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

Glenda  Hubbard
@glenda-hubbard • 2 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Pretty Little Pink:
"Reminds me of The Coo Coo  or Polly Pretty Polly. Very nice! "
Glenda  Hubbard
@glenda-hubbard • 2 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Virginia Dulcimer Players:
"Great Bobby! I'll be looking forward to. hopefully in a few weeks. "
Sean Ruprecht-Belt
@sean-belt • 2 hours ago • comments: 9
Posted a new Comment on Pretty Little Pink:
"Strumelia: This is very beautiful and mournful, Sean.  Great band! Thanks!  Means a lot coming from someone as talented as you."
Ron Zuckerman
@ron-zuckerman • 2 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Black Mountain Rag:
"@Dusty-Turtle Steal away!"
Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers • 7 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Virginia Dulcimer Players:
"@Glenda-Hubbard next time you come to Haysi let me know and Deborah and I will come over and play some dulcimore with you."
Benjamin W Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Norwegian dulcimer duet
Benjamin W Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 8 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @ron-zuckerman: Black Mountain Rag
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 8 hours ago • comments: 12
Posted a new Comment on Prayer Before Daybreak Duo Mountain Dulcimer And Guitar:
"@Irene & @Ariane Thank you, ladies, for your wonderful replies to the tune!   Home is my favorite place to play and my sweetheart is my favorite playing..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 9 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on (another) Berea Traditional Gathering Video - 2019:
"Great video of our Gathering!  We're glad you had a good time, and hope you'll come back for more next year!"
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston: Norwegian dulcimer duet
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @ron-zuckerman: Wonderful Words of Life
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 11 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @ron-zuckerman: Black Mountain Rag
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @ron-zuckerman: It Is Well With My Soul
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 17 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Black Mountain Rag:
"I really like the harmony part you guys add here.  I might have to steal that. "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 18 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Wood Identification Question:
"Yep -- need a larger picture to see the grain and surface texture..."
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Updated a YouTube Video:
Norwegian dulcimer duet
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Norwegian dulcimer duet
dulcinina
@dulcinina • 19 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on (another) Berea Traditional Gathering Video - 2019:
"Great video and wonderful shots of our weekend and your side trips.  It brought back lovely memories.  Nina"
Ron Zuckerman
@ron-zuckerman • 20 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Wonderful Words of Life
marg
@marg • 20 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Just Walk . Martin Oesterle Dulcimus Konzertdulcimer:
"Very impressive I also like your capo, I was trying to coming up with one for my dulciborn. I thought about something like yours but never found something..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 20 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Wood Identification Question:
"I can't see it well enough to tell.  Can you post a larger photo, please?"
Ron Zuckerman
@ron-zuckerman • 20 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new YouTube video:
Black Mountain Rag
james kaulback
@james-kaulback • 20 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on gallery images:
"These are my newest tiger dulcimers. They can be bowed, strummed or finger picked. Top surface and fret board are bocote wood. They both have internal..."
marg
@marg • 20 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on Emmas Waltz E-Dulcimer 5-String:
"Beautiful both in sound and looks. Not sure if I have ever seen a tab for 5 strings like yours, at first I thought maybe you were playing just 3 strings..."
james kaulback
marg
@marg • 20 hours ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on The Water Is Wide:
"Question: The GT-1 you use on your solid-body electric dulcimer, I'm thinking tuned DAA. My dulcimer I have set up with the GT-1 is tuned DAd, if I would..."
JCM
@jcm • 20 hours ago • comments: 2
Created a new Group discussion "Wood Identification Question":
"Hi everyone,  so I read about and have gotten into the whole re-use/re-purpose wood thing.  And the dulcimer I'm building will be constructed totally from..."
Dulcimer Making
Ballad Gal
@ballad-gal • 20 hours ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on (another) Berea Traditional Gathering Video - 2019:
"Thanks everyone for your kind comments. Yes, Dan, you may post a link to the video on your website. Ann"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a youtube item created by @ron-zuckerman: It Is Well With My Soul
Ron Zuckerman
@ron-zuckerman • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
It Is Well With My Soul
Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"Thanks everyone. I usually just increase as my legs and feet allow. Having a bit of paralysis in my legs sometimes I have to cut the day short, sometimes I..."
robert schuler
@robert-schuler • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"Slate Creek Dulcimers: Two miles on the fatbike today. Had to push about 1/4 mile of it. I'll gradually increase by about 1/2 mile per day until I get back..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"Bobby, you might want to reduce your rate of increase a little- adding 1 mile per week, or 1.5 mi per week gives your body a chance to build the muscles and..."
Andreas Fischer
@andreas-fischer • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"That sounds like a good plan, keep on riding"
Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers • 22 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a photos item created by @james-kaulback: gallery images
Slate Creek Dulcimers
@slate-creek-dulcimers • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"Two miles on the fatbike today. Had to push about 1/4 mile of it. I'll gradually increase by about 1/2 mile per day until I get back to 8 to 10 miles."
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 22 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on gallery images:
"Wow those are beautiful!!!"
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich • 22 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"There is so much beauty around us.....  we just need to stop for a moment and listen!"
james kaulback
Bob
@bob • yesterday • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @gail-webber: Edd Presnell dulcimer
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @lora: Marvin Hilla dulcimer
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Edd Presnell dulcimer":
"That wood is so nice.  Love the upside-down hearts! "
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"Lulu: I actually made popcorn for my dinner.  Ate a big bowl while watching some episodes of "Victoria" season 3.    I'm a popcorn addict.  My earliest..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Edd Presnell dulcimer":
"What a BEAUTY!"
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • yesterday • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on (another) Berea Traditional Gathering Video - 2019:
"Thank you, Ann, for this beautiful video and photos of our exciting Berea weekend, and bonus material, too!  Now you know why I like the historic South!"
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"It sounds like Angus left you with many wonderful memories.  Sorry he had to go, but know he'll be waiting for you with all 4 legs on the other side."
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel • yesterday • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on (another) Berea Traditional Gathering Video - 2019:
"Great counterpoint to our session in town, Ann.  I think your ending with John Jacob Niles' poem about "When I am just a whisper in the wind" leaves whispers..."
Bill S
@bill-s • yesterday • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on (another) Berea Traditional Gathering Video - 2019:
"Lovely video.  The desserts are enough to make me want to go.  I think I could live in such a beautiful area..  "
Gail Webber
@gail-webber • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Edd Presnell dulcimer":
"Thank you Dan."
Dan
@dan • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Edd Presnell dulcimer":
"$400 - $500"

Join a Group!   All

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...
Fingerpicking

Fingerpicking


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

Modern/Chord style Players


Do you play chords and fret across all strings? Then this...
Hymn and Worship Song Players

Hymn and Worship Song Players


a place to share the hymns and worship songs we are playing.
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.
Mountain Dulcimer History & Traditions

Mountain Dulcimer History &...


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

Singing with the Dulcimer


Here's a group for those of us who are interested in...
Technology/Software/Amplifying

Technology/Software/Amplifying


to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
fans of Jean Ritchie

fans of Jean Ritchie


A group for those of us who have been inspired by...
Arranging/composing for Dulcimers

Arranging/composing for...


A group to discuss creating arrangements of songs and...
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...
Dulcimer teachers

Dulcimer teachers


Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?
UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

UK and European Mountain...


A group which hopefully allows players/makers in this...
Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


Recording dulcimers, vocals and other instruments in the...
Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


Ever wanted to record or post that tune, but you just...
Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks

Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks


Regardless of what name you favor, this group is a...
I have extra frets.....

I have extra frets.....


This group is for those who have a 1 1/2 fret, an 8 1/2...
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...
Collector's Corner

Collector's Corner


A group where collectors of antique, vintage, or rare...
Early & Classical Music

Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video clips...
GIG TALK!

GIG TALK!


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

Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
Civil War era music

Civil War era music


For discussing music that was played around the time of...
Box Dulcimers

Box Dulcimers


A group for those who play, make, or admire all types of...
Galax Dulcimer Lovers

Galax Dulcimer Lovers


Just a group to discuss all things Galax Dulcimer. Tips...
Chromatic Dulcimers

Chromatic Dulcimers


For players who enjoy playing dulcimers with ALL the frets!
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...
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.
California Dulcimer Dreamin'

California Dulcimer Dreamin'


For dulcimer players living in or just visiting California
NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer players

NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer...


For those of us who live in the northeastern United States.
Michigan Dulcimer Players Thumbs UP

Michigan Dulcimer Players...


All Players in Michigan
Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts

Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts


Howdy ya'll! Come on by for a cup o' joe and jammin....
Virginia Dulcimer Players

Virginia Dulcimer Players


Just thought it would be neet to know how many other...
North Carolinians Plus

North Carolinians Plus


The Three Sides of North Carolina: Mountains / Piedmont /...
Florida Sunshine Dulcimer Group

Florida Sunshine Dulcimer...


Florida Dulcimer Players
West Virginia players

West Virginia players


A group just for dulcimer players in beautiful West...
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...
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...
AussieTalk!

AussieTalk!


For dulcimer players in Australia. -Be sure to create...
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...
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Site Moderators Group


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Latest Audio

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Pretty Little Pink
There Is A Fountain
Prayer Before Daybreak Duo Mountain Dulcimer And Guitar
Duet Minuet
Reubens Train
Hanged Man's Reel
Shenandoah
Amazing Grace
"Kentucky Scale" of Warren May (later version)
Just As I Am
Wildwood Flower
Cantiga 1- Des Oge Mais Quer'eu Trobar
Divinum Mysterium
Phrygian Sunrise
Bruton Town.
Spotted Pony
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Mule tracks up and down the fretboard
Pretty Polly II
Old Chook
Flying Solo
Line From Maya (aka Doo Doo Song)
Cluck Old Hen
Bittersweet Memories
na-beanna-boirche
Distant Thunder
In The Sweet By And By
Gaudete
Gymnopedie #1
Pigtown Fling

Coming Events   All

Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas 2019 -(OR)

Dulcimer Week in the...


Sun Jun 30 2019
5th Annual Dutchland Dulcimer Gathering -(PA)

5th Annual Dutchland...


Fri Jul 26 2019
Redwood Dulcimer Day

Redwood Dulcimer Day


Sat Aug 17 2019
Duet Dulcimer Retreat -(KY)

Duet Dulcimer Retreat -(KY)


Fri Aug 23 2019
25th Annual Harvest Festival of Dulcimers -(CA)

25th Annual Harvest...


Sat Sep 21 2019
September On The Mississippi Dulcimer Retreat-(MS)

September On The...


Thu Sep 26 2019
Black Mountain Music Festival -(NC)

Black Mountain Music...


Sat Oct 12 2019
Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival, Clarksdale -(MS)

Delta Blues Dulcimer...


Thu Apr 16 2020

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Latest Forum Posts   All

Healthy Living- healthy...

Posted: Sunday June 16 2019, 7:40 PM
By: @Slate Creek Dulcimers

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Sunday June 16 2019, 7:05 PM
By: @Cindy Stammich

Edd Presnell dulcimer

Posted: Sunday June 16 2019, 3:53 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

What's fer dinner?

Posted: Sunday June 16 2019, 3:36 PM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Sunday June 16 2019, 3:07 PM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

New Bowed Psaltery Day

Posted: Friday June 14 2019, 5:43 PM
By: @Susie

So if Jesus came to dinner,...

Posted: Friday June 14 2019, 10:48 AM
By: @Bill S

McSpadden 2002 FM12S Spruce...

Posted: Friday June 14 2019, 8:55 AM
By: @Geckostar97

Any Advice on the McSpadden...

Posted: Wednesday June 12 2019, 11:21 PM
By: @dave3831

Repurposing bamboo things...

Posted: Wednesday June 12 2019, 5:44 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Your Three Favorite Songs

Posted: Wednesday June 12 2019, 8:29 AM
By: @Belinda Link

McCafferty Dulcimer $900

Posted: Tuesday June 11 2019, 9:56 AM
By: @Gail Webber

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Monday June 10 2019, 9:33 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Cherry Dulcimer for sale

Posted: Sunday June 9 2019, 7:51 PM
By: @Brother Mark Ligett

McSpadden flathead design

Posted: Sunday June 9 2019, 11:18 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Swedish Hummel for sale

Posted: Sunday June 9 2019, 11:16 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

Choose just ONE song for...

Posted: Sunday June 9 2019, 8:16 AM
By: @hugssandi

Eppinette, Scheitholt, and...

Posted: Friday June 7 2019, 7:43 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Contra dancing :)

Posted: Friday June 7 2019, 9:30 AM
By: @Strumelia

Remembering D-Day

Posted: Tuesday June 4 2019, 9:47 PM
By: @Salt Springs

Travel dulcimer

Posted: Tuesday June 4 2019, 12:19 PM
By: @Richard Streib

Your next performance?

Posted: Sunday June 2 2019, 8:53 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Sarah Kate Morgan live!

Posted: Sunday June 2 2019, 3:07 PM
By: @Dan

Hearts Of The Dulcimer...

Posted: Saturday June 1 2019, 11:30 PM
By: @Don Grundy

Forming a dulcimer club

Posted: Saturday June 1 2019, 3:18 PM
By: @Onemom22boys

Dulcimer maker gathering?

Posted: Friday May 31 2019, 11:29 PM
By: @IRENE

RIP Leon Redbone

Posted: Thursday May 30 2019, 6:51 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Vintage Harmony H162...

Posted: Tuesday May 28 2019, 9:37 PM
By: @Geckostar97

Germany

Posted: Monday May 27 2019, 12:25 PM
By: @Andreas Fischer

What are you reading right...

Posted: Sunday May 26 2019, 10:54 AM
By: @IRENE

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