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Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer is the most extensive site for Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer players and builders on the internet. Welcome!
Join in 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 player 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. Become a member of Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer (FOTMD) community -it's friendly, and totally FREE!
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Latest Activity

Steven Stroot
@steven-stroot • 3 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "String spacing help, please":
"Thanks everyone for your thoughts and the great information.  You guys always come through!"
Dan
@dan • 58 minutes ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @ocean-daughter: Mystery dulcimer, perhaps from the 70's
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • 3 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: The Albuquerque Mazurka (by Mark Gilston)
jacko
@jacko • 5 hours ago • comments: 90
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"Thank you to all who responded to my questions about my 1967 dulcimer!  I will assume it has no special “Antique” value and move on to getting it playable."
Matt Berg
@matt-berg • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "String spacing help, please":
"I have only built a few five string dulcimers, but have never doubled the bass string.  Doubling the bass string gives way too much bass (I tried it once on..."
kristinrichmond
@kristinrichmond • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Left handed playing ":
"Thanks everyone! She does not seem to have a preference at this point, so we will give it a go and start with learning right handed. Thanks for all of the..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 7 hours ago • comments: 90
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"I was living in Colorado in 1967, and that's about the time I discovered dulcimers at Bud & Donna Ford's Cripple Creek Dulcimer Co. in Manitou Springs...."
Sam
@sam • 7 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Left handed playing ":
"Ok, lets all just gang up on the old guy. Nice bunch ..."
jost
@jost • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @steven-stroot: Four string spacing pros and cons?
jost
@jost • 10 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @steven-stroot: String spacing help, please
jost
@jost • 10 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @ocean-daughter: Mystery dulcimer, perhaps from the 70's
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @ocean-daughter: Mystery dulcimer, perhaps from the 70's
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mystery dulcimer, perhaps from the 70's":
"Interesting dulcimer, but I have no clue as to who the builder might be. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @randy-adams: Squirrel Hunters
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
The Albuquerque Mazurka (by Mark Gilston)
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 18 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "String spacing help, please":
"With the tuning head to your left, closest to you will be two melody strings, the first one is 1/8"in from the edge of the fretboard, the inner string 1/8"..."
Skip
@skip • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "String spacing help, please":
"It's probably going to be 1/8" from the sides to the outside strings, another 1/8" between doubled melody and bass strings and  single middle string. The..."
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @ocean-daughter: Mystery dulcimer, perhaps from the 70's
Steven Stroot
@steven-stroot • 20 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "String spacing help, please":
"I'm the new guy here.  I acquired a five string dulcimer as a restoration project.  It's missing the nut and bridge so I have no idea what the string spacing..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 20 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mystery dulcimer, perhaps from the 70's":
"I haven't seen that sort of dulcimer before either.  There are nice ones offered on Shop Goodwill Online from time to time.   I like to buy old dulcimer kits..."
ocean-daughter
@ocean-daughter • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mystery dulcimer, perhaps from the 70's":
"Ken, I found it on shopgoodwill.com, the auction site.  Goodwill organizations from all over the country sell on there.  The seller was actually Missouri..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mystery dulcimer, perhaps from the 70's":
"Haven't a clue as to the builder, but I love the flower-scroll tuning head.  Where on the Goodwill site did you find it?  What town/state?  It has a certain..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mystery dulcimer, perhaps from the 70's":
"That's a lovely instrument, one made by a person with a lot of skill.  Enjoy!  "
Charlie in Ky
@charlie-in-ky • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @ocean-daughter: Mystery dulcimer, perhaps from the 70's
TheresaSC
@theresasc • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Mystery dulcimer, perhaps from the 70's":
"That is really nice looking, good find!"
TheresaSC
@theresasc • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "My latest and greatest mountain dulcimer!":
"ocean-daughter: That's a beautiful dulcimer, and sounds lovely! ocean-daughter: That's a beautiful dulcimer, and sounds lovely! Thank you!  I am really..."
ocean-daughter
@ocean-daughter • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "My latest and greatest mountain dulcimer!":
"That's a beautiful dulcimer, and sounds lovely!"
ocean-daughter
@ocean-daughter • 23 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Mystery dulcimer, perhaps from the 70's":
"I have this beautiful dulcimer, which I found on the Goodwill auction site.  It is diatonic, so I'm guessing it's not very recent, but the style of the..."
Mr. Woolery
@mr-woolery • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Jouhikko/Tagelharpa":
"They are trickier to play than they look, for sure! All of mine have 3 strings. That’s what I fell in love with and that’s what my favorite players use. If..."
DavisJames
@davisjames • yesterday • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @randy-adams: Couple of Jesus Tunes
Noah Cline
@noah-cline • yesterday • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @randy-adams: Squirrel Hunters
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Left handed playing ":
"Sam indignant about his emoji:"
Dan
@dan • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Jouhikko/Tagelharpa":
"I've made several of these pieces. The only ones I can sorta play are the two strings."
Sam
@sam • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Left handed playing ":
"Thanks for all the really great advice and suggestions. The bridge is not slanted and I can regroove both the nut and bridge if Sadie opts to play left..."
John Gribble
@john-gribble • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @davisjames: Viney Flower,JJ Niles
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 days ago • comments: 90
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"I haven't seen this particular builder's dulcimers before.  Can't help you much, sorry."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Left handed playing ":
"I too am a leftie who has had no trouble at all learning and playing in the usual manner."
Mr. Woolery
@mr-woolery • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Jouhikko/Tagelharpa":
"I’m on to another jouhikko. The one in the previous clips was built without bass bar or sound post. Much as they were built up until about the 1970s, when..."
Dan
@dan • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Left handed playing ":
"I'm left handed but play right handed. Some folks can't! I let her try right handed for awhile...."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 90
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"You can see that someone later on added that 6.5 fret, right through the fret marker. "
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Left handed playing ":
"I and a ton of other lefties have no trouble playing 'right handed' instruments. Both hands have important jobs to do. Switching the strings will make it..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Left handed playing ":
"@kristinrichmond, you've received good advice so far.  The first thing to figure out is if your daughter wants to play lefty.  Have her play a little..."
Don Grundy
@don-grundy • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Left handed playing ":
"I’m left handed.  The left hand is the more active hand; moving; playing chords.  The right hand is in place strumming or picking.  I think the usual..."
jacko
@jacko • 2 days ago • comments: 90
Posted a new Comment on Beginner players:
"Follow up message for information requested by Ken Hulme regarding my 1967 dulcimer.  Hand printed builders card  below one sound hole. “Mountain Dulcimer..."
jost
@jost • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @kristinrichmond: Left handed playing
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Left handed playing ":
"Some left handed folks have no problem playing right handed. Let her give it a try. If that doesn't work, try restringing, but as Noah cautions, you may find..."
Noah Cline
@noah-cline • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Left handed playing ":
"Mainly, the nut and bridge would need to be replaced so that the thinnest string (melody string) is closest to her. You might be able to get away with just..."
kristinrichmond
@kristinrichmond • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Left handed playing ":
"We are brand new to learning the dulcimer. My 8 year old daughter is left handed. Will we need to re-string for her? Any advice is appreciated! "
Bing Futch
@bing-futch • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Bing Futch
@bing-futch • 2 days ago • comments: 0

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String spacing help, please

Posted: Sunday June 26 2022, 2:12 PM
By: @Steven Stroot

Left handed playing

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