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

Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • 3 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Once I Had A Sweetheart:
"Dan, good to hear this ballad is alive and well. I have a recording of it, can't recall by whom. Thanks for posting it. Also bringing back memories, seeing..."
Bob
@bob • 4 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Cerise, Cerise - featuring Ariane Klauer:
"Greatness!!"
Bob
@bob • 4 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Floo'ers o' the forest:
"Thank you Cindy. The tune is a very old Scottish lament, often plaid by a piper but only at a funeral... a long piper's tradition. I thought the Scheitholt..."
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 4 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Stephens Lutherie mountain dulcimer:
"Aaron will be doing an audio file shortly.  Once his final instrument is delivered (this one is only a prototype) he will do a video to demonstrate it's..."
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 5 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Once I Had A Sweetheart:
"Haunting and beautiful!!!"
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 5 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Cerise, Cerise - featuring Ariane Klauer:
"Wow! Wow! Wow! This was absolutely beautiful!  Your daughter, the music, the meaning, the entire video was a wonderful work of art!  Kudos to both you..."
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 5 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Stephens Lutherie mountain dulcimer:
"Beautiful instrument!  Hope to hear it soon!"
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 5 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Floo'ers o' the forest:
"I don't know the tune, but this is certainly lovely!  Beautiful instrument and beautiful playing!  Thank you for sharing!"
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 5 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Plastic picks & leather picks":
"Well!  I got my leather picks today!  Oh my gosh they are wonderful........I have had a blast tonight playing my banjammer with my new leather picks!  It's..."
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Obama's March To the White House":
"Jim Obama is an A tune. 4 stringer tuned AEAB or thereabouts. Fwiw I play w/noter across the strings and of course can be played w/one finger as well."
Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "String gauge tolerance(s)":
"I have strings in gauges 9, 10, 12, & 22 and dulcimers with 28 1/2" & 28" VSLs. What is the highest note (i.e. g4) that I can tune EACH of these..."
Dan
@dan • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a photos item created by @jim-fawcett:
Wartz n All Fall Gathering
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 10 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Stephens Lutherie mountain dulcimer:
"I look forward to hearing this instrument! "
Brian G.
@brian-g • 10 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Once I Had A Sweetheart:
"Hi Dan, I've always loved this tune.  Very nice version!"
Jim Soltis
@jim-soltis • 11 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on hand turned noters:
"Richard Streib: Jim, one place is June Apple Dulcimers in Maryland. The proprietors are Carl Gotzmer and his wife Kathleen. If you ask he may be able to..."
hooahmedic
@hooahmedic • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Looking for album":
"I don't think I could have made my fingers move fast enough! On the way to Texas!  Thank you.  "
Bob
@bob • 11 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new YouTube video:
Floo'ers o' the forest
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 12 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on hand turned noters:
"Jim, one place is June Apple Dulcimers in Maryland. The proprietors are Carl Gotzmer and his wife Kathleen. If you ask he may be able to label them so you..."
Jim Fawcett
Salt Springs
@salt-springs • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Looking for album":
"Did you get it?  "
hooahmedic
@hooahmedic • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Looking for album":
" cheers!"
Salt Springs
@salt-springs • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Looking for album":
"Hey..."
Jim Soltis
@jim-soltis • 14 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on hand turned noters:
"I've attached a pic of the noter I bought so you can see what I have in mind when I say hand-turned noter"
Jim Soltis
@jim-soltis • 14 hours ago • comments: 3
https://fotmd.com/jim-soltis/group_discuss/2285/hand-turned-noters
Jim Soltis
@jim-soltis • 14 hours ago • comments: 3
Created a new Group discussion "hand turned noters":
"A couple of years ago, I came across a site selling really beautiful hand-turned noters and bought one.  I'd like to give some out for Christmas presents..."
OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players
Jim Soltis
@jim-soltis • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Obama's March To the White House":
"I've been trying to figure out Randy's tuning for Obama's March, but can't seem to get it.  Anyone know what it is?  Also, does anyone know if this has been..."
Jim Soltis
@jim-soltis • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Obama's March To the White House":
"Randy Adams:  "
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 15 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a photos item created by @bob-stephens:
Stephens Lutherie mountain dulcimer
Bob Stephens
@bob-stephens • 15 hours ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Bocs Cân Idris – A new traditional instrument!:
"I applaud both your creativity and your workmanship, Robin.  I am sure it will bring you many hours of enjoyment.  In regards to the volume of the..."
hooahmedic
@hooahmedic • 16 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Looking for album":
"Salt Springs! That's it!!!!  I know coming here was a wise move!  Do you know where I can find it to buy?I've searched The Steam Powered Preservation..."
John Gribble
@john-gribble • 19 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on New strings:
"The "conventional wisdom" generally is the make of the plain strings is unimportant. They are all made from the same material from the same sources. Wound..."
Kusani
@kusani • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Clamps for building":
"As many have said, one can't have too many clamps.  Here are my spool clamps in use: "
YepSureOK
@yeahsureok • 19 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on New strings:
"I looked around. So far, from brands that I already know are good, Amazon has D'Addario strings that are .012, .012, .014, .022 Cedar Creek in Branson has..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 20 hours ago • comments: 3
Liked a photos item created by @bob-stephens:
Stephens Lutherie mountain dulcimer
YepSureOK
@yeahsureok • 20 hours ago • comments: 2
Updated a Group discussion "":
"I am getting ready to replace my strings for the first time. Looking for size(thickness) and brand recommendations. If it makes any difference, I generally..."
Beginner players
Dan
@dan • 21 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Once I Had A Sweetheart:
"Ariane: Very beautiful playing, Dan, with a lovely crystal-clear sound! Thank you!"
Ariane
@ariane • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Once I Had A Sweetheart:
"Very beautiful playing, Dan, with a lovely crystal-clear sound!"
Ariane
@ariane • yesterday • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Little Pink:
"I love this deep sound - it is great, Dan!"
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Clamps for building":
"If I were home, I would post a photo of my clamp rack which only shows the large clamps. The smaller ones are stored in boxes under one of my work benches...."
IRENE
@irene • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Clamps for building":
"yep, I know they are clamps....but just a thought here.  Thanks so much for posting the photo and way to make them and others too.  I'm going to make a bunch..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on From Appalshop, a wonderful interview with Jean Ritchie. :
"Mr Stamper made great music!  You've made some fine Stamper-sounding music yourself, @Dan ! "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Clamps for building":
"The clamp Dan describes is called a spool or spindle clamp.  I make mine from 3/4" pine and use a 1-1/2 Hole Saw to cut the disks out and drill the center..."
David Bennett
@david-bennett • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "A W Jeffreys Jr.":
"     Just by chance several weeks ago, before my friend sent me the link to this dulcimer sale, I had started gathering information on A.W. Jeffreys for my..."
Dan
@dan • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Cerise, Cerise - featuring Ariane Klauer:
"Dude and dudette, spot on!!! DAN www.dulcimore.com"
Dan
@dan • yesterday • comments: 5
Liked a youtube item created by @elvensong:
Cerise, Cerise - featuring Ariane Klauer
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Clamps for building":
""You can never have too many clamps." I made a bunch of clamps like those Dan made. I also used some regular wood working clamps. I have some deep throat..."
YepSureOK
@yeahsureok • yesterday • comments: 2
Created a new Group discussion "New strings":
"I am getting ready to replace my strings for the first time. Looking for size(thickness) and brand recommendations. If it makes any difference, I generally..."
Beginner players
Lorraine
@lorraine • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Clamps for building":
"Not a capo...clamps to use to build a dulcimer"
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • yesterday • comments: 5
Liked a soundcloud item created by @dan:
Once I Had A Sweetheart
IRENE
@irene • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Clamps for building":
"If you cut the broom handle a little less thick, and put a plastic tubing over the grooves on that screw......... you have a nice, easy to use, capo for your..."

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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

OLD STYLE Drone & Noter...


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

Dulcimer Making


A group for those making dulcimers or interested in...
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.
Modern/Chord style Players

Modern/Chord style Players


Do you play chords and fret across all strings? Then this...
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


A group for those of us who have been inspired by...
Singing with the Dulcimer

Singing with the Dulcimer


Here's a group for those of us who are interested in...
Mountain Dulcimer History

Mountain Dulcimer History


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

UK and European Mountain...


A group which hopefully allows players/makers in this...
Technology/Software/Amplifying

Technology/Software/Amplifying


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

Dulcimer teachers


Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?
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...
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...
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...
Baritone Dulcimer Players

Baritone Dulcimer Players


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
GIG TALK!

GIG TALK!


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

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...
Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players

Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


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

AussieTalk!


For dulcimer players in Australia. -Be sure to create...
Indiana Players

Indiana Players


Welcome all dulcimer players in the state of Indiana!...
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Site Moderators Group


A private group to allow FOTMD moderators to communicate...

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Once I Had A Sweetheart
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Hatmaker Lane
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Hangman's Reel
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Angeline the Baker
Tune: Hamburg
Planxty Hewlett
Wayfaring Stranger
Jenny Fair Gentle Rosemarie
Fretted Zither Sample -- Amazing Grace
Fence Post Dulcimer
Shady Grove on the Third Grand
Aura Lea
Nothing But the Blood
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I would not be denied
Emma's Waltz
Liza Jane
Walnut Hill, a work-in-progress
A la Puerta del Cielo (Basque lullaby)_15-07-2018
Morrison's Jig
Boil Dem Cabbage Down
Roisin the Beau
Fantasy Around The World (feat. Elvensong)
Hidden Sun
Flight To Minas Tirith (with Frank Ledgerwood in 1986)
Eight Year Winter
Wildcat Hollow

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9th Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Festival -(NM)

9th Annual New Mexico...


Fri Oct 19 2018
The Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival -(CT)

The Nutmeg Dulcimer...


Fri Oct 19 2018
Black Mountain Music Festival -(NC)

Black Mountain Music...


Sun Oct 21 2018
Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering -(KY)

Berea Traditional...


Thu May 16 2019
Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (California)

Berkeley Dulcimer...


Fri May 17 2019

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Latest Forum Posts   All

Plastic picks & leather picks

Posted: Monday October 15 2018, 9:54 PM
By: @Cindy Stammich

Obama's March To the White...

Posted: Monday October 15 2018, 9:35 PM
By: @Randy Adams

String gauge tolerance(s)

Posted: Monday October 15 2018, 9:21 PM
By: @Ballad Gal

Looking for album

Posted: Monday October 15 2018, 4:12 PM
By: @hooahmedic

Clamps for building

Posted: Monday October 15 2018, 8:28 AM
By: @Kusani

A W Jeffreys Jr.

Posted: Sunday October 14 2018, 8:15 PM
By: @David Bennett

Need help, strings cutting...

Posted: Sunday October 14 2018, 5:49 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

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
By: @Strumelia

Wind Instruments????

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

Lookin for a probst for...

Posted: Saturday October 13 2018, 2:16 PM
By: @tshults

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

Bonnie Carol Dulcimer #462...

Posted: Tuesday October 9 2018, 10:07 PM
By: @Dave shattuck

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

motivation

Posted: Monday October 8 2018, 8:21 PM
By: @Charles Thomas

Comprehensive List of...

Posted: Monday October 8 2018, 12:01 AM
By: @Strumelia

"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

Ron Gibson Dulcimers

Posted: Thursday October 4 2018, 11:22 PM
By: @Diane R

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

Tinwhistle / penny whistles

Posted: Friday September 28 2018, 8:39 PM
By: @PapaSims

Do you name your dulcimers?

Posted: Wednesday September 26 2018, 10:06 PM
By: @Diane R

Hickory Haven Dulcimers -...

Posted: Tuesday September 25 2018, 3:42 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

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