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

Steven Berger
@steven-berger • 21 minutes ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Comes In Like A Lion:
"A great tune for the month of March, Charles! Well played!"
Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas • 53 minutes ago • comments: 1
Posted a new YouTube video:
Comes In Like A Lion
Tom McDonald
@tom-mcdonald • an hour ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on January 5th Waltz- on mountain dulcimer and guitar:
"Very nice, Robin and Mark. I tend to look through the videos, but overlook the soundclouds. Clearly, I'm missing out."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 hours ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Old Folkcraft Teardrop Kit:
"Dave, thanks for taking the time to add the 'end of the story' here.  FWIW, I think you made a good decision!  I imagine there might easily have been more..."
Bob
@bob • 3 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on 5th Annual Dutchland Dulcimer Gathering -(PA):
"What a great event this was last year! So many fantastic and interesting and very talented people. (My first ever Dulcimer Festival) Looking forward to..."
Bob
@bob • 3 hours ago • comments: 1
Carolyn Bausinger
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 4 hours ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Prayer Before Daybreak working title:
"Hey, thank you, @Sam !  "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 4 hours ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on January 5th Waltz- on mountain dulcimer and guitar:
"@Randy-Adams To my ear, the noter is the thing on this tune-- there's not a lot to the tune itself.  And, sometimes, long noter slides are just fun.  "
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 5 hours ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on January 5th Waltz- on mountain dulcimer and guitar:
"The noter just tears into it. It's startling!"
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • 5 hours ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on January 5th Waltz- on mountain dulcimer and guitar:
"The more I listen to this tune the more I love it!"
Sam
@sam • 5 hours ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on West Virginia Hills - A W Jeffreys Dulcimer:
"Just happened up on this Robin. I'm from the West Virginia Hills. Here's a link to my very poor effort at playing our state song."
Sam
@sam • 5 hours ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Prayer Before Daybreak working title:
"Lilting, haunting and very pleasing. Nice to just close my eyes, relax and listen. "
Carolyn Bausinger
Bob
@bob • 7 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Keith Young Teardrop:
"Beautiful wood and love that f sound hole!"
Bob
@bob • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a photos item created by @dave-d: Keith Young Teardrop
Bob
@bob • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a photos item created by @dave-d: Keith Young Teardrop
Bob
@bob • 8 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Build Workshops:
"Ken Hulme: Greg -- I live down in Fort Myers and can help you with building a dulcimer if you want.  I've built a couple hundred over the years...  What..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a photos item created by @dave-d: Keith Young Teardrop
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a photos item created by @dave-d: Keith Young Teardrop
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 9 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Keith Young Teardrop:
"What a beauty! "
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 9 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a photos item created by @dave-d: Keith Young Teardrop
Dave D
@dave-d • 11 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Label reading help/late revival dulcimer":
"I picked up a 1977 three string McSpadden M8-W the other day.  I had questions about the bridge and about the model number and contacted Jim Woods at The..."
Dave D
Dave D
@dave-d • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
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Dave D
@dave-d • 13 hours ago • comments: 11
Posted a new Comment on Old Folkcraft Teardrop Kit:
"Just wanted to put a bow on this thread. I did end up talking to Richard Ash at Folkcraft about the kit and options for the fretboard. Richard was very..."
Kusani
@kusani • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "To hollow or not to hollow that is the question?":
"I totally agree with Ken.  I hollow all my fretboards to approx. 1/4" thick on the sides and top.  The hollow runs from the nut area and stops just short of..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 16 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "To hollow or not to hollow that is the question?":
"I would hollow.  Or even make the fretboard from three pieces of 1/4" wood in an open box shape.  The fretboard is a massive brace running lengthwise and..."
Matt Berg
@matt-berg • 18 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "To hollow or not to hollow that is the question?":
"On a typical dulcimer, as opposed to a ukulele or guitar, the vibrations from the strings get transmitted to the soundboard through the fretboard.  A heavy..."
dulcimerroo
@dulcimerroo • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Your Three Favorite Songs":
"At the moment: Slumber My Darling by Steven Foster I live Not Where I Love an Irish air How Great Though Art And I am not sure it is a song but Chinese..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "To hollow or not to hollow that is the question?":
"Hollowing the fretboard saves weight and adds more cubic inches of soundbox, and usually yields a little more sound. All things being equal, it's a good..."
dulcimerroo
@dulcimerroo • yesterday • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "To hollow or not to hollow that is the question?":
"I have acquired an old dulcimer it is a bit of a wreck and will need restoration. Among things that need replacing is the fingerboard, I have just removed..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Build Workshops:
"Dwain Wilder of Bear Meadow Dulcimers teaches beginning, intermediate, and advanced dulcimer building classes.  I know one person who did at least one of the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Your Three Favorite Songs":
"Favorites?  Depends on my mood. I will say that I think the two most beautiful melodies ever written are Danny Boy (Londonderry Air) and Greensleeves."
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Your Three Favorite Songs":
"Three that have some meaning for me: There's A Meeting Here Tonight sung by the Limeliters Jimmy Newman written and sung by Tom Paxton Paradise written..."
Banjimer
@greg-gunner • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Your Three Favorite Songs":
"I'll stick to my three favorite old ballads, all of which sound great either fingerdance-drone or noter-drone style: Lord Lovel (Frank Proffitt Version)..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Build Workshops:
"Greg -- I live down in Fort Myers and can help you with building a dulcimer if you want.  I've built a couple hundred over the years...  What kind (shape..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Your Three Favorite Songs":
"Only 3???Lay The Bend To The Bonnie Broom -- an early version of Child Ballad #1 Riddles Wisely Expounded, which we know as The Riddle SongMassacre At..."
Bill in NM
@bill-in-nm • yesterday • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Your Three Favorite Songs":
"Three of my favorites are:      The Parting Glass (traditional Irish)      Song of the Chanter (not technically a song, because there are no words as far..."
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "For sale: Ron Gibson baritone MD... PRICE REDUCED: $400!":
"Thank you, Lisa."
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "For sale: Ron Gibson baritone MD... PRICE REDUCED: $400!":
"Lisa, actually, Richard referred a friend in his dulcimer club."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "For sale: Ron Gibson baritone MD... PRICE REDUCED: $400!":
"I think Richard is the perfect new owner for this baritone.  Win/win situation!  I'll delete this thread later today Terry, and thank you for your FOTMD..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Build Workshops:
"The only ones I've heard of are those offered at the John C. Campbell School of Folk Music (in Brasstown, NC), the ones John Huron (of Bristol, TN) offered..."
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Build Workshops:
"Dulcimer U formerly has offered a building class. Also John C Campbell Folk Center has a building class. Hope that helps."
Tanstaafl
@tanstaafl • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Created a new Group discussion "Dulcimer Build Workshops":
"I've searched around on the web a bit and can't find many (if any) dulcimer building workshops.  I've found a lot of kits and they seem fairly..."
Dulcimer Making
Glenda  Hubbard
@glenda-hubbard • 2 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on "Long Tom" poplar hourglass dulcimer:
" WoW! What a beautiful dulcimer love the black finish."
Glenda  Hubbard
@glenda-hubbard • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @robin-thompson: Play Music On The Porch Day 2019
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 2 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on "Long Tom" poplar hourglass dulcimer:
"Nope-- same size as yours, David!  And much more playable."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Play Music On The Porch Day 2019":
"@david-bennett I remember that video!  It's such a fun idea, I'm hoping to get somebody(s) to join Mark & me on the porch this year.  "
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "For sale: Ron Gibson baritone MD... PRICE REDUCED: $400!":
"SOLD!!! Thanks be to FOTMD and my good friend Richard Steib, one of our members. Terry"

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Beginner players

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The Music Theory Corner

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A Group to talk about Music Theory!
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Help Me Learn this Song


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Home Studio Recording


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Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


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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


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Baritone Dulcimer Players

Baritone Dulcimer Players


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Civil War era music

Civil War era music


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Early & Classical Music


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Call the Tune

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GIG TALK!


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Box Dulcimers


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Galax Dulcimer Lovers


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Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


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Scrap/Recycled wood Dulcimer Challenge

Scrap/Recycled wood...


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Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


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Chromatic Dulcimers

Chromatic Dulcimers


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Missouri Dulcimer Players


for all the Show Me State dulcimer players
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Above the Bright Blue / Angel Band
Troublesome Creek
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Amazing Grace
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Blessed Assurance
Hemlock Project updated version
Skye Boat Song
Slieve Russell Jig.
Flowers of the Forest
Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
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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
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Infant Holy
Angels
O Holy Night
Christmas Medley
Winter's Turning
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Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering -(KY)

Berea Traditional...


Thu May 16 2019
Gatlinburg Dulcimer Hymnposium -(TN)

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Fri May 17 2019
Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (California)

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Fri May 17 2019
Arkladulcifest -(AR)

Arkladulcifest -(AR)


Thu Jun 6 2019
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
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

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Label reading help/late...

Posted: Saturday February 16 2019, 12:24 PM
By: @Dave D

To hollow or not to hollow...

Posted: Saturday February 16 2019, 10:17 AM
By: @Kusani

Your Three Favorite Songs

Posted: Saturday February 16 2019, 12:02 AM
By: @dulcimerroo

For sale: Ron Gibson...

Posted: Friday February 15 2019, 11:45 AM
By: @Terry Wilson

Play Music On The Porch Day...

Posted: Friday February 15 2019, 8:42 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Buying in Europe

Posted: Thursday February 14 2019, 3:33 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Frank Proffitt Mountain...

Posted: Wednesday February 13 2019, 7:00 PM
By: @Banjimer

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Monday February 11 2019, 9:55 PM
By: @Anne Maguire

Oddball double fretboard...

Posted: Monday February 11 2019, 5:08 PM
By: @Lisa

Blackbird

Posted: Sunday February 10 2019, 11:36 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

In What Key is The CC-A-D...

Posted: Sunday February 10 2019, 9:48 PM
By: @Jimmy Lamar

Tiny brass dulcimer.

Posted: Sunday February 10 2019, 2:41 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Synthetic fretboard

Posted: Saturday February 9 2019, 9:05 PM
By: @Skip

Rockwell Baritone

Posted: Friday February 8 2019, 10:17 PM
By: @Monica

Mccafferty Dulcimer for sale

Posted: Friday February 8 2019, 9:57 PM
By: @Monica

Joseph Atwell Suddreth 1981...

Posted: Friday February 8 2019, 8:21 PM
By: @Bob

No Strum hollow

Posted: Friday February 8 2019, 5:35 PM
By: @Lisa

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Friday February 8 2019, 4:55 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Builder Jim Trantham

Posted: Friday February 8 2019, 1:51 PM
By: @Richard Streib

How Do I Attach Photos To A...

Posted: Thursday February 7 2019, 5:40 PM
By: @Strumelia

Jam chord progressions

Posted: Thursday February 7 2019, 5:05 PM
By: @Don Grundy

Playing dulcimer with a...

Posted: Wednesday February 6 2019, 10:55 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Luthiers - Cedar Creek?

Posted: Wednesday February 6 2019, 7:52 PM
By: @John Keane

MacSpadden dulcimer for sale

Posted: Wednesday February 6 2019, 3:04 PM
By: @Celtic Cowboy

John Knopf Galax dulcimer...

Posted: Wednesday February 6 2019, 1:51 PM
By: @Strumelia

Shipping in the cold

Posted: Tuesday February 5 2019, 8:56 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

What's your favorite...

Posted: Monday February 4 2019, 11:03 PM
By: @steve c.

Modern Mountain Dulcimer by...

Posted: Monday February 4 2019, 9:56 PM
By: @Gary Warnock

Milford Blevins Bass...

Posted: Monday February 4 2019, 8:10 PM
By: @steve c.

Beautiful Custom McSpadden...

Posted: Monday February 4 2019, 7:27 PM
By: @Gary Warnock

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