghenies in WV-- way back in.   Gail, I..."
MattS
 
@matts • 9 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Summer Storm:
"You're funny! Not familiar with this but really like it and the way you play. "
MattS
 
@matts • 9 hours ago • comments: 6
Liked @charles-thomas's youtube:
Summer Storm
MattS
 
@matts • 9 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Planxty Fanny Power:
"Wayne, Is this your own version/arrangement? I found one on Everything Dulcimer arranged by Zuckerman but it is much simpler. Are there other O'Carolan..."
Gail Webber
 
@gail-webber • 9 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Clinch Mountain Backstep - Copyrighted?:
"Thanks everyone for your input.  Thanks for the links, Dusty.  Maybe Lonesome John is a possibility.  I just love the crooked-y (as Robin calls it) part of..."
Dusty Turtle
 
@dusty-turtle • 9 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Clinch Mountain Backstep - Copyrighted?:
"Rob N Lackey: DT.... Ralph was from VA not TN.  Sandy Boys refers to the Big Sandy River in WVA and KY at least that's what I've been able to find out...."
Rob N Lackey
 
@rob-n-lackey • 10 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Clinch Mountain Backstep - Copyrighted?:
"DT.... Ralph was from VA not TN.  Sandy Boys refers to the Big Sandy River in WVA and KY at least that's what I've been able to find out.  "
Robin Thompson
 
@robin-thompson • 10 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Clinch Mountain Backstep - Copyrighted?:
"Gail, if you were playing it the crooked-y way (with the backstep), I'm guessing that was what made it copyright-able.  Just a guess on my part, though...."
Robin Thompson
 
@robin-thompson • 10 hours ago • comments: 10
Liked @gail-webber's group discussions:
Clinch Mountain Backstep - Copyrighted?
joe sanguinette
 
@joe-sanguinette • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Robert LeFever":
"they were well made however they were made the old way using hand tools.  his main job was demonstrating how it was.  "
Phil Myers
 
@phil-myers • 11 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Harvest Home and Boys of Bluehill (Hornpipes):
"Would like to listen, but I get error message about problem loading URL  "
Dan Evans
 
@dan-evans • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Concert in Olney, England":
"Sunday afteroon 17th September 2017 @3pm tickets £10 on door featuring ... Dan Evans - dulcimers Rebecca Hallworth - vocals Andy Crowdy - bass, guitar..."
Val Hughes
 
@val-hughes • 12 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Harvest Home and Boys of Bluehill (Hornpipes):
"Brian, Robin, Folkfan appreciate your comments."
Matt Berg
 
@matt-berg • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to " bridge compensation":
"Ken, just because YOU can't hear the difference doesn't mean the rest of us can't.   Your responses to too many questions are that no one will hear the..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "scalloped fretboard":
"EVER is such a very long time...  For all intents and purposes no, you do not have to worry about warping; and if the luthier is at all competent you should..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to " bridge compensation":
"IMHO most people can't hear the difference between compensated and un-compensated dulcimers, making MacSpadden's claim more marketing hype than functional..."
Ken Hulme
 
@ken-hulme • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fret Markers":
"What Matt said -- there is no standard arrangement of dots; I put them at 3 to mark the start of the Ionian scale, 4 to mark the start of the Dorian scale..."
Matt Berg
 
@matt-berg • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Fret Markers":
"Fret markers go where they are of most use to the musician.  3-5-7-10 tend to be positions frequently used by many musicians. When building chromatic..."
Matt Berg
 
@matt-berg • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to " bridge compensation":
"Well, first, it shows that McSpadden does not understand the art of lutherie.  The bridge is not compensated, the saddle is compensated,..., and no, it..."
Sam
 
@sam • 14 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Clinch Mountain Backstep - Copyrighted?:
"Coincidentally I had researched Clinch Mountain for myself not too long ago. Saw someone's version on youtube and though about trying it. I found that it was..."
marg
 
@marg • 18 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic " bridge compensation":
"What is a  bridge compensation or what does it mean? McSpadden listed below post if you wanted to play in DAd " If you expect to play only in D-A-dd, we..."
Don Grundy
 
@don-grundy • 19 hours ago • comments: 26
Posted a new Comment on DAA to DAD to DAA--how often?:
"On my way to Colorado fly fishing at 7am.  I'll go over this when not driving. Thank you.  I want to learn as much as possible about the mountain dulcimer."
marg
 
@marg • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "scalloped fretboard":
"With scalloped fretboards do you ever need to worry about warping or how they are placed on? "
marg
 
@marg • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Fret Markers":
"Most fret markers I see are place at the 3, 5, 7, 10 etc.      Why would one be place on the 9 & 11? Is their a reason for putting them at certain..."
marg
 
@marg • 19 hours ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Strolling dulcimer for learning?:
"Up-date, your dulcimer came? How are things coming along?"

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Are you playing on your...

Posted: Monday July 24 2017, 8:09 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Cardboard Dulcimer

Posted: Monday July 24 2017, 7:48 PM
By: @marg

Robert LeFever

Posted: Monday July 24 2017, 7:17 PM
By: @marg

bridge compensation

Posted: Monday July 24 2017, 6:30 PM
By: @Matt Berg

Fret Markers

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Chinese Dulcimer Or Yangqin...

Posted: Monday July 24 2017, 2:02 PM
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scalloped fretboard

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Concert in Olney, England

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Build #9

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Hollows in a dulcimer top...

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1985 Green River Dulcimer

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1978 Homer Ledford

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Concert Ukulele

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My first custom build

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DAA or DAD as primary tuning ?

Posted: Thursday July 13 2017, 10:28 PM
By: @Strumelia

The Gauges of the Strings

Posted: Wednesday July 12 2017, 7:34 AM
By: @joe sanguinette

DulciFlute Book

Posted: Sunday July 9 2017, 9:22 PM
By: @Susie

Show us your sound holes!

Posted: Sunday July 9 2017, 8:54 PM
By: @Susie

Happy Anniversary!!

Posted: Saturday July 8 2017, 9:25 AM
By: @Ken Longfield
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