Welcome to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer!

Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer is the most extensive site for Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer players and builders on the internet. Welcome!
Join Groups and Forum discussions that interest you, make new music friends. Share photos, music clips, and videos, resources for buying instruments, music, and learning materials. Ask your beginner questions and learn to play! All are welcome here no matter what your playing style, skill level, or musical tastes. Become a member of Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer (FOTMD) community -it's friendly and totally FREE!
     After joining, please read the Site Rules before posting. You'll find your very own Member Profile Page by clicking on your name link at the top of any page. Click on different links to get familiar with where things are. Questions about using the site?- ask them HERE .  You've come to exactly the right place to receive or give 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

Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 49 minutes ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Amazing Grace:
"You are so welcome."
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 51 minutes ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on @hmkg2689:
"Glad you joined, Hmkg2689.  Welcome to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. How special to have a dulcimer your grandfather built for you. I know you treasure..."
Dallas
@dallas • 10 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "John (Jolm?) Dubroff dulcimer":
"Good Morning Ken, Our email address is: carlondj6@charter.net Thank you "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "John (Jolm?) Dubroff dulcimer":
"Nice looking dulcimer.  Never heard of John (definitely John) Dubroff, but there there have been thousands of people who built a handful of dulcimers since..."
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 22 hours ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Amazing Grace:
"I want to thank you Ken, Robin, Lisa, Dusty and Richard for your kind and heartfelt comments….. they mean so very much to me.  I think sharing our music is..."
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @ccj:
"Welcome ccj to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Its great to have you join. Please join in the discussions and let us know about your jam sessions."
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @dallas:
"Welcome Dallas to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. That sounds like an interesting dulcimer your wife has. With some photos someone here..."
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @gailr:
"So good to have you join us GailR. Welcome to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. There is a lot of information here. Look around and feel free to join the..."
Ethan Chastain
@ethan-chastain • yesterday • comments: 3
Liked a music item created by @dan: Brown Eyed Janie
Ethan Chastain
@ethan-chastain • yesterday • comments: 8
Liked a music item created by @robin-thompson: Sweet Yellows and Pinks
GailR
@gailr • yesterday • comments: 461
Posted a new Comment on @ken-longfield:
"Thanks"
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @dallas: John (Jolm?) Dubroff dulcimer
Dallas
@dallas • yesterday • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "John (Jolm?) Dubroff dulcimer":
"Hello Everyone, My mother-in-law gave my wife a dulcimer back in the 1980s. It was built by a man named John (Jolm?) Dubroff of San Francisco in 1972.  I'm..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @ccj:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Ccj. It's good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if we can help you with your..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @dallas:
"Welcome to FOTMD, Dallas. It's good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Post some photos of your wife's dulcimer..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @gailr:
"Welcome to FOTMD, GailR. It's good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation in these discussions. Let us know if we can help you with your..."
Adrianne
@adrianne • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @adrianne:
"Thanks everyone !!!"
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"John, I don't really do anything that special. I like to mix sweet fruits and berries with tart fruits and berries to balance it out to my own taste. I have..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @adrianne:
"Welcome to FOTMD Adrianne. It's always good to have another Pennsylvanian on board. One way to deal with fingering problems is to play noter style. By..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @spacecats:
"Welcome to FOTMD Spacecats. It's good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation here. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @debbie-cunningham:
"Welcome to FOTMD Debbie. It's good to have you aboard. I look forward to your participation here. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song.""
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 3 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @adrianne:
"It's good to have you join. Welcome Adrianne to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. Look over some of the discussions. There is some..."
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 3 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @spacecats:
"We're glad you joined. Spacecats. Welcome to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. This is a wonderful community of great dulcimer folks. And a great place to..."
Wally Venable
@wally-venable • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Shifting bridge and nut":
"I ordered a set of the tuners on Ali Express for under $15 for a set of 4. I used PayPal to avoid sending a credit card number. They arrived promptly,..."
Susie
@susie • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "McCafferty Dulcimer, #687, as new condition":
"Gorgeous! I already have enough dulcimers and really can't justify another. This one is going to make someone very happy. Hope it makes its way to a new home..."
Bing Futch
@bing-futch • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Dulcimerica Episode 706 - "Quick Start"
Dan
@dan • 4 days ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on To What Extent Do You Plan Your Builds:
"NateBuildsToys: Dan: My process.  That's super interesting. Do you add in the wedges between the pegs and sides gradually as the boards flex?   I use a..."
John Petry
@john-petry • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"So Nate......Care to share your small batch recipe???? I'm "re attempting" my elderberry blossom "cordial".....Last time it ended up like rocket fuel...."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 4 days ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on To What Extent Do You Plan Your Builds:
"Dan: My process.  That's super interesting. Do you add in the wedges between the pegs and sides gradually as the boards flex?"
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Strumelia: Ooh, that is exciting Nate, you are a winemaker now!we have blueberries coming soon on our backyard bushes. We already put the netting over them..."
DulciPlayer
@dulciplayer • 4 days ago • comments: 564
Posted a new Comment on @benjamin-w-barr-jr:
"Thank you, Ben!"
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 4 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @deborah-on-the-hudson:
"Hi Deborah, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the..."
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 4 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @david-krege:
"Hi David, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer,..."
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 4 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @dulciplayer:
"Hi Dulci, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer,..."
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 4 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @debbie-cunningham:
"Hi Debbie, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer,..."
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 4 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @catherine:
"Hi Catherine, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the..."
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 4 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @spacecats:
"Hi SpaceCats, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the..."
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 4 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on @adrianne:
"Hi Adrianne, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Ooh, that is exciting Nate, you are a winemaker now!we have blueberries coming soon on our backyard bushes. We already put the netting over them to keep the..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"@nate That's just doggone cool.  "
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"Very excited to see that the Oregon grape bush in front of my apartment is ripening! Oregon grape is the state flower of Oregon, but a lot of folks here..."
Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips
@jim-at-gcreek • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "K&K pickup versus LR Baggs under saddle pickup.":
"Lilley Pad, I build this dulcimer model that I call the "Peardrop".  The dulcimer pictured is a 6 string that is my own personal instrument. I also build it..."
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 5 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Midnight Serenade :
"DT can't get much simpler than 1 string diatonic frets huh? Not a coincidence that set up best suits my given musical intellect. I play the music with or for..."
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 5 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on @catherine:
"So good to have you join Catherine. Welcome to the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. This is a wonderful community with a lot of knowledge and expertise..."
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 5 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on @debbie-cunningham:
"Welcome Debbie Cunningham to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. So good to have you join us here. Look around--there is a lot of information here. Join in the..."
Dan
@dan • 5 days ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on To What Extent Do You Plan Your Builds:
"My process."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 5 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Midnight Serenade :
"I find it intriguing, Randy, to hear you talk about the "freedom" you have found in not playing drone strings.  And a lot of that freedom seems to involve..."
NateBuildsToys
@nate • 6 days ago • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on To What Extent Do You Plan Your Builds:
"Ken Hulme: If you make the pegs about 1/4" shorter than your sides, then you can glue the bottom (or top) onto your shape before removing it from the  jig...."
dtortorich
@dtortorich • 6 days ago • comments: 564
Posted a new Comment on @benjamin-w-barr-jr:
"Thanks!"

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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 building dulcimers or interested in...
Modern/Chord style Players

Modern/Chord style Players


Do you play chords and fret across all strings? Then...
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.
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.
Rockin' in the Free World

Rockin' in the Free World


A group for those of you who like to play music not...
Mountain Dulcimer History & Traditions

Mountain Dulcimer History &...


Share historical information and resources on the...
Technology/Software/Amplifying

Technology/Software/Amplifying


to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
Singing with the Dulcimer

Singing with the Dulcimer


Here's a group for those of us who are interested in...
Arranging/composing for Dulcimers

Arranging/composing for...


A group to discuss creating arrangements of songs and...
Little Dulcimers

Little Dulcimers


Do you play an octave, mini, or traveling dulcimer?
Baritone & Bass Dulcimer Players

Baritone & Bass Dulcimer...


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
fans of Jean Ritchie

fans of Jean Ritchie


A group for those of us who have been inspired by...
Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


A place to share about 4-equidistant string playing, how...
Help Me Learn this Song

Help Me Learn this Song


Need help learning to play a particular song? Let another...
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...
Dulcimer Therapy

Dulcimer Therapy


This group is dedicated to those that visit, or have a...
Early & Classical Music

Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


Recording dulcimers, vocals and other instruments in the...
Dulcimer teachers

Dulcimer teachers


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

Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks

Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks


Regardless of what name you favor, this group is a...
UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

UK and European Mountain...


A group which hopefully allows players/makers in this...
Box Dulcimers

Box Dulcimers


A group for those who play, make, or admire all types...
Chromatic Dulcimers

Chromatic Dulcimers


For players who enjoy playing dulcimers with ALL the frets!
Galax Dulcimer Lovers

Galax Dulcimer Lovers


Just a group to discuss all things Galax Dulcimer. Tips...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video...
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...
Scrap/Recycled wood Dulcimer Challenge

Scrap/Recycled wood...


A group for those thrifty and creative folk who like to...
Challenged Players

Challenged Players


A meeting place for players dealing with disabilities.
Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


Welcome to all who play music using a bow on any type of...
NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer players

NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer...


For those of us who live in the northeastern United States.
Virginia Dulcimer Players

Virginia Dulcimer Players


Just thought it would be neet to know how many other...
Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness

Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


A group for private sharing and support, whether you are...
California Dulcimer Dreamin'

California Dulcimer Dreamin'


For dulcimer players living in or just visiting California
Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts

Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts


Howdy ya'll! Come on by for a cup o' joe and jammin....
6 string dulcimers

6 string dulcimers


Owning and playing a 6 string, regardless of tuning, and...
North Carolinians Plus

North Carolinians Plus


The Three Sides of North Carolina: Mountains / Piedmont /...
Kentucky Dulcimer Players

Kentucky Dulcimer Players


A group for any players from Kentucky where we can meet...
West Virginia players

West Virginia players


A group just for dulcimer players in beautiful West...
Florida Sunshine Dulcimer Group

Florida Sunshine Dulcimer...


Florida Dulcimer Players
Pacific Northwest Players

Pacific Northwest Players


For players who live in or have strong connections to the...
FOTMD on the Road

FOTMD on the Road


Are your traveling, on vacation, on your way to a...
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...
Indiana Players

Indiana Players


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

Site Moderators Group


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

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Brown Eyed Janie
On East Mill Street (a work-in-progress)
Misty Mountain Moon
Sweet Yellows and Pinks
She Moved Through the Fair
Ble'r wyt ti'n myned? (Where are you going?)
Pwt ar y Bys
Y Deryn Pur
Recessional
A song for Easter
Natchez Under The Hill
The Fledgling
The Pride of Petravore
Sleep Tight (again)
Napoleon crossing the alps.
Lost Doggie - in honor of Billy Boy
Louie's Schottische.
Road to Beech Grove
Strathspey and Reel.
Peonies in the Field
Weary Travelers
Welsh Medley
He is all you need
Sleep Tight
Fruitpicker's Blues.
Back to the sugar camp.
In Knee-Deep Snow
Ghost Riders
Over the River
Meillionen

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Latest Forum Posts   All

John (Jolm?) Dubroff dulcimer

Posted: Monday June 24 2024, 9:20 AM
By: @Dallas

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Saturday June 22 2024, 6:45 PM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Shifting bridge and nut

Posted: Friday June 21 2024, 9:42 AM
By: @Wally Venable

McCafferty Dulcimer, #687,...

Posted: Friday June 21 2024, 8:18 AM
By: @Susie

K&K pickup versus LR Baggs...

Posted: Wednesday June 19 2024, 5:21 PM
By: @Jim Phillips

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Tuesday June 18 2024, 8:48 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Hammered Dulcimer Forums

Posted: Thursday June 13 2024, 10:02 AM
By: @John Petry

McSpadden Ginger Walnut Top...

Posted: Monday June 3 2024, 7:54 PM
By: @fiddlebetsy

Question about a western KY...

Posted: Monday June 3 2024, 1:50 PM
By: @iwbiek

Use Descriptive thread titles

Posted: Sunday June 2 2024, 7:55 PM
By: @Strumelia

Folk Instruments?

Posted: Sunday June 2 2024, 6:53 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

John Jacob Niles

Posted: Sunday June 2 2024, 6:34 PM
By: @Wally Venable

Pete Seeger

Posted: Sunday June 2 2024, 6:17 PM
By: @Jim Yates

instrument question-...

Posted: Sunday June 2 2024, 5:25 PM
By: @LarryBH

Possum Board for McSpadden...

Posted: Saturday May 25 2024, 8:05 PM
By: @Jill Geary

Rest in Peace, Larkin Bryant

Posted: Friday May 24 2024, 10:12 AM
By: @varedschoolhouse

buzzy strings

Posted: Wednesday May 22 2024, 2:21 PM
By: @Dwain Wilder

FOTMD one year anniversary...

Posted: Wednesday May 22 2024, 10:29 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

New Knopf Dulcimers website!

Posted: Tuesday May 21 2024, 7:17 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

How Many Dulcimers Do You...

Posted: Thursday May 16 2024, 2:57 PM
By: @NateBuildsToys

Tenor Guitars

Posted: Wednesday May 15 2024, 9:59 AM
By: @shanonmilan

Try these sites for free tab

Posted: Monday May 13 2024, 11:52 PM
By: @Strumelia

Where should I post TAB

Posted: Monday May 13 2024, 10:16 AM
By: @Strumelia

Call 'em Ukes, Ukuleles,...

Posted: Friday May 10 2024, 2:14 AM
By: @Jim Yates

Frame Drums

Posted: Tuesday May 7 2024, 4:55 AM
By: @shanonmilan

Did you purchase one of...

Posted: Monday May 6 2024, 2:34 PM
By: @Strumelia

Cicada symphony.

Posted: Sunday May 5 2024, 9:15 AM
By: @Strumelia

Dulcimer Players News demise

Posted: Saturday May 4 2024, 7:52 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Hindman Boys (and Gal)

Posted: Tuesday April 30 2024, 10:27 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

anchor pin pulled out

Posted: Monday April 29 2024, 8:22 AM
By: @Strumelia

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