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

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Latest Activity

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • a minute ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Jam chord progressions ":
"I'll bet those are the same chord progressions that guitar players use when playing accompaniment rather than melody. Knowing those progressions would..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • an hour ago • comments: 25
Posted a new Comment on Half way into a TMB ...:
"BP, Good luck on the build. I think that will be a project for me down the road, but I have other projects to complete first. Looking forward to some photos."
Don Grundy
@don-grundy • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Jam chord progressions ":
"Are there chord progressions I should know for jams?"
Benjamin W Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr • 7 hours ago • comments: 17
Liked a music item created by @robin-clark:
Gwahoddiad - ID Stamper dulcimer
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 7 hours ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Gwahoddiad - ID Stamper dulcimer:
"Beautifully played, Robin!  That's the tune of the old hymn "I Hear Thy Welcome Voice".  I have sung it occasionally in church.  It's a very pretty melody,..."
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's your favorite mournful, spooky, or lonesome song to play?":
""Little Margret", "The House Carpenter" - spooky "Old Black Joe", "The Wreck of the C&O" - mournful  "
Robin Clark
@robin-clark • 11 hours ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Gwahoddiad - ID Stamper dulcimer:
"Thanks everyone for your comments Irene - I do want to produce some more videos but I have to say I find them logistically very difficult to do.  This..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 16 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on any tips on making a replacement bridge :
"Jimmy -- You could, I suppose.  "
IRENE
@irene • 17 hours ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Gwahoddiad - ID Stamper dulcimer:
"WOW, loved that sound!!  I'd love to SEE you playing this instrument.  I looked at all the photos twice and you've done a lovely job of restoring it.  I also..."
IRENE
@irene • 17 hours ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss:
"I liked this one and it's a happy tune...wanna get up and dance.  yep.  thanks.  aloha, irene"
IRENE
@irene • 18 hours ago • comments: 46
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering -(KY):
"Hi there folks, There is a weird sign up form and asking if they can have access to my everything google....accounts and such.  So I didn't sign up that way...."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 18 hours ago • comments: 8
Liked a photos item created by @bob:
A Young Builder
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 18 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @ravenmadd-garcia:
thank you Strum!
hoodoo
@hoodoo • 19 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a youtube item created by @mark-gilston:
8th of January
Bob
@bob • 19 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on A Young Builder:
"He's very patient and focuses very well on details. I know your compliments will sure give him some enthusiasm for new projects with dad- thanks Greg"
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 19 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on A Young Builder:
"If it was my dulcimer that he helped build, he did a wonderful job.  It sounds as good as it looks.  Young Christian has a future as a luthier.  And what a..."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Lucky Diamond Dulcimer for sale":
"You're welcome, Linda. Whoever buys it will have a nice instrument. It is really wonderful to use as a noter/drone dulcimer. Ken "The dulcimer sings a..."
Bob
@bob • 19 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on A Young Builder:
"Banjimer: Bob, is that dulcimer #40 (Walnut/Butternut) that is enjoying its new home in Michigan or a new one that you and Christian are currently..."
Bob
@bob • 19 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on A Young Builder:
"Steven Berger: "Bob & Son Dulcimers"! Wouldn't that be awesome!!"
Linda2
@linda2 • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Lucky Diamond Dulcimer for sale":
"Thanks for the endorsement, Ken! It IS a nice dulcimer :)"
Skip
@skip • 20 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on any tips on making a replacement bridge :
"You might be able to get a corian sample from a Home Depot/Lowes and make one. "
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • 20 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Lucky Diamond Dulcimer for sale":
"That's a nice dulcimer. Diamond dulcimers are big. I had one in my shop for repair a couple of years ago, but it was a six-string model. I suggested to the..."
hoodoo
@hoodoo • 20 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on John Hardy:
"Thanks for the kind words. He doesn't mind the banjo or the dulcimer, but it drives him nuts when I play the harmonica (barks like mad etc)"
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • 20 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on A Young Builder:
"Bob, is that dulcimer #40 (Walnut/Butternut) that is enjoying its new home in Michigan or a new one that you and Christian are currently building?"
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 22 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on John Hardy:
"Nice playing, Hoodoo! Looks like your dog is a fan, too!"
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 22 hours ago • comments: 46
Posted a new Comment on Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering -(KY):
"This looks like fun! I'd like to go if I feel like it when the time comes to leave."
Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 22 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on A Young Builder:
""Bob & Son Dulcimers"!"
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 23 hours ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on any tips on making a replacement bridge :
"Ken Hulme: Jimmy -- Those StewMac bone bridges aren't nearly large enough for a Hughes kit.  Those kits have a 3/4" tall fretboard that does not run full..."
Dulcimer Dave
@dulcimer-dave • yesterday • comments: 18
Posted a new Comment on To Drive the Cold Winter Away:
"Simply beautiful and a gorgeous dulcimer too!  "
hoodoo
@hoodoo • yesterday • comments: 2
Posted a new YouTube video:
John Hardy
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Books and Strings:
"Nice collection of beauties! Obviously no cats live there.   That tilted pile of books hanging over the guitar makes me nervous though.  =8-o"
Linda2
@linda2 • yesterday • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Lucky Diamond Dulcimer for sale":
"Selling a 1975 Lucky Diamond dulcimer!  This is a large dulcimer, about 44” and the VSL is 28” give or take. Has a big sound as well.  Beautiful hand carved..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • yesterday • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @strumelia:
NOTICE: Forum/Group consolidations
dulcinina
@dulcinina • yesterday • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Books and Strings:
"Nice.  A picture of my room with dulcimers would be called "Mess and Strings."  Nina"
Geckostar97
@geckostar97 • yesterday • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @jack-ferguson:
Scottish thistles for a Scottish tune
Glenda  Hubbard
@glenda-hubbard • yesterday • comments: 7
Liked a soundcloud item created by @dan:
Isabella (Original Aolian Tune)
Glenda  Hubbard
@glenda-hubbard • yesterday • comments: 8
Liked a group discussions item created by @ravenmadd-garcia:
any tips on making a replacement bridge
Stewart McCormick
@stewart-mccormick • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a photos item created by @blove:
Books and Strings
jeffrey charles foster
@jeffrey-charles-foster • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Sad News":
"Ken Longfield: Friends, I just received word that Mike Slone who worked with the Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming in Hindman, KY died. I copied this from the..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on any tips on making a replacement bridge :
"Jimmy -- Those StewMac bone bridges aren't nearly large enough for a Hughes kit.  Those kits have a 3/4" tall fretboard that does not run full length.  The..."
hoodoo
@hoodoo • 2 days ago • comments: 7
Liked a soundcloud item created by @dan:
Isabella (Original Aolian Tune)
jeffrey charles foster
@jeffrey-charles-foster • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"Robin Thompson: Pets are family!   They sure are Robin Thompson"
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Where Is The Builders’ Forum?":
"Thanks Skipper, I just read Strummy’s memo."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @strumelia:
NOTICE: Forum/Group consolidations
Skip
@skip • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Where Is The Builders’ Forum?":
"It's been combined with the builders group."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 2 days ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on any tips on making a replacement bridge :
"May I suggest a bone bridge available from Stewart McDonald luthier supplies. I think that bone does a better job of transferring the tone of the strings. If..."
Jimmy Lamar
@jimmy-lamar • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Where Is The Builders’ Forum?":
"Has the builders’ forum been discontinued?"
Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a photos item created by @bob:
A Young Builder
Dan
@dan • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Liked a music item created by @hoodoo:
Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "My First String Change....Whew!!":
"Kusani: Dusty Tutle: "As you found out, it can be hard to keep the loop ends on until there is enough tension on the string."  I use a set of needle nose..."

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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...
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...
fans of Jean Ritchie

fans of Jean Ritchie


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Singing with the Dulcimer

Singing with the Dulcimer


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Technology/Software/Amplifying

Technology/Software/Amplifying


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

Arranging/composing for...


A group to discuss creating arrangements of songs and...
UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

UK and European Mountain...


A group which hopefully allows players/makers in this...
Dulcimer Therapy

Dulcimer Therapy


This group is dedicated to those that visit, or have a...
Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks

Stick Dulcimers/Strumsticks


Regardless of what name you favor, this group is a...
Dulcimer teachers

Dulcimer teachers


Do you teach dulcimer? Are you helping others to learn?
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...
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...
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...
Collector's Corner

Collector's Corner


A group where collectors of antique, vintage, or rare...
Civil War era music

Civil War era music


For discussing music that was played around the time of...
Early & Classical Music

Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
GIG TALK!

GIG TALK!


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

Baritone Dulcimer Players


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video clips...
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 of...
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...
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
California Dulcimer Dreamin'

California Dulcimer Dreamin'


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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 /...
Kentucky Dulcimer Players

Kentucky Dulcimer Players


A group for any players from Kentucky where we can meet...
Pacific Northwest Players

Pacific Northwest Players


For players who live in or have strong connections to the...
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...
AussieTalk!

AussieTalk!


For dulcimer players in Australia. -Be sure to create...
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Arkansas Mtn Dulcimer Players


For those who live in Arkansas and love playing the...
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Indiana Players


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Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
Hemlock Project work-in-progress
The Princess Royal (Set Dance)
Isabella (Original Aolian Tune)
Julie Ann Johnson
Gwahoddiad - ID Stamper dulcimer
John Lover's Gone
Mná Na HÉireann
Whiskey Before Breakfast
Battle Cry of Freedom
Sweet Hour of Prayer / I'd Rather Have Jesus
Infant Holy
Angels
O Holy Night
Christmas Medley
Winter's Turning
Simple Gifts 1873 Jacob Meadors
Brown Eyed Janie II
January 5th Waltz- on mountain dulcimer and guitar
Jesse's Carol
Blackwaterside
Lady Franklin's Lament / Lord Franklin
Joe Bane's (Barndance)
Ave Maria
The Battle of Aughrim
Pretty Saro
Once I Had A Sweetheart
Dark Grey and a kind of Beige
Hatmaker Lane
Mermaid's Song

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Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering -(KY)

Berea Traditional...


Thu May 16 2019
Gatlinburg Dulcimer Hymnposium -(TN)

Gatlinburg Dulcimer...


Fri May 17 2019
Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (California)

Berkeley Dulcimer...


Fri May 17 2019
Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas 2019 -(OR)

Dulcimer Week in the...


Sun Jun 30 2019
Duet Dulcimer Retreat -(KY)

Duet Dulcimer Retreat -(KY)


Fri Aug 23 2019
September On The Mississippi Dulcimer Retreat-(MS)

September On The...


Thu Sep 26 2019
Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival -(MS)

Delta Blues Dulcimer...


Fri Nov 15 2019

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Latest Forum Posts   All

Jam chord progressions

Posted: Thursday January 17 2019, 3:52 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

What's your favorite...

Posted: Thursday January 17 2019, 6:12 AM
By: @Steven Berger

Lucky Diamond Dulcimer for...

Posted: Wednesday January 16 2019, 8:26 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Sad News

Posted: Tuesday January 15 2019, 8:16 PM
By: @jeffrey charles foster

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Tuesday January 15 2019, 7:20 PM
By: @jeffrey charles foster

Where Is The Builders’ Forum?

Posted: Tuesday January 15 2019, 7:18 PM
By: @Jimmy Lamar

My First String...

Posted: Tuesday January 15 2019, 6:48 PM
By: @Sheryl St. Clare

NOTICE: Forum/Group...

Posted: Monday January 14 2019, 4:51 PM
By: @Bob

FolkRoots baritone...

Posted: Sunday January 13 2019, 8:49 PM
By: @James Phillips

thank you Strum!

Posted: Sunday January 13 2019, 6:49 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Musical Traditions Dulcimer...

Posted: Sunday January 13 2019, 2:30 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Do you have a pre 1989...

Posted: Wednesday January 9 2019, 11:55 PM
By: @Patricia Delich

Zither pins

Posted: Wednesday January 9 2019, 6:50 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

What songs were you taught...

Posted: Wednesday January 9 2019, 8:57 AM
By: @Jim Yates

Inexpensive short dulcimer

Posted: Tuesday January 8 2019, 10:32 PM
By: @Dulcimer Dave

Dulcimers in books & films

Posted: Tuesday January 8 2019, 10:17 PM
By: @IRENE

Narrow waisted hourglass shape

Posted: Tuesday January 8 2019, 8:55 PM
By: @Lisa

Viewing Attached photos...

Posted: Tuesday January 8 2019, 8:15 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Newbie questions - noter...

Posted: Sunday January 6 2019, 7:01 PM
By: @Pondoro

Happy Birthday to Jim...

Posted: Sunday January 6 2019, 8:28 AM
By: @Black Dog Bess

Introduce Yourself!

Posted: Saturday January 5 2019, 2:54 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

“Shinga Shing Shinga Shing...

Posted: Saturday January 5 2019, 8:17 AM
By: @Strumelia

Wanted: Randy Wilkinson tab...

Posted: Saturday January 5 2019, 7:54 AM
By: @Strumelia

what was your first song on...

Posted: Monday December 31 2018, 10:36 AM
By: @Jimmy Lamar

What do we call it?

Posted: Monday December 31 2018, 9:01 AM
By: @Benjamin W Barr Jr

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Sunday December 30 2018, 6:48 AM
By: @Glenda Hubbard

Happy Christmas To All

Posted: Thursday December 27 2018, 12:10 PM
By: @tssfulk

Got my dulcimer!

Posted: Thursday December 27 2018, 8:34 AM
By: @Pondoro

Attention Ledford owners.

Posted: Wednesday December 26 2018, 8:13 PM
By: @Dan

Need Advice--Buying a New...

Posted: Tuesday December 25 2018, 6:28 PM
By: @Kusani

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