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

IRENE
@irene • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Oberflacht Lyre started":
"this is going to be exciting to see in the making and in the future playing.  I've made one Lyre and I say as I tell folks about it in my presentations...."
IRENE
@irene • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions by @ken-hulme:
Oberflacht Lyre started
Caleb Dan Bennett
@caleb-dan-bennett • 4 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hollow Fingeboards?":
"I used a router table when I did one. I use a bandsaw and then a spindle sander when I make a scalloped fretboard. I dont do that often lol  "
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 5 hours ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on no longer a beginner?:
"If I were you, I wouldn't worry about the somewhat artificial categories of beginner, intermediate, etc.  Look at the subject matter of the classes, and see..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hollow Fingeboards?":
"I prefer hollowing fretboards with a series of holes drilled with a Forstner bit, then chisel out the thin webs between the holes.  Other builders I know use..."
Bob
@bob • 6 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Hollow Fingeboards?":
"After sharing ideas with a pro dulcimer builder, I am planning to begin hollowing out my dulcimer fingerboards. I never did it before but my own plan is to..."
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "McSpadden for Sale":
"FOR SALE   McSpadden dulcimer, made in February 1991, signed by Lynn McSpadden. Model MS-12. Hourglass shape. Beautiful walnut back, fretboard and scroll..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 9 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Oberflacht Lyre started":
"Well, when I get this one put together I'll see what I can come up with for a sound clip or two..."
Bill355
@bill355 • 13 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new Group discussion "Mic Placement for Club Recording":
"I need to record a dulcimer group of approximately 12 players. I'll be using a Zoom H1. Has anyone had experience recording with the mic about 6 to 8 feet..."
Home Studio Recording
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 17 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on A Trip to Paris:
"Thanks.  Yes there are a couple of local ECD groups and I play for one of them on occasion (along with a pianist and a flautist).   Strumelia: Mark, do..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions by @ken-hulme:
Oberflacht Lyre started
Strumelia
@strumelia • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Oberflacht Lyre started":
"Would love to eventually hear a clip of these lyres playing a simple tune or just hearing them being plucked, Ken. Fun!"
Strumelia
@strumelia • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Blue Lion Dulcimer for sale":
"Paypal simply charges their fees based on the total amount you receive.  If you include shipping amount or insurance in what you charge the buyer, then yes..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 17 hours ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Wartz n All Fall Gathering (WV):
"Hoping you feel better soon Barb!  "
Phil Myers
@phil-myers • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Created a new Audio File:
Brushy Fork Of John's Creek
Strumelia
@strumelia • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions by @richard-streib:
Introducing Pretty Betty
Strumelia
@strumelia • 17 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introducing Pretty Betty":
"Betty is just gorgeous!       Dan made another winner."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 17 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on A Trip to Paris:
"Mark, do you have any actual English country dances near you, and do you play for them?  You'd be so perfect!   (I'd come and dance myself if it were an..."
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 18 hours ago • comments: 2
Updated a YouTube Video:
A Trip to Paris
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 18 hours ago • comments: 2
Posted a new YouTube video:
A Trip to Paris
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introducing Pretty Betty":
"Dan makes very nice traditional instruments.  Does this one have feet on the bottom?  Either way, play her using a possum board and you'll be amazed at how..."
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 21 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introducing Pretty Betty":
"Pretty Betty is made of all poplar, a traditional and very locally available wood to our dulcimer ancestors who built dulcimers in the Appalachian area..."
IRENE
@irene • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Introducing Pretty Betty":
"She's a PRETTY BETTY for sure.  I love it's the old style.  tell us more about the wood used and who made her.   aloha, irene"
pmundy
@pmundy • yesterday • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on no longer a beginner?:
"Hi all. I'm new (got my dulcimer in September) and have struggled with the beginner, advanced beginner, etc. classifications. Looking at Ken's list I can do..."
Jim Fawcett
@jim-fawcett • yesterday • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Wartz n All Fall Gathering (WV):
"Hope those pesky headaches leave you alone soon, Barb. We'll definitely keep you in the loop. "
sandra hehl
@sandra-hehl • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Blue Lion Dulcimer for sale":
"I would need to charge 669 in order to clear 650 because of PayPal fees and then I don’t know if the would charge a fee on the shipping and handling costs."
Lisa Golladay
@lisa-golladay • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Concert Ukulele":
"Colleen Hailey:     Will taking a screwdriver to them make the tuners actually turn without bouncing back?   Yes.  It sounds like your tuners need..."
Black Dog Bess
@black-dog-bess • yesterday • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Wartz n All Fall Gathering (WV):
"Hi Friends! Sorry to say I will be unable to attend this Wartz. I've developed daily early morning headaches that make travel pretty difficult. Hopefully..."
Randy Adams
@randy-adams • yesterday • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions by @richard-streib:
Introducing Pretty Betty
Dan
@dan • yesterday • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions by @richard-streib:
Introducing Pretty Betty
Colleen Hailey
@colleen-hailey • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Concert Ukulele":
"Lisa Golladay:     Colleen, my Fluke has friction tuners and they give me no problems.  Have you taken a screwdriver to the screws at the ends of the..."
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • yesterday • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Introducing Pretty Betty":
"Just got this dulcimer which I named Pretty Betty, made in the older more traditional style.Nice and bright and silvery sounding. My DAD [Dulcimer..."
Janene Millen
@janene-millen • yesterday • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Farewell to Whiskey (dulcimer & guitar):
"(Both Robins :-) and Bob) Thanks...and I am so envious of anyone who has partners to play with, especially GUITAR!!!  My husband plays trumpet and we..."
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Oberflacht Lyre started":
"These are/were 6 string lyres -- "Pentatonic+" as it is thought of ...  I tune them in the simple pentatonic do, re, mi, sol, la, Do. Kolrosing is such an..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Oberflacht Lyre started":
"That's very cool, Ken! My recently commissioned epinette in pearwood has kolrosing designs as well.  It's a wonderful way to decorate wood items and..."
Dusty Turtle
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "Oberflacht Lyre started":
"I was recently gifted with some beautiful wood to make a couple of lyres.  I have Myrtle and Maple for body planks and soundboards, as well as Port Orford..."
Jim Fawcett
@jim-fawcett • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Autum Winds:
"Very nice, Steve."
Steve Battarbee
@steve-battarbee • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Autum Winds:
"Thanks Christine!"
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Going to Boston:
"What a cool Goin' to Boston, Mark!  Like Strumelia, the tune always makes me think of Jean Ritchie.  :)"
Benjamin W Barr Jr
Christine Shoemaker
@christine-shoemaker • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Autumn is Here:
"Loved it, Charles!!!  Bravo!    "
Christine Shoemaker
@christine-shoemaker • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Autum Winds:
"Nice, Steve - and pretty darned cool!  "
Christine Shoemaker
@christine-shoemaker • 2 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Gathering Germany 2017:
"Wonderful sounding group, Martin!  Sure wish I could have heard them in person.  I'm a little bit envious...I see a member has one of your dulcimers - he's a..."
Martin Oesterle
@martin-oesterle • 3 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Gathering Germany 2017:
"Thank you for the comments!@Mike The song called "Nun will der Lenz und grüßen" It´s a german Folksong.@Strumelia: Yes and very nice people ;-)@Robin: Best..."
Mike Thurman
@mike-thurman • 3 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Gathering Germany 2017:
"Looks like you had a lot of fun.  I really like the song.  What is it?"
Mary MacGowan
@mary-macgowan • 3 days ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on In an English Country Garden:
"Rob N Lackey: Nice playing there, Mary!  I see the cord plugged in to the dulcimer, are you using an amp? I may have to learn that one too   Hey Rob,..."
Strumelia
@strumelia • 3 days ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Dulcimer Gathering Germany 2017:
"Wow, what a great bunch of musicians!  "
Strumelia
Richard Streib
@richard-streib • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "New River Dulcimer Info needed":
"Thanks, Ken. I checked with Don Pedi  since the owner's manual has his picture on it.  Don has a dim recollection of the family perhaps selling Green River..."

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Beginner players

Beginner players


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OLD STYLE Drone & Noter players

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Dulcimer Making

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Fingerpicking

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Hymn and Worship Song Players


a place to share the hymns and worship songs we are playing.
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A group for those of you who like to play music not...
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The Music Theory Corner


A Group to talk about Music Theory!
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fans of Jean Ritchie

fans of Jean Ritchie


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Arranging for Dulcimers

Arranging for Dulcimers


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Dulcimer Therapy

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Mountain Dulcimer History


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Technology/Software/Amplifying

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to share info on all aspects of using tech: Amplifying,...
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Little Dulcimers


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Help Me Learn this Song

Help Me Learn this Song


Need help learning to play a particular song? Let...
Public Domain... or Not?

Public Domain... or Not?


Ever wanted to record or post that tune, but you just...
Home Studio Recording

Home Studio Recording


Recording dulcimers, vocals and other instruments in the...
I have extra frets.....

I have extra frets.....


This group is for those who have a 1 1/2 fret, an 8 1/2...
Call the Tune

Call the Tune


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

Civil War era music


For discussing music that was played around the time of...
GIG TALK!

GIG TALK!


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Four-Equidistant Strings

Four-Equidistant Strings


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Box Dulcimers

Box Dulcimers


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Collector's Corner

Collector's Corner


A group where collectors of antique, vintage, or rare...
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Dulcimer Ancestors


Looking at some of the ancestors of the Mountain...
Early & Classical Music

Early & Classical Music


For discussing music from earlier eras: Ancient,...
Galax Dulcimer Lovers

Galax Dulcimer Lovers


Just a group to discuss all things Galax Dulcimer. Tips...
Rosin the Bow!

Rosin the Bow!


Welcome to all who play music using a bow on any type of...
Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness

Prayers, Hugs, and Kindness


A group for private sharing and support, whether you are...
The Bass Dulcimer

The Bass Dulcimer


This group is for anyone interested in sharing tips and...
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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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Virginia Dulcimer Players


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Texas Dulcimer Enthusiasts


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North Carolinians Plus


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California Dulcimer Dreamin'

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Kentucky Dulcimer Players


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Pacific Northwest Players


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6 string dulcimers


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West Virginia players


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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
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North of the Lakes


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


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Brushy Fork Of John's Creek
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Bucketman Blues
Old Virginny
Farewell to Whiskey (dulcimer & guitar)
And the Holy Ghost (Number 6 Simerman)
Y Deryn Bach - sound sample of new student dulcimer
Hector the Hero (trio)
 Reflection
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Satisfied-hymn in public domain
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Summer Falling
Farewell Voyager
Harvest Home and Boys of Bluehill (Hornpipes)
Rond d'eau bergère
Hatmaker Lane-guitar & lap dulcimer CAUTION: loud dog
Skye Boat Song
Samanthra
Song for Ireland
Unclouded Day
It Gets Better
Reverie
Winter's Dream
Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
Walnut Neff
A song for John
Old Joe Clark Gets A Phone Call
Big Barren Creek
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Wartz n All Fall Gathering (WV)

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Sat Oct 21 2017
8th Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Fest -(NM)

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Fri Nov 3 2017
23rd Annual Fall Harvest Fest of Dulcimers -(CA)

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Sat Nov 11 2017
Colorado Dulcimer Festival (15th!) -(CO)

Colorado Dulcimer...


Fri Feb 2 2018
17th Annual Lagniappe Dulcimer Fete -(LA)

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Thu Mar 8 2018

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Latest Forum Posts   All

Oberflacht Lyre started

Posted: Saturday October 21 2017, 12:09 AM
By: @IRENE

Hollow Fingeboards?

Posted: Friday October 20 2017, 11:56 PM
By: @Caleb Dan Bennett

McSpadden for Sale

Posted: Friday October 20 2017, 8:01 PM
By: @Richard Streib

Blue Lion Dulcimer for sale

Posted: Friday October 20 2017, 11:22 AM
By: @Strumelia

Introducing Pretty Betty

Posted: Friday October 20 2017, 11:19 AM
By: @Strumelia

Concert Ukulele

Posted: Thursday October 19 2017, 6:34 PM
By: @Lisa Golladay

New River Dulcimer Info needed

Posted: Wednesday October 18 2017, 7:37 AM
By: @Richard Streib

Gigbook/Dropbox

Posted: Wednesday October 18 2017, 12:22 AM
By: @marg

Passing of Bud Ford

Posted: Tuesday October 17 2017, 7:34 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

Set up for first dulcimer

Posted: Monday October 16 2017, 5:24 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

Show Us Your Pets!

Posted: Saturday October 14 2017, 2:03 PM
By: @Sam

What do you use for end pins?

Posted: Saturday October 14 2017, 1:01 PM
By: @Ian Duthie

Wanted: Bonnie Carol dulcimer

Posted: Friday October 13 2017, 6:37 PM
By: @Joseph Besse

What Are You Working On?

Posted: Friday October 13 2017, 5:17 PM
By: @Bob

The Positive Thread...

Posted: Monday October 9 2017, 5:54 PM
By: @Mary MacGowan

Seeking jamming buddies...

Posted: Saturday October 7 2017, 9:25 PM
By: @JenniferC

Wanted: Dulciborn

Posted: Saturday October 7 2017, 7:01 PM
By: @Blondie

WANTED: Bill Neely dulcimer

Posted: Saturday October 7 2017, 1:37 AM
By: @whocindylou

Tuning Mystery

Posted: Thursday October 5 2017, 10:07 PM
By: @Noah Aikens

Hearts Of The Dulcimer...

Posted: Wednesday October 4 2017, 7:34 PM
By: @Patricia Delich

Strum Stick for sale

Posted: Tuesday October 3 2017, 5:37 PM
By: @Vbeegle

Jessica Comeau's NEW...

Posted: Tuesday October 3 2017, 1:05 PM
By: @Jessica Comeau

Meeting to buy a 2007...

Posted: Monday October 2 2017, 10:16 PM
By: @Nellie

Dave Lynch/Harpmaker in...

Posted: Monday October 2 2017, 8:36 PM
By: @Jan Potts

Dulcimer records

Posted: Sunday October 1 2017, 7:55 PM
By: @Rob N Lackey

Hi everyone! Total Noob

Posted: Sunday October 1 2017, 11:42 AM
By: @Tillmanator

I am SO in over my head!!!

Posted: Sunday October 1 2017, 10:48 AM
By: @Strumelia

Thomas completed

Posted: Saturday September 30 2017, 7:03 PM
By: @Cindy Stammich

long legs

Posted: Friday September 29 2017, 9:49 PM
By: @Skip

Need Contact Info

Posted: Tuesday September 26 2017, 8:04 PM
By: @Strumelia
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