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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 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

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cripple Creek Dulcimer":
"That flathead looks like a Cripple Creek Aspen model.   IIRC Lori is/was Bud & Donna's daughter in law; but don't quote me on that...   If it doesn't..."
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 20 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Schottish after Timas Hans
marg
@marg • 20 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Cripple Creek Dulcimer":
"Or when was Lori with the Dulcimer shop"
marg
@marg • 20 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Cripple Creek Dulcimer":
"Is this a Cripple Creek Dulcimer from about 20 years ago? Did they have a style like this with the pointed head? Or was it by someone else but sold at..."
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Wayfarin' Stranger:
"John, Wayfarin' Stranger has long been a favourite of mine, I play it quite often. Your beautiful rendition brings me great comfort. Thank you."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: Wayfarin' Stranger
Salt Springs
@salt-springs • yesterday • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: Wayfarin' Stranger
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "worldwide Play Music on the Porch Day ":
"Two weeks from today, friends.  :)"
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Wayfarin' Stranger:
"A few notes to add to my rendition of Wayfarin' Stranger: My dulcimer was tuned to D A a, Capo 1which now becomes a Dorian Mode. This haunting mode suited..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Wayfarin' Stranger:
"I especially like the tribute to your mother and father, John.  I miss mine every day.  "
Jim Schulte
@jim-schulte • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Finding a tuning Peg":
"John Knopf made a very good replacement peg.  It is great to hear the sweet voice of the John Maxwell dulcimer.   Jim"
Jim Schulte
@jim-schulte • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: Wayfarin' Stranger
Ron Zuckerman
@ron-zuckerman • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Not Quite Home:
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @dave-d: Keith Young Youngster
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new YouTube video:
Wayfarin' Stranger
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 2 days ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Deep Ellum Blues 03-30-2020:
"Really loved your presentation of this song."
Dave D
@dave-d • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Keith Young Youngster ":
"Roughly 17 inches. Body is a little over 20" long, and 1-1/2" thick."
DaveBerry
@daveberry • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer and mandolins":
"Strumelia: Dave, this is an interesting question and subject. I can see that you are a pretty accomplished musician. I'm afraid I can't think of examples..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Keith Young Youngster ":
"What a great little travel dulcimer that would be! Dave, what is the scale length/vsl of the dulcimer, from nut to bridge?"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @dave-d: Keith Young Youngster
DaveBerry
@daveberry • 2 days ago • comments: 9
Liked a youtube item created by @gregg-schneeman: "Balance The Straw" Dulcimer & Octave Mandolin
Dan
@dan • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Liked a music item created by @robin-thompson: Leaving Home For Good
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new Event:
Ballads, Hymns and Dulcimers -(WV)
Dave D
@dave-d • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Keith Young Youngster ":
"Keith Young "Youngster" dulcimer. No date or number. Too small for me, and needs to go to a new home.  Looks to me like a wormy chestnut top, with walnut..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Dulcimer and mandolins":
"Dave, this is an interesting question and subject. I can see that you are a pretty accomplished musician. I'm afraid I can't think of examples of the kind..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @daveberry: Dulcimer and mandolins
Cynthia Wigington
@cynthia-wigington • 2 days ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Not Quite Home:
"Absolutely lovely. Interesting being major without IV and V chords. very pretty indeed and nice balance with your son's good playing on guitar. Thank you."
Pierre-Yves Donnio
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 days ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on From Ionian to Mixolydian:
"Yep -- not gonna move that.  Does look like you could lower the action by half a millimeter maybe on the melody side...!  "
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does a 2001 McSpadden Ginger have a 'solid' soundboard?":
"When the McSpadden's owned and operated McSpadden Dulcimers, the solid soundboard was offered as an option.  When Jim Woods purchased McSpadden Dulcimers..."
RoyB
@royb • 3 days ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on From Ionian to Mixolydian:
"[quote="Ken Hulme"] The only problem with a toothpick as a temp fret is that it because it is soft, it will alter slightly, the tone of the fretted note.Did..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 3 days ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on From Ionian to Mixolydian:
"The only problem with a toothpick as a temp fret is that it because it is soft, it will alter slightly, the tone of the fretted note.Did you post a close up..."
jost
@jost • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @daveberry: Dulcimer and mandolins
DaveBerry
@daveberry • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Dulcimer and mandolins":
"Hi All, I'm new here and looking for examples of videos or audio of dulcimer and mandolin played together in an ensemble. I hope this is the correct place..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Very frustrated!":
"Melanie -- send me a PM with your email address,  I can't seem to get you 'friended' for some  reason.  I have PDFs of two of your songs so far -- Star of..."
DavisJames
@davisjames • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Maika Makedonia
DavisJames
@davisjames • 4 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Morning Walk:
"Lovely tune,playing and video.Thank you."
DavisJames
@davisjames • 4 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: The Rigs of the Times
Steven Stroot
@steven-stroot • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "funny frets":
"Thanks everyone for your input.  If nothing else, this was a source of interest and curiosity.  But, unless the maker chimes in, I guess this will remain a..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "funny frets":
"If you Google "true temperament frets" you see lots of guitars with the squiggly frets.  Makes you feel like you poured bourbon on your cereal instead of..."
IRENE
@irene • 5 days ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on "His Voice, as the Sound of the Dulcimer Sweet":
"I loved your playing and singing and your paintings as well.   Thank you and the one that did the video.   aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • 5 days ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: "His Voice, as the Sound of the Dulcimer Sweet"
IRENE
@irene • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @dusty-turtle: Mountains of Mourne
Lisa C
@lisa-c • 5 days ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @janene-millen: Ash Grove and Simple Gifts
Lisa C
@lisa-c • 5 days ago • comments: 7
Liked a youtube item created by @john-w-mckinstry: "His Voice, as the Sound of the Dulcimer Sweet"
Lisa C
@lisa-c • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @dusty-turtle: Mountains of Mourne
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • 5 days ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on The Cars on dulcimer - "Just What I Needed":
"@Cindy-Stammich : Thank you for loving it! By the way, I ordered this Folkcraft specifically because of the pickups. They worked with Fishman to..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "funny frets":
"I've seen some guitars made with slanted or curvy frets. It's an overly-complex way of avoiding a compensated bridge. A compensated bridge is a heck of a lot..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does a 2001 McSpadden Ginger have a 'solid' soundboard?":
"I think Richard is right about the date for the switch to solid wood.  If not, I just don't see that a laminated soundboard would make any difference in..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "funny frets":
" I just looked at the pictures, and I don't recall ever seeing anything like that. Maybe some weird attempt to compensate/intonate for string thickness; but..."

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Beginner players

Beginner players


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OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players

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

Dulcimer Making


A group for those building dulcimers or interested in...
Fingerpicking

Fingerpicking


A place to discuss fingerpicking styles of dulcimer...
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Modern/Chord style Players


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

Rockin' in the Free World


A group for those of you who like to play music not...
Dulcimer Care & Maintenance

Dulcimer Care & Maintenance


Tips, tricks and techniques to help care for your dulcimer.
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Mountain Dulcimer History &...


Share historical information and resources on the...
Singing with the Dulcimer

Singing with the Dulcimer


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Technology/Software/Amplifying


to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
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Arranging/composing for...


A group to discuss creating arrangements of songs and...
fans of Jean Ritchie

fans of Jean Ritchie


A group for those of us who have been inspired by...
Help Me Learn this Song

Help Me Learn this Song


Need help learning to play a particular song? Let...
Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


A place to share about 4-equidistant string playing, how...
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?
I have extra frets.....

I have extra frets.....


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


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Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


Ever wanted to record or post that tune, but you just...
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Dulcimer teachers


Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?
Early & Classical Music

Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
Collector's Corner

Collector's Corner


A group where collectors of antique, vintage, or rare...
UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

UK and European Mountain...


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


Regardless of what name you favor, this group is a...
Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


Recording dulcimers, vocals and other instruments in the...
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...
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Chromatic Dulcimers


For players who enjoy playing dulcimers with ALL the frets!
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video...
Civil War era music

Civil War era music


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

Galax Dulcimer Lovers


Just a group to discuss all things Galax Dulcimer. Tips...
GIG TALK!

GIG TALK!


Do you play gigs? Tell us about your good and not-so-good...
Scrap/Recycled wood Dulcimer Challenge

Scrap/Recycled wood...


A group for those thrifty and creative folk who like to...
Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


Welcome to all who play music using a bow on any type...
Challenged Players

Challenged Players


A meeting place for players dealing with disabilities.
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
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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....
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...
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...
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...
Missouri Dulcimer Players

Missouri Dulcimer Players


for all the Show Me State dulcimer players
FOTMD on the Road

FOTMD on the Road


Are your traveling, on vacation, on your way to a...
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!...
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Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


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Sun Aug 28 2022
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Cripple Creek Dulcimer

Posted: Saturday August 13 2022, 10:49 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

worldwide Play Music on the...

Posted: Saturday August 13 2022, 9:22 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Finding a tuning Peg

Posted: Friday August 12 2022, 6:25 PM
By: @Jim Schulte

Keith Young Youngster

Posted: Friday August 12 2022, 2:12 PM
By: @Dave D

Dulcimer and mandolins

Posted: Friday August 12 2022, 1:09 PM
By: @DaveBerry

Does a 2001 McSpadden...

Posted: Thursday August 11 2022, 1:13 PM
By: @Banjimer

Very frustrated!

Posted: Wednesday August 10 2022, 11:29 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

funny frets

Posted: Wednesday August 10 2022, 1:10 AM
By: @Steven Stroot

Matt Searles interviews...

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Linda Brockinton at Send in...

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By: @Lisa C

Bing Futch Workshop: Learn...

Posted: Thursday August 4 2022, 5:06 AM
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Mcspadden ginger

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By: @Lorraine

Kentucky Flood and Dulcimer...

Posted: Wednesday August 3 2022, 4:59 PM
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Ionian tuning question

Posted: Tuesday August 2 2022, 10:42 PM
By: @jost

Removable Magnetic Pickup...

Posted: Tuesday August 2 2022, 2:18 PM
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String action is too high?

Posted: Monday August 1 2022, 11:22 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Wanted: Solid Body Electric...

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By: @John C. Knopf

COVID and Nursing Home Visits

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Show Us Your Pets!

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mountain dulcimer at...

Posted: Wednesday July 27 2022, 12:18 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

International Appalachian...

Posted: Tuesday July 26 2022, 2:56 PM
By: @Alegre1

Hearts of the Dulcimer...

Posted: Monday July 25 2022, 10:00 PM
By: @Patricia Delich

Best instruction material?

Posted: Monday July 25 2022, 7:51 AM
By: @Strumelia

Bill Taylor, McSpadden...

Posted: Thursday July 21 2022, 11:05 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Other instruments / bowed...

Posted: Thursday July 21 2022, 9:16 PM
By: @Janis Lewman

Tuning peg replacement...

Posted: Thursday July 21 2022, 12:35 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

FOTMD Chat Room!

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By: @Strumelia

Switching to Mountain...

Posted: Monday July 18 2022, 8:45 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

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By: @Susie

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