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

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 30 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bonnie Carrol dulcimers vs Ron Gibson dulcimers?":
"I've played both instruments.  And I know Bonnie Carrol personally, from "the old days".  No, Bonnie's dulcimers do not sound 4x as good as a Ron Gibson, or..."
notsothoreau
@notsothoreau • 34 minutes ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Bonnie Carrol dulcimers vs Ron Gibson dulcimers?":
"I have a Ron Gibson on layaway (which I think really helps you afford a better instrument.) I haven't seen the Bonnie Carol dulcimers, so can't compare. I..."
Elvensong
@elvensong • 52 minutes ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Geburtstagskind (birthday child):
"Ariane: @Elvensong - thank you very much for your very kind comment - I play MD, Ukulele, alto Glockenspiel, Kalimba and soprano recorder.   Please find..."
Elvensong
@elvensong • an hour ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on History:
"Ariane: This picture and the story is so touching - children are the best!  Children, music and dogs are the magic that makes life worth living!"
Virginia Hogfiddler
@virginia-hogfiddler • 2 hours ago • comments: 17
Posted a new Comment on Need pointers for playing witha quill:
"I have the same problem David. Every now and then I try a quill and I'm never satisfied with the sound. I have actually been playing with a quill the past..."
Virginia Hogfiddler
@virginia-hogfiddler • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Turkey feather/quills for sale":
"Thanks friend!"
Adrian E
@adrian-e • 2 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Bonnie Carrol dulcimers vs Ron Gibson dulcimers?":
"Bonnie Carol dulcimers seem to average about $1,300 or so brand new, whilst Ron Gibson dulcimers seem to average about $330 or so brand new. So the Bonnie..."
musicman
@musicman • 4 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on First Try at Tabedit:
"The Tabledit program is like your dulcimer. The more you use it, the better you will become. If you are a registered user of Tabledit, you should download..."
Jim Soltis
Ariane
@ariane • 7 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on History:
"What a cool photo Dean! "
Ariane
@ariane • 7 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on History:
"This picture and the story is so touching - children are the best! "
Ariane
@ariane • 7 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on it's the simple things...:
"Very beautiful "
Elvensong
@elvensong • 9 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on History:
"Strumelia: Great photo!   And to think you are both here now over 30 years later, tapping away on your computer keyboards at other dulcimer players...."
Tumbleweed
@tumbleweed • 12 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on History:
"She is a cutie!!"
Adrian E
@adrian-e • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Pick paranoia!":
"I like very thin, flexible picks. They produce a very responsive, lively tone. The tone from using thick picks is very dull in comparison. I discovered the..."
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf • 14 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "rebuilding a MD":
"Sometimes the fiber washers are the culprit on that type of tuner.  There should be 2 to each tuner, and they tighten against the wood of the pegbox to hold..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 14 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on History:
"Great photo! And to think you are both here now over 30 years later, tapping away on your computer keyboards at other dulcimer players.   "
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 15 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on On Jordan's Stormy Banks:
"Very soothing and inspirational. Thanks"
John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry • 15 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on it's the simple things...:
"Beautifully simple. Enjoyed it."
notsothoreau
@notsothoreau • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Pick paranoia!":
"https://dulcimer-noter-drone.blogspot.com/2009/03/take-your-pick.html   Thought I should like this nice article from Strumelia's blog, for reference."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 16 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Turkey feather/quills for sale":
"Good lookin' quills Bobby!  Better jump on these folks -- good quills at a good price.  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 16 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "rebuilding a MD":
"No need to remove/clean/oil those tuners; just tighten them up say a quarter or half turn to start.  Then try things to see if they hold the tuning better...."
Elvensong
@elvensong • 16 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on History:
"Oh and I just realized THAT is my $100 friction peg kit dulcimer I mentioned in my profile. I miss you old friend. The dulcimer, not you Frank. I..."
jp
@jp • 16 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "rebuilding a MD":
"here are some pics of what i am dealing with... looks pretty simple but sometimes its the simple that gets ya.... i just want them to work smoothly and hold..."
Elvensong
@elvensong • 16 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on History:
"This was the studio where I retreated after Frank ditched me to move to the wrong coast. And my baby Blue Lion, 24 years ago. And all that gear you see..."
Stewart McCormick
@stewart-mccormick • 16 hours ago • comments: 7
Liked a photos item created by @elvensong:
History
Elvensong
@elvensong • 16 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on History:
"Robin Thompson: Way cool photo.      Belly dancers, eh?  :) Yep. And they were really good! I had to douse myself before I went on stage lol. But it..."
Virginia Hogfiddler
@virginia-hogfiddler • 17 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on The Cumberland, noter/drone travel dulcimer.:
"Robin Thompson: What a neat little critter!  Thanks Sis! It's a tiny little piggy!"
jp
@jp • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "rebuilding a MD":
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Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 17 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on The Cumberland, noter/drone travel dulcimer.:
"What a neat little critter! "
Robin Thompson
Elvensong
@elvensong • 17 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on History:
"My oldest daughter Cerise at 5 years old. She would grab her chair from her bedroom and come out and "play" with Dad while he practiced. This melts my..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 17 hours ago • comments: 1
Liked a photos item created by @elvensong:
History
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 17 hours ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on History:
"Precious."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 17 hours ago • comments: 5
Liked a photos item created by @elvensong:
History
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 17 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on History:
"Way cool photo.    Belly dancers, eh?  :)"
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 17 hours ago • comments: 7
Liked a photos item created by @elvensong:
History
Elvensong
@elvensong • 17 hours ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on History:
"This is the photo we submitted with our audition tape for the1986 Seattle Folklife Festival and the 1986 World's Fair in Vancouver, B.C. This was back when..."
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "rebuilding a MD":
"jp, if you are able to post photos, it may help folks offer the most helpful advice.  "
Virginia Hogfiddler
@virginia-hogfiddler • 17 hours ago • comments: 7
Liked a photos item created by @elvensong:
History
Virginia Hogfiddler
@virginia-hogfiddler • 17 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on I feel like traveling on:
"Rob N Lackey: Sounds good, Bobby.  Good to see you on here again!     Thanks Rob! Great to be back!"
Elvensong
@elvensong • 17 hours ago • comments: 7
History
dulcimer boys_1 budding-musician_3 studio in 1987
Virginia Hogfiddler
@virginia-hogfiddler • 17 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on The Cumberland, noter/drone travel dulcimer.:
"Strumelia: That's sweet! Thank you!"
notsothoreau
@notsothoreau • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Pick paranoia!":
"I did try a credit card pick, which seems to work better than the light ones I have. The trip to the music store will have to wait until the broke down..."
Elvensong
@elvensong • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Signed @virginia-hogfiddler's Guestbook:
"I LOVE your avatar! And I loved the noter/drone photos, what a beauty! Dean"
Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey • 17 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on I feel like traveling on:
"Sounds good, Bobby.  Good to see you on here again!  "
Strumelia
@strumelia • 17 hours ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on The Cumberland, noter/drone travel dulcimer.:
"That's sweet!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 17 hours ago • comments: 2
Liked a youtube item created by @virginia-hogfiddler:
I feel like traveling on
Virginia Hogfiddler
@virginia-hogfiddler • 18 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new YouTube video:
I feel like traveling on
Virginia Hogfiddler

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Beginner players

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OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players

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a place to share the hymns and worship songs we are playing.
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The Music Theory Corner

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fans of Jean Ritchie


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Arranging for Dulcimers


A group to discuss creating arrangements of songs for...
Mountain Dulcimer History

Mountain Dulcimer History


Share historical information on the history and...
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Dulcimer Therapy


This group is dedicated to those that visit, or have a...
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Technology/Software/Amplifying


to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
Help Me Learn this Song

Help Me Learn this Song


Need help learning to play a particular song? Let...
Little Dulcimers

Little Dulcimers


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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.....


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Call the Tune

Call the Tune


"Call the Tune" is a place to post audio and video clips...
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...
Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


A place to share about 4-equidistant string playing, how...
Box Dulcimers

Box Dulcimers


A group for those who play, make, or admire all types of...
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...
Early & Classical Music

Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
Baritone Dulcimer Players

Baritone Dulcimer Players


A Group for discussing the unique aspects of playing...
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...
The Bass Dulcimer

The Bass Dulcimer


This group is for anyone interested in sharing tips and...
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!
Challenged Players

Challenged Players


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NorthEastern U.S. dulcimer...


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

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Virginia Dulcimer Players

Virginia Dulcimer Players


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Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts


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

California Dulcimer Dreamin'


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North Carolinians Plus

North Carolinians Plus


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Kentucky Dulcimer Players


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Pacific Northwest Players

Pacific Northwest Players


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West Virginia players

West Virginia players


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6 string dulcimers

6 string dulcimers


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Florida Sunshine Dulcimer Group

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Florida Dulcimer Players
Composing and Songwriting

Composing and Songwriting


Do you like composing original songs? Are you writing a...
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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!


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Dulcimore Wind
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Elzic's Farewell/Greasy Coat
Nicaea (Dykes 1861)
Sweet Hour of Prayer
Geburtstagskind (birthday child)
I like the flowers - canon
The Woman I Never Forgot.
Maienzeit bannet Leid
Waterswivel- on lap dulcimer & guitar
Teamwork: Star of the Country Down
Teamwork - Star of the County Down
Amazing Grace (Wheel Hog Fiddle)
What New Shoes Cost- ballad work-in-progress
Little Scioto- on mountain dulcimer & guitar
Up to 5 cups a day - seems to be okay : )
Sleet & Freezing Rain- guitar and mountain dulcimer
Rodney's Glory  (Set Dance)
Dat Du min Leevsten büst
The Well Below the Valley.
Southwind
The Rowan Tree
Angelina Baker
The trip we took over the mountain (Irish Waltz)
The Long Ago
Pièce de la Bretagne
Sunday Creek- mountain dulcimer & guitar
Farewell to Uist
Road to Lisdoonvarna
Sunday Creek Watershed work-in-progress

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Mountaineer Dulcimer Convention -(WV)

Mountaineer Dulcimer...


Sat Apr 21 2018
Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (CA)

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Fri May 4 2018
Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival -(VA)

Crooked Road Dulcimer...


Thu May 24 2018
Southern Wisconsin Dulcimer Festival -(WI)

Southern Wisconsin...


Fri Jun 1 2018
Arkladulcifest 2018 -(AR)

Arkladulcifest 2018 -(AR)


Thu Jun 7 2018
Festival Le Son Continu -(FR)

Festival Le Son Continu...


Thu Jul 12 2018
4th Annual Dutchland Dulcimer Gathering -(PA)

4th Annual Dutchland...


Fri Jul 13 2018
9th Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Festival -(NM)

9th Annual New Mexico...


Fri Oct 19 2018
Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering -(KY)

Berea Traditional...


Thu May 16 2019

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Latest Forum Posts   All

Bonnie Carrol dulcimers vs...

Posted: Thursday April 19 2018, 12:42 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Turkey feather/quills for sale

Posted: Thursday April 19 2018, 10:56 AM
By: @Virginia Hogfiddler

Pick paranoia!

Posted: Wednesday April 18 2018, 11:32 PM
By: @Adrian E

rebuilding a MD

Posted: Wednesday April 18 2018, 10:23 PM
By: @John C. Knopf

Hearts Of The Dulcimer...

Posted: Wednesday April 18 2018, 11:24 AM
By: @Patricia Delich

What Are You Working On?

Posted: Monday April 16 2018, 8:13 PM
By: @Bob

Activity Feed 'Spamming'

Posted: Monday April 16 2018, 4:04 PM
By: @Elvensong

new member

Posted: Sunday April 15 2018, 8:21 PM
By: @Gale A Barr

Hoping for donated beginner...

Posted: Sunday April 15 2018, 4:03 PM
By: @Strumelia

Free Tabs: "Der Heiland ist...

Posted: Saturday April 14 2018, 9:31 PM
By: @Ariosta

Everything Dulcimer -...

Posted: Saturday April 14 2018, 5:15 PM
By: @Joseph Besse

Finding Dulcimer Luthiers

Posted: Saturday April 14 2018, 8:07 AM
By: @Ken Hulme

In a jam about a jam...

Posted: Thursday April 12 2018, 7:29 PM
By: @Erna Schram

Dulcimer for Sale

Posted: Tuesday April 10 2018, 10:25 PM
By: @IndyJohn

Ledford dulcimer notice

Posted: Tuesday April 10 2018, 10:12 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Confused Beginner.

Posted: Tuesday April 10 2018, 8:11 PM
By: @Strumelia

Tell us about your VERY...

Posted: Tuesday April 10 2018, 5:52 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Thumb Pick And Strumming

Posted: Tuesday April 10 2018, 4:19 PM
By: @MTWaggin

Possible Source of Wood for...

Posted: Tuesday April 10 2018, 3:45 PM
By: @notsothoreau

Anyone from TN?

Posted: Monday April 9 2018, 7:39 AM
By: @Cheryl Forget

Interlochen Workshop with...

Posted: Sunday April 8 2018, 11:04 PM
By: @Joyce Hibbard

Boys of Wexford and Banish...

Posted: Sunday April 8 2018, 12:15 PM
By: @Joyce Hibbard

Integral fret board and peg...

Posted: Sunday April 8 2018, 5:44 AM
By: @Dan

Everything Dulcimer...

Posted: Saturday April 7 2018, 11:42 PM
By: @Strumelia

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Friday April 6 2018, 8:52 PM
By: @Richard Streib

Charity Case Pt.2: Side...

Posted: Friday April 6 2018, 1:57 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Does anyone recognize this...

Posted: Thursday April 5 2018, 9:24 PM
By: @Jim Hedman

Strings!

Posted: Sunday April 1 2018, 1:24 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

The Drifting Thread...

Posted: Saturday March 31 2018, 11:50 AM
By: @Jim Fawcett

Advice on crack repair

Posted: Saturday March 31 2018, 7:17 AM
By: @Volha
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